Gameweek 5 was indeed one of those gameweeks, wasn’t it? It was a week where the popular FPL picks blanked. This outcome shouldn’t surprise us, given that it occurred immediately after the International break.
After that disappointing week, it’s time for us FPL managers to pick ourselves up and move forward. Gameweek 6 is upon us, and in this article, we will cover everything you need to know about GW6. We’ll discuss captain picks, wildcards, team reveals, differentials, and top transfers. So, sit back and brace yourselves.
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Recapping GW5: A Rollercoaster of FPL Surprises
Here’s a brief overview and highlight of some of the things that happened in gameweek 5:
- Aston Villa scored 3 goals, but both Watkins and Diaby failed to find the net.
- Manchester United and Brighton had an entertaining match with 4 goals, yet key players like Bruno, Rashford and Mitoma didn’t get returns.
- Tottenham scored twice, but Son, Maddison, and Udogie couldn’t contribute to the scoresheet.
- Manchester City scored 3 goals, but Foden was unable to capitalize, and Haaland missed 5 big opportunities.
- Mbeumo had a quiet gameweek, and Isak didn’t feature at all.
- Chelsea managed a clean sheet, but Chilwell was left on the bench. Sterling and Jackson both hit the post in their attempts.
- Martinelli sustained an injury, resulting in no goals for Saka, Martinelli, and Ødegaard.
GW5 Review a Look at the Underlying Stats
In our quest for data-driven insights, we’ve sifted through the statistics of matches played during gameweek 5 to provide you with a deeper understanding of player and team performances. These numbers can be invaluable in making informed decisions for your FPL strategy.
1) Most Big Chances (Scored)
- Haaland – 6(1)
- Vinicius, Bailey, Richarlison, Edouard, Gakpo, Robertson, D Luiz, B Silva, JWP, Welbeck, Wilson – 1(1)
2) Top xG – Player
- Haaland – 2.56
- Gakpo – 1.08
- Wilson – 1.00
- Douglas Luiz – 0.79
3) Top xA – Player
- Salah – 1.47
- Rodri – 1.12
- Pedro Neto – 0.73
- Doku – 0.63
4) Penalty Area Touches
- Doku, Kulusevski – 14
- Solanke – 13
- Sterling, Watkins, Zaniolo – 12
- Haaland, Diaz, Rashford – 11
5) Most Chances Created (Big Chances Created)
- Kulusevski, Salah – 5 (2)
- Rodri – 4 (2)
- J Alvarez, A Pereira, B Silva – 4 (1)
6) Top xG – Teams
- Man City – 3.63
- Aston Villa – 3.21
- Liverpool – 2.52
- Tottenham – 2.12
7) Top xGC – Teams
- West Ham – 3.63
- Crystal Palace – 3.21
- Wolves – 2.52
- Sheffield United – 2.12
What we’ve learned from GW5:
- Haaland was unlucky not to get a hattrick. On another day he scores four or five in that game.
- Liverpool assets most especially Salah are back in contention and would be great picks going forward.
- Newcastle’s fixture swing increases the appeal of their defenders. Botman and Schar are great picks.
- Doku should be on your watchlist if Grealish is still sidelined. Doku was very direct and involved against West Ham he could have had an assist alongside his goal.
- Julian Alvarez is the second-best City asset to own going into GW6, as the face Nott’m Forest at home.
1. FPL GW6 Tips
Going into GW6, here are some helpful tips that would help you make the best decisions:
- Do not panic buy or sell because of the poor performances in GW5. A lot of the popular picks are still great FPL assets.
- Hold onto your free transfer for as long as possible as the UCL, UEL and UECL are back now. Early transfers would mean you won’t be able to react if a player gets injured while playing in Europe.
- When making transfers, it is important for you to keep in mind that GW7 is a double gameweek for Burnley and Luton Town.
- If your team is so bad and you’ve used your wildcard chip, then it is ok to take a minus 4 or 8 or even 12.
- If you’re playing catchup in your mini-league don’t panic as it is still early. Capitalizing on double gameweeks and an effective chip strategy would cover whatever gap there is between you and your rivals.
