In this Fantasy Premier League series FPL Junior (four top 13k finishes in last four 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 “free hitting” every single Gameweek. Rather than selecting longer-term options, he’ll solely focus on players with the best form and fixtures for the upcoming Gameweek 5.
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This season has been a rollercoaster and we’ve only played four Gameweeks! The international break has thrown plenty of spanners into the works. Normally as more Gameweek’s take place, a template begins to form and decisions look easier but I can’t say that’s been the case for me this season.
Gameweek 5 Team
Clean sheets are getting harder and harder to choose from with the number of clean sheets down on recent seasons. Martinez gets the nod this week after the news of Leicester’s injury woes. With Vardy a doubt and the Foxes looking at some wholesale changes, this disruption may lead to Villa bagging their third clean sheet of the season.
Leeds have thoroughly impressed me over their first four Gameweeks and a defender looks a shrewd budget option. Wolves have looked clueless in front of goal at times this season as they try to recover from a number of player sales and integrating new players. Dallas’ attacking threat in recent weeks gives him a number of avenues for points and Leeds are a well-oiled machine.
Chilwell totally transformed Chelsea’s attack last time out and has recovered from a knock over the break. With him on set-pieces (the extent depending on who starts) and extremely advanced down the left-hand side, he looks a big upgrade on Alonso. There are still questions on his defensive ability and with Mendy injured, attacking returns might be needed again this week.
Fulham’s attack continues to struggle to find the back of the net so the wingback, Stevens gets a place this week. Sheffield Utd have been suffering from second season syndrome and with two centre-backs out this week, it’s not going to be easy but playing against the league’s poorest attack should help. The Irishman also carries some attacking potential.
Salah was the shining light of a dogged Liverpool performance against Aston Villa and has to get a place in the side for the derby. With Pickford in goal, Everton have underperformed in defence and I can see that continuing unless he turns his form around.
The Grealish pick may look like chasing points but he’s Aston Villa’s talisman and as seen against West Ham last week, Leicester’s defence is extremely poor at the moment. They’ve been hit with further injuries all around the park, most worryingly at the back with Soyuncu ruled out and Evans a doubt, meaning their leaky defence has even bigger holes in it.
Son has been the epitome of hot and cold this season. He’s either exploded or been extremely quiet in his first four games of the season. His current ceiling is huge as looks more advanced than Kane, taking advantage of higher lines or pouncing on errors while the latter has turned creator. The pair will have even more firepower and assistance with the return of Bale imminent. His left-sided role looks secure but his biggest success has been straying into the centre. I’m not getting my hopes up for another mega haul with West Ham in town for the London Derby and if the patterns continue, he’s due a blank this week!
I’m taking a bit of a punt of Pulisic this week as he’s yet to start a game for Chelsea this season but he picked up some minutes before the break and had the last two weeks off to train at Cobham. If Southampton continue to deploy a high line then I can see there being trouble, especially with the American’s pace. He’s definitely going to get minutes but a start is not 100% guaranteed, so Havertz might be your man if you want secured minutes.
Kane was an easy inclusion this week for the attacking double up but West Ham aren’t a pushover. They’ve kept back to back clean sheets and have looked extremely impressive since Moyes has been working from home. The Spurs forward has been extremely creative and clinical in front of goal but you have to be careful when looking at the stats after playing against ten men for the majority of the last game. Nevertheless, the England captain is in form and you want to jump on him through his purple patches.
Brighton’s striker, Maupay has started the season extremely well and has massively benefitted from the increase in penalties. Crystal Palace’s defence hasn’t been up to the standard Hodgson demands with injuries blighting their backline.
Calvert-Lewin is in at the moment no matter what the fixture. Saying that, Liverpool’s defence is much less daunting with the absence of Alisson. Add to that the morale levels after shipping seven goals against Aston Villa and him grabbing his first England goal and he looks a superb pick once again.
Steer, Mitchell, Lamptey and Stephens take spots on the bench.
Gameweek 5 Captaincy
Harry Kane takes the armband against West Ham.
The Man City vs Arsenal game would normally provide a captaincy option but with Man City’s side struggling for form and fitness, I’ve decided to avoid. The De Bruyne injury news leaves City massively rotating their strongest XI which might see Sterling on penalties. Arsenal have one of their best chances to get something at the Etihad.
Speaking of form, Bruno Fernandes would’ve been a shoe-in if this game took place last season but I’m avoiding them at the moment. Saying that, the likes of Fernandes can come away with points in a terrible performance. I wouldn’t put it past Saint-Maximin and Wilson to get something either.
I’m also steering clear of Wolves until their form starts to pick up.
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