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Chelsea vs Liverpool: Five stars who could decide crunch fixture

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By the end of last season, Chelsea and Liverpool playing each other would have been pretty irrelevant. What a difference a summer makes.

Last weekend was all about Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, but you can guarantee there are going to be even more antics on the touchline in this Friday night clash.


Antonio Conte and Jurgen Klopp will face each other for the first time, two of the most respected and more, shall we say, animated managers in Europe.

Neither side are actually in Europe this season, but that's going to allow both to focus all their energy on the Premier League. The Blues have one eye on winning it, while more optimistic Liverpool fans might think they can mount their own challenge.

It's certainly going to be interesting to see how they set up, particularly as this is going to be Conte's first real test as Chelsea manager. The Italian is going to need his big stars to perform, so let's take a look at five players who are set to shine - and bring home the fantasy football points in the process.

Eden Hazard

Admittedly, the Belgian did not have his best game against Swansea. If you overlook that game, though, the playmaker looks like he's back to his best.

In the whole of last season under Mourinho and Guus Hiddink, Hazard scored four times. The 25-year-old has already achieved half of that in four games under Conte, which is especially important as goals are worth 10 points each on DraftKings.

Hazard has also created 10 opportunities for his teammates this term, which suggests that, bar the Swansea game, he has been in the thick of the action.

Up against a Liverpool defence that has struggled at points in every game so far, Hazard looks well placed for a big day.

Click here to select Eden Hazard. 

David Luiz

Bear with us here. Everyone knows that David Luiz' defending has a little way to go, but he's great with the ball at his feet - so much so that Conte had to clarify that he'd be playing him at centre-back.

The Brazilian should make his second debut against the Reds after John Terry left Swansea on crutches. Tackles won are worth a point each, which is normally where defenders earn most of their points. However, Luiz is no normal defender.

The 29-year-old loves a shot from distance, and who doesn't when they're facing Simon Mignolet? If those shots land on target they'll earn him 2 points, or just the one if they're wide of the mark.

Click here to select David Luiz. 

Philippe Coutinho

As far as fantasy players go, they don't come much better than Coutinho. The Brazilian has everything; goals, assists, crosses, and he even tracks back into the heart of the midfield to make tackles and regain possession for his team.

Chelsea are still getting to grips with their defence, but it's unlikely Coutinho will show them any mercy.

In yet another mesmerising start to the season, the midfielder has two goals in four games. There's more to his game than that, though, as he is the focal point of Liverpool's hugely impressive attack.

Click here to select Philippe Coutinho. 

Georginio Wijnaldum

Georginio Wijnaldum is off to a flyer at Liverpool, with two assists in his first four games. They have earned him 6 fantasy points apiece, and if his form for Newcastle is anything to go by, there should be plenty more on the way.

Even as the Magpies were relegated last season, the 25-year-old scored 11 goals and created five assists, and that was in a team without much service going forward.

The only problem with the Dutchman is that he relies on his side having a lot of the ball, which could be difficult at Stamford Bridge. Liverpool will have to ensure Chelsea don't mark him out of the game.

Nathaniel Clyne

You only get two defenders on DraftKings, so it's best to pick at least one who's going to get forward. The fact that Nathaniel Clyne gives Kyle Walker a real run for his money in the England side is testament to how far he's come since moving to Anfield at the beginning of last season.

The right-back is brilliant down the right flank and regularly picks up multiple fantasy points for crosses (worth 0.75pts on DraftKings).

The challenge will be keeping a clean sheet while all this is going on. If Clyne manages it, as a defender he'll pick up a further 3 fantasy points.

Click here to select Nathaniel Clyne. 

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