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FANTASY FORECAST 2019/20: FPL Gameweek 5

Ahead of each Gameweek in the Fantasy Premier League, The Hype Train's three front-men, Robert Austin, Sam Austin and Phil Jones, duel for FPL supremacy in predicting Premier League scores, as well as going head to head in picking a Scout Picks squad for each round of games. In addition, we provide general insight that we believe might be relevant for FPL players, such as our personal captaincy picks, differentials for the week, and more. Welcome to the Forecast. All aboard.

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 5 Deadline

For the 2019/20 Premier League season, the FPL deadline will be one hour before the commencement of the week's first game. Our website provides a real-world countdown timer for the the upcoming Gameweek, whilst you can read our latest Fantasy articles from the season on our 2019/20 FPL weekly hype sub-section.

How does our Forecasting work?

For three years we invited guests from the FPL Community to tackle us with picks for the upcoming Gameweek in Fantasy Premier League. We'll be taking a break from inviting guests onto this article for a year, and have introduced a new feature, Fantasy 5's, which we'll be asking weekly guests their top pick in each position ahead of each Gameweek.

For the sake of respecting the rules of the Forecast, we have provided an example of what we're sending out to interested parties that will feature throughout the season.

  • Premier League Fixture Prediction: As pundits, we are testing our football acumen with PL predictions and will be providing regular updated tables and stats in each edition of the FPL Forecast. A perfect score is worth 3 points whilst a correct result is worth 1 point.

  • FPL Gameweek Forecasting: Answering the regular questions that come up every single week in the Fantasy Premier League community that helps with identifying captaincy picks, transfers, attacking options, clean sheet potential, teams to look our for and avoid, players to consider for the Draft game, the wildcard differential players, as well as general analysis and comments.

  • Scout Picks: Picking a squad of 15 for a single Gameweek, without any budget, using the rules of the FPL - formations, captains and vice captains, and the player limits of 3 per club (chips will not be feature of these weekly picks)

  • Each team must pick a Captain, labelled as (c) and a Vice Captain listed as (vc).

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 5

Liverpool 3-0 Newcastle

Brighton 0-0 Burnley

Man United 1-1 Leicester

Sheffield United 1-0 Southampton

Spurs 2-0 Crystal Palace

Wolves 2-2 Chelsea

Norwich 1-3 Man City

Bournemouth 1-1 Everton

Watford 1-2 Arsenal

Aston Villa 1-2 West Ham

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 5

Top FPL transfer targets for the weekend:

Roberto Firmino, Tammy Abraham, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Who are the teams to look out for and avoid?:

Chelsea (Avoid): I don’t know about this fixture, there could be a banana peel for either team. Chelsea have been defending, well, they haven’t been defending at all to be honest. I think they may be better going forward than keeping it tight at the back, and Wolves were good against top ten teams who visited their ground last year.

Man United (Avoid): Leicester have started the season strongly under Brendan Rodgers. I can see them causing United a heap of problems when they travel to Old Trafford with Jamie Vardy and Maddison on the break.

Liverpool (Watch): Undefeated, and with a comfortable home fixture at Fortress Anfield, is there any other team that isn’t assured of carrying on their perfect start to the season?

West Ham (Watch): Last week Phil of The Hype Train berated me for including Sebastien Haller into my wildcard team, and two weeks later he is desperate to have the Frenchman in his own team. Last week in the differentials I highlighted Haller as a thoroughbred striker and will continue to score goals in this league. Aston Villa shouldn’t be a problem for the Hammers this weekend.

FPL Captaincy Picks:

(C) – Mohamad Salah (LIV) – The Egyptian King has started the season perfectly, and I can see Steve Bruce sweating from minute one against the Reds. Even in the early kick-off I see Salah, Mane, and Firmino causing the Toon nightmares for ninety minutes.

(VC) – Harry Kane (TOT) – A decent home game against Palace sees Kane back up Salah in what is my normally typical captain choices.

