What is the best FPL Gameweek 5 Free Hit team? FPL Junior (five top 17k finishes in the last six seasons) shares his FPL tips by selecting a team each week to try and score as many points as possible. In essence, he will be playing his Free Hit chip every single Gameweek. 

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FPL Gameweek 5 Free Hit Team

Goalkeeper/Defenders

Sa and Marcal:

The Wolves duo make up the value picks at the back this week. Wolves has conceded the second fewest shots (33) and joint third fewest big chances (3) so far this season. Meanwhile, Brentford rank in the lower third for the majority of the ‘goal threat’ stats.

Marcal’s positioning has been extremely advanced this season but this hasn’t equated to high quality chances created. Nevertheless, this new position has helped him offensively and he is able nick a few fortunate assists. If you can stretch to Semedo, I’d recommend that, as he has better underlying numbers.

Alexander-Arnold:

Trent tops the charts for big chances created (four) , xA (2.37) and key passes (20) this season. Therefore, his two assists show he has been underperforming.

Liverpool face Crystal Palace who haven’t been that strong going forward against eleven men. Yet once the wingback isn’t facing one of the top four, it’s hard to justify not including him.

Walker: 

A rest in midweek is the main reason why he gets in the eleven as Manchester City’s Premier League defensive numbers are extremely impressive.

They rank top for shots conceded (21), shots inside the box conceded (13), xGC (1.5) and only Brentford have conceded fewer big chances with two.

Cancelo is easily the best pick, with the highest ceiling, but he hasn’t had a minutes rest this campaign.

James: 

Chelsea face a Spurs team without Son which is a major bonus for one of the league’s strongest defences. Spurs also had to toil on Thursday evening in Europe.

James ranks fourth for xA with those above him all playing over double the amount of minutes. He missed the last game due to suspension. I expect the fullback to slot in as he did on Tuesday.

Spurs rank joint second bottom for shots (38) and big chances (three) as well as second bottom for shots inside the box (22).

Midfielders

Greenwood:

A rest during midweek should see his place on the right hand side nailed for another week. Meanwhile, United’s opponents West Ham enter into Europe for the first time this season.

West Ham’s defensive numbers have been decent and they rank fourth best for xGC (3.7). Nevertheless, you have to take into account that the fixtures have been favourable for them so far.

Torres:

Despite a blank last week, I’m willing to roll the dice again for Man City’s false number nine. He started midweek but was allowed to come off early, so I’m willing to try him for one more Gameweek before the fixtures turn.

Their opponents are middle of the road for their defensive numbers for their first four games. Yet City always have the chance to go big, so this isn’t a major concern.

Salah and Jota:

Liverpool have a plum fixture against Crystal Palace who I still believe are a team to target despite their result against Spurs in Gameweek 4. The duo is highly likely to start despite Champions League duties.

Liverpool’s offensive numbers are right up there once again this season. Jota was top for xA (1.05) last week and topped the tables with two big chances and six key passes.

Forwards

Ronaldo:

After a blistering debut, I don’t think there’s any need to look elsewhere, just yet. In such a short time frame, Ronaldo has reaffirmed how clinical of a striker he is.

Lukaku is the obvious comparison but I expect Spurs to be a tighter affair. Although likely to score, the Belgian goalscorer may not produce a huge score.

Bamford: 

Leeds is an offensive team and they face the league’s worst side in terms of xGC (10.5) and big chances (16). Thankfully, Bamford has been declared fit and hopefully, the only thing that’s “pinging” is balls into the top corner off his foot.

His underlying numbers haven’t stood out massively but he’s still recording satisfactory creative and goal threat numbers. This is despite Marcelo Bielsa’s men not having the easiest run of opening fixtures.

 

 

Bench

Steele, Duffy, Bissouma and Scarlett fill up the bench.

FPL Gameweek 5 Free Hit Team

All stats used in the article can be found using Fantasy Football Hub’s Opta Stats tool.

Notable Omissions

Watkins really impressed me against Chelsea. The English striker was unlucky not to score if it wasn’t for Mendy’s top class keeping. Everton have improved defensively since last season but are still there for the taking against Aston Villa.

Jimenez has a great fixture against Brentford. Despite his underlying number being right up there, I’m waiting for him to finally get on the scoresheet. He still hasn’t shown his form of yesteryear for me to fork out a substantial £7.4m of my budget.

With a rest on Wednesday, Gabriel Jesus is a player I would have liked but I can’t fit him in at his price. Despite being slightly out of position on the wing, he has looked much more threatening with his crosses.

 

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