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Key Man Utd and Leicester fixture could be won or lost in one position

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Somehow, the Premier League manages to conjure up a huge game every weekend, and this round of fixtures is no different. 

Arsenal vs. Chelsea and Manchester United vs. Leicester City are just two of the mouth-watering games on offer this time around, and, as always, there should be some fascinating battles across the weekend. 


Of course, Jose Mourinho has a habit of perpetually stealing headlines from the games themselves, and as he gets ready to face *title-winner* Claudio Ranieri, the pressure is well and truly on the Special One to outdo his old rival.

Just for once, though, this isn't about Mourinho; it's about whether his players perform, and United are relying on their star men to outshine their Leicester counterparts, who it is fair to say have been taken down a peg or two since the new season began.

Let's take a look at who is set to star this weekend, making them the best selections for the latest round of DraftKings fantasy football.

David de Gea vs. Kasper Schmeichel

Schmeichel has come in for criticism after his 'sweeper keeper' antics in the Liverpool game, but then again, David de Gea's performance against Watford wasn't flawless.

The Spaniard came together with Chris Smalling for what should've been Watford's first goal and he was only saved by Odion Ighalo's classic miss.

Both stoppers will do well to keep a clean sheet here, though if either does, it'll earn them 5 points on DraftKings, with a further 5 if they're on the winning side. Saves are worth 2 points, but goals conceded carry a penalty of 2, so they could balance each other out.

De Gea narrowly missed out on the Golden Glove last season, though, so he should - you would have thought - be the better pick here. Now it's down to United's defence to back him up.

Click here to select David de Gea. 

John Terry vs. Shkodran Mustafi

Mustafi's performance in the 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain last week suggested he's not quite the finished article Arsene Wenger thought he was. A big performance will be needed from him against Chelsea.  

John Terry should make his return from injury against the Gunners, and while he may not possess the pace he used to, his leadership is going to be key.

That's exactly what Chelsea missed from him against Liverpool. Even aside from the fact that he's a big personality, Terry makes an average of six defensive actions per game - that's tackles won (1 point), passes intercepted (0.5 points), and clearances made.

A game like Arsenal vs. Chelsea could well be decided on experience, and as Mustafi's still adapting to English football, this could well be Terry's game.

Click here to select John Terry. 

Bacary Sagna vs. Kyle Naughton

Given that defenders pick up 3 points for a clean sheet, it would be crazy to pick Naughton over Sagna, but of course, there's a bit more to it than that.

Crosses are worth 0.75pts, so there are plenty of those to be had for the nippy Swansea full-back. Sagna, on the other hand, is averaging a measly 2.5 fantasy points per game (FPPG) so far in the 2016/2017 campaign, compared to Naughton's 8.6.

There's only one winner here, even if it's not likely to be reflected in the result. Swansea will have done fantastically if they get anything out of the game, but if they do, it could well be Naughton who has a say.

Click here to select Kyle Naughton. 

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