This weekend will be game week four in the Fantasy Premier League and the final match-day before the international break.
Among the promising fixtures on Saturday, Chelsea will host London rivals Crystal Palace, high-flying Everton will take on Brighton and Manchester City will travel to Elland Road for the first time in 16 years.
Sunday’s encounters include first placed Leicester City taking on 11th placed West Ham United, holders Liverpool visiting Aston Villa and José Mourinho looking to oversee his Tottenham Hotspur side to victory against former employers Manchester United.
It will be a crucial weekend for all players involved, including those playing virtually via the Fantasy Premier League.
We take a look at five players that need to be brought in ahead of this Saturday’s 11.30am BST deadline.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – £7.5 million
If you haven’t got Everton‘s Dominic Calvert-Lewin in your team, you have certainly missed out. The striker has scored eight goals already from five appearances in all competitions this season, with five goals coming in the league.
He is the current joint-top-scorer in the division alongside Jamie Vardy and has scored a hat-trick in each of his last two games at Goodison Park (a 5-2 win over West Brom and their 4-1 victory in the Carabao Cup against West Ham United).
He has achieved 31 points overall, the second-highest tally among all players and one fewer than Vardy. The Everton number nine is expected to find the net against Brighton, who have conceded three times in each of their last two matches in all competitions.
Wilfried Zaha – £7.2 million
With Heung-min Son expected to be out for Tottenham Hotspur’s encounter against Manchester United with injury, Wilfried Zaha should be in line to replace the South Korean in your squads.
Crystal Palace take on Chelsea this weekend, with Zaha managing six attacking returns from 10 league appearances against The Blues. He scored in the reverse fixture last season, as The Eagles were on the losing side of a 3-2 result.
The winger is in fine form, scoring three from his first three matches, including a brace against former side Manchester United. He is valued £1.8 million cheaper than Son (£9 million) and will certainly be a good prospect against a Chelsea side, who have conceded in every league game of the term thus far.
Riyad Mahrez – £8.4 million
The Algerian provided two goal involvements in his only league outing this season. He scored the opener against former side Leicester City, before providing the assist for Nathan Aké’s consolation goal, as The Sky Blues were beaten 5-2.
The winger has a meager return of 12 points overall, but considering he has played two games fewer than the aforementioned players (with City having a game in hand), the Algerian deserves a lot more credit.
Mahrez could yet fill his boots against Leeds United, who have conceded seven goals from their first three matches back in the top-flight.
Timothy Castagne – £5.7 million
The Belgian has hit the ground running since arriving from Atalanta this summer and has been involved in three goals from three league games.
He scored on his league debut against West Brom and provided assists in successive matches against Burnley and Manchester City.
He is the highest-scoring defender in terms of FPL points with a return of 27 and with a potential clean sheet and attacking return against West Ham United, he could certainly add to his tally.
Lucas Digne – £6.1 million
The Everton left-back has created the most league chances across Europe’s top-five divisions since arriving during the 2018-19 summer transfer window, according to Squawka.
He provided an assist and helped to keep a clean sheet in their league opener against Tottenham Hotspur, and then won the penalty in their previous league outing against Crystal Palace, from which teammate Calvert-Lewin scored to give The Toffees the victory.
He will face a tough test against marauding wing-back Tariq Lamptey, but considering the Frenchman’s defensive proficiency and his excellent deliveries from out wide, it is possible Digne will provide an attacking return.
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