Other Gameweek Comments:

I had Aymeric Laporte in my team last week. And honestly, looking at the options available to me, I have not a single clue about who to replace him with. Laporte made City’s defence so airtight, and if he is out for the rest of the year then I am looking at who else is defensively assured. Liverpool are a given, but with a cap on their players, I see Chelsea who are hopeless, Manchester United are clueless (even with the worlds most expensive defender in their ranks), and Spurs are Spursy, and you don’t trust Arsenal away from home, or at all.

The defence is this years great FPL conundrum. I am probably going to roll the dice with a complete wildcard like I did with Haller up front last week.

FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 5

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Hugo Lloris (TOT)

DEF: John Lundstram (SHU)

DEF: Virgil van Dijk (LIV)

DEF: Andrew Robertson (LIV)

MID: Christian Eriksen (TOT)

MID: Raheem Sterling (MCI)

MID: Mohamad Salah (LIV) (C)

MID: Kevin De Bruyne (MCI)

FOR: Sebastien Haller (WHU)

FOR: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ARS)

FOR: Harry Kane (TOT) (VC)


GK: Lukasz Fabianski (WHU)

MID: Richarlison (EVE)

DEF: Arthur Masuaku (WHU)

DEF: Martin Montoya (BHA)

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 5 Liverpool 3-0 Newcastle Brighton 0-1 Burnley Man United 1-3 Leicester Sheffield United 0-1 Southampton Spurs 3-1 Crystal Palace Wolves 2-2 Chelsea Norwich 2-5 Man City Bournemouth 2-3 Everton Watford 0-2 Arsenal Aston Villa 1-0 West Ham

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 5

Top FPL transfer targets for the weekend: Pope, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Jiminez.

Who are the teams to look out for and avoid?: Watch: Leicester, Wolves, Everton. Avoid: Watford, Brighton, Crystal Palace.

FPL Captaincy Picks:

Time for the weekly coin toss. Heads is Salah, Tails is Sterling.

(C) – Raheem Sterling: Tails wins. (VC) – Mo Salah: Heads loses.

FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 5 Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Nick Pope

DEF: Lucas Digne DEF: Ainsley Maitland-Niles DEF: Joel Matip

MID: Mo Salah (VC) MID: Raheem Sterling (C) MID: Alex Iwobi MID: Kevin De Bruyne

FOR: Harry Kane FOR: Teemu Pukki FOR: Ashley Barnes


GK: Jordan Pickford MID: Sadio Mane DEF: Ben Chilwell DEF: John Lundstram

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 5 Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle Brighton 1-1 Burnley Man United 2-1 Leicester Sheffield United 0-0 Southampton Spurs 1-0 Crystal Palace Wolves 2-2 Chelsea Norwich 0-3 Man City Bournemouth 2-2 Everton Watford 1-2 Arsenal Aston Villa 1-2 West Ham

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 5

Who are the teams to look out for and avoid?: Watch: Sheffield United, Man United and Wolves/Chelsea Avoid: Burnley, Norwich and Spurs

FPL Captaincy Picks:

(C) – Mohamed Salah: Home game means Salah gets the armband.

(VC) – Sergio Aguero: Would be so typical of Sterling to blank in this fixture, so I'll go with Aguero by default.

Other notes:

Was convinced that I was about to play my Wildcard. Turns out I wasn't interested in the slightest. Now I'm just hoping that City and Liverpool do the job to earn them points.

FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 5 Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Ederson

DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold DEF: Virgil van Dijk DEF: Lucas Digne

MID: Mo Salah (C) MID: Raheem Sterling MID: Daniel James MID: Christian Pulisic

FOR: Sergio Aguero FOR: Wesley FOR: Raul Jimenez


GK: Nick Pope MID: Glyfi Sigurdsson DEF: John Lundstram DEF: Jannik Vestergaard

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