FPL Season 2019-2020 – Gameweek 12 Review (part 2)

“Gameweek 12 brings us the clash between Liverpool and Man City at Anfield” (CC by 4.0). Image by Damian Stricker.

In addition to our usual gameweek preview article and lineup predictions piece in the build-up to gameweek 13 on the 23rd of November, we’re also going to dive a bit deeper into the matches of gameweek 12 from an FPL point of view. Part 1 took a quick look at the matches from Friday and Saturday, which included the bottom clash Norwich vs Watford, top-six challengers Leicester hosting Arsenal, and Frank Lampard’s in-form Chelsea looking to make it six consecutive victories in a row.

This second part of the piece will look at Sunday’s matches, which, of course, includes the top-of-the-table clash between current leaders Liverpool and reigning champions Manchester City, as well as a somewhat resurgent Manchester United hosting Brighton, and Wolves versus new boys Aston Villa at Molineux. If you weren’t watching the football then maybe you were looking at online casino games and, if so, you could check out Top Casino Bonus first.

Goalkeepers

No clean sheets on the second day of gameweek 12, but Brighton’s Mat Ryan (£4.7m) was the clear stand-out goalie among the six who got into action on Sunday. No less than 9 saves brought him 2 save points and the full 3 bonus points for a more than decent total of 7 FPL points. Since his 2 points in gameweek 5, Ryan has not recorded less than 3 points in a game and that only happened once, in gameweek 9 against Aston Villa. That makes it 41 FPL points from the last seven Premier League games, equalling an average of just 6 FPL points per game.

Defenders

The lack of clean sheets on Sunday was naturally also reflected in the scores for defenders. Despite conceding three goals at Old Trafford, Seagulls central defender Lewis Dunk (£4.6m) came away with a nice 6 FPL points, courtesy of his first goal of the season. The only other defender to score more than 2 points on Sunday was Liverpool’s Andy Robertson (£7.0m), whose wonderful assist for Salah’s header helped him record an acceptable 5-point score, especially considering the opposition. It’s now 1 goal and 4 assists for the Scottisch wing-back with a favourable run of fixtures coming up, including three home games (Brighton, Everton, Watford) over the next five gameweeks. On the opposite side, Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.2m) did not record attacking returns this time, but his record is identical (1 goal, 4 assists) and he looks like a popular asset for the weeks to come as well.

Midfielders

The three winning teams all saw one or more midfielders make the difference for them on Sunday. First of all, Liverpool beat Man City 3-1 at home and all goals were scored by players who are labelled as midfielder in the official Premier League fantasy game. Fabinho‘s (£5.5m) opener represented the Brazilian midfielder’s first PL goal of the season and a first FPL haul (9 points). Mo Salah (£12.3m) and Sadio Mané (£12.0m) netted once each as well, good for 8 FPL points and 7 FPL points, respectively. The Egyptian dribbler now has 6 goals and 3 assists, while the Senegalese winger stands at 7 goals and 4 assists so far. Their teammate Jordan Henderson (£5.4m) got 6 points after his assist for Mané’s goal. For City, Bernardo Silva (£7.9m) stood out in FPL terms with 10 points, thanks to a second-half goal and a somewhat surprising three bonus points

The Portuguese midfielder wasn’t the highest-scoring midfielder of the day, though. That honour, and indeed the title of gameweek 12’s highest-scoring midfielder overall, goes to Wolverhampton’s Ruben Neves (£5.3m), who scored a beautiful first-touch strike against Villa and was awarded the three bonus points as well. It was only his second attacking return of the season though, after his goal versus Man United back  in gameweek 2. The assists for the two Wolves goals came from Traoré (£5.2m) and Moutinho (£5.3m), who recorded scores of 5 FPL points and 4 FPL points, respectively. For the former, it was his fourth attacking return of the season (2 goals, 2 assists) and his first return since gameweek 8, while the latter made it his third assist of the season and his second one is as many weeks. For Villa, it was winger Trezeguet (£5.2m) who scored a goal for a second week in a row, helping him to record 8 FPL points for the 1.3% of FPL managers who owned him.

At Old Trafford, the homeside beat Brighton 3-1 and the midfielders were involved a lot here as well. For United, striker Anthony Martial (£7.7m), who is listed as a midfielder in FPL, didn’t find the back of the net, but he did set up two goals, bringing his owners 10 FPL points. That makes it one goal and 3 assists in the three games since he came back from injury. After starting in every Premier League games since gameweek 4, Belgian-Brazilian midfielder Andreas Pereira (£5.0m, 0.5% ownership) finally recorded a first attacking return by scoring against Villa. His goal resulted in a bonus point and a total score of 8 points. The other midfielder on the United roster with a return this weekend was Scott McTominay (£5.1m, 3.7% ownership). After scoring against Norwich in gameweek 10, he provided an assist in gameweek 12 to bring his owners a decent 5 FPL points. The cheap central midfielder now stands on 2 goals and 2 assists this season, and three of those returns have come in the last six gameweeks. The final midfielder to record a noteworthy FPL score (ie. A score above 3 points) was Brighton’s Pascal Gross (£6.4m, 0.7% ownership). The German playmaker was one of the better players for the Seagulls and it was from his corner that Lewis Dunk scored their only goal at Old Trafford. Gross has now provided 2 assists and scored 1 goal over the last four gameweeks, for a total of 18 FPL points.

Forwards

Considering the way in which the midfielders grabbed the FPL spotlight on Sunday, the smaller role for forwards is not a surprise. As a matter of fact, only two forwards scored more than 2 FPL points on the third day of gameweek 12, namely Raul Jimenez and Marcus Rashford. Wolves forward Jimenez (£7.3m) scored against Aston Villa, bringing his owners 9 FPL points and making it 3 goals from his last four Premier League games. He was the third-best performing forward in the official game this weekend, behind Jamie Vardy and Gerard Deulofeu. The Mexican killer has got 3 goals and 2 assists from his last five gameweeks. Manchester United’s Rashford (£8.5m) found the net as well in gameweek 12, against Brighton in his case, and brought the 13.7% of FPL managers who own him 5 points, due to a one-point reduction as a result of a yellow card. It’s now 6 goals and 3 assists in the Premier League since the start of the 2019-20 campaign, and 3 goals and 1 assist from his last four gameweeks. 

FPL Season 2019-2020 – Gameweek 12 Review (part 1)

“Gameweek 12 brings us the clash between Liverpool and Man City at Anfield” (CC by 4.0). Image by Damian Stricker.

With the third international break of the 2019-20 Premier League season upon us after gameweek 12, the build-up to gameweek 13 can be seen as an excellent opportunity to take a good, hard look at your team and find out why your ranking has until now seemed allergic to breaking inside the top one million. You like the way your team looks and your decision-making has been sound this season, but you’re still ranked 3,763,954th in FPL? Well with 7 million people playing the game you’re about half-way, although thankfully my team is riding high in the top 50,000.

In addition to our usual gameweek preview article and lineup predictions piece in the build-up to gameweek 13 on the 23rd of November, we’re also going to dive a bit deeper into the matches of gameweek 12 from an FPL point of view. This piece will take a quick look at the matches from Friday and Saturday, which included the bottom clash Norwich vs Watford, top-six challengers Leicester hosting Arsenal, and Frank Lampard’s in-form Chelsea looking to make it six consecutive victories in a row. Our piece tomorrow will look at Sunday’s matches, which, of course, includes the top-of-the-table clash between current leaders Liverpool and reigning champions Manchester City. You can also find other interesting clashes at https://conquestador.com/

Goalkeepers

Four clean sheets from the first 7 games of gameweek 12 was not a bad return from a defensive point of view. To start with, Watford’s Ben Foster £4.8m) put on another match-winning performance, this time against Norwich at Carrow Road. Besides the Hornets veteran, Chelsea’s Kepa (£5.5m), Burnley’s Pope (£4.7m) and Leicester’s Schmeichel (£5.2m) all kept their nets clean. With 9 FPL points, courtesy of 4 saves and 2 bonus points in addition to the clean sheet, the Burnley shotstopper in particular showed his outstanding value again, averaging almost 4 FPL points per game.

Defenders

Naturally, a decent number of clean sheets also benefits defensive performances in the Premier League’s official game. Chelsea’s Tomori (£4.8) not only kept a clean sheet, but also brought home the full three bonus points for a total score of 9 FPL points after the home game against Palace. The Blues have now kept the ball out of their nets on three occasions, all of them in front of their own crowd, and they have three favourable home fixtures coming up over the next five weeks (West Ham, Aston Villa, Bournemouth). At Turf Moor against West Ham, James Tarkowksi (£5.0m, 1.5% ownership) even did a bit better by adding an assist to his clean sheet and three bonus points (12 FPL points in total). Leicester’s Söyüncü (4.8m) brought the 11.4% of managers who own him a third return in as many gameweeks by keeping a clean sheet against Arsenal and winning 2 bonus points. That’s now 28 FPL points over the last three gameweeks for the Turkish central defender. His teammate in defence Ricardo Pereira (£6.3m) was awarded 1 bonus point in that same game to make it a total of 19 FPL points over the past three gameweeks for him. Finally, Newcastle booked a really important 2-1 victory over Bournemouth at home, in part thanks to a subtle strike by central defender Ciaran Clark (£4.3m, 0.2% ownership), who amazingly enough also scored during the 2-3 away victory against West Ham just a week earlier. He didn’t keep a clean sheet this time either, but his goal and 2 bonus points resulted in 10 FPL points, or 17 FPL points over the last two gameweeks. The other stand-out performer in the Newcastle defence was Andre Yedlin (£4.4m, 0.1% ownership), whose goal strangely enough did not result in bonus points, but he still did end up with 8 FPL points.

