After an entertaining fourth weekend, we have a look at the players who are primed for FPL glory in the fifth Gameweek.
Gameweek 5 Deadline: 16th Sept, 19:00 (23:30 IST)
Claudio Bravo (Manchester City)
City’s summer signing faced plenty of ridicule for his debut performance last weekend but the good news for him is that Joe Hart’s debut had a typical howler in it and Pep Guardiola’s public support should see him start again. With Bournemouth visiting the Etihad this weekend, he’s an easy selection between the sticks. City haven’t yet kept a clean sheet in the Premier League so are due and the Cherries do have the spirit about them so should create some chances. While clean sheet points look on the cards, save points could be at a premium but his price makes him a risk worth considering this week.
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)
If you are not yet convinced by the City stopper then consider Lloris (£5.4m) as Spurs welcome Sunderland to White Hart Lane. The Frenchman kept a second shut-out of the season at Stoke and faces a Black Cats side that failed to score in front of their own fans against Everton on Monday night. With a £0.1m price drop, he represents the cheapest route into Tottenham’s defence and Spurs have some favourable fixtures ahead. He is one I want if I am looking for a premium keeper.
Bacary Sagna (Manchester City)
If you don’t feel comfortable using Bravo (£5.5m) to cover the City clean sheet potential this Gameweek then you could try a mini gamble on Sagna (£5.5m). Back in the side for the Manchester derby, he was rested for the midweek Champions League encounter and is expected to start on Saturday. As with every City player you can never be 100% sure, but he is their first choice right-back and in Pep’s system he will get forward plenty, increasing the chances of attacking returns to go with any defensive points. John Stones (£5.0m) is a cheaper route into City’s defence but he doesn’t offer you any attacking returns or bonus points.
Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)
Having already tipped Lloris, I feel it’s wise to also include a Spurs defender this Gameweek. Toby Alderweireld was the defender to have last season but with the Belgian now priced at £6.5m, I feel there’s a better value for money option in Kyle Walker (£5.7m). The English international has started the season impressively having picked up two assists and five bonus points in four games. It’s this attacking threat coupled with Spurs ability to keep clean sheets which makes him a tempting prospect. The only problem with him is that he is likely to suffer some rotation with Kieran Trippier.
Leighton Baines (Everton)
Everton have really got into their stride since Ronald Koeman’s arrival, with the most notable improvement being at the back, having kept their second clean sheet of the season on Monday night. At £5.5m, Baines is the most expensive of the back four, but his attacking instincts, the dominance of the BPS scores and the fact that he is on spot-kick duties makes him, in my opinion, the best option. Apart from the trip to City in Gameweek 8, the Toffees have a favourable fixture list which could see Baines and co pick up some more clean sheets.
Scott Dann (Crystal Palace)
Alan Pardew will be confident that his side can pick up all three points and if there’s one player who can contribute at both ends of the pitch it’s Dann (£5.5m). The Englishman scored five goals last season, joint top by a Palace player, and will be looking add more this Gameweek against a sorry Stoke side. who have conceded the most number of shots from inside the box.
Liverpool’s fab four
Who to pick from Liverpool’s midfield is a good talking point, with four men carrying a clear goal threat – Sadio Mane (£8.9m), Roberto Firmino (£8.4m), Philippe Coutino (£8.2m) and Adam Lallana (£7.1m) have all scored twice this season. So who do you want in your squad? To be honest, it looks hard to go wrong with any of them and much will depend on how much cash you want to spend.
Liverpool have scored nine times in four games and I am surprised they haven’t had more credit so far this season. They have played three out of the opening four games away from home and have faced three of the best defences last season – Arsenal, Tottenham and Leicester. They lost none, outplayed all three opponents and scored nine goals in the process. If they can follow it with a point(s) at Chelsea, I really do think with no European commitments they are genuine title contenders. I expect one of the fab four to score facing David Luiz and co. Firmino looks the best bet.
Nolito (Manchester City)
The Spaniard has been impressive since his summer move from Celta de Vigo and has already found the back on two occasions this season. He seems a perfect fit for Pep’s style of play and should be back in the team after being rested for the Champions League game in midweek. While others will go with the obvious City choices like Kevin De Bruyne (£10.5m) and Raheem Sterling (£8.3m), I feel Nolito (£9.0m) could prosper and be the punt of the Gameweek.
Yannick Bolasie (Everton)
Bolasie is one who has impressed me in recent weeks and, at just £6.0m, looks a great enabler as well as a source of points this Gameweek. Over the last two weekends, no other Everton player has fired in more crosses or created more chances than the former Palace winger. If he can improve on his final product, then he could be a great option to cover Everton’s much-improved attack in your team, especially if you don’t have both Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku.
Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City)
I am expecting City to run riot at home to Bournemouth and, though undoubtedly, a short-term option, given he only starts as Sergio Aguero is suspended, Iheanacho is a stunning option at £7m. We may not get 90 mins from him but he needs to do very little to return his value in 60 minutes or even if he comes on from the bench like he did against Monchengladbach in the Champions League. The only problem is we are spoilt for choices in this area but he is a gamble worth taking this Gameweek.
Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace)
Palace have finally broken their duck with a win over Middlesbrough last week, and more importantly the link between Palace’s wingers and their record signing Benteke (£7.5m) seems to finally be paying dividends. A first goal for the club for the big Belgian will almost certainly lead to more, and a physical battle against a Stoke defence, who have conceded 10 goals in four games, will certainly fire up the big man.
Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
“Form is temporary, class is permanent”, I don’t know if I can use this saying with Lukaku (£9.1m) but if you look at his stats, he has scored 60 goals in the last four seasons which is very impressive for such a frustrating player. The key in FPL is to own him at the right time and with five goals in the last two games for club and country, now seems the right time. Everton’s fixture, except the away trip to City (GW 8), are favourable and there is a good chance he could go on a goalscoring run.
Harry Kane (£10.9m) is another player who opened his account for the season last weekend and looks set to benefit from the return of Mousa Dembele from suspension against Sunderland. He and Lukaku, both, have the abilities to become alternatives to Aguero and Ibrahimovic, and will also save you some cash to strengthen other areas.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£11.8m) may well be the most reliable captain pick, away to a Watford side that has conceded eight goals and failed to keep a clean sheet this season. Alexis Sanchez (£11.0) shouldn’t be ignored to replace the suspended captaincy stalwart, Aguero. The Chilean was rested for the Southampton game last weekend and brought in just one FPL point from a brief appearance off the bench. But a goal in midweek against PSG and an away trip to Hull City, who have conceded an attempt on goal every 4.6 minutes so far, could ensure he follows up his Gameweek 4 disappointment with a positive haul.
Eden Hazard (£10.3m) and Diego Costa (£9.9m) could be interesting picks against a Liverpool side who have failed to keep a clean sheet this season. If you want someone from City, then De Bruyne is your man. The Belgian took the centre stage in the Manchester derby with a goal and assist, and looks in great form. Surprising, he is a great differential pick this Gameweek. Finally, Kane and Lukaku are my last two choices. The duo opened their account for the season last weekend and look set to continue their goalscoring run when they face Sunderland and Middlesbrough respectively.
This article is written by Shantanu Ambekar, you can follow him on Twitter at @ShantanuAmbekar. What are your thoughts? Let us know by dropping a comment via our comments box below. Make sure you follow us on Twitter, Google+, Instagram and like us on Facebook.