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Fantasy Football Premier League Preview: Gameweek 4

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Fantasy Football Premier League Preview: Who Am I Tipping for Success in Gameweek 4?

After some big moves in the summer, Gameweek 4 poses the first round of fixtures since the transfer window slammed shut. We’ve seen some big moves, but who can provide your team with the firepower needed for a huge return in Gameweek 4? Find out who I’m tipping for huge success, and those who can provide a surprise option this coming weekend.

Before taking a look at the players you need in your fantasy football team, we identify the three teams I’m backing for victory in Gameweek 4.

 

Manchester United

After the recent news of bringing legend Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, where else can we start other than Manchester United? So Ronaldo’s back in town, and he couldn’t have asked for a better first opponent back in red other than the visit of Newcastle United. In 10 Premier League games against the toon-army during his first spell, Ronaldo won 9 and took a possible 28 of 30 points available, scoring 5 goals and registering 3 assists.

That, combined with Mason Greenwood’s deadly start to the new season – which has seen the youngster score in each of his first 3 games – offers a double threat the magpies might struggle to contain. The red devils have started the season in good form too, scoring 7 goals and conceding just 2 in their first 3 games. Newcastle, on the other hand, have shipped 8 goals so far in their 3 outings, and I’m predicting a comfortable victory for the reds against Steve Bruce’s men.

 

Everton

Another reunion this summer saw former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez return to Merseyside, moving across the park of his old home to the blue side of Everton. This move was met with a lot of uncertainty, but ultimately in football, results do the talking, and the toffees have made a great start to life under Rafa. They have taken 7 points from the first 9 available, scored 7 goals in 3 games and registered their first clean sheet last time out in victory at Brighton.

Furthermore, they have a couple of stars in fine form; Dominic Calvert-Lewin has started with 3 goals in 3 games, and £1.7m man Demarai Gray looks to be a cut-price bargain already. The latter has 2 goals to his name and boasts a 100% record in both shot accuracy and conversion rate. Meanwhile upcoming opponents Burnley have started the campaign in equally poor fashion, picking up a single point from their first 3 games while scoring just 2 goals and conceding 5. I can’t see anything other than a home victory in this one.

 

Arsenal

Arsenal have made a dreadful start to their Premier League campaign, losing all three games without scoring a goal. Despite that, their next opponents have made an equally bad start to their season too. Norwich travel to North London looking for their first Premier League point after losing all of their outings so far. The Canaries have scored just one goal so far, and have the Premier League’s worst defensive record after shipping ten goals, leaving them in 19th spot after three outings. The only side below them are their opponents Arsenal, but history is on the side of the Gunners. Since moving to the Emirates, Arsenal have played Norwich 5 times and taken 13 points out of the 15 available. They’ve put 15 goals past the Canaries in those games, and I’m expecting Arsenal to get their Premier League season going with a victory this weekend.

In regard to Fantasy Football, we now take a look at the players with potential to score some big points this weekend. It’s time for the Premier League powerhouses of Gameweek 4.

 

Lucas Digne

As mentioned, I’m predicting a win for Everton when Burnley come to Merseyside, and there’s potential for a huge return for one man in particular. Lucas Digne. Burnley failed to score in their sole away game this season, and Digne helped Everton register their first clean sheet last time out at Brighton, so the prospect of him registering another seems likely. Attacking-wise, Digne has put 23 crosses into opposition boxes in the Toffees’ first 3 games, more than double all of his teammates. He is also their main set-piece taker too.

Burnley have conceded 15 headed attempts on goal and 19 shots from set-pieces already this season, both league highs. The quality Digne possesses with his crossing and set-pieces, a man as good in the air as Dominic Calvert-Lewin up front and Burnley’s struggle to defend offers huge potential for an attacking return for the Frenchman. That’s why he is a serious candidate for Premier League powerhouse in Gameweek 4.

 

Kieran Tierney

Norwich travel to Arsenal in bad form at both ends of the pitch, and that offers a chance for a massive return for left back Kieran Tierney. The Canaries’ apparent blunt edge can give Arsenal confidence in registering their first Premier League clean sheet and offers potential for a defensive return for Tierney. Going forward, the Scotsman has been one of Arsenal’s shining lights in their torrid start in the Premier League. He has created seven chances so far this season, twice more than all of his fellow teammates, and has registered two shots in the box – a stat second only to Emile Smith-Rowe.

