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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for FPL Gameweek 5

Welcome to the Fantasy Football Scout Guide to Gameweek 5.

The international break is over – don’t worry, only 23 days to go until the next one – and it promises to be a crucial four-Gameweek period between now and then. The action gets underway this weekend with the Merseyside derby.

This guide aims to pick out all the crucial bits of information to help you ready your FPL team ahead of the 11:00 BST deadline.

The headline news from yesterday’s press conferences was undoubtedly the confirmed absence of Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6m). 

The 34.6%-owned Belgian had been a captaincy contender ahead of Manchester City’s clash with Arsenal, having totalled 33 points across two matches against the Gunners last season. 

But attention now turns away from Pep Guardiola’s troops leaving Fantasy managers faced with a tricky decision. Jan Sienkiewicz summed up the situation in Captain Sensible:

It’s a far from straightforward week concerning the captaincy, with fixtures that would have looked good on paper before the season started suddenly not appearing as favourable.

– Jan

Tottenham Hotspur take on a much-improved West Ham: over the last three Gameweeks, no team has allowed fewer shots from inside their box than the Hammers. And Everton, who face Liverpool, have the next-meanest defence.

But as Legomané humorously observed, it’s nigh-on impossible to tell what constitutes an easy fixture these days.

Az talked up Chelsea’s chances on the Scoutcast, and even revealed that he is planning to captain Kai Havertz (£8.4m) – although that was before he pushed the Wildcard button:

Southampton is the perfect game for the new look Chelsea… I know [Southampton’s] defensive numbers have been better, but I’m looking at them thinking if they play their high line, and you’ve got players like Werner and Pulisic, and Havertz pulling the strings and Ziyech doing all these creative bits in behind, then I think they’re going to really get at them. So I really like this fixture for Chelsea.

– Az

Although caution is perhaps advised for those considering the returning Christian Pulisic (£8.3m), Matt Henley neatly encapsulating the dilemma facing Fantasy managers:

Pulisic is quality but his legs are made of Weetabix.

– Matt Henley 

And in a Gameweek of divided opinions, Joe took a different view on Chelsea:

According to the expected goals stat, it looks like [Chelsea] may have got slightly lucky… the expected goals is 6.87, so very high, but the goals they’ve scored is 10, so they are overperforming.

– Joe speaking in the Captaincy Video

Spurs players appeal most to Joe. And with the news that De Bruyne has been ruled out, the veteran Scoutcaster is considering swapping out the Belgian for Son Heung-min (£9.2m). Could Son even be handed the captain’s armband?

I think Son is a very good captain pick in a week where I don’t think there are many good captains.

– Joe

West Ham have just a 15 per cent chance of a clean sheet, according to the odds supplied by G-Whizz, adding weight to the idea of backing a Spurs player. Harry Kane (£10.6m) gets the nod from BigManBakar:

Kane has created the highest amount of big chances in the league which add to his value. He has the best expected goal involvement (xGI) since the season started of all players in the league, so with great fixtures to come I believe he’s the main asset to own.

– BigManBakar

Schadenfreude and exciting new differentials

Schadenfreude is not the name of a former Spurs midfielder but one of the few German words adopted directly into the English language. If you want to know exactly what it means, take a look at Pro Pundit Sam Bonfield and husband Lee in their Top Five Wildcard Picks video from last week.

Spurs-fan Sam reveled in reminding Liverpool-fan Lee how many goals the Reds conceded to Aston Villa, leading fellow Pro Pundit Zophar to accuse her of “spousal abuse” on the FPL Wire. If that’s not enjoying the misfortune of others, I don’t know what is. By the way, it was seven goals in case anyone had forgotten. 

But all seemed well on Friday with the Bonfields in daring mood, braving the heights at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. Following their adrenaline rush, will either of them feel emboldened to add Gareth Bale (£9.5m) to their squads?

The video footage released by both Bale and Spurs over the International break shows a player back in full training, looking happy and sharp. He has personally commented on the quality of the care and the facilities at Spurs and, after being overlooked for a few seasons in Spain, may feel he has something to prove (see Rodriguez at Everton for an indicator of what’s possible)… but, for me right now, the form of both Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min are just impossible to ignore, so you should make one or both your first picks from Tottenham’s assets.

