The FPL Gameweek 4 Snapshot!

Hello fellow FPLers! @RichP_FPL here with the latest instalment of the FPL Snapshot! After what was a horrendous week of FPL for me (Wildcard team scoring less than 40 points!) we’re back to preview the upcoming gameweek matches and see if we can help you with any of your FPL questions!

As always, stats are courtesy of both Fantasy Football Hub and Fantasy Football Scout and the article focuses on:

  • Positional matchups, such as the wingers vs the fullbacks for FPL relevant players.
  • Fantasy Points Against and Player Form
  • Key stats, such as Shots, xG, xGC, Big Chances created by teams/conceded by teams
  • Saves, shots faced etc

Let’s dive in…

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

Goalkeepers:

Edouard Mendy (£5m) has been signed to bolster the goalkeeping position after some horror shows from Kepa (£5m), and he looked good in the League Cup game midweek. Chelsea come up against Crystal Palace this week, who were pretty well shackled by Everton, only getting 8 shots (5 in the box) all game with just 1 on target. Chelsea will have to cut out the individual errors however, if they want to keep a clean sheet after a horror show against West Brom. Vincente Guaita (£5m) has been in good form overall, despite saving 3 of the 5 shots on target faced against Everton in a 2-1 defeat. Chelsea are still creating plenty of chances though, and with 5 big chances and 18 shots on target so far, Guaita could be busy.

Defenders:

We’ll start again with Reece James (£5.1m) who, despite conceding 3 goals, still managed to come away with a bonus point in the 3-3 draw with West Brom. This is likely down to playing 6 key passes and creating a big chance. Constantly bombing down that right flank, he’s coming up against another early FPL Season darling in Tyrick Mitchell (£4.1m) who has been a lot less attacking, but is still doing a great job. Despite this defending, Palace have still conceded 32 crosses and 10 chances down that left flank, so Mitchell can definitely be got at. Going the other way, Chelsea have conceded 24 crosses and 8 chances down their right flank, (for reference, Sheffield United (SHU) are top with 44 crosses conceded and 18 chances conceded down that right flank) so only if James is caught out can I see Mitchell getting forward. James will need to be weary of Palace’s left sided midfielder, as both Jeffrey Schlupp (£5.5m) and Eberechi Eze (£6m) can both punish a team. Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.9m) could very well start at left back after Marcos Alonso (£6m) performance against West Brom. Azpi replaced him and got an assist in a 45 minute cameo to help Chelsea fight back from 3-0 down. Defensively, he comes up against Joel Ward (£4.5m) who doesn’t offer a lot of attacking threat but doesn’t make too many defensive mistakes either, ridiculous handball decision against Everton aside. If he is deployed on that left side, he will also come up against Andros Townsend (£6m) who has made a great start to the season.

Midfielders:

Mason Mount (£7m) was almost the forgotten man in FPL this pre-season with all of Chelsea’s new signings. He’s been pretty lively for The Blues, playing 90 mins in each game and has recorded 9 shots, (3 on target) 2 of which have been in the box, and scored one goal. Kai Havertz (£8.4m) got himself an assist in GW3 to follow up a League Cup hat-trick against Barnsley. His best position is number 10 but seeing Chelsea play with both Timo Werner (£9.4m) and Olivier Giroud (£6.9m) against Spurs in the League Cup Tuesday evening may mean he’s forced out wide, unless Werner plays on the left. Until Christian Pulisic (£8.3m) and Hakim Ziyech (£7.9m) are both back in the line up, we likely won’t see Chelsea at their best. Palace like to play with a double CDM pivot with James McCarthy (£4.5m) and James McArthur (£5.5m) and so it could be difficult to break them down through the middle. Palace have only conceded 5 chances through the middle so Chelsea might be better targeting the flanks. Both Wilfried Zaha (£7.2m) and Andros Townsend (£6m) have made great starts to their seasons, with 4 goals and 2 assists between them. Zaha as an OOP striker has had 7 of his 8 shots in the box, with 3 on target. As a midfielder in FPL and at his price point, he is a good option. Townsend is going under the radar a little bit. He is 2nd for Big Chances Created and has been a real threat down Palace’s right flank. The joy he gets this week is subject to if he’s up against Alonso or Azpilicueta for me.

