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Premier League Fantasy gameweek five preview

Those who captained Erling Haaland will be striding into work with a smile this week, with the Manchester City striker delivering the goods in just 38 minutes against Nottingham Forest.

Original article published 8 September 2022

Gameweek four came down the captain's chip once again and while Liverpool's Mohamed Salah grabbed two assists, Haaland rewarded his backers in clinical fashion.

City defenders John Stones and Joao Cancelo also scored double figures as City smashed Forest 6-0 on home soil.

Last year's hero Tomas Soucek scored a crucial goal for West Ham to earn ten points during their 1-1 draw with Tottenham, while Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli continued his majestic start to the campaign with the same score.

Leeds United could have the next Raphinha on their hands, with Luis Sinisterra scoring a superb goal on his way to a ten-point haul at Elland Road during Leeds' 1-1 draw with Everton.

Gameweek five is now nearly upon us, and in an attempt to give some fantasy football tips, we have picked out five players that could make the difference this week.

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Goalkeeper - Robert Sanchez

Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has been the chosen one for many this season, but the England international is currently struggling with an injury.

With doubts surrounding his fitness ahead of the Gunners' fixture with Manchester United, it makes sense to try and stick to a safer option.

Brighton's Robert Sanchez gets our vote this week, with Brighton hosting Leicester City on Sunday.

The Foxes have struggled in front of goal so far, while Sanchez has helped Brighton into fourth and scored 27 points in Premier League fantasy football.

Albion are 5/6 to win on Sunday, while they are 9/4 to pick up all three points without conceding.

Defender - Trent Alexander-Arnold

Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has not been at his best so far this season, but it could be worth standing by him this week no matter what version of fantasy football readers may play.

Whether it is telegraph fantasy football or sky sports fantasy football, TAA has always delivered consistently across the campaign and with Everton next up, he could add to his tally of 23 points.

Alexander-Arnold is 7/1 to score at any time against an Everton side who have shipped six goals in their last two Merseyside derby battles.

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Midfielder - Mohamed Salah

Sticking with Liverpool, it is hard to look past Salah once again this week. The Egypt international has not been as explosive as in previous seasons, but we are only one month into the campaign.

The former Chelsea winger is still the third-highest scoring midfielder in the fantasy football premier league standings and has scored three goals in the previous four meetings with the Toffees.

Punters can back him to score at any time at 21/20 or to open the scoring at 7/2.

Striker - Ivan Toney

Brentford's Ivan Toney has only scored two goals this season, but he has been unfortunate not to add to that total and this week he faces Jesse Marsch's Leeds United, who have once again been vulnerable at the back.

The Whites have conceded five goals in as many matches and Toney should be able to target Diego Llorente in the visitors' defence.

Picking a winner of Saturday's clash looks like a tall order, but if anyone can score for Brentford, it is Toney at 11/8.

Striker - Julian Alvarez

While Haaland got all the plaudits on Wednesday, new Manchester City striker Julian Alvarez made an impressive cameo in a rare start.

The Argentinian scored two goals during City's 6-0 rout of Forest and he could be given the nod once again this week as manager Pep Guardiola tries to manage Haaland's minutes.

City play Sevilla and then Tottenham Hotspur next week, meaning this weekend's match against Aston Villa could be the perfect chance to rest the Norwegian forward.

Alvarez could be the perfect differential for FPL players and he is 7/5 to find the back of the net during the Villa Park showdown.

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