Three fixtures are in focus for our Daily Fantasy Premier League picks for Gameweek 5.
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Safe Spine: Manchester City (vs Fulham)
Manchester City appear to have the easiest fixture this weekend: they’ve scored 11 goals so far this season which is the highest in the Premier League and they face a side that have conceded 2+ goals in each of their opening 4 fixtures.
FWD: Sergio Aguero
MID: David Silva
DEFs: Benjamin Mendy, Aymeric Laporte
Sergio Aguero has had the most shots this season, with 20. His attacking returns have all come at the Etihad, with 3 goals and 2 assists. Another home match this weekend against another leaky defence looks ominous.
Sergio Aguero has had more shots than any other player this season (20)
— Premier League Statman ⚽️ (@EPLStatman) September 9, 2018
David Silva provides the creativity behind Sergio Aguero, with 13 attempted goal assists across the opening 4 games. He already has a goal to his name, with a spectacular free kick and plenty of set piece responsibility.
Manchester City have only kept one clean sheet in their opening 4 games, but Mendy and Laporte have plenty of attacking threat between them, if City do fail to keep another shut out. Mendy has an incredible 5 assists from 4 appearances, with Laporte also chipping in a goal: he’s always an aerial threat from set pieces.
Goals Galore: Spurs vs Liverpool
It looks to be a tough and unpredictable fixture on paper for fantasy managers, but goals are expected in this one as two of the most creative Premier League teams go head to head. With 4-1 and 2-2 score lines last season, watch for another high scoring affair.
FWDs: Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane
MIDs: Christian Eriksen, Lucas Moura
Liverpool already have 9 goals this season, with Salah and Mane managing 8 goal involvements between them. Mane is leading the goal scoring charts and Salah remains consistent in his attacking returns, with just a blank apiece. Expect this pair to unlock a Spurs defence who’ve managed just one clean sheet, conceding 4 goals in 4 games.
Sadio Mane in the Premier League this season:
? 4 Appearances
⚽ 4 Goals
? 137 Passes
✔ 6 Crosses
? 34 Passes per match
Should he win «player of the month»? pic.twitter.com/G4KaLgkmgs
— The Liverpool FC News (@TheLiverpoolFCN) September 4, 2018
Home advantage will favour the Spurs attack, with Lucas Moura and Christian Eriksen looking the likeliest source of attacking returns. Moura is the form player for Tottenham, with 3 goals and 1 assist to date: a brace against Manchester United shows he’s a big game player. Eriksen may be hitting form at just the right moment, following a brace on International Duty.
Clean Sheet Stack: Chelsea (vs Cardiff)
Chelsea have one of the best defences in the Premier League: they have 2 clean sheets in 4 games. This week they face a Cardiff side that have failed to score in 3 of their opening 4 games, with just those 2 goals against Arsenal.
DEFs: Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta
GKPs: Kepa Arrizabalaga
Marcos Alonso is leading many of the key Premier League statistics, including 5 assists and 1 goal: he’s managed to deliver attacking returns in every game this season! With the possibility of returns at either end of the pitch, he looks essential this weekend.
"Sometimes, [he] is in front of me. I said to him once, 'Marcos, I think your first target is to defend, because you play left back', but this guy don't want to listen, he just wants to score goals."
– Eden Hazard on Marcos Alonso pic.twitter.com/7jLgb8FiJg
— FourFourTweet (@FourFourTweet) September 2, 2018
To further exploit the potential for a Chelsea clean sheet, Kepa and Azpilicueta are worthy inclusions. Azpilicueta is far from matching Alonso on the opposite flank, but has already chipped in with an assist this season. Kepa may have a quiet afternoon, with Cardiff managing just 19 shots on target so far this season.
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