Updated: Aug 30
The Perfect XI format of Fantasy EPL on Fantrax enables you to create an all-star lineup of Premier League players without restrictions! Want to pick Salah, Son, De Bruyne, Maddison, Trent and Cancelo in the same Fantasy team? No problem! We're here to provide managers with our very own Perfect XI tips for each gameweek. Details of the concept and rules can be found here.
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Fantasy EPL Gameweek 4 Perfect XI
So, what is Perfect XI? Similar to Official Fantasy Premier League game, all managers have full access the entire player pool each week, meaning multiple teams within the league could be completely identical.
This means that each week you can select a dream team of Fantrax assets who you think will score the most points on a given gameweek, and have the added bonus of being able to see the real life lineups before your players lock in. Magic. If you want further information, check out our introductory piece!
Check out our Perfect XI tips below. These are our recommendations for the best XI this weekend! For statistical predictions for these players and any others, check out our weekly projections, available exclusively to our Inner Circle subscribers.
GK: Dean Henderson
Henderson has been on an absolute heater so far scoring 12.5, 26.5, and 15.5 despite conceding in 2 out of 3 games. The penalty save helped plenty but Forest are conceding plenty of shots on target (6 per game) and Hendo's been a great shot-stopper thus far. If you're worried about the multiple goal conceded downside (14% clean sheet odds), you can go the more boring, clean sheet (55%) route of Alisson.
DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joao Cancelo, Andrew Robertson
Liverpool have the best matchup of any top side, and despite under-performing so far this season, Bournemouth at home is likely the best matchup in the league, so we'll be taking plenty of Klopp's stars this week. Trent and Robbo have 55% clean sheet odds, 31% and 24% assist odds, and 13% and 9% goal odds. Outside of them, our usual fellow stud defender Cancelo gets a Zaha-less Palace at home. He has 48% clean sheet odds, 13% assists odds, and 7% goal odds. He's been a bit quieter this year with City finally having a focal point in attack in Haaland, but don't be alarmed, Cancelo is still a certified DEF1 and will feature here often. The Chelsea wing backs are options as always (as long as they're actually playing out wide) but Chelsea have been shaky and their clean sheet odds (38%) an projections are lower as a result.
Pivots: Reece James, Emerson Royal, Ben Chilwell
MID: Kevin De Bruyne, Dejan Kulusevski, Ilkay Gundogan, Bruno Fernandes
Midfield is interesting this week as it feels like take KDB and then pluck 2-3 more guys from a sea of uncertainty. KDB has been the #1 asset in Fantrax this season and it's not expected to stop this week (with 36% goal and 43% assist odds). Next to him, you can opt to take 1 of his many midfielder teammates. We're opting for Gundogan due to his immense form, his set pieces, and Palace's defense doing a decent job of opposing opposing wingers (Foden and Silva presumably in this case). Kulusevski has had high variance thus far (2, 8, 25) but playing Forest should allow him a good chance for a score closer to his ceiling (he has 27% assist odds and 19% goal odds). Finally, with our hardest pick of the week, we're taking Bruno vs Southampton. Bruno has looked more like Hojbjerg this season (with scores of 6, 7, and 8) but he still plays as a 10 on what should be a high-scoring team vs a bottom-half table team. He has lost most sets to Eriksen (and Malacia/Shaw) and may or may not take pens if Ronaldo starts (he probably won't start), but the upside is always there with the way Fernandes plays. 19% goal & assist odds are less impressive than our other options, but Bruno has a better floor and comparable ceiling to the alternatives: Foden, Mount, Elliot.
Pivots: Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Bernardo Silva, Christian Eriksen, Harvey Elliot
FWD: Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane, Luis Diaz
Forwards are also tricky this week, but for a very different reason; there are tons of very good options. Liverpool have Bournemouth as previously mentioned, Spurs have Forest, City have Palace at home, Arsenal and the red-hot Gabriel Jesus have Fulham, and even Brentford have Everton. Similar to in defense, we think Liverpool just cannot be ignored this week and so we're opting for 2 of their forwards in penalty-taking, former #1 fantasy asset Salah and his younger, but similarly impressive opposing winger, Diaz. Salah and Diaz have 58% and 46% goal odds and 42 and 37% assist odds (highest of all forwards). The 3rd man who joins them, likely Firmino, despite his flaws, is a cheeky differential by the way. In addition to them, we're opting for 1 Spurs forward against Forest, and we're choosing Kane over Son, as the latter has been in worse form and been subbed off in their last 2 games. Meanwhile, Kane has scored in his last 2 starts and has a 50% chance to do it again. On top of these 3, it's hard not to pick the highest-scoring forward this year, Jesus vs Fulham and Haaland with 57% goal odds. But Fulham have been sneaky good defensively, and Haaland has already shown his lack of floor when he doesn't score, and Palace are no slouches either. Ivan Toney vs the struggling Everton could be a good differential shout.
Pivots: Erling Haaland, Son Heung-Min, Gabriel Jesus, Ivan Toney
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