By Neil Leverett
- The Premier League resumes for Gameweek 5 after the international break
- League leaders Liverpool headline the weekend at Anfield versus Newcastle United on Saturday
- Manchester City travel to Norwich, United entertain Leicester, whilst rock-bottom Watford host Arsenal
PREMIER LEAGUE, UK – As the domestic campaign resumes post-international break, which five players do you need in your Fantasy Premier League side for Gameweek 5?
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As the Premier League swings back into action this weekend, league leaders Liverpool will be many Fantasy Premier League manager’s go-to team on resumption. Indeed, Britwatch are not immune to the lure of the Reds once more, but it is Roberto Firmino we feel is must-have for Gameweek 5.
Following a slightly sluggish start for the Brazilian, Firmino looks now back to his best and in some aspects his game looks stronger than ever – with reference to his hold-up play that has shaped Liverpool’s 100% status.
With Newcastle United the visitors to Anfield on Saturday lunchtime, Jurgen Klopp’s men will need to be wary of a repeat showing the Magpies produced against Spurs last month in North London, but with the host’s attack, that barely seems plausible.
The Red’s number nine netted his second goal of the season last time out, to go with his assist for Sadio Mane, and though there is a strong argument to include either Mohamed Salah or the former this weekend, with Newcastle’s weaknesses in a central area, Firmino is our man.
Manchester City will equally be on the fantasy radar, as the defending champions travel to Carrow Road on Saturday evening to face a care-free Norwich City side that have yet to keep a clean sheet, conceding nine goals in four games on their return to the top flight.
Raheem Sterling will be champing at the bit to increase on his tally of five goals, and after netting in back-to-back games for England during the international break, City’s flying forward could be in line to repeat his opening day hat-trick against West Ham United.
We have already seen the Canaries’ bold approach to life in the top tier, and just like against Liverpool on Gameweek 1, the Norfolk side are unlikely their spots here. That should play handsomely into the hands of Pep Guardiola’s men, who will miss the presence of Aymeric Laporte in defence, but that in turn will perhaps afford City greater spaces, with their hosts looking to take advantage of a weakened back line.
As a player we have tipped to be in the race for the Golden Boot – after Sergio Aguero took the limelight in Gameweek 4, Sterling is top of the list for captaincy this week – and for the braver amongst us, the triple captaincy chip.
After a summer for Tottenham Hotspur which expected to see the Lilywhites lose creator-in-chief Christian Eriksen, with the Dane having evaded the clutches of Europe’s top teams – for the time being at the least – Spurs’ midfield maestro is now again at the centre of manager’s crosshairs.
Even if Mauricio Pochettino may still reservations over the player’s loyalty, having seen Eriksen pull the strings in the North London derby a fortnight ago, the central midfielder will be eyeing up a points haul against the Eagles on Saturday.
It is not quite so definitive to say when Eriksen plays Spurs win, but without the Dane’s dainty touch and superb vision, the Lilywhites are chalk and cheese. Eriksen is surely set to start in consecutive London derbies, and will be looking to show the fans he will still be playing for the shirt.
Whilst Manchester United continue to stutter, one player who looks to be a shrewd acquisition more and more is midfielder Dan James, and his early-season efforts in a United shirt have not gone unnoticed.
Scoring in his last two consecutive league outings, the Welshman also found the target against Belarus on Monday night in his country’s 1-0 win, as the 20-year-old continues to show he is not afraid to chance his arm at goal.
Manchester United’s attacking players will have yet to twigged in any significant and consistent form in the minds of Fantasy Premier League players, but James is the exception to the rule as something close to a guaranteed starter under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Leicester City are not likely to sit deep against the Red Devils at Old Trafford, and with the James set to go head-to-head with Ricardo Pereira on the left wing, the Welshman will get his openings to carry on his impressive start to life in Manchester.
Our ace up the sleeve for Gameweek 5 sees us turn to Sheffield United, who after a solid start to the season have five points to show for their efforts. As Chris Wilder’s side resume their season, the Blades will likely to again be looking to keep things tight against Southampton.
Having tipped John Egan in Gameweek 2 – successfully – we are plumping for the man who scored against Crystal Palace at Bramall Lane that day in John Lundstram who whilst is still classified as a defender and therefore a risk, his position in central midfield could also be lucrative at home.
With a price tag of just 4.2 also, the Englishman represents superb value as managers scout for bargain buys to accommodate their squads. Lundstram will fancy his chances – if not leading the Blades to their second clean sheet at home – of further adding to his goal-scoring contributions this weekend.
Premier League Gameweek 5 begins on Saturday, as Liverpool host Newcastle United, kick-off 12:30pm UK time.
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