With one more round of international friendlies left to play we are turning our attention towards Fantasy Premier League Game Week 5. There may well be a few wildcards being played this week and following a mixed GW4 for many managers the break possibly came at just the wrong time – but then is there ever a good time to have a break from FPL?
We assess the top game week 5 fixtures:
Game Week 5 Tips
With two of the top 4 having favourable home fixtures in game week 5 there is every hope for some big point returns. We take a look at the games that have the most chance of returning good points.
Spurs Vs. Liverpool
This is going to be a fascinating encounter between two clubs who are vying for top honours this season. A Wembley showdown between current league leaders Liverpool and Spurs who lie 5th in the table with one defeat to their name already this season. Liverpool have shown a ruthless and clinical side to their game that we didn’t see last season and they look like one of the teams that can push Man City the closest this season. Spurs will provide the sternest test defensively but they will need to improve on what they showed against Watford where defensive lapses cost them dear.
This may well be one to not get too involved with and there are certainly easier captain picks than choosing one from these two sides. As for Salah, if you are playing a wildcard this week you might just be tempted to invest that money elsewhere – whilst that could be a risky strategy it is one that shouldn’t cost you too much in the short term. One thing is for sure, Mane or Salah are a must for your side and I’d rather have Liverpool players over Spurs (in all departments) based on what we have seen so far!
Bournemouth Vs. Leicester
Both of these sides had tough assignments in GW4 but both have started the season pretty well and this should be a good game. Callum Wilson is the obvious hope for Bournemouth with Ryan Fraser another worthy of a mention (should he overcome a knock). For Leicester it is £6.5m rated Maddison that has caught the eye so far this season and with a goal and an assist in his first 4 games he will be hoping to build on a strong start.
This is a tough one to call but there should be goals. Perhaps a home win by a goal will be the final outcome.
Chelsea Vs. Cardiff
Chelsea have looked impressive so far this term and the way they are playing this season is far better than what we saw last. Hazard has been nursed in to the season perfectly and looks 10 times the player we saw at times last year, whilst the likes of Marcos Alonso are flourishing. The latter has scored one and grabbed a whopping 5 assists to add two clean sheets in 4 games! Quite astonishing stuff from a player who just keeps getting in to such advanced positions. This will be a game of attack vs defence and if you have the option of playing Hazard and Alonso then they are the two to back. With West Ham up next Chelsea are a team to back right now and they could well be pushing City with Liverpool this season.
Man City Vs. Fulham
On paper this looks like it should be a straightforward and comprehensive win for the home side, however after a slim 2-1 win against Newcastle last time following a 1-1 draw away to Wolves this might not be quite the runaway that you might first think. The added complication for City backers (and Aguero owners in particular) is that they play Lyon in the Champions League the following Wednesday and that always spells rotation for Pep’s teams (that have already been pretty heavily rotated).
We suggested captaining Mendy last week thanks to his assist potential and clean sheet potential and this could well be another one of those weeks. Unfortunately, City don’t look that solid at the back and Fulham do have what it takes to score in this game. City will do what they always do and look to outscore their opponents and if Aguero features he could well bag a goal or two with ease. The one thing in his favour is that he was dropped by Argentina for their friendly games so he should be fresh. We think he will start this game but he would certainly be a risky captain.
Newcastle Vs. Arsenal
You have to feel for Rafa Benitez at the moment as the games just don’t get any easier. Arsenal looked decent against Cardiff at times and although their defensive frailties remain they do look sharp going forwards. Arsenal should dominate this game and Aubameyang might kick on now he grabbed a goal last week. It is probably not a wise move to opt for more than one Arsenal player until we learn more about them but Auba or the rejuvenated if somewhat rotated Lacazette are both solid options.
The fixtures to come look good for Arsenal too.
Watford Vs. Man Utd
Watford had a great start to the season last season but this one has been even better with a 100% record intact after 4 games. That run includes their despatching of Spurs last week following their win over Man Utd. If this was a horse race then the form would read very well for the home side and you might be expecting a thrashing for Man Utd. The reality is that that is probably not the case but it does mean this will be an extremely difficult game for Mourinho’s men.
The international break found its first victim in Luke Shaw and he looks highly doubtful for this game but it is up front that FPL managers might be taking note for United. A much improved display against Burnley saw Lukaku grab a brace (and he could have had 3 or 4) and with the upcoming fixtures for United he could be one to back. Watford will provide a tough opposition and Troy Deeney is is the player who could provide real value. He captains the Hornets and could bully United’s centre backs in this game.
There should be goals in this one so load up, sit back and enjoy.
Everton Vs. West Ham
Everton will still be without Richarlison as they prepare to take on bottom club West Ham and Theo Walcott remains an injury concern after limping off last weekend. Even without these two players this will be a tough ask for West Ham who have looked woeful thus far this season. Calvert-Lewin is in good form after bagging a goal last weekend following his cup goals the week before and probably deserves another start – he could be a good value pick at £5.4m but he will only be a short term solution.
For West Ham, Arnautovic has been the shining light with two goals in four games. The £7m man has not been getting as much game time as he might want or deserve but he remains a threat. With Zaha being a doubt for Palace he might be an astute swap.
We see this being a 2-1 win for the home side as the misery continues to pile on Pellegrini.