Taking a two goal lead against Brighton last time out, Fulham once again did well in an attacking sense. Like every match this season however, they conceded, and have now done so nine times in their first four fixtures.
That paves the way for someone at Manchester City to get a large points haul. Topping the forward charts for both chances created and total shots, I’m backing the Argentine once again as my City player of choice, especially after a full rest over the international break.
Fulham are ranked fifth for total shots conceded so far and I’d expect them to try and take the game to City, rather than sitting back and soaking up pressure.
On the flip side, the hosts are topping most of the attacking charts and this game looks likely to be a similar result to City’s last home game, a 6-1 thrashing of Huddersfield.
£5.5m – Jimenez v Burnley (H)
However, with the added distraction of Europa League to contend with this season, they’ve seen themselves top of all the wrong charts in the early stages of the Premier League season, conceding the most shots so far this season.
Although they’re now out of Europe after being knocked out by Olympiakos, it may take Burnley some time to get back into the swing of things in the league.
Raul Jimenez has performed well for Wolves so far, but has only found the back of the net once. He can consider himself unlucky after hitting the woodwork once and with more shots than Harry Kane, and only a few less than the likes of Lukaku, we should see the goals come soon. What better way to really kick start his season than against a defensively unsound Burnley side.
£6.8m – Alonso v Cardiff (H)
It’s been agony for any FPL managers (like me) who haven’t had Marcos Alonso in their squads this season. The Spaniard has been averaging 11 points a game in the opening four matches and has caused upset for all non-owners.
It is very unlikely that the Chelsea defender will maintain this level of points per game over the course of the season, but with a fixture against Cardiff at Stamford Bridge to come this weekend, there’s every chance he’ll keep it up for at least one more week.
Unlike the aforementioned Fulham, the Welsh outfit do have more of a tendency to try and defend and have shown this with the low amount of shots conceded so far this season.
That being said, Chelsea will have too much about them to not score in this game and with Alonso taking up attacking positions, there is points in it for him at both ends of the pitch.
£6.2m – Wilson v Leicester (H)
Callum Wilson was considered a troll last season by FPL managers after not scoring in good run of fixtures after looking a highly promising option in attack. The same can’t be said this season.
He’s gotten off to an absolute flyer with two goals and three assists in his opening four fixtures. He has the highest amount of expected goals for all forwards and the most shots in the box.
He’s been a little lucky with the number of assists so far with only four chances created – winning penalties has helped. While his assists may regress a little, the goals are there for the taking and with a home fixture up next we could see his impressive form continue.
£5.6m – Ings v Brighton (H)
After spending the best part of three years sidelined it was great to see Danny Ings come back and get off to such a good start at Southampton.
An attacking output of two goals and no assists does not reflect the Englishman’s efforts at his new club, having had 14 shots and created seven chances in just 269 minutes.
Brighton have already conceded seven goals this season, and I’d expect the lack of clean sheets to continue in this fixture.
Ings has been fully rested over the international break and will see this fixture as a great way to improve on his goal tally for the season.