3 in, 3 Out for Fantasy Football: Gameweek 5

In: Patrick Bamford

Only Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah and Bruno Fernandes scored more than Patrick Bamford last season and the England international could be back in the goals this weekend.

Yet to win this season, Newcastle United have been in torrid form this year and currently boast the league’s worst defensive record.

The Magpies shipped four in the last game against Manchester United and expect Bamford to be on the prowl for goals when he takes to the St. James’ Park field on Friday night.

In: Jamie Vardy

It’s fair to say Leicester City have failed to live up to expectations so far this season, but with a generous run of fixtures between now and the end of September, it could be time for Jamie Vardy to shine.

A fantasy league linchpin in years gone by, the Leicester talisman has already bagged two goals this year and he has every chance of adding to his tally in the Foxes next three.

Vardy will be keen to find the back of the net when the 34-year-old comes up against Brighton & Hove Albion, Burnley, and Crystal Palace in the coming weeks.

In: Emmanuel Dennis

Grabbing the headlines in Watford’s first game back in the Premier League, Emmanuel Dennis bagged a goal and an assist in the Hornets’ opening day victory against Aston Villa. A cheap attacking option, it may be worth including the Nigerian international in your plans, given how the fixture list looks for Watford.

Xisco Muñoz’s side take on bottom-placed Norwich City in their next fixture, before hosting Newcastle in their final match of the month.

Out: Michail Antonio

Having started the 2021/22 season in fine form, life came crashing back down to earth for Michail Antonio last weekend, when the all-time Premier League top goal scorer for West Ham United was sent off in their goalless draw with Southampton.

With seven attacking returns so far this year, Antonio was establishing himself as one of the league’s most valuable assets, yet will now be forced to sit out the Hammers’ trip to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

Whilst it may only be a one-match ban, West Ham do face a tricky run of fixtures following Antonio’s return, with matches against Leeds United, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur on the horizon for David Moyes’ men.

Out: Tino Livramento

Tino Livramento has impressed during his short Southampton career, but the 18-year-old defender could be in for a long afternoon when his side travel to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s men have been in imperious form at home so far this season, netting five goals without return in their previous two. Norwich fell victim to the Blues’ potent attack, before 10-men Arsenal also suffered the same fate.

Livramento will no doubt prove to be a shrewd long-term pick, yet the sensible move would be to keep him away from your defence this weekend.

Out: Jorginho

After a bumper season that time out, Jorginho saw his price rocket ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, yet the Italian midfielder has failed to live up to his lofty price tag.

Having missed his last two penalties for Italy, including a failed spot-kick in the Euro 2020 final against England, it may be that Jorginho’s magic is beginning to wear off.

With Romelu Lukaku now in full flight after his Chelsea return, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Jorginho taken off penalty duty and with that his point-scoring possibilities would become almost non-existent.


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