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Paul Pogba to outshine Ilkay Gundogan in Manchester derby

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After the somewhat unwelcome interruption of the international break, the Premier League returns this weekend.

As fans breathe a sigh of relief that there will be no more distractions, all eyes can now turn to some of the key battles in the latest round of fixtures.


At least one 100% record is about to be broken, as Manchester United and Manchester City go head to head, while Chelsea will aim to keep their faultless streak intact against Swansea City.

There are no doubt going to be some huge moments that could have a bearing on how the season pans out later on, so teaming up with DraftKings, we take a look at some of the big decisions when it comes to picking this weekend's fantasy football line-up.

Paul Pogba vs. Ilkay Gundogan

Gundogan's arrival in Manchester was greeted by less of a fanfare than Pogba's, but that doesn't make him any less crucial. The box-to-box midfielder is finally set to make his long-awaited debut for City in the Manchester derby, of all games.

Given that Pogba is now the most expensive player in the world, it's in matches like this where he needs to make an impact. Fortunately, he should have no problem doing that if he performs like he did for Juventus last season. Neither Pogba or Gundogan find themselves on the scoresheet as often as they'd like, but it's their assists, worth 6 fantasy points each, that could make the difference.

Gundogan managed three last season, whereas Pogba notched up 14, so there's only one real winner here. The Germany international's knee injury could also hold him back, whereas United's new superstar looks refreshed after a summer in which he helped France to the Euro 2016 final.

Click here to select Paul Pogba. 

Divock Origi vs. Islam Slimani

Daniel Sturridge's face was an absolute picture when Jurgen Klopp overlooked him to bring on Divock Origi against Spurs, but in truth, that could be how this season's going to go at Anfield.

Origi scored seven times in his first season with the Reds, earning 10 points for every goal. The 21-year-old will be hoping to use his physical presence against Leicester's bolshy defence, and he should get plenty of chances too, as Liverpool are likely to enjoy the lion's share of possession in their first home game of the season.

At the other end, Jurgen Klopp's men will have to contend with Leicester's record signing, Islam Slimani. The former Sporting Lisbon man, who was reportedly wanted by Arsenal, found the back of the net 48 times for the Portuguese club in his three years there. Origi might have potential, but Slimani's the finished article.

Click here to select Islam Slimani. 

Lukasz Fabianski vs. Thibaut Courtois

The key with picking goalkeepers is to nab the one who's going to be on the winning side, so on that basis, Courtois is a pretty solid choice given how Chelsea have started the season.

If the Belgian helps the Blues to both a clean sheet and all three points, that'll pick him up an impressive ten points. Fabianski was actually unbeaten more than his Chelsea counterpart last season, with nine clean sheets to Courtois' five, but Antonio Conte's free-scoring side should get past him on this occasion.

It's a close one to call. Fabianski made an average of over two saves per goal last season, whereas Courtois was just under that figure. Stats wise, the Polish stopper should edge it but in reality, Chelsea are massive favourites, so Courtois has to be the better pick.

Click here to select Thibaut Courtois. 

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