FPL TEAM REVIEW: Gameweek 4 | The Left-Backs Deliver Again!
Posted by FFPundits
9:31am Sep 7 2018
Left backs from Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are racking up the points, each and every Gameweek for Fantasy Premier League bosses!
With the international break now upon us, let’s take a more in-depth look at how the FPLtips team performed in Gameweek 4, with a view towards Gameweek 5.
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West Ham came devastatingly close to a clean sheet during their narrow 1-0 defeat to Wolves, where they conceded in the 93rd minute, with Lucas Fabianski saving 5 of the 6 efforts on target he faced, to return 3 points.
It was a close call between starting Wan-Bissaka or Danny Ings this week and with the Southampton forward carrying a minor foot injury, it was the Crystal Palace defender who got the nod here.
But it later transpired that Roy Hodgson’s side would be without key man, Wilfried Zaha, and centre-back James Tomkins also remained side-lined with a calf injury.
Following the 2-0 defeat to Southampton, Crystal Palace have now lost 10 out of 10 games without Zaha, since the start of last season, scoring just 3 times over that period.
Fortunately, the trio of premium left-backs delivered once again, each providing assists in their respective Gameweek 4 fixtures, with Marcos Alonso also earning a clean sheet, in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth.
10 attempted assists by Robertson this season is more than any other Premier League defender has produced, beating Holebas – with 9 and Mendy and Trippier – with 7.
This week’s ‘transfer in’ didn’t contribute much to the points tally; Theo Walcott took 2 goal attempts against Huddersfield before a rib injury ended his game early, just before the 60 minute mark.
The good news is that it didn’t look too severe, so hopefully the Everton midfielder will be fit to return after the international break, although we’re still awaiting official confirmation.
Sadio Mané continued with his impressive start, finding his 4th goal of the season during the 2-1 win over Leicester.
10 shots from inside the box by the Senegalese international this season is 2nd best amongst FPL midfielders; beaten by only Mo Salah. The Egyptian had one of his more quiet games in Gameweek 4, failing to return points and taking just 1 shot on target, from a total of 3 attempts.
Understandably there’s now a lot of temptation to sell last season’s top goal scorer, but it’s worth noting that he’s still joint top amongst all players for attempted assists; level with David Silva – on 13, while only Lukaku, Aguero (13) and Wilson (14) have taken more than Salah’s 12 efforts from inside the box.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan was one of the biggest disappointments of the Gameweek, after the Armenian was dropped to the bench for Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Cardiff, with both Özil and Lacazette coming into the starting XI.
With a goal and assist from the Frenchman, it certainly looks like he may have done enough to keep hold of his starting role, casting further doubts over Mkhitaryan going forwards.
Wilfried Zaha’s absence thankfully saw Danny Ings come into the starting XI, after he put Southampton ahead against Crystal Palace.
The former Liverpool forward took a tally of 2 shots and provided 2 attempted assists in Gameweek 4 and his total of 11 efforts from inside the box this season is just one fewer than Mo Salah has managed.
Sergio Aguero was unable to find the back of the net against Newcastle but he still came away with points, after picking up the assist for Kyle Walker’s winning goal – you will still find a bookmaker offering odds of 7/2 for him to finish as this season’s top scorer.
The Argentine produced an impressive tally of 4 attempted assists in Gameweek 4; beaten only by Eden Hazard – with 5, but he failed to find the target with any of his 4 goal attempts.
A Gameweek 4 score of 56 points was 12 better than the average and sees a jump in rank from around 75K up to 50K, with a strong overall tally of 282 points, going into the international break.
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