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Fantasy Premier League: GW5 & GW6 preview

Preview of and tips for Gameweek 5 & 6 of the 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League season
James Siow

AUGUST 30, 2022

With a quick turnaround time before the mid-week deadline for Gameweek 5, we’ve compiled a guide on who to buy, sell, keep, avoid and monitor, as well as captaincy options in preparation for Gameweek’s 5 and 6.

This will be helpful for FPL managers who are wanting to plan out your next few transfers ahead of a busy schedule ahead. We hope you are enjoying the FPL content so far this season!.

Players to buy

PLAYER

Harry Kane (11.4M)

FIXTURES

West Ham (A), Fulham (H)

FORM

MINUTES

STATISTICS

0.8 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

A

PLAYER

Luis Díaz (8.1M)

FIXTURES

Newcastle (H), Everton (A)

FORM

MINUTES

STATISTICS

0.38 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

A

PLAYER

Pascal Groß (5.8M)

FIXTURES

West Ham (A), Fulham (H)

FORM

MINUTES

STATISTICS

0.7 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

B+

PLAYER

Lewis Dunk (4.6M)

FIXTURES

West Ham (A), Fulham (H)

FORM

MINUTES

STATISTICS

0.04 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

B+

Harry Kane is in great form and should’ve scored a hattrick against Nottingham Forest. He is an easy transfer from Erling Haaland (11.8m) if you are unsure of the Manchester City striker’s minutes over the next couple of games. Luis Díaz is the best option around the 7.5-8.5m range, as he looks to be a regular starter on the left and has good fixtures.

Pascal Groß has caught the eye of many managers as he has started the season with 3 goals and 1 assist in 4 games. For 5.8m, he presents himself as a great value option. Brighton are playing some fantastic football already this season and I’d expect them to do well during their good run of fixtures. Lewis Dunk is a reliable option for managers who are looking to downgrade a premium defender and move funds to other positions.

Players to sell

PLAYER

Mason Mount (7.8M)

FIXTURES

Southampton (A), West Ham (H)

FORM

MINUTES

STATISTICS

0.22 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

C+

PLAYER

Jarrod Bowen (8.2M)

FIXTURES

Tottenham (H), Chelsea (A)

FORM

MINUTES

STATISTICS

0.13 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

C

PLAYER

Ollie Watkins (7.4M)

FIXTURES

Arsenal (A), Man City (H)

FORM

MINUTES

STATISTICS

0.63 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

C

PLAYER

Matty Cash (4.8M)

FIXTURES

Arsenal (A), Man City (H)

FORM

MINUTES

STATISTICS

0.09 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

D+

Mason Mount owners would be frustrated with his poor start to the season and the drop in price from 8.0m to 7.7m. It’s difficult to pull the plug on him before a good fixture against Southampton, however his underlying stats and goal scoring threat have declined quite significantly from last season.

Additionally, he’s been subbed off early on a regular basis, so his minutes may be under threat as Chelsea are still pushing to sign a striker before the end of the transfer window. 

There are better options than Jarrod Bowen around the 7-8.5m price point, so he is a definite sell for me. David Moyes’ West Ham are still struggling to score and create chances this season and it doesn’t get any easier as they are up against Spurs and Chelsea in their next two games. Aston Villa haven’t looked good this season and Ollie Watkins will find it hard to score against Arsenal and Man City.

I’d highly recommend banking 0.2m and transferring in Ivan Toney (7.2m), as he has much better fixtures in the medium term. Matty Cash should be sold as there are many decent 4.5-4.8m defender options, such as William Saliba (4.7m) and Lewis Dunk (4.6m).

