FPL TEAM SELECTION: GW5 | Will Walcott & Zaha Recover from Injuries?
Posted by FFPundits
9:38am Sep 12 2018
Man City’s Sergio Aguero is set to wear the captains armband against Fulham in Gameweek 5, but what to do with Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan?
There’s still quite a bit up in the air as we look forward to Gameweek 5, with many of our FPL players still away on international duty at the time of writing.
However, we won’t let the dull international break dampen our spirits and distract us from what’s more important this week – GAMEWEEK 5!
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Mkhitaryan is a concern, after he was dropped to the bench for Arsenal’s win over Cardiff, while Theo Walcott is suffering from a rib injury, with The Telegraph suggesting that the clash with West Ham may come too soon.
We can still hold out some hope of the Everton midfielder returning, so at the moment, the plan is to move on Mkhitaryan with the 1 free transfer.
With a view to using the wildcard ahead of Gameweek 6, Chelsea midfielder Pedro is a likely replacement for the Armenian, as a one-week punt.
Maurizio Sarri’s side host Cardiff this weekend, following their 3-2 defeat to Arsenal in Gameweek 4 and no Chelsea player has taken more than Pedro’s 6 efforts on target this season.
Here’s how the team could shape up for Gameweek 5:
It’s a coin toss decision between Ben Foster and Lukasz Fabianski, with Watford set to host Man Utd this weekend, while West Ham travel to Everton.
It’s hard to see a clean sheet for either goalkeeper, but the Hammers sit bottom of the Premier League table, having lost all 4 of their opening games. Watford have gone unbeaten, conceding just 3 times; only Liverpool (1) have shipped fewer goals.
Man Utd have scored just 6 goals from a total of 23 efforts on target this season. So, it’s Ben Foster who gets the nod.
The defence is likely to be unchanged, with the premium left-backs continuing to deliver consistent points.
Marcos Alonso has been directly involved in 6 goals over the first 4 Gameweeks; more than any other defender, as Chelsea host a Cardiff side that are yet to score away from home this season.
Man City’s Benjamin Mendy boasts 5 FPL involvements this season and even provided an assist for France over the international break. His tally of 7 attempted assists can be beaten by only Holebas and Robertson amongst defenders.
The Liverpool left-back is top for attempted assists amongst defenders, with 10 to his name this season but Jürgen Klopp’s side will perhaps face their toughest test so far, when they travel to Wembley to face Spurs in Gameweek 5.
Spurs and Liverpool are equal on 9 goals scored this season but the Reds have conceded just 1 goal to Tottenham’s 4. No team have conceded fewer goals (1) or ‘big chances’ (2) than Liverpool during the opening 4 Gameweeks.
Sadio Mané found his 4th goal of the season against Leicester before the break and only Mo Salah has produced more efforts from inside the box (12 to 10) or on target (7 to 6), amongst midfielders.
Salah has scored an impressive tally of 5 career goals against Spurs during 6 appearances, including 3 league goals against them for Liverpool last season.
Pochettino’s side suffered a 2-1 defeat to Watford in their last outing and have conceded 8 goals in their last 5 league matches at Wembley.
Theo Walcott remains a doubt for the home fixture against West Ham and Aaron Wan-Bissaka will provide an option from the bench if the Everton midfielder fails to recover.
Crystal Palace face a Huddersfield side that have scored just 2 goals this season, which is on par with West Ham and Cardiff; no Premier League team have managed fewer.
The Evening Standard report that Wilfried Zaha has returned to training and is in line to play against Huddersfield this weekend.
The Crystal Palace forward provided 2 goals during the opening 3 Gameweeks and amongst forwards, only Jesus, Aguero, Wilson (6) and Mitrovic (7) took more than Zaha’s 4 efforts on target during that period.
Huddersfield have shipped 10 goals this season; on par with West Ham and no Premier League team have conceded more goals so far.
Sergio Aguero has been directly involved in 5 goals this season, which is on par with Mitrovic and Wilson; no forward has more FPL involvements than the trio.
13 efforts from inside the box by the Argentine can be beaten by only Callum Wilson – with 14.
Southampton’s Danny Ings completes the team for Gameweek 5, as the Saints welcome Brighton to St Mary’s on Monday night.
The on-loan forward has 2 goals in 3 starts this season and his 11 efforts from inside the box ranks 5th best amongst forwards; beaten by only Mitrovic (12), Aguero, Lukaku (13) and Wilson (14).
Brighton have shipped 3 goals without reply during their 2 away matches so far this campaign, losing to Watford and Liverpool.
With no room for Eden Hazard in the team, Sergio Aguero will take the captain’s armband for Gameweek 5, as Man City welcome Fulham to the Etihad.
The promoted side have shipped 5 goals during their 2 away matches so far; only West Ham and Huddersfield – with 7, have conceded more away goals this season.
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