This week we've tweaked the format ever so slightly, moving away from our Dream Team and opting to pick 15 players that sit within the average team value of around £100.6m.

This, in my opinion, is the best team that you could make for game week five within that FPL budget.

Best FPL XI For GW6:

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Goalkeeper

Robert Sanchez (£4.5m) 

At the start of 2021/22, you would have assumed that this was an easy fixture and that Leicester would be confident of getting a good result.

But Brighton currently sit in sixth and have arguably been playing the better football while the Foxes kick off their European campaign on Thursday against a difficult opponent in Napoli after an indifferent start.

Brighton have a higher xG and a lower xG conceded than their visitors, while Leicester's attacking data is amongst the worst in the Premier League. Don't be surprised if Brighton manage a shutout here.

Bench:

  • Jed Steer (£4.0m) - Minimum priced placeholder.

Defenders

Marcos Alonso (£5.7m) 

The Chelsea defender looks to have made the left-back spot his own following a solid start to the campaign, with Thomas Tuchel favouring him over Ben Chilwell, who seems to have fallen down the pecking order.

Alonso not only appeals in a Blues backline where clean sheets are assured, but the marauding Spaniard loves to bomb forward and has created a massive eight chances so far while taking five shots, two of which were in the box.

My only slight concern is that Alonso started in the Champions League on Tuesday, although fatigue should not be a factor with lots of recovery time.

Trent Alexander Arnold (£7.5m)

This season, Trent has created the most chances and Big Chances combined with the highest xA, and not much needs to be said to justify his inclusion; the numbers speak for themselves!

He goes into this game week as the player with the third-highest expected points, and he is an essential must-own asset.

Ben White (£4.4m)

Most definitely worth the risk at his price point from week five and beyond… Arsenal were outstanding defensively from January last season, and with close to a full-strength squad, plus their summer acquisitions, the Gunners are beginning to have some appeal.

Historically, we tend to worry when Arsenal face a physical side, but in Takehiro Tomiyasu and Gabriel, the Gunners should compete against Messrs Wood and Barnes.

In addition, the Clarets are yet to find their goalscoring touch returning only three goals in their opening four matches.

Bench:

  • Shane Duffy (£4.2m) - I always like to have as many starters amongst my substitutes to cover any shock absences.

  • Brandon Williams (£4.0m) - Minimum priced placeholder.

Midfielders

Raphinha (£6.5m)

Leeds take on the league's worst defence with Raphinha the chief creator.

In fact, if Daniel James is handed his full debut, then the Brazilian may even be moved centrally into a No.10 role, making his appeal even more significant.

Raphinha averages 0.5xG per 90, and he could have a field day against Newcastle, who sit bottom in terms of the most goals, the most Big Chances, and the most xG conceded.

Mo Salah (£12.5m)

What more could you ask for in a Fantasy Premier League matchup than Mo Salah at home to Crystal Palace?

Salah is not only a great option, but he is the best FPL captain pick with the highest projected points of any player during this game week.

Ferran Torres (£7.2m)

But if you don't fancy Salah, then the more maverick among you may fancy a gamble on the Spaniard with City considerable favourites to win this one.

Torres will be hoping to continue his role - spearheading the best attack in the Premier League - with the Citizens sitting top of the goalscoring charts.

Torres is not a creator, he is a player who likes to take shots, and he has featured heavily in a team that has registered the most big chances, the second-most attempts in the box and the second-highest xG.

Ismaila Sarr (£6.0m)

Watford desperately need to turn their form around, but they can enter this game with some confidence. They play fellow promoted side Norwich with whom they had a great record against last season.

The Hornets beat the Canaries twice without conceding! Sarr is the side's talisman, and even if he doesn't score, he's unlikely to be far away.

Demarai Gray (£5.7m)

He is one of the league's most in-form players, and while his stats may not look sustainable long-term, it's always good to jump on when you can.

The Toffees have some great underlying numbers in attack, and even without Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the side, Everton continue to threaten in the opposition penalty area.

Against Villa, a side lacking confidence and quality so far this season, Everton should continue their excellent start under Rafa Benitez.

Forwards

Romelu Lukaku (£11.6m)

I am a premium asset lover, so I am backing Lukaku in this fixture over Tottenham. He is a fair captaincy shout as well, with Spurs having doubts over key players, plus the added complication of a European game on Thursday.

Chelsea and Lukaku are going from strength to strength, and their additional recovery days could be a telling factor, especially as Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez and Cristian Romero all face late fitness tests.

Lukaku has helped Chelsea overperform their xG by nearly three goals due to his incredible finishing, and the odds are stacked in his favour here.

He has a 50% chance of scoring at any time, with Chelsea overwhelming favourites to beat their London rivals.

Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.5m)

The Manchester United legend certainly read the script last weekend, marking his second coming with two well-taken goals.

Ronaldo looked so impressive against Newcastle with five shots in the box and a 1.4 xG. United will be looking to bounce back after their shock defeat midweek.

They face a fatigued West Ham side who travelled back from Zagreb during the earlier hours of Friday morning without the suspended Michail Antonio.

Bench:

  • Robert Street (£4.5m) - Minimum priced placeholder.

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FIRST PUBLISHED: 12th August 2021

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