Every week the brilliant Holly Shand brings us her insight into the blend of FPL form vs FPL fixtures to help us decide on the best transfers for the coming Gameweek.
Now that we've seen every Premier League side in action, we have a wealth of data to inform our decisions for the Gameweek 3 Form vs Fixture charts.
The combined chart demonstrates the sides with the best balance of form and fixtures going forward. There's also my top three transfer targets for Gameweek 3 and a potential wildcard squad for Gameweek 3, with the charts at the heart of the decision making.
The FPL fixtures chart uses the site fixture ticker, focusing on attack for the next four Gameweeks. The form charts also have attack in mind, studying the number of goals scored per game, whilst reflecting the format of the site ticker.
FPL Fixtures Chart
At the top of the FPL fixtures chart we have Wolves; they face two promoted sides in their next four games, plus lacklustre Newcastle United and West Ham United sides. Raul Jimenez (£8.5m) remains the go-to investment; Mr Consistent already has two goals to his name this season, having taken eight shots. Daniel Podence (£5.5m) presents a budget option, with two assists in two games, but with a flurry of new signings and Adama Traore (£6.5m) likely to move into the front three soon, he does pose a rotation risk.
Burnley come into second place, and despite having a number of key injuries throughout their squad, there are a number of assets that could be worth considering here. The standout has to be Chris Wood (£6.5m); he got on the scoresheet in Burnley's opener against Leicester City, having had three goal attempts. Charlie Taylor (£4.5m) looked lively from full-back putting crosses into the box, and Erik Pieters (£4.5m) could play out of position as a midfielder.
At the other end of the table, the quality of fixtures for Arsenal and West Ham are off the chart. There's an argument for sticking with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£12.0m) after he started the season with a goal and an assist in his first two games, but he's unlikely to keep pace with the premium midfielders from Manchester City, Liverpool, Spurs and Manchester United over the course of the next four games.
FPL Form Chart
Leeds United and Leicester City share top spot in the Gameweek 3 form chart, having scored seven goals across their opening two fixtures. Leeds United have a wealth of attacking talent and have arguably been one of the best sides going forward this season: they were known for squandering chances in the Championship, but have a high goal conversion rate for this campaign so far. Patrick Bamford (£5.7m) should have the edge over Rodrigo (£5.9m) for at least the next few weeks: he has scored twice. Mateusz Klich (£5.6m) has the most up-side given his penalty potential: he's grabbed two goals and one assist.
Everton and Manchester City aren't far behind, with an average of three goals per game to start the season. I like the consistency that Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.2m) provides, but keep an eye on his fitness ahead of the weekend. He leads the goalscoring charts with four goals. James Rodriguez (£7.5m) is the pick from the midfield: he showed he is a world-class player with a goal and an assist against West Brom and the sky is the limit for him, provided he can stay fit. We are still waiting to find out who is on penalties...
For Manchester City, it was Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6m) who outshone Raheem Sterling (£11.5m) in their opening fixture; he's still on penalties and was even awarded a questionable assist to start the season with a 13 point haul. Key acquisitions in defence and defensive midfield gave him the licence to roam forward; four shots on target and six chances created are impressive numbers. Phil Foden (£6.5m) has also confirmed his place as a mid-priced City enabler; he played the full 90 minutes against Wolves, grabbing a crucial goal.
Sheffield United are the only side who have failed to find the back of the net in across their opening two games, with a missed penalty to throw into the mix too. West Ham United aren't performing much better, with just a solitary goal to their name, and it could be an uphill struggle for the Hammers this season when you take into account their short-term fixture schedule.
Form vs Fixtures
There's one marginal leader in the Gameweek 3 charts, followed by a cluster of seven other sides tightly packed towards the top. Owning assets from any of these clubs could be a viable strategy, but there are some standout players.
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