2. FPL Gameweek 6 Tips: Key players to own
Going into gameweek 6 in FPL, here are a few players that are essential to own and hold onto regardless of their GW5 performance:
- Haaland: still are great pick and always a captaincy option.
- Saka: consistent and would deliver points regardless of the team he plays against.
- Maddison: Key man for Spurs always involved in their attacks.
- Mitoma: Great fixture against Bournemouth in GW6, a Brighton triple-up could be on the cards.
- Bruno and Rashford: Despite their blank in GW5, we expect them to come good in gameweek 6 as they face Burnley. If you own them don’t sell them just yet their underlying stats are great.
- Botman and Schar: Newcastle’s improved fixtures mean that clean sheets could come their way going forward. Hence Botman and Schar are great picks.
3. FPL GW6 Transfer Targets – Who Should You Buy
- Mo Salah: If you have the funds and can afford two premiums, then getting Mo Salah into your team this week is a great transfer strategy.
- Julian Alvarez: A 6.8 million Man City forward who is guaranteed a start is almost a no-brainer. The second best City asset to own.
- Marcus Rashford: If you don’t own the Man United forward, going for him this gameweek would be a nice transfer strategy as he plays against Burnley a side that won’t be looking to sit back.
- Evan Ferguson: He is a bit of a risky one as we do not know whether he’d start or not. But if he does start, then he could come good as Brighton faces Bournemouth.
- Andy Robertson: Robertson could be a great differential pick for GW6, since Liverpool’s assets are overlooked, the chances of him getting a goal, assist, or clean sheet are pretty high.
Check out our series of top GW6 FPL player picks for more insight on what players to target
4. Fixtures to target, Odds and FPL Point Predictions Gameweek 6
**1. Manchester City (MCI)
- Clean Sheet Odds: 58%
- Over 2 Goals %: 60%
Manchester City stands out as the team to watch in GW6. With a high clean sheet probability and an impressive chance of scoring over 2 goals, they are a double threat both defensively and offensively. Facing Nott’m Forest at home, City is poised for a strong performance.
- Clean Sheet Odds: 38%
- Over 2 Goals %: 48%
Liverpool boasts a formidable attack and a solid clean sheet probability as they host West Ham United at Anfield. Salah and company are expected to shine in GW6.
**3. Brighton & Hove Albion (BHA)
- Clean Sheet Odds: 38%
- Over 2 Goals %: 52%
Brighton is known for its defensive stability and a potent attack. They face Bournemouth at home, making them a team to target for both clean sheet potential and goal-scoring opportunities.
**4. Newcastle United
- Clean Sheet Odds: 44%
- Over 2 Goals %: 40%
Newcastle United, with a high clean sheet probability, travels to face Sheffield United. Their defense and attack could provide points for fantasy managers.
- Clean Sheet Odds: 36%
- Over 2 Goals %: 29%
Chelsea takes on Aston Villa, offering a balanced outlook with potential clean sheets and goal-scoring opportunities.
In the midfield and forward positions, players like Mohamed Salah, Erling Haaland, Bukayo Saka, and Phil Foden are expected to deliver solid points in GW6 based on their expected points and ownership percentages.
Additionally, defensively, players like Pervis Estupiñan and Kieran Trippier have high expected points and could contribute defensively and offensively.
While these teams and players stand out, it’s essential to consider the overall team strategy, budget, and form of players when making your selections for GW6. Keep a close eye on these teams and players, and may your fantasy football endeavors be successful in Gameweek 6!
For More Check out: FPL GW6 Clean Sheet Odds, Anytime Goal Scorers and FPL Point Predictions. Expected odds and predicted points for over 20 PL assets
GW6 Wildcard Team
After a rather shocking gameweek 5, it is no surprise that so many FPL managers would be looking to activate their wildcard. When wildcarding, so many questions come to mind like: players to target, teams to target and the ideal time to wildcard. In our article: GW6 Wildcard: The Best Gameweek 6 Wildcard Drafts To Consider we answer those questions and share a couple of gameweek 6 wildcard teams.
Gameweek 6 Team Selection
Based on our analysis, here is the best Gameweek 6 team:
Find out how we arrived at this in our article: The Best Gameweek 6 FPL Team: AI and FPL Managers Decide
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