Andy (@LetsTalk_FPL), an FFScout regular and Youtube streamer, takes us through five players who could excel ahead of GW4 in Fantasy Premier League.
£11m – Lukaku v Burnley (A)
I know what you’re thinking. Two losses in the first 3 games and you’re picking a Man United player, you must be crazy! A little, but hear me out.
Stats wise, Lukaku has had the same amount of shots as Kane this season and after a goal last time out against Lukaku’s United, the Englishman is suddenly starting to be considered by FPL managers. It is worth noting that Lukaku has played less minutes and costs £1.5m less.
From the eye test, Lukaku has probably been a little unlucky not to have already scored after a great chance against Leicester where he wasn’t long off the bench, and a really poor effort against Spurs with an open net to aim at.
A striker of Lukaku’s quality won’t keep missing those chances and the next game is against a Burnley side that have conceded 7 goals in their opening 3 games and have had another Europa League tie to play before the weekend against Olympiakos.
Man United and Jose Mourinho have to bounce back this week, and Lukaku will be the central player to get the ball rolling.
£11.2m – Aguero v Newcastle (H)
Although it doesn’t always mean a great deal, it is difficult to look past a player’s previous record against a single club when it’s as good as Sergio Aguero’s versus Newcastle.
The Argentinian has scored 11 goals and recorded 2 assists against Newcastle at home over the last 5 seasons – a truly incredible run.
It’s not like that record is the only thing that he’s got going for him. He’s playing in a team that only knows how to play attacking football and have already put six past Huddersfield at home, where he himself scored a hat trick and got an assist.
There is the very slight worry about how well Newcastle parked the bus against Chelsea in Gameweek 3, however if City can nick an early goal the floodgates could open….again.
£6.7m – Walcott v Huddersfield (H)
Walcott has become the key bandwagon choice for Gameweek 4 following Richarlison’s suspension. With a great run of fixtures over the next four gameweeks, starting with a home game against Huddersfield, it’s no wonder he’s already been transferred in by over 470,000 managers.
Although there’s several similarly priced midfielders with better stats, it’s worth noting that Walcott has had to play 100 minutes with his side down to 10 men in just 3 games. He’s also not far off Richarlison in terms of his stats, and up until the red card the Brazilian youngster was deemed almost essential.
With more of the attacking responsibility likely to fall on Walcott’s shoulders with the Richarlison out, and facing a team that has conceded the most shots so far this season, there’s definitely potential for a big haul in this one for the Englishman.
£6.9 – Groß v Fulham (H)
After watching Fulham during the start of the season, I’ve been impressed with how much they’ve wanted to attack and it was good to see them get their first win against Burnley in Gameweek 3.
That being said, all that attacking has come at a cost at the back where they’ve already conceded 7 goals.
It’s been difficult to assess Pascal Groß so far. He’s only played an average of 50 minutes per game in the opening 3 fixtures. With a home game like this though, Brighton will see it as one they can definitely earn three points from, and I’d be surprised if the German didn’t get a good amount of minutes under his belt. The attacking midfielder will be tasked with not only creating chances but also chipping in with goals and taking on the penalty duties will help with that.
After a fantastic season in 2017/18, I’m backing him to add to his goal tally of this season at the Amex.
£10.6m – Hazard v Bournemouth (H)
Like Aguero, Eden Hazard has a very good record against one club in particular: Bournemouth.
In his last five games against the Cherries, he’s scored five goals and with the way he’s started this season (three attacking returns in the opening three games), he looks very likely to increase that record even further.
He’s played limited minutes so far off the back of the World Cup where he was one of the standout players but even in that time he’s been the focal point of Chelsea’s attack whenever he’s played and has looked in great form.
After playing the full 90 against Newcastle he looks like he’s getting back to full match fitness. He’s also playing under a manager in Maurizio Sarri that wants to attack at every opportunity and Chelsea have already recorded the third highest amount of goal attempts this season.
He looks set to start, has penalties in his locker, and is the talisman for his club. He’s got everything needed to have a very successful Gameweek 4.