Chelsea and Manchester United played their UEFA Championship League games on Tuesday. Their EPL matches are scheduled for Sunday. That’s two more days of rest than Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham, who after being engaged in Europe on Wednesday, will play their EPL games this coming Saturday. Such are the vagaries of fixtures.
On paper, the EPL opponents of Chelsea and Man. United appear stronger than those of Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham. So, maybe all things appear equal. But are they? Would you risk placing in your active fantasy Premier League lineup Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino after he played against Seville FC on Wednesday when he will be on the pitch from the first minute? We certainly would.
We have examined each of the upcoming Gameweek 5 matches and selected players who have a favorable fixture and are currently in form. In other words, these players are projected to score the most fantasy points. Roberto Firmino is among them.
Use this list as part of your preparation for setting your fantasy Premier League lineups, but check injuries after the UEFA CL games this week.
Friday, Sept. 15
Bournemouth – Brighton
FWD: Jermain Defoe (BOU)
Saturday, Sept. 16
Crystal Palace – Southampton
GK: Frazer Forster (SOT), DEF: Cerdic Soares (SOT), FWD: Manolo Gabbiadini (SOT)
Huddersfield - Leicester City
GK: Jonas Lossl (HUD), DEF: Christopher Schindler (HUD), DEF: Harry Maguire (LEI), FWD: Jamie Vardy (LEI)
West Bromwich - West Ham
DEF: Ahmed Hegazy (WBA), MID: Matt Phillips (WBA), FWD: Jay Rodriguez (WBA)
Liverpool - Burnley FC
GK: Tom Heaton (BUR), DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV), MID: Mohamed Salah (LIV), MID: Sadio Mane (LIV), MID: Robbie Brady (BUR), FWD: Roberto Firmino (LIV)
Watford - Manchester City
MID: David Silva (MCI), FDW: Richarlison (WAT), FDW: Gabriel Jesus (MCI), FDW: Sergio Aguero (MCI)
Newcastle - Stoke City
GK: Rob Elliot (NEW)
Tottenham Hotspur- Swansea City
GK: Lukacz Fabianski (SWA), DEF: Ben Davies (TOT), MID: Dele Alli (TOT), MID: Christian Eriksen (MID), FDW: Henry Kane (TOT)
Sunday, Sept. 17
Chelsea – Arsenal
GK: Petr Cech (ARS), DEF: Marcos Alonso (CHE), FDW: Alvaro Morata (CHE), FDW: Alexandre Lacazette (ARS)
Manchester United - Everton
GK: David de Gea (MUN), MID: Henrich Mkhitaryan (MUN), MID: Paul Pogba (MUN), MID: Gylfi Siguroson (EVE), FDW: Romelu Lukaku (MUN), FDW: Wayne Rooney (EVE)
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