Fantasy Premier League tips – Gameweek 5

While it’s not really happening for Papiss Cissé, Ba seems to have found his scoring touch again – image from

Last week wasn’t the most impressive in terms of Fantasy Football scoring, with several of the big hitters rested. So unless you handed Dimitar Berbatov the captain’s armband, most of your points may well have come from your defenders. In the interest of getting off to a solid start, we’ve been going uncontroversial in terms of team selection so far, backing the likes of Eden Hazard and Carlos Tévez. This gameweek, we feel it could be time to take on a bit more of a gamble (or at least look to teams other than United and City!). We like Everton, Newcastle and West Ham.

Everton will have felt a little hard done by to only take a point from their home game against Newcastle on Monday night and we feel that they might just edge a tight encounter at the Liberty tomorrow lunchtime. Although Swansea have impressed this season under Michael Laudrup, Sunderland showed that you can get goals in south Wales and the way Leighton Baines (£7.1m), Steven Pienaar (£6.6m) and Marouane Fellani (£6.9m) are playing at the moment, the Swans could be in trouble. With a home fixture against bottom club Southampton to come, Everton players have to be considered.

Speaking of Everton, although Newcastle were done a few favours at Goodison, the Toon did well to come away from Merseyside with a point on Monday. Sunday’s opponents Norwich don’t look like picking up too many points on the road, while Alan Pardew’s is also looking ahead to a trip to winless Reading in Gameweek 6. At £4.5m, Steve Harper has to be worth considering while Tim Krul is out injured. And while it’s all gone a little quiet for Papiss Cissé at the minute, Senegalese team-mate Demba Ba’s (£7.7m) goals should certainly not go unnoticed. Then there’s Hatem Ben Arfa (£7.8m), who we all know is capable of producing moments of magic.

West Ham have enjoyed a far better start to life in the Premier League than fellow promoted clubs Southampton and Reading. And it’s hardly surprising, given the top flight experience that Irons boss Big Sam possesses. The Hammers usually do quite well against Sunderland at Upton Park and we also fancy them to pick something up at QPR next weekend. West Ham stopper Jussi Jääskeläinen (£4.7m) is looking a bargain compared with the likes of Dave De Gea and Joe Hart right now, while Kevin Nolan (£6.1m) and Ricardo Vaz Tê (£5.5m) could link up well and free up some cash for some of the bigger fantasy football hitters.

Others worth considering

The greedy striker is enjoying a fairly prolific start to the season – image from

Chelsea face a tough trip to the Emirates in Gameweek 6, but they ought to take care of Stoke with relative ease at the Bridge tomorrow. So while you don’t want to be overlooking Hazard (£10.3m), Lamps (£8.9m), Ivanović (£6.9m) and Torres (£10.1m), just keep the Arsenal game in mind.

We can also see QPR being on the wrong end of a hammering at the Lane on Sunday. Tottenham have hardly come out of the blocks flying this season and as such AVB is yet to really ingratiate himself to the Spurs faithful. But at the Madejski last weekend, they showed that they can look half decent against poor sides. And QPR ought to be just about poor enough for Spurs to take three more points this gameweek. Gareth Bale (£9.3m) is a tempting option, although he is a little pricey. We’d go with Jermain Defoe (£7.6m) instead. While his sheer greed means he’s never going to get an assist, he is looking fairly lethal in front of goal this season.

Steve Clarke has also been enjoying a decent start to life as a manager and we fancy West Brom to bounce back from their 0-3 defeat at Craven Cottage when they entertain newly-promoted Reading tomorrow. At £6m, we like the look of James Morrison.

Finally, all eyes will be on the English Clásico on Sunday, as Liverpool take on Manchester United. Of course, Sir Alex will be wary of the ‘wounded animal’ that is Liverpool, as well as United’s recent poor record at Anfield. Furthermore, Liverpool always seem to be able to raise their game and turn it on against the big sides. Having said all that, you’d be mad to back Brendan Rodgers’ side in this one. Get on RVP (£13.5) immediately!

Best of luck

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