What is the best FPL Gameweek 4 Free Hit team? FPL Junior (five top 17k finishes in last six seasons) shares his FPL tips by selecting a team each week to try and score as many points as possible. In essence, he will be playing his Free Hit chip every single Gameweek.
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FPL Gameweek 4 Free Hit Team
Sa: Wolves face Watford who have tallied the third lowest xG (2.4) and registered the joint lowest number of big chances (1). Wolves are yet to keep a clean sheet but their defensive numbers haven’t been bad considering they faced three of last seasons top six. During these games they’ve conceded the second fewest shots (27).
Digne: Everton have conceded just two big chances this season and 17 shots in the box (both 3rd lowest). Digne continues to be on corners for the blues and he’s registered five key passes this season.
Burnley’s offensive stats are middling which isn’t a real surprise but I’m much more confident in Benitez’ defence than his predecessor’s one.
Reguilón: Opponents Crystal Palace have managed the fewest shots (20), shots on target (5) and have totalled the second lowest xG (2.3). The Spaniard cleaned up the bonus last week as well as firing his first shot of the season.
His attacking threat doesn’t stand out, but Spurs have somehow found a knack of keeping clean sheets under Nuno.
Azpilicueta: Chelsea’s defence continues to be resolute and should be a consistent pick in the XI throughout the season. The data is slightly skewed due to their red card against Liverpool but the eye test shows strong of a unit they are. I’ve gone for Azpi as I’m unsure whether Alonso holds his place and he’s likely to be deployed at right wing-back in James’ absence.
Christensen provides a budget alternative.
Greenwood: It’s three in three for the wonderkid despite having had just one big chance so far. His place still looks secure, even with the arrival of a certain Portuguese forward.
Newcastle has shipped the second most big chances (11) and xGC (7.7). The attacker should get plenty of chances to add to his tally and be buoyed by the arrival of further competition for his place in the XI.
Torres: When you get the chance to own an out of position midfielder who’s playing false nine for £7.1m, you’ve got to chance your arm, especially when it’s one of the most potent attacks in the league. City rank top for NPxG (7.6) and big chances (12) this season.
The forward is in the top 15 for shots but despite these numbers not being top tier, 33% of them have been big chances. Only five other players can boast a higher NPxG than the Spaniard, and he’s also had a very successful international break.
Jota: Liverpool travels to Leeds whose defensive stats rank in the bottom third for most metrics. They rank fourth-worst for xGC (5.8) and NPxGC (3.2). With Firmino sidelined, Jota is going to have secure game time which is a gift that I find hard to ignore. In 80 less minutes, he’s had three big chances vs Salah’s one and a higher NPxGC. Penalties are always a factor for Salah but while he’s nailed, he’s going to be hard to ignore!
Leeds were better at home defensively last season so it’s a small factor that prevented me from doubling up.
Mount: Mason has amounted two assists in his first three games and his creative stats have been impressive. Five key passes, three of which were big chances (1st) as well as an xA of 1.43 (4th) have been promising numbers for a player who continually ticks over in a season. Add a new number nine to the side, I think he’ll get plenty of joy against Villa and you can’t forget he’s on the Blue’s set-pieces.
Ronaldo: It’s a debut for Man Utd and the Hub XI as CR7 slots straight in against Newcastle. The hype has been through the Richter scale and the appeal of the fixture already being explained, he pips Fernandes in the side due to the likely added appeal of penalties.
I’m not certain he’s going to start or play 90 minutes but I think it’s more likely he’ll be named on the starting XI.
Antonio: The man is ranked first for nearly every goal threat statistic. £7.9m. 40 points. Enough said.
Lukaku: After getting over a minor knock, Lukaku was the first name on the teamsheet this week for his second home debut against Aston Villa. It’s hard to judge his performance against Liverpool with 11 men but he showed enough in his first two in my opinion to warrant a spot in the highly competitive front three.
This is Villa’s first tough matchup of the season and they will be without a number of South Americans including Emi Martinez.
Steele, Duffy, Livramento and Bissouma line up on the bench.
FPL Gameweek 4 Free Hit Team
All stats used in the article can be found using Fantasy Football Hub’s Opta Stats tool.
The Man City defence doesn’t feature this week due to the likely absence of Ederson in net.
Once again Trent Alexander-Arnold doesn’t make the cut with Allison supposedly set to miss the game.
Calvert-Lewin is carrying a knock and despite training on Thursday, I’m not 100% certain of his fitness which helped me decide on the three other forwards. It was such a difficult decision and I see him returning for the fourth week running if he’s fully fit to play.
The front three is such a tough choice and it left me with no room to fit in Kane. No doubt he’ll feature soon but he has historically started the season slowly and is set to start his second game of the season against Palace. Son was in the XI until news broke of his injury picked up on international duty.
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