Welcome to week 5 of the Steem Fantasy Premier League. The early season international break is over and the weekend begins at Anfield where Liverpool defend their 100% record at home to Newcastle. Kickoff is at 11:30 UTC so make sure your teams are selected and ready to make a charge up the league this week.
Saturday 14th September
Liverpool V Newcastle
Brighton V Burnley
Man Utd V Leicester
Sheffield Utd V Southampton
Spurs V Crystal Palace
Wolves V Chelsea
Norwich V Man City
Sunday 15th September
Bournemouth V Everton
Watford V Arsenal
Monday 16th September
Aston Villa V West Ham
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 23 Premier League home games against Newcastle and this record doesn't look like coming to an end on Saturday. A win would make it 14 Premier League wins in a row, something only 2 other teams in the Premier Leagues history have managed to do - Arsenal and Man City, twice. Liverpool have yet to keep a clean sheet though and have been involved in some epic battles against Newcastle in the past. Managers will be looking to Salah and Mane to pick up the points.
Manchester United, who haven't won since the opening day face a tough opponent in Leicester who must be considered as rivals for a top-six finish and visit Old Trafford unbeaten so far this season. Harry Maguire faces his old team, and you wouldn't bet against Jamie Vardy giving him a tough day out. Caglar Soyuncu, Maguire's replacement, could also have his work cut out against Rashford, James, and the likely fit again Anthony Martial who all look to have him for pace.
Tottenham are lacking early season form but face relegation candidates Crystal Palace at home and must be looking for 3 points at the weekend. Harry Kane collected goals in both international games this past week or so and looks sharp. Palace though have a reasonable record against the larger clubs, having won 5 of their last 6 against the 'big six' and will fancy their chances for a point at least.
Wolves verses Chelsea looks a tough game to call with Frank Lampard earning just one win so far as Chelsea boss and Wolves busy start to the campaign seemingly hindering their start (winless thus far). Last seasons fixture was won by the home side and a repeat wouldn't be a surprise - Abraham, and the newly capped Mount will be looking to not let history repeat and a growing number of SFPL managers are selecting these two exciting players.
Norwich face the champions and will likely go down fighting as they did against Liverpool who outclassed them in the opening game of the season. Man City will likely get a goal from somewhere with Aguero and Sterling looking to be in top form are the obvious dangers.
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Thirteen points separate the first 18 teams in the SFPL and the top placings at the end of the season are still very much up for grabs.
All four teams in the screenshot above that scored over 80 points in week four had Sergio Aguero in their side and they will be hoping for more goal from him this week.
The Premier League scout mentions both Harry Kane and Son Heung-min (both Tottenham) in his write-up this week as potential good picks as Spurs are at home to a weak looking Crystal Palace. However, neither player has made the top 25 transfers in, and Son is currently selected by only 2.7% of all managers.
Popular choices this week come from Man City and Chelsea - Managers are looking for proven class in the expensive Aguero and De Bruyne, and also looking to the cheaper in form options Abraham and Mount. Only time will tell which was the best decision to make.
No less than three Manchester United players in the top 5 transfers out this week, which is a direct reflection on the teams current poor form. Pukki, a top transfer in previously, is also in the top 5 as managers predict he'll draw a blank against the champions this weekend.
The stage is set, good luck with your selections this week!
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