– Sam

However, Jose Mourinho was noncommittal about whether Bale would start on Sunday:

He’s there, he’s there. Probably he plays Sunday, if he doesn’t he will on Thursday, but he’s there, he’s very, very close.

– Jose Mourinho

Bale isn’t the only enticing differential ahead of Gameweek 5. Pro Pundits Lateriser and Tom Freeman have both talked up Aston Villa assets during the international break. 

Ross Barkley (£5.9m) and Ollie Watkins (£6.0m) appeal to Lateriser along with Brighton’s Leandro Trossard (£6.0m). The Seagulls midfielder is taking up a very advanced position and producing some impressive underlying stats: only four midfielders have taken more shots.

Meanwhile Zophar pointed out that Ross Barkley was practically a support striker against Liverpool, judging by his shot map. And Tom even suggested he could be on penalties.

The Villa fan also singled out Watkins as his top differential pick, writing in glowing terms of his all-round potential and striking ability. The former Brentford star could benefit from an injury-hit Leicester City on Sunday, with Cağlar Söyüncü (£5.5m) set to miss out and his central defensive partner, Jonny Evans (£5.5m), a doubt with abdominal pain. 

Tom concluded his Pro Pundit piece:

I’m not totally convinced Villa will be good week in, week out, but if the connection between Grealish, Barkley and Watkins continues, they could offer FPL managers some serious value, and the fixtures between Gameweeks 6-15 will certainly give them the platform to impress.

– Tom

Elsewhere, Under-17 World Cup winner, Rhian Brewster (£4.5m), has piqued the interest of many in the FPL Community following his move to Sheffield United. Neale ran the rule over the former Liverpool youngster highlighting his finishing strength during a successful loan period at Swansea. The new recruit also picked up the Golden Boot at the Under-17 World Cup in India back in 2017.

Described as “a gift from the FPL gods” by Zophar, Brewster’s budget price tag enables us to upgrade our squad in other positions. Which could be handy for owners of Tyrick Mitchell (£4.1m) with the news that Patrick van Aanholt (£5.4m) is “back”.

Ahead of an enticing run, Van Aanholt was Joe’s differential pick on the Scoutcast – six of Crystal Palace’s next seven fixtures are rated at just two on the FPL website. 

And on FPL Black Box, Mark gave the Dutchman a ringing endorsement, pointing out that Palace perform very well against weaker opposition – they kept eight clean sheets against teams outside the ‘Big Seven’ (the ‘Big Six’ plus Leicester) – and Van Aanholt averaged five points per match in those games. What’s more, Mark thinks that he could be on penalties and free-kicks.

However, not everyone was so enthusiastic. Granville gave a withering reply when asked if he was a fan of PVA: “yeah, when I’m putting up wallpaper.”

Meanwhile Pro Pundit Holly found it useful to delve into the stats in an attempt to find some clarity during what’s been an unpredictable start to the season. 

The first name highlighted using her sanguine approach was Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m):

Calvert-Lewin leads the goal-scoring charts with six goals from six big chances, as well as dominating the shots (15) and shots on target (nine) behind just Harry Kane (£10.6m).

– Holy

Sometimes the obvious picks are the best.

Finally, Pro Pundit Andy revealed a stat that few expected to hear at the start of the season:

At 7.72 xGC [Manchester United] are the second worst defence statistically and are only kept off the bottom spot by West Brom, a stat that looks even worse when you consider United have only played three matches.

– Andy

It’s not a pretty picture for followers of the Red Devils: they are one of only four teams in the whole of English professional football to have conceded more goals than they’ve managed shots on target in 2020/21.

Community latest

Site moderator Gregor (real name Graeme Sumner) was invited to join Joe on his popular Meet the Manager series. 

Graeme has managed an outstanding three top 1,000 finishes during his FPL career, the best of which was 29th overall in 2016/17. An advocate of the eye test over stats, Graeme talked about his style of play and plans for the upcoming Gameweeks – he has it all mapped out with Antonio set to be his captain in Gameweek 8 for an enticing home encounter against Fulham. 

Make time to watch the interview if you haven’t seen it already. 

