Friday 15th September
Bournemouth vs Brighton (20:00)
Saturday 16th September
Crystal Palace vs Southampton (12:30)
Huddersfield vs Leicester (15:00)
Liverpool vs Burnley (15:00)
Newcastle vs Stoke (15:00)
Watford vs Man City (15:00)
West Brom vs West Ham (15:00)
Spurs vs Swansea (17:30)
Sunday 17th September
Chelsea vs Arsenal (13:30)
Man Utd vs Everton (16:00)
If Bournemouth’s poor early season form can be turned around, then it could well begin with their clash with Brighton on Friday evening, which FPL have deemed is the easiest fixture this weekend having assigned an FDR (Fixture Difficulty Rating) score of 1 to the match for Eddie Howe's men. There are no real standout FPL contenders from a team that have struggled to start the season but despite conceding eight goals in their two games, Charlie Daniels (£4.9m) has the potential to land a clean sheet in this one as well as providing the attacking threat he usually does for an added bonus.
Having cruised to a 5-0 win over 10-man Liverpool, it perhaps isn’t surprising that Man City scored the most points – not only in gameweek 4 – but the largest total posted in a single gameweek so far this season. Pep Guardiola’s men amassed 88 FPL points between their players, which has raised the bar for the season. Of those points, substitute Leroy Sané (£8.2m) was their highest scorer with 13 points, which highlights the spread of points per player across the team.
Man Utd’s impressive start to the Premier League season has also translated into the world of FPL. They have so far accumulated 270 FPL points as a team so far through their four games, 46 points more than the team in second place, Watford. It’s a hugely impressive total with Paul Pogba (£8.2m) their highest scorer with 31 points so far. However, he is best avoided at this moment in time as he waits to find out the extent of a hamstring injury picked up in the Champions League in midweek. Marcus Rashford (£7.5m) seems to pick up points no matter what position he’s playing and his 20 points so far could be added to over the coming games with his price tag potentially representing great value.
Watford’s Kiko Femenía (£4.5m) is the best value for money in FPL after the first four games when looking at points per million. He’s scored 28 points so far, representing a huge 6.22 points per million. Following their amazing start, it isn’t surprising that Huddersfield have four players inside the top 20 in this list with their players not costing a great deal. All four of those are defenders, whilst Newcastle also supply three of the top 20 from their defensive players, with Rob Elliot (£4.1m) providing a cheap option in goal, especially as the Magpies failed to strengthen in that position over the summer. Man Utd’s Eric Bailly (£6.2m) also finds his way into the top 20 with 4.5 points per million, and would prove to be a good pick-up with him looking like the Red Devils’ first choice centre-back.
Tottenham have the lowest FDR across the next four games with an average of just 2.0. They host Swansea this weekend before away games at West Ham and Huddersfield, before returning to Wembley to face Bournemouth. Now that August is out of the way, surely it’s time to get Harry Kane (£12.4m) back in your team. As previous data suggested, Kane had a dry August but has come to life in September, with six goals in three games for club and country so far this month. Ben Davies (£5.7m) continues to impress in Danny Rose’s absence and is the highest scoring FPL defender so far with 32 points with his ability to provide quality in the final third. Christan Eriksen (£9.7m) should also have plenty of joy in these coming fixtures and will look to add to his one goal and three assists from four games so far this season.
At the other end of the scale, it looks like a tough inauguration for Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace. His new side host Southampton followed by consecutive visits to Manchester to face Man City and Man Utd, before hosting Chelsea. They have the highest FDR across the next four games with an average of 3.5 per game, and it’s easy to see why. A new manager bounce may not be forthcoming in those fixtures so it could be wise to ditch any Palace players you have until that run of fixtures comes to an end.
Finally, it’s worth keeping an eye on a certain Stoke midfielder…or is that striker? Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (£5.6m) has come on to the radar following his two goal display against Man Utd last weekend. He’s a bargain at his current price, especially if he continues to retain a role up front. He will bag five points for every goal he scores with him being classed as a midfielder on FPL, and he could turn out to be one of the steals of the season.