Just as all seemed to be going swimmingly for many managers, Fantasy Premier League reminded us of what a cruel beast it can be last week as the most transferred in player (Richarlison) was sent off. Luckily for Fantasy Football Edge followers he was not among our suggested buys. With a much lower average scoring week behind us it is time to turn our attentions to our first look game week 4 tips.
Theo Walcott looks to be taking the mantle of most transferred in player for GW4 from his Brazilian teammate with a suspension on the cards and he is closely followed by fellow GW3 scorers Lucas Moura and Mitrovic – with all three of these players having favourable gameweek 4 fixtures it provides a transfer headache for many and the potential for wildcards to be triggered. One word of warning if you are considering your wildcard this week though is that a long international break follows before we get to GW5 on September 15th so be mindful that a wildcard may actually be better played after this week in case of injuries.
Game Week 4 Tips
We take a look at this week’s top fixtures and the players that look set to provide the best returns.
Leicester Vs. Liverpool
Leicester have managed 2 wins from 3 without looking overly convincing so far this season and whilst they will happily take the points they have looked a far cry from his Liverpool side that has dominated their matches so far. The acquisition of their record breaking goalkeeper has really looked to sure things up defensively and this could well be another win to nil if they continue in the same vein.
It is likely that you already have the likes of Salah and either Firmino or Mane and that is a strategy that you should undoubtedly continue with – however it looks like Liverpool are going to provide plenty of clean sheets this season so opting for the assist king Robertson (£6.1m) or the cheaper set piece taker Alexander-Arnold (£5m) looks a good move.
For this game it is hard to see too much in favour of Leicester with their own £5.1m rated defender Pereira looking the best bet with two assists to his name already this season.
Brighton Vs. Fulham
Fulham finally got off the mark against Burnley last time out with an impressive display in which they scored 4 goals – two of which came from Mitrovic (£6.6m). Brighton themselves have had a mixed start and this game looks like another that will have a few goals in it. It’s tough to predict which way this will go and it could well be a score draw, but Mitrovic does look like one to side with and if you can squeeze him in to your side he could be a very astute buy.
He has previous Premier League experience and has some decent supply from the Fulham midfield – if playing your wildcard next week then he could be worth a punt but beware he does play Man City after the break.
Chelsea Vs. Bournemouth
Chelsea have looked impressive so far under their new manager as they have taken maximum points from all three games and with Eden Hazard now in the starting line up we have seen how much freedom he has been granted and he looks to be revelling in it. Pedro and Kante are the bargain players who are also looking a threat in this new look Chelsea side and it looks like one of that trio should probably make the team. We are still not 100% convinced by Morata but if he starts this weekend he may also be among the goals.
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Bournemouth themselves have also been impressive with 2 wins and a draw although this will be their sternest test to date. Callum Wilson is their leading points scorer having grabbed 2 goals and 3 assists in the first 3 games and will remain a threat. This does look however to have a solid Chelsea win written all over it and although Chelsea have conceded when tested they should have enough fire power to see off the Seasiders. 3-1 to Chelsea should be there or thereabouts.
Everton Vs. Huddersfield
Huddersfield did manage to scrape a point against Cardiff last time out but this will be a tough test against an unbeaten Everton side. Despite having played two games with 10 men, Everton are still unbeaten with two draws and a win. The win came at home and this should be more of the same despite not having Richarlison available.
Huddersfield and Everton both have/had the unwelcome distraction of the League Cup and whilst both will have fielded weakened sides it is the visitors that will be most damaged by it. Huddersfield lost 2-0 to Stoke and confidence will be low among their players.
Theo Walcott is the standout player in this fixture and with West Ham next in line it would be a shrewd move to put him in.
West Ham Vs. Wolves
Wolves were being written off in their last game at home to Man City but a solid 1-1 draw put some merit to their decent playing style that they had shown in previous games. West Ham on the other hand have looked hapless and you have to worry for Pellegrini if the Hammers suffer another blow in this fixture.
Goals should be coming in this game and Neves still looks a threat (coming close again with a thunderous drive last time) whilst Anderson looks the biggest danger for West Ham. If you have Jimenez as a cheap striker he is worth sticking with for this game as the East London side has conceded an average of 3 goals a game so far this season.
Man City Vs. Newcastle
Man City struggled to break down a resilient Wolves side last week but did come back from a goal down to keep their unbeaten record going. Newcastle on the other hand were damned by the media for having just 19% possession against Chelsea last weekend and you have to fear for them here. Newcastle will likely adopt a similar tactical approach but City will be chomping to blow them away following their draw last week.
Aguero scored a hat-trick last time he played at home and it is not beyond belief that he could do the same here but it is in midfield where most of the headaches come thanks to Pep’s rotation policy. Instead of focusing on midfield it is perhaps fair to say that Mendy is a must have player. At £6.3m he has played every minute of every game, has the potential for clean sheet points and is playing like an attacking winger rather than a wingback or fullback. He is racking up the bonus points and so much of City’s play is going through him. He could almost be a captain shout for game week 4!
Cardiff Vs. Arsenal
Cardiff have shown us their plan for survival this season. Stay solid and keep clean sheets. That plan has worked for 2 of their opening 3 games of the season but will probably come undone against Arsenal in game week 4. It was the unlikely duo of Monreal and Welbeck who scored the goals against West Ham but it is Aubameyang who remains the biggest threat. That being said, this may be the last chance for him to reward his patient FPL owners as he is not cheap at £11m.
This looks like being a frustrating affair for Arsenal and one that they will probably squeeze through by a tight margin.
Burnley Vs. Man Utd
Both of these sides are in a mini crisis with Burnley suffering uncharacteristic heavy defeats in their last two games (7 goals conceded) as their European exploits catch up with them. Man Utd on the other hand were perhaps a little unlucky against Spurs to come out with a 3-0 defeat but when you add that to the 3-2 defeat at Brighton this match suddenly becomes an absolute must win.
In truth, this looks like going only one way as Burnley face Olympiakos in their second leg Europa League qualifier on Thursday. It looks like Burnley will go out before their Euro adventure has started but that is probably a good thing for their Premier League focus – although Man Utd should reap the benefits in GW4. Avoid all defenders in this game and to be honest, it is probably best to keep a watching brief in general. If Lukaku can capitalise on Burnley here then he becomes an option again, but if he doesn’t then he should be dropped from your team.
Watford Vs. Spurs
This looks to be a fascinating encounter with both teams going well and scoring plenty. Spurs should have enough quality to come out on top but Watford keep surprising us – as does Roberto Pereyra (£6.2m) who now has 3 goals in 3 games – surely a Capoue type situation from last season – that cannot continue indefinitely! Lucas Moura on the other hand looks like he could finally have found his place in this Spurs side and with 2 goals at Old Trafford to add to his goal in GW2 he looks a steal. If you don’t have a Spurs midfielder or attacker then he is a great option.
Harry Kane has well and truly shaken the August jinx and will also be a threat of course. 3-1 win for Spurs we are going for.