GW6 Attack and Defence Rankings

Early preview of the attacking and defensive potential ahead of Gamweek 6

Gameweek 5 was a bit dramatic, eh. Form book right out of the window regarding any predicted goals scored/conceded forecasts. This happens a lot in football and in particularly the Premier League – it’s why we love it, right, and why Fantasy Premier League is so compelling and keeps you on your toes. 

Although one set of results over any given weekend can leave you scratching your heads in bemusement, the next set of games will typically revert to form, and over time results will meet expectations and long term planning of your fantasy team around the better fixtures and better fixtures will pay off. It’s with this in mind we turn once again to our Fixture Analyser’s predicted goals output to see where the action lies for GW6. 

Chelsea vs Aston Villa

The Blues have the standout fixture in GW6 and Diego Costa will be the runaway captain pick once again this week – and another bounty of points looks very likely. Villa have been defensively sound this season and several of their players suffered badly from a virus against Arsenal last week. Even fully recovered though, it’d be hard to see past Chelsea getting two or three goals this weekend. 

Liverpool vs Everton

Liverpool need Daniel Sturridge to get anywhere near the form they showed last season and which is the key factor in the Red’s position in the GW6 rankings, although Everton’s strong rating in our numbers behind the scenes looks a bit suspect too. It looks likely that Sturridge will make the team on Saturday and it’s worth noting that Liverpool, and indeed any top team, will play their best when teams open up against them, something which Everton under Martinez will look to do. 

Southampton vs QPR

The Saints look set for more profit against a QPR side who have looked pretty terrible on the road so far. In fairness, Redknapp’s side have had to travel to White Hart Lane and a Di Maria inspired Old Trafford, but even so, they don’t fill you with confidence that their away defence is going to be a great asset in the survival race this season. Southampton have so far had mixed results at home, walloping Newcastle 4-0 but held 0-0 by WBA. QPR are probably more in Newcastle’s camp of defending though so some goals and another clean sheet are probably on the cards for Koeman’s side.

Man United vs West Ham

One of the best things about fantasy football is the results don’t really matter too much – it’s about the goals and the clean sheets. Despite the shocking result at Leicester, United still scored 3 goals to make it 7 in their last two games and, although West Ham will pose a sterner test defensively than Leicester and QPR, another strong attacking performance, and points for Van Persie, Falcao and Di Maria should be expected. 

Regular readers will no doubt be wondering what our latest opinions are on Angel Di Maria after another goal and assist performance. for the Argentine. Not showing enough goal threat still? He’s had 2 shots in the box so far from 3 games, 2 shots on target – and 2 goals. Although his floated effort against Leicester was sublime we remain firm that he won’t be near the top of the goalscoring charts for midfielders this season. However, his assist threat is off the chart so far. Member’s can see for themselves where he sits in our Goal and Assist threat metrics which have been updated after GW5. Di Maria is in a similar boat as Fabregas for us at the moment, and have us asking can an primarily “assist-based” elite FPL player be truly successful? We’re going to look at this and the long-term potential of these two players in a separate article later in the week.

Arsenal vs Tottenham

Another exciting derby for Premier League fans to get excited about. Both historical form and this season’s performances point firmly in Arsenal’s direction for this one. They were able to rest Alexis Sanchez at Villa and Ozil was moved back centrally where he is at his best. Welbeck got a goal to give him a confidence boost. Conversely, Tottenham have yet to find any sort of groove this season, in attack nor defence, and their fans will be nervous ahead of this one.

Clean Sheets

Defensively we’re probably looking at clean sheets for Chelsea and Manchester City, whilst Arsenal and United players could also pick up clean sheet points as long as nothing implodes. Outside the elite, Stoke hosting Newcastle plus Southampton versus QPR look likely contenders, and what are the odds of a 0-0 between WBA and Burnely?

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