Forwards:

Timo Werner (£9.4m) and Olivier Giroud (£6.9m) both started in the League Cup defeat to Spurs, and Werner got his first goal for Chelsea. He is a confidence player and scored in bursts when playing in Germany so this could be the start of a run of goals for him. He was suffering from cramp after the game however, so listen out for any injury news ahead of the Palace game. He’s also been a major casualty of Chelsea’s slow start to the season with over half a million transfers out this week. Jordan Ayew (£5.9m) has had a quiet start to the season, and didn’t register a shot against Everton. Chelsea are 4th for chances conceded centrally however, so he may find some opportunities in this game.

Everton vs Brighton

Jordan Pickford (£5m) may be in for a busy day at the office this week, as Brighton are joint 3rd for Big Chances with 9. They have had a great start to the season and been unlucky to lose 2 of their 3 games. Mat Ryan (£4.5m) could also be in for a busy day as Everton have also had 9 Big Chances. Everton have conceded 3 Big Chances and Brighton have conceded 4. Looking deeper into these stats both teams are similar across the board, so I’m looking forward to an entertaining game.

Defenders:

Seamus Coleman (£5m) has played 2 key passes and created 1 Big Chance, which led to an assist against Crystal Palace. Whilst he’s not as likely to generate attacking returns as Lucas Digne (£6.1m), Coleman provides good value in my opinion. Coleman will be attacking the side of Solly March (£5m) who has been playing as a wing back. Coleman could well find joy, especially when you see his average position on the pitch below:

Heat map courtesy of Fantasy Football Scout

Digne could also find joy given how high Tariq Lamptey (£4.6m) played (number 2). This could be a great battle of the wing backs. Brighton have conceded 8 chances on their right flank, but only 2 on their left flank. Seeing how advanced March has been, I’d expect him to get caught out in this game. Everton have conceded 5 chances on their left and 7 on their right, which is low overall, but I can’t help but think both teams will attack this game.

Midfielders:

Leandro Trossard (£6m) was incredibly unlucky in the game against Man United, hitting the woodwork numerous times. We highlighted in the previous article how dangerous he can be centrally and he showed that. He’s played 7 Key Passes and created 2 big chances already, to go with his 1 goal. Solly March (£5m) has had 6 shots (5 in the box) with 1 on target from his 2 Big Chances. Given how high up he plays, he could be a decent budget enabler in your midfield. James Rodriguez (£7.7m) has played 10 Key Passes and created 3 Big Chances. He has looked class in each appearance, but could sometimes “Assist the assister” potentially limiting his appeal. Brighton have conceded 8 chances centrally, so will need to restrict the space he gets, although that is easier said than done. It’s worth noting that Allan (£5.5m) was injured in the League Cup game against West Ham, so Everton may be a bit easier to break through centrally.

Forwards:

After another Hat-Trick in the League Cup, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.4m) now has 8 goals in 5 games. He is red hot right now and could give Brighton a torrid time. Of all Forwards, he is top for shots on target (7), shots in the box (12) and Big Chances (5). Richarlison (£8m) has also got off to a good start, scoring 1 goal and getting 3 assists. As he is playing out wide, assists have clearly been where he’s been most productive. However, as per the Palace game, he is on Penalties. Brighton have only conceded 11 FPL points to Forwards so far however. Neal Maupay (£6.5m) has made a great start himself, with 5 shots on target from his 9. He is also on Penalties, and at his price point is great value. To date Everton have only conceded 8 FPL points to Forwards, so their defensive resolve will need to stay sharp this weekend.

Leeds vs Man City

Goalkeepers:

Illan Meslier (£4.5m) had a great game against Sheffield United (SHU) after saving all 4 shots on target faced. I think it will be much more difficult to keep this up against a Powerhouse in Manchester City though. Leeds have conceded 50 shots already (16 on target) and so I can’t see much hope for Meslier this week. Ederson (£6m) had a surprisingly difficult afternoon against Leicester, primarily due to his defenders giving penalties away. All of Leicester’s shots were on target and 5 of them were goals. Whilst I don’t see Leeds scoring 5, the way they play makes me think they will definitely score against City, but they will be on the end of a big defeat.

