FPL Gameweek 4 summary: goals, assists, bonuses and injuries on Saturday
Cristiano Ronaldo (£ 12.5million) reaped a double-digit gain on his second Manchester United debut as the Portuguese veteran’s 2.2million owners were rewarded for their investment on Saturday.
So far, no player has accumulated more FPL points than United’s number seven in Gameweek 7, although Romelu Lukaku (£ 11.5million) took a step forward with his fellow premium striker and tied that tally by 13 points.
The Red Devils’ 4-1 loss to Newcastle United was one of eight Premier League games that unfolded on a busy Saturday, the main talking points of which we’ll be discussing in this first round of Gameweek 4.
Our usual, more detailed Scout Notes will follow for all of the day’s matches, but in the meantime our series of resurrected scorecards summarizes key events.
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OBJECTIVES, AID, BONUS PROJECT
MAIN FPL DISCUSSION POINTS
- Private services Son Heung-min (£ 10.1million) and Steven bergwijn (£ 6.0million) and lining up in a diamond formation, Tottenham Hotspur only managed two shots in their overall clash with Crystal Palace (none in the first half) and have the worst total expected goals (0.09) in Gameweek 4 so far. The Eagles, on the other hand, topped Saturday’s xG standings with 3.00.
- Odsonne Edouard (£ 6.5million) scored twice in his debut and Wilfried Zaha (£ 7.0million) apparently solidified his position as Palace’s first-choice penalty taker, stepping up his efforts to take the Eagles’ kick with Luka Milivojevic (£ 5.4million) on the pitch. The performance of the budget midfielder was equally interesting from an FPL perspective. Conor Gallagher (£ 5.5million), who delivered two offensive returns for the second Gameweek in a row. On free kicks and corners, he was involved in nine of Palace’s 18 shots.
- Mason Greenwood (£ 7.7 million), Paul pogba (£ 7.7 million) and Bruno Fernandes (£ 12.5million) are all expected to be tied at 31 FPL points if the bonus points are delivered as planned. No midfielder has more this season.
- Shane duffy (£ 4.2million) is now the best “value” player in the game, earning 5.2 points per million spent. He was part of a Brighton defense that retained their second shutout in four games in a 1-0 win over Brentford.
- Last season’s two best backlines, Manchester City and Chelsea, are now leading with Spurs for clean sheets this season (three each) although the pair are in the bottom half of our Season Ticker in the first four weeks. However, Chelsea have struggled to fight against a lively Aston Villa, and they have now allowed 17 opportunities for deadball situations in the last two weeks of the game.
- Pep Guardiola has named an unchanged starting XI for the third game in a row, the first time he’s made it to City. It’s safe to assume that more changes will be on the horizon once the Champions League kicks off midweek and indeed Thomas Tuchel’s tinkering has already started in earnest, with the bench Mason frame (£ 7.5 million) and Andreas Christensen (£ 5.0million) two of six changes made by the Chelsea manager.
- Dean Smith paired Danny ings (£ 8.0 million) and Ollie Watkins (£ 7.3million) in the same camp for the first time, turning to a 3-5-2 to welcome both forwards. Watkins was heavily involved and registered three times as many touches of the ball as his hitting partner, who was hooked midway through the second half. Watkins also had six shots against Ings.
- MarcalThe two (£ 4.5million) offensive returns in Wolves’ 2-0 win over Watford were his first in FPL. The left-back collected two assists without creating a single chance in Opta’s eyes: a Marcal cross was first turned into his own net by Francisco Sierralta (£ 4.4million), before the Portuguese defender’s blocked shot was converted by the newbie substitute Hee Chang Hwang (£ 5.5million). Marcal and his winger Nelson semedo (£ 4.9million) had three of the six big chances created by Wolves.
- Arsenal have managed 52 attempts on goal in their two encounters with non-big sides this season. Thirty of them came in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Norwich City.
INJURIES AND PROHIBITIONS
Michel antonio (£ 8.0 million) and Japhet Tanganga (£ 4.5million) will both miss Gameweek 5 by suspension after being sent off for two bookable offenses on Saturday.
On the tightrope in suspension, meanwhile, Paul pogba (£ 7.7million) hit three yellow cards after just four weeks of play. Two other bookings before United have played a total of 19 league appearances and he will be suspended for one game.
Brighton’s victory came at a cost, with Adam webster (£ 4.5million) limping with hamstring problem – something that may help Shane duffy‘s (£ 4.2million) chance of remaining in this Albion squad, however.
The seagulls were also sans Pascal Gross (£ 6.0 million) and Enock Mwepu (£ 5.9million), both of which were self-isolating.
“I need to see but he said [Webster] felt something there, but we’ll see how bad it is. Enock has been nuts from a robbery and Pascal is isolating himself. -Graham Potter
Edinson Cavani (£ 8.4million) missed Manchester United’s victory over Newcastle with a blow that shouldn’t keep him away for long, while Rob Holding (£ 4.3million) was absent from Arsenal’s win over Norwich with a knee bruise.
Son Heung-min (£ 10.1million) and Steven bergwijn (£ 6.0million) were absent from Spurs’ loss to Crystal Palace, while Eric Dier (£ 4.6million) was sent off after just 11 minutes of the loss at Selhurst Park.
Nuno Espirito Santo was, as always, a bit thin on the details after the game:
“I do not know. [Son] does not look good. Stevie, let’s wait and see this week. Hopefully they will improve and be available for the next game, let’s see.
“Let’s wait and see [on Dier]. “- Nuno Espirito Santo
Among the most notable returnees on Saturday were Jonny evans (£ 5.4million) and Jannik Vestergaard (£ 4.9million), who shared 90 minutes of playing time between them.
Kevin De Bruyne (£ 11.9 million) and Phil foden (£ 7.9million) were unused replacements for Manchester City.
Callum wilson (£ 7.4million), missing with a thigh injury, will be “touch and go” to feature in Gameweek 5, meanwhile.
PROPERTY AND CAPTAIN FPL – TOP 10K
Ronaldo’s ownership has gone from zero to 65% in the top 10k over the past fortnight and he was the most captaining player among those top managers, with just over half handing him the armband.
Ronaldo and Lukaku were the only players on the ‘most popular’ list above to have racked up double-digit runs so far, but the Belgian is a real differential in comparison.
While nearly 99% of top FPL managers had to accept Antonio’s red card, more than 7% suffered the double disgrace of becoming captain.
There has been a sharp increase in the use of Wildcards in Gameweek 4, with over 17% of the first 10,000 deploying the chip.
The doubled Brighton goalkeeper, bargain defenders and mid-priced ‘out of position’ midfielders are hallmarks of the model squad, with over 85% opting for Ronaldo as well.
STAT WATCH – GAMEWEEK 4
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