It’s been a week of domestic cup action with some fringe players getting an opportunity to impress or not as the case may be. The Saints continued their amazing start to the season by knocking Arsenal out; Sanchez opened the scoring with a top free kick but the plaudits must go to Clyne for his rocket.
Delving into the upcoming gameweek, Liverpool get us started with the Merseyside derby when they welcome Everton to Anfield in Saturday’s lunchtime fixture. Despite Liverpool’s mammoth Capital One Cup game that gave us 30 penalties, they’ll be raring to go in this match. The crowd will let them know just how important it is and we should be in for a belter.
Once again, with European action coming up next week, we’ve got a bumper Saturday with 12 teams going toe to toe at 3pm. Table-toppers Chelsea face Villa, City travel to Hull, whilst United look to bounce back from the shock defeat to Leicester by welcoming West Ham to Old Trafford.
To end the day, we’re treated to yet another tasty derby when Arsenal take on Spurs at 5.30pm. Pochettino has mentioned how the match has increased the intensity of their training this week and the atmosphere is sure to be electric. This match should cap a fine day of football.
To finish the gameweek, West Brom take on Burnley on Sunday, whilst Stoke and Newcastle offer up some Monday night action.
If you’re new to Fantasy Football Addict, this is our weekly segment where we choose 11 players in a valid formation to enter our Fantasy Football Addict Select XI for the upcoming gameweek. We look into the fixtures and form to see which players are most likely to score high.
So without further ado, here is our selection for the 6th gameweek of the season:
- Ben FOSTER [BUR(H), 4.5m] – West Brom secured their first win of the season last week by shocking Spurs fans at White Hart Lane. This was followed up by a 5-goal thriller, when they knocked Hull out of the Capital One Cup 3-2 this week. They’ll be full of confidence from these two results and with Burnley struggling for goals, Foster could claim back-to-back clean sheets.
- Branislav IVANOVIC [AVL(H), 7.2m] – Despite two poor gameweeks after a bright start, Ivanovic still remains an attacking threat and has the chance of picking up a clean sheet. Villa are still getting over the effects of a virus causing Lambert to close the training ground on Monday and the last place they’d want to go to is Stamford Bridge.
- Michael DUFF [WBA(A), 4.2m] – Burnley picked up their 3rd clean sheet in a row to highlight just how strong they can be at the back. It’s a solid foundation on which to build on and we’re expecting them to keep it tight once more when they visit West Brom. Duff’s price has risen to 4.2m but he still remains a bargain for your squad.
- Nathaniel CLYNE [QPR(H), 5.3m] – Southampton have had an incredible start to the season and it should continue in Gameweek 5 when they take on struggling QPR. Clyne has been solid at the back and his performance last week rewarded him with a further 2 bonus points. At the moment he remains the Saints defender of choice as we progress further into the season.
- Angel DI MARIA (C) [WHM(H), 9.8m] – Di Maria rewarded our captaincy choice last weekend with another fine goal and an assist to showcase just how important he could be this season. With no European action, Di Maria is going to be fit and ready each weekend and despite defensive worries, he’s looking likely to punish any opposition in a lethal manner to justify his league record fee.
- Eden HAZARD [AVL(H), 10.0m] – Hazard is slowly gathering momentum this fantasy season and it’s clear that Mourinho thinks he can be one of the best. Last weekend, he set up Schurrle and picked up 2 bonus points for his performance against Man City to notch a respectable 7 points. Despite Cesc having the stronger start, with Hazard coming in at only 0.6m more, he’s the star we’re backing to shine brighter in Gameweek 6.
- Mesut OZIL [TOT(H), 9.0m] – With the hawks circling above, Ozil couldn’t have timed his previous fantasy performance any better. Given a central role as Arsene returned to familiar tactics, Ozil took apart a virus-ridden Villa assisting Welbeck in addition to adding his own name to the scoresheet. We might see a similar setup against Spurs, giving Ozil the chance to show just how good he can be when given the freedom to dictate the play from the middle.
- Raheem STERLING [EVE(H), 8.8m] – Despite Liverpool losing to West Ham in Gameweek 5, Sterling still picked up the maximum bonus points haul for his all round performance and his lethal strike. Rodgers stated today that he has no worries regarding his fitness and Sterling will be raring to go against Everton. The atmosphere will be amazing and that’ll only push Liverpool forward as they try to get their season back on track.
- Diego COSTA [AVL(H), 11.0m] – Costa may have failed to score for the first time against City but he remains a clear threat to any opposition. He’s a top striker and as long as he can stay fit, Chelsea have a decent shot at winning the title. Costa has strength and the unerring ability of finding the back of the net; if Villa plan to get a result, they’ll need to shackle the big man.
- Graziano PELLE [QPR(H), 7.7m] – Another striker who has taken well to the pace of the Premier League is Graziano Pelle. Coming from the Eredivisie, there were understandable question marks on whether he could reproduce his form but with 3 goals and an assist in his last 3, Pelle is in form and looking dangerous. QPR conceded 4 in their last away game and will be in for a difficult afternoon against in-form Southampton.
- Radamel FALCAO [WHM(H), 11.0m] – Against Leicester, Van Gaal showed us that he’s willing to pair RVP with Falcao with Rooney sitting deeper to control the play. Falcao had a lively game in his first start for the Reds, setting up Van Persie with a fine left-footed cross and hitting the crossbar with a flick of his boot. It’s evident that he’s still building up his fitness but Falcao looks a quality player who could terrorise defences this FPL season.
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