Defenders:

Luke Ayling (£4.5m) and Stuart Dallas (£4.5m) continue to look like decent value. This gameweek saw Dallas play in Midfield and he looked sharp, with all 3 of his shots being on target, having a Big Chance and also playing a key pass. Bielsa likes to play with an extra man subject to opposition’s Forward formation, so with City only playing 1 Forward, they could revert to a back 4. Ayling and Dallas will come up against Benjamin Mendy (£6m) and Kyle Walker (£6m) who haven’t been overly convincing yet. Walker gave away a penalty against Leicester where he really shouldn’t have, and Mendy got caught out by Castagne for one of Leicester’s goals. The thing with City though is that they can turn it on whenever they like, and with Leeds having conceded 8 big chances already, this could be a high scoring game.

Midfielders:

I think we are all expecting a huge bounce back from Kevin de Bruyne (£11.6m), Raheem Sterling (£11.5m) and Phil Foden (£6.6m) after their dud against Leicester. This is a prime game for City’s big assets to deliver, and after Sterling got 2 goals and an assist in the League Cup game against Burnley, he could be on for a haul. De Bruyne is a safe captaincy option this week, but Sterling could be an explosive differential. Only West Brom have conceded more Big Chances than Leeds, so this could get out of hand pretty quickly. Foden registered 0 shots against Leicester, but was rested for the League Cup, so you’d assume he starts as well. Riyad Mahrez (£8.4m) got a goal and an assist against Leicester, and with City’s “Injury Crisis” he could be in line for another start, despite playing 90 minutes in the League Cup. With Jack Harrison (£5.5m) being ineligible against his parent club, Helder Costa (£5.6m) catches my eye. All 3 of his shots have been in the box and on target, and he’s looked a real danger-man for Leeds.

Forwards:

Patrick Bamford (£5.8m) has 3 goals in 3 games, despite having a terrible record last year. He is certainly a man in form and 6 of his 7 shots have been in the box. Whether or not he can continue this remains to be seen, but with City being a bit suspect last week, he could well get a goal.

Source: goal.com

Newcastle vs Burnley

Goalkeepers:

Karl Darlow (£5m) had a sensational game against Spurs, saving 11 of the 12 shots on target he faced! Coming up against Burnley, you wouldn’t bet against him doing well again. Nick Pope (£5.5m) has saved 3 of the 7 shots on target he’s faced and comes up against Newcastle, who are bottom for Shots On Target. A 0-0 wouldn’t surprise me here.

Defenders:

Jamal Lewis (£4.5m) has made 3 key passes but thats about it in terms of attacking threat from Newcastle Defenders. Since they beat West Ham they’ve not done much at all. With Matt Ritchie (£5m) out, Lewis should get the start down their left side, coming up against Phil Bardsley (£4.5m). Burnley aren’t giving up a lot of chances on either flank, or through the middle truth be told, so I’m not sure Newcastle will be able to break them down, especially now that James Tarkowski (£5m) is back. Bardsley himself has had 3 shots (1 in the box) and Newcastle have conceded 11 chances down that flank, so he might be able to find some joy. Charlie Taylor (£4.5m) had an assist and a great shot on target denied by Schmeichel of Leicester in their 4-2 defeat, so may offer some attacking threat himself.

Midfielders:

Not a lot to chat about here. Dwight McNeil (£6m) is probably pick of the bunch, with Ashley Westwood (£5.5m) running him a close second. McNeil operates on Burnley’s left side (Newcastle’s right side) and Newcastle have been ok defensively that side. In respect to Newcastle, none of their assets are wowing me right now. Jonjo Shelvey (£5.5m) has had 6 shots but none on target, although he did get a goal against Newport in the League Cup. Ryan Fraser (£5.9m) started in the League Cup, and if he’s fit to start, will likely start on their right hand side. He may find some joy against Charlie Taylor here but we’d need to see a much improved Newcastle performance first.

Forwards:

Chris Wood (£6.5m) has made a lively start to the season with 4 shots (all in the box), 3 on target and 2 Big chances. 1 goal so far, and he’s coming up against a Newcastle team who have given up a league high 15 chances in the central area and 3rd most shots in the box conceded. If Wood can dominate the Newcastle centre backs he could do well here. Callum Wilson (£6.4m) has 2 goals in 3 league games for Newcastle. He has also received 2 bonus points twice in 2 of his 3 games as well, so his price drop was a strange one. With Tarkowski back for Burnley, he might find chances hard to come by this week though. Burnley have only conceded 4 chances though the centre (Liverpool have conceded the least on 3) and only conceded 2 big chances total.

