Fantasy Premier League tips: Five players you must sign for Gameweek 4, including Man United, Chelsea and West Ham stars

30 Aug

The 2019/20 campaign is well and truly underway and Fantasy Premier League managers have already started tinkering their teams ahead of Gameweek 4.

In Gameweek 3, Mohamed Salah delivered the goods once again, netting a brace against Arsenal to deliver a tidy 15 point haul to please his 43 per cent ownership.

Mohamed Salah scored twice against Arsenal last weekend
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Elsewhere, it was a frustrating weekend for Harry Kane owners, with the England captain blanking at home as they suffered a shock home defeat to Newcastle.

West Ham’s club record signing Sebastien Haller got off the mark for his club after scoring two against Watford.

While Chelsea starlet Mason Mount, who talkSPORT.com tipped for your teams for last week’s fixtures, once again impressed, bagging the opener as the Blues ran out 3-2 victors at Carrow Road.

But who should you draft into your team this week? talkSPORT.com has assessed the form and fixtures of several players and identified five must haves for the upcoming weekend and beyond.

Have a look at our verdict below…

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Emerson Palmieri (£5.5m)

Emerson is now one of Chelsea’s most important players in Frank Lampard’s new look starting XI.

The Italy international had a difficult start to life at Stamford Bridge but he is now enjoying a fine run of form in the side. impressing with his explosive attacks on the left flank.

Emerson has had an impressive start to the campaign
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While Chelsea have yet to record a clean sheet this campaign, Emerson could be a great option to have as they face new boys Sheffield United this weekend.

The defender takes the occasional set piece and often finds himself in goalscoring positions, with Lampard urging him to burst forward in attack constantly.

This season, there have been goals galore when Chelsea have played and you’d be daft not to expect more of the same at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Sebastien Haller (£7.4m)

Haller netted his first two goals for the club against Watford last weekend and Hammers fans breathed a sigh of relief.

There is a lot of pressure on the Frenchman’s shoulders to deliver the goods following his club-record arrival from Frankfurt.

Now he’s off the mark you’d expect the £45m man to continue his good form and kick on in the claret and blue shirt.

Haller’s brace helped West Ham beat the Hornets
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His fixtures suggest Fantasy managers from around the globe should waste no time in bringing him in.

West Ham face Norwich, Aston Villa and Manchester United next and provided he gets the service, Haller is going to win a lot of headers and score plenty of goals.

Jamie Vardy (£8.9m)

Leicester secured their first three points of the season at Sheffield United and they look primed to climb further up the table in Gameweek 4, facing a Bournemouth side with one of the shakiest defences in the division.

James Maddison has had a great campaign so far, providing a beautiful assist to Vardy last time out and he could be another great option – but we are backing the striker to deliver a decent haul of points against the Cherries this week.

Vardy faces Bournemouth next
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Last weekend, Vardy dispatched his goal expertly and quite often when the 31-year-old nets his first he tends to go on a hot-streak of form.

With Brendan Rodgers at the helm and the Foxes playing free-flowing attacking football, there will be chances aplenty for the Englishman over the weekend.

Olekzandr Zinchenko (£5.5m)

There has been a lack of clean sheets so far this season, with just 13 shut-outs across the 30 matches played so far.

However, with Man City at home to Brighton this weekend that looks set to change.

Pep Guardiola’s side are in brilliant form and look set to run riot against the Seagulls, despite the latter’s solid start to the campaign.

Zinchenko nailed down a regular starting spot in Pep Guardiola’s side in the latter stages of last season
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Left-back Zinchenko has a great chance to pick up up an assist or two in the match, and at just £5.5m he is definitely the best value-for-money asset in City’s defensive ranks.

With the fluidity of the side in attack and their strong home form at the Etihad, it could be an absolute hammering at the Etihad so now is the time to bring in another City ace.

Daniel James (£6.0m)

James has had a fine start to his United career, having already netted against Chelsea and Crystal Palace in the opening three matches of the campaign.

