GAMEWEEK 5: TEAM SELECTION | Captain Harry Kane Against Swansea? | Fantasy Premier League Tips
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9:18pm Sep 12 2017
Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane and Roberto Firmino lead the line for Gameweek 5 – Captain Kane, right?
We’ve written and produced this article just before tonight’s (Tuesday’s) Champions League action, but now the news has trickled through that Paul Pogba has suffered a hamstring and is set to miss United’s Gameweek 5 fixture against Everton.
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There is a decision to make in goal this Gameweek, with Rob Elliot and Newcastle having kept 2 consecutive clean sheets, ahead of their home fixture against Stoke.
Ben Foster, meanwhile, also has a favourable fixture, at home to West Ham, but West Brom have failed to keep a clean sheet since Gameweek 2.
For now, Ben Foster gets the nod, with West Ham also looking far from convincing this season, despite getting their first win against Huddersfield on Monday night.
In defence, Cedric Soares and Phil Jones will keep their places, as Southampton travel to an out-of-form Crystal Palace, while Man Utd host Everton.
Crystal Palace are the only team to have failed to score a single goal this season, but having recently sacked Frank de Boer, will they show some fight in Gameweek 5?
Everton, meanwhile, have scored just 2 goals themselves; only Bournemouth and Crystal Palace have managed fewer. Ronald Koeman’s side have taken just 7 shots on target this season, which is level with Swansea; no team in the Premier League has managed fewer.
The third spot in defence, for now, is Ben Mee, ahead of a tricky away trip to Anfield.
Initially, the plan was to take Chancel Mbemba on the Wildcard last Gameweek, to play him for Newcastle’s home fixture against Stoke, but that was no longer an option after his injury during the international break.
One potential option is to sell Kyle Naughton for a Newcastle defender with the ‘Free Transfer’. With Swansea changing formation, he’s no longer being used in a wing-back role and while Swansea do have some good fixtures coming up, the same is true for Newcastle.
Ben Mee does have significant goal threat from set pieces though, having already taken 1 attempt per game, on average, with 50% of his efforts finding the target. Liverpool, for the last few seasons, have had a weakness in defending corners.
The plan in midfield for Gameweek 5, was to be able to rotate Tom Carroll out for Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Despite Crystal Palace having failed to score so far, a home game against Southampton would have been preferable to Swansea’s away trip to Spurs.
However, the Palace midfielder failed to make the matchday squad last Gameweek, so it seems he may have suffered an injury setback in training. We’ll monitor the situation there but for now, playing Tom Carroll is the only option.
He is against his former club and looked handy from set pieces against Newcastle last Gameweek, as well as seeing an effort on target denied by a save from the goalkeeper.
Last week wasn’t great for Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Mohamed Salah but both midfielders will get another chance for their home fixtures in Gameweek 5.
There are no changes to note upfront, with Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane and Roberto Firmino lining up once again, each with home fixtures this weekend.
Down the line, it does look like downgrading the Man Utd forward could be an option, despite his regular goals, when the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Alvaro Morata are keeping up with him for cheaper.
But the next 3 games still look good for Lukaku; he’s against his former club this weekend, before facing a Southampton side that have won just 1 of 4 games this season and a Crystal Palace side that have failed to win a game so far.
Gameweek 8 could be the time to look at making that move, but we’ll visit this again in our Gameweek 7 video.
Harry Kane announced his return to form with a brace against Everton last Gameweek; he’s our standout option for captaincy, with a home fixture against Swansea this weekend for Spurs.
The Swans have conceded a total of 78 goal attempts this season, which is level with Burnley; no Premier League team has conceded more.
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