Leicester vs West Ham

Goalkeepers:

Kasper Schmeichel (£5.5m) has had an ok start to the season. He’s saved 7 of the 11 shots on target faced and does have some first choice defenders out as well. West Ham appear to have a new system in place now, and after a 4-0 win over Wolves last week, will be full of confidence going into this game. Whether or not they set up to play the same way this time is another story. Lukasz Fabianski (£5m) has only faced 7 shots on target in 3 games, saving 4. The fact that West Ham managed to nullify Wolves almost completely is a huge credit to the Hammers and I look forward to seeing how they can cope with the likes of Maddison, Barnes and Vardy etc.

Defenders:

James Justin (£4.7m) and Timothy Castagne (£5.7m) have both showed they can be viable FPL assets, and Castagne especially is doing well. 3 assists and a goal in his opening 3 games is a fantastic return. West Ham have only conceded 6 chances on their left flank, but Castagne is in such great form he could still get success. He’s coming up against Arthur Masuaku (£4.5m) who played 4 key passes and created an assist against Wolves. I’d expect West Ham to roll out the same system again, so Castagne could end up being pinned back with Masuaku threatening to get forward. West Ham have conceded 12 chances down their right flank however, so the Justin vs Ben Johnson (£4m) battle on West Ham’s right flank might be an easier target. With Ryan Fredericks (£4.5m) predicted to be out until after the international break, Johnson could get a game, but we don’t know for sure. Note: West Ham have signed Vladimir Coufal from Slavic Prague, so he may come straight into the line up.

Midfielders:

We’re going to start with Tomas Soucek (£5m). Top for all midfielders £6.5m and under for shots (10) and shots in the box (7), he is looking good value for an enabler spot. Leicester are middle of the road for shots in the box conceded, but with his height as well, Soucek is a dual threat asset. Harvey Barnes (£7m) continues to impress, despite a quiet outing against Man City. As mentioned above, West Ham’s right flank is worth targeting this week, which is where Barnes plays. He could be a nice option this week. Jarrod Bowen (£6.3m) finally got off the mark with a brace against Wolves and his average position indicates he was only slightly further back than Michail Antonio (£6.3m). James Maddison (£7m) came back from injury with a bang, scoring a worldie and getting an assist in a 21 minute cameo against Man City. Now that he’s back and Leicester have another outlet, this could spell bad news for West Ham. Saying that, West Ham have only conceded 3 Big Chances all season, so Leicester will have to work hard to break them down.

Forwards:

Jamie Vardy (£10m) has 5 goals this season, albeit 4 of those have been penalties. This means his non penalty xG is 0.48. I understand the reasoning behind bringing him in for fixtures against West Ham and Villa, but neither have been conceding many chances, so this might not be as straight forward as you’d think. He’s currently managing a hip injury but he’s expected to be fit. Michail Antonio (£6.3m) has looked sharp for West Ham, with 12 shots (9 in the box), 3 Big Chances and 1 goal. Leicester have conceded 4 goals in 3 games, so they can be broke down, and with 9 chances conceded centrally, Antonio could get himself a goal.

Source: iNews.co.uk

Southampton vs West Brom

Goalkeepers:

Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) did exactly what I expected him to do after I sold him on my Wildcard: he got a clean sheet. Southampton looked pretty porous in the first 2 games, and they tightened up defensively to try and keep Burnley out. It worked, as Burnley were restricted to 2 shots on target. Sam Johnstone (£4.5m) only conceded 5 shots on target to Chelsea, but conceded 3 goals, after West Brom were 3-0 up. They have now conceded the most shots, shots in the box and shots on target. It could be another busy day for Johnstone.

Defenders:

Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.5m) and Ryan Bertrand (£5m) offered some attacking threat once again, but on the whole this was a much better performance defensively from The Saints. Below’s heatmaps show how much deeper they played against Burnley:

West Brom have conceded 15 chances down their right flank, so this could be a Bertrand game. I don’t think there are any West Brom FPL Assets in defence unfortunately, so we will move on.

