Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 5 Picks

The English Premier League returns from the international break with the Merseyside derby on Saturday lunchtime as leaders Everton welcome defending champions Liverpool across Stanley Park to Goodison Park.

It’s one of two huge fixtures on Saturday as Manchester City host Arsenal in a rematch of their FA Cup semi-final a few months ago when Mikel Arteta surprised his former boss, Pep Guardiola.

Sunday sees a London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, whilst the weekend’s action concludes on Monday night between Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Elland Road.

Here are our recommendations for your EPL fantasy team this weekend:

Goalkeeper: Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United)
Sheffield United have a great opportunity to pick up their first points of the season this weekend in a battle of the bottom two versus Fulham at Bramall Lane. Chris Wilder’s side haven’t been overly bad this season, losing late versus Leeds and 1-2 at Arsenal. Meanwhile, Fulham have failed to score in three of their first four matches back in the top flight and things already look concerning for Scott Parker’s side. A home win is on the cards and a potential clean sheet too.

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5 of the best Premier League transfers during the window

The summer transfer window is now closed and Premier League clubs have made a lot of business during the opening couple of weeks of action.

New arrivals were landed as late as deadline day on Monday and managers have a difficult job to integrate their new players into the team ready for next weekend’s action as many squad members are currently jetting off all over the world for international duty.

Here’s a look back over the transfer window to five players we believe could have the biggest impact on your fantasy team this season:

1. James Rodriguez (Everton)
The Colombian star has taken the Premier League like a duck to water with four goals and an assist in his first four starts for Everton. As a result, the Toffees headed into the break as the only team with 12 points.

James Rodriguez has been outstanding as the number 10 in Carlo Ancelotti’s attacking side that have scored a league high 12 goals through four rounds of action. Although he’ll set your fantasy team back £9.50m he has so far been worth every penny.

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Premier League Best 11 Players of the Week: Matchday 4

Is this the Premier League or Play station? Who knows anymore what we do know is that if you have an attacking line up in your fantasy team you would have earned many points. Whilst these are sad times for goalkeepers and defenders it is impossible not to get caught up in the excitement of how many goals are being scored.

It was another weekend that saw over 40 goals scored and plenty of shocks. The champions Liverpool have already lost their first game of the season. That feels like a surprise as it was against Aston Villa. What will be a shock is the result, as they lost 7-2. 2. A quite stunning result.

Tottenham are a good side but did anyone really expect them to beat Manchester United away from home by 6-1? And Everton who have not won the league since 1987 are now 3 points clear at the top. What an incredible start to the season, now let’s see which players made the final 11 cut.

Goalkeeper: Lukasz Fabianski- West Ham 7pts

For the second week in a row Fabianski is the goal keeper of the weekend. He was assured and superb in goal as he kept another clean sheet as West Ham stunned the then league leaders Leicester by winning 3-0.

Defender: Aaron Cresswell- West Ham 9pts

A superb game by Aaron Cresswell saw him as part of a defence that kept a clean sheet. But the player also assisted in not one but two goals and had a perfect weekend. He is valued at 7m and has 12 pts overall.

Defender: Ben Chilwell- Chelsea 11pts

Chelsea spent £50m on Ben Chilwell in the summer and he is already paying dividends. He was part of a defence that kept a clean sheet as Frank Lampard’s side hammered Crystal Palace 4-0. And to put the icing on the cake he scored the opening goal and assisted in another.

Defender: Kurt Zouma- Chelsea 9pts

Kurt Zouma was overdue a good game for the Blues and he kept a clean sheet as they beat Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace side 4-0. Zouma also scored the Blues second goal in a rampant display at Stamford Bridge. Can Zouma make this season count?

Defender: Tyrone Mings- Aston Villa 7pts

Tyrone Mings had a strong game as Aston Villa stunned Liverpool 7-2. Mings now has 14 pts already and is a real bargain to add to your team and is only 4.5m.

Midfielder: Jack Grealish- Aston Villa 20pts

Maybe this was Jack Grealish’s greatest game in football so far. He assisted in 2 goals and then scored 2 goals as Aston Villa pulled off one of the greatest shocks and great performances in Premier League history as they destroyed champions Liverpool 7-2 at Villa Park. A stunning result, Grealish now has 22 pts overall and is valued at 3.5m.

