Fantasy Premier League GW6 – All You Need to Know
Gameweek 5 wasn’t a Premier League weekend for the record books, with as many as six of the ten fixtures seeing under 2.5 goals scored – including three 0-0’s! Once again though, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United didn’t struggle to find the back on the net, sharing a whopping 10 goals between them in respective 6-0 and 4-0 wins – so which players have made themselves worth consideration for the upcoming weekend?
Below you’ll find the GW6 starting lineup for the Free Super Tips Fantasy Premier League team, our transfers in and out this week, and some other potential transfer candidates. Think you can beat us? Challenge our expert every single week and be in with a chance to win free prizes!
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FST GW6 Captain – Alexandre Lacazette
Alexandre Lacazette gets the captaincy for us in GW6 for a few reasons: though Lacazette has failed to play the full 90 minutes in any fixture since the opening match of the season (three starts and one appearance off the bench), if Arsene Wenger plans to continue with the same starting XI in Thursday’s Europa League match against BATE as he did against FC Koln (Lacazette was absent from the squad), then the Frenchman should be looking to get more minutes this weekend.
Also, while Arsenal have had a somewhat shaky start to the 2017/18 campaign, their home form can’t really be faulted. Lacazette has scored two of the Gunner’s seven goals at the Emirates this season, and given Arsenal have scored two or more in six of their last seven at home, expecting more from them this weekend shouldn’t be out of the question, especially against a West Brom side that conceded three against Brighton last time out on the road.
FST – Transfers In
For GW6 we’ve taken just a single transfer, trading Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake for Man City’s Nicolas Otamendi.
Nicolas Otamendi (Man City) – £5.6m
Manchester City’s defense looks much more sound after the opening five Premier League matches than it did at any point last term – City have kept three clean sheets and conceded the joint fewest goals in the division (2). Unlike some defenders in Pep Guardiola’s squad, center back Nicolas Otamendi seems to have a very firm grip on his spot in the Man City starting XI. Otamendi has played the full 90 minutes in four of the five matches so far and his intimidating presence from set pieces gives him some attacking potential too – last weekend’s 12 point haul by way of a goal alongside his clean sheet against Crystal Palace.
At just £5.6m, he is priced VERY reasonably for a defender from a title-contending side, and with four of City’s next five outings rated 2 on the Fixture Difficulty Ranking (FDR), then we should expect consistent returns from the Argentinian in the coming weeks.
FST – Transfers Out
Nathan Ake (Bournemouth) – £5.0m
Nathan Ake (and Bournemouth in general) have had a worse than expected start to the season. The Cherries have conceded the 2nd most Premier League goals (9) and have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their opening five matches – you’d have expected at least one across fixtures at home to Brighton and Watford!
FST – Ones to Watch
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – £11.6m
To Aguero or not to Aguero? That is the question.
Before the season began, many FPL managers were debating whether the Argentinian would be subject to rotation in Pep Guardiola’s plans going forward, but after four starts in five matches the answer is a clear “no”. Man City’s demolition of Watford last weekend saw the Argentinian score his first hat-trick since April 2016 and take a massive 20 point haul away from Vicarage Road when added to his assist and three bonus points.
For £11.6m, he’s also £0.9m cheaper than the FPL’s most expensive forward, slow-starter Harry Kane. City’s recent numbers in front of goal (an average of 3.2 goals scored per match) means it’s not unreasonable to expect the in-form Aguero to get himself more of the same this weekend at home to strugglers Crystal Palace.
Joselu (Newcastle United) – £5.5m
Looking for a cheap differential up front? Look no further than Newcastle United’s Joselu. Not only did he score on his first start for Newcastle in Gameweek 3, but he’s produced some eye-catching statistics over his combined 264 minutes on the pitch. Joselu has had the 3rd most shots on target of any Premier League forward this term (10), only Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku score higher (both 11), and the Spaniard’s 3 “big chances missed” is up with the likes of Sergio Aguero and Paul Pogba – showing that Joselu’s is having plenty of chances created for him. For just £5.5m, Joselu has to be worth a punt against Brighton on Sunday.
David Silva (Man City) – £8.3m
Manchester City’s veteran playmaker looks reborn in his eighth Premier League campaign, thriving under Guardiola’s new tactical system. Silva is benefiting from being deployed closer to forwards Aguero and Jesus, assists four goals already this season, and his supply of five key passes in the 6-0 win over Watford took his tally to 17 for the season, a total matched only by United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Over six Premier League appearances against this weekend’s opponents, Crystal Palace, the Spaniard has scored four and assisted one. With only Bournemouth (31) and Swansea (29) allowing more shots on target than Palace (28) this season, we should expect more from the Spaniard this weekend.
Pascal Groß (Brighton) – £5.6m
While Pascal Groß is versatile enough to play on either wing or as a central midfielder, Brighton boss Chris Hughton has had the German take up the role in “the hole” behind a lone striker. Brighton in general have needed some time to get going, but the new boy is beginning to prove his worth. Groß has been involved in all four of Brighton’s Premier League goals so far, recording 2 goals and 2 assists, and added to the 5 bonus points he accumulated alongside that, he’s the 4th highest scoring midfielder in FPL at just £5.6m.
Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal) – £6.0m
Sead Kolasinac looks to be very much a part of an improving Arsenal defense – the Gunners have kept two clean sheets over their last two matches against Bournemouth (H) and Chelsea (A). Now that the Bosnian seems settled in a wing-back role, Kolasinac should be a worthy FPL prospect, offering both attacking and defensive promise over a favourable run of fixtures. His freedom going forward has seen him register two assists in the Premier League, and even find the back of the net in the UEFA Europa League win over Cologne last week. Hosting the Baggies has, in recent times, also been an affair without much complication – West Brom have failed to score in 5 of their last 6 at the Emirates.
GW6 Miss List
Below you’ll find a list of notable absences ahead of gameweek 6 – add them to your lineups at your own risk!
Welbeck – Out
Ozil – Doubtful
Cazorla – Out
Callum Wilson – Out
Bruno – Doubtful
Tom Heaton – Out
David Luiz – Suspended
Pedro – Doubtful
Drinkwater – Game Time Decision
Zaha – Out
Barkley – Game Time Decision
Bolasie – Out
Coleman – Out
Funes Mori – Out
Mounie – Doubtful
Fuchs – Doubtful
Vardy – Doubtful
Mane – Suspended
Lallana – Out
Clyne – Out
Lovren – Doubtful
Kompany – Doubtful
Gundogan – Game Time Decision
Pogba – Out
Rojo – Out
Ibrahimovic – Out
Mitrovic – Suspended
Austin – Doubtful
Virgil van Dijk – Game Time Decision
Rose – Out
Lamela – Out
Wanyama – Out
Zouma – Can’t play against Parent Club
Shawcross – Doubtful
Cameron – Out
Britos – Suspended
Prodl – Out
Kaboul – Out
Brunt – Doubtful
Chadli – Doubtful
Lanzini – Out
Collins – Out