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Fantasy Football: 4 Players You Must Select This Weekend

 • by John Rooney
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The aim of the game each week is to select your best XI (with a £200 budget), and you can find out how players are scored here, but here are four players you should consider selecting this week.

Josh King, Sunderland v BOURNEMOUTH — £22

Bournemouth striker Josh King celebrates scoring against West Ham United in the Premier League

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The 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough last night all but confirmed Sunderland will be playing football in the Championship next season — and the Black Cats could be down by Saturday evening.

By contrast, a good run of recent form looks to have guaranteed a third successive season of Premier League football for Bournemouth, thanks in no small part to Josh King.

With 14 goals King is the Cherries’ leading goalscorer this season, and has found the back of the net ten times in the last 11 games.

Expect the 25-year-old to make hay again this weekend against David Moyes’ beleaguered side.

Damian Delaney, CRYSTAL PALACE v Burnley — £12

Only Hull City have scored fewer goals away from home than Burnley this season, and the Clarets continue to be the only side in the league to have failed to pick up a win on the road. As such, you wouldn’t give them much hope against a Crystal Palace side that have hit a rich vein of form just at the right time.

Sam Allardyce’s side have conceded just one goal in their last four at home — and that was against free-scoring Spurs last night — so a Palace defender would be a good candidate for that 3 point clean sheet bonus.

Damien Delaney averages more defensive actions per game than any of the Eagles’ fit defenders (there are 0.5 points and 1 point on offer per interception and block, respectively), while he also wins 43 percent of his tackles (0.5 points). Oh, and at £12, his selection will leave you plenty of money to spend elsewhere.

Roberto Firmino, Watford v LIVERPOOL — £24

Liverpool’s 6-1 demolition of Watford at Anfield back in November appeared to signal Jürgen Klopp’s side as serious title contenders. That early season promise never really materialised, with the Reds struggling against teams of Watford’s pedigree through 2017.

However, Watford haven’t been enjoying much in the way of form in recent weeks, limping towards the 40-point mark with three wins in their last nine matches. A myopic performance away at Hull City last weekend led to an apology from captain Troy Deeney, but it may well be that the Hornets’ players are already on the beach.

If that’s the case Liverpool — who need to win to maintain their top four status — could profit, and Roberto Firmino could well have more joy against a side he scored and provided two assists against in the reverse fixture.

The Brazilian may be on the more expensive end of the scale, but he has comfortably the highest Fantasy Points Per Game rate (10) than any other forward for either side. Philippe Coutinho boasts 11.3 FPPG from midfield, but at £3 more expensive, I’d suggest opting for Firmino over his compatriot.

Tom Davies, EVERTON v Chelsea — £14

Head to head stats for Everton v Chelsea 2016/17

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The trip to Goodison Park is undoubtedly the toughest of Chelsea’s remaining five matches. Take all three points and the engraver can probably start etching out the ‘C’ on the Premier League trophy.

Will that pressure get to Antonio Conte’s men, with Spurs watching on ahead of the north London derby later on Sunday afternoon? If it does, Everton could take points off of the Blues, having done the same at home to Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham.

Top scorer Romelu Lukaku has bagged 24 goals this season, but has shown a tendency to go missing in the big games. Ross Barkley is in fine fettle, but for just £14 you can choose the Toffees midfield starlet Tom Davies.

The 18-year-old has made 14 starts this season, scoring two goals and providing three assists, while demonstrating an irrepressible energy. Expect the Welshman to create plenty of chances and generally be heavily involved in this crunch clash.

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