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Fantasy Premier League Pundit Picks: Gameweek 6

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The English Premier League is undoubtedly the most entertaining league in the world.

Form goes out of the window when rivals clash, Davids upset the Goliaths on an almost-weekly basis.

For all Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers, that doesn’t bode well for even a slight deviation could make or break their points haul. So who does one go for as there is a veritable ocean of options?

Each week, thestatesman.com will aim to ease that selection dilemma in FPL with a comprehensive article on who to buy for the coming gameweek.

The indicators are:

Teams in BOLD are top 4 contenders.

Prices marked in GREEN indicate an increase in Base Price.

Prices marked in RED indicate a decrease in Base Price.

Goalkeeper

Hugo Lloris

Team: Tottenham Hotspur 

Fixtures: Middlesbrough (A), Man City (A), West Brom (A), Bournemouth (H) and Leicester (H)

Price: 5.4

Score: 14

Ownership: 4.8%

Why yes: Lloris has recovered from an injury that he suffered on opening day, and since his return, Spurs have kept back-to-back clean sheets. He is one of the finest shot-stoppers in the Premier League and is currently available at a price which will surely shoot up as the season progresses! Fixtures barring the Man City and Leicester&’s games are good bets for blanks.

Why no: The loss of Kane will be keenly felt, and if Spurs fail to convert, they may end up scoring. Those FPL managers who have Walker or Alderweireld in their sides, should look for other keepers.

Defenders

Nathaniel Clyne

Team: Liverpool

Fixtures: Hull (H), Swansea (A), Man Utd (H), West Brom (H) and Crystal Palace (A)

Price: 5.5

Score: 11

Ownership: 10.1%

Why yes: Liverpool are gaining some momentum, and talk of a serious title challenge is warranted by virtue of their stunning form. Clyne is an adventurous full-back who loves to attack in a system which is built for only one thing: all-out attack. Goalkeeper Loris Karius is fully-fit, which will come as a boost for the Reds young backline. 

Why no: The defence is clearly suffering as they have managed to keep zero clean sheets so far this season. Also, Liverpool seem to implode against lesser-known teams, so no guarantees for Jurgen Klopp&’s men! 

Martin Kelly

Team: Crystal Palace 

Fixtures: Sunderland (A), Everton (A), West Ham (H), Leicester (H) and Liverpool (H)

Price: 4.4

Score : 9

Ownership: 0.6%

Why yes: Kelly has forced his way into manager Alan Pardew&’s plans, and looks set to become a regular starter. The Eagles are among the most impressive teams in the Premier League, judging by recent form and Kelly is playing quite well. At the very least, an able fourth-choice defender for your team. First three fixtures are decent enough, and their first-ever clean sheet of the season beckons.

Why no: No clean-sheets in the Premier League so far, many FPL managers will find it difficult to use their solitary transfer on what is not a sure-shot points pick. Scot Dann is the one making the headlines for the right reasons, and while he is certainly more expensive, he scores the odd goal to justify that expense.

Midfielders

Roberto Firmino

Team: Liverpool 

Fixtures: Hull (H), Swansea (A), Man Utd (H), West Brom (H) and Crystal Palace (A)

Price: 8.4

Score: 24

Ownership: 9.3%

Why yes: The Brazilian has recovered from his groin injury and is likely to lead the line in Daniel Sturridge&’s absence. The 24-year-old is practically playing as a forward, but in FPL is categorised as a midfielder. He is a long-term must-have. Fixtures, save the Man Utd one, look quite comfortable.

Why no: Phillipe Coutinho is in some form as well, and is a marginally cheaper alternative. Again, as with Clyne, Liverpool players seem to go quiet against small fry, so no guarantees!

Christian Eriksen

Team: Tottenham Hotspur

Fixtures: Middlesbrough(A), Man City (A), West Brom (A), Bournemouth (H) and Leicester (H)

Price: 8.3

Score: 18

Ownership: 7.4%

Why yes: Harry Kane is confirmed to be out for approximately two months, but Spurs have enough quality in midfield to cover up for their star striker. Eriksen in particular will benefit from an FPL perspective, especially considering his form in recent games. Free-kicks, penalties and corners, the Danish midfielder takes them all! Arguably, the most consistent Spurs midfielder around.

Why no: In the mid-price midfield range, there are plenty of other options around, and while his team mates aren’t as consistent as he is, they do explode in the odd game. His assists stats may just go down, as Vincent Janssen does not look Kane-calibre yet.

Forwards

Sergio Aguero

Team: Manchester City

Fixtures: Swansea (A), Spurs (A), Everton (H), Southampton (H), and West Brom (A)

Price: 13.0

Score: 24

Ownership: 27.7%

Why yes: Kun is back from his three-match suspension, and will be raring to go. Swansea aren’t exactly in top form right now. 

Why no: Not only is he the most expensive player in FPL, Aguero has not scored in Wales in five appearances so far. Those who have Kevin De Bruyne in their teams, may well want to look at cheaper striking options from other teams.

Charlie Austin

Team: Southampton

Fixtures:  West Ham (A), Leicester (A), Burnley (H), Man City (A) and Chelsea (H)

Price: 6.2

Score: 9

Ownership: 1.3%

Why yes: Southampton, along with Austin are looking impressive in recent games. With four goals in his last three appearances (all competitions), the burly hitman is a great cut-price option up front. West Ham cannot seem to keep a clean sheet at the moment. Has potential to be a big differential.

Why no: Fixtures after West Ham aren’t the easiest you will see. Dusan Tadic has been impressive in recent weeks as well, and those of you who have the Serbian midfielder shouldn’t pick Austin also.

PS: The Gameweek deadline is 11.30 am GMT/4 pm IST, so make sure all transfers are completed before that!