Punt of the Week - Gameweek 4

10:32am Sep 9 2016

As Hull City Travel to play Burnley at Turf Moor in Gameweek 4, we’ll take a punt on Robert Snodgrass as our GW4 Punt of the Week

Gameweek 3’s Punt Andros Townsend will have been bemused as to how he didn’t at least get an assist to his name in Crystal Palace’s game against Bournemouth.

Palace had a staggering 24 shots on goal in that game, but an inspired performance from Artur Boric, who also saved a Yohan Cabaye penalty, kept Palace out until late in the game. How this game finished 1-1 is beyond me.

With the international break now over and done with, we move onto Gameweek 4 where a lot of managers (including myself) appear to have activated their early wildcard, which for me, was forced upon me due to injuries and a 3-match ban for Man City’s Sergio Aguero.

To add even more available funds to your FPL bank balance to allow you to buy back Aguero in two weeks time, Hull City winger Robert Snodgrass is this weeks Punt of the Week. Priced at just £5.6m, he’s an absolute steal, especially given his impressive start to the season for both club and country. His inclusion in your FPL team could help you accommodate a few higher value, premium players too.

Snodgrass had a successful international break with the Scottish team, netting a fantastic hat trick in their 5-1 thrashing of Malta away from home. His first goal was either a touch of brilliance to chip the goalkeeper from the edge of the 18 yard box, or an attempted cross to the back post which found its way in to the back of the net. Either way, it was a great goal to watch, regardless of his intentions.

Snodgrass has without doubt been the standout performer for the Tigers in their return to the Premier League and has amassed 14 FPL points to date. He’s also netted a goal in Hull’s EFL Cup win over Exeter.

Hull, thankfully strengthened their squad towards the end of the transfer window to give boss Mike Phelan a few much-needed additions to an extremely small squad. Despite lacking numbers for their first 3 games, Hull have started the season well. Victory on the opening day against champions Leicester City was followed by an impressive win on the road against Swansea.

Their only defeat in league and cup so far this season was a perhaps unfortunate, after tasting defeat to Phelan’s former club, Manchester United – it only took an injury time winner from Marcus Rashford to break down a spirited performance from the Tigers.

Hull City will be hoping to get back to winning ways this week against fellow relegation candidates Burnley. I think it’s fair to say this game could be massive when it comes to the table at the end of the season and could be vital if either team is to avoid the drop.

Burnley have had mixed fortunes so far this season – a disappointing home defeat to Swansea on the opening day of the season was followed by a fantastic 2-0 victory over Liverpool. However, since this game they were knocked out of the EFL cup by League Two side Accrington Stanley, and then were comfortably beaten 3-0 last time out against Chelsea.

Hull’s record against Burnley won’t fill Snodgrass or the Hull fans with much confidence, as the Tigers have won just 2 out of the last 10 games against Burnley –  But with Snodgrass currently owned by just 4.1% of FPL bosses, he could be a solid differential for Gameweek 4.

The Scotsman is also a competent set-piece-taker and has been given this responsibility for Hull so far this season and therefore has an increased chance of gaining assist points, or, potential goal points from direct free kicks and penalties.

Burnley, however, is a tough place to go – especially with Sean Dyche strengthening his side in the transfer window. Dyche managed to beat Hull to the signature of Jeff Hendrick, spending a reported club record fee of £10.5m to capture the Irishman.

The signing of Steven Defour to partner Hendrick in the centre of midfield is sure to be a good partnership and Dyche will be hoping his new signings can have a similar impact at Turf Moor as Joey Barton did last season.

Despite only been Gameweek 4, this weekends fixture is huge for both teams survival chances and both sets of fans will be confident of earning 3 points. If Hull are to do so then they’ll be hoping Snodgrass can put in a similar performance to the one he did for Scotland against Malta.

It will be difficult for him to get a hat trick this week as Burnley are by far a tougher test than Malta but I am confident he will still put in a good performance and earn those FPL managers with him in their team some valuable points.

Article written by @holtdaniel123 – be sure to give him a follow on Twitter.

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