Fantasy Premier League: GW5 Dream Team

Heavy hitters Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku both scored doubles in GW4 and if you didn’t own at least one then it’s very likely you had a red arrow.

Dominic Calvert Lewin and Michail Antonio owners were frustrated with a no show / red card last time out; however both have made fantastic starts to the season.

For just the second time this season we have a Friday evening deadline as Leeds United travel to Newcastle United with both sides looking for a first win of the season.

Newcastle United vs. Leeds United: Patrick Bamford
Both sides suffered defeats by a three goal margin last week and defensively Newcastle and Leeds United have looked poor this season.

Stats suggest there will be goals here and defenders from either side are not the way to go.

Patrick Bamford has one goal and one assist this season and will be confident of improving on that record on Friday evening.

Wolves vs. Brentford: Nelson Semedo
Statistically Wolves have one of the best defences this season; however they earned just a first clean sheet of the season in their win at Watford.

Nelson Semedo was excellent going forward and owners were unlucky not to have had a 15 point return with the wing-back missing two good chances.

Raul Jimenez is yet to get off the mark this season, however he is another good pick here, with Brentford without a win since the opening day.

Burnley vs. Arsenal: Nicolas Pepe
Nicolas Pepe was unlucky not to hit double figures in Arsenal’s win over Norwich last weekend, with Tim Krul denying the winger on more than one occassion.

It was both his and Arsenal’s best performance of the season and they will look to secure back to back league wins and move away from the bottom four at Burnley.

Defensively Burnley have been poor so far and Arsenal created 3.05xg against Norwich last time out.

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka are other good options here.

Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace: Mohamed Salah
Not a surprising pick here; however Mohamed Salah will probably be the most captained player this week for the visit of Crystal Palace.

Salah scored his 100th Premier League goal in the win at Leeds United last time out and he has 11 goal involvement in nine matches against the Eagles.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has made an excellent star to the season and is another good pick, along with Diogo Jota who was unlucky not to haul at Elland Road.

Conor Gallagher has been one of the players of the season thus far and if anyone will return for Palace, then the Chelsea loanee looks a good bet.

Manchester City vs. Southampton: Raheem Sterling
Pep Guardiola named an unchanged XI for the third consecutive league game at Leicester City last time out; however with the Champions League back, changes are likely here.

If you can get the City side correct then you could be laughing here as they host a Southampton side without a win this season.

Raheem Sterling is yet to start a game this term and surely comes into the XI here. Riyad Mahrez is another who could start and you’d expect him to feature against a side that will likely defend deep.

Ruben Dias really is the only guarantee and you’d fancy a City clean sheet for the visit of the Saints.

Norwich City vs. Watford: Brandon Williams
Norwich and Watford are the bottom two sides in the Premier League for XG created this season and a high scoring fixture is unlikely.

Norwich are without a point this season; however the fixture list wasn’t kind to them, facing sides who finished in the top half last term.

Brandon Williams has established himself as the first choice left-back and is one of few 4.0 playing options in the game.

Williams vs. Ismalia Sarr is likely to be the battle that determines the winner of the game on Saturday and picking the correct option here is another close call.

Aston Villa vs. Everton: Abdoulaye Doucoure
10 points from four games represents a very good start to the season for Everton ahead of their trip to Aston Villa in the Saturday evening game.

Andros Townsend and Demari Gray have exceeded expectations; however Abdoulaye Doucoure’s form has probably been the stand out for Everton.

Featuring in a further forward position, the former Watford man is getting into the box more and already has four goal involvements, just one less than all of the previous campaign.

Aston Villa have made a slow start themselves, but Danny Ings has two goals and an assist and looks the best bet for the home team.

Brighton vs. Leicester City: Shane Duffy
Three wins from their first four games is an excellent return for Brighton and they will be confident ahead of the visit of Leicester City.

Leicester have six points themselves; however haven’t really got going yet and were perhaps fortunate to beat both Wolves and Norwich City.

Defensively Brighton have been good and the form of Shane Duffy has been a real surprise. He remains less than 4.5 and will likely be in some wildcarding sides.

For the visitors, Jamie Vardy has a very good record at the Amex, scoring on three of his four visits to the ground.

West Ham United vs. Manchester United: Cristiano Ronaldo
Subbed early in the surprise Champions League defeat to Young Boys, Cristiano Ronaldo will be one of the more popular players this week.

Ronaldo scored twice on his return to the Premier League, but the visit to West Ham United is a much tougher ask.

Tough to predict game this one and a draw is the probable result, but it’s hard to look past involvement from the Portuguese captain.

Tottenham vs. Chelsea: Romelu Lukaku
Tottenham were utterly awful in their defeat to Crystal Palace last time out and Chelsea will be big favourites here.

Romelu Lukaku has three goals in three league matches since his return to the club and he will surely bully the Spurs defence on Sunday.

Reece James will return from a ban and is another good pick given Chelsea’s superb defensive record under Thomas Tuchel.

GW5 Dream Team: Sanchez; Semedo, Williams, Alexander-Arnold, Dias, James; Salah (C), Jota, Sterling, Pepe; Bamford

GW4 Dream Team: Sanchez (6); Shaw (5), Alonso (5), Ajer (2), Digne (2); Jota (3), Salah (8), Torres (3), Havertz (3); Lukaku (13), Ronaldo (26, Captain)

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