The FPL WATCHLIST: Gameweek 5 | Wildcard Tips and Picks

9:54am Sep 4 2018

Key players from Arsenal, Manchester City and Bournemouth feature on our FPL Wildcard Watchlist for Gameweek 5


Welcome back to another instalment of the FPL Watchlist, where we’ll be taking a quick look at three players who have impressed recently and will be options to transfer in to the FPLtips and FFPundits team, for the upcoming Gameweeks.

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Aaron Ramsey – £7.4m | 1.1% owned

Aaron Ramsey - Wildcard Tips - Gameweek 5

He’s yet to register an FPL return this season but Aaron Ramsey’s underlying stats show promise, after playing 90 minutes in his last two matches.

His tally of 4 attempted assists in Gameweek 4 was joint 2nd in the league; matching Aguero, Sanchez, Lukaku and David Silva, while only Eden Hazard produced more – with 5.

Amongst Arsenal players, Mkhitaryan is the only man to equal the Welshman’s 7 attempted assists this season, while only Lacazette has matched his 5 efforts on target; none of his teammates have produced more on either account.

For comparison, Mo Salah is top for shots on target amongst midfielders this season, with a total of 7 efforts; just 2 more than Ramsey.

Arsenal’s kind run of fixtures continues over the next 4 Gameweeks, seeing them welcome Everton and Watford to the Emirates, in-between trips to Newcastle and Fulham.

Callum Wilson – £6.2m | 15.9% owned

Callum Wilson - Wildcard Tips - Gameweek 5

An injury to Wilfried Zaha means we’re forced to consider alternative options within the budget forward category and despite failing to get on the scoresheet against Chelsea, Callum Wilson continues to impress.

The Bournemouth striker took just the 1 goal attempt in Gameweek 4 but it was deemed by Opta to be a ‘big chance missed’.

A total of 7 ‘big chances’ this season for Wilson is more than any other Premier League player has had, beating Lukaku – with 6 and Salah and Mitrovic – with 5.

14 efforts from inside the box from the 26-year-old is also a league-high tally, beating Aguero and Lukaku – with 13 and Salah and Mitrovic – with 12.

The fixtures remain positive for Eddie Howe’s side in the near future, with home matches against Leicester and Crystal Palace over the next 4 Gameweeks.

David Silva – £8.5m | 6.8% owned

David Silva - Wildcard Tips - Gameweek 5

Finally today, we move on to Man City midfielder David Silva, who has looked impressive since returning to Premier League action in Gameweek 2.

In 3 appearances this season, between Gameweek 2 and Gameweek 4, the Spaniard has produced a league-high tally of 13 attempted assists; beating Salah’s total of 11 over that period and Hazard’s 9, so it’s very surprising to see that the 32-year-old is yet to register an assist.

His total of 6 efforts from inside the box during the same timeframe (GW2-4) also ranks highly amongst midfielders; beaten by only Alli – with 7 and Salah – with 9.

Man City welcome Fulham and Brighton to the Etihad over the next 3 Gameweeks, either side of a trip to Cardiff in Gameweek 6.

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