Midfielders:

We’ve not seen a lot of spark from the Southampton midfield yet. James Ward-Prowse (£5.9m) is probably the most likely to return so far, with 5 shots (3 on target) in the opening 3 games. Stuart Armstrong (£5.5m) hasn’t done anything particularly exciting yet either. This could be the game to start their respective seasons off though, as West Brom have conceded the 4th most FPL points to Midfielders so far. On the other side, Matheus Pereira (£6m) has looked impressive in his opening 3 games. A goal and 2 assists coupled with 4 key passes make him the Midfielder to own if you’re after a West Brom asset. Grady Diangana (£5.5m) has also looked good, and if Southampton are going to revert back to that high pressing defensive line, that could mean Diangana and Pereira get the sort of space in behind they could thrive off of.

Forwards:

Danny Ings (£8.4m) has 3 goals in 3 games but has dropped £0.1 in price. He now faces the team giving up the most shots, shots in the box and shots on target. They have also conceded the most FPL points to Forwards with 52, 15 points more than 2nd places Spurs on 37! Both Ings and Che Adams (£5.9m) look like great FPL starts this week, with Ings an outside captaincy option. Callum Robinson (£5.5m) got himself 2 goals and 3 bonus points against Chelsea, which could spark West Brom into life. Only Fulham, Leeds and West Brom have conceded more Big Chances than Southampton, so dependant on how they set up, he could well get on the scoresheet again.

Arsenal vs Sheffield United

Goalkeepers:

Bernd Leno (£5m) is continuing where he left off last season. In a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, he still walked away with a Save Point (5 saves) and a Bonus Point. Leno is a fine option again this week, coming up against a team who have only had 7 shots on target in 3 games in SHU. Only Newcastle have had less. SHU xG is 3.06 yet they’ve scored no goals. Aaron Ramsdale (£5m) has saved 10 of the 14 shots on target he’s faced, with 7 of those against a rampant Leeds side. Ramsdale walked away with 4 points this week, 2 of which were save points. He comes up against an Arsenal side that have yet to blank, despite only having 24 shots over their opening 3 games. SHU have some defensive issues though, so this could be a tricky game for The Blades. Only Leeds, Newcastle and West Brom have conceded more shots.

Defenders:

In terms of FPL assets, the key players to look at here are the Wing/Full backs. Starting with Arsenal, Kieran Tierney (£5.4m) and Hector Bellerin (£5m) haven’t really provided much concrete evidence of attacking returns. Granted Tierney missed the West Ham game, but Bellerin only really impressed against Fulham. Tierney may find joy against SHU though, as to date they’ve conceded the most chances down their right flank. Bellerin could also profit, as only Leeds have conceded more chances down the left flank. SHU have also conceded the most FPL points to Defenders, in part due to not scoring a goal yet. Arsenal aren’t far behind SHU for chances conceded on the left flank, so this could mean George Baldock (£5.4m) gets some joy. His average position against Leeds was basically the half way line, so we could see a lot of open play that side. Enda Stevens (£5.4m) also likes to get forward, so this could be another battle of attacking wing backs.

Midfielders:

Only really John Lundstram (£5.4m) and Oliver Burke (£4.5m) worth mentioning for SHU here really. Lundstram has had 4 shots (3 in the box), 2 on target and 2 Big Chances, but 0 goals. At his price point, I don’t see him as an option just yet, although 7 key passes might mean people start to take notice if his team mates can start finishing their chances. Burke, on the other hand, is playing as a Forward when he plays and at £4.5m is the perfect enabler. Both Pepe (£7.8m) and Willian (£8m) are either not getting the game time (Pepe) or have gone quiet since GW1 (Willian). As such, I don’t want to spend loads of time on them. If I had to pick one it would be Willian, who could get some joy against SHU. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.9m) is the key midfielder here. With O’Connell missing at the back, SHU are defensively depleted, despite the return of John Egan from suspension.

Forwards:

We could talk about SHU Forwards here, but the brutal reality is that you’re not considering them for your FPL team. So let’s move on. Alexandre Lacazette (£8.5m) has quietly gone about his business, scoring 3 goals in 3 games. Only Leeds and Newcastle have conceded more chances centrally than SHU, and that is where Lacazette does all of his work. While you may not be thinking about him for FPL right now, another goal here might well change your mind.

