Who are the best FPL forwards for Gameweek 5? 4-time top 1k and 5-time top 5k finisher Abdul Rehman uses the Hub's OPTA, Prediction, Comparison and Fixture tools to find the best Fantasy Premier League budget and premium forwards for Gameweek 5.
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Who are the Best FPL Forwards For Gameweek 5?
Romelu Lukaku (£11.5m) – Chelsea
Fixture: Spurs (a)
The Chelsea forward now has three goals in three Premier League games and is proving to be an elite FPL option as most of us expected. He has 11 Shots in the Box, 3 Big Chances, and an xG of 1.89 (6th) despite playing one game less than all other forwards.
The Blues come up against London rivals Spurs in Gameweek 5. Despite conceding zero goals so far this season with 11 men on the pitch and only conceding their first three last gameweek, they've been rather fortunate to have kept three clean sheets. They have actually conceded 43 Shots in the Box (16th), 8 Big Chances (15th) and have an xGC of 6.4 (15th).
Chelsea, on the other hand, have been great going forward. They've scored 9 goals (3rd) with 32 Shots in the Box (7th), 8 Big Chances (6th) and have an xG of 6.0 (6th) despite playing Liverpool (a) and Arsenal (a).
Tuchel's men have already shown they are a much more potent side attack-wise with Lukaku. The Belgian has hit the ground running in his second stint with them. He is going to be their talisman this season without a doubt, and is likely to get at least 20 goals and probably hit double digits with assists too.
Furthermore, Spurs look to have a bit of a defensive crisis. Eric Dier (£5.0m) looks to be injured and Japhet Tanganga (£4.5m) is suspended for this game.
Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.5m) – Manchester United
Fixture: West Ham United (a)
The return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United did not fail to disappoint: the Portuguese scored two goals in his home debut. He had 6 Shots (2nd), 2 Shots on Target (2nd), 5 Shots in the Box (3rd), 2 Big Chances (2nd) and an xG of 1.00 (3rd).
At 36 years of age Ronaldo is still playing at an elite level and is going to be one of the top FPL assets this season.
In Gameweek 5, Manchester United come up against West Ham United, who have conceded five goals in their first four games. Despite that, their xGC has only been 3.7 (5th). They've been unfortunate to have conceded so many.
However, they come up against a Man United side who scored the second-most goals in the league (73) last season and the most this season so far (11).
They've managed 42 Shots in the Box (5th), 12 Big Chances (3rd) and an xG of 7.8 (4th). They are very likely to be among the top three top-scoring sides in the league again, especially now with the inclusion of Ronaldo.
Although we don’t know for certain, Ronaldo is very likely to be on penalties now too. He's also the bookie's favourite to score anytime amongst forwards at 53% and also the top predicted points scorer amongst forwards (6.1) according to our Points Prediction Tool.
Patrick Bamford (£7.9m) – Leeds United
Fixture: Newcastle United (a)
Patrick Bamford and Leeds United haven’t got off to the best of starts this season. They have drawn two and lost two in their opening four games and the forward has only managed a goal and assist. His stats have been decent though, with 10 Shots in the Box, 2 Big Chances and an xG of 1.25 despite playing Manchester United (H) and Liverpool (a).
The Whites face a much easier test for Gameweek 5 as they come up against Newcastle United (a). The Toon have conceded 12 goals (20th), 42 Shots in the Box (15th), 24 Shots on Target (19th), 16 Big Chances (20th) and an xGC of 10.5 (20th).
This makes them the worst defensive side in the league this season.
This looks like the perfect fixture for Bielsa’s team to get their season on track and Bamford will surely start scoring well again soon, especially due to the nature of Leeds' attacking style. Newcastle really don’t look too convincing and our Fixture Ticker also has Leeds in the top five attacking-wise.
Furthermore, Bamford is joint-top with Ronaldo for expected points (6.1) amongst forwards, and is also second for anytime goalscorer (51%). With him also the designated penalty taker, he is a great option not only for this week but beyond. Leeds have a great fixture run.
Ollie Watkins (£7.3m) – Aston Villa
Fixture: Everton (H)
Ollie Watkins played his first 90 minutes in Gameweek 4 and looks to be fully fit after returning from injury. He scored an impressive 14 goals and 9 assists last season and was one of the best value FPL players in the game.
Aston Villa come up against Everton (H) in Gameweek 5. The Villains have scored five goals thus far with 26 Shots on the Box (16th), 3 Big Chances (17th) and an xG of 4.6 (11th). However, they did look much better against Chelsea (a) last week and were very unlucky not to score.
In that game alone they had 11 Shots in the Box (5th) and an xG of 1.6 (6th). They seemed to play much better and looked to have clicked into gear.
It was no surprise their good play coincided with the return of a fully fit Watkins. He had a great game, with 5 Shots in the Box, 2 Shots on Target and 1 Big Chance and an xG of 0.78. He also managed an xA of 0.33 with 2 Chances Created.
This fills me with confidence for Villa's and Watkins' chances in Gameweek 5. The ex-Brentford man has proven he can both score and assist and no doubt makes Villa a stronger side.
Teemu Pukki (£5.9m) – Norwich
Fixture: Watford (H)
Norwich have had a tough time in their return to the Premier League. They have lost all four games so far but with opening fixtures of Liverpool (H), Manchester City (a), Leicester City (H) and Arsenal (a) it’s probably what we are all expecting.
Teemu Pukki did manage to score a goal in that run though albeit it being a penalty. He has had 6 Shots in the Box, 3 Big Chances and an xG of 1.76 which is pretty decent considering the opposition faced.
Norwich now embark on a much kinder run though starting off at Watford (H) in Gameweek 5. The Hornets have conceded 10 Big Chances (17th) and xGC of 6.9 (16th) and 7 goals conceded (17th).
Although Norwich’s attacking stats are amongst the worst in the league, that's more a reflection of their fixtures thus far. Their game against Watford should be a lot more evenly matched. With Norwich playing at home, this will be a prime chance for some attacking returns for the Canaries.
Pukki is their main goalscorer and talisman. In the 2019/20 season, the Finnish forward scored 11 goals and 3 assists with a 46% Goal Involvement, which was by far the highest in the team. He also finished the season as their top goal and points scorer.
Our Points Prediction Tool actually has him third for expected points (5.1) amongst forwards and he is also at 45% to score anytime.
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