The Premier League is back this weekend, and with it, the higher purposes of life and all things FPL. The break has afforded many the opportunity to assess the first month of the season. Undoubtedly, many Wildcards have been utilized, and I suspect the majority in this lot had a less than stellar beginning. Yet still I’m certain a sizable contingent of astute managers cashed in their chip to enroll a familiar crop of elite targets whom the break has given much needed recovery and return to form following the 2018 World Cup.
Game Week five is here; time for the picks.
Surprisingly, the Champions have only one clean sheet in the opening weeks. They can go on a run with the talent available and that should start this week.
Wilfried Zaha may return for Palace, but David Wagner would have had two weeks to prepare his team for the Ivory Coast man.
The highest scoring player of the season to this point, will be a good differential captain this week.
A clean sheet and an assist in his last outing has the Portugal international on the radar, and he has a great fixture for him to continue gaining momentum.
Burnley haven’t been able to get going yet, so I suspect Boly and company will be able to hold them off.
I hadn’t planned on including the new Scotland captain, but he’s been so irresistible that even with this difficult fixture it’s hard to ignore him.
Manchester City and Chelsea have not been able to keep clean sheets against Newcastle in the past two game weeks. I think Unai Emery will know his team can score goals and will have them focused on keeping it safe at the back.
David Silva (£8.5, Manchester City v. Fulham)
The heart of the team., will be fresh after retiring from the Spanish national team.
Pedro (£6.8, Chelsea v. Cardiff)
Came off the bench to score in the last game, Sarri should play him from the start in this one.
Diogo Jota (£6.2, Wolves v. Burnley)
This is the week he gets his goal. Raul Jimenez is a doubt, so someone needs to step up.
Lucas Moura (£7.3, Tottenham v. Liverpool)
I did not want to select any players from this game, yet I have gone for a second. Moura is a form player, and he can get in behind if Trent Alexander or Robertson push forward.
The Brazilian has been a solid performer in a poor team thus far. If his teammates improve, then he will have an impact.
Sergio Aguero (£11.3, Manchester City v. Fulham)
Captain? The highest ownership in FPL, sweet fixture, ignore at your peril.
Callum Wilson (£6.2, Bournemouth v. Leicester)
Jamie Vardy is back, and we expect him to start scoring, but it’s another striker from this game that’s favored; the price is right, and Eddie Howe has his team looking fearsome going forward.
Danny Ings (£5.6, Southampton v. Brighton)
A new lease on life has Ings looking dangerous; he already has two goals to his name, and I expect many more to come.
This might be a perfect week to double-up on Man City and Chelsea defenders, or go three at the back with not many other fixtures looking great for clean sheets. How are you planning to line up you official FPL side for game week five? Please tell us in the comments!