Interestingly, the winger is owned by only 3.7 per cent of managers for his trip to Southampton, making him a superb differential option in your team.

James scored a great goal against Palace
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The Welshman has recorded six shots inside the penalty area, more than any team-mate so far and he is a much cheaper alternative to  Anthony Martial (£7.7m) and Marcus Rashford (£8.7m) if you are looking to include an option from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in your ranks.

United will be looking to bounce back from their defeat to Crystal Palace last week and with a trip to Southampton next, this could be the time to invest.


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How the best Premier League XI would fare against the current Manchester City side, according to stats

13 Aug

David Moyes told talkSPORT he believes a team of the Premier League’s best players would struggle to beat Manchester City.

City have accumulated a combined 198 points from the past two seasons alone, more than Bournemouth have ever accrued in their entire top flight history.

Pep Guardiola has assembled a squad capable of dominating the Premier League for another decade
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The former Manchester United boss insists Pep Guardiola’s side, who have won the title for the past two seasons, don’t have a single weakness.

He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I was trying to think the other day if you could make a Premier League team up from all the teams that could topple Man City to win the league, and I think it would be very tough [to beat City].

“Even if you had a team that included all the top players in it.”

It comes after Jose Mourinho claimed the Man City ‘B team’ would be able to compete for the Premier League title, a statement talkSPORT.com was able to corroborate with statistics.

Raheem Sterling is establishing himself as one of the world’s best players under Guardiola’s tutelage
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The champions got their title defence off to a perfect start with a 5-0 thrashing of West Ham United on Saturday afternoon.

But Moyes’ claim got us thinking about how a hypothetical clash between City’s team from the weekend would fare against the best Premier League XI.

In order to achieve as fair a result as possible, we have decided to remove any subjective bias from the equation and use statistics compiled by WhoScored.com to generate our fictitious starting XI made up of players from the remaining 19 teams in the Premier League.

We would take the highest rated players from the 2018/19 season and put them into our team, before calculating an average rating for that side.

Then, we would look at City’s starting XI from the London Stadium, take each individual’s rating, before forming an average based on that.

Once we have completed this, we should be able to generate some sort of conclusion as to how City would compare to the best of the rest.

Of course, it is not a definitive answer given Guardiola chose to rest a number of key players in the East End, but the performance levels from each player were still exceptional.

Scroll down to see how the best of the Premier League compares to the current Manchester City side.

Manchester City XI

Below, you can see the WhoScored.com rating of every player who started for Manchester City this weekend.

MANCHESTER CITY RATINGS

Here’s how the Citizens fared against West Ham (ratings out of 10)

  • Ederson (GK) – 7.7
  • Kyle Walker (RB) – 7.7
  • John Stones (CB) – 7.5
  • Aymeric Laporte (CB) – 7.9
  • Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB) – 7.5
  • Rodri (CDM) – 7.8
  • Kevin De Bruyne (CM) – 8.7
  • David Silva (CM) – 6.9
  • Riyad Mahrez (RW) – 9.8
  • Raheem Sterling (LW) – 9.6
  • Gabriel Jesus (ST) – 7.8

And this how Pep Guardiola lined his side up for the clash.

This is how Man City started against West Ham
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Starting XI WhoScored.com average8.08

Premier League Best XI

Using data from the 2018/19 season, these are technically the best players for each position in the Premier League.

PREMIER LEAGUE XI

Here are the best players from last season, according to stats...

  • Lukasz Fabianski (GK) – 7.02
  • Trent Alexander Arnold (RB) – 7.4
  • Fabian Schar (CB) – 7.3
  • Virgil van Dijk (CB) – 7.4
  • Lucas Digne (LB) – 7.4
  • Paul Pogba (CM) – 7.3
  • Wilfred Ndidi (CM) – 7.21
  • Mohamed Salah (RW) – 7.6
  • Felipe Anderson (CAM) – 7.23
  • Sadio Mane (LW) – 7.4
  • Harry Kane (ST) – 7.4

And this is how that team might look.

