Headliner - Mohamed Salah (SHU)
Salah has kicked on from his opening day hat-trick to produce three goals and one assist over the last four gameweeks, where he has averaged 7.0 points per game (PPG). The 28-year-old ranks first amongst FPL midfielders with 11 shots in the box (SiB), while only Mané and Son can equal his eight shots on target (SoT). He also ranks joint-first with Rodríguez for ‘big chances’ created (four), while only four other midfielders can better his 11 attempted assists. He is the most owned player in the top 1000 with 84.1% ownership as per our FPL Statistics feature. Liverpool have scored 13 goals this season, only Everton (14) and Spurs (15) have been more prolific. They are top for shots (97) and only Spurs (37) have landed more SoT than their 35. Sheff. Utd have conceded seven goals this season, keeping no clean sheets. Only Fulham (28), West Brom (35) and Newcastle (36) have allowed opponents more SoT than the Blades’ 25. Our Fix Algorithm currently projects a point score of 7.2 for Salah.
Harry Kane (bur)
Kane was directly involved in all three Spurs’ goals against West Ham, giving him a league-high total of 58 Fantasy Premier League (FPL) points over the last four gameweeks, which converts to an astounding average of 14.5 PPG. No player has landed more SoT than the England captain (12), while only Calvert-Lewin (15) and Mitrović (17) can better his 14 SiB. And it is only Calvert-Lewin (eight) who has been afforded more ‘big chances’ than Kane (six) amongst FPL forwards, while his six ‘big chances’ created is a league-leading figure. He is the second-most transferred in player this week as per our Transfer Stats feature with nearly half a million managers bringing him in. Spurs have had a strong start to the season, no team has scored more goals (15), landed more SoT (37) or fashioned more ‘big chances’ (20). Burnley have conceded eight goals in their four matches, keeping just one clean sheet. They have allowed opponents 18 SoT and five ‘big chances’ over those matches. Our Fix Algorithm currently projects a point score of 5.4 for Kane.
Danny Ings (EVE)
After scoring his fourth goal of the season in the 3-3 draw with Chelsea last Saturday, Ings has averaged 7.3 PPG over the last four gameweeks as per our Fix Heatmaps feature. Although the Englishman has taken just nine shots in that time, a figure which 21 players can beat, he has found the target 66.7% of the time. Only Antonio, Mitrović (each seven), Maupay (eight), Calvert-Lewin (10) and Kane (12) have landed more than his six SoT amongst FPL forwards. Southampton have scored eight goals this season and their total of 26 SoT is bettered only by Leeds, Everton (both 27), Chelsea (29), Liverpool (35) and Spurs (37). Everton have conceded seven goals so far, keeping just one clean sheet. Only seven teams have allowed opponents more SoT than their 21. Our Fix Algorithm currently projects a point score of 5.1 for Ings.
Jack Grealish (LEE)
Amassing three goals and three assists over the last four gameweeks, Grealish has earned an impressive average of 9.5 PPG. As the Stats Sandbox shows, the 25-year-old ranks joint-first amongst FPL midfielders for attempted assists (14), on par with De Bruyne and B. Fernandes, while only Rodríguez and Salah (each four) have created more than his three ‘big chances’. No player across all positions has had as many as his 38 touches in the opposition’s box. Villa have scored 12 goals this season, only Chelsea, Liverpool (both 13), Everton (14) and Spurs (15) have scored more. They have created a chance every 6.5 minutes and only Brighton, Spurs (both 6.4), Man. City (5.8) and Liverpool (4.9) have fared better. Only Everton (16), Liverpool (18) and Spurs (20) have created more ‘big chances’ than their 11. Leeds have conceded nine goals this season and only Brighton (11), Fulham, Man. Utd (both 12), Liverpool and West Brom (both 13) have been more porous. No team has allowed opponents more SiB than Leeds’ 53. Our Fix Algorithm currently projects a point score of 4.7 for Grealish.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (SHU)
Alexander-Arnold has had an underwhelming start to the season, averaging just 3.5 PPG over the last four gameweeks. But his tally of nine shots over that period is four more than any other FPL defender has taken, while only Digne (10) and Cresswell (12) can better his seven attempted assists. No player across all positions has attempted as many as his four direct free-kicks. Although Liverpool have conceded 13 goals this season, most of them were against Villa in gameweek four and their underlying numbers are still strong. Amongst teams who have played five matches, only West Ham (27) and Brighton (23) have conceded fewer SiB than their 29. Sheff. Utd have scored just two goals this season, the fewest in the league. Only Newcastle (26), Palace (22) and West Brom (21) have taken fewer SiB than their 27. Meanwhile, Newcastle (12) and Palace are the only teams (with 10) to have landed fewer SoT than the Blades’ 14. Our Fix Algorithm currently projects a 50% chance of a Liverpool clean sheet and a point score of 5.7 for the right-back.