His creativity against a Norwich backline shipping goals offers the genuine prospect of an attacking return this weekend. Arsenal’s record in the Premier League against Norwich is nothing short of exceptional, giving Tierney a great chance of being the Premier League powerhouse for Gameweek 4.

From powerhouses to surprise packages, we identify the players not under the spotlight who could score big in Gameweek 4.

 

Adam Armstrong

Southampton new boy Adam Armstrong was brought in to replace Danny Ings, and has had an up-and-down start to Premier League life. He’s not pulled up any trees, and missed a huge chance in their game against Manchester United. Despite that, the visit of West Ham this weekend offers the striker an opportunity to get himself firing. The Hammers have got their Premier League season off to a great start, taking 7 points out of the 9 available. But they have conceded 5 goals in those games, presenting Armstrong with an opportunity to add to his single strike so far.

This is a man who scored 28 league goals for Blackburn last season, and his debut goal against Everton on the opening day shows he knows how to finish. Even though Armstrong has scored just once, it’s not for lack of trying. His 10 shots in Southampton’s first 3 games are a team high, and he also has their highest threat score of 116.0 on Fantasy Premier League. That’s why I’m tipping him to repay the 3.5% of managers who own him in Gameweek 4.

 

Jamie Vardy

Some of you might be thinking how can Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy be considered a surprise package, but it’s because they play host to last season’s Premier League champions, Manchester City. They have won their last 2 games 5-0, so on paper it’s a hard fixture for Vardy. But I have confidence in the 34-year old. He has scored in 2 of the Foxes’ first 3 games, and he almost always turns up against the big boys. In 72 games against the Premier League’s ‘big six’, Vardy has scored 42 goals. He has 8 in 14 against Man City, and 2 of the 3 Premier League hat-tricks he has scored have been against this weekend’s opponents, including last season at the Etihad. That’s why he’s being tipped as a potential surprise package in Gameweek 4 this weekend.

We’ve looked at the potential powerhouses, we’ve looked at those with a chance to be the surprise package, it’s now time to identify the two players I would be choosing for my fantasy football team in Gameweek 4.

 

Romelu Lukaku

We start with Chelsea’s new main man: Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian has made a return to the Premier League after spending 2 years in Italy, and started with a goal on debut away at Arsenal. He has been in fine form over the international break too, scoring 3 goals and claiming one assist in 2 games for his country.

Chelsea have made a great start to their Premier League season too, and have an expected goals-per-game figure of 1.53, even after playing at Anfield. That means Lukaku can expect to get lots of goal-scoring opportunities this season, especially this weekend against Aston Villa. The Villains have conceded 4 goals already in the Premier League, against sides all below Chelsea in the table. That gives Lukaku potential for a big attacking return, and is one player that I would be selecting ahead of Gameweek 4.

 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Joining Lukaku on the list of players I would like for Gameweek 4 is another striker – Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Some people might be scratching their head at seeing the Gabon international popping up on this list given his and Arsenal’s recent form. But the fixture offers him a perfect opportunity to get himself and the Gunners firing in the Premier League. He has played 2 games against Norwich in the Premier League, and has scored 4 goals. Considering the Canaries have conceded a league-high 10 goals already, Aubameyang has the chance to continue his great from against them and makes up the list of players I would be selecting going into Gameweek 4 in the Premier League.

 

With the expected return of Ronaldo, the problems Everton can cause visitors Burnley and a chance for Arsenal to get their Premier League season going, we wait to see what Gameweek 4 can bring.

 

We hope you enjoyed the article ‘Fantasy Football Premier League Preview: Gameweek 4.’ Who do you think will come out on top for gameweek 4? Do you agree with our selections? Let us know!

 

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Alex is currently working in the Marketing department for a multi-academy educational Trust based in West Yorkshire, but has always harboured a keen interest for writing. Is a lover of all things football and currently in a long-term relationship with Sheffield Wednesday. He currently lives in Sheffield.

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