Fantasy Premier League 22/23: Gameweek 4 tips and expert advice | Soccer News

With the new Premier League season in full swing, Sky Sports has launched a weekly column bringing you essential advice from the world’s best Fantasy Premier League managers.

In our last column, Holly Shand, FPL Heisenberg and FPL family — who between them have ten top-10,000 finishes and over 30 years of fantastic experience — discuss what their generic squads would look like and who their captain is for the week.

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Who is your captain for the week? Salah, Haaland, Jesus or Kane?

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FPL_Heisenberg: I’m going to Mohamed Salah (£13m) because even when Liverpool aren’t at their best, they still pop up with goals and assists. I expect them to bounce back at home against Bournemouth and Salah to have plenty of scoring opportunities. Add to that his reliability over the past few seasons and a game against a newly promoted side, and I keep faith with the Egyptian king.

Holly Shand: This week may be the toughest captaincy decision of the season so far, but I’m also on Salah right now – he has a home game, is on penalties and has scored every time he played against Bournemouth. The Cherries have conceded seven goals in their last two games.

FPL family: Currently I have Salah but I can’t ignore the form of Gabriel Jesus (£8.2m). He’s already been involved in five of Arsenal’s goals this season and if you take the penalties out of the data his xG (expected goals) is the highest in the league meaning he’s doing everything he can. it takes to get FPL points.

Do you trust the form of Rodrigo and Gundogan?

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Holly Shand: I think we can trust Rodrigo’s form (£6.3m) by looking at his underlying numbers: he’s best among midfielders for shots (13). He’s scored four goals from three big chances, so he may be a slight overachiever, but the comebacks are always durable. Ilkay Gundogan (£7.6m) is high on my watchlist but I’d be more interested in him if Bernardo Silva (£6.8m) leaves in the transfer window: less competition should mean more minutes for him. He certainly takes great positions, similar to what we saw from him in the 2020/21 season when he scored 13 goals.

FPL family: Jesse Marsch has built a very creative supporting cast – particularly Brenden Aaronson (£5.5m) and Jack Harrison (£6m) – so whoever plays in the lead will benefit. At the moment it’s Rodrigo and as a midfielder he will score an extra point for every goal and also has a chance of getting a clean sheet point.

As Holly notes, Gundogan has an FPL history. Erling Haaland (£11.7m) keeps defenders busy and that creates space for midfield runners and in Kevin De Bruyne (£12.1m) they have someone who can run those accurate bullets, so I think Gundogan is a great choice going forward. FPL.

FPL_Heisenberg: Both are good midfield options, but I’m saving a transfer this week so neither of them will be in my squad. Rodrigo is on fire but when Patrick Bamford (£7.4million) returns he is likely to fall back a bit and it is even possible that he will lose his place in the squad in the coming weeks when Marsch has all his attack options in top form.

Gundogan appears to be nailed for starts and regularly enters the box, completing the chances presented to him. A word of warning though – you should beware of Pep Guardiola rotating his squad, especially with the condensed fixture schedule ahead.

What are you doing with premium defenders like Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Cancelo, Walker and James?

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FPL_Heisenberg: I’m not panicking and holding premium defenders as they all have good games and FPL can swing quickly – wouldn’t be surprised to see Reece James (£6.1m), Joao Cancelo (£7.1m) . ) and Liverpool full-backs are back in the points as soon as possible.

FPL family: I too will keep the faith. The points may not be flowing too freely this season yet, but all of these players were sensational for us last season and historically in FPL. Chelsea, Liverpool and City also have decent home games in GW4. They may cost a good chunk of our FPL budgets, but I think they are worth keeping.

Holly Shand: The double at Liverpool full-backs is too much at the moment, but if you have other transfers to prioritise, save Andrew Robertson (£6.9m) for one more week for the Bournemouth game. Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) is the top defender in terms of chances created this season with eight. The lack of certainty around James’ positioning is concerning: he is much more effective as a right-back than as a right centre-back. Keep faith with the Manchester City defenders for now – I think they will produce stronger performances this season despite a shaky performance against Newcastle.

Are you considering Man Utd assets after Monday?

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FPL family: United were superb against Liverpool and Marcus Rashford (£6.3m) in particular appeared to be regaining some confidence. If Erik ten Hag can get the Rashford we know and love back into shape and fire into this team, he’ll be on a few fantasy radars. I’ll wait to see some consistency from United before diving in.

Holly Shand: Man Utd’s assets were always going to provide fantastic value in FPL when they found form and Rashford looks like the one to invest in right now. With Anthony Martial (£6.9m) back fit to lead the line, Rashford has the freedom to run the channels and cause defenders problems on the counter-attack. He had five shots inside the box against Liverpool.

FPL_Heisenberg: No, despite their good performance against Liverpool, none of their players interest me at the moment. I think there are better options at similar prices at other clubs.

With unpredictable clean sheets, what is your goalkeeping strategy?

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FPL_Heisenberg: If you’re looking to bring in a goalkeeper, Robert Sanchez from Brighton (£4.5m) is my preference as they have a solid defense and favorable run of matches. Another good cheap goalkeeper with favorable matches is David Raya of Brentford (£4.5m).

FPL family: I also have Sanchez and I’m thinking of staying with him. Brighton have been excellent defensively so far this season, conceding just one goal. Only Man City and Arsenal have better xGC (expected goals conceded), meaning their defensive performances so far – and the FPL points Sanchez gets – should continue, assuming they continue.

Holly Shand: As the lads have said, Brighton have been great this season. I’m looking to get away from the Leicester goalkeeper to bring in Sanchez this week. With big matches coming up, he can easily recoup the points spent to complete the transfer.

If you made a joker this week, what would your team look like?

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FPL_Heisenberg: I would be looking to go for Harry Kane (£11.4m) over Haaland as the latter is likely to be rested from time to time in this busy period ahead. I would also be looking to bring in good value players with solid form and good fixtures, like Ivan Toney (£7.2m), Pascal Gross (£5.7m), Sanchez, Rodrigo and Gundogan. I would probably switch to a 3-4-3 formation too, with Andreas Pereira (£4.5m), Neco Williams (£4.1m) and Nathan Patterson (£4m) as cheap bench players, and I would stay by Salah, Alexander-Arnold, James and Cancelo.

Holly Shand: I would look to play a 4-3-3 formation and move away from Haaland, who could be rotated now that the fixture schedule has become crowded.

Sanchez; Alexander-Arnold, Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.2m), Cancelo, Ivan Perisic (£5.5m); Salah, Gundogan, Gabriel Martinelli (£6.4m); Kane, Jesus, Alexsandar Mitrovic (£6.6m).

Bench: Danny Ward (£4m); Williams, Andreas, Josh Dasilva (£4.6m).

FPL family: Arsenal, City, Liverpool and Chelsea all have great home games in GW4 and over the next few weeks. So my wild card would largely include those teams, probably with a Spurs full-back for good measure too (although picking the right one is going to be the challenge). I would say, however, that there are already a lot of highly held FPL assets by these teams in managers’ FPL setups, so picking a differential or two is going to be key if you’ve decided that now is the right time to wildcard and ride those mini-leagues. Leeds and Brentford in particular should be a good source of Fantasy differential points.

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