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Value options dominate Dream Team midfield

By The Scout 13 Sep 2016
West Ham United v Watford

Etienne Capoue and Michail Antonio feature in best XI of Gameweek 4

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A pair of bargain midfield options returned to the Fantasy Premier League Dream Team for Gameweek 4, joined by a cast of fresh talents earning their debut appearances. 

West Ham United’s Michail Antonio (£7.1million) and Watford’s Etienne Capoue (£4.8m) shared a pitch at London Stadium and both emerged with double-figure totals to underline their value to FPL managers. 

Capoue’s extraordinary start to the campaign was maintained with a 13-point return, elevating him to the top of the overall player rankings for the campaign so far.

Antonio is his nearest rival – the Hammers winger scored two far-post headers to match Capoue’s Gameweek tally. 

Unsurprisingly, the pair have claimed more new owners than any other players ahead of Friday night’s 7pm BST deadline. 

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At £4.8m and £4.5m respectively Etienne Capoue and Adam Smith are bargain players

Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min (£7.4m) - the star turn in the Dream Team five-man midfield with 19 points - overshadowed both. 

The South Korean faces a battle to cement a starting role in Mauricio Pochettino’s side but staked a claim in some style by firing two goals and laying on an assist in the 4-0 defeat of Stoke City

Having previously been outdone by team-mates Philippe Coutinho (£8.2m) and Raheem Sterling (£8.2m), Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino (£8.4m) and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne (£10.5m) burst to life with 15 and 13 points respectively.

At the back, AFC Bournemouth’s clean sheet in a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion contributed to goalkeeper Artur Boruc and right-back Adam Smith (both £4.5m) claiming Dream Team berths.

Smith currently tops the FPL defender rankings for value. 

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Adam Smith is currently ranked top for value over the season for defenders, having claimed a goal and an assist

Tottenham Hotspur’s Kyle Walker (£5.7m) is not far behind in that respect.

The full-back earned a clean sheet, an assist and two bonus points from the Stoke City victory; Walker has claimed bonus in all three of his 90-minute appearances so far this season. 

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny (£6.0m) completes the three-man defence. 

His acrobatic finish to level matters against Southampton clinched a Dream Team debut appearance of the season, with the Frenchman also gaining two bonus points despite losing his clean sheet to Petr Cech’s (£5.5m) own goal. 

In attack, both Chelsea’s Diego Costa (£9.9m) and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku (£9.1m) passed auditions to replace Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero (£13.0m) in our teams with flying colours.

The pair enjoyed major investment in light of Aguero’s suspension and, having scored five goals and 29 points between them in Gameweek 4, now present food for thought for FPL managers ahead of the City man’s return. 

Lukaku, in particular, has the short-term fixtures to flourish, with Middlesbrough visiting Goodison Park next weekend and a trip to AFC Bournemouth scheduled to coincide with Aguero’s return in Gameweek 6. 

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