Telegraph Fantasy Football 16/17 tips: Week 5 preview

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A short break for international football meant there were no fixtures in Week 4, giving Telegraph Fantasy Football managers an opportunity to sit back and reflect on all of the deadline day signings and scout players they may want to bring into their team for Week 5.

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It could be the most exciting game week yet. The first Manchester derby of the season, champions Leicester travelling to Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool and yet another all-London affair as West Ham host Watford are just three fixtures in a busy weekend.

What's more, Week 5 also heralds the start of Month 2. There's £1,000 up for grabs for every manager of the month throughout the season, plus £100 and £50 for 2nd and 3rd respectively, so it's well worth selecting a new Telegraph Fantasy Football team if you want to have a proper crack at a monthly prize.

To help you out, we cast an eye over all of the fixtures in Week 5, bringing you team news, predicted line-ups and all the tips you need for your Telegraph Fantasy Football team.


Manchester United v Manchester City (12:30)

The first Manchester derby of the season kicks off Week 5 as Pep Guardiola's City travel to Jose Mourinho's United. There's no love-lost between these two managers following ferocious encounters while they were at Barcelona and Real Madrid, and Saturday's lunch time kick-off is set to be an intriguing encounter.

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No Sergio Aguero (£7.0m) means 51% of TFF managers will need to decide if it's worth transferring the Argentinian out. A three game suspension, two of which will be league matches, and a huge chunk of budget makes the decision a lot harder, especially as similarly priced strikers Harry Kane (£6.8m), Daniel Sturridge (£6.5m) and Romelu Lukaku (£6.4m) have yet to find form.

Kelechi Iheanacho (£4.6m) could be handed a start in his absence, or the £5.5m rated Nolito may be pushed further forward. Both are fitting replacements, the latter has already scored 18 TFF points this season (three points less than Aguero) and the former produced the best goals-minutes ratio across Europe last season.

As for United, Jose Mourinho will undoubtedly look to produce another defensive masterclass. His two full-backs, Luke Shaw (£4.2m) and Antonio Valencia (£3.8m), are the game's two highest point-scorers so far with 22 a-piece, with United keeping two clean sheets from their opening three league games.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£6.6m) has hit the ground running and should continue in attack, although young Marcus Rashford (£5.6m) could be worth keeping an eye out for after scoring a hat-trick for England U21s in midweek and finding the back of the net in his Manchester derby debut last season.

Continuing reading our full preview of Manchester United v Manchester City here >>

Arsenal v Southampton (15:00)

Arsenal have had a mixed start to the season, losing their opening match 4-3 to Liverpool, drawing 0-0 with champions Leicester then picking up a convincing 3-1 at Watford last time out. 

Southampton are yet to find their first win of the season and would have expected more than just a 1-1 draw at home to Sunderland in Week 3.

Regardless, the Saints picked up a point at the Emirates back in February and manager Claude Puel seems happy with his squad having not added any new signings at the end of the transfer window.

That means Nathan Redmond (£4.3m) should continue in attack, giving TFF managers an advanced option from midfield with the former-Norwich man being categorised as a midfielder in this season's game. 

Redmond is likely to be up against Arsenal's new centre-back Skhodran Mustafi (£4.2m). Having signed for £35m in the summer transfer window, the German international is likely to form a partnership with £4.5m rated Laurent Koscielny, with Hector Bellerin (£4.4m) and Nacho Monreal (£4.2m) completing the back four.

The Gunners shipped four in their only other home match this season but will fancy their chances against a side that has only scored twice in their opening three games.

Bournemouth v West Brom (15:00)

Eddie Howe's Bournemouth sit in 19th after a difficult start to the season but will hope the arrival of Jack Wilshere (£4.3m) from Arsenal will give them the spark they need in midfield. 

His introduction could also bring new life to £4.3m rated striker Benik Afobe, the pair coming through the Gunners' youth ranks together before they made their respective moves down south.

West Brom broke their record transfer fee to bring in Nacer Chadli (£4.0m) from Tottenham and the winger is likely to be thrown straight into the action as Tony Pulis' side continue their favourable run of fixtures. Following Bournemouth they have West Ham (H), Stoke (A) and Sunderland (A), which will encourage the Baggies who have already kept two clean sheets this season.