Earlier this week, the Best of the Community feature covered a range of topics from Chelsea’s defence to innovative ideas on how to handle the topsy-turvy start to the season. It also rounded-up all FFScout Mini-Leagues and Community Competitions.

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  1. FPL Spaceman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Hi folks!

    Martinez
    TAA - Robbo - Dallas
    Salah - Son - Pulisic - Grealish
    Kane (c) - DCL

    Play Brewster or Soucek?

    1. boroie
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Brew

    2. Gabbiadini
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Brew, seen Fulham's def?

    3. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Brewster

    4. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Jules Breach asked Mark this, and Mark told her Soucek.

      Spurs do have a aerial weakness in defence, and Brewster hasn't played a minute for Sheffield yet...

      1. FPL Spaceman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Yeah I know. I heard that pod. That's whats makes it kind of difficult. Thanks GB.

      2. FPL Spaceman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        What do think of Dallas vs Lamptey?

        1. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Lamptey. Could be a CS and an assist this week with a bit of luck.

          I think we might see a better Wolves team this week.

          1. FPL Spaceman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Thanks 🙂 I'll go with Lamptey. He is an exiting player to watch. Fingers crossed. Good luck!

  2. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Mahrez or Sterling on penalties??

    1. Ohhhhh Gary Macca!
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Mahrez I believe without KDB and Aguero

    2. Gabbiadini
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I'd hope sterling, does he definitely start?

      1. Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Should do. Pep didnt mention him being a doubt and now he is their best player when KDB out and Kun not 100% yet

        1. Gabbiadini
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          cheers.

    3. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      They're both terrible at penalties. If Gundogan is on the pitch I think he might take, if not Mahrez then probably.

  3. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Salah (C) is calling me. Own Son & Kane too.

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Only penalties are making me question Son v Salah... ffs

      1. Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Everton will attack and try same style as Aston Villa. Predator style. Space for Salah

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Son get an extra point per goal?

  4. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Ward nailed for palace?

  5. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Play

    A) Lamptey A
    B) Mitchell H

    1. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I have both and went A. Better player.

    2. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A for me

    3. The King
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I'm currently on Mitchell

    4. Dexters Laboratory
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I went A

    5. Tombory
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Havertz or Pulisic??

      1. Tombory
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I'm thinking havertz for security but pulisic for risk of higher points

      2. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Pul

    6. The King
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Please help me pick one to play... Have Pickford in goal if that changes anything

      A) Digne vs Pool
      B) Lamptey (doubtful) vs Palace
      C) Mitchell vs Brighton

      Cheers, currently on Mitchell

      1. Ohhhhh Gary Macca!
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        B

    7. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Son captain over Salah mostly cos I don’t like captaining the early kickoffs - superstitious or what lol

      Both teams been improved defensively tbf

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        that shouldn't sway your selection, means nothing.

    8. Dont give a fuchs
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Play Mitchell (BHA), Adams (che) or Taylor (wba)?

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        One of the latter two. Depends on if you see Burnley CS or not. Can see soton scoring

        1. Dont give a fuchs
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Yes and cherry on top is kepa might be in goal too

      2. Gabbiadini
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Taylor

        1. Dont give a fuchs
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Currently playing taylor

    9. CelticBhoy1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Captain either Salah or Kane?

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        maybe

      2. Dexters Laboratory
          1 month, 12 days ago

          I put the (C) on Kane

      3. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Captain Son or Salah ?

        Either way I'll get it wrong.

      4. Prison Mike
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        J Rod or Pulisic lads?

        1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Pulisic

        2. Qubit
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Same decision here. I like both players. Worried about minutes for both, but do like Pulisic more as a fantasy option (although who knows with Lampard). Currently on Pulisic, but was tough decision.

      5. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Dier confirmed out??

