Another weekend of Premier League action has come and gone. Some players have exceeded our expectations, while others have flopped spectacularly. Lets look at the Fantasy Takeaways from Gameweek 4!!

By @FPLMarple

 

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The weekend opener looked like being a points fest for Liverpool and Manchester City attackers, but it turned into a bloodbath as Liverpool went down 5-0 at the Etihad. Two goals from each of Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus, and one from Sergio Aguero made it a miserable day for owners of any Liverpool player. A sending off for Sadio Mane (30% ownership) had his owners in a tizzy, especially the 52916 who the @OfficialFPL account reported as swapping him IN for KdB ahead of Gameweek 4. Ouch.

Arsenal bounced back from their own Liverpool trouncing in Gameweek 3, to record a 3-0 win against Bournemouth. Those who made a pre-emptive pickup of Sanchez were left disappointed however, when he only made a 15 minute cameo at the end of the game. Two of the goals were scored by superstar striker Danny Welbeck, owned by 1.9% of managers and the other by Alexandre Lacazette, assisted by Danny the Champion of the World. Ramsey owners were rewarded for sticking with him, as he scored 6 points courtesy of an assist and clean sheet. Bournemouth, get in the bin.

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Pascal Gross was the star of the gameweek, scoring 18 points in Brighton’s 3-1 win over West Brom. Two goals and an assist made it quite the day for the German, but tragically those points won’t have counted towards much of his 1.4% of manager’s totals as he’ll have been firmly planted on benches. Spare a thought for that guy who had him as first sub and then saw Sanchez’ cameo ruin his Gameweek. West Brom had a defensive day to forget, as they have now conceded 3 goals in Gameweek 3 & 4 following 2 clean sheets to begin the season. James Morrison scored the goal for the Baggies, but only his mother picked him.

 

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Spurs spanked Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park, with Harry Kane breaking his League duck (it is September after all) with two strikes and Christian Eriksen scoring the other. Fullbacks Trippier and Ben Davies came through in a big way providing all three of the assists. That’s 2 x 14 point hauls for Davies in 4 games. He is looking more and more the budget Marcos Alonso, and for as long as Danny Rose is out he is surely a nailed on starter and a fantasy must own.

No clean sheets at the King Power stadium, as Leicester went down 1-2 to Chelsea. Alvaro Morata rewarded those who brought him in for Lukaku this week, although not those who did so at the expense of Harry Kane. Jamie Vardy scored for the Foxes, taking his season tally to three goals. N’Golo Kante scored against his old side, and a few of his managers may have lucked out if he auto-subbed in for their team.

 

 

Watford traveled to Southampton with not a lot of outsiders fancying their chances to pull off a result. However, the Hornets ran out winners by a scoreline of 0-2. Welcome reward for those with Watford defenders, especially the 1.4% who own Kiko Femenia. His assist and clean sheet gave him a weekly score of 11 points, and bring his season tally to 28 points. Saints defenders such as Ryan Bertrand are very hard to rely on so far this season, as Southampton have now had two games where they have conceded two goals, to go with their two clean sheets.

Stoke and Manchester United played out an exciting 2-2 draw with Romelu Lukaku coming through for his owners with a second half goal, assisted by Paul Pogba. However it was Stoke attacker Jean Eric Maxim Choupo Moting (Dave to his friends) who stole the show, with two goals for the Potters, assisted by Shaqiri and Diouf. Mkhitaryan owners were left disappointed.

 

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Burnley striker Chris Wood has taken to the Premier League by storm since his transfer window move from Leeds Utd. He scored the only goal of the game as the Clarets piled more misery on Crystal Palace fans and led to the sacking of De Boer after only 4 games of the season. Two goals and 15 points in two games has FPL managers excited, although perhaps not Sam Vokes owners. The Welshman has managed only 3 points and has been substituted in both of the games Wood has played. Things can only get better for Palace, although if the reports are true linking Roy Hodgson with the managerial chair at Selhurst Park… maybe not.

Swansea lost 0-1 at home to Newcastle, courtesy of a Jamaal Lascelles goal which saw the defender end the game on 15 points thanks to a clean sheet, goal and 3 bonus points. Very nice indeed. Matt Richie provided the assist for Lascelles, his second in as many games. However he also picked up his 3rd yellow card of the season, an indiscretion which will have disappointed his owners.

Monday Night Football featured West Ham against Huddersfield and hopes were high for Hammer’s forward Chicarito and Huddersfield’s Steve Mounie and Aaron Mooy to get on the scoresheet and finish the gameweek with a bang for their owners. However, it was former Swansea star Andre Ayew who was the main man as the Hammers won by two goals to nil, relieving some of the pressure on Slaven Bilic in the dugout. Should he return to form he provides a very nice alternative to the other £7m midfielders managers might be considering. Jose Fonte also added an assist to his clean sheet points, giving him 10 points on the week. He has quality, and is another who managers may want to keep an eye on in coming weeks should West Ham turn the corner.

 

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