As we enter the final gameweek before the first international break of the season, fantasy managers will be looking to have a memorable weekend. A good gameweek will allow managers to kick back and enjoy the international break but a bad one will cause managers to want to fast forward the next two weeks.
Jose Mourinho returns to Old Trafford as Spurs manager to take on his former club in what promises to be a feisty game. Manchester City take on Leeds United at Elland Road and it will be fascinating to see Pep Guardiola come up against Marcelo Bielsa, a man the former Barcelona manager cites as one of his biggest inspirations. It looks all set to be a game full of goals.
Gameweek 4 is fast approaching and we have put together a team that we believe is best equipped to perform well over the weekend. The team that we have created costs £100 million.
Bernd Leno (£5.0) has been selected as the starting goalkeeper as Arsenal prepare to welcome goal-shy Sheffield United to the Emirates Stadium this Sunday. The Gunners have made great progress as a defensive unit under Mikel Arteta and as a result are a difficult team to beat.
Leno starred in the North London club’s fourth round victory in the League Cup over Liverpool and can be expected to get us save points if Chris Wilder’s team manage to carve out opportunities during the game. Sheffield United are the only team in the Premier League yet to score a goal in the 2020/21 season and we expect this run to continue at the Emirates this weekend.
Our first pick in defence is Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.6). Southampton face off against West Brom at the St.Mary’s stadium and we think the former Tottenham fullback could keep a clean sheet in addition to getting attacking points. West Brom have conceded 12 goals in their opening three games in the Premier League.
Walker-Peters has bagged an assist so far this season but is an important part of Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side when they attack. With the likes of Danny Ings and Che Adams waiting for his crosses into the box, we think the 23 year old could be in line for a big haul this week.
Our next pick is James Justin (£4.7). Leicester take on West Ham United at the King Power Stadium and are coming off the back of an impressive 5-2 victory over Manchester City last weekend. Leicester have scored 12 goals so far this season.
West Ham have been impressive since their opening day defeat to Newcastle and so we don’t expect this to be an easy game. Having said that, Justin has kept a clean sheet, scored one goal and provided one assist in the first three games of the season and we expect him to deliver again.
Our final pick is Conor Coady (£5.0). Wolves host Fulham this weekend and will want to bounce back from their abject 3-0 defeat to West Ham last week. Fulham have only scored in one of their first three games of the season and we think they will struggle to find the back of the net against a Wolves side who are usually defensively resolute.
Our first pick in midfield is Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6). Manchester City will want to recover from their defeat against Leicester last week and they can attempt to do so when they take on Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United on Saturday.
Leeds have conceded seven goals in their first three games of the season. They kept a clean sheet against Sheffield United, who have yet to score a goal this season, but City will be a much tougher test. We expect this game to be full of goals and with De Bruyne continuing to play in an advanced position, we believe he will reward our choice to include him on our team. He continues to be on penalties and set pieces.
Next up is Mohamed Salah (£12.1). Liverpool travel to Villa Park to take on Aston Villa and will be confident about their chances to come out on top. They are the best team in the country and put in a scintillating performance against an in-form Arsenal side last week.
Salah has been in good form and although he does not travel as well as we would like, it is difficult not to include a player who has scored three goals and provided one assist in three games. Villa have been impressive defensively but we expect Liverpool to find the back of the net in this game.
Wilfried Zaha (£7.2) is in our team for the second week running despite a poor performance against Everton last week. He takes on a Chelsea side with defensive frailties. We are backing Palace to breach Chelsea’s backline and their main goal threat is the Ivorian attacker. Zaha has scored three goals and provided three assists against the Blues in 12 appearances. He doesn’t have a better record against any other Premier League side and clearly enjoys playing against Chelsea.
Our final pick in midfield is Harvey Barnes (£7.0). Leicester have scored 12 goals in their first three Premier League games and we expect them to add to this tally this weekend against West Ham. Barnes bagged a double digit haul in his only game at the King Power so far this season. He scored a goal and provided an assist in Brendan Rodgers’ side’s 4-2 victory over Burnley. We see goals in this match and considering Barnes is an important part of Leicester’s potent attack, we expect him to get another big haul at home.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.5) is our first pick. He takes on Brighton at Goodison Park this weekend and is in phenomenal form. He scored a hattrick in Everton’s 4-1 win over West Ham in the League cup this week and has scored five goals in just three Premier League games this season. We expect him to continue his form against a Brighton side that are great going forward but susceptible in defence.
Danny Ings (£8.4) takes on West Brom at home this weekend. Having him in our team against the league’s worst defensive side is a mouthwatering prospect and we are backing him to reward our faith in him. He has scored three goals so far this season and could look to add significantly to that tally this week. He is Southampton’s penalty taker.
Our final pick in attack is Raul Jimenez (£8.6). Wolves face off against Fulham at Molineux and will expect to breach their leaky defence. Jimenez has scored two goals so far this season and represents Wolves’ primary attacking threat. He is their first choice penalty taker. We are backing him to get on the scoresheet this weekend.
Our substitute goalkeeper is Orjan Nyland (£4.0) from Aston Villa. He is not expected to play but his price enables us to maximise the rest of our team. Bernd Leno is guaranteed to start this weekend so we don’t foresee any damage from drafting in a non-playing goalkeeper as our substitute.
Our next pick is Crystal Palace’s Tyrick Mitchell (£4.1). At his price, he is an enabler in our team but also provides clean sheet and attacking potential. Palace kept a clean sheet in their opening game of the season against Southampton and very nearly did the same against the mighty Manchester United the following week. They conceded late on but Mitchell still rewarded his owners with an assist in the game. He faces a tough test at Stamford Bridge this week but we believe he could get attacking returns.
Jimmy Dunne (£4.0) from Burnley is our next substitute. His price and the fact that he has started both of Burnley’s Premier League games this season makes him an attractive option. He got on the scoresheet against Leicester and due to Burnley’s injury problems at the back, is expected to retain his place in the team for this week’s game against Newcastle United at St.James’ Park.
Burnley were much improved at the back last week despite losing to Southampton 1-0 and if they continue to play like that, they could keep a clean sheet against an inconsistent Newcastle side.
Mateusz Klitch (£5.6) plays Manchester City this weekend. City have serious defensive issues and Leeds will look to exploit this. Having given away three penalties last weekend, we don’t think it is completely improbable that they will do so again this week. Klitch is Leeds United’s penalty taker and has scored two goals so far this season including one against Liverpool at Anfield.