The strongest Premier League XI, according to stats
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Starting XI WhoScored.com average7.33

As we can see, the results suggest Manchester City’s strongest team would prove to be a challenge for even the best of the Premier League.

However, this does not mean we can take David Moyes’ statement as fact as there are a number of factors to take into account.

Moyes’ statement was based on one game, meaning this is the set of data we used. But to gain a more reliable set of results, we could have used an average for each Manchester City player from the past year.

Also, this City side train and play with one and another on a daily basis and have developed an acute understanding of a particular system. That being said, it would be extremely difficult to rule out a third successive Premier League title based on the unerring consistency the champions have become synonymous for.

Quite simply, we may well be looking at the greatest Premier League side in history.

Manchester City star Oleksandr Zinchenko has won every Premier League game he has played

10 Aug

Oleksandr Zinchenko set a new Premier League record on Saturday afternoon during Manchester City’s demolition job against West Ham United.

Raheem Sterling got Manchester City’s title defence off to a flying start with a hat-trick at West Ham as VAR made its mark in the Premier League for the first time.

Oleksandr Zinchenko has become a mainstay in the Man city defence
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Gabriel Jesus struck in the first half and Sergio Aguero came off the bench to score a penalty in a thumping 5-0 win for the champions.

However, City were denied another after a goal was disallowed by VAR for the first time in the Premier League, when Sterling was ruled offside by a matter of millimetres.

Then VAR ruled Aguero’s spot-kick, initially saved by Lukasz Fabianski, should be retaken as Declan Rice had encroached into the penalty area. The Argentinian did not make the same mistake twice.

And while Pep Guardiola will undoubtedly be delighted by the ruthless streak shown by his side in the East end, the consistency and solidity of his back line can be epitomised by one man.

BEST PREMIER LEAGUE WINNING RUNS IN HISTORY

There seems to be a theme with this list...

  • Oleksandr Zinchenko – 23 games
  • David Silva – 23 games
  • Fernandinho – 18 games
  • Kevin De Bruyne – 18 games
  • Ederson Moraes – 18 games
  • Arjen Robben – 17 games
  • Nicolas Otamendi – 17 games

Zinchenko may not be the household name City fans have become accustomed to in recent years, but the 22-year-old has won all 23 of the games he has played in the Premier League.

The Ukrainian officially has the best 100% win record in Premier League history, not bad for a £1.7million signing made three years ago.

Gaurdiola clearly rates the makeshift left-back, who signed a long-term contract before the start of the season.

Manchester City news: Oleksandr Zinchenko signs new three-year deal 

20 Jun

Manchester City star Oleksandr Zinchenko has signed a new three-year deal with the club.

The 22-year-old ended City’s 2018/19 domestic treble-winning season as Pep Guardiola’s first-choice left-back.

Oleksandr Zinchenko is a fans’ favourite at the Etihad
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Zinchenko featured in crucial wins over Tottenham, Manchester United and Leicester in the Citizens’ title run-in as they successful defended their Premier League crown.

He also played the full 90 minutes in the club’s FA Cup and Carabao Cup final triumphs.

The Ukraine international is the second City defender to commit his future to the Etihad in as many days after right-back Kyle Walker penned a two-year contract extension.

Zinchenko said: “It’s difficult to express how happy I am to sign this deal.

“This club offers players everything they need to improve and develop, so being here for five more years is an honour.

“This season shows we are built for success. It’s been amazing to be involved in such a historic campaign and it’s one I’ll never forget.

“But I am now completely focused on the coming years and I know more good times are around the corner.”

Zinchenko, who is set to compete against fit-again Benjamin Mendy for a first-team place next season, has remarkably been on the winning side in all 22 of his Premier League games.

He holds the best 100 per cent win record in Premier League history.

Manchester City star Oleksandr Zinchenko kisses reporter Vlada Sedan on live TV        

8 Jun

Oleksandr Zinchenko kissed a reporter on live TV following Ukraine’s emphatic win over Serbia on Friday.

