Fantasy Premier League Picks Matchweek 5: Ilkay Gundogan, William Saliba, Lewis Dunk and more

Ilkay Gundogan

After a bench press in Saturday’s comeback against Crystal Palace, there’s a good chance Gundogan will return to the starting line-up against a Nottingham Forest defense that looked leaky, despite conceding just five goals in four games.

Manchester City could easily score that many goals in one night and Gundogan would likely be involved as only Erling Haaland in Pep Guardiola’s squad has fired more shots per 90 minutes so far.

Wilhelm Saliba

Arsenal didn’t concede last time out and it was Saliba’s centre-back Gabriel who scored the winner, but both continue to look like solid defensive picks, not least thanks to their good scores on the bonus points system.

Saliba walked away with two bonuses against Fulham to take his tally to six for the season and his £4.7m asking price is excellent value. An offbeat Aston Villa visits the Emirates on Wednesday night.


Rodrigo, who retains his place in our selection despite following a move with a gap, is still worth considering. If you thought he was a good choice before playing at Brighton, he should still be ahead of a three-game run against Everton, Brentford and Forest.

Patrick Bamford is on the verge of a return and Luis Sinisterra awaits a first start in the wings, but recent comments from Jesse Marsch about Rodrigo’s importance as reserve captain and designated penalty taker ease our mild fears of rotation.

Lewis Dunk

Another central defender and, let’s be honest, not exactly the most exciting choice, but if you’re looking to move money out of defense to invest in some of the midfielders and forwards that are currently up and coming in the mid-range, you might do worse than going dunk .

Brighton’s underlying defensive numbers put them fourth best in the league after four games and that’s not a huge surprise considering how good they’ve been under Graham Potter in general. Dunk’s minutes are solid, making him a solid pick.

Pascal Gross

A cheaper alternative to Rodrigo. After his opening weekend brace against Manchester United, Groß returned to the goalscoring charts last time out against Leeds after receiving an assist in Matchweek 3.

The Brighton playmaker is now breathing down Rodrigo at the top of the midfield rankings but will give you a saving of £0.7m over his Leeds counterpart. Three goals from six shots feels a bit untenable, but as mentioned, the next few games are strong. Fantasy Premier League Picks Matchweek 5: Ilkay Gundogan, William Saliba, Lewis Dunk and more

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