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From the must starts, to the best of a bad bunch, here are this week’s picks for Gameweek 4 of the 2015/16 season.
Petr Cech: The Czech man mountain’s quality was there for all to see against Liverpool at the Emirates on Monday night. He foiled Philippe Coutinho and Christian Benteke on two outstanding occasions when the both looked odds on to score. Facing a Newcastle team searching for cohesion in the forward line, Cech – claiming 2,345 points – could be in for a promising game.
Adama Traore: The ex-Barca starlet made his deubt at Palace in Gameweek 3 and turned heads with his cameo display. The pacey and dynamic wideman looks an unbeliveable prospect and scoring midweek in the League Cup, he could very likely get a start at home Sunderland this weekend.
Callum Wilson: The Cherries’ hat-trick hero in Gameweek 3, Callum Wilson will look to inflict much the same damage on Leicester this Saturday. For an in-depth look see our Champs and Chumps article this week.
Pedro: The decorated Spain winger-cum-striker took little time to make an immediate impact against West Brom last Sunday, leaving the field with a goal and assist in his possession. The ex-Barca man has already gained a huge following in PlayON, with 25% of managers currently selecting him in their line-ups.
Bakary Sako: Crystal Palace’s new signing made an eye-catching impact in a debut for the Eagles, scoring the winning goal of the fixture and generally impressive in his contributions. The Malian international could retain his place for the Chelsea game, despite Yannick Bolasie returning from compassionate leave. Priced at £7.4m, he could be well worth the punt.
Seamus Coleman: Despite City’s 2-0 victory in Gameweek 3, Everton’s rampaging full-back, Seamus Coleman produced an outstanding defensive and attacking display that reminded all of his claim to the title of best right-back in the league. Facing Spurs away on Saturday, Coleman is priced at £8.6m.
Jamie Vardy: Claudio Ranieri has been so impressed by the impact of Jamie Vardy this season that he’s touted his forward for another England call-up. Vardy supplied Mahrez with his goal to equalise in Gameweek 3 against Spurs and has been constant menace to opposition this campaign. Pricey enough at £8.6m, Vardy promises excellent differential potential against Bournemouth.
Nathaniel Clyne: Already one of the outstanding buys of the transfer window, Nathaniel Clyne has been an absolute rock in the Liverpool right-back position and a consistent PlayON booster. The ex-Southampton man has kept three clean sheets this season and scored upward of 1,000 points on a regular basis. The Reds take on West Ham at Anfield in Gameweek 4.
David Silva: The Spanish master has began his 2015/16 campaign to superb effect, scoring a goal and three assists over the opening three games. Currently tied with Yaya Toure for assists, the two are liable to run the show at home to Watford in Gameweek 4.
Chris Smalling: Van Gaal appears to have resolved outstanding defensive frailties at Old Trafford and Chris Smalling has been the primary beneficiary. The 25 year old centre half has played a pivotal role in United’s three clean sheets this season and has consistently racked upwards of 1,000 PlayON points each week.
Florian Thauvin: Will he be more Ginola or Ben Arfa? That is the question. Florian Thauvin has made the right impressions so far to suggest he could make a valuable contribution to the Magpies’ season. The Frenchman scored one and created three more in the League Cup midweek, and his cameo at Old Trafford in Gameweek 3 showed flashes of clear talent.
It’s difficult to judge his potential against Arsenal, but at just 0.2% selection rate and priced at £8m he could be a surprise differential.
Nathan Redmond: If Norwich City and Nathan Redmond have proved anything in the early stages of 2015/16 it’s that they can certainly mix it up at this level. Redmond has has a direct role in three of Norwich’s five goals in the top flight, turning in an assist and two goals so far. Facing a Southampton with a noticeably weakened backline, Redmond could make an impact.
Graziano Pelle: The big Italian has registered just the one goal in the Premier League last season, but it isn’t for want of trying. Among forwards, he trails only Olivier Giroud for attempts on goal with 11 shots in total and places behind Callum Wilson for touches in the box with 29. The Italian is heavily involved in general play for a Southampton side that is yet to reach anywhere near the heights of last season. Norwich in Gameweek 4 won’t be an easy fixture, but the Canaries haven’t kept a clean sheet yet.
Costel Pantillimon: Sunderland’s custodian appears to have rediscovered last season’s form following a poor start to this campaign – though to be fair the brunt of the blame was laid squarely outfield.
The Romanian was back to his best in Gameweek 3, denying an inform Swansea side on multiple occasions to make a very impressive eight saves, yielding an overall tally of 1,800 points.
Xherdan Shaqiri: Quite potentially the bargain of the season from Stoke (again), Xherdan Shaqiri made an impressive start to his Premier League career, supplying an excellent assist for Diouf last time out.
Expect the majority of daily fantasy managers to jump on him this Gameweek much like 26% already have. Priced at £9.1m he’s hardly cheap, but with Stoke holding a very positive record against their opponents West Brom, the Swiss could very well be among the action.
Gylfi Sigurdsson: Swansea have so many in form players at their disposal it’s easy to forget that their talisman is supposed to be the Icelandic maestro Gylfi Sigurdsson. With Shelvey, Ayew and Gomis taking the plaudits, Sigurdsson has been quietly threatening in his usual way – with goal potential.
Clocking a considerable 12 attempts on goal this season – behind Coutinho, Depay, Sanchez and Mahrez – but no goals, the fantasy football favourite hasn’t quite hit his regular heights just yet. Don’t bet against him getting in among the action at home to United in Gameweek 4.
Dele Alli: Spurs goals are at a premium currently. With Harry Kane keen to rediscover his scoring touch, they’ve come to rely on goals from other sources, one of which turned out to be young Dele Alli in Gameweek 3.
The 19 year old put Spurs in front with a header against Leicester and could find himself off the bench and in the starting line-up now as a result. Priced at £6.8m and enjoying a 3.3% selection rate, the youngster promises bargain differential potential.
Jose Manuel Jurado: Goals haven’t come easy to Watford so far in the Premier League, with a tally of just two in the opening three games to their current tally. When they’ve come closest to scoring, opportunities generally stem from the play of Jose Manuel Jurado, the ex-Spartak attacking midfielder. The Spaniard created three goalscoring opportunities and fired in a total of seven crosses which by coincidence matched up similarly to his compatriot and fellow Premier League new boy, Pedro.
Saloman Rondon: The Baggies’ new signing caught the eye against Chelsea, claiming an assist, generally making a nuisance of himself and disrupting the opposition defence. At a £8.1m outlay in PlayON, he’s not the cheapest of strikers – but against a Stoke City defence that hasn’t kept a clean sheet, the Venezuelan could possibly break his duck in Gameweek 4.
Cheikou Kouyate: The Senegalese utility man is perhaps as close to a sure thing as West Ham have in their arsenal at the moment. The defence was a shambles in defeat to Bournemouth, while Diafra Sakho’s trouble with the law are becoming increasingly disruptive. Kouyate’s defensive solidity and knack for chipping in with a goal mean that he’s almost always worth a inclusion.