We bring you the best of the FPL Gameweek 5 Sunday matches and what they mean from a Fantasy Premier League perspective as Cristiano Ronaldo makes it three goals in two Premier League games so far.
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FPL Gameweek 5 Sunday Match Reports
Brighton 2-1 Leicester
Goals: Maupay (pen), Welbeck // Vardy
Assists: Duffy, Trossard // Tielemans
Neal Maupay (£6.5m) made it three returns in five gameweeks with a penalty against Leicester, which was won by a Shane Duffy (£4.2m) header being handled.
After Danny Welbeck (£6.0m) put Brighton two ahead, Jamie Vardy (£10.4m) wiped out the clean sheet hopes of many managers with a 62nd-minute goal.
Robert Sanchez (£4.5m) only managed two saves in the game, the fourth time out of five gameweeks that the keeper has failed to earn a save point.
On Yves Bissouma (£4.6m), who was substituted after 79 minutes, Graham Potter explained:
“He was desperate to play (in the second half), the medical department were ok with it. He extended his knee a little bit. As the game starts to go on, the fatigue might be a problem but he was desperate to go out. It was a decision for the medical department.”
Brighton XI: Sanchez; Dunk, Duffy, Veltman; Cucurella, Bissouma (Moder 79), Lallana, March (Mwepu 62); Trossard, Maupay; Welbeck (Burn 80).
Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Bertrand (Castagne 68), Vestergaard, Soyuncu, Pereira; Soumare (Iheanacho 75), Ndidi, Tielemans; Barnes, Vardy, Maddison (Lookman 45).
West Ham 1-2 Man United
Goals: Benrahma // Ronaldo, Lingard
Assist: Bowen // Matic
Having been a very minor doubt before the game, Said Benrahma (£6.4m) started for West Ham and opened the scoring fortuitously. His on-target strike from outside the box deflected off Raphael Varane (£5.5m) before ending up in the Man Utd net.
Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.6m) levelled matters soon after, tapping in after his initial effort from a Bruno Fernandes (£12.0m) cross was saved.
The Portugal striker took seven shots against the Hammers. All of those were from inside the area, with five hitting the target. He is set to be one of the top Gameweek 6 captain picks as Aston Villa visit Old Trafford.
Cristiano Ronaldo in his two games so far:
Shots in the box: 12
Big chances: 5
Penalty area touches: 21
Owning Lukaku from GW7 makes so much sense but losing Ronaldo is a scary thought!
— AbuBakar Siddiq (@BigManBakar) September 19, 2021
On several spot-kick claims for Ronaldo at the London Stadium, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remarked:
“Hopefully it won’t be that Cristiano’s never going to get a penalty.”
Jesse Lingard (£6.9m) ended up scoring the winning goal late on, as substitute Mark Noble (£4.5m) missed a last-second penalty.
West Ham’s fixtures continue to look relatively favourable from an FPL perspective, particularly Gameweek 6’s match-up with a leaky Leeds outfit. Michail Antonio (£7.9m) will be available for that clash after serving a one-game ban in Gameweek 5.
West Ham XI: Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Zouma, Coufal; Rice, Soucek, Fornals; Vlasic (Yarmolenko 68), Benrahma (Lanzini 88), Bowen (Noble 94).
Man Utd XI: De Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Varane, Wan-Bissaka; Fred, McTominay; Pogba, Fernandes, Greenwood; Ronaldo.
Spurs 0-3 Chelsea
Goal: Silva, Kante, Rudiger
Assist: Alonso, Kovacic, Werner
Marcos Alonso (£5.7m) fluttered his eyelids at FPL bosses on his fifth consecutive Premier League start this season, ending the game with an ‘expected goals’ tally of 0.53.
The left wing-back earned an assist for his corner which Thiago Silva (£5.4m) headed in, while also having a shot cleared off the line by Eric Dier (£4.6m).
It was Dier who then deflected in Chelsea’s second, with N’Golo Kante (£4.9m) awarded the goal for an on-target shot. Antonio Rudiger (£5.5m) rewarded his 8.9% ownership with an injury-time goal.
Romelu Lukaku (£11.6m) failed to get any attacking returns, though was involved in several ‘nearly moments’ as a provider in the second half. The striker’s xA totalled 0.47.
On the absent Edouard Mendy (£6.0m), Thomas Tuchel explained pre-match:
“Edou got a huge hit (in the Champions League) and we tried everything in the last days but he never felt fully comfortable in diving and getting another hit on it. Yesterday in training we decided if a miracle doesn’t happen overnight, then Kepa will play.”
Heung-min Son (£10.0m) returned to fitness for Spurs, while Harry Kane (£12.2m) recorded a third consecutive blank.
Spurs XI: Lloris; Reguilon, Dier, Romero (Sanchez 83), Royal; Alli, Hojbjerg, Ndombele (Skipp 61); Son, Kane, Lo Celso (Gil 61).
Chelsea XI: Kepa; Rudiger, Silva, Christensen; Alonso, Kovacic, Jorginho, Azpilicueta; Mount (Kante 45), Lukaku, Havertz (Werner 70).
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