Players to keep

PLAYER

Mohamed Salah (13.0M)

FIXTURES

Newcastke (H), Everton (A)

FORM

MINUTES

STATISTICS

0.84 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

A

PLAYER

João Cancelo (7.1M)

FIXTURES

Forest (H), Aston Villa (A)

FORM

MINUTES

STATISTICS

0.08 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

A

PLAYER

Raheem Sterling (9.9M)

FIXTURES

Southampton (A), West Ham (H)

FORM

MINUTES

STATISTICS

0.81 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

B+

PLAYER

Pedro Neto (5.3M)

FIXTURES

Bournemouth (A), Southampton (H)

FORM

MINUTES

STATISTICS

0.19 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

B

Mohamed Salah somehow managed to blank in Liverpool’s 9-0 win over Bournemouth, which has convinced 430,833 managers to sell the midfielder. As the NPxG90 + xA90 stats show, Salah still has plenty of goal threat this season, and it is actually fairly consistent with what we’ve seen from him over the last 5 seasons.

There is no evidence he is slowing down, and he has good fixtures to come in the medium term. He has 2 goals and 1 assist in 4 games. There’s just no need to sell him. 

João Cancelo also has good fixtures, and I don’t think we should overreact after blanking two weeks in a row. If you need to downgrade him to a cheaper defender to fund another move elsewhere, I don’t mind it. However, I wouldn’t try to force him out of our teams in most circumstances.

Raheem Sterling looks like the talisman for Chelsea and Pedro Neto has two great fixtures to come. I completely understand the frustration with his lack of points, but it would be naïve to transfer him before a game against Bournemouth. I’d encourage planning to transfer him out before Gameweek 7 when Wolves up against Liverpool. 

Players to avoid

PLAYER

Roberto Firmino (8.0M)

FIXTURES

Newcastke (H), Everton (A)

FORM

MINUTES

STATISTICS

0.77 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

B

PLAYER

Martin Ødegaard (6.6M)

FIXTURES

Aston Villa (H), Man United (A)

FORM

MINUTES

STATISTICS

0.34 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

B

PLAYER

Marcus Rashford (6.3M)

FIXTURES

Leicester (A), Arsenal (H)

FORM

MINUTES

STATISTICS

0.29 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

C+

PLAYER

Rúben Neves (5.5M)

FIXTURES

Bournemouth (A), Southampton (H)

FORM

MINUTES

STATISTICS

0.17 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

C

Roberto Firmino scored 22 points on the weekend, but I don’t think we should expect the same kind of output moving forward. Darwin Núñez’s (8.9m) return will take minutes away from the Brazilian forward.

Martin Ødegaard isn’t a terrible choice; however, given we are only allowed 3 players from each team, I think there are better Arsenal options. Gabriel Martinelli (6.4m) is 0.2m cheaper, most of us have Gabriel Jesus (8.1m) and William Saliba (4.7m), Gabriel Magalhães (5.0m) and Aaron Ramsdale (5.0m) are all great value options in defence.

Marcus Rashford’s minutes will be under threat from the new signing of Antony from Ajax, and Ruben Neves is a deep-lying playmaker who doesn’t have much goal threat. He mostly relies on shots from distance or goals from direct free kicks, so I would stay away from him.

Players to monitor

PLAYER

Son Heung-min (11.8M)

FIXTURES

West Ham (A), Fulham (H)

FORM

MINUTES

STATISTICS

0.49 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

B+

PLAYER

Wesley Fofana (4.4M)

FIXTURES

Southampton (A), West Ham (H)

FORM

MINUTES

STATISTICS

0.18 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

B

PLAYER

Alexander Isak (7.0M)

FIXTURES

Liverpool (A), Palace (H)

FORM

MINUTES

STATISTICS

RATING

C+

PLAYER

Gianluca Scamacca (6.9M)

FIXTURES

Spurs (H), Chelsea (A)

FORM

MINUTES

STATISTICS

0.11 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

C

Son Heung-min hasn’t hit the ground running yet and he’s been subbed off for Richarlison (8.5m) in most matches. I don’t think you need to force him out of your team if you already have him, but it’s definitely worth thinking about swapping to Kane if there are no other moves you need to make, or you can bring in another midfielder if he continues to disappoint.

