The 11 best players to sign for your FPL team in Gameweek 5
Before we pick the bones out of Gameweek 4 and get into the nitty-gritty of this weekend’s Fantasy Premier League selection, we have a public service announcement to make: this week’s deadline is at 6.30pm on Friday night, so make sure your team is in tip-top condition before then.
The reason for the earlier deadline is that Leeds and Newcastle get Gameweek 5 underway at St James’ Park on Friday night and it’s a biggie for both given both teams are searching for their first victories in the league this season. The eight games involving those two teams this season have averaged four goals per match and it could be a good fixture to target in order to get some early points on the board.
It was a mixed bag for our Gameweek 4 selections but our newsletter exclusive captain Cristiano Ronaldo, proved to be an inspired selection, scoring 26 points in his first Premier League game in 12 years. There was more good news to be found in our captaincy article, with Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku, Mo Salah and differential pick Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all delivering the goods. A full rundown of last week’s scores can be found at the bottom of this article.
Here is our starting line-up for Gameweek 5 featuring four (four, that’s insane!) premium assets. It comes in at £82.9m, just £0.1m under budget so make sure to keep an eye out for price rises!
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Jose Sa (Wolves)
Jose Sa retains his place from last week’s picks after earning a first clean sheet of the season in Wolves’ 2-0 win against Watford at Vicarage Road. Despite playing against Leicester, Spurs and Manchester United in their opening four games, Wolves have the fourth-best expected goals against (xGA) tally in the league of 3.1. Further shutouts should be on the horizon as their fixtures begin to ease up.
Price: £5.0m Points: £5.0m Gameweek 5 fixture: Brentford (h)
Nelson Semedo (Wolves)
Owners of Nelson Semedo would have been cursing their bad luck this weekend when it was Wolves’ left wing-back Fernando Marcal rather than the Portuguese who hauled against Watford. Marcal scored 13 points courtesy of two assists, but on another day it would have been Semedo celebrating as he had two big chances to score. For context, the combined number of big chances amongst all other defenders was three.
Price: £4.9m Points: 10 Gameweek 5 fixture: Brentford (h)
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Trent Alexander-Arnold is an automatic selection in our tips at the moment and with good reason. An assist for Salah and accompanying clean sheet resulted took Alexander-Arnold to 34 points for the season, a total only bettered by Antonio (39) and Salah himself (38). Alexander-Arnold is the most expensive defender in the game, but make no mistake he is an absolute bargain at £7.5m.
Price: £7.5m Points: 34 Gameweek 5 fixture: Crystal Palace (h)
Brandon Williams (Norwich)
Brandon Williams is a cheap, low-budget option that allows us to splash the cash further up the pitch. Norwich City are yet to keep a clean sheet or even win a point upon their return to the top-flight, but the Canaries have had a nasty run of fixtures to navigate in the first four gameweeks. Their season starts now and Williams and co could benefit from playing a side that has the lowest expected goals (2.8) so far.
Price: £4.0m Points: 3 Gameweek 5 fixture: Watford (h)
Kieran Tierney (Arsenal)
Finally, Arsenal can have reasons for optimism after scoring their first goal, keeping their first clean sheet and most importantly, winning their first game of the campaign against Norwich. Kieran Tierney impressed at the weekend, playing his part as Arsenal held firm against a late onslaught, while also creating two chances at the opposite end. The Scot offers potential in defence and attack against low-scoring Burnley.
Price: £4.9m Points: 9 Gameweek 5 fixture: Burnley (a)
Ferran Torres (Man City)
We’ve been stung by Pep Guardiola’s selection policy so far this season, picking John Stones (who was benched) and Riyad Mahrez (who was benched twice). Further disappointment is possible, if not inevitable, now that we’ve backed Ferran Torres this weekend, so be warned. Torres has started all four of City’s league games as a central striker and ranks fourth among FPL midfielders for both shots (14) and xG (2.15).
Price: £7.2m Points: 26 Gameweek 5 fixture: Southampton (h)
With last season’s overperformance still fresh in the memory, those three dreaded words “second season syndrome” haven’t yet been uttered in relation to Leeds’ sticky start to the campaign. Nevertheless, Marcelo Bielsa’s side will be eager to get their first win on the board under the lights on Friday and as ever, Raphinha will be key to their chances. The Brazilian has fired off 11 shots and created seven chances so far this season.
Price: £6.5m Points: 12 Gameweek 5 fixture: Newcastle (a)
Mo Salah (Liverpool)
Salah has started the season in scintillating form, combining three goals with two assists in his opening four appearances. Liverpool’s Egyptian King reached the 100 goal mark in the Premier League on Sunday and in doing so, racked up his 143rd FPL return in only 162 appearances in the competition. Bonkers. Salah will be looking to maintain his form against Crystal Palace, a team he has scored six times against in only nine matches.
Price: £12.5m Points: 38 Gameweek 5 fixture: Crystal Palace (h)
Demarai Gray (Everton)
Demarai Gray has shown flashes of promise previously before flickering away but he has begun his Everton career in mightily impressive fashion, scoring three goals in his opening four games*. Rafa Benitez is clearly a fan of the winger which hasn’t been the case with previous managers and the confidence with which he’s playing at present means he can carry on his good form against Aston Villa.
Price: £5.6m Points: 26 Gameweek 5 fixture: Aston Villa (a)
Patrick Bamford (Leeds)
A goal against Burnley in Gameweek 3 aside, things haven’t quite clicked in front of goal for Patrick Bamford thus far, even though his general performance levels have remained high. Only six players have registered more shots in the box than Bamford (10) which indicates that he is underperforming based on the number of chances being created for him. He’ll hope that changes against the division’s leakiest defence.
Price: £7.9m Points: 16 Gameweek 5 fixture: Newcastle (a)
Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)
Lukaku will have been rubbing his hands together with glee after watching Tottenham’s capitulation at Selhurst Park on Saturday. Spurs have problems at the back with Eric Dier injured and Japhet Tanganga suspended and although Cristian Romero and Davinson Sanchez could return by Sunday’s game, they are yet to play alongside one another. Lukaku, with three goals in as many games for Chelsea, could capitalise on their unfamiliarity.
Price: £11.6m Points: 23 Gameweek 5 fixture: Spurs (a)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd)
One would imagine that West Ham will offer far sterner resistance at the back than Newcastle did at the weekend, but even so, it would take a brave FPL manager to go without Ronaldo after his goalscoring start. Only Sadio Mane (with a ludicrously high 10) had more efforts on goal this weekend than Ronaldo’s six, five of which came from inside the penalty area.
Price: £12.5m Points: 13 Gameweek 5 fixture: West Ham (a)
How i‘s Gameweek 4 picks performed
- Jose Sa (Wolves) – 6
- Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – 12
- Sergio Reguilon (Spurs) – 1
- Lucas Digne (Everton) – 2
- Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal) – 1
- Adama Traore (Wolves) – 3
- Mason Mount** (Chelsea) – 0
- Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) – 1
- Harry Kane (Spurs) – 2
- Michail Antonio (West Ham) – -1
- Cristiano Ronaldo* (Man Utd) – 26
*Ronaldo was picked as our exclusive newsletter captain – so make sure you sign up here so as not to miss out next time
**did not play