There were goals galore last weekend with 7 teams scoring 3 goals or more. In addition, only 4 teams were able to secure clean sheets, reinforcing the opinion that we should all stick to 3 defenders at the back.
City went marching on under Pep’s reign, where Sterling (8.4m) and De Bruyne (10.7m) both grabbed a goal and an assist each. With Aguero set to return this weekend, it can only get better for City as they travel to Swansea and doubling up on City attackers is a very attractive option.
Watford stunned United with a 3-1 victory to add to Mourinho’s woes, with Capoue (5.0m) continuing his fine start to the season with yet another goal. Watford have a fine run of fixtures and further returns could be on the cards for their budget-friendly players.
Unfortunately, their players miss out on our Select XI as a number of other sides have favourable match-ups but instead of talking about who’s not in the team, let’s get down to business.
So without further ado, here is our weekly FFA Select XI, where we’ve chosen 11 players in a valid formation who we think will score highly this gameweek…
- Claudio BRAVO [SWA(A), 5.5m] – With Guardiola unafraid of rotating his backline, the safest option of tapping into the potential City clean sheets is their keeper, Bravo. They tackle Swansea next who have been far from prolific in front of goal so far this season and will be preoccupied with defending against City’s impressive attack.
- Leighton BAINES [BOU(A), 5.6m] – Everton continued their great start to the season with a 3-1 win over Middlesbrough last week and take on Bournemouth next. With Baines on set piece duty, he has the potential to score at both ends of the field in Gameweek 6.
- Nathaniel CLYNE [HUL(H), 5.5m] – Liverpool are yet to keep a clean sheet but in their defence, they have only played one game at home and have played some delightful attacking football. Against Hull, home advantage will come into play and if they dominate the ball with their intensity, they could secure a shut-out.
- Kyle WALKER [MID(A), 5.8m] – Pochettino has avoided rotating Walker so far this season and with 2 assists already, he is our Spurs defender of choice. With a terrific 7 bonus points in addition to the 3 clean sheets collected in the first 5 gameweeks, Walker is head and shoulders above all other defenders on 33 points.
- Raheem STERLING [SWA(A), 8.4m] – After carrying out his defensive duty against Shaw in the game with United, Sterling returned to his attacking best with a 13-point haul at home to Bournemouth. Sterling is revitalised under Guardiola and we expect more to come as City push on, allowing him to add to the 3 goals and 3 assists he already has from 5 rounds.
- Andros TOWNSEND [SUN(A), 6.3m] – Townsend was inspirational as Palace hit stoke for 4. His crossing was fantastic and was able to cap his performance with a goal for a massive 14-point haul. Sunderland conceded chance after chance against Spurs and Townsend will look to match his former team-mates in terrorising their defence.
- Philippe COUTINHO [HUL(H), 8.1m] – Coutinho followed up his lovely inswinging cross for Lovren’s goal in Gameweek 5 with 2 assists and a goal in Liverpool’s midweek stroll against Derby. We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to Liverpool midfielders as Mane, Firmino and Lallana have taken it in turns to impress but on current form, we’re plumping for Coutinho.
- Nacer CHADLI [STO(A), 6.4m] – Chadli was spectacular for the Baggies as he scored twice and set up a further 2 goals to rack up an incredible 21 points against West Ham. Please note that at the time of writing Chadli’s a 75% chance of playing according to FPL but if passed fit, he’ll be facing a Stoke defence that has been shipping goals of late.
- Vincent JANSSEN [MID(A), 7.8m] – Kane is out for the foreseeable future, leaving Janssen the opportunity to lead the line for Spurs. At 7.8m, he offers excellent value and with an ownership of just 1.4%, Janssen can prove to be quite the differential.
- Romelu LUKAKU [BOU(A), 9.3m] – Despite being a slight injury concern, Lukaku is set to shake it off in time for the Bournemouth game and holds onto his position in our Select XI. As the focal point of an Everton side going from strength to strength, more attacking returns are on the cards for the big Belgian.
- Sergio AGUERO (C) [SWA(A), 13.0m] – After sitting out 2 gameweeks, Aguero returns from his ban and will be itching to get back on the field. With City looking irresistible going forward, chances will fall his way and if there’s anyone you’d back to tuck them away it’s Aguero.
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