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Perfect XI

AM's Perfect XI - Week 5

by Nik Argiropoulos
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Welcome to AM's Perfect XI - Week 5 player picks. This column focuses on Togga's Perfect XI game, which you can play via their IOS and Android app. Find the apps here and make sure you update regularly to take advantage of the constant enhancements: https://www.playtogga.com

In case you missed it we've set up a Rotoworld PL Private League where you can challenge myself and the rest of the RW PL team over the course of the season. To join it download the app and then click the below link from your device, or find us from the Featured Leagues tab:



Each week I provide a Perfect XI of my own for the upcoming gameweek, recommending 11 players to consider along with some honourable mentions. The players listed won't necessarily be the exact 11 selected for my own Perfect XI fantasy side. The point of this column isn't to tell you exactly who to pick; it's to present some ideas and get your brain whirring. I'll be listing a combination of the must-haves and slightly riskier options, alongside the odd hunch. Hopefully you'll find this useful whether you're playing Togga's game or looking at potential transfers for your official Fantasy Premier League team.


With the introduction done I would just like to apologise for recommending Adrian, James Collins and Alexis Sanchez in last week's column. All three men proved disastrous picks and impacted my own Perfect XI team. Thankfully I got things right with Curtis Davies, Laurent Koscielny, Leighton Baines, Sadio Mane, Robert Snodgrass and Romelu Lukaku, which helped AM FC to recover to 156 points for the week. I'm currently sitting 126th in the overall standings and 31st out of 800 teams in the Rotoworld Private League. After a poor start things are moving in the right direction.


Week 5 presents us with our second Friday evening Premier League fantasy deadline, with Chelsea hosting Liverpool at 8pm BST (British Summer Time) on Friday night. This means you need to have your fantasy side locked in early, although with Perfect XI you can swap out a player right up to one minute before their match kicks off and bring in an alternative player whose match is also yet to kick off. This flexibility will allow you to prevent the pain of a surprise benching or unreported last minute injury and a big fat zero. Ensure you keep your eyes on the RW PL Twitter account for line-ups one hour prior to matches.

Here are the Week 5 fixtures:

Chelsea v Liverpool


Hull v Arsenal
Leicester v Burnley
Man City v Bournemouth
West Brom v West Ham
Everton v Middlesbrough


Watford v Man Utd
Crystal Palace v Stoke
Southampton v Swansea
Tottenham v Sunderland

And here are my Week 5 picks ...

Claudio Bravo - Bravo had a couple of streaky moments in the Manchester derby - and probably should've been sent off - but he's City's number 1 for the foreseeable future and a home match against Bournemouth in Week 5 means the Chilean international cannot be ignored. Clean sheet claxon.


Honourable Mentions: Hugo Lloris at home to Sunderland, Maarten Stekelenburg at home to Middlesbrough


Kyle Walker - The top scoring defender in the Official FPL game and right up near the top of the PPG rating in Perfect XI, Kyle Walker has been magnificent for Spurs so far in both defence and attack. This attacking prowess was summed up best by his lung-busting run to assist Dele Alli for Tottenham's third goal at Stoke and his pace and direct running will be giving the Sunderland defender's nightmares prior to this weekend's clash.
Leighton Baines - Set piece taker, penalty taker, playing for an in-form team with an excellent clean sheet opportunity at home to a promoted side. What's not to like about Leighton Baines for Week 5? The answer is nothing.
Scott Dann - Crystal Palace host bottom side Stoke, with Mark Hughes side in disarray after three defeats in their opening four matches. The biggest problem for the Potters has been a lack of organisation in defence and so I'm tipping Eagles' captain Scott Dann to grab himself yet another goal from a set piece.
Gael Clichy - This pick is likely to surprise a number of our readers, but with Aleksandar Kolarov playing 90 minutes in City's postponed Champions League clash with Borussia Monchengladbach it should mean Gael Clichy gets a run out against Bournemouth - and the former Arsenal man will know he must put in a big performance if he's to win his place back. If I'm wrong and Kolarov is in the starting line-up then you can make a quick switch to A.K. or Nicolas Otamendi via the Perfect XI app.


Honourable Mentions: Curtis Davies at home to Arsenal, Antonio Valencia away at Watford, Laurent Koscielny away at Hull


Kevin De Bruyne - Simply world class. I'd actually forgotten exactly how good Kevin De Bruyne is because his injury problems in the second half of last season put him out of the picture but he offered a timely reminder in the Manchester derby as he took on the mantle of match-winner in the absence of Sergio Aguero. More of the same against Bournemouth please Kevin.
Riyad Mahrez - It's been a bit of a fall from grace for champions Leicester and Riyad Mahrez in particular in the Premier League so far this term but there is no doubting the quality the Algerian winger possesses. The Foxes find themselves with a winnable fixture at home to Burnley in Week 5 and I'm tipping Mahrez to be the star of the show after his two goal showing in the Champions League last night. And it looks like he's back on penalties.
Christian Eriksen - The signing of a new contract appears to have settled Christian Eriksen down after a couple of months of ineffective performances and he was outstanding in Week 4, assisting both of Son's goals and generally running the show. The Dane is taking free kicks around the box, most corners and faces Sunderland at home, so he'll definitely be in my Perfect XI team this week.
Andros Townsend - One of only a handful of players to emerge with any credit from Newcastle's final months in the Premier League last season, Andros Townsend earned himself a deserved move straight back to the top tier with Crystal Palace and has been performing well. The 24-year-old loves to run, loves to cross and especially loves to shoot - all fantasy point-earning actions in the PXI format - so he could be in for a bumper haul as the Eagles host struggling Stoke.

Honourable Mentions: Mesut Ozil away at Hull, Kevin Mirallas at home to Middlesbrough, Dimitri Payet away at West Brom, Nathan Redmond at home to Swansea


Harry Kane - A terrible European Championships and disappointing start to this campaign had the critics doubting Harry Kane's credentials once again, but the goal against Stoke will have boosted his confidence and a home game against rancid Sunderland, on penalty duty, makes him extremely tempting for Week 5. I'm going to put the sitter he missed against Monaco last night down to the Wembley curse. Feel free to disagree - there are plenty of great alternatives this week (see below).
Romelu Lukaku - Despite drawing blanks in the opening three weeks of the season I highlighted Romelu Lukaku in last week's column and he rewarded us with an 11 minute hat-trick at Sunderland. It's worth remembering the Belgian powerhouse is known to score in bursts and so a home game against Middlesbrough provides the perfect opportunity to continue his and Everton's impressive form.


Honourable Mentions: Kelechi Iheanacho at home to Bournemouth, Zlatan Ibrahimovic away at Watford, Jamie Vardy at home to Burnley, Christian Benteke at home to Stoke, Alexis Sanchez away at Hull


That's it for Week 5. Check out the Rotoworld Features page to see a whole bunch of great content to get you ready for the weekend ahead. Feel free to comment below to us know how you're getting on so far. And of course, good luck to all managers this week.

Nik Argiropoulos

Nik Argiropoulos is a London-based soccer writer for NBC Sports Edge and co-founder of Never Manage Alone. You can find him on Twitter @nikarg.