#FPL Gameweek 6 Preview
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DEFENDER: VIRGIL VAN DIJK, SOUTHAMPTON
Last week I had him as outsider and this week VIRGIL VAN DIJK makes the big show. I know Saints have Man United and Chelsea in the next 3 weeks but VVD (as no one calls him) is still 0.3% picked and looked solid in his debut for what was a very strong defensive team.
He is a threat going forward and has the feet of his dad ‘Dick’ and I genuinely believe he will be a Premiership and FPL success. Get him in your team now and reap the rewards come November.
MIDFIELDER: YAYA TOURE, MANCHESTER CITY
People seemed to take great pleasure in Manchester City’s loss to Juventus midweek but I don’t think Señor Pellegrini will have too many worries. West Ham have been fantastic against so called bigger opposition this season but I think they will struggle to cope with a City backlash and with a re-invention that would rival Bruce Jenner,
YAYA TOURE is rolling back the years to be at the forefront of it. Don’t be deceived by Fernandinho’s high score, those goals won’t keep coming but there’s also value in both Silva and Sterling and if you haven’t cleared out Hazard and Fabregas yet then it might be worth considering this week.
FORWARD: ANTHONY MARTIAL, MANCHESTER UNITED
Now, so far I have been worse at picking strikers than Newcastle (why they didn’t sign Charlie Austin is still beyond me) so I figure I may as well go hell for leather. I was extremely vocal that you’d be crazy to put unknown quantity ANTHONY MARTIAL into your side last week but now I think he would be a shrewd move that your mates will almost definitely not have thought of. It also turns out only 2.3% agree with me, so I accept I might be in the asylum myself. The logic is though that Man United don’t really have anyone else! They’re lacking goal threats and Martial took his opportunity with aplomb. At 8.0m he isn’t cheap but he also doesn’t represent a huge risk and can be shipped out for one of the various other strikers that aren’t performing. Plus, if it pays off you can make loads of awful puns with his name.
OUTSIDER: SCOTT SINCLAIR, ASTON VILLA
This will almost certainly be the only time I choose a Villa player in this blog, unless the Championship start doing FPL in the next five years. They have WBA at home this weekend and that game means the world to them even if it means nothing to literally everyone else. SCOTT SINCLAIR therefore at 4.9m and 3.6% has a real shout of springing a surprise. It is an incredibly low price for a man who has played up front and who scored 14 points in his last home game. Yes I know Tim Sherwood is his manager and I feel dirty just writing it but I promise I won’t do it again.
ED: Craig was so overwhelmed with picking an Aston Villa player in his preview he neglected to pick a Captain selection for this week – just can’t get the non-paid blog writing staff these days…
CAPTAIN: CHRISTIAN BENTEKE, LIVERPOOL
Do you remember a time…when FPL was easy and you simply captained Suarez whenever he was playing Norwich??
Suarez managed 12 goals for Liverpool vs Norwich in 6 games giving him a return of 2 goals per game. Now let me make myself perfectly clear..Benteke is not in the same bracket as Suarez, however if he manages to be half the player he could come away with a goal to cheer at Anfield this weekend. In addition the poor result last week vs Manchester United has put another level of pressure on Brendan’s shoulders and this is a game where he really should be rallying the team to come back fighting – Benteke could be the man to do just that.
Besides, judging by the season so far – if your fantasy team has a stinker on Saturday at least you can hold on to the glimmer of hope for a few hours more that the 4pm kick off on Sunday is where your season really starts! @FantasyYIRMA
Craig Hazell is a television professional, writer and Heart of Midlothian fan who makes up one third of the popular FPL podcast The Gaffer Tapes. As a student, Craig won the BBC Sports Broadcaster and Comedy Broadcaster of the year, before going onto to be a regular on the London open mic comedy circuit. He now writes about anything from TV & Movies, to food and of course football, providing he can shoehorn a 90s pop culture reference into just about anything.
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