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Gameweek 5 best free hit team

With a new Gameweek upon us we take a look at the free hit chip. Using the Fantasy Football Scout members area we can utilise the season ticker and underlying stats to determine the Gameweek 5 best free hit team.

The free hit chip in FPL allows managers, within the same budget and formational limits, to select a team for one particular Gameweek. Managers can attack any given Gameweek with the free hit whether that be to utilise a good set of fixtures, in-form teams or players or a mixture of it all.

Fixtures

Who has the best fixtures?

Fulham, Tottenham, Nottingham Forest, Chelsea and Arsenal all rank amongst the top five teams with the easiest fixtures.

Who has the worst fixtures?

West Ham, Brentford, Brighton, Everton and Wolves all rank amongst the bottom five teams with the toughest fixtures.

The best Free Hit team

Using the Live FPL website we can use one of its fantastic tools to plan transfers weeks in advance. Not just this, but we can also create team drafts to plan for using a chip. Take a look at the best free hit team for Gameweek 5:

Goalkeepers

  • Matt Turner (£4m) – Nottingham Forest rank the fourth best in the league so far for shots in the box conceded (30) which is a good indication to how strong they have started the campaign. Burnley, their opposition, have also been maintaining some of the worst offensive stats in the league. For that reason it could be a good time to start Turner who will be looking to keep another clean sheet after banking one against Chelsea.
  • Odysseas Vlachodimos (£4.5m) – The former Benfica keeper is likely to replace Turner as number one at some point so it could be wise to keep him on the bench just in case Turner does not feature. Whoever starts has a great opportunity to keep a clean sheet and at such a small price-tag.

Defenders

  • Ben Chilwell (£5.8m) – The Blues may look ropey at the back but they rank third best in the league for expected goals conceded so far (4.27). With that in mind and the fact that Chilwell is playing in a left-wing role and out of position, he could be a great addition.
  • Destiny Udogie (£4.7m) – Tottenham face Sheffield United next up who are sustaining some very poor offensive data. Spurs have also kept the joint most clean sheets in the division so far and Udogie has managed back-to-back assists in the last two matches.
  • William Saliba (£5.2m) – Arsenal rank second best for expected goals conceded amongst all teams in the league (3.70). They face Everton next whom have failed to score in three of their first four matches this season. Saliba has a big chance to bank a clean sheet and also has some threat from set-plays.
  • Matty Cash (£4.7m) – Aston Villa have started the season mixed – winning two and losing two. That may be the case but their flying full-back Cash ranks first amongst all defenders for non-penalty expected goal involvement.
  • Josko Gvardiol (£5.1m) – Manchester City rank joint first for clean sheets so far, first for expected goals conceded and are also maintaining some fantastic underlying defensive data. Gvardiol is also likely to start due to the injury to fellow centre-back Nathan Ake.

Midfielders

  • James Maddison (£7.8m) – The fixture against Sheffield United is too good to ignore from an attacking point of view. The standout Tottenham attacker is Maddison who amongst all players in the game ranks second best for non-penalty expected goal involvement.
  • Son Heung-min (£9.1m) – Tottenham look like one of the most fluid attacks in the division so far. The stats back that up as they have netted at least two goals in every match played. Another brilliant route into the Tottenham frontline is Son who managed a huge 20-point haul in the latest round due to his hattrick and bonus.
  • Bryan Mbeumo (£6.8m) – Brentford have also had a very impressive start to the season offensively – scoring two or more goals in three of their first four games. Their main man and the best player in the game in terms of non-penalty expected goal involvement so far (3.44) is an easy addition, especially against shaky Newcastle backline.
  • Bukayo Saka (£8.7m) – Arsenal have started their new campaign strong – winning three of their first four matches and scoring two or more goals in as many. With this in mind it could be wise to stick with Saka who also takes his sides penalties.
  • Phil Foden (£7.6m) – Manchester City have won all four of their early matches but are also maintaining some of the best offensive data in the league. Foden has picked up a return in all three of his last matches and looks set for another start.

Forwards

  • Erling Haaland (£14.1m) – The relentless Norwegian has already amassed six goals and one assist. He is the focal point and penalty taker to the consistent Manchester City attack and is the standout captaincy option this week due to his consistency.
  • Nicolas Jackson (£7.2m) – Chelsea face a Bournemouth side who sit as the worst team in the league for shots in the box conceded (57) and second worst for total attempts conceded (80). No player has had more big chances than Jackson so far this campaign so his impressive underlying data could finally convert into a big points return.
  • Cameron Archer (£4.5m) – The Sheffield United striker helps to enable the rest of the squad and will unlikely feature at all.

Who will score? Who will win? We look at what to expect from each match in Gameweek 5 here.

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