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The Premier League is back with a full allocation of matches – and this weekend, you’ve got the chance to win free entry to a real-money contest by beating FourFourTwo in a DraftKings contest.
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Score more points than FFT this week and you’ll be given a free ticket to play for real money on DraftKings. Alternatively, hit the football lobby for all contests this coming weekend.
You can play via your browser, or the app (available on iOS or Android), and DraftKings will double opening deposits up to £400.
We’ll even give away our thought process for this weekend’s contest below…
- Chelsea vs West Ham (3pm)
- Leicester vs Crystal Palace (3pm)
- Norwich vs West Brom (3pm)
- Stoke vs Watford (3pm)
- Aston Villa vs Swansea (5.30pm)
There’s five games on offer in FFT's Beat the Editor contest, including leaders Leicester at struggling Palace. The hosts have taken just four points from the last 36 available in the Premier League, and also lost their last five league games at Selhurst Park. With Leicester having kept eight clean sheets in their last 12 (worth 5pts), Kasper Schmeichel ($4,000) is a decent pick in goal.
Alternatively, West Brom’s Ben Foster ($3,900) is slightly cheaper and faces a Norwich side that haven’t won in 10 and have only scored three times in their last eight league away games.
At the back, you’re looking for defenders who score points in attack. You’ll earn 3pts per clean sheet for these players, but the rewards going forward are more lucrative. Aston Villa’s Aly Cissokho ($3,700) is a surprisingly high scorer, and reasonably priced too, as a regular supplier of crosses (worth 1pt each) and usually a handful of interceptions (+0.5pts) each game. At Swansea he should have some influence again.
Watford’s Jose Holebas ($2,800) has done well of late too, averaging 8.6 fantasy points over his last five matches thanks to some good defensive work across the board. West Brom full-backs are generally avoided, seeing as they’re usually centre-backs in disguise, so you’re probably best spending some money on a regular points plunderer like Stoke’s Erik Pieters ($4,800). The Dutchman is good for regular crosses and interceptions, giving him a healthy average of 9.1pts.
In midfield, you can’t ignore Riyad Mahrez ($8,300). He averages fewer points than Dimitri Payet this season, but is still tearing things up (recent points: 9-19-26-8) and faces weaker opposition than his French counterpart in the form of Palace this weekend. The Eagles’ Yannick Bolasie ($5,700) is a reliable wide threat who costs a fraction of the price, however, as a winner of fouls, prolific crosser and part-time shooter.
Villa’s Idrissa Gueye ($3,700) is a good choice if you need a cheap midfield filler: the Senegalese enforcer averages 4.3 tackles and 4.4 interceptions in the top flight this season.
Up front, West Brom hitman Salomon Rondon ($4,200) is temptingly priced playing at home to Norwich. Of course, Jamie Vardy is only one shy of the 20-goal mark but at $7,700 he doesn’t come cheap, and Venezuelan Rondon has netted four goals in his last six matches. Watford goal-getter Odion Ighalo ($6,400, facing Stoke at home) has declared himself fit, so we’ll take his word for it.
As far as utility men go, you won’t find many more reasonably priced than Norwich old-timer Wes Hoolahan. The 33-year-old Irishman might not light your fire but $3,800 for a player who has hit double points figures in three of his last four games is good going. You probably won’t have much money left for your final utility pick, so at least choose someone who’ll start if fit: like, for instance, Sam Byram ($2,600) or Ivo Pinto ($2,600).
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