The Premier League returns this weekend with the fourth round of matches in an already pulsating season, which means more decisions to be made for Fantasy Football managers.
Some managers will be glad of the thinking time that will follow this round of fixtures for the International break, but before all of that here are five players to consider ahead of this weekend.
1) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, Forward, £11.3m)
Aguero may have blanked in two of his opening three fixtures but the Argentinian is a different beast at the Etihad stadium, as shown in his hat-trick display against Huddersfield. What makes the pricey forward even more appealing this week is his opponent – Aguero has more goals against Newcastle than any other Premier League team, including a hat-trick and a five goal haul in recent years.Embed from Getty Images
Whilst you can expect Rafa Benitez to put up a black and white wall, his attempt to do this last season still resulted in a hat-trick for Man City’s number 10 so there is every reason to pick – and even captain – Aguero this week.
2) Marcos Alonso (Chelsea, Defender, £6.7m)
It is starting to look like it could be the season to invest heavily in FPL defenders, especially if they give attacking returns like Alonso. The Spaniard has 4 assists and a goal to his name after just 3 games, which is a better return than most forward players, plus of course the added possibility for defenders of clean sheet points. The bonus point system also seems to favour Alonso’s style, with 8 amassed so far.Embed from Getty Images
Chelsea have the luxury of back to back home games, firstly against Bournemouth this weekend then Cardiff the week after the break. Alonso plays so far forward and seems to be thriving under “Sarri-ball” – with extra points on offer for goals from defenders, Alonso is a better option than the majority of mid-price midfielders.
3) Theo Walcott (Everton, Midfielder, £6.7m)
You can thank Richarlison for this one. The Brazilian let down his large number of owners with a needless red card last weekend, but as one Everton door closes, another is wide open. Theo Walcott is similarly priced to Richarlison, making him an easy straight swap if you want to stay with Everton coverage, but has also come up with two goals and an assist to date. Everton welcome Huddersfield to Goodison Park this weekend where you would certainly fancy the Toffees to get the win on current form, whilst looking ahead they face leaky West Ham (also at Goodison) after the International break, so this is not just a one week punt.Embed from Getty Images
4) Lucas Moura (Tottenham, Midfielder, £7.1m)
Tottenham might not have the most enticing fixture this weekend, but there’s a lot to be said for picking in form players. Moura has three goals in his last two outings, including a brace at Old Trafford on Monday night. Even with Tottenham travelling to Watford, who have also won all three of their opening fixtures, I actually think that plays into Spurs’ hands.Embed from Getty Images
From the way Tottenham set up on Monday, Moura was practically playing as a striker on the counter attack and I think Pochettino will set up similarly at Watford, who will be full of confidence in front of a buoyant Vicarage Road crowd. Of course Tottenham have a myriad of attacking talent but Moura is not only the cheapest but also showing the most promise at the moment, with a reasonable fixture list to follow too.
5) Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace, Forward, £7m)
There’s no great science behind this one. If you think Crystal Palace are going to win, you should probably consider picking Zaha. They host Southampton this weekend who aren’t in the best of form and with the likes of Huddersfield and Newcastle to follow in the not too distant future, now seems like a good time to invest in Crystal Palace’s talisman. It is undoubtedly an annoyance that Zaha has been re-classified as a striker this season, meaning his goals are worth one point less, but with two goals from three games so far he is still a solid FPL pick. Marko Arnautovic is the same for West Ham but he also takes penalties, however he is carrying a knock as of this time of writing.
*Please note all prices are as at 30/8/2018 on the Official FPL game
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Good luck with your transfers and I’ll be back with more in a few weeks ahead of Gameweek 5.
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