FPL GW04 Preview
Another high scoring weekend in the premier league for goals in GW03, I feel like that will be the norm before the FA and government allows fans back in, whenever that may be.
I am going to keep this rant short I hope, but I am seriously very disappointed in the way the game is progressing. The inclusion of VAR was to help the referee turn an incorrect decision to the right one, but also this season the handball law was re-interpreted and there have been about 20 penalties from only 28 games. That’s nearly a penalty a game, about 8 have been given as handball.
This handball law is beyond ridiculous, I’m sorry but those pundits who rallied for this has ruined the way football is being played. Players soon will be instructed to just kick or head the ball into a trailing hand, of those 8 penalties given as handball, probably 60% of them have been the incorrect calls.
- Matt Doherty’s handball against vs Southampton
- Lucas Digne heading the ball into the hand of Joel Ward
- Eric Dier vs Newcastle
So what does that mean for our fantasy teams? Are we going to just choose lots of penalty takers?
The football that’s being played is at some very high pace and the quality is very good since the lay-off between seasons were very short. GW03 was a good scoring round but the only “popular” striker to reach double figures was Jamie Vardy – the other “\popular player to have a good return was Bruno Fernandes.
I don’t think the way forward will be choosing just penalty takers. This weekend it will be harder to win a penalty due to the backlash recently from the first 3 gameweeks.
We were dealt two blows over the last 10 days.
Manchester City have no known strikers and Son Heung-Min did not return after halftime versus Newcastle which made lots of FPL managers scratch their heads wondering why, but later on it has been confirmed that he is injured and won’t be back till after the international break.
This week Spurs come up against Man Utd at Old Trafford, where they have lost in 5 of the last 6 visits.
Manchester City come up against free flowing Leeds. I believe that Leeds could possibly pull off an upset.
Unfortunately on Saturday morning Asia time Sadio Mane from Liverpool has contracted COVID-19 and is in isolation, so those 200,000 managers that brought him in this week will have to offload him unless you don’t have good bench cover.
My transfer was Mane to Salah. Liverpool come up against Villa who are currently sitting fourth in the table with 2 wins from 2 games.
So far nearly 800,000 managers have bought in Dominic Calvert-Lewin – he has scored in every game so far and could of had plenty more goals, he reminds me of Tammy Abraham from last season but he’s better than Tammy.
The reason is Tammy started the season scoring numerous goals then faded and I have a feeling DCL could do the same. I could be wrong but he is in some amazing form. I don’t think he will blank this weekend against Brighton but they come up against Liverpool after the international break and maybe then Everton might get found out, but they are playing some amazing football. Is he a captain option? Yes!
Other Captain Picks
This week we find it very difficult to grab a captain unless you have Liverpool player or City player.
Kevin De Bruyne or Mohamed Salah will likely be the two highest Captain choices closely followed by Jamie Vardy as Leicester come up against West Ham. I personally have bought Salah in a stuck the (C) straight on him.
My other transfer was Doherty -> Semedo, I am asking myself why am I doing that, but I’m just fed up of no clean sheets and no attacking returns from Doherty, yes last week he deserved the clean sheet and so did Lloris but VAR happened.
I’ve gone Semedo even though I’ve got Mitrovic in attack, I’m not seeing many teams keeping clean sheets but there are plenty of goals going in which means bodes well for Semedo putting up an assist in the right wing back role. The best scenario would be Semedo playing 60 mins, getting his clean sheet, substituted then Mitrovic scoring but that being too technical. =)
Good luck this weekend and use that free transfer wisely.
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Josh Dowling js from Australia and has been playing FPL for 9 years. He follows Liverpool fervently and is passionate about the Beautiful Game.
He is currently coaching and getting his FFA C license.
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