Gameweek 5 in the English Premier League and we have some very intriguing match-ups. The Super Sunday clashes this week include Manchester United v Everton and Chelsea v Arsenal.
Arsenal got back to winning ways last weekend against Bournemouth last weekend, before adding another win against Cologne (Koln) in the Europa League Thursday night. Chelsea are starting to look like the championship-winning side of last season as well, so it should be a great game, as expected when these two meet.
Wayne Rooney and Romelu Lukaku will be the focus of attention at Old Trafford on Sunday, with the former suiting up for Everton, the team he left to join Manchester United years ago. Lukaku who cannot stop scoring for his new side will also be looking to get one over on his former employers, after making the summer switch to Jose Mourinho’s side.
Everton have made a slow start to the season as Ronald Koeman’s men lost once again, this time in Europe as they faced off against Italian side, Atalanta in the Europa League on Thursday. United remain unbeaten in the league and after getting off to winning start in the Champions League will no doubt be ready to keep that going this weekend.
United will have to cope without star man Paul Pogba for the first time this season, after the Frenchman picked up a hamstring injury against Basel last time out. The midfielder looks set to be out for around six weeks, which could have a huge impact on his side’s title hopes.
The rest of the fixtures this week are as follows:
Crystal Palace v Southampton
Watford v Manchester City
Liverpool v Burnley
West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United
Huddersfield Town v Leicester City
Newcastle United v Stoke City
Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City (17:30 pm kick-off)
Hugo Lloris (£16)
All of Swansea’s points this season (4) have come from away from home, drawing with Southampton as well as recording their first win of the season against Crystal Palace. This is the first time though that Paul Clement’s side have had to makethe trip to a top side.
The last time Swansea played a title contender was their home match against Manchester United in week two, which they lost 0-4. A similar result could happen again this week, as they face a rejuvenated Tottenham side who are on a high from their last two victories against Everton and Borussia Dortmund. Across these two games they have scored 6 and conceded just once, and for that reason Lloris looks a good pick this week.
Whilst Swansea do have some threats up front in on-loan star Tammy Abraham and Jordan Ayew, goals haven’t been easy to come by for the Welsh side and that won’t be made any easier when facing a defence as good as Spurs’.
Fraser Forster (£14)
In three of the first four league games of the season, Forster has kept a clean sheet in two of the four games this season and faces a Crystal Palace side that have still not scored this season.
Everyone surrounding Palace will be hoping for an immediate reaction under Roy Hodgson who took over from Frank De Boer during the week.
What Hodgson can’t have done this week is added any players and his current squad isn’t blessed with goal scorers. Christian Benteke needs better service than he has been getting in order to score, which again won’t come straight away.
Palace were unlucky to score against Burnley last weekend, but Southampton are fairly solid and will look at this match as an opportunity to record their second win of the season and keep out Palace in the process.
With the possible return of Virgil Van Dijk into the starting XI, Southampton will only improve and that will make this an even tougher test for Hodgson’s side.
Manchester City haven’t looked great in defence but have still managed to keep 3 clean sheets in five games, including two in their last two matches against Liverpool and Feyenoord.
Ederson looked like he might be facing a spell on the sideline after his clash with Sadio Mane but played against Feyenoord thanks to a protective helmet.
City can frustrate Watford this weekend by keeping the ball and constantly attacking, so the home side may not get too many opportunities on Ederson’s goal.
At £15 you can get the goalkeeper of one of the best teams in the league, against a team that are due a loss.
Kyle Walker (£15)
Since returning to the side, following his dismissal at Everton, Walker has looked in fine form. Eyebrows were raised when Manchester City paid £50m for the right-back but in the last two game he has settled into the player City expected him to be.
Clean sheets at home to Liverpool and away to Feyenoord have helped the Englishman’s cause fantasy wise but it is his assists that have helped his scoring.
Walker has tallied an assist in each of the last two games and with a Watford side who may well be tricky to break down, Walker bursting forward from his wing-back role may be what unlocks their defence.
A clean sheet isn’t out the realms of possibility, but I wouldn’t want to rely on it against Watford who are so far unbeaten this season. Even so, without a clean sheet Walker presents good value to score well again this week.
At £15 he isn’t the most expensive option either, so although he is the stud selection this week, he is more than affordable.
Davide Zappacosta (£13)
I picked Zappacosta as the value option in the last round of league fixtures but he unfortunately only played the last 16 minutes against Leicester, however after scoring and adding an assist on his home debut in the Champions League earlier in the week, there is a good chance he will be trusted against Arsenal.
Zappacosta looks a great fantasy style player, similar to Marcos Alonso as mentioned last week which makes him one to keep an eye on. He confirmed these suspicions against Qarabag when he scored 20.55 fantasy points. Arsenal are a different prospect altogether this weekend but I still think he is worth having onside.
If he does indeed start, I can see Zappacosta being heavily involved in a game Chelsea will be desperate to win. The Blues will want to atone for the loss to Arsenal in the Community Shield in Augus, with a win this week where it matters most.
Antonio Conte’s men look solid once again and whilst Arsenal always stand a chance of scoring, Chelsea will be hoping to keep them out on home soil and Zappacosta should have a part to play in that.
Like Walker, even without a clean sheet there is a chance Zappacosta racks up a good amount of fantasy points, so he looks real value at £13 once again.
Serge Aurier (£14)
Serge Aurier put on a Tottenham shirt for the first time, as his new side took on Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Spurs couldn’t keep a clean sheet but Aurier looked a good signing and he should keep his spot this weekend.
