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FPL 2023-24 – Gameweek 5 Fixture Analysis

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It might be fair to say that we all needed a breather after Gameweek 4, following a round of fixtures jam-packed full of goals. Only two Nottingham Forest and Liverpool kept clean sheets, the former shocking Chelsea with a 0-1 win at Stamford Bridge, whilst Liverpool dispatched Aston Villa 3-0. But 13 clubs scored at least two goals in their respective fixtures, with stand-out results including Spurs 2-5 triumph away at Burnley, Crystal Palace’s 3-2 win over Wolves and Arsenal’s thrilling 3-1 victory at home to Man Utd, which saw them score twice in second-half stoppage time after VAR had ruled out a United winner due to offside.

As the international break winds down and we look ahead to the Gameweek 5 deadline of 11:00 on Saturday, here are the newest batch of Premier League fixtures and which appear most enticing to FPL managers on paper.

Saturday 16th September

Wolves vs Liverpool (12:30 BST)

Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace (15:00 BST)

Fulham vs Luton (15:00 BST)

Man Utd vs Brighton (15:00 BST)

Spurs vs Sheffield Utd (15:00 BST)

West Ham vs Man City (15:00 BST)

Newcastle vs Brentford (17:30 BST)

Sunday 17th September

Bournemouth vs Chelsea (14:00 BST)

Everton vs Arsenal (16:30 BST)

Monday 18th September

Nottingham Forest vs Burnley (19:45 BST)

Key Gameweek 5 Fixture Ramifications

Whilst owning players in the early kick-off is always a nail-biter, Liverpool assets are still likely to be popular. Not least Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) who has recorded at least one attacking return in each of the Reds’ four Premier League fixtures so far this season. Meanwhile, forward Darwin Nunez (£7.4m) backed up his two goals and 11 FPL points in Gameweek 3, with two assists and 8 fantasy points in Gameweek 4. It would be no surprise if he had a big part to play at Molineux come Gameweek 5.

Man Utd host Brighton and the fantasy-listed midfield duo of Bruno Fernandes (£8.4m) and Marcus Rashford (£8.9m) will both attract significant attention from FPL managers. Fernandes found the net in consecutive games for Portugal over the international break, whilst Rashford gained his first Premier League goal of the season away at Arsenal in Gameweek 4. For Brighton though, both Kaoru Mitoma (£6.5m) and Solly March (£6.6m) could each prove menaces on the counter-attack.

Man City travel to West Ham, where Erling Haaland (£14.1m) bagged a brace on his debut for Pep Guardiola’s side last season. Haaland netted a hat-trick last time out in Gameweek 4 at home to Fulham along with an assist, which saw him finish with a mammoth 20 fantasy points. Phil Foden (£7.6m) should start after coming off the bench away at Sheffield Utd to set up the winning goal for his side.

Sunday sees Chelsea travel to Bournemouth in a game which could see the return of Blues captain Reece James (£5.3m) from injury, before struggling Everton welcome Arsenal to Goodison Park in the later kick off. Nottingham Forest take on Burnley on Monday night, a repeat of their Carabao Cup Round 2 fixture late last month which saw the Clarets triumph 0-1.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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