Ukraine beat Serbia 5-0 in a Euro 2020 qualifier with the Manchester City left-back starring in a midfield role.

Oleksandr Zinchenko nailed down a regular starting spot in Pep Guardiola’s side in the latter stages of last season
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There was initial outrage on social media when Zinchenko kissed Vlada Sedan at the end of his post-match interview.

Heavyweight boxer Kubrat Pulev was fined, banned and ordered to take sexual harassment prevention classes after kissing reporter Jennifer Ravalo without her consent in March.

However, Zinchenko and Sedan are close friends and have been pictured together in the past.

The 22-year-old played a crucial role in Manchester City’s historic treble-winning season and was able to keep a fit-again Benjamin Mendy out of the team.

 

Reports have claimed Zinchenko is in line for a new contract as a reward for his fine end-of-season form.

City have been linked with a big-money move for Leicester and England left-back Ben Chilwell, but Zinchenko’s improved performances could see Pep Guardiola prioritise other signings.

The former Ufa defender opted against a move to Wolves after a £16million fee had been agreed last summer, a decision which has paid off with Premier League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup winners’ medals.

Oleksander Zinchenko maintains incredible record to help Manchester City win the Premier League

13 May

Oleksander Zinchenko is an unlikely Manchester City record holder.

As City retained their Premier League crown with a 4-1 win against Brighton, the 22-year-old midfielder maintained a streak that has seen him win EVERY one of the games he has played in.

Oleksander Zinchenko has not lost in the league at Man City

The Ukraine international played the full 90 minutes at the Amex Stadium where goals from Sergio Aguero Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan sealed victory.

And of those who have appeared in five or more games, Zinchenko has a 100 per cent record.

In fact, it was his 22nd Premier League match without defeat and he has proven to be a solid acquisition after being drafted in to provide cover for Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph.

He arrived from Ukraine Premier League side Ufa in 2016, but was loaned out to PSV and Jong PSV before making his debut in the Carabao Cup against Wolves in October 2017.

Zinchenko – and possibly a few fans – will hope he is in the starting XI when City travel to Wembley to take on Watford in the FA Cup final.

Zinchenko's record

1. Dec 13, 2017 – 4-0 Swansea
2.Jan 20, 2018 – 3-1 Newcastle
3.Jan 31, 2018 – 3-0 WBA
4.Feb 10, 2018 – 5-1 Leicester
5.1 Mar, 2018 – 3-0 Arsenal
6.4 Mar, 2018 – 1-0 Chelsea
7.12 Mar, 2018 – 2-0 Stoke
8.9 May, 2018 – 3-1 Brighton
9.29 Sep, 2018 – 2-0 Brighton
10.1 Dec, 2018 – 3-1 Bournemouth
11.30 Dec, 2018 – 3-1 Southampton
12.10 Feb, 2019 – 6-0 Chelsea
13.27 Feb, 2019 – 1-0 West Ham
14.2 Mar, 2019 – 1-0 Bournemouth
15.9 Mar, 2019 – 3-1 Watford
16.30 Mar, 2019 – 2-0 Fulham
17.3 Apr, 2019 – 2-0 Cardiff
18.20 Apr, 2019 – 1-0 Spurs
19.24 Apr, 2019 – 2-0 Man United
20.28 Apr, 2019 – 1-0 Burnley
21.06 May, 2019 – 1-0 Leicester
22.12 May, 2019 – 4-1 Brighton

It’s a game that is live on talkSPORT at 17:00 on Saturday 18 May, which could help City complete a domestic treble – the first time any club has done so.

After winning back-to-back Premier League titles, Oasis legend Noel Gallagher joined talkSPORT to say that as long as Pep Guardiola is in charge, no team will be able to touch them.

Oleksandr Zinchenko denied chance to hold Carabao Cup by Manchester City team mates due to Premier League trophy gaffe

25 Feb

Oleksandr Zinchenko was denied the chance to hold the Carabao Cup by his Manchester City team-mates after his side’s penalty shoot-out victory against Chelsea on Sunday.

