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Here at Profit Accumulator, we know that many of you who like to place matched bets with us as a way to make money from betting will also be familiar with the excitement of a new week in fantasy football – and this weekend is no exception!

With the first Manchester derby of the season, an all-London affair between West Ham and Watford, and reigning champions Leicester taking on Liverpool to look forward to, the stakes are high – and so are the betting odds.

To help you to select the right fantasy football team, we've put together all of the essential team news, line-ups and tips relating to this weekend's action.

Manchester United v Manchester City

With the first Manchester derby of the season kicking off this Saturday, all eyes will be on the managers of City and United respectively, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho. There's clearly no love lost between this pair, and those following the infamous Pep v Jose rivalry will be keen to take time out to watch the match this weekend.

For City, Sergio Aguero could be your first choice for this weekend's fantasy football game, but it's also important that you consider the cost when the likes of Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge and Romelu Lukaku are all cheaper alternatives for your line-up. There is, however, no guarantee that any of these players will be performing at their best this weekend or chosen for their team at all, so you will need to decide whether to play it safe or take a risk with a player who is still finding his form.

Over at United, Mourinho is almost certain to field a strong defence, possibly including Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia. Up front, the mercurial Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be unquestionably one of the players to watch, while young forward Marcus Rashford is another attractive choice after his recent hat-trick for the England Under-21s against Norway.

West Ham United v Watford

Having been defeated by both Chelsea and Manchester City during the opening weekends of the season, West Ham United got back to winning ways with a 1-0 triumph over Bournemouth, thanks to Michail Antonio's 85th-minute header. Could he be a great 'sleeper' choice for your fantasy football team this weekend?

Over at Watford, Argentine Roberto Pereyra is a strong Man of the Match contender after demonstrating his impeccable ball skills and scoring against Arsenal on his debut.

Pereyra could this weekend face his former Juventus teammate Simone Zaza, who has joined West Ham on loan from the Italian giants, but the risk of choosing a player who is so new to Premier League football is something that you need to consider when selecting your fantasy football team.

Liverpool v Leicester City

The late kick-off between Liverpool and Leicester City will likely be a very close-fought affair. Both sides have a win, a draw and a loss on their league record thus far after the first three weeks, so neither has an advantage as we head into the fourth week of the season.

As even as this game promises to be, however, the Foxes do have the advantage of riding high after their recent 2-1 win against Swansea City, which is sure to give players and manager Claudio Ranieri more confidence on their travels to Anfield. Liverpool, by comparison, could only draw with Tottenham last time out.

At Leicester, newcomer Islam Slimani will certainly be a player to follow. Will he start in Ranieri's attack, or will it be established forward Jamie Vardy who takes the starring role? Ahmed Musa, Shinji Okazaki and Leonardo Ulloa are all players with a good chance of featuring this weekend, so sticking with the highest-performing and most frequently appearing players is perhaps the best strategy to reduce your chances of picking a team filled with substitutes.

It's also a challenge to predict Liverpool's line-up this weekend, with Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi both strong choices for manager Jürgen Klopp's attack. Similarly, midfielder Roberto Firmino has the potential for a spot in this weekend's team. Adam Lallana is surely another sound pick, not least after scoring the winner for England midweek against Slovakia.

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