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FPL team news: Hazard can cause a stir

The Scout 7 Sep 2017
Eden Hazard, Chelsea

The Scout says return of Chelsea star from injury could revise managers' Gameweek 4 midfield plans

Eden Hazard’s (£10.5m) return to the Chelsea squad this weekend presents Fantasy Premier League managers with an intriguing new option for Gameweek 4.

Absent for the first three Gameweeks with an ankle injury, Antonio Conte has confirmed Hazard is in his squad for the trip to Leicester City, after the player appeared twice for Belgium in the past week, scoring against Gibraltar.

Hazard has produced at least 190 FPL points in four of the previous five seasons and is owned by only 1.6% of managers.

His return could be bad news for Willian’s (£7.1m) 18% FPL owners.

The Brazilian or Pedro (£7.9m) appear likely to drop out to accommodate Hazard, if he starts.

Loftus-Cheek back

There is contrasting news on two of the most popular budget players in FPL.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£4.5m) has recovered from a groin injury in time to face Burnley at Turf Moor.

The Crystal Palace midfielder has left 155,000 squads over the last two Gameweeks but is still owned by 8.6% of managers. 

With Wilfried Zaha (£6.8m) still injured, Loftus-Cheek could be played behind Christian Benteke (£7.8m) if manager Frank de Boer retains a 3-4-2-1 formation. 


Budget blow

Meanwhile, Newcastle United's Chancel Mbemba is sidelined for the trip to Swansea City.

The second most-bought defender ahead of Saturday's 11.30 BST deadline, Mbemba attracted 143,000+ new owners prior to picking up an injury on international duty.

He has been the only £4.0m-priced defender to start a match this season. 

Kompany ramifications

Manchester City will be missing the influential Vincent Kompany (£6.0m) for the visit of Liverpool.

Without their captain, City could struggle to contain Sadio Mane (£9.6m), Mohamed Salah (£9.0m) and Roberto Firmino (£8.6m).

Those three are among the seven most-bought players for the Gameweek after they each scored in the 4-0 victory over Arsenal last time out.

Lukaku profit

Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m) could profit from Stoke City's defensive concerns at the bet365 Stadium.

Stoke have conceded only two goals this season but will be without their captain Ryan Shawcross (£5.0m) through injury. 

This could give their new signing Kevin Wimmer (£4.4m) the chance to stake a claim as one of the cheapest starting defenders on offer for FPL managers.

See: Scout Selection: Lacazette backed to fire

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