Scout Squad

The Scout Squad – FPL Gameweek 4

The Scout Squad crew return to offer their long-list of candidates to be considered for our regular Scout Picks selection on Friday.

The 72 nominations will be narrowed down to a squad of 15 (with the starting XI not exceeding £83m and no club represented by more than three players) ahead of the Gameweek 4 deadline at 11:30 BST on Saturday.

The man with three top 300 finishes to his name – Peter Kouwenberg – joins our regular panel of Scoutcast/site contributors Paul, Joe and Az to expand on their notable selections and omissions in the article below.

Our quartet have unanimously nominated two assets apiece from both Manchester City (Sergio Aguero and Benjamin Mendy) and Chelsea (Marcos Alonso and Eden Hazard), with Crystal Palace pair Wilfried Zaha and Wayne Hennessey also backed across the board. Aaron Wan-Bissaka is another prominent name in the Scout Squad, meanwhile.

Liverpool representation has taken something of a tumble, though Mohamed Salah has our panel’s united support.

Despite being benched for the trip to Anfield last weekend, Pascal Gross is back in their thoughts with Brighton on home soil in Gameweek 4.

PaulJoeAZPeter
GoalkeepersMathew RyanJordan PickfordEdersonJordan Pickford
Wayne HennesseyLukasz FabianskiJordan PickfordWayne Hennessey
Lukasz FabianskiWayne HennesseyWayne HennesseyRui Patricio
DefendersMarcos AlonsoMarcos AlonsoBenjamin MendyBenjamin Mendy
Benjamin MendyBenjamin MendyMarcos AlonsoMarcos Alonso
Andrew RobertsonNacho MonrealHector BellerinAndrew Robertson
James TomkinsShane DuffySeamus ColemanHector Bellerin
Hector BellerinAaron Wan-BissakaAaron Wan-BissakaAaron Wan-Bissaka
MidfieldersMohamed SalahEden HazardEden HazardMohamed Salah
Eden HazardDavid SilvaMohamed SalahDele Alli
Pascal GrossMohamed SalahTheo WalcottEden Hazard
Gylfi SigurdssonPascal GrossLucas MouraDavid Silva
Luka MilivojevicHenrikh MkhitaryanPascal GrossTheo Walcott
ForwardsSergio AgueroSergio AgueroSergio AgueroSergio Aguero
Gabriel JesusHarry KanePierre-Emerick AubameyangWilfried Zaha
Marko ArnautovicMarko ArnautovicWilfried ZahaAleksandar Mitrovic
Wilfried ZahaPierre-Emerick AubameyangAleksandar MitrovicRaul Jimenez
Glenn MurrayWilfried ZahaGabriel JesusCallum Wilson

Most Popular Picks: Wayne Hennessey, Benjamin Mendy, Marcos Alonso, Mohamed Salah, Eden Hazard, Sergio Aguero, Wilfried Zaha (four), Jordan Pickford, Hector Bellerin, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Pascal Gross (three)

Paul said…

Chelsea and Man City’s home matches offer their big-hitters an obvious chance to maintain early-season momentum.

I’ve avoided the City midfield in order to keep to the three-players-per-club quota. Instead, I’m backing Gabriel Jesus to return to Pep Guardiola’s teamsheet in a 3-2-3-2 formation at home to Newcastle.

The Brazilian equalled Sergio Aguero’s six efforts in the box in their previous match at the Etihad, the 6-1 win over Huddersfield, though was overshadowed by his fellow forward’s treble.

With no City presence, I’ve opted for a trio of midfielders with dead-ball duties, Pascal Gross, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Luka Milivojevic.

The first two face defences that sit in the bottom five in terms of big chances conceded.

Gross’ visitors Fulham have shipped at least two goals in each of the first three Gameweeks.

All seven of his goals and six of his eight assists were recorded at home last season.

Sigurdsson has been overlooked in the rush to acquire Theo Walcott for Everton’s home clash with Huddersfield.

Only four players have created more chances than the Icelandic international, whose opponents place bottom for big chances conceded.

At the back, James Tomkins and Hector Bellerin offer the chance of points at both ends of the pitch.

Tomkins, admittedly, is uncertain to feature for Palace’s home clash with Southampton due to injury concerns.

His addition here, along with team-mate Milivojevic, is mainly to pinpoint their visitors’ frailties. The Saints sit in the bottom three for attempts conceded from both set-pieces and headers.

Joe said…

This Gameweek is all about Manchester City for me. With 14 goals in their last three home league games against this weekend’s opponents, Newcastle, I’m advocating a Sky Blues triple-up with Sergio Aguero leading the charge.

