FPL GW4 sees the much anticipated return of the Premier League after the international break.
Many managers have opted to play their first wildcard for Gameweek 4 and, to ensure their decision is justified, they need to keep an eye on who’s in form. So, whether you’re restructuring your team or not, these are some players to consider in GW4.
Gameweek 4 Watchlist
|Player||Team||Position||Price||Pick %||GW3 Score||Total Points|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Man Utd||Forward||£12.5m||22%||N/A||N/A|
|Michail Antonio||West Ham||Forward||£7.9m||52%||11||40|
|Mason Greenwood||Man Utd||Midfielder||£7.7m||17%||8||26|
|Ferran Torres||Man City||Midfielder||£7.1m||13%||18||23|
|Pablo Fornals||West Ham||Midfielder||£6.0m||3%||7||20|
|Emile Smith Rowe||Arsenal||Midfielder||£5.4m||4%||2||6|
- Price: £12.5m
- Picked by: 22%
After 12 years away from the Premier League, Ronaldo has returned and 15% of players have brought him in already.
In his previous FPL seasons he has scored 244, 283 and 206 points. He can still rack up the goals, scoring 36 in all competitions for Juventus last season, as well as five at Euro 2020.
The Portuguese captain is fixture proof, but has a mouth-watering first fixture versus Newcastle. He’ll be back at Old Trafford, in front of a full-house anticipating his return, which could be the dream scenario for him.
Newcastle have the second highest xGA in the league (7.65), whilst Ronaldo had an xG of 26.5 last season.
- Price: £8.2m
- Picked by: 15%
Another penalty against Brighton took his goal tally to three in as many games last time out.
Despite two of his three strikes coming from the spot, his non-penalty xG is the highest in the league (2.3) and he has a npxG per shot of 0.26, very high for someone who’s taken nine shots so far.
Being on penalties is another incentive to bring him in, along with his next three fixtures being against Burnley, Villa and Norwich. However it will be best to wait until closer to the deadline to bring him in, as we await a fitness update.
- Price: £7.9m
- Picked by: 52%
With four goals and four assists, Antonio has been involved in 80% of West Ham’s goals this season.
In GW3 he was involved in both goals against Palace and faces a Southampton side in GW4, who have the fourth highest xGA (5.84). The Saints have also conceded six so far, whilst the Hammers have scored ten, and conceded 13 shots per game, whereas West Ham have attempted 17 per game.
If you don’t have him yet don’t fall even further behind the rest, get him for GW4.
- Price: £7.7m
- Picked by: 17%
Like some of the players aforementioned, Greenwood has scored in every game. He’s taken 11 shots, four on target, outscoring his npxG by 2.1, the highest margin in the league.
Additionally, he’s had eight carries into the penalty area, and with Ronaldo now in the side he could get a lot of assists for winning penalties. But this is a double-edged sword, because this may push Greenwood out to the right wing, where he will naturally be less likely to score.
Priced at £7.7m and rising, he’s the cheapest route into the dangerous Man United attack.
- Price: £7.1m
- Picked by: 13%
Playing in a central role this season, he’s City’s top scorer with two goals.
He has the joint fifth npxG 1.7, which is no surprise considering how many chances are created by City every week. He also has one assist, giving him 1.13 returns per 90, and has provided two goal-creating actions.
During the international break he scored in a 4-0 win over Georgia. He’s in good form going into GW4 and is an OOP player in a City team that has scored 10 already this season.
- Price: £6.0m
- Picked by: 3%
After impressing again versus Man United, the winger is one of the players who jumps out at you when looking at the stats.
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He’s taken 12 shots in total, the joint most for a player yet to score this season. Also, he’s provided 25 shot-creating actions, the most, and made nine key passes, the same number as £100m signing, Jack Grealish.
In FPL’s threat and creativity indexes he’s ranked third and fourth respectively and has favourable fixtures coming up. If you want to take a gamble he’s due a haul, and his next four games all have a FDR of 2.
- Price: £6.0m
- Picked by: 3%
The Spaniard has gone under the radar early on this campaign, despite scoring 20 points.
He has two goals and an assist, scoring a third of his total shots and is only owned by 2% of players.
Producing 1.02 returns per 90 and three goal-creating actions (fourth most), he is a cheaper alternative to Benrahma and a differential West Ham asset in a team scoring goals for fun.
His next opponent is Southampton who, as previously mentioned, aren’t very solid defensively, so he could put up another returning performance.
- Price: £5.7m
- Picked by: 14%
Alonso is an FPL player’s dream, providing both attacking and defensive points potential.
He’s part of a solid Chelsea defence, keeping two clean sheets in their opening three matches as well as 18 in 2020/21. More excitingly, he’s a set-piece threat, scoring from one against Palace on the opening weekend, the fourth of his Premier League career.
Whilst playing in his very advanced wing-back role he’s supplied eight key passes for his teammates, ranking third for creativity amongst other defenders.
Facing a Villa team without Martinez and Buendia in GW4, Chelsea’s chances of a win have increased and Alonso could potentially be the highest scoring player.
However, Chilwell is in line to get some minutes soon, so Alonso may be rotated. Make sure your bench is strong enough for the risk.
Emile Smith Rowe
- Price: £5.4m
- Picked by: 4%
Arsenal assets aren’t hot property right now, but ESR provides good value at £5.4m.
Last season he got two goals and five assists, and this season has a combined npxG and xA of 0.6, second highest in the squad. Also, he’s registered two through balls, 13 carries into the final third and five into the penalty area.
He’s taken four shots, hitting the target twice and faces Norwich in GW4 who’ve conceded the most goals (ten) and have an xGA of 5.5.
If there’s ever going to be a week in which Arsenal’s fortunes change, this is it.