After the conclusion of the summer transfer window and the season’s first international break, the FPL season is back underway.
Here are our Fantasy Premier League gameweek 4 tips based on projections from our popular FPL Fixture Tracker!
FPL GW 4 Tips – Attack
Fixtures against Leicester, Southampton, and Burnley in the next five, place City top of the expected goals (xG) chart with 11.30. Having started the season with a surprise 1-0 defeat, Manchester City are up and running thanks to back-to-back 5-0 wins.
We highlighted Ferran Torres (7.1m) back in gameweek 2’s preview and the Spaniard has since gone on to start a third consecutive PL game and deliver an 18-point haul in gameweek 3. Game time is always a concern at City, especially with the imminent return of Phil Foden (7.9m), but for now at least, Torres appears to be the pick of the bunch.
There are plenty of attacking assets to choose from, but Gabriel Jesus (8.6m) deserves highlighting. The Brazilian has managed a goal and three assists from back-to-back starts, placing him 6th in the overall FPL points table. His place in the team isn’t guaranteed, but he could prove to be a top differential with an ownership of under 7%.
The Reds have a strong set of fixtures on the horizon, including Crystal Palace, Brentford, and Watford in the next five. From those gameweeks, Liverpool are expected to score 10.46 goals, with their gameweek 5 fixture against Palace ranking as the third-highest of any side at 2.76 xG.
Diogo Jota (7.6m) started from the bench in gameweek 3, underlining the constant threat of rotation that comes with owning him. However, given his relatively cheap price, it may be a risk worth taking. Yet, with the number of viable Liverpool options, FPL manager may be better served opting for Trent Alexander-Arnold (7.5m) who picked up two bonus points in gameweek 3 without an attacking return or clean sheet.
Mo Salah (12.5m) remains the go-to attacking pick for LIverpool, currently leading the way for the Reds with 30 points. Sadio Mané (11.9m) has produced back-to-back attacking returns and is a huge differential with under 3% ownership, but he is still a luxury few can afford.
Consecutive fixtures against Newcastle, West Ham, and Aston Villa help boost Manchester United’s xG to 9.69 over the next five gameweeks.
The visit of a leaky Newcastle to Old Trafford may be the perfect way for Cristiano Ronaldo (12.5m) to make his long-awaited return. The four-time Ballon d’Or winner has just broken the international scoring record and almost certainly takes penalty duties away from compatriot Bruno Fernandes (12.0m). Accommodating Ronaldo won’t be easy, but the loss of spot kicks for Fernandes could simplify the reallocation of funds for many.
Elsewhere, the arrival of CR7 raises question marks over the game time of three-goal Mason Greenwood (7.7m) but potentially increases the appeal of this season’s current top assister Paul Pogba (7.7m).
FPL GW 4 Tips – Defence
The Blues have survived a tough start on paper, managing two clean sheets and seven points in the process. Chelsea now top the expected clean sheets table with fixtures against Aston Villa, Southampton, and Brentford in the next five.
No Chelsea player has scored more points than Marcos Alonso (5.7m) so far. The wing-back has kept two clean sheets and scored in gameweek 1 but the looming threat of Ben Chilwell (5.7m) is worth noting.
On the opposite flank, Reece James (5.6m) has bagged a goal and two assists from back-to-back starts, but saw red in gameweek 3, ruling him out for this coming week. Meanwhile, the less exciting Antonio Rudiger (5.5m) offers an affordable and secure route to Chelsea’s defensive points.
Like Chelsea, Liverpool conceded their only Premier League goal of the season in the pair’s 1-1 draw in gameweek 3. The Reds now face Crystal Palace, Brentford, and Watford in the next five.
The return of Andrew Robertson (7.0m) has killed off Kostas Tsimikas’ (4.1m) appeal. With budgets stretched thanks to an abundance of premium attacking FPL options, it is likely a straight shoot-out between Robertson and Alexander-Arnold in our sides. Joel Matip (5.0m) is a strong value option for now, but his place is far from assured.
The Gunners round off our preview thanks to 2.13 expected clean sheets over the next five. Arsenal have been nothing short of abysmal so far this season, conceding nine and scoring none.
No defender has totalled more than two points, so investment is risky.
Kieran Tierney (4.9m) offers attacking potential but is injury-prone, whilst Ben White (4.4m) is inexpensive but has missed two games through isolation.
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