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Fantasy Football tips and advice: FPL Gameweek 4 transfer, captain selection and selection

25 Aug 2022 | 08:28

Well, Gameweek 3 is a quirky game.

The 57-point average on Gameweek 1 and Gameweek 2 dropped to 48, indicating that some of the major giants are not performing as expected.

Those are very early days, so even if the start is slow, there is plenty of time to recover. There is no need to drop certain players who have not yet provided points.


One of those who became the subject of discussion was Son Heung-min. Only Cristiano Ronaldo has fewer points than the Spurs man on a command fee of more than £10.0m – although that can be expected given the uncertainty at Old Trafford.

Son is still present in 16.1% of the teams but the figure is much lower than at the start of the campaign – many players are now looking for Kane when it comes to Tottenham’s fortune.

On the other hand, Rodrigo – one of our pre-season alternatives – currently owns 22.2%. This is up from 9.4% at this stage last week, and much higher than the lower 1.0% before a ball was kicked.

All the focus is now on Gameweek 4 and finding the players who can make a difference.

When is the deadline for FPL Gameweek 4?

The deadline for FPL Gameweek 4 is Saturday, August 27 at 11:00 BSTwith the first match kicking off at 12:30 BST.

How do FPL chips work?

  • Bench Boost: This calculates the scores of your benchers along with your starting XI – this can only be used once a season
  • Captain three: The captain earns 3x the points for that week – this can only be used once per season
  • Free hits: This allows for unlimited changes for just one game week. A team reverts back after this match has been played – this can only be used once per season

Who has the best schedule in Gameweek 4?

According to FPL’s Schedule Difficulty Ranking – the higher the number, the harder the match – the teams are divided as follows:

2: Arsenal (Fulham H), Brentford (Everton H), Brighton (Leeds H), Everton (Brentford A), Leeds (Brighton A), Liverpool (Bournemouth H), Manchester City (Crystal Palace A), Manchester United (Southampton A) , Newcastle (Wolves A), Tottenham (Nottingham Forest A), West Ham (Aston Villa A).

3: Aston Villa (West Ham H), Chelsea (Leicester H), Nottingham Forest (Tottenham H), Southampton (Manchester United H), Wolves (Newcastle H).

4: Fulham (Arsenal A), Leicester (Chelsea A).

5: Bournemouth (Liverpool A), Crystal Palace (Manchester City A).

Both LIVERPOOL and MANCHESTER CITY having enough furniture easily at home, which means that the big hitters usually want to earn a lot of points.

The Reds host Bournemouth, who – despite three points from their total – have produced 1.02 xG in their first three times. That includes a small 0.17 on City’s pitch.

Expect Mohamed Salah or Erling Haaland to dominate %s of the captaincy, but some may also look to Gabriel Jesus or others ARSENAL property when they host Fulham.

Nottingham Forest have one win and one draw but their base numbers are a concern. Wait TOTTENHAM become another famous group to target.

While being defeated by Fulham, BRENTFORD scored twice and they could prove to be a solidly different team when taking on a struggling Everton side.

What is the best money transfer for Gameweek 4?

We expect to see more wildcards used as we approach the end of August, with some players choosing to use it before Gameweek 4 now that teams are starting to look more stable.


When are the FPL wildcards?

  • Wildcard 1 – Gameweek 1 (season start) to Gameweek 16 (Saturday, November 12)
  • World Cup – Unofficial Wildcard: Unlimited changes allowed after Gameweek 16 starts and before Gameweek 17
  • Wildcard 2 – Gameweek 17 (Monday, December 26) to Gameweek 38 (seasonal end)

When it comes to wildcard changes, it’s always important to plan ahead instead of just looking at the next Gameweek. A player can have an easy home game in GW4 but that can easily entail a series of tough competitions.

That greatly reduces the likelihood of points being returned, thus wasting a spot on the team that could have been used elsewhere.

There is no problem with keeping a player based on high ownership rates elsewhere. Think Gabriel Jesus. At least you’re matching the majority of players while hoping that the difference can be as low as a %.

For those looking to make the transfer with the Gameweek 4 focus, we picked five players to consider.

Dejan Kulusevski

  • Position: MID
  • Club: Tottenham
  • Fixed object: Nottingham Forest (A)
  • FPL price: £8.2 million

Dejan Kulusevski has been the subject of a price increase, which is the impact he has made in the first weeks of the new season.

Most of his points came in the first day win over Southampton – back to 13 with a goal and an assist.

He was a bit unlucky not to get something in the last game against Wolves. His three key passes were only passed by Joao Moutinho by any player who appeared over the course of 90 minutes.

This week is gone Spurs to Nottingham Forest on Super Sunday.

They conceded a total of 6.19 xGA – that’s from 61 shots. While it is a changed team, they have also seen 23 shots from the side of Sky Bet League Two Grimsby at the Carabao Cup.

