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Game week 5: Friday Live Chat

Early season survival battle for Bournemouth and Brighton

AFC Bournemouth v Burnley - Premier League
Return of the King?
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In the world of boxing, the highly anticipated middleweight bout between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady "GGG" Golovkin will be front and centre.

Similarly, week 5 of the Premier League season will spotlight a marquee match-up of its own. This Sunday, in what is to be a dog fight of a London derby, Arsene Wenger and his gunners will try to register a W against the juggernaut that is Conte's Chelsea.

Juggernauts aside, today's game will spotlight one of the under-card match-ups of gameweek 5. However, let’s not overlook the under-cards. On many occasions this sort of fixture has proven to be far more entertaining than the over-hyped main events like the one mentioned above.

Vitality stadium will play host to the first Premier League fixture of the weekend -- a charged match-up between Bournemouth and Brighton & Hove Albion. Although it's early in the season, this match could have a serious impact should a relegation battle come into the frame for these two teams.

Bournemouth's spectacular 2016 -2017 season conjured high expectations and reinvigorated the Cherries’ faithful. However, the tides of plaudits and adulation are now slowly receding into the sea of forgetfulness; every loss erasing memories of happier times for supporters of Eddie Howe and his men. An alarming fifth loss in five now stares Bournemouth in the face. If you are considering making a final stand with the Cherries: Charlie Daniels and Joshua King are your guys to lead the charge.

For those fancying Brighton, take courage from their recent results. Drawing with Watford and winning against West Brom shows that Brighton understands the need to pick up points when facing teams who are not part of the elite. Realistically, these are the teams with whom they’ll be scrapping in their quest to survive in the BPL. Key Brighton personnel who may be up to the challenge this week are Shane Duffy and everyone's new favorite after his two-goal, one-assist performance last week- Pascal Gross (yes I transferred him into my official FPL team).

This weekend I'm paying close attention for budget friendly players. Who's watching with me and what are you looking for?