Fantasy Premier League tips Gameweek 4: Defenders & goalkeepers

How do you even start making sense of this weekend's screwball fixture list?

Branislav Ivanović, one of our Fantasy Premier League tips for Gameweek 4
IVANOVIC: Serb your enthusiasm? (Image: Christopher Johnson)

Our Fantasy Premier League tips Gameweek 4 defenders and goalkeepers round-up is here to welcome you back from the international break with a motivational slap on the rump and a hearty “COME ON!”.

Although our tips are based on FPL player prices, the principles should apply more or less across the board – so even if your preferred fantasy football game lies at Sky Sports, the Telegraph, the Mirror or indeed anywhere else, we can still help you.

As educated guesses go, rest assured that our Fantasy Premier League tips remain every bit as educated as they are guessed. If you’re after outright score predictions, consult Mystic Megson.


Funny Gameweek, this one – whereas we usually deign to give you a player-by-player breakdown of our recommendations, there aren’t enough likely-looking clean sheets to do so here.

Chelsea at home to Swansea City is the only one that stands out, mostly due to Chelsea’s strong defensive record at Stamford Bridge.

However, even this is complicated by Swansea’s own flying start to the season and the confidence they’ll have gained from it.

Any which way, Chelsea right-back Branislav Ivanović is looking increasingly worthy of your Fantasy money having started the season with two goals and an assist from three games.

His price is up to £7.2m now, although you can still get Everton’s Séamus Coleman for £7m – a goal and an assist against Arsenal and Chelsea respectively suggests another fruitful campaign from him.

Yes, there he is. Bundling over Eden Hazard, I see.

Where elsewhere might the clean sheets come? It’s so unpredictable at this stage of the season that it’s almost impossible to say, especially amongst this set of unstraightforward fixtures.

Tottenham Hotspur keeping one at Sunderland seems plausible enough until you consider that they’ll be coming off the back of a 0-3 home defeat to Liverpool.

Stoke City at home to Leicester City, perhaps? Mind you, the Foxes look dangerous. Arsenal at home to Manchester City? Conceivably, but it’s not wise to discount a team like City.

Liverpool at home to Aston Villa? Villa have a strong recent record at Anfield, earning a 3-1 win and two score draws in their previous three visits.

Crystal Palace at home to Burnley? Palace have been leaking goals. Southampton v Newcastle? There’s no telling what either of those sides might do next.

Hull City v West Ham United on Monday night? That would have had 0-0 written all over it before Hull’s recent splurge on attacking talent, and West Ham are unpredictable to say the least.

In conclusion, it might be best to just go with three at the back this week. Check our more player-specific midfield and forward recommendations instead.