Midfielders

As has been the case more often than not over the past weeks, James Maddison (£7.4m) was one of Leicester’s best players against Arsenal. The talented playmaker is at the heart of most attacking intentions at the Foxes and a constant danger to opposing defences. His second-half strike from the edge of the area put the clash with the Gunners beyond all doubt, 2-0, and the resulting 9 FPL points for Maddison are likely to help his current ownership of 19.4% increase further. At exactly the same price, you can also opt for Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic (£7.4m, 11.7% ownership). Captain America seems to have nailed down a spot in Lampard’s starting eleven and is not planning to give it up again any time soon: 5 goals, 5 bonus points and no less than 37 FPL points over just the past three gameweeks. His goal against Palace this weekend saw the Blues midfielder bring home 8 FPL points. In less obvious but still good form is his teammate Willian (£7.1m), who provided an assist in gameweek 12 for 7 FPL points. The Brazilian now has 2 goals and 3 assists in his last six Premier League games, or a goal and 2 assists in his last three. For Everton, who seem to be on the way to a bit more consistency and especially goals of late, Richarlison (£7.9m) is stepping up. His goal against Southampton was his first since his brace versus Wolves all the way back in gameweek 4 and saw him record 10 FPL points. After a single assist in each of the gameweeks 9 and 10, the Brazilian has now provided three attacking returns in the last four rounds, totalling 23 FPL points. His more defensive teammate in midfield Tom Davies (£5.3m) recorded 10 FPL points as well, courtesy of his first goal of the season and three bonus points.

Forwards

Lately, it has been impossible to talk or write about strikers in an FPL context without mentioning Jamie Vardy (£9.5m, 32% ownership). We’ll just put down the stats for his last 6 gameweeks and you make of it what you will: 8 goals, 2 assists, 11 bonus points and a total of 60 FPL points. In gameweek 12, his goal and assist brought his owners 12 FPL points (and 24 points to those managers’ like me that captained him). Somewhat surprisingly, this haul was matched by Watford’s Gerard Deulofeu (£6.1m, 2.1% ownership). The Spaniard will be key for the Hornets if they want to still make something of their season, and he underlined this by scoring a goal and providing an assist during the crucial 0-2 win over Norwich. Deulofeu had a great finish to last season and despite starting this season badly has now shown recently what a class (and fast) player he is. For Chelsea, the inevitable Tammy Abraham (£7.9m) made it three attacking returns in his last three Premier League games by scoring a good opening goal versus Palace. The most-captained player of the weekend recorded 8 FPL points and made it 25 FPL points in total over the last three gameweeks. In the budget category, Southampton’s Danny Ings (£6.0m) scored his fifth goal of the season at home to Everton for 7 FPL points. He has now scored 4 goals and recorded 35 FPl points over that period.

FPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 12 Preview

Liverpool
“The clash of the week is taking place at Anfield, where Liverpool are hosting Manchester City” (CC by 2.0). Image by Inge Knoff

In terms of crazy bargains, you thought you had seen it all with Aaron Wan-Bissaka last season, right? Well, AWB move aside a second, because John Lundstram is here. The Sheffield United box-to-box midfielder is listed as a defender in the official fantasy Premier League game and started the season at the lowest possible price (£4.0m). No less than 958 minutes of Premier League football later, Lundstram is now the fifth-highest scoring player overall, courtesy of 3 goals, 1 assist, 5 clean sheets and 10 bonus points. Oh, and he’s valued at £4.8m now, by the way. His incredible 21-point haul was the stand-out performance by a single player in gameweek 11 and in the season overall, so far.

Apart from Sheffield’s continued impressive re-introduction to the Premier League, last weekend saw Liverpool and Man City struggle but overcome, Arsenal struggle but not overcome, and United struggle but not overcome at all. Norwich kept conceding and Chelsea kept scoring (that’s 10 Premier League games in a row now) and winning (that’s 5 in a row), while Leicester are showing signs of being able to seriously compete for a top-4 spot until the end of the season. In other words, we saw a lot of action in gameweek 11 and the upcoming gameweek looks no less promising. Promising returns are also on offer from 1xbet casino at toripelit.com

Finally, don’t forget that the deadline for gameweek 12 is set at 19h00 (GMT+0) on Friday, November 8th..

How did our picks for the previous gameweek fare?

PICK PLAYER OPPONENT POINTS
Premium Raheem Sterling Southampton (H) 1
Premium Sadio Mané Aston Villa (a) 12
Non-premium David Silva Southampton (H) 1
Non-premium Tammy Abraham Watford (a) 12
Differential Ben Chilwell Crystal Palace (a) 6
Differential Raul Jimenez Arsenal (a) 9
Captain Raheem Sterling Southampton 2

Premium picks

Let’s start with some stats: 22 Premier League games, 20 goals scored and 163 FPL points won, equalling an average of 7.4 points per game. That’s Leicester’s Jamie Vardy (£9.4m) since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers at the King Power. Like the rest of his teammates, the energetic English striker is in red-hot form of late, having recorded attacking returns in each of three last gameweeks (5 goals and 1 assist and 5 bonus points for 34 FPL points). Two weeks before this current run started, he also scored a brace for a 12-point haul. Sure, a scoring run has to end sometime and Vardy won’t keep scoring every game, but then again, how many people said that about him back in the 2015-16 season? This weekend, the Foxes are hosting an Arsenal in disarray and out of clear shape in a direct confrontation that could shape the top-4 for some time to come. With just five points from five away games and conceding 7 goals in those games, we’re putting our cards on Vardy to increase the misery at the Emirates.

Considering the sheer number of potential match winners that will be entering the pitch at Anfield Road on Saturday, picking a winner in gameweek 12’s clash of clashes is as much a guess as you’re going to get this round. The likes of Mo Salah, Bobby Firmino, Raheem Sterling, Kevin de Bruyne, Kun Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and several others have the quality to decide the game with a flash of brilliance, but we feel that it’s going to be Sadio Mané (£12.0m) in the spotlights again. All the form arrows point to him at the moment. The Senegalese powerhouse was decisive against Villa last weekend with a goal and an assist, making it 2 goals and 3 assists for him over the last four gameweeks. As a result, he has brought his owners 31 FPL points over that stretch, which comes down to an average of almost 8 points per game. The fact that only Villa’s Wesley and City’s Jesus can match his 5 big chances over the past four gameweeks shows that Mané’s stats are no fluke. Facing Man City is a hell of a task under any circumstance, but we believe Mané could be the key to a Liverpool victory this weekend.

Non-premium picks

You know by now that sometimes, when we’re really convinced by an FPL asset, we dare to repeat him on our list of picks. Well, this is one of those times, because Wolves striker Raul Jimenez (£7.2m) is back on here. For gameweek 11, we included him as a differential pick and did so with decent success, but his ownership has since then risen to a level (11.9%) that makes it hard to call him a real differential any more. That’s why Jimenez is our first non-premium pick this week. With 4 goals and 2 assists in eleven Premier League games, the Mexican assassin is having a relatively quiet start to the 2019-20 campaign. What’s more important to know though, is that 2 of those goals and both the assists were recorded in the last four gameweeks. Wolves faced a tough set of starting fixtures, but the calendar looks to be turning a bit in their favour now and Raul Jimenez could be one of the big beneficiaries of this. No other player in the game had more shots on target than him (4) in gameweek 11 away to Arsenal and we expect him to get plenty of chances to score again versus Villa at Molineux on Sunday. The Villains have conceded 11 goals in just 5 away games and stopping Jimenez from popping up in dangerous positions will be one of their main worries in the build-up to the game.

Our second non-premium pick is another striker who scored in gameweek 11, Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham (£7.9m). Out of all Premier Legue teams, the Blues are probably the ones who have grown into their new style the most, under manager Frank Lampard. Since the 4-0 drubbing against Man United in gameweek 1, Chelsea have scored at least once in every game, making it a total of 25 goals in 11 games. Nine of those goals have come from academy graduate Abraham, who has turned out to be one of the bargains of the 2019-20 FPL season. His 9 goals, 2 assists and 14 bonus points make him  the highest-scoring Chelsea asset (74 FPL points) and the fourth-highest scoring player in the official game overall. After their absolute rollercoaster of a Champions League mid-week against Ajax, the Blues will have had a bit over three days of rest, so it’s hard to see Lampard not start his star striker against Palace at Stamford Bridge. The Eagles seem on their way to another solid mid-table season, but we don’t see them coming away with much from the Bridge on Saturday, in part thanks to Abraham’s presence and form.

A differential pick or two

We’re sticking with the Blues from London for our first differential pick of the week. Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.9m) is a punt in terms of whether he will be starting at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, but there is a chance after Mason Mount was injured against Ajax. Manager Lampard was quick to downplay the seriousness of the injury, but the player did seem to be in quite a lot of pain on Tuesday (though he did walk off the pitch himself, with support). Hudson-Odoi had a bit of a breakthrough in the first team between gameweeks 7 and 9, recording 3 assists in just 196 minutes of Premier League football, but he was benched for most of the time since then. Mount is clearly Frank’s first choice on the left wing and CHO usually gets his minutes when the former is substituted off early. That’s also why we feel he’s the prime candidate to replace Mount in the starting lineup when Chelsea face Palace. With an ownership of just 2.5%, Hudson-Odoi can clearly be considered a differential pick and he could be the one to provide that much-needed rankings boost after a few topsy-turvy gameweeks.

