Hello, my name is Kieran (@FPLRatchet), and I’m back this week to present to you my top 5 Player Matchups for Gameweek 6 on Fanteam!
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- P. Bamford (LEE) vs. M. Rashford (MUN)
My first choice for this week’s Matchups is Marcus Rashford (MUN) at home to Chelsea.
Rashford looks in fine form in an otherwise slightly unconvincing United team, and with Anthony Martial suspended due to his dismissal against Spurs – Rashford is sure to be the starting striker and the focal point of attacks. He showed how effective he can be in this role just this week with a impressive burst of pace and expert finish to seal a 1-2 win over PSG in Tuesday evening’s Champions League Group Stage clash. With this in mind, I see no reason why he couldn’t return at least once against a Chelsea defence that looks like it hasn’t quite gelled just yet.
Bamford, on the other hand, I think has been slightly overrated in this clash in my opinion – as he faces Aston Villa away. This season’s form would suggest that Aston Villa’s defence is performing better than Chelsea’s at the moment, making this a very appealing Matchup for me this coming weekend.
- K. Havertz (CHE) vs. W. Zaha (CRY)
My next choice for this week’s Matchups is Wilfried Zaha (CRY) up against Fulham away from home.
This selection for me is a classic case of form and fixture both aligning in the favour of one selection. Whilst Havertz faces a Manchester United side fresh off an away victory against last season’s Champions League runners-up, Zaha is up against a Fulham side at the bottom of the league going into Gameweek 6.
The Ivorian has the form on his side too, with 4 goals in the league in his first 5 games, as well as penalty duty on his side – unless a return from injury for Patrick Van-Aanholt relieves him of that duty. Regardless, Zaha looks a real threat playing in the striker role, and whilst Havertz’ has class and is clearly very talented, he doesn’t quite seem to have 100% slotted into his role at Chelsea just yet.
- T. Werner (CHE) vs. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE)
My third selection is Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE), facing Southampton away.
Southampton’s defence has stuck out to me by eye as one of the most potentially vulnerable since the start of the season, and with Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl seemingly determined to persist with their high defensive line – they are in my opinion one of the top teams to target when facing high quality opposition such as Everton. This great fixture, combined with Calvert-Lewin’s frankly astonishing early season form, makes him a top class pick this week in my eyes.
This is not to say, however, that I expect Werner to blank. I actually quite fancy him for this fixture, but I really can’t ignore a striker in as good a form as Calvert-Lewin’s against a defence like Southampton’s.
- N. Maupay (BHA) vs. R. Jiménez (WOL)
My fourth pick this week is Neal Maupay at home to West Bromwich Albion.
Whilst Jiménez has a good fixture this week at home to Newcastle, Maupay has what’s probably the best fixture of the week in West Brom at home. Maupay has the form on his side, too, with 4 goals and 1 assist to his name in the league this season already. Brighton have looked generally impressive going forward so far this season in my opinion, with Wing-backs Solly March and Tariq Lamptey offering a threat down the wings that seems to be leading to Maupay getting higher quality chances than he usually would. The fact that Maupay has the yellow star to his name also means that he wins in the event of both players scoring equal points, making this a really great Matchup opportunity this week in my opinion.
- M. Pereira (WBA) vs. J. Maddison (LEI)
My final selection this week, is Matheus Pereira (WBA) facing Brighton away from home.
Pereira has looked to be a shining light in an otherwise creatively lacking West Brom side, his quality really can stand out at times, and he’s the type of player that can make something out of nothing. I imagine West Brom will need to keep him fit this season if they want to avoid the drop, as a majority of their attacks go through him, and he’s also on set piece duty for the Baggies. This means that if West Brom do score – Pereira’s chances of being involved are as high as anyone’s.
Maddison, on the other hand, faces an Arsenal side at The Emirates that have looked impressive defensively, and despite an outstanding long range effort in Gameweek 4, I believe that his lack of penalty-box action really stunts his potential as a fantasy asset. It feels like he is being deployed deeper and deeper by Brendan Rodgers the longer time goes on. This, combined with Pereira having the yellow star in this Matchup, makes him a really strong pick for Gameweek 6.