In this GW5 preview, we’re taking a look at the standout players to transfer in & the best captain choices for Fantasy Premier League.
This week we have the usual big hitter for GW5, a safe bet & calculated punt for the next four gameweeks, plus a risky differential.
Expect a double-digit haul from them this week. Doesn’t include any players in the captain choices segment below.
MID – Kevin De Bruyne – 11.9m – Manchester City
Fixture: Southampton (h)
Projected points: 13
With De Bryune only returning for his first start in this weeks champions league game, this Southampton fixture is ideal for De Bruyne to finish sharpening his tools before two tough away games against Chelsea & Liverpool. I’m expecting another 5-0 thumping from City and I can’t see anything less than a handful of assists and possibility a goal from the Belgian.
A safe bet for FPL returns over the next four fixtures. This player should get around 5-6 points per match (PPM), and be a guaranteed starter, barring any injuries/suspensions.
DEF – Reece James – 5.6m – Chelsea
Fixtures: Spurs (a), Man City (h), Southampton (h), Brentford (a)
Projected Points: 6PPM
First of all, I think the Chelsea defence are fixture proof, so the next two fixtures don’t worry me too much. I also think he will grab a double-digit haul against either Southampton or Brentford and I expect his price to skyrocket. I think 2 or 3 clean sheets plus 1 assist in these next four fixtures, around 6 points per match.
Not as guaranteed as the Safe Bet, but has the potential to hit big over the next four fixtures.
MID – Diogo Jota – 7.7m – Liverpool
Fixtures: Crystal Palace (h), Brentford (a), Man City (h), Watford (a)
Projected points: 5.75PPM
He was unlucky not to return against Leeds last weekend, and 3 of his next 4 fixtures look very appealing so I’m expecting at least one double-digit GW. It’s still unclear how long Firmino will be out, but even if he returns and Jota ends up on the bench for one or two of these games, 30 minutes is plenty of time to get an attacking return in this Liverpool team. I think 2 goals and an assist is easily possible, so around 5.75 points per match.
High Risk-High Reward. Low ownership and/or underperforming, but could be a great differential over the next few fixtures.
FWD – Teemu Pukki – 5.9m – Norwich
Fixtures: Watford (h), Everton (a) Burnley (a), Brighton (h)
If there was ever a time to take a chance on Pukki, this would be it. The Watford and Burnley fixtures look promising, and Everton’s defence looks penetrable. Antonio out for one game and DCL out for a few means many managers are seeking a short term fix, could Pukki be a shrewd differential?
DEF – Nelson Semedo – 4.9m – Wolves
Fixtures: Brentford (h), Southampton (a), Newcastle (h), Aston Villa (a)
With Semedo’s wing-back partner Marcel grabbing 2 assists at the weekend, all the attention has been on him. But if I was wildcarding/making a defensive change this week (which I am) I’d select Semedo over Marcel. When Wolves attack, he’s often underlapping Traore/Trincao and ending up as one of the most advanced players in the box. The risk with this Semedo pick is, he’s missing a lot of great chances, so he could be yet another ‘all fart and no poop’ type of FPL prospect. But his fixtures are great all the way through to GW14, so it’s a risk I’m willing to take.
We’re back again with a Liverpool vs Manchester United captaincy dilemma. This week the two obvious choices are Mo Salah or Cristiano Ronaldo, and then one differential in Patrick Bamford. You could also make a case for Lukaku, so he’s our honourable mention.
Salah – Home game against Crystal Palace. He’s in sensational form once again this year, but he also seems to have improved his decision making. In years gone by, he’s been so desperate to score that I found myself so frustrated when he missed out on easy assists for teammates. This year, Salah seems to be picking the right moments to shoot, and if the shot isn’t on, setting up a teammate in a better position. I expect a big haul for him in this fixture.
Ronaldo – an away game against West Ham. 6 shots on his second debut last weekend, 2 goals, and then another goal in the champions league mid-week. It’s hard to look past the goal machine. The scary thing is he didn’t play particularly well against Newcastle. I expect West Ham to sit back and try to hit them on the counter now that Antonio is out, and this could play into Ronaldo’s hands as he sniffs around the box looking to shoot on sight.
Bamford – Newcastle look like the team to target for attacking returns at the moment, so with Bamford’s 12 shots in the box so far, I think he’s a great differential captain choice. Newcastle have conceded 16 big chances and 12 goals in 4 games so far, and it’s about time Leeds put in a big performance.