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The Scout’s FPL Gameweek 5 Ones to watch

By The Scout 12 Sep 2023
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See the five players backed for big returns, including Aston Villa’s Moussa Diaby

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The Scout is tipping five players for big success in Gameweek 5 of Fantasy Premier League ahead of Saturday's 11:00 BST deadline.

Moussa Diaby (Aston Villa) £6.6m

The summer signing is Aston Villa’s top-scoring player over the first four Gameweeks in Fantasy on 24 points.

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Diaby scored on his debut against Newcastle United, following that up with a goal and an assist at Burnley in Gameweek 3.

A home match against Crystal Palace starts a favourite mid-term run of opponents that lifts the appeal of Villa’s key players.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), six of their next eight matches score just two.

Diaby’s nine shots and seven chances created are both just one fewer than Ollie Watkins (£8.0m), highlighting his appeal as a value route into Unai Emery’s attack.

Diaby's goal v Burnley

Serge Aurier (Nott'm Forest) £4.5m

A visit from Burnley lifts the Nottingham Forest defender’s potential at both ends of the pitch.

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Aurier supplied two assists in his previous home match against a promoted side, earning 10 points versus Sheffield United in Gameweek 2.

Forest, meanwhile, were far more reliable for clean sheets at the City Ground last season, claiming six of their eight shutouts in home matches.

Rasmus Hojlund (Man Utd) £7.0m

Manchester United’s new forward is braced for his home debut after making his first outing of 2023/24 as a substitute at Arsenal last time out.

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A how meeting with Brighton & Hove Albion immediately lifts Hojlund’s prospects, with the Seagulls yet to keep a clean sheet this season.

Despite their problems on the road, the Red Devils have won both their home matches so far, scoring four goals in the process.

An in-form Hojlund could prove particularly significant for Fantasy managers' forward lines, with Erik ten Hag’s side facing a kind run of upcoming opponents.

Six of their next nine matches score just two in the FDR.

Manor Solomon (Spurs) £5.3m

The Israeli made a big impression on his first start of the season for Tottenham Hotspur in Gameweek 4.

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Playing on the left, Solomon assisted two of Son Heung-min’s (£9.1m) three goals in a 5-2 win at Burnley.

Although he was limited to just 633 minutes while playing for Fulham last season, Solomon scored four goals. 

Indeed, his average of 158.3 minutes per goal ranked second among midfielders with more than three goals.

At a cost of just £5.3m, he could offer outstanding value in Fantasy if he retains a regular role under Ange Postecoglou.

Solomon's second assist v Burnley
Ben White (Arsenal) £5.5m

A trip to Everton can help the Arsenal defender collect more away points in Fantasy.

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White has kept a clean sheet in the Gunners’ only away match of the season, a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace in Gameweek 2.

His hosts, meanwhile, have scored only two goals in their four contests in 2023/24, blanking on three occasions.

White’s four key passes are more than twice the total of any other Arsenal defender, underlining his potential for attacking returns.

Also in this series

Part 1: FPL experts: What to do with Chelsea players?
Part 2: The Scout's FPL must-haves for Gameweek 5 onwards
Part 4: FPL long view: Target Villa, Liverpool and Luton for favourable fixtures
Part 5: FPL experts: Best club to invest in for next four Gameweeks
Part 6: The Scout’s FPL Gameweek 5 Differentials
Part 7: How return of European football brings threat of rotation in FPL
Part 8: Which FPL stars could be rested after international duties?
Part 9: Scout Selection: Best FPL team for Gameweek 5
Part 10: Son's change of role makes him captain contender in FPL

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