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Fantasy Football tips for Gameweek 5

Friday 15th September 2017
So, you've had five weeks of Premier League fantasy football and if, like most people, your team is struggling, you need improvements. Look no further - here are four players you NEED to add to your team this weekend.

Christian Eriksen

Spurs cast aside their Wembley hoodoo in emphatic fashion in midweek, dispatching of German giants Borussia Dortmund 3-1. Such a convincing win will give Tottenham renewed confidence at home and we might finally be about to see the Spurs side that was so dominant at home last season.

At £9.7 million, Eriksen costs a pretty penny. Yet with Paul Pogba's injury likely to affect a lot of teams, bringing in Eriksen would be a shrewd move.

Spurs face Swansea at home on Saturday and they should win this - comfortably, one might suggest given the Swans' form and Spurs' desire to translate home Champions League success into Premier League one. If there are goals, you can guarantee Eriksen will be involved somehow. This move will almost certainly bring some much-needed points to your disappointing fantasy football side.

Ahmed Hegazi

West Brom play West Ham in what is surely set to be a tight match. At home, the Baggies are a force and their defence is rarely breached. Tony Pulis' side is likely to keep a clean sheet against a misfiring Hammers.

Hegazi's height and aerial dominance also mean he's a goal-scoring defender and this game could be decided on a set-piece. Don't be surprised if Hegazi nets in this game and keeps a clean sheet; if you gamble on him, he might just reward you richly.

Christian Benteke

Now, this is a risky move. Yet it might just pay dividends. With Crystal Palace's clash against Southampton Roy Hodgson's first game in charge, the Eagles will be raring to go.

A new manager invariably means an improved performance - the 'manager bounce' is a well-documented phenomenon. Hodgson will undoubtedly revert to the philosophy that Palace has adhered to in recent years: direct football predicated on wide men whipping balls into the box.
Step in, Benteke. The Belgian should thrive under these conditions and with the added motivation of wanting to impress in front of the new manager, the big forward could be a wild card selection.

£7.8 million is not too hefty, either - if you fancy a Fantasy Football risk, here's your man.

Matt Ritchie

Newcastle United host Stoke City on the back of an impressive away win against Swansea. Stoke also visit St. James' Park following a laudable result, 2-2 against Manchester United.

This is a fixture both teams will certainly eye as 'winnable' and as such, both sides will be looking for three points. Whilst this is not likely to be a high-scoring affair, this game looks like it could produce some valuable points.

For Newcastle, Ritchie presents their most vibrant and creative threat. Two assists in his last two matches will have given the ex-Bournemouth man confidence and earmark the midfielder as a dangerous player.

£5.9 million is cheap as chips when it comes to a player of Ritchie's quality and guile. For me, if you have the funds, this is a no-brainer.

Goodluck with gameweek 5 and let us know how you faired. Also, don't forget to join the IRAIW Fantasy Football League!
Michael Jones

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