Who’s HOT & Who’s NOT - FPL Gameweek 4
Posted by FFP-Danny
2:44pm Aug 30 2018
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has blanked in each of his 3 Premier League games this season – time to pull the plug FPL managers?
Many FPL bosses were left disappointed in Gameweek 3, as the eagerness to bring in both Richarlison and Sergio Aguero backfired quite spectacularly, with the former being shown a straight red for violent conduct, and the latter misfiring against a spirited Wolves side.
However, looking ahead to Gameweek 4, there are two new faces whose impressive recent form has made FPL bosses sit up and take note, while a pair of premium forwards who many predicted would be red-hot, have turned out to be anything but.
So, without further ado, here are my thoughts on the biggest market movements ahead of Gameweek 4.
Theo Walcott vs. Huddersfield (H)
Everton’s Theo Walcott has suddenly become very popular among FPL bosses this week following the suspension of his teammate Richarlison, with over 683,000 of us drafting him in to our squads. The Brazilian will miss the next two EPL games, starting with the Gameweek 4 fixture at home to Huddersfield.
Walcott has been among the goals himself in the early stages of the season, netting his second goal in three games as the Toffees threw away a two goal lead down at the Vitality in Gameweek 3.
Conveniently, Richarlison and Walcott are identically priced, and both look viable long-term assets – so the straight swap that many have opted for looks a really shrewd move.
With such a winnable looking fixture to come against a struggling Huddersfield side, FPL bosses are clearly expecting more big returns from the former Arsenal man, with well over half a million having already made their move at the time of writing.
Lucas Moura vs. Watford (A)
Another one who has become very popular among FPL bosses this week is Spurs winger Lucas Moura, following his stunning performance at Old Trafford at the tail end of Gameweek 3, in which the Brazilian bagged a brace – leading to over 501,000+ transfers IN at the time of writing.
With Spurs not having as many attacking options as the likes of Manchester City, Lucas is far less vulnerable to rotation – particularly with Son Heung-Min still on international duty – making him one to keep an eye on over the next few Gameweeks if you’re not yet convinced.
Spurs travel to Watford in Gameweek 4 with both sides having taken maximum points from their opening three games, and whilst this is a fixture I expect Mauricio Pochettino’s side to be victorious in, I’ll personally be holding fire until after their Gameweek 5 meeting with Liverpool.
Who’s NOT? (hot)
Firmino vs. Leicester (A)
Liverpool join both Watford and Spurs as the early-season pacesetters, however, Roberto Firmino is yet to get off the mark, making him an expensive passenger at £9.5m.
As a result, his ownership percentage is plummeting, with over 162,000 FPL bosses opting do ditch the Brazilian forward at the time of writing, ahead of Liverpool’s Gameweek 4 trip to Leicester.
With far cheaper options such as Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic bringing in big returns early on, it’s easy to see why so many are looking elsewhere.
Aubameyang vs. Cardiff (A)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is another premium forward who is yet to get off the mark, and is the second-most transferred out player at the time of writing ahead of Gameweek 4 (excluding the suspended Richarlison and Marko Arnautovic who is an injury doubt), with over 130,000 of you pulling the plug on the Arsenal front-man.
However, this mass shunning of the Gabon international may be a tad premature, with Arsenal travelling to Cardiff in Gameweek 4.
That said, Sergio Aguero’s incredible goal-scoring record against Newcastle, who Manchester City face this weekend, may have been enough to convince many to make a change.
As an Aubameyang owner, this is my last throw of the dice on the former Dortmund man – another blank at the Cardiff City Stadium and I too will look elsewhere.
Also worth reading
> FPLTips Team – Gameweek 4
> Captain Picks & Tips – Gameweek 4
> Fixture Tracker – Gameweek 4-9
> FPL Watchlist – Gameweek 4
> Always Cheating Podcast – Gameweek 4
> The FPL General Podcast – Gameweek 4
BEFORE YOU GO… We’ve teamed up with Starting 11 once again this season and will be playing their Daily Fantasy Premier League game, alongside FPL.