Wolves vs Fulham

Rui Patricio (£5.5m) probably didn’t expect to concede 4 goals away to West Ham, and still managed to save 4 shots in the match, meaning he registered 1 FPL point. Only Burnley and West Brom have had less big chances than Fulham this season, but with a Forward like Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6m) Fulham could always get a goal. Alphonse Areola (£4.5m) has conceded 7 goals in 2 games, saving only 5 shots of 12 on target faced. Fulham already look like a beaten team a lot of the time, so they will need something special to keep Wolves out.

Defenders:

I don’t think any of us are looking at Fulham defenders as viable FPL assets, so I’m going to skip them. Wolves however, do have some options. Nelson Semedo (£5.5) has been bought in to replace Matt Doherty and already looks to fit the mould, with his heatmap showing his main positions around the halfway line. He looks to bomb on and create where possible, and he is sure to cause Fulham problems. We saw the ugly side of Romain Saiss (£5.1m) against West Ham, but Wolves as a whole were poor. Only Newcastle and West Brom have conceded more chances than Fulham from set pieces, so Saiss could be back on the scoresheet this weekend.

Midfielders:

Again, I don’t feel that any of us are looking at Fulham midfielders for our FPL assets, so I won’t take a look at them. Adama Traore (£6.5m) returned to the right wing against West Ham and was frequently the furthest player forward for Wolves. Fulham’s left flank looks to be the easier one to target of the 2, with 30 crosses conceded and 9 chances. Traore playing back in his favoured position could be ominous for Fulham. This also means a change of position for Daniel Podence (£5.6m), who is slated to take up the left wing role, relegating Pedro Neto (£5.5m) to the bench. Fulham have conceded the most FPL points in the league to midfielders, conceding 98 points in 3 games. I like to assume that Wolves will return to normality here and Fulham will have a tough time.

Forwards:

Raul Jiménez (£8.6m) has been a popular transfer in this week ahead of this game, mainly at the expense of Timo Werner. Jiménez is pretty reliable albeit not exactly explosive. Checking the shots heatmap of Aston Villa when playing Fulham, most of them were in the box between the penalty spot and the 5 yard box – exactly where Jiménez likes to hang out. Only West Brom and Newcastle have conceded more shots on target, so for me, he’s a fine captaincy option this week. Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6m) has had a reasonable start to the season with 2 goals in 3 games. Ironically Wolves have conceded the same amount of shots on target as Fulham (18) and so it might not be an easy clean sheet for Wolves. Only Harry Kane and DCL have had more shots on target than Mitrovic.

Man United vs Spurs

Only Fulham, Leeds and West Brom have conceded more Big Chances than Man United. It’s worth noting that United have played a game less than all 3 of those teams. David de Gea (£5.5m) has done as much as he can do on his own, saving 5 of the 10 shots on target he’s faced. Spurs are looking pretty good and have been unfortunate, especially against Newcastle. Against Newcastle alone, they had 23 shots, 15 of which were in the box, and 12 on target. They had an xG of 3.39 but only scored 1 goal. Spurs have had the most shots on target in the league (23), so De Gea will need to be at his best to keep Spurs out. Hugo Lloris (£5.5m) has saved 8 of the 12 shots on target he’s faced and was unlucky to miss out on a clean sheet in the Newcastle game, courtesy of a farcical handball decision. United have started to look a bit better and in open games could well hurt a team on the counter. Lloris and Spurs will need to be at their best to keep a clean sheet here.

Defenders:

Not a lot has been offered from an FPL point of view by Luke Shaw (£5m) or Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.4m) yet. Defensively they have also been a bit suspect, but it’s early days. I wouldn’t be bringing them into my team any time soon. In respect to Spurs, Matt Doherty (£5.9m) has created a Big Chance and made a couple of key passes, they haven’t amounted to much yet though. Their new signing Sergio Reguilon (£5.5m) looked very sharp in the League Cup game against Chelsea and now Spurs have attacking threat on both sides. Both teams are conceding more chances centrally than on the flanks however, so the creative midfielders could be the ones unlocking the opposition in this game.