Allan Nyom (£2.8m) was another arrival over the summer from Watford and the natural right-back could provide competition for the regular back four of Gareth McAuley (£3.0m), Craig Dawson (£3.0m), Jonny Evans (£3.1m) and Jonas Olsson (£2.6m). Definitely one four TFF managers to keep an eye on.

Burnley v Hull (15:00)

These two sides were promoted from the Championship last season and have already picked up their first wins. Hull got theirs on the opening day against Premier League champions Leicester, while Burnley picked up a 2-0 win against Liverpool last time out at Turf Moor. 

The Clarets won the corresponding fixture 1-0 last season, with Sam Vokes (£4.0m) scoring the winner deep into the second half. He also scored for Wales in midweek and is expected to start in attack with £4.5m rated Andre Gray, despite the arrival of Patrick Bamford (£3.5m) from Chelsea in the window.

Jeff Hendrick (£3.3m) also arrived at the club and was another that scored for his country over the international break, so could be handed a start in the centre of midfield for Sean Dyche's side.

As for Hull, they signed Ryan Mason (£3.3m) from Tottenham for a club record £13m, re-uniting him with former Spurs teammates Jake Livermore (£3.1m), Tom Huddlestone (£3.1m) and Michael Dawson (£2.7m).

Robert Snodgrass (£3.6m) has enjoyed a flying start to the season and looks to be Hull's star player already. He's produced 17 TFF points so far via a goal and two key contributions and kept the momentum flowing with a hat-trick for Scotland in midweek as they trashed a poor Malta side 5-1.

Middlesbrough v Crystal Palace (15:00)

Aitor Karanka's Middlesbrough are already looking like a difficult team to beat this year and they're currently sat in 6th with a win and two draws to their name.

Of the three promoted sides, they arguably made the best signings over the summer, with Alvaro Negredo (£4.9m) impressing in 9% of TFF managers' teams. 

It's still unclear as to whether Brad Guzan (£2.7m) or Victor Valdes (£2.9m) will start in goal, and George Friend (£2.8m) will be hoping to return to defence having missed out against West Brom through injury.

Palace also signed well, bringing in Christian Benteke (£5.2m) from Liverpool and Loic Remy (£4.6m) from Chelsea. The latter worked with Alan Pardew at Newcastle and the pair will add necessary firepower to the Eagles' attack.

They now face three away matches in their next four fixtures - Boro (A), Stoke (H), Sunderland (A) and Everton (A), so will need to pick up points at the Riverside to improve on their current place of 17th.

Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur (15:00)

Stoke are rock bottom of the table having been thrashed 4-1 by Manchester City and then pipped 1-0 by Everton last time out. 

Mark Hughes reacted by bringing in striker Wilfried Bony (£5.4m) from City and defender Bruno Martins Indi (£3.1m) from Porto on deadline day. The pair could both be handed starts against Tottenham on the weekend but will be wary that they were beaten 4-0 by Pochettino's side in the corresponding fixture last season. 

Harry Kane (£6.8m) and Dele Alli (£5.0m) both scored twice that day, but the pair have struggled to hit the ground running so far. That hasn't deterred the 16% and 9% of managers that have kept faith with their selections respectively, and both should keep their place in Pochettino's XI.

Moussa Sissoko (£4.5m) arrived from Newcastle for £30m and he could be handed a start in place of Erik Lamela (£4.9m). The Argentinian has been Spurs' best player in TFF 16/17 but that may not be enough to keep his place in the team. 

George-Kevin N'Koudou (£4.0m) and Pau Lopez (£2.7m) were also brought in but are unlikely to feature with Christian Eriksen (£5.2m) and Hugo Lloris (£3.7m) preferred - the Spurs captain returning from the injury sustained on the opening day.

One player that will be missing is £4.1m rated Danny Rose. The defender picked up an injury while on international duty with injury so Ben Davies (£3.3m) should come in in his absence.

West Ham United v Watford (15:00)

West Ham have been flying slightly under the radar this season having faced difficult away matches to both Chelsea and Manchester City in the first three weeks. Sandwiched between those defeats was 1-0 win against Bournemouth, with Michail Antonio (£4.3m) heading in the winner just five minutes from time.

