Welcome to our GW Top 5 picks series!
We are selecting 5 players who we believe will score big points over the game week, and possible transfer options for you to consider.
Here’s how our GW4 FPL picks performed:
- Eden Hazard – 11 points (1 goal, 3 bonus points)
- Sergio Aguero – 6 points (1 assist)
- Aaron Ramsey – 2 points
- Adama Traore – 8 points (1 goal, 2 bonus points)
- Wilfred Zaha – 0 points (Injured)
Zaha’s injury was a surprise to almost every FPL manager, and has led to a decline in his ownership. Reports are still not clear on whether Zaha will return to Palace’s squad for GW5, but it has certainly thrown a spanner in the works for managers.
Ramsey blanked against Cardiff, however posted some impressive stats to suggest he is one to watch for FPL managers. He registered 4 key passes during the 90 minutes and was unlucky not to get an assist from one of those.
Here is our top 5 GW5 picks for this weekend.
Romelu Lukaku (£11.0m) recorded his first double digit points score during GW4 against Burnley. He scored 2 goals – one being an impressive header – and picked up all 3 bonus points to reward the managers who kept their trust in the Belgian. It was his third straight 90 minute match and was his best performance so far this season, having 5 shots and 4 key passes against Burnley. He currently has an xG90 of 0.89, the highest of any striker in the Premier League who plays regularly.
Manchester United bounced back from their defeat to Tottenham, and look to be slowly on the road to recovery after the early season turmoil. They play Watford away in GW5 who are one of only three teams to win all 4 of their matches this campaign. Watford are proving to be an impressive team this year, and their victory over Tottenham showed that they can compete with some of the best in the league.
We think however that Manchester United will have too much quality for them over the 90 minutes, and Lukaku will hold the key to unlocking the Watford defence.
Eden Hazard (£10.7m) has been the hot topic over the international break and has been transferred in by over 220,000 managers. Many of these transfers have been for Liverpool assets due to their difficult fixture schedule.
He has scored 2 and assisted 2 goals in 223 minutes of football, totalling 27 points in the process. Hazard played 90 minutes in each of the last 2 matches and has registered some impressive stats, taking 7 shots and 6 key passes. Although it is very early days, it seems that Sarri’s style of football is making Hazard more of a goal threat, something that FPL managers thought he lacked in previous seasons compared to other premium options.
Chelsea play Cardiff at Stamford Bridge in GW5, looking to maintain their 100% winning start to the season. Cardiff on the other hand have not won a game yet and only scored 2 goals in their 4 matches. They managed these two goals against Arsenal, however the Gunners were able to create 16 shots against the Cardiff defence, 10 of which were on target.
At Stamford Bridge, we think the Cardiff defence will be unable to live with the new Chelsea style, and Hazard could score some big points.
Aguero was our Man City representative last week, and David Silva (£8.5m) features in our GW5 pick. As was last game week, Man City have another home match against Fulham this time. Although City only won 2-1 against Newcastle last week, Fulham play much more expansive football and will look to attack City rather than sit back compared to Newcastle. We think this could work against Fulham this weekend, and leave gaps on the pitch for them to punish.
And that’s where we think Silva will be in his element. He has only scored well in one match this season against Huddersfield, scoring 1 goal and getting 2 bonus points. However, this hasn’t deterred us from his attacking threat, where he had 5 shots and 4 key passes against Newcastle. The injury to De Bruyne has also meant that Silva’s position is more cemented (if thats possible under Guardiola), and should play all or most of the home match.
This may seem like a strange one considering the current form of the Spurs man and the GW5 fixture they face against Liverpool, but hear us out.
Eriksen (£9.4m) is the joint top player (Benteke) to have the most shots (13) without scoring. It doesn’t seem like an attractive record to have but for FPL managers it means that he is a goal threat in a very good team.
Tottenham scored 3 goals against arguably a poor United side, but showed that they have the attacking threat to score multiple goals against anyone. Harry Kane has still not found his usually reliable goal scoring boots, but we think in a big match like this the two will step up to the plate. If Harry Kane is scoring, then Eriksen isn’t too far behind him. The additional threat of Lucas Moura has provided a different dynamic to Spurs, and one that could offer further assist potential in the near future for the Dane.
Jamie Vardy (£8.9m) returns this week against Bournemouth after his red card against Wolves. Vardy scored in his opening match against Manchester United, however didn’t register a shot in his 60 minutes against Wolves.
Vardy has proved that he is a quality goalscorer, scoring 20 goals last season and 24 in their title winning year. We think that Leicester will be welcoming him back with open arms and will start up top for the foxes, looking to make amends for his red card. Bournemouth have started the season in fine form, however their defence is still not solid conceding 5 goals so far this campaign. We think it could be a high scoring match between the two, and will see Vardy grab himself a goal or two.
Keep an eye out for our new series being released tomorrow – top 3 GW differential picks. We will be highlighting the players with an ownership of 7% or less, and making a case for why they could be the surprise package of the weekend.