Wesley Fofana could be incredible value at 4.4m if he can lock down a centre-back spot at Chelsea this season. If Alexander Isak (7.0m) can hit the ground running at Newcastle, then the Swedish striker might be a great option in a weeks’ time, as he’s likely to lead the line this season for the Magpies.

Gianluca Scamacca may have taken the No.9 position off Michail Antonio (7.3m) and could be the answer to West Ham’s lack of goals. He might be someone to look out for in the future.

Captaincy candidates (GW5)

PLAYER

Mohamed Salah (13.0M)

FIXTURE

Newcastle (H)

NPxG per 90

0.56

xA per 90

0.29

RATING

B+

PLAYER

Harry Kane (11.4M)

FIXTURE

West Ham (A)

NPxG per 90

0.82

xA per 90

0.17

RATING

B+

PLAYER

Gabriel Jesus (8.1M)

FIXTURE

Aston Villa (H)

NPxG per 90

0.56

xA per 90

0.28

RATING

B

PLAYER

Erling Haaland (11.8M)

FIXTURE

Forest (H)

NPxG per 90

1.04

xA per 90

0.10

RATING

B

PLAYER

Kevin De Bruyne (12.1M)

FIXTURE

Forest (H)

NPxG per 90

0.15

xA per 90

0.43

RATING

B

Captaincy candidates (GW6)

PLAYER

Mohamed Salah (13.0M)

FIXTURE

Everton (A)

NPxG per 90

0.56

xA per 90

0.29

RATING

A

PLAYER

Harry Kane (11.4M)

FIXTURE

Fulham (H)

NPxG per 90

0.82

xA per 90

0.17

RATING

A

PLAYER

Erling Haaland (11.8M)

FIXTURE

Aston Villa (A)

NPxG per 90

1.04

xA per 90

0.10

RATING

B+

PLAYER

Kevin De Bruyne (12.1M)

FIXTURE

Aston Villa (A)

NPxG per 90

0.15

xA per 90

0.43

RATING

B+

PLAYER

Son Heung-min (11.8M)

FIXTURE

Fulham (H)

NPxG per 90

0.15

xA per 90

0.43

RATING

B

Mohamed Salah is my favourite captaincy option for both Gameweeks 5 and 6. Gabriel Jesus could cause some damage against Steven Gerrard’s struggling side in Gameweek 5, and Harry Kane is a tempting choice for Gameweek 6 against Fulham.

Erling Haaland has fantastic fixtures, but he is under risk of losing minutes to Julian Alvarez (6.3m), as Pep Guardiola is likely to rotate and rest players ahead of their busy schedule. Haaland is still more than capable of scoring a lot of points with less minutes on the pitch, but it’s a risk to captain him.

JAMES' TEAM SELECTION

I chose to transfer Erling Haaland for Harry Kane last week, knowing that Haaland’s minutes may be managed during the next couple of Gameweeks. I was heavily punished for making this moving early and it didn’t pay off in the short term unforunately.

The most frustrating thing is that Harry Kane could’ve scored 16-17 points if he had tucked his penalty away. It’s just incredibly unlucky as Kane hasn’t missed from the spot for Spurs since 2018. I won’t be making any changes to my team before Gameweek 5, and I am 90% sure I’ll be captaining Mo Salah. Best of luck everyone!

Premier League Gameweek 5 Fixtures

Tuesday, 30 August

Wednesday, 31 August

Thursday, September 1

Premier League Gameweek 6 Fixtures

Saurday, 3 September

Sunday, 4 September

There are a few good captain options in Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 5. Mo Salah remains the standout candidate, but Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne are great options at home to Nottingham Forest.

Spurs’ Harry Kane and Son Heung-min are good captain options at home to Fulham. Similarly, Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne are too away at Aston Villa.

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