Our second differential pick and final pick for gameweek 12 is Manchester United’s Anthony Martial (£7.6m). The French forward marked his eleven to the starting return in gameweek 10 with a goal and 6 FPL points after an absence of five gameweeks. His manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has recently lauded Martial’s qualities as a centre forward and the Frenchman looks set to feature as such under him. This makes Martial essentially a goal-driven, bargain-priced, out-of-position striker in a potential top-6 outfit. True, Man United are all but top-6 material at the moment, but Martial is definitely one of their top talents and one of those players who might be capable of rising above the team’s lack of form. With him back, Marcus Rashford can move back to his favoured inverted role on the left wing, putting in place one of the, in potential, most lethal strike forces in the league. Martial has scored 3 goals in six games so far this season and all of those goals have come in home games. This weekend, Brighton roll up to Old Trafford and their current away stats are not very encouraging: 4 points from 5 games with 4 goals scored and 8 conceded. Conclusion: United are unreliable and Brighton not too good away from home, and taking a punt on Martial (6.5% current ownership) could pay off handsomely.

For further GW12 transfer ideas look at this fiso FPL forum topic.

Looking at the FPL GW Transfers In/out Stats:

Attackers – Managers are mainly selling Pukki (still), Callum Wilson, Aguero & Kane and buying Vardy (ownership now almost 29%), Abraham (ownership now almost 49%), Jimenez (12%) and Rashford (13%).

Midfielders – David Silva (hamstring injury doubt), Son (red card over-turned though), Sterling, Mount (injury doubt), Salah & Cantwell are the biggest sold and the money instead is being used on buying Pulisic, Mane, Maddison & Tielemans.

Defenders – van Dijk, Otamendi, Pieters and then two long-term injured players Boly & Matip are being sold with the proceeds then spent on Lundstram & Leicester’s Soyuncu & Chilwell plus Ake, Robertson & Rico.

Goalkeepers – Ederson’s possible injury means he leads the sales followed by Adrian. Ramsdale, Henderson, Schmeichel & Gazzaniga are the most bought.

The captaincy

With four of the current top six facing each other this weekend, it looks like the focus of the armband is going to be, for a large part least, on lesser-owned and possibly less premium players in gameweek 12. Chelsea come to mind first, as the Blues host Crystal Palace after having scored 25 goals in 10 games so far this season. Do keep in mind though, especially when considering Abraham for the captaincy, that only 7 of those goals were scored in front of their own fans and that Palace are no push-overs. The young Englishman is still one of the better shouts this weekend, but we’re going with Leicester’s Jamie Vardy. The English veteran striker has scored 8 goals in 8 games against the Gunners and we wouldn’t be surprised to see another Vardy Party at the King Power this weekend.

The FISO Forum Captain poll for GW12 puts the armband between Abraham, Vardy and Jimenez.

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FPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 11 Preview

“Can the home game against Wolves this weekend improve the apparent negative atmosphere at the Emirates stadium?” (CC by 2.0). Image by Nazmi Amin-Tai

Unfortunately for Southampton and anyone with even the most remote sympathy for the Saints, for years to come, gameweek 10 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign will be remembered as the round in which Leicester came, saw and beat them 0-9 at their own Saint Mary’s. Both in terms of Premier League news and FPL results, this result naturally dominated the rest of the weekend, but there was more. City did the job at home by comfortably beating Villa, though the VAR caused some upsets in the FPL community, Chelsea’s purple patch continued with a 2-4 victory at Turf Moore, courtesy of a Pulisic hat-trick, and Liverpool booked a hard-fought victory over Spurs, thanks to a second-half penalty from Mo Salah.

As far as this weekend is concerned, it’s promising to be another unpredictable, exciting and probably heartbreaking gameweek, with most of the Premier League teams dealing with mid-week League Cup obligations. We’re obviously taking this into account when picking our recommendations for gameweek 11 and when jotting down the starting lineups for the top five in our Lineup Predictions piece tomorrow for this weekend, but we definitely recommend to have a further look as well.

Finally, don’t forget that the deadline for gameweek 11 is set at 11h30 (GMT+0) on Saturday, November 2nd.  .

How did our picks for the previous gameweek fare?

PICK PLAYER OPPONENT POINTS
Premium Raheem Sterling Aston Villa (H) 11
Premium Sergio Aguero Aston Villa (H) 1
Premium (extra) Kevin de Bruyne Aston villa (H) 6
Non-premium Marcus Rashford Norwich (a) 9
Non-premium Ryan Fredericks Sheffield (H) 0
Differential Chris Wood Chelsea (H) 0
Differential Callum Hudson-Odoi Burnley (a) 0
Captain Raheem Sterling Aston Villa (H) 22

Premium picks

Sometimes in FPL, or maybe many times, you need to stick to your guns and the gun we’re sticking to is Man City’s Raheem Sterling (£12.1m). Football is far from just stats, but the stats for his match-up with Southampton at home are just too enticing to not select him as our first premium pick for gameweek 11. To start with, he’s in good form. The English international scored a goal and took all three bonus points against Villa last weekend. He has taken the most shots in the box out of all players in the league (30), the third-most shots on target (12, behind Salah and McGinn) and only his teammate De Bruyne has created more big chances than him. Furthermore, City won this fixture 6-1 last season, with Sterling scoring two and assisting two, and the Saints have conceded six goals in five away games so far this season. Mid-week, a Sterling-less City beat Southampton 3-1 to reach the League Cup quarter-finals. Finally, the Saints conceded nine against Leicester last weekend, in front of their own crowd albeit after having a man sent-off early on. We think we’ve made our point.

We actually wanted to recommend De Bruyne or Aguero next, but seeing as we tripled up on City assets for our premium picks last weekend, we’ve chosen to diversify a bit. With Liverpool visiting an Aston Villa side that have so far conceded an average of almost 19 shots per game, more than any other side in the league, Mo Salah and Sadio Mané (£11.9m) are as good as any shout for a haul this weekend. Despite Salah owning penalties for the Reds, we’ve gone with the Senegalese powerhouse who won the decisive penalty in last weekend’s clash with Spurs. Liverpool have scored 9 goals in five away games this season and Mané was directly involved in three of them (2 goals, 1 assist). Villa have not fared badly at all in home games until now, taking eight points from five games, but the Reds just seem unable to lose in the Premier League these days. They might not be as free-scoring as their main rivals City, but it’s hard to imagine them not netting at Villa Park and when they do, Sadio Mané will very likely be involved and should play the full 90 minutes whereas Salah’s sore ankle may see him depart before the end again.

Non-premium picks

Picking just one premium asset from Pep Guardiola’s goal machine doesn’t mean that we’re now no longer looking at City assets for gameweek 11. That’s because they don’t only boast some of the best expensive players in the official game, but also one of the best, if not the best, non-premium asset. Playmaker David Silva (£7.7m) announced his coming-summer departure from the blue Manchester club at the start of this season, but he seems determined to make one final, devastating impression on English football this season. His 60 FPL points make him the fifth-highest scoring midfielder in the game, courtesy of 3 goals and 5 assists from eight starts in the Premier League. Only Sterling started more games for City this season and Silva’s current 7.8 FPL points per million is beaten by none in the official game. When starting, the Spaniard has been involved in 36% of all goals scored at home by Pep’s men and he was rested for the mid-week League Cup encounter with Southampton. So, statistically speaking, if you feel City can put at least three goals past the Saints on Saturday, David Silva will be involved in at least one.

After a slow start while Frank Lampard was still figuring out who his starting number nine was going to be, Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham (£7.8m) entered an incredible run of 7 goals in three games between gameweeks 3 and 5. Since then, his direct goal involvement has returned to a less productive, but presumably more sustainable level, with a goal and an assist in his last five games, resulting in 19 FPL points. This might sound a bit disappointing, but don’t forget that his price tag is still below £8.0m. After visiting the league’s current bottom team Watford this weekend, the Blues have three home games in their next four fixtures (Palace, West Ham and Villa). The only away game takes place at Man City’s Etihad stadium in gameweek 13. Abraham only failed to record attacking returns in one away game this season, all the way back in gameweek 1 when he played 65 minutes, and we don’t think the visit to Vicarage Road will end up being the second time. Chelsea have scored no less than 16 goals in five away games so far, while Watford have conceded 8 goals in 5 home games, so expect Abraham to get his chances on Saturday.

A differential pick or two

We know, Leicester booked the biggest away win in all of Premier League history last weekend and we haven’t recommened a Leicester asset yet. That’s not because the likes of Maddison, Vardy and Tielemans are not good shouts, but because they are visiting a remarkably solid Crystal Palace this weekend. Roy Hodgson’s men are just no push-overs, but one thing they struggle at is scoring goals. In five home games so far, the Eagles have netted just four times, which is why we’re adding a touch of Leicester to this week’s selection by recommending left-back Ben Chilwell (£5.5m) as a differential pick (owned by just 8.4% of FPL managers). Don’t expect the Englishman to replicate his 19-point haul from last weekend, but a clean sheet is definitely on the cards and an assist might be as well. He already has 5 to his name, including 2 from last weekend’s demolition of Southampton. He’s a decent shout for this round, has a good run of fixtures coming up, and costs £0.8m less than his more popular colleague at right-back Ricardo Pereira.

Our second differential pick and the final recommendation for gameweek 11 is last season’s Premier League and FPL revelation Raul Jimenez (£7.2m). The Wolves striker has had a definitely slower start to this season, in big part due to Wolves’ lesser form in the early weeks and their Europa League obligations, but he still has 3 goals, 2 assists and 43 FPL points to his name. The Mexican striker did not return anything against Newcastle last weekend, but he scored a goal a week earlier against Southampton and the week before that, he brought his owners 10 points, courtesy of two assists away at City. This weekend, Wolves are visiting an Arsenal who, from the outside, seem a bit troubled. The Gunners conceded 2 goals at home against Palace in gameweek 10, even though the Eagles are one of the least-prolific sides in the league at the moment. Their 10 ‘goals scored’ only stand above Watford, Newcastle, Sheffield and Southampton. Arsenal have conceded 7 goals in five home games so far, and 14 goals overall as Emery looks unable to find a more or less fixed set-up to provide some much-needed solidity in the back. Jimenez and Wolves are a punt for this one, but we believe it could pay off and Wolves do tend to have better results against the better sides.

