After what feels like a VERY long international break, the Premier League returns on Saturday for Gameweek 5 of the 18/19 season!
The new season has produced a few surprises – who’d have thought that Crystal Palace would hold the best defensive record so far?! – but as expected Man City and Liverpool remain fantasy football favourites as the two highest-scoring sides.
Do we like them for more this weekend? We’ve done extensive analysis on every Premier League game to help answer that question and provide some of the best fantasy football tips for gameweek 5.
FST Gameweek 5 Line-up
GW4 Points: 61
Overall Points: 227
Overall Rank: 1,280,509
Total Players: 6,654,397
GW5 Fantasy Football Tips
Sadio Mane (Liverpool, £11.5m)
Sadio Mane has been an interesting Fantasy Premier League option since returning to the Liverpool starting XI in matchday 2. So far in the 19/20 campaign, the Senegalese winger has scored four goals and assisted one across a Super Cup and three Premier League starts. Notably, his goal away to Burnley last time out was his second in two games against bottom-half opposition. As such, we feel that an encounter at home Newcastle will give him another chance to extend his recent streak of form.
Mane has scored in ten of his last thirteen Premier League outings – his 22 goal total for 18/19 was his best-ever record – and his average of three shots on goal per game last term was not far behind that of Mo Salah. Only a few Premier League sides have seen more shots on goal against them than Newcastle since the season began, meaning that Liverpool are in good shape to repeat the scorelines between from 18/19 as well – the Reds scored 7 times across their two matches against Newcastle.
Kevin de Bruyne (Man City, £9.8m)
Kevin De Bruyne looks back to his best after an injury-hampered 18/19 campaign. He’s already registered one goal and five assists in City’s opening four games and he’s also produced a league-high 16 key passes – two more than any other player. His nine key passes in the game against Spurs, where he assisted two and collected 3 bonus points – was also a standout performance. No player has earned more bonus points than KDB so far.
De Bruyne is the engine that runs Guardiola’s unstoppable machine and he looks more capable than ever of beating his 21 assist total from the 16/17 season. He’ll no doubt add a few goals to that too and make a mockery of his £9.8m price tag – his cheapest in three seasons. Manchester City travel to Norwich, before taking on a Watford side under new management. City also don’t meet with any ‘big six’ side until November.
Sebastien Haller (West Ham, £7.5m)
After a difficult but promising debut performance against Man City and a missed game through injury, Sebastien Haller finally announced himself to the Premier League on the third matchday. The Hammers’ new £45m striker scored twice, including an acrobatic bicycle kick, away to a struggling Watford side to bring home a tidy 13 point haul for his Fantasy Premier League owners. He followed that up with a goal against Norwich last time out.
His six shots on target so far this season put him joint fourth in the Premier League among forwards – sharing this position with the likes of Man City’s Sergio Aguero and Liverpool’s Mo Salah – and his chances of keeping up this form look good. West Ham’s next few games come against newly-promoted Aston Villa, Manchester United and Bournemouth, none of which have been at their best defensively.
Ashley Barnes (Burnley, £6.7m)
Burnley’s Ashley Barnes has been one of a few standout budget forwards over the first few weeks of the new season. He scored four goals in three matches prior to his blank against Liverpool just before the international break, but a trip to Brighton should help him get back to scoring ways – the Seagulls have conceded an average of almost two goals per game and are yet to keep a clean sheet.
Barnes’ underlying numbers are the best way to highlight his potential. He ranks third among forwards for shots (15) and shots inside the penalty area (1) and his eight shots on target are second only to the 11 of Teemu Pukki (£7.0m) among all players. He’s improved massively since last season, where he scored a career-best 12 Premier League goals, and his upcoming fixtures and modest 11% ownership only add to his appeal.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool, £7.1m)
Alexander-Arnold was one of the highest-scoring defenders in fantasy football last season, despite playing around 800 minutes fewer than Liverpool teammates Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Roberston. At £7.1m and £6.9m, he and Roberston are the two most expensive defenders in the game, but Robertson is yet to provide attacking returns, while Alexander-Arnold has already recorded three assists in four games.
Only Kevin De Bruyne has registered more key passes than the raiding right-back so far this season – he’s showing no signs of slowing down from his 13 assist total from 18/19 – and with him also on set-pieces like direct free-kicks, his potential for more attacking returns is frightening. A visit of Newcastle United to Anfield should help Liverpool follow up their first clean sheet of the season too – bookies give them over a 50% chance of making it back-to-back.
More GW5 Fantasy Football Tips
Jamie Vardy (Leicester, £8.9m) vs Man Utd (A)
Daniel James (Man Utd, £6.1m) vs Leicester (H)
Raul Jimenez (Wolves, £7.4m) vs Chelsea (H)
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton, £7.8m) vs Bournemouth (A)
John Lundstram (Sheffield Utd, £4.2m) vs Southampton (H)
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