Who’s HOT & Who’s NOT - FPL Gameweek 5

9:33pm Sep 12 2018

Tottenham’s Lucas Moura is one of the most wanted FPL assets ahead of Gameweek 5

Following the first international break of the season, the Premier League takes centre stage once again, and Gameweek 5 has all the potential to be a real thriller.

To kick things off, two of last season’s top four go head-to-head at Wembley, as Spurs entertain Liverpool, followed by Manchester United’s visit to Watford – the season’s surprise package so far.

So, how has the prospect of such crunch fixtures affected the transfer activity in the FPL?

When we exclude those who are suspended or injury doubts, one of the stars of last season tops the charts when it comes to being transferred out ahead of Gameweek 5, being replaced by a new emerging FPL favourite who comes at a fraction of the cost.

Below are my thoughts on that, as well as the low-down on the other big movements in the run-up to Gameweek 5. As always, I wish all of you the very best of luck.

Who’s HOT?

Mitrović – £6.7m | 20.0% owned

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Despite the fact that Fulham face the daunting task of taking on Manchester City at the Etihad in Gameweek 5, at the time of writing, over 360,000 FPL bosses have saw fit to bring in Aleksandar Mitrovic ahead of this clash.

The Serbian forward has hit a real purple patch of late, scoring four in his last three Premier League outings, and is a very affordable attacking option at £6.7m.

That said, he’s unlikely to see much goalmouth action in Gameweek 5, and there are a host of other affordable forwards who’ve started the season strongly too – all of which have kinder fixtures this Gameweek – namely Callum Wilson, Danny Ings, Glenn Murray, and Troy Deeney.

Mitrovic was less than prolific in his Newcastle days, so it remains to be seen whether he can sustain his excellent early season form at this level – I for one will be monitoring it for a couple more Gameweeks before thinking about making a move.

Lucas Moura – £7.3% | 18.5% owned

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Spurs’ star of the season so far was in the thick of it again in Gameweek 4, having a hand in the goal which gave his side the lead, before a late Watford comeback saw the Hornets claim all three points.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be looking to bounce back in Gameweek 5, but face the unenviable task of halting a Liverpool side who are yet to drop points.

At the time of writing, Lucas Moura’s impressive recent form has prompted a further 330,000+ FPL bosses to add him to their ranks.

This popularity is fully justified, due to the fact that the Brazilian is far less vulnerable to rotation than other popular assets from top six clubs, making him a really worthwhile option – particularly at £7.3m

Who’s NOT? (hot)

Mo Salah – £13.0m | 50.8% owned

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Liverpool’s front three of Salah, Mane and Firmino are also about as rotation-proof as it gets, as far as the big-hitters from the top six go.

But, that hasn’t stopped the Egyptian from becoming the most transferred out player ahead of Gameweek 5 at the time of writing (excluding Theo Walcott and Wilfried Zaha who are both injury doubts), with over 220,000+ ditching him from their teams so far.

That said, last season’s Golden Boot winner still features in over 50% of FPL squads, but a sizeable proportion of his owners have decided to cash in, using that huge £13m sum to bolster other areas of the squad and hoover up those early season bargains.

While it’s easy to see why this may be a tempting manoeuvre, I’ll personally be keeping the faith with Salah for the time being.

After all, Gameweek 4 has been the only Gameweek so far in which he’s failed to provide a goal or an assist – so he’s not exactly out of form.

Mkhitaryan – £7.2m | 18.3% owned

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Arsenal’s form under their new boss Unai Emery has been somewhat difficult to fathom.

They’ve shown they can score goals, but the defensive frailties that became so synonymous with the latter years of Arsene Wenger’s reign have shown no signs of subsiding.

This frustrating inconsistency which has plagued the Gunners for years also makes it difficult to place full trust in many of their prime FPL assets – and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s surprise omission from the starting XI in their Gameweek 4 victory over Cardiff has made over 155,000+ FPL bosses ditch the Armenian at the time of writing.

With the likes of Lucas Moura and Roberto Pereyra in such decent form and far less vulnerable to rotation, it’s easy to see why many FPL bosses are viewing these as safer bets ahead of Gameweek 5.

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Thank you for reading ‘Fantasy Premier League Tips –Who’s HOT & Who’s NOT – FPL Gameweek 5’ which was written and produced by @DannyBryan27