Midfielder: James Rodriguez- Everton 10pts

James Rodriguez looks like incredible business for Everton and the Colombian scored another 2 goals at the weekend as Everton beat Brighton 4-2. James now has 18 points overall and has been involved in 5 goals so far his value to add to your team is 9.5m.

Midfielder: Jorginho- Chelsea 10pts

Jorginho scored 2 goals- both penalties as Chelsea ran out 4-0 winners against Crystal Palace. It was the midfielder’s best game for the club in some time and this could make him step up this season to become the player everyone knows he can be, he played very well and covered the pitch with maturity.

Midfielder: Mohamed Salah- Liverpool 8pts

Even though his team Liverpool were destroyed in one of the stunning results in the modern era Salah still managed to score 2 goals. He will quickly forget about them of course in a nightmare day for the Reds but personally Salah keeps scoring goals and that will bode well for the season ahead.

Striker: Heung-Min Son- Tottenham 10pts

Two more goals for Heung-Min Son as they smashed Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford and he also assisted. Son now has 6 goals this season equal to Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Son is having up until now the best season of his career.

Striker: Harry Kane- Tottenham 10pts

Together with Son, Harry Kane is part of one of the deadliest if not most deadliest strike partnerships in the Premier League. Kane scored another two goals and assisted in Son’s first. It has been an incredible start for the English international who can be snapped up for 14.5m.

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Premier League: Best 11 Players of the Weekend: Matchday 2

The Premier League is leaking goals, there have been 56 so far and that means an average of 3.7 per match. Last season that average was 2.7, and it has certainly been a fun start to the season.

Another round of games have been played so let’s look at who made the final cut in the team of the weekend, did you have any of the players?

Formation: 4-4-2

Goalkeeper: Alisson- Liverpool 7pts

It wasn’t going to be long until we saw Alisson make the team of the weekend and it’s only taken the 2nd week. Alisson collected 7pts and kept a clean sheet away to title rivals Chelsea in an important win for the champions Liverpool. He made some saves and was ever a presence. This will be the first of many player of the weekend selections for the Brazilian.

Defender: Virgil van Dijk- Liverpool 5pts

There were only 2 teams who didn’t concede at the weekend one was Liverpool and Virgil van Dijk was at the heart of the defence once again to ensure the club kept a vital clean sheet away to Chelsea in their 2-0 win.

Defender: Dan Burn- Brighton 5pts

With so many goals conceded during the weekend defenders were taking the brunt of losing points and the best was just 5. Dan Burn starred for Brighton who like Liverpool did not concede any goals at the weekend. Brighton beat Newcastle 3-0 and Burn had an excellent commanding game at the back.

Defender: Andrew Robertson- Liverpool 5pts

Robertson can sometimes be the unsung hero of a brilliant Liverpool defence but he put in a great mature  and solid game again to help earn Liverpool a clean sheet.

Defender: Fabio Tavares- Liverpool 5pts

Fabio Tavares may not get as many games as he would like for Liverpool but he earned the points as part of their defence from midfield and manager Jurgen Klopp will be keeping a keen eye on the player after a good performance away to Chelsea.

Midfielder: Neal Maupay- Brighton 12pts

What a weekend it was for Neal Maupay, not only did his side Brighton beat Newcastle 3-0 he was involved in every goal. He scored a penalty after just 180 seconds and had grabbed a brace by the 7th minute. It was evident that this game was going to be a special one for him and he assisted in the clubs 3rd goal, easily the man of the match.

Midfielder: Sadio Mane- Liverpool 10pts

Cometh the man cometh the Mane. Another 2 goals for the Liverpool player and these were two very important ones that broke Chelsea’s resistance and saw Liverpool beat the Londoners 2-0 away. A fantastic victory for the champions who like like they are on a roll once more and Mane is going to be a big danger again this season.

Midfielder: James Rodriguez- Everton 6pts

James Rodriguez has only been playing for Everton for 2 games but has put in two very good performances. He earned 6 pts at the weekend as he scored a cracking goal in Everton’s superb 5-2 win over West Bromwich Albion. He then assisted in Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s last goal, which was a hat trick.

Midfielder: Wilfried Zaha- Crystal Palace- 8pts

A brilliant double for Wilfried Zaha scoring against his old club Manchester United. He slotted home a penalty and then scored late on to kill the game off as Crystal Palace stunned United at Old Trafford and won 3-1. Zaha now has 14pts and has started the season in incredible form.

