DraftKings Premier League Picks for Saturday, Jan. 31

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If you're planning to watch the Premier League on New Year's Eve, why not ring in the New Year with DraftKings daily fantasy football? You might find yourself richer in 2017 as a consequence. Let's look at the best picks available to you on December 31.

Goalkeeper

Okay, Southampton conceded four to Spurs and didn't look comfortable once the visiting side got into top gear, but this is a side that has still only let in 20, and can rely on one of the league's best goalkeepers. Expect a low score against West Brom, even if Albion is no longer the dour team it once was.

Sunderland got the hospital pass of playing against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Boxing Day and never really got into any kind of stride. Burnley, on the other hand, showed how it can dominate lower-mid-table teams at home in beating Middlesbrough 1-0, and it's within the team's capability to do the same, potentially with a clean sheet, on New Year's Eve.

Defender

Although I was going to pick Antonio Valencia, the Manchester United right-back hasn't yet contributed to his team's goals and assists, whereas Blind, who is usually stationed at left-back in the present United line-up, has a goal and two assists in his favour. There is a sense that the Reds are really beginning to sing as the season rolls on, and with Middlesbrough continuing to be low scorers, this could be a clean-sheet win.

Bournemouth travels to Swansea with the Swans in dire trouble, lacking defensive nous and a consistent goalscorer. Bournemouth won't dwell on the 3-0 defeat at Chelsea, the Premier League's form side - this is a fixture that the Cherries can take control of. When he get the opportunity, Daniels, who has two goals and an assist so far, is a key contributor to Bournemouth's attack down the left.

Midfield

The Armenian won't lost any sleep at not being picked in the list of his country's top ten sportsmen - the wonder-goal he scored against Sunderland showed how good the playmaker is, and how crucial his contribution is becoming to United's play. That was Mhkitaryan's second goal of a truncated season, which he can add to at home to Middlesbrough.

Toure isn't the most expensive midfielder for Manchester City, but he is on good form and frequently creating scoring opportunities for others. Against Hull City, Toure ran the show, scoring the opener himself and probably playing himself into a starting place against Liverpool.

Forward

Scoring twice against Bournemouth, Pedro showed that he could take responsibility for goals in the absence of Diego Costa. The Spaniard is on good form at the moment and is in a team that doesn't look like losing any time soon. Costing slightly less than Eden Hazard, Pedro might bring you more points this weekend.

Although West Ham had the pleasure of playing Swansea, against whom the Hammers only conceded once, that injury-hit defence is still vulnerable to a top-quality striker, and Leicester have two, in Jamie Vardy and Slimani. The Algerian already has four goals and three assists, and will be given opportunities to build on that at home to the Hammers.

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Stuart Garlick

Stuart Garlick

Stuart Garlick is a freelance journalist who writes about daily fantasy sports and sports betting. Stuart has played Fantasy Premier League in the UK since it began in 1993, and has jumped into daily fantasy soccer with both feet. He also writes on non-sporting matters for The Baltic Times and Agence France Presse, among other publications.

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