Gameweek 4 was all about Premier League returns as Ronaldo and Lukaku each bagged 13 points on their first home games back with their respective clubs. Looking ahead, both Chelsea and Manchester United feature in our Fantasy Premier League gameweek 5 tips based on our popular FPL Fixture Tracker!
FPL GW 5 Tips – Attack
Fixtures against Southampton, Burnley, and Brighton in the next five keep City top of the expected goals (xG) chart with 10.40. Man City have made it three wins on the trot with a 1-0 victory over Leicester in gameweek 4.
Ferran Torres (7.2m) has now started all four PL games this season, continuing as City’s most central attacking player. Early substitutions in gameweeks 1 and 3, coupled with the imminent return of Phil Foden (7.9m) and Kevin De Bruyne (11.9m) and midweek Champions League fixtures, cast serious doubts over Torres’ minutes moving forward.
Also level on 26 points for the season, is attacking full-back Joao Cancelo (6.0m). The versatile defender hasn’t missed a minute of PL action so far and provided his first attacking return of the season in gameweek 4’s 12-point haul.
The Reds face Crystal Palace and Brentford before a gameweek 8 visit to Watford. Those three fixtures help bump up Liverpool’s expected goals in the next five to 10.12.
There’s only one place to start after Mo Salah (12.5m) netted his 100th PL goal. Three goals and two assists make Salah the highest-scoring midfielder and put him 14 points ahead of differential option Sadio Mané (11.9m). FPL budgets are currently stretched but Mané’s third consecutive attacking return and heavy involvement make him a differential worth considering.
Continuing in midfield, Diogo Jota (7.7m) returned to the starting line-up and may have his place in the side secure for the foreseeable thanks to Roberto Firmino’s injury. Now is as good a time as any to invest in the cut-price out-of-position asset.
A series of solid fixtures against West Ham, Aston Villa, Everton, and Leicetser make Manchester United’s attacking assets all-the-more enticing. The Red Devils have a combined XG of 9.44 over the next five gameweeks.
The return of Cristiano Ronaldo (12.5m) didn’t disappoint as he picked up 13 points courtesy of a brace and maximum bonus points. The Portuguese captain finds himself in more than 1 in 3 FPL teams and is a great captaincy option given his fixtures. Bruno Fernandes (12.0m) was the player to make way for a lot of FPL managers, but his fourth open-play goal of the season serves as a timely reminder that he isn’t entirely reliant on penalties for FPL returns.
Mason Greenwood (7.7m) shifted out wide to accommodate Ronaldo but kept up his impressive form with an assist, leaving him level with Fernandes on 31 points. His place in the side looks relatively safe for the time being but the eventual return of Marcus Rashford (9.4m) could complicate things. Capping off a trio of United midfielders on 31 points, Paul Pogba (7.7m) picked up his sixth and seventh FPL assists of the campaign. The arrival of Ronaldo certainly won’t harm Pogba’s assist potential and there are no doubts over his game time.
FPL GW 5 Tips – Defence
The Blues have picked up three clean sheets in four gameweeks and sit top of the expected clean sheets table with 2.80 expected in the next five games. However, a trip to face Tottenham followed by the visit of Manchester City awaits Chelsea next.
In terms of defenders, only one player has outscored Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso (5.7m) so far. The wing-back has started all four PL games and provided a goal to boot, but investment is undoubtedly a huge risk with UCL fixtures and Ben Chilwell (5.7m) being the main issues.
Reece James (5.6m) is available after suspension and has already scored and assisted twice from just 160 minutes, but his game time could be a worry. Antonio Rudiger (5.5m) and Thiago Silva (5.4m) look like safe options, yet it may be worth waiting and assessing the picture through the tricky gameweek 5 and 6 games.
After their third shut-out of the season, Liverpool remain second in the expected clean sheets table. Unlike Chelsea, Liverpool have two kind immediate fixtures in Crystal Palace and Brentford, followed by Watford in gameweek 8.
No defender has outscored Trent Alexander-Arnold (7.5m) this campaign. TAA has produced returns of 6, 12, 4, and 12 points so far this season and is inarguably the Liverpool defender to own. If budgets allow, Andrew Robertson (7.0m) could be a worthy investment given his attacking potential. However, the considerably cheaper Joel Matip (5.0m) is yet to miss a game.
Edging into 3rd place with 1.90 expected clean sheets in the next five is Brighton. The Seagulls face Crystal Palace and Arsenal in gameweeks 6 and 7 before meeting so-far goalless Norwich in gameweek 8.
Owned by over 1 in 4 FPL managers, Robert Sanchez (4.5m) is a safe goalkeeper choice. Meanwhile, Shane Duffy (4.2m) provides the cheapest route into the Brighton backline, whilst Lewis Dunk (5.0m) may be a bigger goal threat after scoring five times last season. Lastly, the currently injured Tariq Lamptey (4.4m) is worth monitoring.