Another Premier League and fantasy football weekend is over and out.
After Gameweek 5, it’s the two Manchester clubs who dominate the top of the table, with Newcastle up to fourth following their impressive run.
But it’s Everton who are in real trouble at the moment, while Crystal Palace remain rooted to the bottom without a single point or goal to their name.
So with all that in mind, what did we learn after this weekend’s action? And what tranfers do you need to make for your fantasy football team?
1 It might be worth keeping hold of your Everton players for the time being
Remember Gylfi Sigurdsson’s incredible 50 yard strike against Hajduk Split in the Europa League?
Believe it or not, but that was the last time Everton registered a goal.
Four consecutive defeats have followed against Chelsea, Tottenham, Atalanta and Manchester United, bringing about an aggregate score of 0-13.
It’s certainly looking bleak for Ronald Koeman’s expensively assembled squad.
What’s more, Dream Team managers were keen to pick Everton players at the start of the season, with nearly 19% of you continuing to stick Jordan Pickford in goal, while 17% and 12% have chosen defenders Michael Keane and Leighton Baines respectively.
The minus points are racking up and we certainly wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to transfer out any Everton players you have in your team.
But we reckon you should persevere, at least for another month.
That’s because the Toffee’s next five fixtures are fairly favourable; Sunderland are up next (in the Carabao Cup), then Bournemouth, Apollon (who?) and Burnley at home, followed by Brighton away.
If they don’t score some decent points in those games, then you’re very welcome to cut your losses.
2 We couldn’t get enough of Mario Lemina at the weekend
It has to be said that Southampton deserve plenty of praise for dispatching Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The Saints were up against a side keen to impress a new manager and even keener to get off the mark this season, but in the end Mauricio Pellegrino’s side went away from Selhurst Park with a solid 1-0 win.
And one player who particularly caught the eye was Mario Lemina.
The deep-lying midfielder, who joined Southampton from Italian giants Juventus this summer for a club-record £18 million, ran the show alongside Oriol Romeu and looked confident in possession and strong in the tackle.
The Gabon international endured a difficult spell with Juve last season, making just 8 starts for the club in Serie A with competition for places in the midfield extremely tough.
But at Southampton, he’s seemingly top dog and could be their key man this season.
A move to Liverpool next summer? You read it here first.
3 Jamaal Lascelles is rubbing shoulders with the best
Yes, we know.
Newcastle’s brilliant run won’t last forever, but we’re enjoying it all the same.
The Magpies are up to fourth in the table after winning three games on the bounce, proving that Rafa Benitez is indeed the genius we all thought he was.
The Spaniard was considerably unhappy over the summer with owner Mike Ashley’s refusal to cough up for new recruits, so it looks like he’s making do with the players he’s got, for now.
Defender and captain Jamaal Lascelles was the pick of the bunch on Saturday, leading his side from the back and notching his second goal of the campaign.
Impressively, Lascelles has raked up 29 points on Dream Team so far, putting him just above Sead Kolasinac and Eric Bailly in the points table.
4 Mohamed Salah continues to prove he’s the bargain buy of the season
You’ve probably read over a million articles, threads and tweets about how bad Liverpool are at the back.
And we concur; they are dire defensively.
What’s more, the game against Burnley at the weekend was vintage Liverpool, with the Reds enjoying over 70% possession and hitting 35 shots, but only coming away with a measly point.
That’s almost exactly the sort of rubbish we have to endure when we play Football Manager.
So let’s give you poor Liverpool fans something positive to talk about, yeah?
In particular, the form of new boy Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian notched the equaliser on Saturday to take his season goal tally to five and his goal involvement (goals and assists) per minute played to more than one every game.
That’s extremely impressive for a ‘flop from Chelsea’.
He’s currently third in our Dream Team points table (read below for who’s above him) despite still only costing just £4.6m on the game.
If you continue to overlook him for your Dream Team, then what are you even doing?
5 The season’s turning out to be a personal duel between Sergio Aguero and Romelu Lukaku
The Manchester clubs are doing pretty alright, aren’t they?
Man City and Man United are top of the table, with each on 13 points, four wins, one draw, no defeats, 16 goals scored and only two conceded.
And what’s frightening is that the pair are responsible for over 25% of the goals scored in the Premier League so far this season.
Can anyone feasibly challenge them this season?
The story’s similar at the top of the goal scorers chart, too.
Sergio Aguero and Romelu Lukaku each have five goals this season, with Aguero slightly ahead on assists with two, compared to Lukaku’s one.
It’s little surprise then that Lukaku currently tops the Dream Team points table with 57, while Aguero is just behind him with 56.
The smallest of margins are separating the two strikers, and if you have both in your Dream Team then you’re probably the envy of all of your friends.
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