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Staff Picks: Best EPL Fantasy Fixture, Week 36

The Premier League title could be decided this weekend. With so much on the line, where should you be looking?

Will the Premier League be decided this weekend?
Will the Premier League be decided this weekend?
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Zach - Watford FC v. Aston Villa

Not the most fashionable match up, but it seems that the sails have truly deflated in the Villa camp. Ashley Westwood did his best to liven up the match but it wasn't enough to stop Southampton from scoring four. With their results on the road even worse, Villa are the team to pick against unfortunately. A lot of factors have lead to their decline, but you'd at least imagine the players would fight harder for a positive end to a miserable season.

Alternatively, Watford have enjoyed a fine first campaign back in the top flight. An electric start to the season with the partnership of Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney enjoying large success in front of goal. However, the second half of the season hasn't been as kind. Some questions have been raised about the safety of Quique Flores's position, which should be taken into context given Watford's surprise success in the FA Cup and securing safety earlier than expected.

Either way, Watford have a decent chance of a clean sheet, making those who still have Gomes feel more confident. This is also a perfect opportunity for Ighalo to rediscover his goal scoring touch. I wouldn't fully invest in this match up however, but 1-2 players from Watford could give your fantasy team a unexpected boost.

Roberto - Manchester United v. Leicester City

My match of the week is Manchester United-Leicester City. It's simple as this. History could be made the Theatre of Dreams, a team that was 5,000 to 1 before the season started are now 90 minutes away from their maiden Premier League title. Of course, this will be a crucial game for a lot of players. Surely the shot stopping abilities of David de Gea will be tested, so he may be in line for a ton of save points. As for the Foxes, none other than the recent PFA Player Of The Year in Riyad Mahrez is the perfect player to have in your midfield and with no Jamie Vardy, I would place my money and put Leonardo Ulloa in my team.

Gavin - Arsenal v. Norwich City

At this stage of the season, there are only so many teams with something left to play for. Both the Gunners and the Canaries have plenty to fight for at this point, despite being at opposite ends of the table. Norwich fell back into the relegation zone after Sunderland and Newcastle both picked up points last weekend, and with time running out they'll need to start putting points on the board in order to survive for another season in the top flight. Robbie Brady and Timm Klose have been the two real bright spots for Norwich this season, but both have struggled recently with injury. Alex Neill will be hoping for their fitness, as well as for some of his other players to step up, but coming up against an in-form Arsenal is a daunting task.

The Gunners have enjoyed the resurgence of Alexis Sanchez to help offset the dip in form from Mesut Ozil, and have had some help from Alex Iwobi and Aaron Ramsey in midfield as well. It's odd to think of Arsene Wenger having a glut of options fit and available for selection, but that's exactly where the manager is at the moment, and he'll have a few decisions to make, particularly at striker between Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck, who are both competing for spots on their national teams for the Euros this summer. Jack Wilshere is another player with European aspirations, though his return to fitness has perhaps come too late.

In any case, Arsenal should be heavily favored in this match, with a particular emphasis on the attacking midfielders. A clean sheet may be hard to come by with the Canaries set to fight tooth and nail for their survival, but looking at defenders or goalkeeper position may not be a bad shout, either.

Jason - Manchester United v. Leicester City

On Sunday, Leicester City hope to clinch the Premier League crown with a win against Manchester United. Other results could still give them the title, but the Foxes want to win it on their own. Without Jamie Vardy to lead the attack, there will be plenty of cheap options in play for fantasy managers, in a match where there should be plenty of attacking play.

In place of Vardy, managers should be able to look at Leonardo Ulloa and Shinji Okazaki to lead the front line, both of whom have very favorable pricing. Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton, who got a rare rest last weekend, should also factor more into the attack than usual--if that's possible.

On the flip side, Manchester United will look to close in on that ever-important fourth position, and nobody is in better form for the Red Devils right now than Anthony Martial. His goal against Everton is still the talk of United fans, and he should be able to give the Leicester City defense a tough time. Wayne Rooney, having dropped into the midfield, has actually played well, and while he might not be the goal-scoring threat of old, his passing and playmaking warrant a look if the price is right--say, in Fantrax.

This is a match where we should easily see some great goals, some attacking play, which is great for fantasy managers. Throw in the fact that we could see Cinderella become the belle of the ball, and you have a great match in every aspect.