Scout’s Matchday 4 picks for free-to-play SPITCH Fantasy


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Pens down! The Fantasy Premier League (FPL) deadline has passed and you just have to twiddle your thumbs.

So why not fill out the next 90 minutes or so by trying SPITCH, where you effectively have a Free Hit token to play each week and are only judged on your best five matchdays per season.

The deadline is also at kick-off, so you can digest the midday match squad sheets.

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And that means one or more weeks of accidentally forgetting to play isn’t the disaster it is in FPL – you can even start in April and win big.

There are two one-season options for the 2022/23 campaign, one of which is free-to-play and has a £2,500 prize pool.

HOW TO PLAY SPITCH

SPITCH is a platform where managers can use their football knowledge to defeat others and win cash prizes.

As with the FPL, managers commit to training and have a budget to buy players for their line-up, with the goal of scoring points and winning prizes.

But unlike FPL, managers can actually go over or over budget – this will determine how many positives or negatives they start the round with.

Each week of the “Season” mode requires a new formation without a captain. Managers are allowed up to nine players from the same club and can change teams during the day. “Safety Net” automatically replaces non-runners, while a sophisticated scoring system rewards defensive actions in a way FPL does not.

DAY 3 REVIEW

They are the best players of the weekend games.

GC DEF ENVIRONMENT ST
Martinez (438) Saliba (413) Rodri (619) Mitrovic (514)
Henderson (418) Johnny (363) Odegaard (606) Adams (508)
Pope (331) Me (348) D Gray (525) Rashford (494)
Raya (314) Emerson (327) Bernadette (506) Trossard (481)
Pickford (309) Cancel (323) Harrison (458) Saint-Maximin (457)
Sanchez (261) Veltmann (318) Gundogan (455) Zaha (427)
Tripper (307) Ruben Neves (405) Kane (391)
Bella-Kotchap (305) Eze (395) Haland (381)
Cook (304) Andreas (381) Tony (364)
Kilman (304) Yates (352) Rodrigo (358)

Meanwhile, 16 players have finished with a negative score, including all three Leicester City forwards Jamie Vardy (-14), Kelechi Iheanacho (-40) and Patson Daka (-46).

SCOUT MATCHDAY 4 SCHEDULE

The Matchday 3 selection totaled 2,399 points, which ranks 3,574th.

Unfortunately, these negatives of Vardy were among our choices. The total of the week has already started on -19 points, because SPITCH allows managers to exceed their budget with this condition.

Best score Dean Henderson (418) and Ivan Toney (364) were fortunately included but Dejan Kulusevsky (39) disappointed.

This time we will be slightly under budget of ₵1,200 and enjoy great prices that will remain locked until mid-season.

Aaron Ramsdale (₵ 42) covers Arsenal’s home defense against Fulham as the Gunners will expect a clean sheet despite the visitors having the second-best expected total goals (xG) in the league so far. The goalkeeper will have saves to make.

3-3-4 formation includes attacking defensive threats Kieran Trippier (₵67), Joao Cancelo (₵175) and Trent Alexandre-Arnold (₵150). Although the latter have had a poor start to the season, a home clash with Bournemouth is the perfect way to respond.

Newcastle United full-back Trippier is one of the few players to score at least six points in every FPL game so far, thanks to two clean sheets and a free-kick against Manchester City.

In the middle of the field, mason mount (₵128) is supported in a manner similar to Alexander-Arnold. His nil returns and expected goal involvement (xGI) of just 0.83 let FPL owners down, but he can now play for leaky Leicester.

Duo in shape Pascal Gross (₵85) and Rodrigo (₵66) face off on the South Coast, with the latter currently the game’s top performer with 1,305 points. His four goals and 35 FPL points is a phenomenal return from the first three outings.

As mentioned with their previous colleagues, Mohammad Salah (₵250) and Martin Odegaard (₵72) have mouth-watering home games against newly promoted sides, while Brentford Ivan Toney (₵100) arrives to host Everton after four attacking returns.

The final attacker is Che Adams (₵62) – a cheap player who just scored twice in a brief Leicester appearance to score 508 points.


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