Thanks for checking out Fantasy A-League preview for Round 4 of the 2021 A-League season.
Finally we get a substantial round of football after last weeks ‘blink and you miss it’ two game Round 3.
Round 4 is headlined by the always sensational Sydney Derby (the proper one) which will make a great late Saturday afternoon spectacle. Followed by the Melbourne Derby-lite of City and Western United.
Here is a list of news you need to know before you press submit to your lineup this week:
Western Sydney Wanderers
Jamie Young (Brisbane Roar)
Jamie Young has picked up a knee injury in training and will be absent between the posts for Brisbane Roar for an extended period of time.
Either of Tomislav Bilic or Macklin Freke will take his spot in goals, and they could be really good value options going forward.
Osama Malik (Perth Glory)
Malik is out for 2-3 weeks atleast with a shoulder injury, possibly more should they opt for surgery. He shouldn’t be on your Fantasy A-League radar anyway.
Calem Nieuwenhof (Sydney FC)
Fantasy A-Leagues most popular player, who features in 75% of teams, is probable for the Sydney Derby but Steve Corica did mention he picked up a knock in training that will need to be monitored.
Nothing else has been said so it doesn’t look to serious but its one to watch before lockout on Saturday.
Bobo (Sydney FC)
Bobo needs to get upto fitness and won’t feature for Sydney FC until around 2-3 weeks time.
You are safe with Kosta and Buhagiar, for now.
Alex Rufer (Wellington Phoenix)
The Nix have a bye this week anyway but its worth mentioning.
Rufer will be missing from midfield in their next match after getting a red card for almost having his ankle broken.
Sebastian Langkamp (Perth Glory)
The Perth Glory defender hasn’t even made it into the country since signing for the club, so with quarantine times he’s atleast 2-3 weeks away.
Max Burgess (Western United)
Burgess has returned to Western United training after his gap month in NSW but still remains unavailable for the squad.
Paulo Retre (Sydney FC)
Retre is out for 1 week with a groin injury. Not sure why anyone would have him in their team.
Andrew Nabbout (Melbourne City)
Andy is still around 5 weeks away with that hamstring.
Seb Pasquali (Western United)
Pasquali has a hip problem which he’s tracking around 5 weeks until his return.
Josh Risdon (Western United)
Risdon remains 8 weeks away with a leg injury.
Brendan Hamill (Western United)
Hamill had been out with an adductor injury but he returns to the Western United squad.
Fantasy wise he’s not a huge asset, but probably take Uskoks place when fully fit.
Marco Urena (Central Coast Mariners)
The import striker started training with the Mariners for the first time this week after completely his mandatory quarantine.
He’s unlikely to start as he’s eased back into action slowly.
Robbie Kruse (Melbourne Victory)
Victory have a bye, but its still worth noting Kruse returned to action via a friendly midweek where he logged half an hour.
He’s a chance to feature in Victorys round 5 squad when they take on Adelaide United.
Ryan Shotton (Melbourne Victory)
Shotton also featured in the friendly after completing his mandatory quarantine.
You would have to be looking at the clubs with double rounds, Newcastle Jets and Western Sydney Wanderers, this week for your captain.
The Jets are a hard one to find any gold out of, although they do have a couple of winnable fixtures against Macarthur and Brisbane Roar. Steven Ugarkovic is probably the best option for them.
Western Sydney Wanderers will be more popular given the talent in the squad. James Troisi is a good option across the two games, or if you think the Wanderers will hold up defensively vs Sydney FC and CCM then Ziggy Gordon remains a good cheap option.
Bernie Ibini and Simon Cox are in play if you think they have goals in them across the two games.
I have chosen Keanu Baccus as a victim of circumstance, with him still sitting in my midfield and not wanting to burn too many trades.
Week 1 Score: 47
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Adam Federici (Macarthur FC)
Scott Neville (Brisbane Roar)
Ziggy Gordon (Western Sydney Wanderers)
Ben Garrucio (Melbourne City)
Alessandro Diamanti (Western United)
Benat (Macarthur FC)
Keanu Baccus (Western Sydney Wanderers) Captain
Denis Genreau (Macarthur FC)
Tomi Juric (Adelaide United)
Jamie MacLaren (Melbourne City)
Bernie Ibini (Western Sydney Wanderers)
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