      6. Super Jack Grealish
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        A) Semedo + Dallas + 3.9
        B) Saiss + Lamptey + Ferguson

        1. Gabbiadini
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          B

      7. TNB
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Opinion on my WC team options

          OPTION A

          McCarthy (Martin)
          Castagne-Mitchel-Saiss-(Bernardo-Lamptey)
          Salah-J Rodriguez-Zaha-Son(Stephens)
          Jimenez-Kane-DCL

          OPTION B

          McCarthy (Martin)
          Castagne-Mitchel-Saiss-(Bernardo-Lamptey)
          Salah-J Rodriguez-Zaha-Son-Grealish
          Kane-DCL (Bamford)

          1. Couch Potato
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 12 days ago

            B

        • AC Yew
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Bench 1 of
          Justin
          Saiss
          Lamptey

          1. kopite65
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            lamp

            1. AC Yew
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Currently on this thanks

        • kopite65
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          help/thoughts,play
          A mitchell
          B dallas
          C kwp
          cheers and good luck

          1. Rhys85
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Play B

            1. kopite65
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Cheers

        • Enes_Sahini1
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Hows this lads on wildcard?

          Would you suggest any changes to the starting lineup or?

          Martinez
          Saiss Chillwell Justin
          Grealish Salah Son (C) Rodriguez
          Maupay DCL Kane

          McCarthy Mitchell Justin Stephens

          0.2ITB ?

        • thetommy14
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Saiss or Reguilon?

          • Igz08
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Zaha to Grealish for a hit?

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              No

            2. jamiejoe
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Wait till next week

            3. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Yes. And captain. Zaha sucks

            4. Hakim Ziyech
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Yes

          • gomez123
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            GTG?
            Martinez
            Robbo/Saiss/Lamptey
            Salah(c) Son/Sterling/Barnes
            DCL/Jiminez/Wood

            Forster/Mitchell/Dallas/Anquissa

          • Oggle22
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Mccarthy
            TAA Taylor Mitchell
            Salah Son Bruno Rodriguez Grealish
            Mitrovic Jiminez

            Nyland KWP Saliba Davis

            I did a -4 to do KDB and Neto to Grealish and Son thinking I should have done KDB Natto and Jiminez to Son Barkley and Kane now

            Plus who to captain heart saying Bruno head saying Salah

          • Rhys85
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Play Dallas over Saiss?

            1. jamiejoe
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Yes

            2. jamiejoe
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              They're home

            3. Nunoooooooooo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              I wouldn’t personally. Wolves defend better than Leeds

              1. Hakim Ziyech
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Wolves fan spotted

                1. Nunoooooooooo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Haha! True but facts is facts! 😉

                  1. Hakim Ziyech
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    would be an interesting match up. Think Leeds will put 3 past you guys 😉

                    1. Nunoooooooooo
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      I hope not! I fancy a 1-1 or 2-0 wolves!! Fingers crossed anyway!

            4. the dom 1
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              I see both teams scoring so maybe flip a coin?

              who is more attacking?

            5. Rhys85
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Cheers guys, Dallas I guess edges it with him being more attacking and at home

          • Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            I'm done. The decision is made. Son (c) it is. Good luck all.

            1. the dom 1
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              GL Lad

            2. Dexters Laboratory
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Who did you get for KDB in the end?

            3. JustPark
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Keep Zaha/KdB? Thinking of getting Grealish for one of them.

            4. Nunoooooooooo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              GTG? Toying with whether to play Digne (LIV) or Justin (AVL)??

              McCarthy
              Robbo - Saiss - Digne
              Salah (vc) - Son (c) - Pulisic - Foden - Podence
              DCL - Jimmy

              Bench - Justin - Brewster - Mitchell

            5. Joyce1998
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              KDB to

              A- sterling
              Or
              B- mahrez

              1. Rhys85
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Sterling the safer long term pick

            6. Muscout
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 12 days ago

              McCarthy
              Chilwell, Castagne, Lamptey
              Salah, Sterling, Son, JRod
              Kane (c), DCL, Brewster

              Steer, Soucek, Mitchell, Branthwaite

              0.2 itb, on WC

              A) Castagne to Reguilon (or anyone else same price range)

              B) Try to upgrade Mitchell somehow?

              C) Lamptey to 4.5?

            7. HD7
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Son or Salah as C, mates?

              Last throws of the dice

              1. Nunoooooooooo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                50:50. I’m on Son purely based on fixture but who knows?! GL

                1. HD7
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Thanks, mate
                  I also choose Son.
                  Lets see what happens:)

            8. FDMS All Starz
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              West Ham keeping CS vs Leicester & Wolves, is a spurs cap really wise over salah?