Gameweek 5 was a great round for fantasy football fixtures with a number of players stepping up for particularly high scores. There was plenty to learn and lots to take into the rest of the season. Here are Fantasy Football Addict’s notes and 6 points from the latest gameweek…
1. Baines Punishes Osman For Fantasy Boot
All fantasy football managers will know how dangerous Baines can be including his fellow team mate, Leon Osman. However, following the news of being kicked out of Osman’s fantasy side, Baines punished his lack of faith with a couple of free kick goals against West Ham. The first was a great goal but Baines’ second was purely unstoppable. Set for a price rise to 7.6m tonight, it’s clear his attacking talents aren’t cheap but you just know he’ll be near the very top for points-scoring defenders come the end of the season.
2. Ben Arfa: From Hero to Zero
With Ben Arfa proving to be the difference in Newcastle’s last two games, we expected him to punish Hull when they rolled up to St James’ Park. However, they showed just how vulnerable Newcastle can be when Ben Arfa charges up and fails to give his full back a bit of defensive support as all 3 of Hull’s goals came from his side. It was an outstanding victory for Hull and one that shows us that a home game against Hull won’t always be a straightforward 3 points.
3. Mignolet Needs To Improve His Footwork
Southampton pulled off the shock result of the round by defeating Liverpool at Anfield to show just how far they’ve come since joining the top flight. Once again the Saints backline was resolute grinding out yet another clean sheet with Liverpool missing Coutinho’s creativity. However, a key factor was their high pressing game, which put the Liverpool defence and Mignolet under serious pressure. This led to them giving away possession on more than one occasion and led to their eventual downfall. If Southampton can keep this up, their budget backline might just be able to continue their fine defensive form.
4. Sessegnon Spells The End For Di Canio
Tipped in our Gameweek 4 Select XI, Sessegnon repaid our faith with a well taken goal on his debut for the Baggies. Di Canio claimed that Sessegnon had lost his faith in Sunderland after deciding to go drink-driving when he should’ve been watching the team in a cup match. Changing clubs can sometime bring back the hunger and that was evident in Sessegnon’s play on Saturday. Unfortunately for Di Canio, as fate would have it, this performance came against his Sunderland side. The 3-0 loss was too much for the Sunderland fans to take and Di Canio going over at the end to ask them to keep their chins up only worsened matters.
5. Mesut ‘The Assist Machine’ Ozil
Ozil came to Arsenal with the impressive record of being Europe’s top goal creator over the last 5 seasons and it looks like Ozil wants to make it 6. With an assist to his name in Gameweek 4, Ozil added a further 3 last weekend, which led to an excellent 14-point score. With Walcott out until after the international break, it looks as though many are switching their attentions to the talented German, with Ozil rising to 10.4m this week.
6. City Punish a Van Persie-less United
Half an hour before the Manchester derby, we found out that RVP was missing from the United squad and has an outside chance of making the West Brom game in Gameweek 6. This would have given City a massive boost and they started the game on a high. The key was the timing of their goals, which must’ve demoralised the United side. City scored an early goal and with a further goal either side of half time, United will have gone into the break and emerged from the break with their heads hung low.
With people writing off Pellegrini and the City side following the loss to Cardiff, it just goes to show how quickly things can change. City are sure to be a threat for the rest of the season but rotation is still a serious risk with Pellegrini having plenty of options up top. Aguero is clearly the main man but there are no guarantees that he won’t be rested when necessary, with Champions League matches in mind. Looking to their defence may be a securer option and they could very well pick up a clean sheet in Gameweek 6 when they travel to a Villa side reeling from the news that Benteke could be out for up to 6 weeks.
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