Five talking points ahead of FPL Gameweek 5
The deadline for submitting your teams this week is 7pm on Friday as Chelsea take on Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in FNF.
A thrilling Gameweek 4 produced 34 goals, as well as host of talking points before GW5's Friday evening kick-off.
A man that should feature heavily in Chelsea's clash with Liverpool starts off the things to watch out for this gameweek:
Can Costa continue to avoid red?
Diego Costa is a man back in form but his nature remains the same as ever. The striker has picked up three yellow cards in Chelsea's first four fixtures. In the opening two gameweeks, Costa could easily have seen red - particularly in GW1 after an incredibly rash challenge on West Ham keeper Adrian.
The Brazilian-born striker netted two excellent goals away to Swansea on Sunday but possibly dived in an attempt to win a free-kick while Chelsea were 2-1 down. A second yellow was not produced and the Spain forward went on to rescue a point for Antonio Conte's side.
That's 3 of 4 league games in which Diego Costa should have been shown a red card (West Ham, Watford, Swansea) & has influenced the result.— Dave Phillips (@lovefutebol) September 11, 2016
Now up to £9.9m in FPL, the 27-year-old faces back-to-back fixtures against Liverpool and Arsenal. Jurgen Klopp has described the striker as world-class but it would be no surprise if the German instructs his centre-halfs to get under Costa's skin.
Klopp on Costa: He was nearly unstoppable against Swansea. He's strong.— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) September 14, 2016
If the Chelsea frontman comes through the Stamford Bridge tie, it will be another 90-minute sweat for owners during GW6 in what is always a fiery clash between the Gunners and the Blues. However, four goals and an assist in four games shows the huge upside of owning Costa.
West Ham means goals
West Ham looked magnificent going forward against Watford on Saturday but some shocking defensive calamities saw Slaven Bilic's side ship four goals after going 2-0 up.
While Hammers defender may be best avoided, Michail Antonio and Dimitri Payet showcased their skillsets with two (headed) goals and two assists, respectively.
Finally free of the restricting right-back berth, Antonio seems determined to ensure that he maintains his preferred right-wing position. Four goals in the last three fixtures has seen the England man's price rise to £7.1m, with another hike likely in the coming days.
Payet, meanwhile, did this:
That rabona cross from Payet 😍⚒ pic.twitter.com/76GKFxb0k8— Irons News (@IronsNews) September 10, 2016
FPL does not award extra points for rabona assists, though it definitely should.
While a nine-point haul for the Frenchman would usually mean a heap of transfers in, Antonio's showing has kept the £9.4m-priced playmaker out of teams for the time being.
Liverpool attack provides several options
For the second time this season, Liverpool put four goals past an opponent. After managing this feat in GW1 against Arsenal, the Reds went down 2-0 in a limp performance away to Burnley in GW2.
Liverpool desperately need to achieve consistency in the Premier League, while FPL managers need to figure out the most consistent attacking option among Jurgen Klopp's team for their squads.
The wheels have fallen off the Philippe Coutinho bandwagon after a third blank GW in a row for the Brazilian, who only made the bench for Liverpool's trouncing of Leicester.
If Lallana Mane & Firmino can link up like that for most of the season we are in for a treat but there is still massive issues at the back— Jonathan (@JCLFC94) September 10, 2016
A choice between Roberto Firmino (£8.4m), Sadio Mane (£8.9m) and Adam Lallana (£7.1m) may just come down to available funds - which brings us on to the player who can make or break the FPL budget.
The Aguero conundrum (again)
What to do about Sergio Aguero? Returning in GW6 from his three-match domestic ban as City play away to Swansea, the Argentine striker looks likely to slot straight back into Pep Guardiola's first XI.
The £13.0m outlay for the forward, who scored three times in the opening two gameweeks, presents an issue for FPL managers.
Hopefully, if you are bringing him back in, hopefully you have a plan that involves either a wildcard, no more than a -4 hit or preferably, two free transfers going into GW6.
However, with the likes of Christian Benteke, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Zlatan Ibrahimovic among the goals last weekend, as well as tempting options in the form of Wilfried Bony, Troy Deeney, Callum Wilson among many others, there are those thinking about going without the Man City hitman.
Certainly a viable tactic but it will require City cover elsewhere in the squad considering Guardiola's team are already the highest-scoring side in the division.
Jamie Vardy: Only Sergio Aguero (27) has scored more Premier League goals since the start of last season than Vardy (26) #LIVLEI— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) September 10, 2016
Another striker who put his name in the hat for our three man forward-lines and one who could rip up the potential Aguero template is Romelu Lukaku.
Lukaku throws his hat into the ring
Having not scored for his club since March, many felt it was only a matter of time before the big Belgian opened his account for the season.
Lukaku did it in style against David Moyes' Sunderland with an 11-minute hat-trick, after a first half which had FPL owners tearing their hair out as chances went abegging for the striker.
Everton play Middlesbrough (h), Bournemouth (a) and Crystal Palace (h) before facing City and Aguero at the Etihad in GW8. Such an enticing run of fixtures will have Lukaku gaining new owners by the hour but fitting him in alongside Ibrahimovic and Aguero would require serious squad surgery.
The Belgium frontman may just convince managers that an Aguero-less team can work if he plunders the points against Boro, having torn through Sunderland's defence.