Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and Firmino lead the line in the FPLTips' FPL WILDCARD team
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8:32am Sep 6 2017
The Wildcard is in-play for the FPLtips team; allowing unlimited transfers until the Gameweek 4 deadline
Yes that’s right folks – the @_FPLTips team has taken the plunge and pressed that big, shiny, ‘CONFIRM WILDCARD’ button, but who gets chop and who stay?
As always, we invite you to read the article and then check out the YouTube video below for all the stats and glossy graphics which help support our picks and findings.
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Goalkeeper and Defenders
Ben Foster remains in goal, with fixtures against Brighton, West Ham and Watford coming up over the next month.
Swansea goalkeeper, Lukasz Fabianski is an alternative and certainly has the better upcoming fixtures, but there are nailed on Swansea defenders available for £4.5m.
At West Brom, you really have to spend £5.0m for Craig Dawson to get a secure pick from their back-line.
The starting back three is unchanged from the previous video, with Cedric Soares, Phil Jones and Ben Mee lining up for Gameweek 4.
Check out last week’s Wildcard Draft article for a more detailed look at why those defenders were chosen.
There is one change to the starting midfield, with Tom Carroll potentially returning to the starting lineup for Gameweek 4, ahead of his home fixture against Newcastle.
It isn’t ideal to be starting a £4.5m player as the 4th midfielder but Swansea have a promising run of upcoming fixtures which could just about make it viable in the short-term.
They face home fixtures against Newcastle, Watford, Huddersfield, Leicester and Brighton over the next 8 Gameweeks.
Whilst Swansea have strengthened in midfield during the transfer window and Carroll now faces more competition for his starting place, he has played a vital role on set pieces in the first 3 Gameweeks of this season, taking all 4 of their corners so far.
Hopefully, his set piece taking abilities will see him keep his starting place for now but the extra competition is something that needs to be monitored.
Paul Pogba is the man who will unfortunately make way and this downgrade was made to free up cash for the forward line.
It remains a tough decision to choose between the two Manchester United midfielders. Pogba is certainly the most nailed on and that will be especially important once the Champions League begins, but Mkhitaryan has played an important role so far, this season.
As well as leading the way with his 5 assists, his incredible underlying creative stats can’t be overlooked – he’s produced more attempted assists than any other player in the Premier League.
Another ongoing dilemma is between the Spurs midfielders in Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen. Both are fantastic options and there are pros and cons to each.
For example, Dele Alli is suspended for the first 3 Champions League matches and that should ensure that he stays fit and well-rested for the Premier League games.
However, Eriksen seems to be in the form of his life right now; he’s been involved in 3 of the 4 Spurs goals so far and provided 2 goals and 4 assists in 2 games for Denmark over the international break.
The big change up front, as you might expect, is that Romelu Lukaku returns.
In the previous draft, West Ham’s Chicharito was the man who was set to take the 3rd striker role but the downgrade of Pogba to Carroll in midfield helps us to afford the big Belgian.
In terms of value, there’s a lot you can do if you do decide to go with Pogba over Lukaku and that is certainly an option worth considering.
The issue, however, is that Lukaku is the most owned player in the game and offers a safe captain option, particularly in the upcoming Gameweek, where there are no other standout options.
So, whilst it is a compromise to give Tom Carroll a starting place, it’s a lot safer to make that compromise with the 4th midfielder, rather than with the most owned forward in the game, during a Gameweek where he’ll be the favourite captain option.
Elsewhere upfront, Harry Kane and Roberto Firmino keep their places.
Once again, you can check out last week’s Wildcard Draft video for a more detailed look at why they were selected.
There is also one minor change on the bench, with Ahmed Hegazi being downgraded to Chancel Mbemba.
Yes, it’s unlikely that the Newcastle defender will keep his starting position in the long-term but he has done well at left-back since coming into the team, to cover for injuries, so there is a chance that Rafa Benitez will reward him with another start or two.
The only time in the near future that we’d really need to start Mbemba is in Gameweek 5, when Newcastle host Stoke.
So, hopefully, he can keep hold of his starting place until then but that might be a long shot, given that a couple of the injured Newcastle defenders have now returned to training.
Another point worth noting is that Hegazi himself faces competition for his starting position.
West Brom recently signed Kieran Gibbs from Arsenal, Johnny Evans returned from injury to feature for his country over the international break and Gareth McAuley is also set to return to training this week.
There is the option to start Kyle Naughton ahead of Tom Carroll in Gameweek 4, and going to a 4-3-3 formation. It’s a home game against Newcastle for Swansea, so perhaps there is a good chance of a clean sheet and that is something to be considered.
The main reason for making these changes is of course to be able to select Romelu Lukaku for captaincy.
There are no standout picks this week but with an ownership of over 58%, there is likely to be a lot of interest in the Manchester United forward and so, the safest move is stick with him.
Jose Mourinho’s side are away to Stoke in Gameweek 4, which isn’t an easy fixture on paper but with 10 goals scored and 0 conceded in the Premier League, you have to fancy United’s chances to get the result.
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