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Jamie Vardy will haunt Arsenal in Premier League showdown

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Premier League football came back with a bang last weekend and the latest round of fixtures promises to be just as explosive.

Antonio Conte took the top flight by storm in his first competitive game as Chelsea manager, while over at the Emirates, the spotlight was on Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wenger, albeit for very different reasons.


As always, though, it's the players themselves who write their own fairy tales and, this time around, some of last season's biggest stars can be the difference for their sides.

In partnership with DraftKings, GiveMeSport takes a look at three who are set to shine this coming weekend.

Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

Unfortunately, Jamie Vardy's most notable moment against Hull was the moment he punched himself in the face after skying the ball over the crossbar from a few yards out.

However, against Arsenal - the club he rejected earlier this summer - it seems meant to be that he'll get on the score sheet and earn

Not only will Vardy want to justify his decision to stay at the King Power Stadium but he will be eager to shake off the critics who are already calling him a one season wonder. Arsenal’s defence was frail against Liverpool and Vardy’s pace is likely to trouble the inexperienced duo of Calum Chambers & Rob Holding.

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Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)

Liverpool's number one can be brilliant and baffling in equal measure, much to the frustration of the Kop. Right now, he's fighting for his place in the first XI, aiming to take full advantage of Loris Karius' injury.

Mignolet's goalkeeping can be chaotic at times, but because of the way DraftKings allocates points, he's actually a strong choice for Liverpool's game against Burnley. The Arsenal game was obviously disappointing because he let in three goals, but it is fair to say his defence let him down.


The Reds are likely to pick up three points again - earning the stopper 5 points - and a clean sheet against a tentative Clarets outfit would see him notch up a further 5 points. Burnley are likely to rise to the occasion in their first big game since promotion, so any saves Mignolet does make will pick up 2 points apiece.

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N'Golo Kante (Chelsea)

Kante picked up a yellow card just two minutes into Chelsea's 2-1 win over West Ham, and they do carry a penalty of -1.5 points. All the same, it says a lot that he was still able to play his usual game.

The midfield talisman is going to be huge for the Blues this season and he can kick things off with another classic Kante performance away to Watford.

The Frenchman is the king of interceptions, which are worth +0.5 points each, but it is also worth remembering that he doesn't sit back all the time, creating 30 chances for Leicester in their title-winning campaign.

The solidity Kante brings to the midfield is exactly what Chelsea were lacking last season, so he could be the game-changer who turns them back into title contenders.

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