The FPL trains rolls into Gameweek 6 and @joshuapsjones is here to take you through a few players that could excel this week.
Andy Robertson – £6.2m (Liverpool v Southampton)
The Flying Scotsman has been an absolute sensation since joining Liverpool from Hull City in 2017 and is the 3rd highest scoring FPL defender so far this season, with a respectable 34 points from his five starts.
The left-back has already picked up two assists and three clean sheets in the Premier League, as well as another assist in Tuesday’s Champions League victory over Paris St. Germain, and goes up against a Southampton side that has only managed one victory so far this season.
Last week’s win over Tottenham Hotspur – and Erik Lamela’s 93rd minute consolation goal – was the only time Robertson has failed to pick up more than two points in a Gameweek and I can’t imagine the Saints will pose much of a threat to that here.
If he earns himself a clean sheet and another assist, he presents an inspired choice where most would opt for his more expensive team-mates.
James Maddison – £6.6m (Leicester City v Huddersfield Town)
Leicester’s summer recruit has hit the ground running already this season, picking up one goal, two assists and a couple of bonus points in his five games so far.
Brought in for a fee around £22m, Maddison is only owned by 6.0% of managers and faces a mouth-watering prospect when welcoming Huddersfield to the King Power Stadium.
The winless Terriers have scored twice and conceded 11 goals already this season, which sees them languishing in the relegation zone. They’re the first in a long-line of ‘easy’ games for Leicester, with a trip to Arsenal regarded as their only high difficulty fixture between now and Gameweek 15, so it’s worth making Maddison a permanent fixture in your side.
Expect Leicester’s leading points-scorer (26) to be well in among the action and, with such a low ownership, he could be the differential you need to top that mini-league.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – £6.8m (Fulham v Watford)
The Mitro-Express is already travelling at full speed for Fulham this season and I suggest you get on board before the Serbian behemoth leaves you in the прашина.
Since February 3rd, he’s scored more league goals than anyone in the top four divisions of English football and – with six goals (and an assist) in his last six games for club and country – that doesn’t look like stopping anytime soon.
Mitrovic’s 31 points and 20 shots is only bettered by Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero out of all the strikers in the Premier League, though he is the most accurate – directing 10 shots on target.
He also has an advantage when it comes to Watford’s clear weakness too. The Hornets have conceded 13 goal attempts from headers this season, which puts them in the bottom five in the Premier League, whilst only Christian Benteke has had more headed attempts (nine) than the Serb’s tally of eight.
Given that three of his four goals in the Premier League have been headers, expect Mitrovic to come good on his potential at Craven Cottage in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Richarlison – £6.6m (Arsenal v Everton)
Richarlison returns to the Everton squad for their trip to Arsenal on Saturday and, if you’re feeling brave, could find his way straight back into your midfield. The mercurial Brazilian will hopefully have learned from his ridiculous red at Bournemouth so will likely slot directly into a Toffees side that undeniably struggled in his absence.
His haul of 23 points in the first two gameweeks means he can’t be ignored for Everton’s trip to the Emirates; where they face an Arsenal side that, despite being on a four-game winning streak in all competitions, hasn’t kept a single clean sheet this season.
With three goals, he remains Everton’s leading scorer so far this season, even having played just 210 of 450 available minutes. Not to mention, just in case you were worried about his current form, he scored twice AND won a penalty in 53 minutes on his first start for Brazil last week. So there’s that.
Sergio Aguero – £11.4m (Cardiff City v Manchester City)
Alright yes, I know this is a very obvious pick and I risk falling victim to Pep’s rotational roulette, but hear me out here; It’s Sergio Aguero. That’s it. Pick him.
With three goals and four assists, no player has been involved in more Premier League goals than the 30-year-old Argentinian – who leads all strikers in terms of FPL points. Rested in midweek against Lyon, playing just 28 minutes, he should be fresh and ready to go against Cardiff City on the back of signing a new one-year contract extension on Friday morning.
The Bluebirds only conceded twice in their first three Premier League games but that has quickly gone wayward, with back-to-back 3-2 and 4-1 losses to Arsenal and Chelsea respectively. Leaking seven goals in two games obviously means that opposition strikers have profited from their games against Neil Warnock’s side.
Alexandre Lacazette (12) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (8) both earned their best points hauls of the season in the Welsh Capital; whilst Eden Hazard (20), Willian (10) and Olivier Giroud (10) were also able to earn their best gameweek scores when Chelsea and Cardiff met at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
What I’m saying is big players score big points against Cardiff, so Sergio Aguero is a surefire selection for Saturday.