Five worthy FPL picks for the next five gameweeks

By Azmin Mohd Khalib 8 February 2018 2661
Five worthy FPL picks for the next five gameweeks
This week, we will be taking a slightly long-term look, and pick out five players with great potential across the next five matches, between February 10 and March 19. Before we get right to it, take note the list does not include any of the top three transfers in the game so far this week (the Arsenal triumvirate of Henrik Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Aaron Ramsey), as their next two fixtures are against Tottenham and Manchester City, but there is plenty of time to come back for them later. And no Mohamad Salah too, because if you still don’t have him by now, you should ask yourself some serious questions.


Next five opponents: Crystal Palace, Watford, Burnley, Brighton, Stoke

Despite being thrashed by Arsenal last weekend, Everton will get to bounce back soon enough, as they will face four bottom-half teams in their next five matches, with the other being Burnley. With the run of five matches quite spaced out, a speedy player like Walcott, who has injected some much-needed pace into the Toffees’ attack, will have enough time to recover and confirm his starting berth for all matches. The likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Seamus Coleman will also be looking to feed him the goods.


Next five opponents: Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Newcastle

Tottenham may face Arsenal this weekend, but their star forward has had a good goal-scoring record against their North London rivals, netting six in seven meetings. After that, Spurs’ three of their next four opponents are relegation strugglers, making Kane a very attractive fantasy forward option. The only caveat is they will also have Champions League and FA Cup ties during this five-match run. However, with Mauricio Pochettino seemingly not trusting Fernando Llorente to start in place of the England international, the risk of Kane getting rested for Premier League matches seems very low.


Next five opponents: Huddersfield, Newcastle, Leicester, Tottenham, West Brom

In-form Bournemouth’s only real tough match in the next five matches is against Spurs, which should hold no fear for someone who scored a goal and assisted another in January wins against Arsenal and Chelsea. Callum Wilson has been a revelation for Bournemouth since Christmas, with four goals and two assists in seven games, helping the Cherries pick up 15 points from a possible 21 and climb up to a lofty ninth place. As long as he remains fit, Wilson is a sharp, affordable goal-scoring threat.


Next five opponents: Burnley, Brighton, West Ham, Huddersfield, Southampton

Since the arrival of Carlos Carvalhal, Swansea’s performance has seen a marked improvement. Out of the Welsh side’s five upcoming games, three are against the lowest scoring teams so far (aside from Swansea themselves) in Brighton, Huddersfield and Burnley, giving Mawson a good chance of clean sheets. The centre-back is also a strong goal-scoring threat and a hard worker in defence, which will surely help him bring in the bonus points when Swansea get clean sheets.


Next five opponents: Southampton, West Ham, Newcastle, Manchester United, Watford

Never thought I would get to the point this season where I would recommend a Liverpool defender, but van Dijk currently ticks all the right boxes for me. Although the Reds’ last match against Spurs grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons, the Dutchman stood out with his commanding presence in the backline, being a good aerial threat, and even making Dejan Lovren look good. Jurgen Klopp’s side will face four teams in the bottom half, giving VVD a good shot at opening his Premier League account for his new team. Manchester United is the only real question, but Jose Mourinho’s tendency to play the holding game against bigger teams should give him a shot at getting a clean sheet in the match.

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