Apologies for the lack of fantasy football analysis this week but like many others I’ve been busy murdering and committing various crimes. As you’ve probably guessed, I haven’t lost my mind but have been simply got carried away with the greatness that is GTA V. Fear not though, I’ve managed to drag myself away from the xbox to bring you 11 great players who make up Gameweek V’s Select XI.
We’ve got some great matches to look forward to with Norwich kicking things off in Saturday’s lunchtime fixture along with Villa. Lambert returns to his former club once more, where both teams will be looking for the victory. With European action this week, most top sides play on Sunday, although, Chelsea round off Saturday’s action by taking on Fulham in an evening fixture where Mourinho desperately needs a morale boosting win.
We’re in for a busy Sunday with 8 teams in action; at 1.30pm, Arsenal face Stoke in a match where two in-form sides come face to face. However, as always the best is saved ’til last with City hosting United at 4pm in the Manchester derby. The atmosphere is sure to be electric and hopefully this will provide the spark for a cracker. Both teams will be eager not to lose this match so it could be a tight affair but as with any derby, there is always an additional element of excitement.
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 fifth gameweek of the season:
- Simon MIGNOLET [SOT(H), 5.7m] – With 3 clean sheets in his last 4, Mignolet has settled in well as Liverpool’s No.1 between the sticks. We’re expecting a tight affair when Southampton visit Anfield with both teams conceding a total of 4 goals between the two of them. This should give Mignolet a strong opportunity of securing his 4th clean sheet of the season. He is also very close to a 0.1m price rise.
- Seamus COLEMAN [WHM(A), 5.5m] – Another player due for a price rise (tonight possibly) is Seamus Coleman, who is currently the highest points scoring defender in the game. Everton have started the season incredibly strong defensive with 3 clean sheets in their last 3 games. With Barry adding extra defensive support, they could make it 4 in 4, when taking on a West Ham side who haven’t scored since the first game of the season.
- Fabricio COLOCCINI [HUL(H), 5.0m] – Pardew would have been over the moon in the summer, when he managed to convince Coloccini to stay at Newcastle. He’s proven himself to be a defensive rock and has picked up the maximum 3 bonus points twice already this season. If Newcastle continue their impressive form, Coloccini could be in for another strong points haul in Gameweek 5.
- Branislav IVANOVIC [FUL(H), 6.5m] – Chelsea have struggled a little of late but this weekend they have a great opportunity to bounce back. Fulham will be without both Darren Bent and Bryan Ruiz, leaving them short of options up front. This gives Ivanovic a great shot at scoring points at both ends of the field when he comes up against Fulham in Saturday’s evening fixture.
- Hatem BEN ARFA (C) [HUL(H), 7.3m] – Ben Arfa has proven to be the difference in both of Newcastle’s victories in Gameweeks 3 and 4, and Pardew will once again look to the talented Frenchman this weekend. Hull will have to watch him closely and prevent him from cutting in on his dangerous left foot but that is much easier said than done. Given Ben Arfa’s form, we’ve taken a gamble and given him the captain’s armband for this Select XI.
- Theo WALCOTT [STO(H), 9.5m] – Walcott was unable to find the back of the net last weekend but duly made up for it with a tidy volley at Marseille in midweek. With Ozil supplying him with through balls, Walcott should get plenty of opportunities to add to his tally over the course of the season, starting with Stoke in Gameweek 5.
- Christian ERIKSEN [CAR(A), 8.1m] – Eriksen had a very promising debut showing plenty of talent and supplying Sigurdsson with a delightful assist. This was topped off by his wonderful strike against Tromso in the Europa League for his first Spurs goal. The young Dane is a clear talent and one that we need to watch closely this season.
- Eden HAZARD [FUL(H), 9.3m] – Despite Chelsea’s various choices in attacking midfield, one player that Mourinho clearly favours is Hazard. Playing in every Chelsea game so far, we feel that the young Belgian wizard will finally repay his manager’s faith in Saturday’s match with Fulham.
- Stephane SESSEGNON [SUN(H), 6.7m] – Frozen out at Sunderland by Di Canio, Sessegnon has been given a second chance to refind his form at West Brom. As fate would have it, his debut is set to be against his former club. With a point to prove and the boing boing Baggies crowd behind him, we’re backing Sessegnon to hit the ground running this weekend.
- Christian BENTEKE [NOR(A), 9.3m] – With 4 goals already this season, Benteke has continued from where he left off last season. He doesn’t always need many opportunities but in Benteke, Villa have a top striker who has the potential to deliver at any moment. Norwich will need to mark him closely if they want to get a result out of this game.
- Daniel STURRIDGE [SOT(H), 9.3m] – Another striker who’s bang in form is Daniel Sturridge. With 4 goals in 4, he’s matching Benteke in taking whatever chances come his way. Sturridge’s finishing has been impressive this season and in what could be a tight game with Southampton, we still fancy his chances of delivering.
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