28/02/2024

Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli were two of the three most-transferred in assets in GW3. (Image: Official FPL/Twitter)

Premium assets disappointed in gameweek three, with Martin Ødegaard claiming the player of the week with 16 points.

GW4 hopes to return the points into the pockets of premium assets, which means the popular assets could score big.

Mohamed Salah vs. Bournemouth (£13.0m)

Statistically, Salah has always made an attacking return when facing Bournemouth in the Premier League.

From the six matches he has played against it, Salah has scored eight times and assisted once, including a hat-trick in the 2018/19 campaign.

Bournemouth has the lowest rated defence in the Premier League this season, despite keeping a clean sheet in GW1. It has since conceded seven goals combined to Manchester City and Arsenal.

Liverpool struggled in its opening three fixtures, and this fixture would be perfect to not only get its attackers involved, but also its season back on track.

Gabriel Jesus vs. Fulham (£8.2m)

This season, Jesus has had five attacking contributions. Four against Leicester City in GW2 and he provided an assist in GW3 against Bournemouth.

His numbers appear arguably lower than expected, granted the chances he has created and missed.

Fulham looks to be one of the better newly-promoted teams this season. It held Liverpool and Wolves to a draw and defeated Brentford.

However, Arsenal is the equal-highest scoring team in the league alongside Manchester City. All of its attacking players are contributing to its success.

Alongside Jesus would be another in-form Brazilian, Gabriel Martinelli. He could provide a differential captaincy selection, however at a much greater risk.

Harry Kane vs. Nottingham Forest (£11.4m)

After blanking in GW1, Kane has notched back-to-back returns for Tottenham, with goals in GW2 and GW3.

Nottingham Forest, on average, concede a goal every match after three gameweeks. Tottenham however, on average score over two goals per 90 minutes.

The calibre of teams that Tottenham has faced are considerably higher than the ones that Nottingham Forest have. This gives room for argument that Tottenham has the potential to score more than twice.

Being at the forefront of the Spurs attacking, Kane will be the number one option. Nonetheless, Tottenham does have a lot of attacking potential, through the sources of Heung-min Son and Dejan Kulusevski.

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Erling Haaland vs. Crystal Palace (£11.6m)

During the week, Pep Guardiola mentioned in a press conference that once the mid-week fixtures arrive, Haaland will be rotated.

If this eventuates, this could be one of the last weeks that Haaland will be a nailed-on starter. A fixture against Crystal Palace isn’t a bad one either.

Haaland has showed his ability not only throughout his career, but more importantly throughout the opening three gameweeks. He can constantly get into dangerous positions and more often than not can find an attacking return.

If or when Haaland is no longer starting every fixture, Kevin De Bruyne remains a solid captaincy selection. The Belgian is a constant worry to opposition defences and this will be no different for Crystal Palace.

Ollie Watkins vs. West Ham United (£7.4m)

Perhaps a tad left-field, but Watkins is in hot form. Along with this information, West Ham is rock-bottom of the Premier League – the only team yet to register any points.

Watkins has returned three times in the final third, averaging an attacking return every match. Two assists against Everton and a goal against Crystal Palace proves his threat in attack.

If you feel brave, Watkins could be primed for big points against a depleted West Ham. This differential selection has the potential to pay dividends.

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