For further GW11 transfer ideas look at this fiso FPL forum topic.

Looking at the FPL GW Transfers In/out Stats:

Attackers – Managers are mainly selling Pukki, Aguero, Aubameyang & Callum Wilson and buying Vardy (2 price rises already this GW after almost 0.5m purchases), Abraham and Rashford (who started in the Caraboa Cup at Chelsea midweek, scored 2 goals and was subbed with a knock). Aguero sellers have decided to bite the bullet after he again did not start but both Aguero and Jesus started in the Caraboa Cup tie v Southampton on Tuesday so maybe Aguero’s in line for a start at the weekend?

Midfielders – Cantwell, Marhez & Salah are the biggest sold and the money instead is being used on buying Perez, KDB, Tielemans, Pulisic & D Silva.

Defenders – van Dijk (suffered a dead leg), Digne (maybe he’ll bounce back from his late OG?), and then two long-term injured players Boly & Zinchenko along with MC’s Otamendi & Walker & Liverpool’s TAA. So again Man City and Liv make up most of the sold defenders. The money is then being spent on Chilwell, Lundstram (cheap and playing in midfield) & Leicester’s Pereira.

Goalkeepers – Adrian again is most sold followed by Wolves’ Patricio & Everton’s Pickford. A mixture of GKs are coming in: Henderson, Gazzaniga (Spurs), Ederson, Schmeichel and Alisson the most bought.

The captaincy

As far as the captaincy goes for gameweek 11, our eyes are on the two top teams, Liverpool and especially Man City. The former visit Aston Villa, while the latter host a battered Southampton side who already lost to the Cityzens mid-week in the League Cup (3-1). Any of Raheem Sterling, Kevin de Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, Mo Salah and Sadio Mané could haul big this weekend, while the likes of David Silva and Roberto Firmino might very well turn up as well. Based on current form, certainty of starting, and historical performance, we’re putting the armband on Sterling, but any of these picks is as safe as a pick can get in this crazy game.

The FISO Forum GW11 FPL Captain Poll puts the armband between two players: Sterling and KDB.

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FPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 10 Preview

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“Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are looking for a fourth consecutive victory in a row at Turf Moor this weekend” (CC by 2.0). Picture by Ungry Young Man

Gameweek 9 was a second consecutive disaster week in the FPL world, with an average of 37 points after gameweek 8 averaged just 36 points. The main reason for this has been the mass blanking of popular players. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, just have a look at the table below showing our picks for gameweek 9. A lot of managers also had no captain or vice captain playing at all with Salah and Aguero both getting no gametime whatsoever! Top scores were recorded by Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso (14 FPL points), Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish (13 points) and Watford’s Daryl Janmaat (12 points). Of these three, the Aston Villa midfielder boasts the highest current ownership percentage: 4.6%. As a matter of fact, of gameweek 9’s Team of the Week, David Silva was the most-owned player (11.2%) and no less than six players are currently owned by 1% of FPL managers or less. It’s probably better to just move on to our picks for gameweek 10.

Finally, don’t forget that the deadline for gameweek 10 is set at 19h00 (GMT+0 / BST) today Friday, October 25th. Have a look at our Predicted Lineups article for Gameweek 10 to give you an idea of who is playing.

How did our picks for the previous gameweek fare?

PICK PLAYER OPPONENT POINTS
Premium Harry Kane Watford (home) 2
Premium P-E Aubameyang Sheffield (away) 2
Non-premium James Maddison Burnley (home) 2
Non-premium Tammy Abraham Newcastle (home) 2
Differential Joshua King Norwich (home) 1
Differential Wesley Brighton (home) 2
Captain Harry Kane Watford (home) 4

Premium picks

The last time we recommended two premium assets from the same team, Man City were punished by Norwich when the Canaries booked a more than surprising 3-2 home win back in gameweek 5. We probably swore to never go all in on Pep’s men again after that, but here we are… This weekend, Aston Villa are rolling up to the Etihad for their fifth away game of the 2018-19 campaign. In the previous four, the Villains conceded 8 goals, while City have scored no less than 14 goals in front of their own fans in four games. In other words, it looks like another opportunity for a goal bonanza during coming Saturday’s first game.

After his mid-week hat-trick against Italian side Atalanta Bergamo in the Champions League, where he scored 3 goals in a span of just 11 minutes (on top of his assist for Aguero in the first half), Raheem Sterling (£12.1m) is back amongst our premium picks. The English dribbler has been a bit patchy in terms of the Premier League, but he seems one of Guardiola’s more nailed-on assets and honestly, why would he not be able to replicate his European exploits against newly-promoted Villa this weekend?

Considering the juiciness of the City vs Villa fixture, we have adapted the format of our premium picks segment a bit for gameweek 10. Instead of recommending two premium assets, which would be Sterling plus another, we’re going to recommend three, simply because a big score could be on the cards. If you don’t own Sterling or don’t feel confident enough to bring him in for this one, striker Kun Aguero (£12.2m) is an equally good option. The Argentinian was benched away to Crystal Palace last weekend, but completed the 90 minutes against Atalanta on Tuesday, scoring two goals in the process. It seems unlikely Pep will keep him out of the starting line-up at home against Villa, especially considering the fact that the last time he didn’t start a home game for City for another reason than injury was all the way back in gameweek 22 of last season. He thrives at home, as his 4 goals and 2 assists in four illustrate, and the upcoming game against Villa feels like the perfect opportunity for him to improve his tallies.

Finally, there is assist maestro Kevin de Bruyne (£10.1m). The Belgian midfielder has been one of City’s best players so far this season, if not the best, and it’s hard to imagine him not being involved in a bunch of chances at the Etihad on Saturday. He is still the highest-scoring player in the official game, courtesy of 2 goals, 9 assists and 10 bonus points from eight games. As far as home games go, he has not yet recorded less (!) than 11 FPL points in any home game this season and is averaging almost 14 points per home game. Given the score, De Bruyne was withdrawn after 67 minutes in the Champions League on Tuesday and looks certain to start against Villa this weekend.

Non-premium picks

Considering our slightly more extensive premium segment this week, featuring three absolute premium FPL assets in terms of both price and ownership, we’ll focus on a bit more differential players as part of our non-premium recommendations. The first might sound as a bit of a knee-jerk reaction to last weekend’s action, but hear us out. Man United’s Marcus Rashford (£8.4m) is the official game’s ninth highest-scorer striker with 4 goals, 2 assists and 10 bonus points to his name for a total of 47 points. That’s an average of just over 5 points per game, which obviously could be better, especially for Manchester United’s starting striker (though Martial took the number nine role before his injury and returned last night in the Europa League with a penalty goal), but it’s not dramatic either. United are very hard to trust this season and we don’t think that any other asset should be trusted for the moment, but last weekend’s draw against Liverpool will have given the Reds fans some hope for better times. In gameweek 10, United are visiting Norwich, who currently boast the worst defensive records in home games of all Premier League clubs (11 goals conceded in 4 games). Be aware though, because in four away games, United have only scored 2 goals so far. Like we said, this is a bit of a punt, but we believe there is a good chance both United and Rashford will work on their goalscoring stats this weekend.

Our second non-premium pick is also quite a differential: West Ham United’s Ryan Fredericks (£4.5m). The Hammers have kept three clean in nine games so far this season, two of which came in home games (in GW4 and GW6 against Norwich and Man United respectively), which really isn’t bad. On top of that, Fredericks recorded his first attacking return in gameweek 8 with an assist for Seb Haller against Leicester. He’s a frequent presence in the opposition’s area, his 21 touches in the opposition area rank top in the entire league and the expectation is that Saturday’s opponents Sheffield will allow him to play higher up the pitch. In the last five gameweeks, the Blades have only scored 3 goals and their 27 attempts on goal in away games rank bottom of the league. In other words, they lack punch away from home and Fredericks could benefit from it in a big way.

A differential pick or two

Our non-premium picks for gameweek 10 are pretty differential already, with low ownership for Rashford (10.3%) and especially Fredericks (1.3%), and our differential suggestions continue that trend. Our first pick is Burnley’s Chris Wood (£6.2m and 1.4% ownership), who is currently flagged as 75% fit in the official game but expected to be ready to face Chelsea at Turf Moor on Saturday. Since gameweek 6, the New Zealand international has been in terrific form for the Clarets with 4 goals and 12 shots on goal. Of those 4 goals, 3 were headers from crosses and that approach has been one with which Frank Lampard’s men have struggled with defensively this season. It’s true that the Blues are finding themselves in a bit of a purple patch currently with three PL victories in a row and a very valuable 0-1 victory over Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday, but they have also conceded 14 goals in 9 Premier League games. Three of those goals were headers from set-pieces, while another three came from crosses into their area. It’s a punt and Chelsea are favourites to win this one, but Wood might well bring home the points this weekend.

Our second differential pick for gameweek 10 is also expected to feature in the Burnley-Chelsea game. Callum Hudson-Odoi (£6.0m) is the second-youngest player to record at least one assist in three consecutive Premier League games, after Michael Owen, and the next young academy prospect to flourish under Lampard’s reign. CHO started the 2018-19 with an injury, but since his first playing minutes in gameweek 7 versus Brighton, he has returned in every game (3 assists and 18 FPL points in just 196 minutes of Premier League action). That’s an average of 6 points per game, which is phenomenal for a player with a price tag of just £6.0m and an ownership of less than 3%. Burnley are very sturdy at home (3 goals conceded in 4 games), but Chelsea have already netted 12 in four away games, so it’s going to be an interesting encounter on Saturday. Hudson-Odoi did play 90 minutes against Ajax mid-week, so we recommend you keep an eye on the Chelsea team news in the build-up to the game, but we expect him to start and if he does, he’s a more than worthy differential pick.

For further GW10 transfer ideas have a look at the FISO FPL forum topic.