Royal Emerson

  • Position: DEF
  • Club: Tottenham
  • Fixed object: Nottingham Forest (A)
  • FPL price: £5.0 million

At the time of writing, more than 520,000 players have transferred Ivan Perisic – only Leeds’ Rodrigo has brought in more this week. However, a distinct option could certainly be the Emerson Royal.

He has started all three games at RWB so far. Two assists came in victory over Southampton in the opening weekend – bringing home nine points despite the fact that they conceded a goal.

In the first three games, only Arsenal and Manchester City have lower xGA totals than Antonio Conte’s Spurs, while rivals Forest are in the bottom four in terms of xGF generated.

A lot of people are focusing on Perisic, but the other wing can bring in points that other players won’t have.

Raheem Sterling

  • Position: MID
  • Club: Chelsea
  • Fixed object: Leicester (H)
  • FPL price: £9.9 million

Chelsea were beaten by Leeds last week, but a home match against Leicester will put them back on the winning track. The Foxes have been so underpowered in their opening three games.

Leicester ranked 19th for xGF generated, while ranked 4th for xGA. 4-2 defeat to Arsenal play a key role in this – outlining what we can expect when they arrive at Stamford Bridge.

While Raheem Sterling has just one assist on his roster, this weekend is the perfect opportunity to secure a return to attack. His support comes in Draw 2-2 with Tottenham.

In his first three, Sterling posted six shots – 0.26 xG/95 average – along with five key passes. His average number of assists (xA) is also 0.19.

That means his expected goal engagement rate (xGI) per game has averaged 0.45 so far. He can take advantage of this struggling Leicester team.

Roberto Firmino

  • Position: FWD
  • Club: Liverpool
  • Fixed object: Bournemouth (H)
  • FPL price: £ 8.0 million

Bournemouth’s stats are disturbing and it’s a bad time against a Liverpool who haven’t gotten the points we’ve come to expect so far.

Cherries only made 1.02 xGF, with 4.06 xGA. While Liverpool are yet to win, they can easily win against Crystal Palace and Fulham with their attacking performances.

All focus will be on Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz, but with availability issues in central striker Roberto Firmino could be a strong differentiating option with his ability to strike back is very large.

Despite the limited minutes played last season, Firmino averaged 0.44 goals and 0.35 assists per game – that’s 0.41 xG and 0.16 xA.

Check out what Jürgen Klopp said in his press conference about Diogo Jota. If he remains absent, Firmino can provide the score with a mere 1.3% ownership.

Bryan Mbeumo

  • Position: FWD
  • Club: Brentford
  • Fixed object: Everton (H)
  • FPL price: 6.0 million pounds

Bryan Mbeumo has been flagged in Category Gameweek 3. While he hasn’t delivered, I’m happy to see him again when Brentford takes on Everton on Saturday.

A lot of people are focusing on Ivan Toney – understandably so – and I won’t take anyone’s eyes off Toney if the budget allows for his role as penalty taker. However, Mbeumo represents a fine distinction.

Despite not scoring, the striker had three shots in defeat against Fulham, a total of 0.14 xG. It followed his goals from two shots and 0.56 xG against Manchester United.

Everton are 6th in xGA allowed in their opening three games, while Brentford scored twice from 1.66 xG in the defeat to Fulham.

Who are the most transferred players in Gameweek 4?

As of Wednesday’s 1600 BST, the most transferred players – according to FPL – are:

  1. Rodrigo – 899,833
  2. Ivan Perisic – 520,280
  3. Kieran Trippier – 419,102
  4. Ivan Toney – 367,314
  5. William Saliba – 331,110
  6. Wilfried Zaha – 267,549
  7. Kevin De Bruyne – 250,586
  8. Oleksandr Zinchenko – 239,726
  9. Gabriel Martinelli – 238,347
  10. Martin degaard – 206.442

Who should I captain in Gameweek 4?

As always, games between Liverpool and Manchester City mean that attacking players for those two clubs will be popular choices for the captaincy.

Wait MOHAMED SALAH, ERLING HAALAND and KEVIN DE BRUYNE to dominate this week’s list as the majority of players look for ‘safer’ spots from their captain.

Alternatives around those top teams include LUIS DIAZwho scored in Liverpool’s draw with Crystal Palace.

ILKAY GUNDOGAN have also started the season in strong form. The Man City midfielder has two goals on his roster, and averages three important passes per game.

Nottingham Forest’s early defensive performances meant HARRY KANE would be one that many might overlook for the captaincy, but he can deliver.

It is with DEJAN KULUSEVSKIwhile we can never really rule out SON HEUNG-MIN though he started the campaign slowly.

Fulham have been very strong but Arsenal have a big chance to pick up four wins from four. GABRIEL JESUS will most likely be the name that many people trust with Group C this weekend.

FPL: Gameweek 4 chooses captain

More secure options:

  • Mohamed Salah, Erling Haaland, Harry Kane

Alternative options:

  • Luis Diaz, Kevin De Bruyne, Dejan Kulusevski

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