The move from Upton Park to the Olympic Stadium means a brand new stadium for Watford to visit and Walter Mazzarri's side will be forgiven for losing to Chelsea and Arsenal in their last two fixtures.

Roberto Pereyra's (£3.2m) move from Juventus to Watford has already paid dividends, the midfielder scoring on his debut against Arsenal last time out.

He could be set to face former teammate Simone Zaza (£5.0m), who also made the move to London to join West Ham on loan. 

Dimitri Payet (£5.3m) has made just one substitute appearance so far this campaign, and the 25% of TFF managers that have kept him in their side will be hoping the Hammers' playmaker starts picking up points this weekend.

Liverpool v Leicester City (17:30)

Saturday's late kick-off features two sides that have a win, draw and loss to their name after the first three weeks.

The champions' form has shown improvement, while Liverpool's has gone the other way, and a 2-1 win against Swansea last weekend will give the Foxes' plenty of confidence going into their match at Anfield.

The arrival of Islam Slimani (£4.9m) also raises question marks as to who will start in Claudio Ranieri's attack, with Jamie Vardy (£6.3m) seeming to have a place nailed down and Ahmed Musa (£4.7m), Shinji Okazaki (£4.6m) and Leonardo Ulloa (£4.6m) also fighting for the other.

TFF managers have similar problems predicting Liverpool's line-up. They have a wealth of options in attack with Daniel Sturridge (£6.5m) and Divock Origi (£5.5m) on the fringes with midfielder Roberto Firmino (£5.1m) preferred to head a false nine. 

Phillipe Coutinho (£5.3m) and Adam Lallana (£4.9m) should be nailed on starters though, the latter scoring the winner for England in midweek as Sam Allardyce got off to a winning start in Slovakia.


Swansea v Chelsea (16:00)

With Manchester United and Manchester City playing on Saturday, Chelsea could be the only team come Sunday with a 100% winning start. They've looked impressive in their opening three games under Antonio Conte and with no Champions League football this season, they could be set for another memorable league campaign. 

The Blues recorded back-to-back 2-1 wins over Watford and West Ham before their 3-0 win over Burnley, with Eden Hazard (£5.8m) and Diego Costa (£6.7m) in scintillating form, chalking up 38 TFF points between them.

The arrival of Marcos Alonso (£3.8m) from Fiorentina and return of David Luiz (£4.3m) from PSG has raised question marks over both Branislav Ivanovic (£4.3m) and Cesar Azpilicueta's (£4.3m) spots in the team, with Conte renowned for employing a 3-5-2 formation.

That formation could see Luiz (£4.3m) drop in at centre back with John Terry (£4.0m) and Gary Cahill (£4.1m). 

As for Swansea, Fernando Llorente (£4.9m) should continue in attack with Gylfi Sigurdsson (£4.6m) and Modou Barrow (£2.8m) providing support.

Stephen Kingsley (£2.4m) has played all three matches at left back for the Swans but Neil Taylor's (£3.1m) performance in midweek for Wales could see him re-installed to Francesco Guidolin's XI. 


Sunderland v Everton (20:00)

Sunderland manager David Moyes will face his former club Everton on Monday night as the Black Cats look to find their first win of the season. Ronald Koeman's Toffees are still unbeaten and currently occupy the fourth Champions League spot. They made strong additions to their squad over the summer with Maarten Stekelenburg (£2.5m), Ashley Williams (£3.5m), Yannick Bolasie (£4.3m) and Enner Valencia (£4.3m) all coming in.

Sunderland were also busy in the market, signing Papy Djilobodji (£3.1m), Donald Love (£2.6m), Javier Manquillo (£3.0m), Paddy McNair (£2.7m) and Jason Denayer (£2.8m) in defence, Adnan Januzaj (£3.8m), Steven Pienaar (£3.2m) and Didier N'Dong (£4.0m) in midfield, and Victor Anichebe (£3.4m) also arriving in attack.

TFF managers would be advised to wait until the teams are announced before making transfers specifically for this fixture. Remember, you can make transfers right up until the scheduled until kick-off time of 20:00. 

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