The international break is finally over and it’s back to business with the FPL this weekend! With the transfer window closing last week, these are the squads managers have to work with up until January. Players like Ozil and Fellaini are likely to make their debuts in Gameweek 4 and we’re in for some great action.
Kicking things off in Saturday’s lunchtime fixture we have United hosting Palace in a must-win game for Moyes. The media hawks continue to circle the Scotsman waiting for any slip-ups to pounce on. With his reputation on the line, United must put in a convincing victory before turning their attentions to the Champions League.
At 3pm, there are a number of top sides involved with City travelling to Stoke, Arsenal going to Sunderland and Spurs hosting Norwich. Finishing things off on the Saturday, there’s a great match at 5.30pm between Everton and Chelsea with Lukaku unable to play against his parent side.
On the Sunday, there’s only the one game with Southampton taking on West Ham and Liverpool end the gameweek on Monday night with a trip to Swansea. If you’re new to Fantasy Football Addict, this is our weekly segment where we choose 11 players in a valid formation to enter our Fantasy Football Addict Select XI for the upcoming gameweek. We look into the fixtures and form to see which players are most likely to score high.
So without further ado, here is our selection for the fourth gameweek of the season:
- Hugo LLORIS [NOR(H), 6.0m] – Lloris has only conceded the one goal this season, which came at the Emirates. Despite an unfortunate injury to Capoue, Spurs will look to keep it tight at the back and with new creative talent in the form of Eriksen and Lamela, more of the play could come at the other end of the field.
- Patrice EVRA [CPL(H), 6.5m] – Moyes has stuck to his strategy of letting his left back bomb up the pitch to provide support, allowing Evra the potential for attacking returns. These are yet to materialise but with some favourable home matches coming up starting with Palace, Evra could be a great defensive option.
- Brede HANGELAND [WBA(H), 4.5m] – With West Brom struggling to find their attacking groove, Fulham could record a clean sheet this weekend. Sessegnon and Anichebe may provide more attacking threat but it will take time for them to gel with the rest of the squad. Jol will have targeted this game as a potential 3 points and keeping it tight at the back will be essential with Hangeland leading the way.
- Nemanja VIDIC [CPL(H), 6.0m] – With Fellaini joining the United ranks, he will add solidity to their backline increasing the chance for clean sheets. Despite Palace’s encouraging win at home to Sunderland, they’ll find things a lot harder when they come up against Vidic and friends at Old Trafford in Gameweek 4.
- Luke SHAW [WHM(H), 4.7m] – Shaw has been outstanding for Southampton so far this season and should return from injury to take his place this Sunday. With attacking threat thrown in with his defensive work, we’ve given him the final spot in our altered 4-3-3 formation for this week’s Select XI.
- Theo WALCOTT [SUN(A), 9.5m] – With Ozil joining Arsenal, we can expect a bit of a transformation. We can expect more belief from the Gunners after securing the signature of one of the stars of La Liga and this is sure to benefit Walcott who is always looking to get in behind the defence. Ozil has a great eye for a pass and with the extra service, we can expect more goals from Theo this season, which will also help his bonus accumulation from the changes in the system.
- Erik LAMELA [NOR(H), 9.0m] – With most of the focus being on Bale departing, not enough attention was given to the arrival of Lamela. Praised at Roma, the Argentinian is a bright young player with plenty of potential. Scoring 15 goals last season, if he is able to replicate some of that form for Spurs, he will be a fantasy player who is set to light up the Premier League over the next few seasons.
- Robbie BRADY [CAR(H), 5.0m] – To finish our midfield, we’ve chosen a budget option to counter the previous two big guns. Hull played very well against City and were unlucky to end up losing 2-0, on another day it could have been a shock away victory. With this in mind, we fancy Hull to get a result against Cardiff and with Brady on set pieces and penalties, we think he’s a decent punt.
- Darren BENT [WBA(H), 6.5m] – Bent took very little time to register his first goal for Fulham with a consolation goal against Arsenal in GW2, which was followed by his first start against Newcastle. Bent is eager to get back to goalscoring ways and Jol is likely to give him another shot up top with Berby dropping a little deeper to accommodate. With Foster out of the picture, Fulham have a greater shot of breaching the Baggies’ goal this weekend.
- Robin VAN PERSIE (C) [CPL(H), 14.0m] – Van Persie secured World Cup qualification for Holland with a tidy brace against Andorra, reminding us of his undoubted talent. With Palace visiting Old Trafford in Gameweek 4, we’ve taken the easy option of captaining the deadly Dutchman in a match where he’s sure to be given chances to add to his league tally for the season.
- Rickie LAMBERT [WHM(H), 7.6m] – Despite playing both of England’s games during the international break, tiredness shouldn’t be an issue with Lambert likely to be feeding off the confidence gained when West Ham come to town. This won’t be the easiest of matches but if Southampton have hopes of finishing in the top half of the table, beating West Ham at home must be a target.
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Author Credit: Richard Lam
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