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Juan Mata could be outshone by Stoke City threat this weekend

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After seeing Premier League champions Leicester City face off against Manchester United, and Arsenal do battle with Chelsea last week, you might think the upcoming round of fixtures would struggle to compete.

However, that's far from the case, with a slate of fixtures in Game-week seven headlined by Manchester City traveling to White Hart Lane to take on Tottenham.

Free-scoring Liverpool will also look to continue their momentum as they face a misfiring Swansea, and United fans will expect to see their team make light work of Stoke City after Jose Mourinho's side finally kicked back into gear versus Leicester.


Let's take a look at the key battles in each of the three fixtures, and see who will make themselves a must have selection for the latest round of DraftKings fantasy football.

Gylfi Sigurdsson v Sadio Mané

The form Sadio Mane is in right now, there aren't many players who are his equal in terms of attacking threat.

Nevertheless, in Sigurdsson, Swansea City do have a man capable of unlocking any Premier League defence - either in open play or from set pieces.

With corners and free kicks counting as crosses on DraftKings, each time the Iceland international steps up it is worth 0.75 points. Given his famous accuracy from such situations, he could well provide an assist (six points) or a goal (10 points) against a Liverpool side who are yet to keep a clean sheet in the league this season.

Mane, meanwhile, is thriving in Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool line up. The big money summer signing already has three goals in five Premier League appearances this season.

Swansea have conceded 10 goals through their first six fixtures, and Mane will be encouraged to shoot at will once again - a big plus for DraftKings players considering shots are worth one point, and a further point if they land on target.

Click here to select Sadio Mane

Vincent Janssen vs Sergio Aguero

Tottenham versus Manchester City provides this weekend's most eye-catching fixture. However, with Harry Kane out injured, we're robbed of seeing two of the Premier League's top strikers go head-to-head.

Janssen will start up top in place of Kane and has the opportunity to have a breakout game. The Dutchman is a strong physical presence, so could cause John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi problems in the air on Sunday as he looks to break his Premier League duck.

His physical play could, though, also land him in trouble with the referee. Remember, yellow cards are worth -1.5 points on DraftKings.

Aguero, on the other hand, has hit the ground running since returning from suspension. The Argentinian has five goals in the league already after a brace last weekend.

In Pep Guardiola's free-flowing system, he is always likely to find the back of the net and is impossible to ignore.

Click here to select Sergio Aguero

Xherdan Shaqiri vs Juan Mata

Juan Mata has gone from Man United misfit to star performer in a matter of months and, in providing an assist and a goal against Leicester last Saturday, the Spaniard has played his way into the starting XI.

If he lines up in the number 10 position as he did last time out, Mata should be good for an assist or two and will also have the opportunity to test Stoke's goalkeeper from in and around the box.

As for Stoke, their hopes rely on the form on Shaqiri. The Swiss star is capable of producing a moment of magic, so a goal (10 points) versus United shouldn't be ruled out.

He's also not shy about trying his luck from distance and will be hard to wrestle away from any set pieces Stoke win in the final third.

Click here to select Xherdan Shaqiri

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