Gameweek 5 FPL Q&A with FPLTips

10:21am Sep 10 2019

Will Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero have his minutes managed once again, as Gabriel Jesus returns from injury?

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The International break is thankfully coming to an end and our beloved Fantasy Premier League will return this Saturday.

Similar to our Gameweek 1 Q&A, we have received hundreds of fantastic questions from the FPL community, but sadly, we could pick only a handful of them to feature in this week’s article, so apologies to those we haven’t been able to answer this time around.

Please note that all player prices and ownership percentages were correct at the time of recording.

Here are some of the brilliant questions sent in to us via Twitter this week in which we’ve answered:

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George (@George_CFC15) asks:

Q –  “Is the Salah and Sterling [premium] combo still the safe option with Aguero’s form?”

If we look over their underlying numbers for the first 4 Gameweeks, we can see that the trio are actually performing fairly similarly.

Just 4 FPL points separates their returns so far and they’ve taken a similar amount of total shots and efforts on target.

Sterling and Salah have each been afforded 6 big chances, compared to Agüero’s 5 and they’ve each created 1 big chance.

But the biggest difference here is in playing time. Sterling has featured the most over this period, playing every minute so far (360), while his Man City teammate has seen his game-time limited to 267 minutes out of a possible 360.

The Argentine has stayed on for the full 90 minutes in each of the last 2 Gameweeks but this has coincided with an injury to Gabriel Jesus.

With the Brazilian expected to make his return after the international break, will we see Agüero having his minutes managed more carefully again in the coming Gameweeks?

Kemo (@MKOnotAbiola) asks:

Q – “Considering Guardiola’s dreaded rotation, is it safe to keep Zinchenko given that Mendy is a month fit now?”

As you mention, Guardiola said back in mid-August that he wanted Mendy to train regularly for a month before he’d consider playing him.

We’re coming up to that point now, so it is something that owners of Zinchenko will need to be wary of and if you’re on a wildcard now or you intend to use it in the coming weeks, it may be wise to make the switch to Otamendi.

The long-term injury to Laporte looks likely to make the centre-back’s starting place secure going forward.

Paul Bijay (@paulbijay_) asks:

Q – “Beside Aubameyang and Ceballos, who do you suggest from Arsenal for their favourable run of fixtures?”

Arsenal face just one ‘top six’ side between now and Gameweek 16, welcoming Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace to the Emirates in their next 3 home matches.

He’s only registered the 1 assist so far and is yet to open his scoring but the underlying numbers suggest Pepé could one to watch.

Since Gameweek 2, the summer signing leads the way for goal attempts amongst Arsenal players, with 12 shots, compared to the 9 managed each by Aubameyang and Lacazette.

The front 3 have posted similar numbers for shots inside the box and on target, while Pepé has produced 5 attempted assists, compared to Aubameyang’s 4 and Lacazette’s 2.

Only Ceballos (with 6) has created more chances or completed more final 1/3 passes (39 to 37) than Pepé.

Yo (@Yo80921137) asks:  

Q – “Who would you say the best replacement for Perez is?”

Amongst midfielders, under £6.5m, it’s Mason Mount (7) and Dan James (6) who lead the way for shots on target, across the opening 4 Gameweeks.

10 shots inside the box by the Wales international ranks top of this group, while Mount is the only player to fire more total goal attempts (14 to 11).

With 14 attempted assists, Lanzini tops the group for creativity and could provide an alternative to West Ham forward Haller.

Along with Chelsea and Man Utd, the Hammers have favourable attacking fixtures over the next 8 Gameweeks.

FPL Popcorn (@FPLpopcorn) asks:

Q – “Abraham (CHE) vs Haller (WHU). Who is more essential going forward in your opinion?”

In the last 2 Gameweeks, Tammy Abraham has matched Agüero with 4 goals scored, while his tally of 5 efforts on target ranks joint-best in the league, alongside Haller and James.

But Haller leads the way across the opening 4 Gameweeks, on a per game basis, amongst forwards priced under £7.5m.

He ranks top for big chances (1.3), while only Pukki has fired more goal attempts from inside the box (3.25 to 3.00) or on target (2.75 to 2.00).

The West Ham forward has a league-best expected goals figure of 0.96 per game, compared to Abraham’s 0.32 and the Hammers rank 3rd best, as a team, for expected goals this season (7.31), only bettered by Man Utd (7.49) and Man City (9.58).

Finally, himanshudhapodkar (@himanshu95278) asks:

Q – “Is Harry Kane a good option given that Spurs play only Liverpool amongst top 6 until Gameweek 14?”

Although he has the fixtures, the concern with Kane is whether we can rely on him for captaincy.

During home matches against teams outside of the ‘top six’ last season, the Spurs forward averaged 5.6 points per game, compared to Salah’s 8.4 and Sterling’s 9.2.

It’s worth noting that Spurs played the majority of their home games at Wembley last season but Kane hasn’t looked overly convincing at the new stadium so far either.

He’s played 3 matches there now but only has those 2 late goals against Aston Villa to show for it, failing to score in the 1-0 defeat to Newcastle and in a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace last season.

With that in mind, Heung-Min Son or Christian Eriksen could be alternative options to consider.

The Denmark international provided 3 goals and 2 assists in 5 appearances at the new stadium last season, with no Spurs teammate producing more total shots (23), efforts on target (6) or attempted assists (15) during those matches.

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