Fantasy Premier League gameweek 4 is the last round of fixtures before the international break, which will leave a couple of weeks to stew over the first month of FPL action.
If you’ve avoided the temptation to use your wildcard early, then the extra time away from the Premier League will test your resolve not to activate it after this gameweek. Indeed, a bad score will convince many to hit that button and rip up their teams.
In meantime there are important FPL decisions to be made, including who to captain and what transfers to make. Here we go.
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Who To Captain In GW4
Once again Manchester City have a plumb fixture in the Premier League, hosting Fulham in Eastlands this Saturday. The champions didn’t do a number on Sheffield United as expected, but they did put up some crazy stats nonetheless: they had the most shots (30), shots inside the box (20) and expected goals (3.45 xG) of any team at the weekend, according to Opta.
Provided Phil Foden is back to full health, Man City should run up the score on the Cottagers, who have conceded the most big chances (14) of any side after three gameweeks. Put the armband on Erling Haaland (£14m).
Who To Transfer In For GW4
The most transferred in player in FPL this week is Raheem Sterling (£7.1m), and we can’t argue too much with that. The Chelsea man impressed out wide in the opening two games, but against Luton Town he was a huge threat in the box. Two goals and an assist was a reminder of his Man City days when he would ransack defences.
Sterling currently boasts the sixth-best non-penalty expected goals (1.21 npxG) in the Premier League after three games, ahead of some of the most highly owned players in the game, such as Mohamed Salah, Bukayo Saka and Bruno Fernandes. They have a great run of fixtures up until mid-October, so it’s worth hopping on Chelsea right now.
Over at Tottenham, James Maddison (£7.7m) is still only owned by 17 percent of FPL managers. The former Leicester City playmaker scored his first goal for Spurs on Saturday to go with his two assists on the opening weekend. He’s fourth in the league for npxG (1.27), is on set pieces, and could be on penalties, although that remains to be seen. He’s got Burnley away and Sheffield United at home coming up, so now is the time to get on him before the fixtures turn.
Who To Transfer Out For GW4
If, like me, you’ve held onto Gabriel (£4.8m) this long, you’re probably kicking yourself for not jumping off earlier. The Arsenal centre-back has only made two substitute appearances for Arsenal and his price has already dropped twice. The noise around a potential departure won’t go away, despite Mikel Arteta’s repeated statements that he’s going nowhere. He’s still the fifth most-owned defender in FPL, but it’s time to bail. Switch to a Chelsea defender or transfer in Tottenham’s Destiny Udogie (£4.6m).
As impressive as João Pedro (£5.5m) was in the opening game against Luton, he’s started the last two games on the Brighton bench. Although his price is so appealing and he’s on penalties, we can’t afford to hold onto passengers with so many good options popping up. The likes of Yoane Wissa (£6.2m), Nicolas Jackson (£7.1m) and Julian Alvarez (£6.6m) are all looking like better picks.
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