Midfielders:

Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m) turned in a classic Bruno performance against Brighton, giving Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) an assist (more of a wonder goal from Rashford than a key assist) and then scoring a 1000th minute penalty to win the game and get max bonus points. That’s what you get with Bruno though, and being on penalties he’s a key FPL asset. Marcus Rashford did well in the Brighton game, and he could be a nice all-rounder going forward. Mason Greenwood (£7.4m) offers good value and can be as explosive as Rashford. Heung-Min Son (£9m) faces a late fitness test to be fit for this game, but has looked explosive in the last 2 games. 4 goals against Southampton and then he hit the woodwork and created a big chance in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle, before coming off at half-time with a suspected hamstring injury. If Son can’t make it, Steven Bergwijn (£7.2m) could replace him, but I wouldn’t consider him for my FPL team just yet. Lucas Moura (£6.9m) got the goal against Newcastle and has had a total of 5 shots (3 on target) in the first 3 games. Again, I wouldn’t consider him for my FPL team yet, so we will move on.

Forwards:

Let’s talk about Harry Kane (£10.5m). 12 shots (10 in the box), 7 on target, 8 key passes, 5 Big Chances Created, 1 goal, 5 assists. Is Kane becoming an all-rounder? I feel like he could be a key FPL asset in the coming weeks. Going back to something I mentioned earlier, only the promoted teams have conceded more Big Chances than United, and they’ve all played 3 games! Kane could feast here if United aren’t careful. At the other end of the spectrum (currently) is Anthony Martial (£8.9m). Martial has underwhelmed since the season started, with only 2 shots (none on target). Only Son and Timo Werner have had more transfers out ahead of GW4. I can’t recommend Martial as a FPL asset right now.

Source: the statesman.com

Aston Villa vs Liverpool

Goalkeepers:

Emi Martinez (£4.6m) kept another clean sheet against Fulham to make it 2 from 2. He has also saved all 3 shots on target that he’s faced. He faces a different challenge this week though, as the League Champions come to town. They’ve had the most shots with 61 (West Ham in second on 44) second most shots on target with 20 (Spurs have had 23) and most shots in the box with 39 (Everton are second with 20). Despite this, Villa have only conceded 1 Big Chance in their 2 games. Martinez will no doubt be a busy boy and will need to have a top game to keep Liverpool out. Alisson (£6m) has made a steady start to the season and has a good chance of a clean sheet here. Only Newcastle (3) have had less shots on target than Villa (7) and they will need to get creative to break Liverpool down.

Defenders:

I can see this being an intriguing battle on both flanks. For Villa, we have Matty Cash (£5m) and Matt Targett (£4.5m). Both love to get forward and Targett especially was a bit of a darling last year as a budget enabler creating plenty of chances. He hasn’t managed that yet, but Cash has had 2 shots and played 3 key passes. Liverpool are pretty much bottom of the pile for chances conceded on the flanks though, so they might not find much joy. Villa aren’t much above them to be fair, but this time they’re coming up against arguably the top Full Backs in the league in Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) and Andy Robertson (£7m). Both boys have produced already going forward and are pretty much fixture proof. Targett and Cash will need to be careful they don’t get caught out. Villa have only conceded 4 chances from Set Pieces so Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) may not get much freedom at corners. Special shoutout to Tyrone Mings (£5m) who has got a goal and an assist in Villa’s first 2 games. Whilst he may not be a viable FPL asset this week, he could be going forward.

Midfielders:

Mo Salah (£12.1m) tops both the shots column (17) and shots in the box column (13). A lot is said about his performances away from home but he can explode anywhere, so I don’t read too much into that. Sadio Mane (£11.9m) isn’t far behind Salah and, like Salah, also has 3 goals to his name. These guys don’t need me to explain how good they are, they show that week on week. Villa also have some great attacking talent, the obvious one being Jack Grealish (£7m). 6 shots (5 in the box) but just 1 on target for his one goal. John McGinn (£5.5m) is the one that’s impressed me. He was in great form against Fulham, with 2 assists helping him get 2 bonus points. He played 4 Key Passes and had 2 shots in that game as well. Going forward he could be a decent option at that price point. Villa have also signed Ross Barkley (£5.9m) on a season long loan deal, and that could make some of the Villa assets more attractive.

Forwards:

It pains me to say it, but Roberto Firmino (£9.4m) just isn’t an FPL asset right now. He’s a wonderful footballer, but there are limited routes to points for him as it stands. So I’ll leave that there. Ollie Watkins (£6m) has had 5 shots but none on target so far, and provided there are no individual mistakes from the Liverpool defenders, he might struggle to improve on that this week.

So there we have it guys! I hope you’ve found it useful as a snapshot of the upcoming gameweek! Thanks for reading, and may your arrows be green!

@RichP_FPL

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