Striker: Heung-Min Son – Tottenham 18pts

After having a quiet frustrating game on the opening weekend of the season Heung-Min Son showed his real qualities as he scored an incredible 4 goals for Tottenham who beat Southampton away from home 5-2. Son picked up an incredible 18 points and was absolutely relentless at the weekend.

Striker: Harry Kane- Tottenham 12pts

It’s a double for Tottenham up front with Son and Harry Kane taking the plaudits. It was really incredible team work to see Son score 4 goals but Kane set up all 4 and then score the 5th one, certainly Roy of the Rovers stuff, and Kane has had a superb weekend and bounced back from last weekend with a vengeance.

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Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 2 Picks

All 20 Premier League teams will be in action this weekend for the first time in 2020-21, with four games on Saturday, four on Sunday and the final two of the gameweek taking place on Monday night.

Manchester City and Manchester United were given last weekend off due to their involvement in European competition abroad last month. The Citizens start their campaign away to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night, whilst Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side host Crystal Palace on Saturday evening.

Here are our fantasy football suggestions for the weekend:

Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Everton started the season with a 1-0 win away to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend as Carlo Ancelotti handed debuts to three of his summer signings. Allan did an excellent job in protecting the back four whilst James Rodriguez created a number of chances in the opening half.

The Toffees welcome West Bromwich Albion to Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime with the newly-promoted side having been beaten 0-3 at home by Leicester City without really causing any problems for the opposition. Slaven Bilic’s side may not see much better luck this weekend against an organised defence so Jordan Pickford should be a good pick between the sticks.

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James, Allan, Doucoure – Everton predicted XI vs Spurs

Everton fans head into the 2020-21 Premier League season with a little more optimism than usual.

The Merseyside club have splashed out more than £50 million to bring Allan, James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucoure to the club this week.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side will now be looking to challenge for the European places this season after a disappointing end to the last campaign which saw them finish 12th.

The Toffees begin their campaign on Sunday away to Tottenham Hotspur, who themselves underachieved last season.

A number of players can be expected to make their debut this weekend and here’s how I see Ancelotti’s side starting the match:

Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford
Jordan Pickford put in a number of below par performances last season but doesn’t have much in the way of competition for the number one role at Goodison Park. The England international could certainly do with a better campaign this time around though, now with Dean Henderson competing for the a starting role at Euro 2021.

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Real Madrid set to reduce wage bill further

Zinedine Zidane looks set to clear some more dead wood from his Real Madrid squad this summer with reports suggest James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale are on their way out of the club.

Bale has been out-of-favour under Zidane but still has two years left on his deal at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, worth a staggering £30 million a season. The Wales international is believed to want to see out his contract in the Spanish capital, is already 31 years old and has a long history of injuries, making it difficult for the club to sell.

However, the winger has come out today and said he is open to a return to the Premier League, even claiming that Real Madrid blocked a move last year. If the club can get him off their wage bill it would be huge for the future.

Likewise, James Rodriguez is another big earner who is not in favour with the current head coach. But the Colombian is believed to be headed to Everton in a £20 million deal.

Money for the attacking midfielder and getting him off their wage bill would be a huge bonus for Real Madrid moving forward.

The world footballing giants have already moved Achraf Hakimi on to Internationale in a €40 million move this summer, with Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Odriozola as the options at right-back.

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Is James Rodriguez the right player to improve Everton?

Everton have started moving in the transfer circles after a disappointing last season and a slightly underwhelming one even once Italian legend Carlo Ancelotti stepped into the dug out.

And now Everton under Ancelotti are set to sign their first let’s say dazzling player in James Rodriguez. He who seduced Real Madrid into once paying over 60m euros for his services. Such was the excitement around the player that 45,000 Madrid fans turned up just to his induction. Though Rodriguez had a decent first two seasons with Los Blancos his influence soon tallied off in the heated atmosphere of that famous midfield which at the time included Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric. Still James as he is fondly known won 9 trophies with the club including 2 Champions Leagues. And it was Ancelotti who brought him to Madrid.

He later played for Napoli also under Ancelotti and that is why Everton fans will be optimistic of the players arrival. It has been reported that Everton are closing in on the Colombian’s signature and it seems at least from the outside that this would be a major signing for the Merseysiders and to top it off James is only 29.

