Fantasy Football Addict’s Select XI (GW-4)

Fantasy Football Addict’s Select XI (GW-4)

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The first international break of the season is finally coming to an end so we can get back down to the real business. Since the last gameweek, the transfer window has shut and managers are now stuck with their squads until January.

Luckily for us, the same doesn’t apply and there were some interesting transfers on deadline day. Man United managed to snap up Falcao (11.0m) whilst that freed up Welbeck (7.0m) to move to rivals Arsenal helping Wenger with his striker shortage. Two players that we’ll be watching very closely this weekend.

Gameweek 4 comes back with a bang as we’re treated to Arsenal vs Man City (12.45pm) in Saturday’s lunchtime fixture. Wenger has been quoted saying Ramsey (9.1m) has ‘a little chance’ of making it whilst Welbeck could make his debut following his England brace.

With Champions League next week, we’ve got our first bumper-packed Saturday as 12 teams take to the field at 3pm before Liverpool host Villa (5.30pm) in the evening fixture. As a result, Sunday’s only fixture showcases United’s new look lineup against QPR at 4pm. Whilst Hull wrap up the gameweek on Monday night by facing West Ham.

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 4th gameweek of the season:

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Goalkeeper

  • David DE GEA [QPR(H), 5.5m] – United haven’t been at all impressive so far but we could see a very different lineup this weekend. Rojo, Blind, Herrera and Shaw are set to start and we’re all too aware of the attacking potential United have going forward. Managers appear to be keen to drop De Gea before Gameweek 4 and they could be made to pay the price for a lack of loyalty.

Defenders

  • Erik PIETERS [LEI(H), 5.0m] – Stoke have a great set of fixtures coming up starting with Leicester at home this Saturday to follow up their massive win at the Etihad. Pieters has already picked up 2 bonus points on 2 separate occasions in addition to an assist and could be set to add to his impressive points tally this gameweek.
  • Branislav IVANOVIC [SWA(H), 7.2m] – Ivanovic has started the season in incredible style, providing attacking returns in each game so far. He comes in at a very hefty price but has racked up 29 points from just 3 games and if he can continue to score highly, Ivanovic will be worth every penny. Next up he faces high-flying Swansea but it’s clear that Ivanovic will be an attacking threat that they’ll have to keep an eye on.
  • Alberto MORENO [AVL(H), 5.5m] – Close to a price rise, fantasy managers are turning to Liverpool’s left back following his storming run and smart finish in Gameweek 3. Moreno looks secure at the back and can also be a threat going forward. Liverpool embark on a strong run of fixtures, starting with Villa at home and Rodgers will be hoping they can cope without Sturridge as they push on this season.

Midfielders

  • Angel DI MARIA (C) [QPR(H), 9.5m] – Di Maria showed glimpses of quality against Burnley but it all came to fruition against the World Champions as he created 3 and scored another against Germany during the international break. There’s little doubting his ability and it only seems like a matter of time before he becomes a fantasy favourite. With finishers like Rooney, RVP and Falcao to work with, Di Maria could be in for a profitable season.
  • Cesc FABREGAS [SWA(H), 9.3m] – Worries about Fabregas’ positioning have gone out of the window as he’s pushed forward enough times to create 4 goals already. Being on set pieces is also clearly a bonus with so many tall players to aim for. With doubts surrounding Hazard and Costa’s fitness, we’re backing Fabregas to step up and push Chelsea forward when they come face to face with Swansea.
  • Dusan TADIC [NEW(H), 7.5m] – Southampton were in sparkling form as they put 3 past West Ham away from home and will be looking to continue this when they take on struggling Newcastle. Tadic has been at the heart of the Saints attack despite picking up a single assist so far but we’re backing him for further returns over the coming months. The long term injury to De Jong is a big blow to Pardew and he could be set for further misery this weekend.
  • Raheem STERLING [AVL(H), 8.7m] – It’s strange to think that Sterling is only 19 years of age but his progress is frightening. He’s quickly becoming one of the most dangerous midfielders in the league and could be set for a big season. He has bags of pace, is strong on the ball and appears to have the knack of playing the right ball as shown by his assist for Welbeck against the Swiss. Villa will have their hands full in Saturday’s evening kick off, keeping this young star quiet.
  • Wilfried ZAHA [BUR(H), 5.4m] – Tipped at the beginning of last season, Zaha failed to impress and it seems as though Van Gaal isn’t convinced neither. However, he’s back at his old stomping ground and took little time to settle in, scoring against Newcastle. Zaha notched 4 attempts at goal in his brief sub appearance and could be a great buy at 5.4m if he can rediscover his confidence at Palace.

Strikers

  • Wayne ROONEY [QPR(H), 10.4m] – As we’re unsure of how Van Gaal will address his abundance of riches up front, we’ve played it safe and chosen his captain. Despite Rooney’s lack of form, he’s sure to start and could punish the managers who have chosen to drop him over the last fortnight. With Di Maria and others feeding him, Rooney will be eager to prove the critics wrong by notching against QPR.
  • Mario BALOTELLI [AVL(H), 10.0m] – With Sturridge set to miss out, we’ve turned to the risk we like to call Balotelli. We wouldn’t be surprised if Balotelli was given his marching orders against Villa for something ridiculous but we also wouldn’t be surprised if he hit 2 past them. With this in mind, we’re taking a gamble and hoping it’s the latter rather than the former.

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Author Credit: Richard Lam

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