The Ukrainian full-back infamously knocked the Premier League trophy off its plinth last season amidst City’s frantic title celebrations and it appeared as if was punished for his clumsiness at Wembley.

Zinchenko put in a solid shift at left-back in the game

Zinchenko was one of Pep Guardiola’s standout performers in the victory, playing all 120 minutes of the affair, but even a commanding performance on the left side of defence did not merit him lifting the trophy from the royal box.

The clip shows his fellow defenders Aymeric Laporte and Nicolas Otamendi jubilantly holding the cup but refuse to celebrate with their counterpart – and Zinchenko is seen enviously scratching his head behind them.

Have a look at the video below…

However, the full-back deservedly got his hands on the the trophy in the end.

The Ukrainian eventually got his hands on the trophy

He is enjoying a good run in the side due to the absence of the injured Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph.

However, Guardiola’s men will not be celebrating for long – with a crucial home fixture against West Ham up next on Wednesday.

Manchester City transfer news: Real Betis plot raid for Oleksandr Zinchenko

18 Oct

Real Betis will make a fresh approach for Manchester City midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko, according to AS.

The Spanish club tried to sign the 21-year-old in the summer but failed to agree a deal for him.

The versatile Ukraine star has been an asset for Man City over the last 12 months.

Betis were hoping to bring the Ukrainian in on loan, however City were said to be pushing for a permanent deal.

Zinchenko has gone on to make two appearances this season and Betis are ready to make a new bid for him.

The Spanish side’s interest in the midfielder has not decreased and they could even be ready to make a permanent offer in January.

Zinchenko made 14 appearances for Manchester City in all competitions last season and is reportedly eager for more action.

Prior to that, he spent the 2016/17 season on loan at Dutch club PSV Eindhoven.

Manchester City transfer news: Versatile starlet Oleksandr Zinchenko open to Napoli switch

12 Oct

Manchester City starlet Oleksandr Zinchenko would be open to a potential move to Napoli, according to his agent.

The 21-year-old was in negotiations with the Italian giants towards the end of last season as Napoli tried to prise the Ukraine international to Serie A.

Manchester City starlet Oleksandr Zinchenko.

City were reluctant to part with the youngster but understood his desire to play more regularly and were willing to discuss a potential move.

However, the deal fell through and Zinchenko remained at City, continuing his development under Pep Guardiola.

Napoli remain interested in the midfielder though, and the player’s agent, Alan Prudnikov, has claimed that his client would be interested in trying to renegotiate a deal in the near future.

Speaking to Radio Marte, Prudnikov said: “We are always open to proposals coming from Italy.

“Napoli showed interest both over the summer and the year before, but never managed to find an agreement with Manchester City.

“I met with [Napoli director Cristiano] Giuntoli and we laid down the foundations of a deal with Zinchenko, but the two clubs could not agree on a fee. We’d be ready to discuss it again, though.”

Wolves ‘agree deal’ to sign Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko

6 Jul

Wolves have reportedly agreed a club record £16m deal to sign Manchester City youngster Oleksandr Zinchenko.

According to Wolves correspondent Tim Nash, the Ukrainian, who can play in a variety of positions from attacking midfield to left-wing-back, will cost the newly-promoted side £12m initially, with a fee rising due to £4m worth of add-ons.

It is understood that the final decision on the move will come down to the player himself

21-year-old Zinchenko is yet to give the go ahead on the transfer, but is far from first choice in Pep Guardiola’s title-winning side.

Zinchenko made 16 appearances for City last season, eight in the Premier League.

He spent the 2016-17 season on loan at PSV Eindhoven but struggled to make an impact and last season was a breakthrough year at the Etihad.

But City appear willing to let him leave with Wolves ready to offer him more chances of first-team football.

Zinchenko’s playing time is already at risk with the imminent arrival of wide man Riyad Mahrez from Leicester for around £60m.

Wolves have already signed Willy Boly, Rui Patricio, Leo Bonatini, Diogo Jota and Ruben Vinagre ahead of their return to the Premier League.