After an entertaining third weekend and a boring international break, we have a look at the players who are primed for FPL glory in the fourth Gameweek.
Gameweek 4 Deadline: 10th Sept, 11:30 (16:00 IST)
Tom Heaton (Burnley)
Despite allowing three goals against Chelsea in Gameweek 3, Burnley have a solid defensive setup, with their skipper at the core. Heaton has really stepped up to the plate and put in some stellar performances so far this season. The England international looks at home in the Premier League and even if he concedes he is making a decent return on save points. A low scoring encounter looks likely against Hull City and if you have a look at the head-to-head between the two teams, Burnley have kept five clean sheets in the last seven games.
Arthur Masuaku (West Ham United)
With Aaron Cresswell sidelined until November, Masuaku was brought in as a cover and has done a relatively good job so far, with an assist and a clean sheet in three games. The Hammers have a great run of fixtures ahead of them, and some stars are returning from injuries which makes the young full-back a must have choice in defence. The Frenchman isn’t afraid of going on the overlap and will look to provide crosses for new man Simone Zaza.
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
Arsenal look very strong after the close of the transfer window with the arrival of Shkodran Mustafi. The World Cup winner with Germany will add experience to a defence which saw the likes of Calum Chambers and Rob Holding start for the first three games of the season. Southampton present an attacking threat, but the improved defence for the Gunners gives Bellerin a good chance to rack up the points.
Jack Wilshere (Bournemouth)
Wilshere at Arsenal was a no go, but Wilshere at Bournemouth is a must have. We all know what an injury risk he is, but under Eddie Howe, he’s set to be the main creative spark in a team filled with pace. He played as the attacking midfielder in their friendly with AC Milan last week and at £5.9m, he’s either your fourth or fifth midfielder. Not a bad option! He has a lot to prove and will be playing for a manager who believes in him and will allow him to express himself. He could well be the difference this weekend as the Cherries have a winnable game at West Brom.
Michail Antonio (West Ham United)
Antonio has primarily played as a right-back in the opening three games of the season, but has scored on both occasions when he has been pushed forward into a more attacking role. His stats might not seem special when compared with other high hitting midfielders but it’s worth noting that he has managed these stats whilst primarily playing as a defender. West Ham’s co-chairman has since confirmed that Antonio will no longer be fielded out of position at right-back.
The return to action of Dimitri Payet, in his first start of the season, against a Watford side who have conceded the most number of goals this season is perhaps a tempting option but Antonio’s home form wins it for me.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
After failing to return points in the opening two Gameweeks, Sanchez finally came through for his FPL owners last weekend, providing a goal, two assists and maximum bonus points in Arsenal’s comfortable win at Watford. And as we have come to learn over the past couple seasons, the Chilean tends to hit a patch of form and run with it for at least a few games. The first name on the team sheet this week? His fixtures are average in the short term with the likes of Southampton and Chelsea up soon but then improve massively with a run of Burnley, Swansea, Middlesbrough and Sunderland.
Diego Costa (Chelsea)
While Sergio Aguero and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have been hogging the headlines, the ‘Beast’ has been supremely efficient in the opening three games so far, With three goals already, Costa looks like the deadly forward of the 2014/15 season once more. Cheaper than Eden Hazard, and a guaranteed starter week in week out, Costa is in very good form. His record against Swansea is impressive and if you are willing to risk the Spaniard not picking up a red card this week, he’s the prime replacement for Kun.
With Aguero out of the question and Ibrahimovic up against a very strong Manchester City side, this Gameweek’s captaincy choice is a two-way tussle between Hazard and Sanchez.
Hazard has produced points in all three of his appearances under Antonio Conte and sits at the top of the FPL player standings. Next up for the Belgian is a trip to Swansea City. Sanchez, on the other hand, showed what he can do in Gameweek three. Southampton are yet to find their rhythm in the Premier League and Arsenal are coming into form.
Wth Hazard and Sanchez regarded as the main contenders for Arsenal and Chelsea, their respective team-mates, Costa and Mesut Ozil, remain under the radar. Both the found the net in the last Gameweek, with Costa continuing his fine domestic form during the international break. Everton’s Romelu Lukaku netted twice in the recent internationals and could be a real differencial option, while Payet could also be a viable armband altertanive against Watford.
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