The international break is over meaning that the Fantasy Premier League is back this week! It was two weeks ago that we saw Swansea beat Manchester United for the third consecutive time as well as West Ham picking up yet another shock three points in their 3-0 win over Liverpool. Gameweek 5 sees rivals Liverpool and United go head to head and several other exiting matches for the return of BPL.
Everton vs Chelsea
The Toffees have had a mixed start in their first four weeks, picking up a good result at St Mary’s but only taking 2 points from their other three games. However, their attacks have looked promising so far. They take on a Chelsea side, and I believe it is anyone’s guess as to how well they will do this season. They looked to have slightly improved with the recruitment of Pedro yet their defence is still shaky – conceding a massive 9 goals already this season. If Everton can sustain their form at the back and drive forward in attack they could take points from this game and send Mourinho’s men on a miserable journey home.
STAR MAN – Pedro
If anyone can get Chelsea back on track it’s their new signing Pedro who showed promise on his debut and shined even in Chelsea’s loss to Palace. He has 13 and 7 points respectively in two gameweeks and he will look to continue justifying his star signing status.
Arsenal vs Stoke City
It’s fair to say that the Gunners haven’t looked totally convincing this season. When they have won, it was in dramatic and controversial fashion and they look to be suffering the effects of a lackluster transfer window. Stoke on the other hand are yet to even get their first win this season but still look to have potential amongst their line-up. This could be a close match.
STAR MAN – Jack Butland
It’s not often I would pick a goalkeeper as the star man but I think that Wenger will be looking for a full on attack on the Stoke defence and expecting the likes of Alexis, Ozil, Giroud and Walcott to step up to the plate. Therefore Begovic’s replacement will be a key shot stopper in the game.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester City
A top of the league clash between first and second place. City have dominated the Premier League so far and that’s even without Aguero kicking into first gear. You cannot currently find a fault in their team, however they should not underestimate the fighting power of The Eagles. Their only loss has come in a controversial defeat against Arsenal in a narrow 2-1 game. Up to now their defence has been solid. Although it’s unlikely that they will take any points from this one but it’s inevitable that they won’t go down easily.
STAR MAN – Sergio Aguero
It’s not normal that I select what would be called a bandwagon player in the FPL world, but this week should be Kün’s starting point to a great season. I would also like to commend several Palace defenders as so far they have kept all of their opposition quiet. Let’s see if they can do it with a dominating City.
Norwich vs Bournmouth
Two promoted teams with similar seasons so far, sitting in comfortable positions in the league. Bournemouth look to have some quality players in their team and showed it by denying the on form Leicester a win. Norwich succumbed in to a 3-0 hammering in gameweek 3, but they could fight back this Saturday.
Star Man – Nathan Redmond
It’s up to the Speedy Norwich midfielder to find gaps in the Bournemouth defence,. One that is of a decent quality, but the have been some moments that The Cherries are a little vulnerable.
Watford vs Swansea City
Swansea have had a great start to the season and while Watford may only currently have 3 points they have put in decent showings in each of the matches. I can’t see too much threat from Watford, they may contain the Welsh side for a while but the ability of Swansea may be too much to handle.
STAR MAN – Andre Ayew & Jonjo Shelvey
I’ve picked two here because I believe as Jonjo controls the midfield, along with national side selections, he seems to be a valuable asset to Swansea. However he doesn’t pick up as many fantasy points due to his defensive nature and therefore it’s that man again – Ayew who I think will recieve a nice slice of the FPL GW5 points.
West Brom vs Southampton
Both teams secured wins last week and have had a similar first few weeks. Only one point currently seperates them and while The Saints have managed some good performances they are still unpredictable. Albion have put up a fight in their games, their two matches lost being against big guns Man City and Chelsea. It is also noticeable that their attack has improved since last season.
STAR MAN – Salomon Rondon and Graziano Pelle
I’ve selected a duo of opposing strikers as they both will be equally key to this game. A good showing from either frontman will be the decider.
Manchester United vs Liverpool
The match of the weekend sees Liverpool, who were defeated in a shock loss to West Ham and Manchester United, who also lost their last Premier League match to Swansea. It’s clear that both these teams haven’t presented an attacking threat thus far. LVG will be hoping his mega signing, Anthony Martial, will be worth it and he should start this week. As for Liverpool’s Attack they are without Coutinho who was suspended against West Ham and Benteke who hasn’t yet proved his ability. However on the other end of the pitch both defences look seemingly strong up until last week when Pool were hammered.
Star Man – Juan Mata
Mata is currently the only creative spark in the United team based on performances this season. If he can get a partnership going with the young Martial or Rooney who is England’s top goal scorer!
Sunderland vs Tottenham
This game has draw written all over it. An amazing 5 out of a possible 6 draws combined for both teams and it’s not hard to see why. Neither have really demonstrated a consistent threat going froward and while Spurs’ defence is a lot less fragile than Sunderland’s there isn’t much sign of creativity. But! A man by the name of Harry Kane could nab a goal anywhere. 0-0 or 1-1 for me.
STAR MAN – Harry Kane
I could name one of Tottenham’s defence but there’s nothing game changing about any of them. It’s Kane that is the only viable scoring option here.
Leicester City vs Aston Villa
The former tinkerman has now earned himself double the amount of points for his team than Tim Sherwood and Villa, who conceded two goals to Sunderland in their last game. I feel that, collectively as a team, Aston Villa lack as much creativity as their opposition, who have had multiple chances created from players such; as Vardy, Okazaki, Albrighton and Mahrez.
Star Man – Jamie Vardy
The striker who came up the ranks from non league has been rewarded for his performances with an England call up. He plays in a different style and manner to the other England forwards, gaining this from his lower league experience. He could have a field day against Villa.
West Ham vs Newcastle
The Monday night fixture sees West Ham United against Newcastle United who haven’t shown a lot of weakness but sit second bottom in the standings, taking only two points. Furthermore they have made the term danger man literal in the form of Mitrovic with two instant yellows and a red against Arsenal, rewarded with an overall 0 points from 4 games. On the other hand The Hammers have lost against Bournemouth and Leicester yet comfortably won against both Liverpool and Arsenal away. Bilic has the right mentality and I think that he has now settled in and has a range of quality players at his hands.
STAR MAN – Dimitri Payet
Once again it’s my current favourite PL player who takes the FPL Updates Star Man award. This man is the full package and will put this into action against Newcastle, especially with the likes of Carroll and Zarate back from injury.
By Allan Smith.