EPL Gameweek 4 – Pick, Risk, Avoid

After a fortnight of withdrawal symptoms, the Premier League is back! The weekend starts with a cracker in Manchester City VS Liverpool, where we finally have a chance to get back on the scoring board and bag our team some points. Here is our PRA clinic, so take note of who you should have in your side.

Pick

Romelu Lukaku – Manchester United’s last game against Leicester was the only time Romelu Lukaku hasn’t scored this season. The Belgium followed up this unexpected display with four in two for his national side. United face a tough test away to Stoke, but Lukaku’s performances make it impossible to risk leaving him out of your side. Additionally, The Potters are likely to be without their captain Ryan Shawcross who is likely to be injured for Saturday’s clash.

Cedric Soares – Although West Ham conceded two goals against West Ham (they still managed to win) they have looked solid at the back in their games against Swansea and Huddersfield, keeping clean sheets in both. This week they have a home tie against Watford. Soares could well be part of a back-line that shuts out the Hornets defence, and as a full back, he may be able to chip in with an assist or possibly a goal – with a little luck. Great value.

Eden Hazard – Hazard just missed out on Chelsea’s last game against Everton, but the Belgian star played in both his nation’s games over the international break, scoring in one of them. Conte would be brave to leave Hazard out of a tough game away to Leicester, and Chelsea will not be looking for a gap to emerge between them and current leaders Manchester United. Expect Hazard to play and expect him to be a threat as always.

Risk

David Silva – Silva has started the season well if not brilliantly. Manchester City could only manage a draw at Everton but have won their other games against Bournemouth and Brighton, and Silva has managed to do what he does best a grab a couple of assists along the way. Silva is always looking to create, but this weekend he comes up against a Liverpool side that trounced Arsenal 4-0 in their last outing. If Liverpool struggle at the back again, expect Silva to be among the points.

Roberto Firmino – Firmino is one of the top point scorers (26) this season in fantasy football. The Brazilian has two goals and two assists to his name, and tomorrow lunchtime against Manchester City he’ll be hoping to add to that tally. The only question mark is the same one that hangs over David Silva. Games that include sides from the top six, especially this early in the season, are highly unpredictable. In good form but faces a tough test at the Etihad.

Alexis Sanchez – Arsene Wenger will be looking to put an end to the fiasco that came after their Liverpool defeat and the closing of the transfer window. Thankfully for The Gunners, Sanchez has stayed (possibly not through choice), but there are no doubts about how good he is as a player and what he brings to the side. This will be his second appearance of the season, and with it coming at home to Bournemouth, he may well be able to pick up some points. It’s just a case of waiting and seeing what frame of mind he is in.

Avoid

Kurt Zouma – Stoke have the unenviable task of hosting early leaders Manchester United this weekend, and if that wasn’t bad enough, their captain Ryan Shawcross looks set to miss the game as he’s carrying an injury. Zouma has looked a great loan signing for Stoke, but this weekend he faces two of the best attacking prospects in world football – Lukaku and Rashford. Stoke always make it hard at the Britannia, but for this week at least, it would be wise to leave their defenders out.

Asmir Begovic – Bournemouth have lost their opening three games this season and will be desperate for a result when they travel to North London to face Arsenal on Saturday. However, Arsenal are equally under pressure to get a result and they are less likely to come unstuck at home. Also, with the firepower of Sanchez, Lacazette, and Giroud – all available for selection – they have no shortage of options. Begovic will do incredibly well to keep them from scoring. Unfortunately, it looks like it will be the fourth week without a win for The Cherries

Kevin De Bruyne – One of the biggest let-downs in the fantasy football season, De Bruyne, hasn’t managed an assist or a goal yet this season. The only points he has scored are from making the field and one clean sheet. He hasn’t been awful, but the Belgian man hasn’t been involved in the action. As Manchester City face Liverpool this weekend, it is not worth the risk of keeping him in at £14.0m

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