Gameweek 6 would be another high-scoring week for many FPL managers, with Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City putting 11 goals past their opponents between them alone. We also had the return of Sergio Aguero following his 3 match suspension, as hundreds of thousands would need a team reshuffle in order to fit the goal machine back into their line-ups. Champions Leicester City would also face a stern test away at José Mournho’s Manchester United, who themselves would be looking to recover from a poor run of form. Sunderland would take on Crystal Palace, in a potential early 6-pointer in the race for survival. Without further ado, here is the FPL Gameweek 6 Review…
Here’s this week’s dream team:
Tom Heaton – The Burnley stopper was in fine form yet again as Burnley secured a solid home win against a Watford side that will have come into the game in high spirits after wins against West Ham and Manchester United in consecutive weeks. However, it was not to be for the Hornets, who were unable to break the Clarets down for the first 45 minutes, and found themselves a goal down at half time after Jeff Hendrick nodded in from Steven Defour’s lobbed corner. The Hornets improved in the second half, taking high levels of possession without being able to finish the few chances they created. One of the better attempts came from Nigerian youngster Isaac Success, whose low shot skimmed just past Heaton’s right-hand post, and aside from that it was a fairly quiet evening for the keeper who may well be a part of the upcoming England squad.
Michael Keane – Another Clarets player, Michael Keane scored the game-killing goal just 5 minutes into the second half, after yet another Steven Defour cross. The Belgian had a superb evening, picking up assists for both of the game’s goals, and was arguably the best player on the pitch in the process. It wasn’t a good night for Watford, who struggled to make their slick, fast-paced style of football work against a resilient Burnley side. It’s not all bad for Walter Mazzari’s side however, as Watford have a string of winnable fixtures, all of which could be vital in Watford’s quest to establish themselves as a Premier League side for the second year running.
Ryan Bertrand – The Saints full-back was one of many Saints players to have a great afternoon at the London Stadium on Sunday, helping his side to a clean sheet in a superb 3-0 win. The Saints hit the front when Bertrand’s pull-back met the boot of Charlie Austin, who passed into the far left corner brilliantly with his weaker left foot. It would get better for the Saints when it was Austin who neatly threaded through Tadic, who smartly dummied Adrian in goal for the Hammers, before coolly slotting into an empty net. It sparked boos from the West Ham fans, and several thousand were seen to be leaving well before the end of the second half later on. Luckily for them, they would miss James Ward-Prowse compiling their misery, as he slotted home from 6 yards to finish t for Saints in stoppage time. It was yet another poor afternoon for West Ham, whose poor defending has cost them yet again, as fans become impatient, Slaven Bilic will know that results must improve, and fast.
Hector Bellerín – The Spaniard is among the top defenders in the league these days, his immense attacking ability posing a real threat down the right-flank, and Chelsea were the latest to witness the Spaniard proving his ability, in a 3-0 loss at the Emirates on Saturday evening. Bellerin found himself in on goal before slotting a pass to Theo Walcott, who would calmly pass the ball past Thibaut Courtois into an empty net. It was a frustrating match for Chelsea, whose only real opportunity came when Michy Batshuayi flew through on goal off a David Luiz pass, however the Belgian forward was unable to convert, and his frustration was clear for all to see as he smashed the ball away before a Chelsea corner.
Adam Lallana – The first of several Liverpool midfielders to feature in the team, Lallana had yet another superb week as Liverpool continue to prove that they must be considered challengers for a top four spot. Few defences have been able to contain Jurgern Klopp’s side this season, as they continue to hammer goals past their opponents. It was Lallana who scuffed the Reds in front after Phillipe Coutinho had laid the ball on for the England international, who scored the stoppage time winner in Sam Allardyce’s first match as England manager. Lallana may well be one of the first names on the England team sheet after his start to the season.
Heung-Min Son – The South Korean forward features yet again in the dream team, after he netted his second away brace of the season. Spurs found themselves 2-0 up after 23 minutes, and it was Son who scored both, first cutting past 2 Middlesbrough defenders inside the penalty area before slotting past Victor Valdes in goal. It would get better for Son and Spurs, when he dispossessed a Boro defender before dribbling to the edge of the box and unleashing a ferocious drive that left the Boro keeper rooted to the spot. It was richly deserved for Son, whose work-rate and immense pace make a real threat for Spurs, especially during away matches. Without Harry Kane (injured for two months) there’s a slot in the Spurs side up for grabs, and the Korean will have done his chances no harm with these brilliant strikes.
James Milner – The versatile midfielder has found himself playing a number of positions at Liverpool, most recently at left-back, where he has impressed. Milner seems to be on spot-kick duties for the Reds, making him an appealing option for FPL managers at a relatively low price. He netted twice in their 5-1 win over Hull on Saturday afternoon, both from the spot. Hull proved a tough nut to crack at the start of the season, however of late they seem to be struggling given their tough fixtures in recent weeks. Mike Phelan and Hull still definitely have a job on their hands.
Philippe Coutinho – On to the final Liverpool midfielder we have Brazilian magician Phillippe Coutinho. The attacker was at his very best against Hull at the weekend, and was a major driving force behind their success. It was his goal-bound shot that was handled by Ahmed Elmohamady, before the Egyptian was given his marching orders. Coutinho, who was the star of the show on the day, cut inside before hammering a shot into the corner from approximately 25 yards that left the keeper with no chance.
Alexis Sanchéz – The Chilean has started to recapture the form that has seen him put up there with the very best the Premier League has to offer. He stepped up once again as Arsenal dismantled a dismal Chelsea side 3-0 at the Emirates. Sanchéz was the key man as he dispossessed Gary Cahill before finding himself one-on-one with Thibaut Courtois, and could he finish? Of course, he could. The Chilean delicately dinked the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper to put his side deservedly ahead. He wasn’t finished there, he twisted and turned against the Chelsea back line before standing the ball up to the onrushing Mesut Ozil at the back post, whose volley bounced up off the turf and into the bottom left corner. Arsenal have been in stellar form lately, showing why they are never far come the business end of the campaign.
Jermain Defoe – One should never be surprised to see Jermain Defoe putting the ball in the back of the net in the Premier League. He didn’t disappoint, however his side did, as they blew a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 at the Stadium of Light to an improving Crystal Palace side. Defoe kicked the scoring off, after Joe Ledley passed the ball over his own defence only for the veteran striker to slot past Steve Mandanda in the Palace goal. Defoe would beat Mandanda yet again, as he would volley in from a Duncan Watmore cross just seconds after the Frenchman in goal had made a superb save to deny him. It wasn’t to be for Sunderland however, as goals from James McArthur and Joe Ledley would draw the Eagles level. As the match looked to be heading for a draw, Christian Benteke snatched the headlines, nodding in, unmarked from a Palace corner. It’s more woe for David Moyes and Sunderland, as history looks as if it may be set to repeat itself.
Sergio Aguero – I’m running out of things to say about the Argentine, who netted yet again on his return for City, after serving a three match ban for an elbow. Aguero picked up where he left off, as he took a drilled pass, taking the perfect touch, before hammering past Fabianski in net for the Swans. However, it wouldn’t be plain sailing for Pep Guardiola and his city side, as Fernando Llorente hammered a half-volley past Claudio Bravo to level up for the Swans. However, Aguero would have his say, as he converted a controversial penalty after Mike Van der Hoorn lashed an arm across Kevin De Bruyne when the Dutchman seemed favourite in the contest. Raheem Sterling would finish it for City with a great solo effort, fainting the last man and coolly sliding into the near post. It wasn’t easy for City on the day, but they retain their 100% nonetheless.
Written by Ryan Nevin (@RNevin7)