After an entertaining fourth weekend, we have a look at the players who are primed for FPL glory in the sixth Gameweek.
Gameweek 6 Deadline: 24th Sept, 11:30 (16:00 IST)
Loris Karius (Liverpool)
Though he missed the start of the season with a hand injury and only made his competitive debut in midweek, Karius is expected to start tomorrow and I think he is a solid choice for this Gameweek. Hull City have surprised many people’s expectations this season, but I don’t see them getting any sort of a result against an in-form Liverpool side. Coming off a high after beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, I would put my money on the Reds to continue their good run going and keep a clean sheet in the process.
Jordan Pickford (Sunderland)
Another keeper to keep an eye on this Gameweek is Sunderland’s England Under-21 international Jordan Pickford. The thought of a keeper from a team that has made the most defensive errors might make you look elsewhere, but on having a closer look, four saves points in his last (and only) three games means the 22-year-old has 11 points in total and that too without a clean sheet. That’s isn’t bad at all for £4.0m, who is a regular starter at his club. Isn’t it?
Leighton Baines (Everton)
I suggested Baines last Gameweek and will do it once again. He has previously been a heavy FPL hitter and among the most expensive defenders in the game, but his price has dropped considerably this season after a disastrous end to Roberto Martinez’s time at Goodison Park. That’s all in the past now and the former England international looks back to his best under Ronald Koeman. Baines has played every minute of Everton’s campaign so far and at £5.6m looks a very solid option given that he is on penalty duties and the Toffees have a favourable fixture list ahead with Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Burnley in the next four.
If you want to save £0.2m then Seamus Coleman (£5.4m) could be a good option. The Irishman featured in our latest Premier League Team of the Week and has been in good form since his return back to the side after injury. Coleman scored against Middlesbrough last weekend and Baines is on spot-kick duty, so you need to decide who to pick but I would lean on Baines.
Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)
Walker (£5.8m) is always a solid FPL choice, no matter who Spurs are playing. His pace and willingness to get up and down the wing mean he’s going to be providing plenty of crosses and link-ups with his teammates in and around the box. It’s only a matter of time before he scores his first goal of the season, we think. With two assists, three clean sheets and seven bonus points, the England international is the game’s top scoring defender so far with 33 and a must have in your team. If you are able to pair him with Coleman/Baines in your defence, then you are in for a treat.
Jose Holebas (Watford)
On the back of a strong performance against Manchester United, I have decided to include Watford’s cut-price defender Holebas (£4.5m). With eight goal attempts and 23 crosses this term, I think the wing-back owned by just 0.7% could be a real differential option this Gameweek. Burnley’s weakness on the right-hand side could be an area to exploit for the German-born-Greek international and he will be afforded the license to raid forward down the Watford left on Monday night.
Etienne Capoue (Watford)
Well, this guy needs no explanation. Capoue has been nothing short of sensational so far this season. Scoring 44 points in total, more than any other player from any position, he has scored four in five games, recorded one assist, picked up 11 bonus points and is now an absolute essential add for his price. It isn’t too late and at £5.0m is still brilliant value. The question now is, do you play him as a fourth midfielder or as your first substitute? If it’s the latter, then there can be no better viable option than the Frenchman who is exceeding everyone’s expectations.
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Kevin De Bruyne (£10.7m) is the second most transferred player this Gameweek with more than 375,000 managers bringing him in their squads. But I am going to buck the trend here and make a case for Sterling. The former Liverpool man continues to be a favourite of Pep Guardiola. Three games, three assists and five bonus points so far point to him being a fantastic value for the £8.4m and the £2.3m of difference in price with his Belgian teammate is reflected in just one point. De Bruyne has 39 to Sterling’s 38 and the England man has played 11 minutes less. With Sergio Aguero back, he is certain to be in everyone’s team and I would personally pair him with Sterling and save the funds to strengthen other areas or buy another premium priced player.
Alex Iwobi (Arsenal)
Arsenal’s record against Chelsea is so bad that it seems crazy to even consider picking a Gooner this Gameweek. But Antonio Conte’s side are very much a work in progress and recent results suggest Arsenal are the favourites heading into the game. We all know about Arsenal’s class in forward areas, but one overlooked part of that attack could be Iwobi. At £5.8m, he is one of the cheapest routes to Arsenal’s midfield and proved his worth with a couple of assists against Hull. The youngster has seen plenty of action this season and after being rested for the EFL Cup win, the Nigerian looks certain to start on Saturday.
Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
For this position, you could take any one from the Liverpool midfield as has been well documented last week. Firmino (£8.4m) missed the trip to Stamford Bridge but scored twice against Leicester City a week before and is cheaper than Sadio Mane (£9.0m). Liverpool had a very difficult start to the season, which they have tackled very well, but they are now about to begin a run of 12, yes 12, favourites fixtures which could see the Brazilian score you plenty of points.
Troy Deeney (Watford)
Two goals in two games ahead of a beautiful run of games just makes complete sense. At £7.0m and with penalty duties, Deeney just seems to make more sense than his strike partner Odion Ighalo (£7.3m), who is yet to get going this season. Watford’s next five fixtures provide the perfect opportunity for the Englishman to build on his goal tally as they face Burnley Bournemouth, Middlesbrough, Swansea and Hull City.
The big question now is, does having both Capoue and Deeney in your team means too much Watford coverage. The answer is no. Their next five fixtures are winnable for a team who have scored seven in their last two. Their confidence is sky-high at the moment and both are integral to their attacking play.
Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
After losing three consecutive games, questions have been asked about Jose Mourinho’s team selection and there aren’t many players in the United XI who are justifying their big wages, except for one man. Rashford has been the one bright spark in recent games, scoring the winner at Hull. He followed that up by an impressive 45 minutes in the Manchester derby and then the full 90 and a goal at Watford. The teenager looks great value at £6.8m. Yes, United’s upcoming run of games includes fixtures against Leicester City, Liverpool and Chelsea but there seems little downside in his purchase. Like Kelechi Iheanacho last Gameweek, Rashford is our punt for this week. A gamble worth taking.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Aguero returns to the City team this Gameweek and he should probably be returning to your teams too! At £13m, he might cost a bomb but the Argentinian ace will be raring to go against Swansea City after his three-match ban. With the exception of Spurs away in two weeks, City have a very nice looking run of fixtures coming up and I am sure Aguero will take full advantage of that.
I have said it before and will do again, whenever Aguero is fit (or not suspended) and is in your squad, he should be your captain. It’s as simple as that. With nine goals in five appearances in all competitions under Guardiola, it should be a no-brainer. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the next big candidate for the armband. He faces a tough task as United welcome reigning champions Leicester to Old Trafford. The Big Swede has netted three times in two homes games, whilst the Foxes have lost both their away matches so far.
The in-form Romelu Lukaku is also a great option for the armband this Gameweek. The Belgian racked up 29 points in Aguero’s two-Gameweek absence and faces a Bournemouth side that has managed a single clean sheet so far. Liverpool’s home game with Hull brings Firmino, Mane and Philippe Coutinho into contention. Jurgen Klopp’s side are in devastating form and will fancy their chances against Mike Phelan’s men. De Bruyne and Sterling have racked up returns in the majority of the Gameweeks this season and offer an in-form City alternatives for those who are brave enough to overlook Aguero.
Capoue and Deeney are two wildcards this week as Watford travel to Burnley on Monday night. Dimitri Payet, four assists in the last two, and five-goal Michail Antonio also continue to remain under the radar as West Ham entertain Southampton.
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.