Should Spurs keep a clean sheet against Swansea, a side that have failed to score in three of their first four league games this season, Aurier could produce some eye-catching numbers.
Given his pace, he should fill the void left by Walker and that will be huge for any success Spurs may achieve this season. Kieran Trippier has performed admirably since Walker departed and can consider himself unlucky to be benched but Aurier’s experience and ability gives him the slight edge over the newly-capped England international.
In a game where I expect Tottenham to dominate it is worth coupling one of their defenders with Lloris and Aurier is the obvious option, due to his discounted price. Ben Davies has been in great form this season but would need to be involved in a goal to warrant paying £17 for when Aurier is available at just £14.
Christian Eriksen (£25)
Christian Eriksen may well be the second most expensive midfielder this weekend, behind only Kevin De Bruyne but he still looks a great pick this week.
In five games (four in the league, one in Europe), Eriksen has recorded 1 goal and 3 assists and has been a constant threat to opposition defences this season. He has taken 10 shots during these first 5 games, 6 of which have been on target.
Eriksen is establishing himself as one of the best midfielders not only in the Premier League, but in the world and because of this his upside each week is very high. Similarly, even if he isn’t directly involved in any goals this week he is always on the ball and will generally rack up points regardless.
In seven career games against Swansea, Eriksen has scored six goals, twice netting a brace, so he clearly likes going up against The Swans. He has also added four assists in this span, so has been directly involved in 11 goals in total in that time.
Whilst he is expensive he is certainly worth having in your line-ups, even if just purely based on his goal scoring record against this week’s opponents.
Marouane Fellaini (£13)
Marouane Fellaini came on for the injured Pogba against Basel on Tuesday night and made an immediate impact, scoring 15 minutes after coming on.
Although largely a bit-part player this season, Mourinho has made it very clear the Belgian has his full support and trust and with Pogba out through injury for the next few weeks, Fellaini may enjoy an extended run in the side.
Fellaini’s goal against Basel was his second in as many matches, the first coming in his 16 minute cameo appearance against Leicester City and he will be looking to keep that up this week.
Whilst he may still not start against his former side this weekend, he is clearly capable of making an impact in limited minutes. If he is given the nod from the off however, £13 will look a snip.
A constant goal threat and a big combative midfielder, Fellaini is very much a risk/reward type. Due to his size, he is more than likely going to be a target on set pieces and crosses into the box, but also finds himself in the referee’s book quite often.
He is worth chancing in a game that may come down to a moment of quality from a set-piece, especially if he makes his first start of the season.
Maxim Choupo-Moting (£17)
Choupo-Moting opened his Premier League account in style last time out, scoring two goals against a formally impenetrable Manchester United defence.
Playing just behind striker Jese Rodriguez, Moting managed to score the first and last goal of the game to initially take the lead and then equalise six minutes after Lukaku put United ahead.
Moting who is capable of playing on the left-wing or down the middle is fast, powerful and direct, three attributes that should serve him well on his debut season in the league.
Whilst clearly capable of scoring he only managed to get on the scoresheet three times for Shalke 04 last season, something he can match already in just his sixth appearance for his new side this weekend.
Stoke travel to Newcastle this week who have found their feet at last, winning their last two games, scoring 4 goals and conceding 0 in that time. Stoke are a much better defence than Swansea and West Ham though so Newcastle may well struggle to cope with The Potters direct style of play.
At £17 I think it is worth putting Choupo-Moting in your line-ups in the hope he can carry over some confidence from his heroic performance against United.
Harry Kane (£27)
Harry Kane is a man back in form, adding two goals against Borussia Dortmund in the week, to the two he scored against Everton last weekend. A home match-up against Swansea City this week should see Kane add to his tally once again, as he looks to keep up with the pace set by Lukaku so far.
The Englishman has put his slow start to the season behind him and is in the goal scoring form that saw him top the charts in each of the last two Premier League seasons.
No matter who the opponent, when Kane is in this kind of form he has to be considered but given that Tottenham are playing a Swansea side that are susceptible to conceding, he is a must-start this weekend.
Like Eriksen, Kane scored twice in this fixture last season and has scored 3 goals in total against them.
At £27 he does take up a big chunk of the budget but given the salary that can be saved elsewhere this week, he can be slotted into line-ups without causing too much of a headache.
Andy Carroll (£14)
Many believe Andy Carroll is unplayable when on form and now he’s back fit, the West Ham United forward can get back on the scoresheet this weekend against West Brom.
On Monday night Carroll returned from his long injury lay-off to play 82 of the 90 minutes and impressed. Given his lack of match practice, it was good to see Carroll heavily involved, which will encourage Slaven Bilic.
West Brom are tough opposition, with a strong defence but Carroll is a real handful on his day and he will be keen to repay the faith in him, shown by his manager.
At £14 Carroll looks a cheap option given his potential upside.
Joselu has played three times for Newcastle since moving to St.James’ Park from Stoke City, who he will be facing this weekend. He is still yet to complete 90 minutes for Newcastle but looks a threat each time he lines up in the black and white stripes of his employers.
In three matches, in which he has played 188 minutes in total Joselu has taken 11 shots, 9 of which have been on target one of which resulted in a goal against West Ham United.
With Newcastle as a whole improving and the side-story of a vengeance games against his former team, it is written for Joselu to get on the score-sheet and at £16 I think he represents great value in the hope he does just that.