After the exciting return of the Champions League, it’s back to Premier League football and another FPL puzzle to try and resolve.
Fantasy Football managers up and down the country watched the European fixtures unfold with more than a few fingers crossed for positive Sergio Aguero news, whilst Eden Hazard owners could relax as he sat out Chelsea’s Europa League tie fresh from hitting a hat-trick last weekend.
Ahead of game week 6, we look at five players you might consider transferring in.
1) Sadio Mane (Liverpool, Midfield, £10m)
There’s no great science behind this. Liverpool are in red hot form, they are very good at Anfield and they are at home to Southampton. The Saints have improved a little of late but showed they are still fragile defensively in their draw at Brighton on Monday and will be missing Danny Ings, who can’t play against his parent club. Normally I would be saying to back Salah in this situation, but at £13m he is far more expensive than Mane and doesn’t seem himself. Mane has outscored Salah in FPL terms so far (41 to 29) and if I had to pick one for this weekend out of the two, I would be picking Mane.Embed from Getty Images
That’s not to say you should go and sell Salah for Mane, the Egyptian superstar could kick into gear at any time but if you are making a choice between the two, I’d go with current form over history. Liverpool have a tough September though with Chelsea and Man City to follow after this weekend, which may be worth considering longer term.
2) Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd, Forward, £11m)
Lukaku has Mr Reliable for Jose Mourinho and has steadily kept Man Utd ticking over so far this season. With three goals in his last two Premier League appearances Lukaku’s form is good and whilst Man Utd are not at their most fluent, you would still back them to beat Wolves at Old Trafford this weekend. Wolves have been impressive since promotion but you would say that they don’t exactly set up for 0-0 and Man Utd can expect to get their fair share of chances. With Rashford banned, Lukaku is pretty assured of his place and in this crazy world of rotation, that will be welcome news to some FPL managers.Embed from Getty Images
3) Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham, Forward, £6.8m)
Alongside Lukaku and Mane on four goals this season is Aleksandar Mitrovic. Enjoying a new lease of life since joining Fulham, Mitrovic is thriving in a team that plays to his strengths and will relish the challenge of Watford at Craven Cottage this weekend. Watford of course have started brilliantly but were beaten last weekend by Man Utd and Fulham are a side who are not shy of attacking talent. Even if you don’t think they’ll beat Watford this weekend, both teams to score seems like a solid bet with these two sides. Last time Fulham played at Craven Cottage, Fulham battered Burnley and Mitrovic was unlucky to only come away with two goals. At just £6.8m, the Serbian could be a cheap option in your attack if you are looking to raise funds for elsewhere.Embed from Getty Images
4) James Maddison (Leicester, Midfield, £6.6m)
James Maddison cost Leicester in the region of £20m in the summer so we should not really be surprised at how easily the former Norwich man has adapted to Premier League life. As mentioned last week during my promotion of Jamie Vardy, Leicester have a reasonable set of fixtures and Huddersfield at home is an opportunity for the Foxes to kick start their season. Maddison has two goals and an assist to his name so far but seems a key component in Leicester’s midfield, entrusted with set piece duties and even taking over penalty duties last week after Vardy’s 83rd minute withdrawal. He seems the most likely candidate to inspire a Leicester victory and at just £6.6m, there should be plenty of space for him in anybody’s midfield.Embed from Getty Images
5) Eden Hazard (Chelsea, Midfield, £10.8m)
I think it’s only fair that the last word goes to the hero of last weekend, Eden Hazard. Rested from Europa League duty, Hazard should be raring to go in Sunday’s lunch time kick off away to West Ham. The Belgian’s form is making him a must have at the moment, though there will be memories of last season’s 1-0 win for West Ham in the same fixture.Embed from Getty Images
The Hammers played well last weekend to win at Everton but whether they will be able to keep out Hazard and co. seems unlikely, so whilst you would be brave to predict another Hazard hat-trick you wouldn’t bet against him having his say at the London Stadium.
We have a new leader in the Offside Rule Pod league – Andy Green’s Green Machine move to the top of the pile with a score of 62. Andy doesn’t have Hazard but Arnautovic, Aguero and a good set of clean sheets was enough to put him ahead by a point.
Good luck to you all for the week ahead and I’ll be back next week with another five to watch.
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