So Ancelotti and Rodriguez know each other very well and that is already a great start. The problem is that whilst Rodriguez has been brilliant at times for every club he has played for he hasn’t really shown that brilliance over the course of a season. Could that be a problem? Are Everton going to break their wage allowance for a player akin to a Ferrari that revs his engines up when he feels like it but plays in gear 1 on a Tuesday evening away to Southampton?

In all honesty history says Everton are going to get a player that performs brilliantly well for a third of the season. At the same time maybe that will just do the club fine at this present time. Rodriguez is going to show the fans some wonderful tricks and goals. Maybe a superb free kick here and there and his hooking up with the likes of Richarlison when everything clicks will make Everton look like a top 6 side. Whether they will finish there is another matter.

Everton are also in the hunt for Allan the Brazilian midfielder who currently plays for Napoli. Allan is set to have a medical this week and should join for around 25m euros. And finally the club are also in talks with Watford who were relegated last season for their midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure.

If anything Everton are moving in the transfer market, and that will make their fans happy as they try to finish in the top half of the table next season.

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James Rodriguez should have been a Real Madrid great

He was, undoubtedly, the star of the 2014 World Cup, shining for Colombia as they made a run to the quarter finals of the tournament. Indeed, James Rodriguez had the world at his feet and so it was unsurprising when Real Madrid signed him from Monaco that summer, making him their latest ‘Galactico’ addition.

At that point, James had the makings of a true superstar. He brought a certain star quality to the Santiago Bernabeu and enjoyed a successful first two seasons in the Spanish capital. The Colombian arrived at the club around the same time as Isco and in the end the two playmakers got in each other’s way.

Rather peculiarly, Isco and James’ futures at Real Madrid have been intertwined from the moment they arrived at the club. Last summer, it seemed that both players would be given another chance to prove their worth at the Santiago Bernabeu. This summer, though, it seems likely that both will be made available for sale, especially James.

James is still only 29 years old and so there should still be plenty left in the tank. At Bayern Munich, he struggled to make his mark and the Colombian has been a peripheral figure for Real Madrid this season. He needs to find a club where he will be truly embraced. There is still a lot to embrace.

A move to the Premier League has been mooted. Arsenal and Manchester United are reportedly interested, but this has the look of speculation sparked by agents rather than the clubs themselves. Instead, James would likely have to look to a lower level to get his next move.

Everton could be the perfect place for him next season. The Goodison Park club need a playmaker in the mould of the Colombian and Carlo Ancelotti is at Everton. The Italian coach always managed to get the best out of James while at Real Madrid and so a reunion could be in both parties’ best interests. There would be some logic behind such a move.

If James is to leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, as looks likely, he will do so racked with regret. Real Madrid will surely feel some regret too. The Colombian should have been a great, a true ‘Galactico.’ Instead, he will be remembered for shining brightly, but burning out too quickly.

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5 more players Real Madrid could sell this summer

Zinedine Zidane guided Real Madrid to the 2019-20 La Liga title earlier this month in his first full season back at the Spanish giants.

The French manager had an aging squad to play with but managed to blood a number of younger players, including Federico Valverde, Vinicius, Rodrygo, Eder Militao and Luka Jovic.

Next season could see further youngsters given a chance in the first team, with Martin Odegaard and Takefusa Kubo returning from loan spells in La Liga this past season.

So far the club have yet to announce any new signings but somewhat surprisingly sold Achraf Hakimi in a €40 million deal for Internazionale. The 21-year-old had looked very impressive in his two-year loan at Borussia Dortmund.

Zidane may simply be happy with Dani Carvajal and the returning Alvaro Odriozola as his options at right-back next season.

Five other players in the first team squad that I wouldn’t be surprised to see leave the Bernabeu this summer are:

James Rodríguez

Following a two-year loan spell at Bayern Munich that saw the German champions pass on the opportunity to make the deal permanent, James Rodriguez returned to Real Madrid at the start of this past season.

The Colombian made just eight La Liga appearances (5 starts) with only one of those coming after the restart. He was originally sent on loan to the Bavarians during Zidane’s first spell in charge of the club, so don’t be surprised to see him leave Madrid this summer.

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