Looking at the FPL GW Transfers In/out Stats:

Attackers – Managers are mainly selling Pukki (the Pukki Party is over), Kane & Aguero and buying Vardy, Abraham, Jimenez and Aubameyang. Aguero sellers may have made a mistake though!

Midfielders – Spurs’ Son, MC’s Marhez & Liv’s Salah are the biggest sold and the money instead is being used on buying KDB, D Silva & Hudson-Odoi. Salah could prove sellers wrong on Sunday though.

Defenders – Zinchenko not surprisingly is the most sold (due to competition from Mendy and a knee injury) along with Walker and Otamendi followed by Liverpool’s TAA and Van Dijk. So Man City and Liv make up the most sold 5 defenders this GW. Otamendi might be a mistake after Rodri’s injury! The money is then being spent on SU’s Lundstrum (cheap and playing in midfield), Leicester’s Pereira & Chelsea’s Alonso.

Goalkeepers – Adrian obviously is on his way out with SU’s Henderson, Wolve’s Patricio and Liv’s Alisson the most bought.

The captaincy

As far as we’re concerned, the clearest candidates for the captaincy can be found in the Man City squad as the Cityzens take on Aston Villa at the Etihad. We have already outlined why the likes of Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne could be in for a haul this weekend, so the question is which arm is the right one to put the armband on. We’d probably go for Sterling after his stellar display against Atalanta mid-week, but De Bruyne and Aguero are equally good options. On top of that, David Silva was kept on the bench on Wednesday and is expected to feature from the start against Villa. Despite being rotated quite often, the Spanish playmaker is the only player in the game to return a haul of 10 FPL points or more on four occasions this season. With 2 goals and 5 assists to his name, he is good albeit differential captaincy choice as well.

The FISO Forum FPL Gameweek 10 Captain Poll has KDB leading the way from Sterling and Aguero with a distant 4th Salah (who could well turn on the style at home to Spurs) then D Silva and C Wilson the only other players to get a vote.

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FPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 9 Preview

“After his late equalizer for Norway against Spain during the international break, is Josh King finding the net again versus Norwich this weekend?” (CC by 2.0): Picture by cfcunofficial

Frustration reigned once again in the world of FPL as gameweek 8 represented another low-scoring round for many, with an average score of just 36 points. The last gameweek before the second international break of the 2019-20 campaign was especially marked by the misfiring of so many premium and popular FPL assets, including the seven players that had been given the best odds for scoring a goal at any time in the build-up to gameweek 8. The likes of Salah, Sterling, Aguero, Aubameyang, Pukki, Son and Kane all blanked. This provided other less premium and sometimes simply non-premium assets to shine, with players like Villa’s Wesley (14 FPL points), Wolves lightning bolt Traoré (16 points) and Arsenal defender David Luiz (15 points) rewarding their managers in big ways. Expect many wildcards to have been activated during the international break, and watch out for those few surprising results and performances that always seem to materialise in FPL right after such a break.

Finally, don’t forget: the deadline for gameweek 9 is set at 11h30 (BST) on Saturday, October 19th.

How did our picks for the previous gameweek fare?

PICK PLAYER OPPONENT POINTS
Premium Raheem Sterling Wolves (home) 2
Premium P-E Aubameyang Bournemouth (home) 2
Non-premium David Silva Wolves (home) 3
Non-premium Todd Cantwell Aston Villa (home) 2
Differential Riyad Mahrez Wolves (home) 1
Differential Diego Rico Arsenal (away) 2
Captain P-E Aubameyang Bournemouth (home) 4

Premium picks

Gameweek 8 was not much a success for premium FPL assets, as the likes of Mo Salah, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane, just to name a few, failed to score. Considering the historical consistency of the official game’s biggest names though, we’re counting on (some of) them to deliver as usual this weekend. Our first pick is Harry Kane (£10.9m), star man of an terribly out-of-form Tottenham outfit. Spurs are definitely not in form, having lost four of the last five matches they played, including an embarrassing 2-7 home defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League and a painful 3-0 loss to Brighton in the week prior to the international break. Kane is sort of an exception to the problems at White Hart Lane, as he already has 5 goals and 1 assist to his name in the Premier League. He was lacklustre against Brighton in gameweek 7, but he posted attacking returns in each of the four gameweeks before that (3 goals, 1 assist, 27 FPL points). In gameweek 9, he is facing a hugely disappointing Watford, who are bottom of the league as we speak with just 3 points and a worrying 20 goals conceded in just eight games. A comfortable win in a home game against a team in crisis might just be what Spurs need to get back on track.

Seeing as Liverpool face United at Old Trafford and City play away against a very solid Crystal Palace, our second premium pick for gameweek 9 is Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.1m). The Gunners are a bit hard to predict at times and their away game against Sheffield United does not look like a walk-over under any circumstance, but it’s not too crazy to expect a return from PEA in this fixture. Bar gameweek 8, the Gabonese striker has scored or assisted at least once in every round (7 goals, 1 assist, 55 FPL points). Sheffield are currently in 13th place with a respectable 9 points from eight games, but only 3 of those points have come from home games (a 1-0 victory over Palace back in gameweek 2). Liverpool came away from Bramall Lane two gameweeks ago with a narrow 0-1 win, so Arsenal have their work cut out for them, but if there’s one man who can lead the line for the Gunners, both literally and figuratively, it’s Aubameyang.

Non-premium picks

Leicester’s playmaker James Maddison (£7.2m) was at the heart of a bit of controversy during the international break (see here for more details), but we don’t believe this will affect his chance of starting against Burnley this weekend or his desire to add to his current tallies (2 goals and 2 assists in the Premier League). The young Englishman came back from injury in gameweek 8 and promptly scored an equaliser at Anfield. At a price of just £7.2m, Maddison is assured of a central spot in Brendan Rodgers’ starting eleven and with a kind run of fixtures coming up, starting with Burnley at the King Power, he’s a bit of a bargain. The Clarets have yet to win an away game this season (3 draws and 1 loss from 4 games) and they have conceded 6 goals over that run. This should be three points in the bag for Leicester and Maddison could be the one to make it all happen.

If you would have said at the start of this campaign that Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham (£7.7m) by the beginning of gameweek 9, would not only be Chelsea’s starting striker, but the Premier League’s joint-top scorer (8 goals in 8 games) and the FPL asset with the second-highest increase in price (after teammate Mason Mount), some people would have probably thought you’d lost your mind. You wouldn’t have though, because that’s exactly what the situation for Chelsea’s academy graduate is at the moment. This coming Saturday, the Blues are hosting Newcastle, who have conceded 11 goals in just four away matches as well as 23 shots on target, which is the second-worst record in the league. Add to that Abraham’s 7 big chances in the last four rounds (joint-most with Aguero) and the fact that only that same little Argentinian had more shots in the box (16) than his 13 over that period, and the Chelsea man actually becomes a more than decent candidate for the captaincy.

A differential pick or two

With City and Arsenal facing defensively solid opponents in Palace and Sheffield, and with Liverpool rolling up to Old Trafford, many of this season’s “template” premium FPL assets are involved in difficult fixtures. These kind of coinciding match-ups usually also represent a moment to shine for differential picks, like Bournemouth’s Josh King (£6.3m). While his teammate Callum Wilson has been passing somewhat under the radar despite his 5 goals and 3 assists so far, King has barely even appeared on the radar. Still, the Norway international already has 2 goals, 3 assists and 38 FPL points to his name, which translates to an average of just under 5 points per game. Not bad for a striker of £6.3m. He has recorded two hauls of 10 points or more this season (10 points in gameweek 5 at home to Everton and 12 points in gameweek 7 at home to West Ham), from which we could infer that one, he is a bit “streaky” and two, he shines in home games. This Saturday, Norwich visit the Vitality Stadium and no team in the Premier League has conceded more goals (21). On top of that, only West Ham have allowed for more big chances than the Canaries (26 vs 24). It could be goals galore for the Cherries and King could well be amongst them.

Our second differential pick of the week is Aston Villa’s Wesley (£6.1). The Brazilian striker had a bit of a slow start to the season, but his double strike and single assist in gameweek 8 away against Norwich brought his totals so far to 4 goals, 1 assist and 40 FPL points. His price rose by £0.1m over the international break, but his ownership still stands at a mere 2.8%, which makes him a pretty big differential overall. Villa are facing City and Liverpool in gameweeks 10 and 11, do keep that in mind, but it’s Wolves away and Newcastle at home after that, while this weekend the Villains are welcoming Brighton to Villa Park. The Seagulls have conceded 6 goals in 4 away games so far and it might just end up being quite an open game on Saturday, seeing as both teams have shown positive attacking intent this season. Wesley is definitely punt, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it pay off.

The captaincy

Gameweek 9 is an interesting one in terms of the captaincy, because of the fixture set and the fact that the traditional “post-international break unpredictability” might be part of the results again. With Liverpool visiting Old Trafford and City going to Selhurst Park, while Spurs are hosting a Watford side that is having a horrid start to the season (3 points from 8 games), our pick for the armband is Harry Kane. Considering the match-up and Kane’s seeming immunity to both fixtures and the form of his own team, we feel his upper arm is probably the safest place for the armband this weekend. In case Tottenham’s current form makes you hesitant, which we can understand, you have two of this season’s revelations in Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount who are facing Newcastle at Stamford Bridge. As a matter of fact, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Abraham end up being gameweek 9’s most-captained player.

The Captain Poll for GW9 on the FISO Forum favours Sterling ahead of Abraham, Wilson, Aguero, Son, Kane, Salah & KDB.

FPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 8 Preview

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“Is Aubameyang going to make it 8 goals in eight against Bournemouth on Sunday?” (CC by 2.0) by Ronnie Macdonald

Gameweek 7 turned out to be another difficult one as far as FPL captaincy choices go, with none of the ten most captained players returning a double-figure haul. Arsenal’s Aubameyang and our choice, City’s De Bruyne, were the stand-outs in this category, with 9 FPL points each. Most heartbreaking was the benching of City top scorer Sergio Aguero, though the Argentinian did come on in the 76th minute to grab an assist. We now have the second international break in our sights after gameweek 8, so do keep that in mind when considering injured players like De Bruyne or Martial. Another thing to pay attention to when making your transfers this week is, as usual, the mid-week European games. Man City, Liverpool, Spurs, Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea and Wolves all had Champions League and Europa League group stages to deal with, which will surely have some influence on the starting line-ups for the coming Premier League weekend.

Finally, don’t forget that the deadline for gameweek 8 is set at 11h30 (BST) on Saturday, October 5th.  .

How did our picks for the previous gameweek fare?

PICK PLAYER OPPONENT POINTS
Premium Harry Kane Southampton (home) 8
Premium Mo Salah Sheffield (away) 3
Non-premium Tammy Abraham Brighton (home) 2
Non-premium Kevin de Bruyne Everton (away) 9
Differential Chris Wood Aston Villa (away) 7
Differential Ricardo Pereira Newcastle (home) 13
Captain Kevin de Bruyne Everton (away) 18

Premium picks

In the FPL world, the term “Pep roulette” has become a somewhat universal way to indicate the high risk of rotation that sticks to Man City players since the arrival of Pep Guardiola. Point in case: the last time we recommended Raheem Sterling (£12.1m) as a premium pick and captain, back in gameweek 6, Pep benched him out of nowhere. We’re confident this won’t happen this time, though, because he tends to start for City (he played for at least 85 minutes in all other games) and he’s now had his rest. The young Englishman was also partly rested during the mid-week game against Dinamo Zagreb in which he came on in the 56th minute, and promptly decided it with a goal and an assist. In the Premier League, Sterling recorded his first return in four weeks last weekend by scoring a goal and bringing his owners 7 FPL points. He is now on 6 goals, no assists and 4 bonus points from six games. This weekend, Man City are hosting Wolves at the Etihad, and with them having scored 14 goals in their three home games so far this season, while Wolves conceded 7 goals in their four away matches this campaign, it’s hard to not see City put a few past the visitors. When they do, expect Sterling to be involved.

Our second premium pick of the week is Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0) or ‘PEA’. The Gabonese striker has been phenomenal for the Gunners this season, scoring 7 goals, providing 1 assist and recording 53 FPL points in the process. As a matter of fact, he has booked attacking returns in each of the seven games played in the current campaign: 6, 6, 5, 9, 13, 5 and 9 points. That’s incredible consistency and with Arsenal’s favourable run of fixtures coming up, we could see PEA extending this run for some time to come. First up are Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth, who have shipped 12 goals in seven games so far. Aubameyang scored in both the home and the away game against the Cherries last season, and he has also scored in six of his seven last home games overall. This fixture has seen plenty of goals in the recent past, with Arsenal putting eleven goals past the Cherries on the last three occasions (5-1, 3-0 and 3-1), and we don’t see why this would not be possible coming Sunday.

Non-premium picks

We already recommended Sterling as a stand-out premium asset and we will be highlighting a teammate of his a bit later on, so picking a third City player feels quite risky considering the chances of rotation, but Kevin de Bruyne made us do it. The Belgian seems to have been ruled out of action this weekend with a groin injury that needs rest, which makes it likely for David Silva (£7.6m) to take over main playmaking duties. The living City legend has started five out of seven games so far, completing the 90 minutes on three occasions. In those 408 minutes of Premier League football, he scored 1 goal and provided 5 assists, resulting in 37 FPL points. As it currently stands, ‘Dilva’ is actually the third-most valuable City player when looking at points per million. He’s worth 4.8 points per million, a ratio that’s beaten only by De Bruyne (5.5 points) and Bernardo Silva (4.8 points). The hope is, one, that David Silva starts against Wolves on Sunday, and two, that he is pushed up the field as a result of De Bruyne’s absence to increase his potential for a big haul. With an ownership of just 9.9%, a punt on the Spaniard could mean a world of difference for your rankings.

Speaking of points per million, Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell (£5.0) currently represents a ratio of 6.2 points per million of his price. He is the fourth-highest scoring midfielder in the category of midfielders with a maximum value of 7.5m, with only Chelsea’s Mount (39 points), Villa’s McGinn (38) and West Ham’s Yarmolenko (33) recording a higher total. After his teammate Buendia, Cantwell is the player who has created the most chances (10 vs 17) for the Canaries this season, while these two also share second place for shots on goal (9) and shots on target (4). Cantwell is already owned by 27.3% of FPL managers, but with a pretty favourable run of fixtures coming up, which includes home games against Villa and Watford and away games versus Bournemouth and Brighton over the next five, his ownership could very well increase in the coming month or so. He looks like a bargain gem at the moment, and bringing him in frees up funds, while assuring you of a very interesting option for the spot of fifth (or even fourth) midfielder in your squad.

A differential pick or two

Our first differential pick for gameweek 8 has it all: the form, the (home) fixture and the relatively high chance of starting in Pep’s roulette. Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez (£8.6m) is currently kind of hard to ignore, thanks to his 2 goals, 2 assists and 25 FPL points over the past two gameweeks. These hauls (15 points vs Watford and 10 against Everton) were already his second and third haul of 10 points or more, after his hat-trick of assists and 14 points against West Ham in the opening week of the 2019-20 campaign. In four starts so far, Mahrez has scored 2 goals, provided 5 assists and gotten 45 FPL points, which is more than decent for a winger who is classified as a midfielder in the official game, who has a price tag of £8.6m and who is currently owned by just 5.2% of FPL managers. Of course, the question with City players is always whether they will start or not, so a differential from their roster could be risky, but a punt on Mahrez could pay off big this weekend when current number thirteen in the league Wolves roll up to the Etihad.

Our second pick is Bournemouth’s left-back Diego Rico (£4.1m), who represents a differential from a different category: his form is pretty good, with 2 assists over the last three games, and his upcoming fixture calendar is reasonable, though this weekend the Cherries are visiting the Emirates, a game in which they will not be expecting a clean sheet. After that, it’s Norwich at home, Watford away, Newcastle away and Wolves at home over the next five games, which could mean clean sheets and the occasional assist for the man who has stepped up as Charlie Daniel’s replacement after the latter got seriously injured in gameweek 3. The main reason why we are including the Spaniard in our list this week though, is that he represents a starting option in a decent team with some potential for assists at a bargain price of just £4.1m. In gameweek 7, there was actually no player who created more than his six chances across the board. In a season in which the FPL budget feels more strained than ever and at a moment in which many managers seem to be considering moves away from the early-season template (and towards a new template, perhaps?), a budget asset like Diego Rico can come in very handy. Therefore, he is more of a medium to long-term, budget-enabling pick for us, and not one from which you should expect immediate impact. An alternative is Chelsea’s Tomori (£4.6m) who has just been called up by England in their hunt for a great Central Defender. Other options are discussed on this fiso forum FPL transfers for GW8 topic.

The captaincy

With Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal playing at home, gameweek 8 immediately offers some interesting options for the captaincy. Out of the three, Liverpool are facing the toughest opponent in Leicester, but Salah at home is rarely a bad shout (4 goals, 1 assist, 36 FPL points in 3 home games this season). For Man City at home to a pack of underwhelming Wolves, the likes of Sterling, Aguero and even Mahrez tickle the fancies, if any of them play, of course. Our choice for the armband this week is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang though, who has started the current campaign in the same fashion as he ended the previous: by scoring goals. Not only has the Gabon forward scored 7 goals in 7 games, he has also yet to play a Premier League game this season in which he does not return points for his owners. This game will inevitably come, but we don’t believe it’s at home to Bournemouth this Sunday.

The FISO Forum Captain Poll for Gameweek 8 consensus though is for Sterling or Aguero ahead of PEA, Salah and Pukki.

FPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 7 Preview

London Stadium
“Are West Ham’s fans going to witness a fourth consecutive clean sheet for their team against Bournemouth this weekend?” (CC by 2.0) by Jorn Eriksson

To those FPL managers who captained Sterling for gameweek 6 to subsequently see Pep bench him for 90 minutes while his team mates absolutely thrash Watford: we feel for you, really. It might be of some comfort to know that he was actually the most-captained player, or it might not. With an average score of 52, it was nevertheless quite a high-scoring weekend, with the likes of Bernardo Silva (19 points), Kevin de Bruyne (17 points) and Aaron Cresswell (14 points) recording big hauls. There was no mid-week European football this week, but all of the Premier League clubs did have League Cup obligations, so do keep that in mind when making your decision for gameweek 7.

Finally, don’t forget: the deadline for gameweek 7 is set at 11h30 (BST) on Saturday, September 28th.

How did our picks for the previous gameweek fare?

PICK PLAYER OPPONENT POINTS
Premium Sergio Aguero Watford (home) 9
Premium Lucas Digne Sheffield (home) 1
Non-premium Ashley Barnes Norwich (home) 2
Non-premium Roberto Firmino Chelsea (away) 9
Differential Danny Ings Bournemouth (home) 1
Differential Heung-Min Son Leicester (away) 5
Captain Sergio Aguero Watford (home) 18

Premium picks

Tottenham have had a bit of a rocky start to the season, to say the least, but despite that, talisman Harry Kane (£11.0m) has already got 4 goals and an assist from just six games to his name. The Spurs striker has returned in each of his last three games (a goal against Arsenal away, an assist against Palace at home and a goal versus Leicester away) and brought his owners (current ownership: 20.5%) a satisfying 36 FPL points, which boils down to an average of 6 points per game. Next up for Spurs are Southampton, who lost at home to Bournemouth last weekend and against whom Kane boasts an excellent record. The English forward has faced the Saints nine times in the Premier League, a run in which he scored 8 goals and provided 2 assists. What’s more, he scored at least one goal in each of the last five encounters between the two clubs. With the odds for him to score this weekend stand at 58%, he’ll be aiming to extend that run to six games.

