A lifelong Birmingham City fan, Tom relocated to Germany for five years after graduating from university, where his interest in the Bundesliga developed. He began writing about and betting on German football for FST in 2016. He's also an avid fantasy football player and closely follows the Premier League and European competitions.
Gameweek 6 is almost upon us just a few days after the ups and downs of some entertaining mid-week League Cup football. Last weekend’s Premier League matches proved decent entertainment, so let’s hope for more of the same this weekend. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool stepped up to Conte’s Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, leaving the Blues with their first defeat of the season. Watford continued their unexpected winning streak with a 3-1 win at home to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. West Brom’s 4-2 win over West Ham saw the Hammers poor start to the season continue.
Read more below to see our recent winner and find out our recommendations for who to take and who to bench for the upcoming fixtures!
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Last week’s winner was Robert Hutchison’s “pewpewpew”, who bagged himself £20 in bet365 free bets and most importantly an FST Mug!
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Who to Buy
Sergio Aguero or Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – Price: £13.0m and £10.7m respectively
Sergio Aguero will be available for selection again this Saturday following his three match suspension for violent conduct against Winston Reid. Not much more explanation is required for including the Argentinian. He is, admittedly, the single most expensive player in Premier League fantasy, but his hat-trick in the 4-0 win against Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League was the performance of a player in peak form. He’ll soon prove to be worth every penny.
Kevin De Bruyne is another who looks better than ever. KDB ran the show for Manchester City against Manchester United and Bournemouth going forwards in the absence of Sergio Aguero. He earnt himself a total of 27 points in the process through two goals, two assists and the maximum number of bonus points. Though De Bruyne is on the pricey side at £10.7m, the second most expensive midfielder in Premier League fantasy, he is also the joint 2nd highest earning midfielder so far and shows no signs of slowing down.
Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – Price: £9.3m
Romelu Lukaku ended a goalless run of 1139 minutes with an 11 minute hat-trick (the 12th fastest in Premier League history) against Sunderland in gameweek 4, and continued that form with a goal and an assist last time out in Everton’s 3-1 win at home to Middlesborough. Lukaku has tallied a huge 29 points over these two matches and will no doubt be full of confidence to continue adding to his tally ahead of their next match away to Bournemouth.
Diego Costa (Chelsea) – Price: £10.0m
Despite his theatricals and the signing of Michy Batshuayi from Marseille over the summer, Diego Costa has kept his position as Conte’s and Chelsea’s lone man up front. Costa has been in top form and very consistent since the beginning of the season, scoring at least 5 points in each of the five opening fixtures. Costa is currently the second best fantasy striker with 33 points in total, just one point fewer than Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who costs £1.8m more. He scored Chelsea’s only goal last time out at home to Liverpool, taking his tally to 5 goals and making him joint top scorer in the Premier League.
Nacer Chadli or Salomon Rondon (West Brom) – Price: £6.4m and £6.6m respectively
In their first match under new Chinese ownership, West Brom found themselves 4-0 up against West Ham before the half time whistle was blown. Nacer Chadli, who is WBA’s record signing and made his debut last weekend, has already began to pay off his fee with a masterclass that saw him score two and assists two. His dynamic performance earnt him a huge 21 points and the title of “Player of the Week” in the Premier League “Dream Team”.
Salomon Rondon’s ten point haul in the same match from one goal and one assist was largely overshadowed by Chadli. He too looked in decent form and with West Brom facing the out-of-form Stoke this Saturday, we expect either of these players to be valuable assets for any fantasy side, especially considering their price tags.
Troy Deeney or Etienne Capoue (Watford) – Price: £6.9m and £5.0m respectively
Watford captain Troy Deeney said his side were motivated to fight back from being 2-0 down at West Ham in gameweek 4 as they felt the Hammer’s were trying to “mug them off”. Deeney himself has taken 12 points from his last two matches, thanks to goals in each of their wins against West Ham, where he scored from open play with a fantastic across goal finish, and against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, where he calmly converted from the penalty spot.
Etienne Capoue has been a “hidden gem” for fantasy managers that signed him up early. Capoue registered just 1 assist throughout his entire 2015/2016 season but is now the highest scoring player in Premier League fantasy. His much more involved role has seen him tally 44 points in total from 4 goals, 1 assist and 11 bonus points. With Watford playing Burnley this weekend, we expect either of these players to be solid investments for a smaller portion of your budget.
Who to Bench
Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that striker Harry Kane will be sidelined for the meantime after he picked up ankle ligament damage in last weekend’s 1-0 win against Sunderland. Kane was starting to look back in form after two goals in two matches which saw him pick up 15 points for fantasy managers. His £10.9m price tag is, however, better invested in another striker until his return.
Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
So what are our thoughts on the world record £89m man? So far, we remain largely unimpressed. Pogba, who has played all 90 minutes in United’s last four games, has been heavily criticised in the past weeks thanks to a handful of underwhelming performances. Pogba has earnt just 9 points over his four appearances and is yet to register a goal or assist, enough for us to say it’s time to look elsewhere. We recommend taking the £8.4m of your budget spent on Pogba and instead investing the sum in more involved midfielders, such as those mentioned above.
We rattle on about Stoke every week, but their performances are weaker with every passing match and will likely not improve rapidly any time soon thanks to injuries. Veteran Shay Given has stood in for the injured Jack Butland, a favourite of fantasy managers last season, who isn’t expected back until mid-November. Stoke are yet to keep a clean sheet and have conceded 4 goals in each of their last two matches.
Stoke have also suffered without Glen Johnson and Xherdan Shaqiri, lacking creativity down the right hand side. The Potters will likely benefit from new signing Wilfried Bony in time. While Bony is certainly a decent signing, he’ll likely take a while to acclimatise himself to Stoke’s style of football and would definitely benefit from the creativity of a fully fit Arnautovic, Bojan, and Shaqiri trio going forward.
Ross Barkley (Everton)
Ross Barkley has found himself fall out-of-form after a strong start to the season. Barkley earned 15 points in the opening 2 matches through a goal and an assist, but has taken just 5 points since over a softer set of fixtures against Stoke, Sunderland and Middlesborough. Though Everton face Bournemouth on Saturday and he doesn’t take up too much of your budget at £7.5m, we’d prefer to invest this amount in a more in-form player, such as Watford’s Capoue, West Brom’s Nacer Chadli or West Ham’s Antonio for the time being.
Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Scott Dann (Crystal Palace), Danny Rose (Tottenham), David Silva (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea)
All of the above are the latest doubtfuls ahead of Gameweek 5, though there are, of course, plenty of other current injuries to be aware of. Leaving doubtful players in your lineup in the hope that they are fit in time is a gamble, but it can sometimes have its reward. If you choose to leave a doubtful player in your lineup and take the risk, then make sure to order your benched players. That way if your doubtful player doesn’t feature, the players you want to be automatically switched for the absent player will be subbed in once all matches are finished.
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