After a tumultuous Gameweek 5, a fair few FPL managers are left scratching their heads as to whether they should be moving money out of defence and into midfield/attack. Such transfers require budget enablers; look no further for this week’s tips below.
Defenders (both 4.5m)
Matthew Lowton vs Norwich City (H)
The English right-back is the cheapest starting defender for the Clarets and in just five matches has put in an impressive total of eighteen crosses and created one chance per match on average. Burnley’s next nine fixtures are very attractive with Chelsea at home in Gameweek 10 seemingly being the toughest.
Dyche’s side are renowned for being tough to score against, especially at Turf Moor where they kept a clean sheet in the opening gameweek.
Indeed they are comfortably ranked in the top half of the league for the least amount of expected goals against (xGA) despite some tough fixtures so far. The next visitors, Norwich City, surprisingly blanked in their last away match at West Ham and it remains to be seen if they can fully replicate their attacking threat away from Carrow Road.
Joel Ward vs Wolves (H)
With two clean sheets in two at Selhurst Park, Palace unsurprisingly have the third best xGA record in the league for home games. The English right-back now has two consecutive matches in front of his own fans to look forward to with Norwich City visiting after Wolves in Gameweek 7.
Below is Ward’s impressive heat map in his last home match against Aston Villa, which shows a large amount of touches in the Villan’s half. He was duly rewarded with two bonus points, which is why I chose him over Gary Cahill (also 4.5m).
The scoreline in their heavy defeat last weekend was more down due to a very strong first-half performance from Spurs with excellent finishing. Palace had an xGA of just 1.05. The Eagles will be hoping that was a one-off and questions remain over Wolves’ ability to juggle commitments in both the Premier and Europea Leagues respectively after their poor start to the season.
Midfielder – Erik Lamela (6.1m) vs Leicester City (A)
The Argentinian is a brilliant talent when fit, which is why it is so pleasing to have seen him start in every Spurs league match to date including a 90 minute run-out for the first time last Saturday. He has duly rewarded his manager with 2 goals and 2 assists.
Against Palace, Lamela was playing as an attacking inside midfielder level with Christian Eriksen (on the other side) in a 4-2-2-2 formation. Pochettino gave him a licence to float around in the pockets of space between the Eagles’ defensive and midfield lines with outright width being provided by Tottenham’s two full-backs when in possession; Aurier and Rose.
When Spurs attacked, he was also pushing forward to be level with both Kane and Son in and around the penalty box. This is demonstrated in his heatmap below.
This also explains why Lamela has had a total of 3 penalty area shots compared to 5 out of the box in all games so far. Leicester City is without doubt the toughest of Tottenham’s next four fixtures, which is why it could be a good time to buy Lamela if you decide to buy a premium striker like Agüero or Aubameyang.