If you take a quick look at the current Premier League table, one of the things you’ll probably notice is Sheffield United’s impressive sixth place. Therefore, our second premium pick of the week isn’t so much based on this weekend’s opposition, but on his current form and his club’s unbeaten run. Liverpool’s Mo Salah (£12.5m) is currently the fourth-highest scoring player in the official game (50 FPL points) and he has only failed to return once in the first six games of the 2019-20 campaign (3 points in gameweek 2). In a broader perspective, Liverpool has won their last 15 Premier League in a row, scoring 42 goals in the process, which comes down to an average of almost 3 goals per game. Of those 42 goals, 9 came from their Egyptian wizard. Saturday’s opponents Sheffield have been remarkably solid in the back so far, conceding just 3 goals in six games, but it seems unlikely they will shut out the Reds. As far as Salah goes, he already has 4 goals and 3 assists to his name this season, and it’s fair to expect him to build on those tallies against the Blades.

Non-premium picks

In this still young season, Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham (£7.5m) is one of the revelations so far. It took Frank Lampard a few weeks to settle on his starting number nine, but he has gone with Abraham and we don’t think the Chelsea legend is regretting it. Since securing the spot in gameweek 3, the young English striker has scored a rather unbelievable 7 goals, bringing his owners 42 FPL points in the process: 2 goals and 13 points against Norwich away, 2 goals and 13 points against Sheffield at home and 3 goals and 14 points versus Wolves at Molineux. Last weekend, he blanked against Liverpool, but that can happen to the best of them, so we wouldn’t worry too much about it. This Saturday, the Blues are hosting Brighton, who have conceded 8 goals in six games so far. It might turn out to be a goal-filled encounter at Stamford Bridge, which should sound like music to the ears of the 33.7% of FPL managers who currently own Tammy Abraham.

One of the few players with an ownership higher than Abraham’s is Man City’s puppet master Kevin de Bruyne (£9.9m). Seeing as the Belgian’s price tag is still just low enough to not label him a premium asset, he is our second non-premium pick of the week. His performances so far are very premium, though. As a matter of fact, De Bruyne is currently the second-highest scoring player in the game (54 FPL points vs Pukki’s 55), courtesy of 2 goals and an incredible 7 assists in just six games. This coming Saturday, Pep Guardiola’s men are visiting Goodison Park to face an out-of-form Everton who just last weekend lost 0-2 to Sheffield on their own ground. City have an outrageous expected goals ratio per game of 3.50 and the crazy thing is that their actual average number of goals per game currently stands at 4. Last weekend’s 8-0 demolition of Watford contributed to that in a big way. In other words, City are in red-hot goal-scoring form and it would be odd to see Kevin de Bruyne no return against Everton this weekend.

A differential pick or two

Last week, our first differential pick was Burnley’s Ashley Barnes and even though he did not return against Norwich at home, the Clarets did put on a good display with a 2-0 victory as a result. As the current number nine in the league, they seem to be back to their gritty, hard-to-beat selves, and one Claret who should be raring to go at Villa Park coming weekend is striker Chris Wood (£6.2m). The New Zealander scored both of Burnley’s goals last week and recorded a 13-point haul as a result. In all honesty, these were his first two returns of the season, but he is nailed on to start under Sean Dyche and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him return again on Saturday as he faces a not-so-solid Aston Villa defence. The Villains have conceded 9 goals in six games so far, while Burnley have scored 8. At a price of £6.2m and with an ownership of just 0.8%, Wood could be a major differential in gameweek 7.

A bit further up the table, Leicester City have rather quietly settled inside the top four. The Foxes have not been particularly spectacular yet this season, but they have been racking up the points under Brendan Rogers, with Spurs representing their latest scalp (2-1 victory at the King Power last weekend). Despite the sale of Harry Maguire, Leicester have been, maybe surprisingly, solid in the back and with a kind run of fixtures coming up, we figured it could be interesting to recommend Ricardo Pereira (£6.0m), especially after his goal against Spurs in gameweek 6. It’s true that his price tag belongs to the premium category for defenders, but he could be worth it. Last weekend, the marauding right-back not only scored a goal, but also two shots on target and a very advanced position on average, with 9 FPL points as a more than decent result. This coming Saturday, Newcastle are rolling up to the King Power and the Magpies have scored just 4 goals in six games so far. A clean sheet and possibly another attacking return could be on the cards for Pereira (currently owned by just 6.2% of FPL managers)

The captaincy

Gameweek 7 is offering us another set of juicy fixtures that brings up several good options for the captaincy. For us, the final selection was between Tottenham’s very own Harry Kane and Man City’s Kevin de Bruyne (KDB), in great part due to their consistency as far as attacking returns go over the past gameweeks. In that light, Liverpool’s Mo Salah was in the running for a long time as well. We have eventually chosen to place the armband on De Bruyne‘s arm as were confident that he will be involved in the goal-scoring activities at Goodison Park this weekend.

The FISO Forum Captain Poll for Gameweek 7 has 5 players with at least 10% of the votes (none of those five are KDB) so it’s a wide open selection this weekend and a chance to make up ground on those ahead.

FPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 6 Preview

“After two consecutive blanks, it’s high time for Raheem Sterling, pictured above in training for England, to start firing again” (CC by 3.0) by Mattythewhite

So, we more than insisted on Raheem Sterling as the stand-out premium pick and captaincy candidate last week, with all the subsequent consequences. Our only comfort was the confirmation of what all FPL managers already knew: the Premier League is an unpredictable, at times heart-breaking beast and the official fantasy game just emphasises that. Besides the big shock of the gameweek (and perhaps of the season so far), Liverpool once again failed to keep a clean sheet, struggling Watford benefited from a second-half Gunners collapse, and Bournemouth put three past a usually pretty sold Everton. In other words, gameweek 5 was FPL chaos and a continuation of the craziness that is the 2019/20 campaign. An example of this is the number of goals that has already been scored by the top-five most prolific scorers over the past five gameweeks. There are currently five players with five goals or more who, together, have already scored 30 goals. For comparison, in previous seasons, this total after five games stood at 21 (last season), 21 (in 2017/18), 22 (2016/17), and 18 (2015/16). Players like Kane, Rashford, and Vardy are not among those first five, but each of them still scored 3 goals in five games, which is a decent return. In other words, this season got off to a crazy start, so don’t worry too much yet if you feel like your FPL team has been disappointing so far. Don’t spend too much time on how our picks for last week performed, it’s not very impressive, and let’s move on to our picks for gameweek 6.

Finally, don’t forget: the deadline for gameweek 6 is set at 20h00 (BST), on  Friday, September 20th.

How did our picks for the previous gameweek fare?

PICK PLAYER OPPONENT POINTS
Premium Raheem Sterling Norwich (away) 2
Premium Mo Salah Newcastle (home) 9
Non-premium Ashley Barnes Brighton (away) 2
Non-premium Anthony Martial Leicester (home) Injured
Differential Seb Haller Aston Villa (away) 2
Differential Danny Rose Crystal Palace (home) 5
Captain Raheem Sterling Norwich (away) 4

Premium picks

We’ll be honest with you, even after two consecutive blanks, we would still like to recommend Sterling as a premium pick for gameweek 6. We decided to put our love for the England winger aside though, and go instead for his team mate in attack Sergio Aguero (£12.1m). The Argentinian striker should fear a bit more rotation now that Gabriel Jesus is back from injury, but he is still one of just three players this season to record a return in every game so far (5, 6, 13, 16, and 6 for a total of 46 FPL points). Jesus too the strain during midweek playing in the Champions League with Arguero rested on the bench so will be rested this Saturday. Watford are currently bottom in the league, in big part due to the 10 goals they have conceded in just five games, and Aguero’s personal record against the Hornets looks promising (for City, that is, not for Watford): 7 goals and 2 assists in 6 encounters, including a hat-trick two seasons ago. We wouldn’t be surprised to see him add to those total on Saturday.

Our second premium pick for gameweek 6 could be considered a little unexpected, but we believe that Everton’s Lucas Digne (£6.2m) could deliver big this weekend. We don’t base this belief on Everton’s last outing against Bournemouth though, where the Toffees put up a disappointing display, but on the team’s undeniable quality, the coming opponent’s relative struggles in front of goal, and Digne’s potential to deliver at both ends of the pitch on Saturday. The Frenchman has so far brought his owners a decent 23 FPL points, an average of 4.6 points per game, courtesy of 2 clean sheets and 2 assists in five games. Rolling up to Goodison Park this weekend are newly-promoted Sheffield United, who have been pretty decent so far (5 points from five games), but who have not exactly been prolific in front of goal (5 goals in five games). A second double-digit haul of the season might well be on the cards for Digne.

Non-premium picks

Ashley Barnes (£6.7m) and his Burnley team mates are facing the League’s leakiest defence this coming Saturday, and that could be the perfect opportunity for the English-Austrian forward to get back on the score sheet after blanking against Liverpool at home in gameweek 4 and Brighton away last weekend. Barnes started off the season in spectacular fashion, scoring 4 goals in the first three games of the season, bringing his owners a very nice 25 FPL points in the process. Saturday’s opponents Norwich are having a pretty positive return to the English footballing elite, with last weekend’s shock victory over reigning champions Manchester City the absolute highlight, but at the same time, the Canaries have conceded the most goals of all teams in the league (12 goals in five games). An additional plus of bringing in Barnes is that he has a kind run of fixtures coming up, with just one side from the big six (Chelsea at home in gameweek 10) coming up between now and gameweek 14.

