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Best lineup strategy for Manchester City-Chelsea Showdown

We break down some ideal Showdown lineup strategies for Thursday’s Manchester City-Chelsea matchup.

Phil Foden of Manchester City runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Burnley FC at Etihad Stadium on June 22, 2020 in Manchester, England. Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Second place Manchester City will face off against fourth place Chelsea Thursday in an English Premier League match. DraftKings has Showdown contests available for the match, and we break down ideal lineup strategies below. You can set your roster here.

Captain’s Picks

Manchester City has been running the score up on everyone, but now it’ll face a top five team. It experimented with a new starting lineup against Burnley in its last outing, and Phil Foden ($11,100) was the star of the match. If he finds himself back in the starting lineup, he’s worth a look. If City goes with its normal group to start, Kevin De Bruyne ($18,000) and Riyad Mahrez ($14,100) are the best options. De Bruyne is the kind of do-it-all player that’s hard to come by. He has the highest ceiling in the match, but will cost a pretty penny.

Flex Plays

Christian Pulisic ($8,200) scored his first goal since last November in his last match off the bench, but could see his role increase against City. He turned the game around with just 35 minutes of playing time and can create chances in an instant.

Both of these sides have a ton of talented attackers, but no defender has more upside than César Azpilicueta ($6,000). He tallied 11 crosses and two assists in his last outing to finish with 26.9 DKFP. He’s excels at intercepting passes and distributing the ball himself. He should have a plenty of work to do with City’s abundance of dangerous wings and forwards.