Fantasy football: FPL Gameweek 5 transfer advice, captain picks and more

Kevin De Bruyne Mohamed Salah Timo Werner
Goal's handy Fantasy Premier League guide aims to assist your team selections over the course of the 2020-21 campaign

Gameweek 4 of the 2020-21  Fantasy Premier League campaign delivered two jaw-dropping results as Tottenham hit Manchester United for six before Liverpool conceded seven against Aston Villa.

It was a day to remember for Ollie Watkins (£5.9m) as he netted a hat-trick against the Premier League champions, while Jack Grealish (£7.1m) also starred for Villa and recorded a hugely impressive 24 points.

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From team selection advice to possible captain picks,  Goal is on hand to help as you look to turn those arrows green and climb your league tables as we head into Gameweek 5.


  1. Gameweek fixtures
  2. Team selection advice
  3. Who is the best captain pick?
  4. Who are the highest-scoring players?

Gameweek 5 fixtures

Date Fixture Time (BST)
Oct 17 Everton vs Liverpool 12:30
Oct 17 Chelsea vs Southampton 15:00
Oct 17 Man City vs Arsenal 17:30
Oct 17 Newcastle vs Man Utd 20:00
Oct 18 Sheffield Utd vs Fulham 12:00
Oct 18 Crystal Palace vs Brighton 14:00
Oct 18 Spurs vs West Ham 16:30
Oct 18 Leicester vs Aston Villa 19:15
Oct 19 West Brom vs Burnley 17:30
Oct 19 Leeds vs Wolves 20:00

Team selection advice

The Merseyside derby takes centre stage in Gameweek 5 and Everton's incredible start to the 2020-21 season adds further intrigue to the fixture, with the Toffees sitting at the top of the table following four wins from four.

The goalscoring exploits of Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m) have been key to Carlo Ancelotti's side's impressive run of form and heading into the clash with Liverpool he remains the game's most-picked player, with 48.6% of FPL bosses owning the England striker.

After the crushing 7-2 defeat to Villa last time out, Jurgen Klopp will be expecting a big reaction from his side and the likes of Sadio Mane (£11.9m) - who could be back in contention after a period of absence due to coronavirus - and Mohamed Salah (£12.2m) will be out to impress at Goodison Park.

With a lack of clean sheets for the Reds thus far - just one from their opening four fixtures - the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) and Andy Robertson (£7m) are not currently offering good value for their high price tags and it may be a good time to cash in for cheaper alternatives.

Jose Mourinho will be looking for his Tottenham side to build some momentum following the 6-1 hammering of Manchester United last time out, and we may get a first glimpse of their exciting new-look attack against West Ham.

That consists of Heung-min Son (£9.1m) , who is the most transferred-in player ahead of Gameweek 5, Harry Kane (£10.6m) and summer signing from Real Madrid Gareth Bale (£9.5m) .

Heung-min Son Tottenham 2020

It's unclear if Mourinho will throw the Welshman straight in against the Hammers although with Bale not having featured during the international break - and having only played twice in total since June - you'd suspect he'll want to build up his match fitness as quickly as possible.

After his 17-point heroics in Leicester's Gameweek 3 win over Manchester City, Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) had a quiet game the following week as West Ham claimed a surprise 3-0 victory over the Foxes at the King Power.

A home clash with Aston Villa represents a decent chance for him to get back amongst the goals, providing he overcomes a calf complaint, although Dean Smith's in-form side won't make it easy for their opponents, with Grealish, Watkins and Ross Barkley (£5.9m)  all having been instrumental against Liverpool in Gameweek 4.

If you're looking for a value striker, Rhian Brewster (£4.5m) looks a wise investment and is set to make his debut for Sheffield United as they face struggling Fulham.

Chris Wilder's side, who were so impressive in the 2019-20 campaign, are in need of a spark in attack having failed to score more than once in any of their matches in all competitions thus far in the new season.

After his impact on his Premier League debut for Chelsea, FPL managers are scrambling to get England left-back Ben Chilwell (£5.6m) into their teams ahead of the next gameweek.

The former Leicester defender is clearly going to be an important part of Frank Lampard's starting XI - and his penchant for getting forward promises a fair few goals and assists over the course of the 2020-21 campaign.

Chilwell withdrew from the England squad prior to their meeting with Denmark on October 14, but Lampard has confirmed he is in the squad to face Southampton.

A fair few FPL bosses will undoubtedly be considering what to do with Timo Werner (£9.3m) ahead of the meeting with the Saints at Stamford Bridge with the Germany international - who scored twice during the international break - yet to get off the mark in England's top flight.

Timo Werner Chelsea 2020-21

If you haven't sold him already, however, perhaps give him the next two gameweeks to prove his worth - with Southampton at home followed by a trip to Old Trafford to face a defensively-suspect Manchester United.

The Red Devils themselves face Newcastle United away on Sunday, although there won't be a debut for Edinson Cavani (£8m) as he's required to self-isolate following his arrival into the country.

It's not often Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6m) is the second-most transferred-out player ahead of a gameweek but that's exactly the scenario going into Manchester City's meeting with Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium.

The influential Belgian had to withdraw from international duty prematurely and will miss out on facing the Gunners although  Raheem Sterling (£11.5m)  should be fit enough to feature on Saturday.

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Who is the best captain pick for Gameweek 5?

With confidence in the Tottenham camp undoubtedly sky high following the thumping win over Manchester United, it's only natural that, with a home clash against West Ham to follow, we're advising to go with a Spurs player as your captain pick.

It's a toss-up between Kane and Son although the latter just edges it, with him having the potential to rack up more points - from goals, assists and a potential clean sheet - given his role as a midfielder in FPL.

An alternative suggestion is Liverpool forward Salah .

Although the Reds face a tough assignment at Goodison Park, the Egyptian should cause problems for an Everton defence that is yet to be properly tested and he'll be desperate to score against the Toffees for the first time since December 2017.

Heung-min Son Mohamed Salah

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Top 10 highest-scoring players ahead of Gameweek 5

Fantasy Premier League Top 10 Gameweek 5

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