Game Week 5 Tips
Game Week 5 Tips
In association with Premier Punt
Game week 5 rolls round quickly this week with the second Friday night fixture of the season. Don’t get caught out this week – this is the disclaimer – so I expect no emails this week from people complaining they missed the deadline!
Last week was a mixed bag for many people and unless you had the likes of Costa and Lukaku there was little to celebrate (with the average score being just 43). Defences up and down the land were shipping goals and there were only 3 clean sheets from 20 teams – something that looks like it will be a feature of the season moving forward.
Many people have already played their wildcard and from reading Twitter it looks like many of them want another already – but whatever you do this week, make sure you have a plan to bring Aguero back next week – so for many of you that will mean staying strong and making no changes this week to ensure you have the double free transfer for gameweek 6.
Game Week 5 First Thoughts
Some strong performances in GW4 and it is time to take note of a few players that we might have been trying to ignore. A massive turnaround by Watford last week will make many managers look to some of their players (Capoue anyone?) and anyone who still had West Ham defenders might be looking to chop them following last weeks dismal home display.
Liverpool looked very good against Leicester and Roberto Firmino has started to stake a place and a huge 4-0 win for Spurs at Stoke might be enough to kick start their season.
Romelu Lukaku who went in as our differential pick in our weekly email last week rewarded the few who were brave enough and our definitive pick Costa did pretty well too. There are going to be some difficult decisions to make this week and we are going to be focusing on midfield and attack as they are the areas that seem to be reaping the most rewards.
Spurs Vs. Sunderland
The standout fixture based on last week’s results has to be the Black Cats’ trip to North London and with Spurs winning at a canter last week and David Moyes’ Sunderland being put under some severe early pressure this looks like it could be a Fantasy Premier League managers dream fixture.
Son will tempt a few managers following his brace and an assist last week but it is Eriksen and Kane who have the pedigree. Kane is expensive when compared to other options up front and if you want to back this fixture the safer option is probably Eriksen who himself grabbed two assists at Stoke.
Chelsea Vs. Liverpool
If last week’s heavyweight fixture in Manchester was anything to go by it looks like these big game fixtures could be a little more open this season. Chelsea have hardly been rock solid defensively so far this term keeping just one clean sheet in 4 games. Liverpool have been pretty calamitous at times defensively and their strengths certainly lie in their attack.
If pushed you would opt towards a more organised Chelsea side to come out victorious but the message here is to not worry about the fixture here – both of these teams are capable of scoring against each other and the atmosphere under the lights on Friday night could create the perfect storm of an end to end game.
Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Roberto Firmino and even Adam Lallana are all players on the shortlist for this game.
Everton Vs. Middlesbrough
Romelu Lukaku silenced his doubters last week and a home fixture against Middlesbrough will be tempting enough for many managers looking to profit from a potential upturn in form for the Belgian. Prior to the Sunderland game, Lukaku had not scored for his club since March, but with his international goals and his hat-trick in the North East in his last 2 performances to boost his confidence we could easily see another big performance at Goodison.
Bolasie looked like a good differential pick and his price of £6m is tempting. He was involved in much of what Everton did well on Monday evening and if you don’t want to bring Lukaku in, he could be a good alternative – probably best not to double up at this stage though.
Man City Vs. Bournemouth
If Man City play how they played in the first half against Man Utd then they could be out of sight by half time in this game. Kevin De Bruyne looks like being their key player this season and could be a good alternative to Eden Hazard or Alexis Sanchez. This game in particular looks like being a very kind scoreline to City who play a Bournemouth side that squeezed past West Brom last week.
Iheanacho is another top differential player but is only going to be a one week option so only make that play if you are looking to wildcard next week. Raheem Sterling had a relatively poor game at Old Trafford but still looked a threat and should enjoy more opportunities in this game whilst Nolito looks to have cemented his starting place in this City side and is also a top game week 5 pick.
Crystal Palace Vs. Stoke City
The Eagles suddenly looked a lot better last week with things starting to click for their talented midfield and forward thinking players. Christian Benteke looks like a solid option and his debut goal will give confidence to him and the managers looking to back him. Wilfried Zaha had his best performance in a Palace shirt for some time with a goal and an assist to his name and he might just get a few more assists now he has some proven target men ahead of him – at just £5.4m he is pretty good value.
Watford Vs. Man Utd
Watford did pull of that amazing turnaround last week and might have tempted a few backer this week were they not hosting Man Utd. That being said, Etienne Capoue looks like a different player this season and currently sits at the top of the FPL points table with a cool 34 points from 4 games – including 3 goals and an assist. If you are on the fence in terms of a transfer and you don’t have the Watford man then he is probably worth putting in – if not for this fixture then for the following five fixtures which all have a difficulty rating of 1 except for and away trip to Swansea that is rated as a 2.
Man Utd on the other hand will be looking to bounce back with a result at Vicarage Road but they do have Europa League action in midweek which could distract them somewhat from the domestic task at hand. If you have United players then you will want to stick with them – but don’t be looking to draft them in this week.
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