The summer transfer window is now finally shut and players return from the International break for Gameweek 4 of the Fantasy Premier League. The biggest news going into the gameweek it that Sergio Aguero has picked himself up a suspension and will miss the next two Gameweeks. That means it’s time to play an early wildcard for many Fantasy Premier League Managers. This weekend is also the Manchester derby, with Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola’s teams once again talking each other on. The deadline for all your transfers, wildcards and captain nominations for Gameweek 4 is 11:30am (BST) on the 10th of September, 2016. Lets have a look at our top player tips for Gameweek 4:
Top Player Tips
1) Romelu Lukaku £9.0 (Everton)
With Sergio Aguero’s suspension talking effect, there’s going to be a lot of fantasy EPL managers looking for alternate options up front. Having £13.0 sitting on your bench for two gameweeks could be a big loss, but you want to ensure you don’t spread the money too thin as you’ll most likely want Aguero back in your team for Gameweek 6. One option up front is Everton’s Romelu Lukaku. Lukaku has yet to really get going this season, mainly due to fitness issues causing him to miss Gameweek 1 through injury. But with 18 goals last season, we know he can be devastating up-front, and the International break came at just the right time. Lukaku scored 2 goals for Belgium against Cyprus on Wednesday, completing 70 odd minutes which will be a big confidence booster. Everton also have the most favorable looking upcoming fixtures of any team, talking on Sunderland (Away), Middlesbrough (Home), AFC Bournemouth (Away) and then Crystal Palace (Home). Lukaku is a nailed on starter and could rip Sunderland’s leaky defense apart on Monday.
2) Michail Antonio £7.0 (West Ham)
Next up it’s West Ham United’s flying in-form winger Michail Antonio. Antonio will be on cloud 9 right now, after getting called up to the National team by new England manager Sam Allardyce. After receiving much criticism filling in at right back for the Hammers in Gameweek 1, Antonio was pushed back up field to his more familiar position on the wing for Gameweek 2 and now has 2 goals in his past 2 matches – including 1 against Manchester City. Antonio’s 8 goals and 7 assists last season, from limited playing time, shows you that he has the points in him. With Dimitri Payet expected to return for the Hammers for Gameweek 3, his injection of creativity should help his side produce more scoring opportunities. New striker Simone Zaza should also beef up West Ham’s attack and forward play. West Ham are another team, like Everton, who now have an extended run of league matches avoiding all the big Champions League clubs. The also have 4 home league games in their next 6 matches! West Ham will face Watford (Home), West Bromwich Albion (Away), Southampton (Home), Middlesbrough (Home),Crystal Palace (A) and Sunderland (Home). At £7.0 Antonio seems like a good value for money midfield option, he’s in good form and with good upcoming fixtures.
3) Eden Hazard £10.2 (Chelsea)
Our third and final pick for gameweek 4 is once again Chelsea’s Belgian winger Eden Hazard. If you didn’t take our advice and put Hazard in already, then it’s time to really have a think about him now. Under new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, Hazard looks like he’s recapturing that prolific attacking form that know he can deliver. With a goal & assists from the first two gameweeks, as well as 3 bonus points, Hazard looks on track for a high points return this season. Hazard picked up another goal in gameweek 3 against Burnley too, continuing that great run of form. Another advantage that Hazard has over someone like Alexis Sanchez, is that Sanchez had to fly back to South America for the International break, whereas Hazard stayed in Europe. So Hazard will be much fresher that his South American heavy hitting midfield alternatives. Gameweek 4 seems Chelsea away to Swansea City. Swansea sit in 14th on the Premier League table, coming off the back of 2 consecutive defeats letting in 4 goals. Chelsea do have some harder fixtures coming up through, so Hazard may be a short term play.