2019/20 Premier League: GW6 Starting XI

Ahead of GW6 the decision was made to roll the FT, even with Mason Mount calling a flag, as Chelsea host Liverpool this weekend at Stamford Bridge. The Blues midfielder is still recovering from an ankle injury sustained in the Champions League game on Tuesday, in a 1-0 loss to Valencia. Earlier today Frank Lampard said, “He’s got a chance. We’re trying to get him moving today and it’s one I’ll have to call just before the game with another 24 hours in the bank.”

Planning this week without Mount, Norwich City’s, Todd Cantwell (+443k) gets the start and will double up with Teemu Pukki (+402k), as the Canaries travel to Turf Moor and Burnley. Expectations are high for both players as this player combination is owned by 21.4% of the top 1000 managers and just 11.2% across FPL. Mount will be missed, but given the match up, this could be a good thing, but Liverpool hasn’t been the same team we saw last season with Alisson sidelined due to injury.

STARTING XI THOUGHTS

The Cantwell substitution means I will roll out a 3-4-3 formation for the second week in anticipation of a good weekly returning. Coming off 57 points and a 125k green arrow last weekend, I am looking to keep the ball rolling. Cantwell joins Mo Salah, Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne in the midfielder. The big question, which of these premium midfielder should get the captain’s armband? Last week, it was unexpected and frustrating to see KDB benched, as he was given the armband, only to come on and pick up 33 minutes for another captain fail. That gives me two captain returns in the first five weeks.

As it stands now, Sterling will get the captain’s armband as Man City travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford. Just a look at the history between these two clubs and you need to go back to 1989 as the last time Watford defeated City, 1-0 in League Division Two.

Recent history hasn’t been too kind to Watford, as City have scored 14 goals the last two seasons, the Hornets just three. Sterling has five goals in the last two games against the Hornets, picking up two goals in the FA Cup Final and three last time he visited Vicarage Road. Should make for a very strong captain candidate for GW6.

Up front, Tammy Abraham has a tough call against Liverpool, but this club hasn’t been the stalwarts they were last year defensively. The Chelsea man is in good form, coming off a hat trick and seven goals in their lasts three games. I suspect he walks away with some points this week, even if Chelsea takes a loss. All eyes will be on Pukki after his smash and grab last week against City. Was surprised to see 52k manager move off the Canaries front man, as he appears to be a season keeper. Finally Seb Haller, looked to be in form for a few weeks, but struggled last week with a no return. He’s on my short list to be replaced, but feel he deserves another week.

There are thoughts I could move off Haller and introduce Callum Wilson or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang next week, as I roll the FT this week. It would also cost me Mount, which  could be tough to swallow, as Chelsea come into a great run of fixtures. At the least, I look past Aubameyang and settle on Wilson. No matter what decision is rendered, I’ve got time to look it over before GW7.

Defensively, I can’t say I am expecting much. The “given” clean sheets seemingly get dirtied. I tab Oleksandr Zinchenko for a CS this week but Watford had 31 total shots last week, converting twice with 10 shots on target. I don’t expect that sort of shot output from the Golden Boys but I could also see City giving up a cheap, late goal. Depending on which Everton shows up to play against Sheffield United, I like their chances for a CS, they’ve secured two on the season, which makes them likely to come away with points. Man United is coming off their second CS last weekend. I missed out on Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s clean sheet points, as I benched him due to the flag. They face West Ham, as I own Haller, it’s really a toss up for me. I see goals for both teams at Old Trafford.

EXPECTATIONS

Starting at the back, I suspect Norwich stays in form, which means Nick Pope will concede at least two goals. Clean sheet potential from my defenders, I give the nod to Zinchenko and Keane. Expected points: 10-15

The midfield, unlike last year has been my strong point this season and I look for it to remain so this weekend. Expecting a goal from Salah, an assist from Cantwell and a combined two goals and assists from the City lads. Expected points: 35-40

Up front, all eyes are on Pukki to get it done against Burnley. Realistic, I feel all three of my forwards have good fixture and could come away with attacking returns. Only concern is with Haller and his alleged form. Expected Points: 25-30

Expected GW6 score will hopefully fall between 75-85 points this week, which SHOULD be enough for a second consecutive green arrow. Hopefully Sterling continues his success against Watford, as he will be the deciding factor this week and big ownership in the top 1k (61.6%). Good luck to all managers this week

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