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FPL best forward picks: Gameweek 4 complete budget, differential and premium tips

By Andrew Francis

Published: 7:00, 1 September 2023

Finding the right partner for Erling Haaland could make all the difference this week. We’ve looked at the numbers ahead of Gameweek 4. 

Using our new FPL rating system — Squawka Score — we are providing you with our top recommendations for selection heading into Gameweek 4.

What is Squawka Score? You can learn more about how we devised our fantasy football ranking system here.

Best FPL forwards
Top forward pick for Gameweek 4
Best cheap forwards for Gameweek 4
Best forwards with easy fixtures

Best FPL Forwards

Here are the top 10 Premier League forwards based on their FPL Squawka Score from the 2023 calendar year.

Player FPL Squawka Score 23/24 Team 23/24 FPL Price
Erling Haaland 75% Man City 14.0
Gabriel Jesus 70% Arsenal 7.9
Callum Wilson 69% Newcastle 7.9
Ollie Watkins 64% Aston Villa 8.0
Eddie Nketiah 63% Arsenal 5.6
Alexander Isak 62% Newcastle 7.7
Cody Gakpo 60% Liverpool 7.4
Danny Welbeck 60% Brighton 5.9
Yoane Wissa 52% Brentford 6.2
Evan Ferguson 51% Brighton 5.9

Top forward pick for Gameweek 4

In our Differential Duel feature, we look for a player who scores well on our system but is not being selected by most FPL managers.

We will then pit that player against a comparable asset who is being widely selected and it’s on you to make the all-important final decision.

Ahead of Gameweek 4, we take a closer look at Nottingham Forest’s Taiwo Awoniyi (3.1% ownership) and Joao Pedro of Brighton (18.6%)

Awoniyi might cost a little more but, if you can find the budget to bring him in, he could prove to be a very astute signing. Goals in seven consecutive Premier League games for Nottingham Forest have made people sit up and take notice a bit in recent weeks and, with Brighton facing some really tough fixtures in the coming weeks, Pedro could be the perfect player to exit your squad.

Here’s how their per 90 stats from 2022/23 compare on our Comparison Matrix

Best cheap forwards for Gameweek 4

We have run the numbers from 2023 through our Squawka Score super computer to find some budget forwards ahead of Gameweek 4.

Here are our recommendations.

The best 5.5 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Eddie Nketiah, Arsenal (63%)
  2. Odsonne Edouard, Crystal Palace (36%)
  3. Neal Maupay, Everton (33%)

The best 6.0 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Danny Welbeck, Brighton (60%)
  2. Evan Ferguson, Brighton (51%)
  3. Michail Antonio, West Ham (43%)

Best forwards with easy fixtures

You more than likely have a pretty good idea of who you want leading your line this weekend, but we have one more factor for you to take into consideration.

Combining the numbers on the FPL’s official Fixture Difficulty Rating (FDR) with our Squawka Score system, we have determined below the best forwards to pick from each club with what is considered an ‘easy’ match this Gameweek.

Team Top pick FPL Squawka Score 23/24 FPL Price
Brentford Yoane Wissa 52% 6.2
Chelsea Nicolas Jackson* 7.1
Crystal Palace Odsonne Edouard 36% 5.5
Everton Neal Maupay 33% 5.0
Luton Carlton Morris* 5.5
Man City Erling Haaland 75% 14.0
Sheffield United Bénie Traoré* 5.5
Spurs N/A N/A N/A
West Ham Michael Antonio 43% 6.0
Wolves Matheus Cunha 27% 5.5

*Does not qualify for a Squawka Score because he has not yet met the minimum Premier League minutes played threshold for 2023.