Our second non-premium pick for gameweek 6 is Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino (£9.5m), who surprisingly started on the bench in gameweek 5 against Newcastle. The Brazilian all-round forward came on in the 37th minute though, after Divock Origi couldn’t continue, and he decided it was time to show why he should never be benched: 53 game minutes, 2 assists and 1 bonus point for a total of 8 FPL points. Over the first five games of the campaign, Firmino has scored 2 goals and provided 4 assists, while also recording 6 bonus points, making him the fifth-highest scoring forward in the game (35 points). Bobby did play 90 minutes in the disappointing 2-0 mid-week loss in Naples, but considering the short rest he got in gameweek 5, we expect him to start up front for Liverpool against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, who have conceded 11 goals in five games.

A differential pick or two

We mentioned Norwich before, but the Canaries aren’t the only ones with a leaky defence. True, Bournemouth have not let in as many (9 goals in five games, to be exact), but the Cherries still haven’t exactly been solid in the back this season. They are visiting Saint Mary’s in gameweek 6, which will have Southampton forward Danny Ings (£6.0m) hoping for a chance to add to his current tallies of 1 goal and 1 assist. The Saints have shown good form in home games so far, with one point from two games against Liverpool (1-2 in gameweek 2) and Man United (1-1 in gameweek 4), and they will be looking forward to their first three points of the season in front of their own fans. Ings looks certain of a spot in the starting eleven with Charlie Austin, Moussa Djenepo and Nathan Redmond all injured or doubtful for this weekend’s game, and with a current ownership of just 2.0%, he could be a great punt and will add to the interest in watching Friday Night Football.

Our second differential pick of the week is Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son (£9.6m) now that he can still be considered a differential (his ownership currently stands at 5.7%). The Spurs are visiting Leicester this weekend, who are no pushovers under any circumstance, and they will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing Champions League 2-2 draw against Olympiakos in mid-week. Last weekend, Spurs booked only their second victory of the season by thumping Palace 4-0, a game in which Son scored twice and recorded a juicy 16 FPL points. The Foxes have been a bit up-and-down so far this season, but the quality in their roster is abundant, so Spurs have their work cut out for them. We expect Son to lead the line together with Kane and if his performances in the past games is anything to go by, he could well be the differential factor at the King Power on Saturday.

The captaincy

When we recommended Raheem Sterling for his away game against Norwich last weekend, we were pretty convinced he was going to haul big. That, as we now know, didn’t happen. We haven’t lost faith in Guardiola’s goal-scoring machine though (don’t forget the Cityzens still scored twice against Norwich), so our pick for the captaincy in gameweek 6 is Sergio Aguero. The Argentinian has so far not failed to record returns in any of this season’s Premier League games and we doubt that a home game against struggling Watford is going to change that impressive run.

According to the FISO Forum FPL Captain Poll for GW5 the votes are about 50% for Sterling, 25% for Aguero and 25% split among the other candidates.

FPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 5 Preview

“West Ham’s record signing has scored 3 goals in the last two games and is facing Aston Villa at Villa Park next” (CC by 4.0) by Steindy

With gameweek 5 coming up on Saturday after this season’s first international break, now is a good time to check the status of our FPL teams and go over some of the best picks for the weekend. Many heavy hitters and popular FPL assets travelled all over Europe and around the world to represent their national teams, with the associated risks of injuries, fatigue and changes in form a source of worries for FPL managers. We will take this into account when it comes to our picks for gameweek 5, but we still recommend to do some extra research before confirming your transfers this week. For those who are on Reddit, user vishal_jaiswal has posted a pretty useful overview of all players with international duties over the past two weeks, including call-ups for national U20’s and U21’s teams. Also remember to pay attention to interesting targets that were injured before the break, like United’s Anthony Martial and Liverpool’s Allison, because they will have had a couple of weeks to work on their return. Man City’s Laporte, Spurs’ Lo Celso and Brighton’s Trossard have been the main recent injury news.

Finally, don’t forget: the deadline for gameweek 5 is set at 12h30 (BST), on  Saturday, September 14th. .

How did our picks for the previous gameweek fare?

PICK PLAYER OPPONENT POINTS
Premium Raheem Sterling Brighton (home) 3
Premium Sergio Aguerio Brighton (home) 16
Non-premium Teemu Pukki West Ham (away) 2
Non-premium Mason Mount Sheffield (home) 2
Differential Emerson Palmieri Sheffield (home) 1
Differential Sebastien Haller Norwich (home) 8
Captain Raheem Sterling Brighton (home) 6

Premium picks

For our first premium pick of the week, we’re starting with a simple table for comparison of some key stats in this season so far:

Manchester City     Norwich  
Total shots 77  (1st in league)   Total shots conceded 68  (3rd in league)
Shots in the box 56  (1st)   Shots conceded in box 47  (1st)
Shots on target 30  (1st)   Shots conceded on target 26  (1st)
Goals scored 14  (1st)   Goals conceded 10  (1st)

On paper, City’s away game against Norwich on Saturday has all the making of a goal-ridden bonanza, which is why Raheem Sterling (£12.3m) is our first pick. The young Englishman is in red-hot form, both in the Premier League (5 goals and 37 FPL points from 4 games) and for England over the international break (2 goals and 3 assists in two games), and he looks primed for a starting spot against the newly-promoted Canaries. On top of that, Sterling is the player with the highest expected goal and/or assist rating in the entire league, and he has fired the second-most shots in the box. He will also be our captaincy pick, as explained later on, though this gameweek offers plenty of excellent alternatives as well.

Sterling’s team mates Aguero and De Bruyne more than deserve a place in this list as well, but the Skyblues are not the only ones with high potential for point-scoring this weekend.. Our second premium pick is Liverpool’s Mo Salah (£12.5m), who is facing Newcastle at Anfield on Saturday. The Egyptian dribbler, whose national team had no duties over the international break, has already scored 3 goals (all of them at home) and provided 2 assists (one at home) this season. As far as his encounters with Newcastle go since he joined Liverpool in the summer of 2017, Salah has scored 3 goals and provided 1 assist in four games. The Magpies, who did bring about a shock victory over Spurs in London before the international break, have conceded 5 goals in four games so far and it’s hard to see them keeping a clean sheet at Anfield this weekend.

Non-premium picks

The fact that Ashley Barnes (£6.7m) is still owned by just 11.6% of FPL managers is a bit surprising, considering the fact that he has already scored 4 goals and recorded 27 FPL points this season, and that he has a favourable run of fixtures coming up, facing just one team from last season’s top six between now and gameweek 14. The Burnley forward is visiting a Brighton team on the rise, but the Seagulls have still conceded 7 goals in 4 games. Truth be told, four of those goals came against Man City at the Etihad. Still, Barnes has already recorded eight shots on target this season (8), which is the second-highest in the league behind Norwich sensation Teemu Pukki. With his nailed-on spot up front and his more than reasonable price tag, Barnes could turn out to be a real bargain.

Before his injury in the build-up to gameweek 4, Manchester United’s Anthony Martial (£7.7m) was starting to look like one of the potential best-value players of the season. The Frenchman started up top for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men while being listed as a mid-priced midfielder in the official game and he didn’t disappoint. Despite United’s wobbly performances, Martial recorded attacking returns in every game he played: a goal and 7 FPL points against Chelsea at home, a goal and 7 points away to Wolves, and an assists and 5 points in the disappointing home loss to Palace. Solskjaer seems to be counting on him to return to the fold for the home game against Leicester on Saturday as the Red Devils will be attempting to avert something of an early-season crisis. With a relatively kind set of fixtures coming up, at least from an attacker’s point of view, it’s wise to keep an eye on Martial.

A differential pick or two

West Ham’s Sebastien Haller (£7.5m) had a bit of a quiet start to the 2019-20 campaign, in large part due to the Hammers facing Man City in gameweek 1 and an injury keeping him out of the squad for gameweek 2. He made up for lost time in gameweeks 3 and 4 though, with 3 goals and 21 FPL points, courtesy of a double strike against Watford at Vicarage Road and a single goal in the victory over Norwich at home. In those two rounds, the French striker had the most shots from inside the box (8) and shots on target (5) of all players in the Premier League, and no other player recorded a better expected goals figure (2.89) over that period either. His ownership percentage is still pretty low (6.8%), considering the quality of his performances, his key role in a Hammers outfit with interesting attacking potential, and the attractive set of fixtures coming up for West Ham, so now could be a good moment to make a swoop for him.

Our second differential pick for gameweek 5 is quite a punt, not so much because of his quality as a player, but due to Tottenham’s average start to the 2019-20 campaign. Left-back Danny Rose (£5.5m) looked like he was on his way out this summer, but he stayed in north London and has once again managed to nail down his spot on the left flank. Spurs have not yet recorded a clean sheet this season despite having played home games against Villa and Newcastle, but the third time could be a charm when they host Crystal Palace on Saturday. The Eagles have concocted an excellent start to the season with 7 points from four games, but they have only scored 3 goals in the process. The home team will certainly have a majority of the possession on Saturday and there will be chances for Rose to join in attack. This potential for an attacking return in combination with the possibility of a first clean sheet makes him an interesting option for gameweek 5.

The captaincy

Like we wrote earlier, our recommendation for the armband this weekend is Man City’s Raheem Sterling. The English international just seems like he can’t stop scoring (and assisting) at the moment, and with a willing Norwich defence coming up next, it seems unwise not to captain him. Team mate Sergio Aguero is a very good shout as well, especially considering Gabriel Jesus’ ongoing hamstring struggles, and Kevin de Bruyne could, of course, haul big as well in his current form. The three of them seem sure of a spot in the starting eleven on Saturday, so it looks like the only question that remains is in regard to which of them will score the highest against the Canaries.

Do also have a look at the FISO Forum Captain Poll for GW5.