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Arsenal's Granit Xhaka to struggle against Leicester City

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It's been a summer of spending and that's only going to bring about one result: the Premier League is set to be tougher than ever.

Realistically, there are as many as six or even seven teams who could be up for the title, while the scrap for survival at the other end should be just as intense.


And even though it's early days, the latest round of fixtures could have big implications for what happens down the line.

The big games this weekend could be decided by some key battles, so it's time to take a look at the dilemmas of who to pick in this week's DraftKings' fantasy football line

Danny Drinkwater v Granit Xhaka (Leicester v Arsenal)

Given that Granit Xhaka is so far Arsenal's only major signing this summer, Gunners fans would have been hoping for an impressive debut from him when he was introduced against Liverpool.

They didn't get one, with the Swiss midfielder losing all six of his attempted tackles and committing four fouls, costing him

Against Leicester, he should be better prepared for the Premier League. Yet, the 23-year-old will be coming up against one of its master midfielders in Danny Drinkwater.

No player in the league made as many passes as the Foxes man last season, with each of his crosses earning 0.75 fantasy points. Drinkwater likes to play the ball off the ground which will make things difficult for Arsenal, especially as Xhaka already has an unwanted record of his own, making more fouls on the opening day of the Premier League than any other player.

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Troy Deeney v Diego Costa (Watford v Chelsea)

Diego Costa gave a glimpse of his best form with a late winner in Chelsea's season opener against West Ham, though his detractors will argue he shouldn't have even been on the pitch. While there's admittedly some truth in that, his physical brand of football could be a big plus against Watford.

The Spain international will need to watch his step, as a red card would knock 3 points off his score. The good news is that goals are worth 10 fantasy points.


Speaking of goals, Troy Deeney gets them and the England hopeful is one of the Premier League's more underrated strikers. The key to Watford's success last season was his partnership with Odion Ighalo and, fortunately, the Hornets have so far managed to retain both players.

That means even if Deeney doesn't get on the score sheet himself, he may well set one up for his strike partner, and it's that kind of unselfishness that can earn him 6 points for an assist. It's likely that Chelsea will have more of the ball, though, so Costa's the one to pick.

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Dean Marney v Jordan Henderson (Burnley v Liverpool)

Burnley are back and the Liverpool game represents a chance for several of their players to prove themselves at the highest level. Former Spurs midfielder Dean Marney never really cut it at White Hart Lane, but it will certainly be interesting to see how he fares against Jordan Henderson.

Marney is more of an out-and-out central midfielder, whereas Henderson is more versatile, and that makes the Liverpool skipper the better choice. While the Burnley man's points will come in the form of 1 for each tackle and 0.5 for interceptions, Henderson will be pinging the ball around the pitch.

The England international isn't a great finisher, but he's not afraid to take a shot on nonetheless, with shots worth 1 point and a further 1 point if they're on target. Marney, meanwhile, could pick up an assist from one of his set pieces, but he's now 32, so the pace of the game could just get the better of him.

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