The only thing worse than heartbreak is the International Break.
Thank the lord FPL is back. Despite gameweek 4 seeing Pascal Groß miss a penalty for a -1, Theo Walcott getting injured in 55th minute & Sergio Agüero hitting every post in sight, I remain positive that I am not an FPL fraud. Let’s see if we can go again and pick out some decent players for gameweek 5.
Averages so far:
Banker – 7.33pts
Value – 1.66pts
Wildcard – 5.5pts
Banker – Eden Hazard – 10.7m
No Chelsea player has created more chances than the effervescent Eden Hazard and, in limited minutes (223), he has managed to produce 2 goals, 2 assist & 4 bonus points. His ownership is on the up making him a rank threat if he scores big and you don’t own him.
The Blues play a Cardiff side at the beginning of what looks to be a torturous run and whilst I don’t think their defence is as bad as many have it out to be, they’ll most likely find it tough to contain a Chelsea side brimming with confidence after 4 victories in 4.
Arguably Chelsea have yet to fully adapt to the attacking philosophy of Sarri-Ball so they could potentially get even better as players continue to adopt his gung-ho tactics. If Sarri can release the shackles from the defensive days of Mourinho & Conte we might yet see Hazard fully realise his FPL potential and turn his eye-catching but often inconsistent points hauls into regular returns.
Value – Danny Ings – 5.6m
Danny Ings has had a torrid time since his move from Burnley to Liverpool back in 2015 but he’s made terrific start to life at Southampton with 2 goals & 3 bonus points in 269mins.
He’s currently the 5th highest striker in the league for xG (expected goals) with 2.14 - that’s more than Harry Kane & Roberto Firmino, both of whom have played more minutes - which suggests Southampton could have finally found a forward who can take up great positions and generate (and convert) scoring opportunities.
Scoring against local rivals Brighton would only endear him to the Saints faithful further and at just 5.6m he’s good value to do just that.
Wildcard – Matt Doherty – 4.4m
Wolves have made a solid start to life in the Premier League having won one and drawn 2 of their first 4 games. They’ve conceded 5 in 4 games but their position of 4th in the league for xGA (expected goals against) with 3.6 goals suggests they’ve have been unlucky to concede so many.
Matt Doherty has provided 11 crosses, the most amongst his teammates, and has had 5 shots inside the penalty area - only 3 FPL defenders have managed more.
It seems like a great time to invest with home fixtures against Burnley, Southampton & Watford in his next 5 games. Bennett at 4.1 could be an alternative and with Wolves’ fixtures rotating nicely with Palace over the next few matches, a double up with either Aaron Wan-Bissaka or Patrick Van Aanholt could be a great source of budget points.