After an international break that felt like it went on for months, the Premier League is back! For managers that did well in gameweek 4, the chance to make further progress in your mini-leagues and improve your overall rank beckons. For those who had a torrid time in the previous gameweek, your time for redemption and an opportunity to overcome your heartbreak is here!
The international break has caused a number of players to be injury doubts ahead of the weekend as is always the case. Kevin De Bruyne is the biggest victim this time around and so too are the 32.7% of fantasy managers who have him in their squad.
The best league in the world returns with a mouthwatering Merseyside derby which will see a high-flying Everton side take on the reigning Premier League champions who got routed 7-2 at Villa Park. I am as surprised about Liverpool conceding seven goals as I am about Villa scoring seven.
We also have an exciting clash between Manchester City and Arsenal to look forward to. Mikel Arteta will be looking to get the better of his mentor Pep Guardiola for the first time in the league, having bested him in the FA Cup semi final last season. Will De Bruyne’s injury, Manchester City’s poor defence and Arsenal’s grit make this possible?
Let’s take a look at our top picks for this weekend’s games. The cost of our squad is £95.2 million.
Illan Messlier (£4.5) is our chosen goalkeeper this week. Leeds United take on Wolves at Elland Road and while this will be a tough game for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, they have defended well in the previous two games. They kept a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Sheffield United and this must admittedly be taken with a pinch of salt as Chris Wilder’s team have only scored one goal so far this season. They followed this up with a robust performance against Manchester City that earned them a point after a 1-1 draw.
In addition to their improved defensive capabilities, their opponents this week have only scored one goal in the last two gameweeks. Wolves look goalshy and we are backing Messlier and his teammates to reward our faith.
Ben Chilwell (£5.6) is our first pick in defence. The Chelsea fullback made his Chelsea debut against Crystal Palace last week and he is preparing to take on a Southampton side that play with a ridiculously high line. We expect Chelsea to cause the Saints a host of problems and the Englishman will be a big attacking outlet for Frank Lampard’s side like he was last week when he got a goal and an assist. We are not too optimistic about his chances of keeping a clean sheet but expect him to get some attacking returns.
James Justin (£4.7) takes on an Aston Villa side full of confidence but Leicester will need to bounce back after a heavy defeat to West Ham in gameweek 4. Brendan Rodgers’ side have not been great defensively but Justin has pitched in with an attacking return in two of their first four games. In addition to this, we do expect Rodgers to address his side’s defensive frailties and hope to be rewarded for our faith.
Tariq Lamptey (£4.7) is our final pick in defence. He picked up an injury in Brighton’s previous game against Everton but has returned to training. Graham Potter has said he will make a late decision on whether to play the young defender or not but we are optimistic about his chances of starting against Crystal Palace. Lamptey has bagged three assists in four games and we expect him to be involved again this weekend. In addition to his attacking potential, we like his chances of keeping a clean sheet against the Eagles.
Mohamed Salah (£12.2) is our first pick in midfield. The Egyptian star takes on Everton in the merseyside derby and we like his chances of finding the back of the net. He scored both of Liverpool’s goals in their embarrassing 7-2 defeat at Villa Park last week. The Premier League champions will be looking to put things right this weekend and we expect Salah to be at the centre of it. Mane has recovered from the coronavirus and will likely start as well.
Son Heung-Min (£9.1) takes on a resurgent West Ham United at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. Unlike Southampton and Manchester United who both got put to the sword by Spurs and Son in particular, David Moyes’ team will defend deep and look to frustrate the North London side. Despite this, we are backing Son to continue his good form over the weekend.
Riyad Mahrez (£8.5) will face off against Arsenal this weekend. The absence of Kevin De Bruyne will likely decrease Manchester City’s creativity but we are backing the Algerian to score in his second successive Premier League game at the Etihad. Pep Guardiola’s side will certainly create enough chances to test the Gunners and Mahrez could find himself either providing a teammate with a goalscoring opportunity or on the end of a glorious chance.
Leandro Trossard (£6.0) is our final pick in midfield. The Brighton midfielder has scored one goal and provided two assists so far this season but has been unlucky to not score more. He was in great form against Manchester United and the only thing missing from his performance was a goal. His underlying stats are phenomenal and we predict that he will make up for missed chances at Selhurst Park this weekend against Crystal Palace.
How can you not include Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6) in your Fantasy team? The Everton striker has scored six goals in his first four Premier League games this season. He scored on his England debut during the international break and we expect him to find the back of the net against Jurgen Klopp’s side this weekend. Liverpool have not been defensively strong so far this season and Everton have been one of the best attacking sides to watch so far.
Callum Wilson (£6.5) is our second pick in attack. The Newcastle striker takes on a Manchester United team in wretched form. In particular, their defence is in horrible shape and we can see Wilson enjoying himself against Harry Maguire and co. He scored a brace and chimed in with an assist last time out against Burnley and while we don’t expect another monster haul, we do think he’ll get on the scoresheet. The fact that he’s on penalties is an added bonus.
Patrick Bamford (£5.7) has scored three goals in his first four Premier League games of the season. He was unlucky not to score against Manchester City last weekend. Marcelo Bielsa’s side will most certainly create their fair share of chances against Wolves and we like Bamford’s chances of adding to his tally.
Alphonse Areola (£4.5) is our substitute goalkeeper. He faces a Sheffield United side that has only found the back of the net once so far this season. Fulham are not a great side defensively but this game represents their best chance of keeping a clean sheet and Scott Parker will be telling his side that ahead of this weekend.
Jack Grealish (£7.1) is our first substitute. He scored a brace and provided three assists against Liverpool last time out and while we do not expect Aston Villa to score seven goals in another game for the rest of the season, we do think Grealish will add to his tally against a defensively questionable Leicester side.
Jack Robinson (£4.4) is our second substitute. He has played Sheffield United’s last two games and is likely to play again this weekend due to Jack O’Connell’s injury. Chris Wilder’s side have not been horrible defensively but have been very unlucky. We saw some signs of the old Sheffield United against Arsenal at the Emirates and they could keep their first clean sheet of the season against Scott Parker’s Fulham.
Tyrick Mitchell (£4.1) is our third substitute. Due to Patrick van Aanholt’s return to fitness, Mitchell could find himself on the bench but in the event that he plays, he could help his side keep a clean sheet. Brighton are a good attacking side but Palace are capable of shutting them out if they are on their game.