The Argentine has scored an eye-popping nine times across that trio of matches to make him as near to essential as it can possibly get for a Fantasy asset. David Silva’s two strikes against the Magpies at home over that period also make him a shoo-in for me. The Spanish magician looks set to start once again, with his craft required in the absence of the injured Kevin De Bruyne.

Benjamin Mendy is another Pep Guardiola charge that demands selection, given he is averaging nine points a game so far.

I’m expecting Chelsea to provide a source of points at home to a Bournemouth side that conceded 31 times on the road last season. Fantasy Premier League top scorer Marcos Alonso is another required pick, as is Eden Hazard, who has five goals in as many games against the Cherries, even though only one was at Stamford Bridge. If money is tight I’d also look to Pedro as a back-up; the Spaniard is thriving under Chelsea’s new management with two goals.

Elsewhere, there is money to be saved via south-east rivals Brighton and Crystal Palace. The Seagulls host a newly promoted Fulham outfit that has shipped seven goals so far. Pascal Gross and Shane Duffy get the nod for me among Chris Hughton’s troops, with the former accruing seven goals and six assists last term.

For the Eagles’ home clash with Southampton, Wilfried Zaha’s two goals make the £7.1m forward great value. At the back, Aaron Wan-Bissaka saves even more cash, priced at £4.1m and with a 12-point return already this campaign.

Az said…

There are a couple of standout fixtures this week for me. Arsenal look set to put Cardiff to the sword and the fact that the Bluebirds are yet to score propels Hector Bellerin high up my list, despite Arsenal looking pretty shaky at the back. In attack, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been sold in droves, but I fancy him to bag his first goal of the season this weekend.

Man City go up against Newcastle who had the worst away record in terms of clean sheets last season, and we all know how much Sergio Aguero loves to punish them. He’ll be heavily backed to inflict some major damage, and may even get a high percentage of triple captaincy chips played on him – I know I am tempted. Benjamin Mendy and Ederson are my defensive duo, I can’t see Newcastle scoring in this one, particularly if they set up like they did against Chelsea. I’ve also backed Gabriel Jesus to start up front alongside Aguero.

Chelsea should also score a couple against Bournemouth, although I do feel that the Cherries will bite back, so it will have to be some more attacking points for Marcos Alonso if he is going to please his 230,000 new owners. Eden Hazard is poised to flourish, and I am jealous of those on a Wildcard who have found a way to bring him in.

Elsewhere, I’d be amazed if Aaron Wan-Bissaka didn’t find his way into most people’s starting XI this week, as he plays a goal-shy Southampton side and will be expected to maraud down the right-hand side and cause Ryan Bertrand all kinds of problems.

Everton against Huddersfield should be a comfortable victory for the home team, but I do worry how an injury to Michael Keane and the suspension for Richarlison will affect them. Theo Walcott is in great form though and it would be silly not to include him. I don’t think this will be the mauling that some are predicting though.

Fulham’s visit to Brighton looks an entertaining prospect but is difficult to call. Pascal Gross has been used quite sporadically and got a surprise start in the Carabao Cup, but I believe he will feature against the Cottagers and play his part in the goals.

Peter said…

Eye, knee and gut tend to guide my selections most weeks, for better and often worse. This week, I have actually scratched the statistical surface a bit, though the outcome is familiar.

Man City representation is, of course, mandatory against a Newcastle team which one would imagine is likely to repeat its ultra-defensive tactics as against Chelsea. Benjamin Mendy unsurprisingly is in the top three defenders for both chances and big chances created, while David Silva has managed to carve out nine chances with limited game-time. Sergio Aguero smashed in a hat-trick in his last Etihad outing and has a great history against the Magpies, for those who ascribe to the “favoured opposition” belief.

Three Citizens but only two Reds this week as I keep faith in Mohamed Salah, the man who has created more chances and had more goal attempts than any other midfielder. Creativity runs right through this Liverpool team, with Andrew Robertson top for both chances created and big chances created and playing in a defence which has yet to concede and facing a Leicester side still missing the suspended Jamie Vardy.

In my view, the underlying statistics don’t really find value in Harry Kane or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, which is certainly a risk, so my only North London “coverage” comes in the form of Dele Alli (who is the sole midfielder able to match Salah’s six shots on target match) and Hector Bellerin (two big chances created and up against a Cardiff side yet to trouble the scorers).

I nearly left another big London-based player, Eden Hazard, out too (having brought Marcos Alonso and his chance every 38 minutes into what would be a four or possibly five-man defence) but I’m expecting an entertaining game at the Bridge this weekend, so include both Blues players with a Cherry on top with the form player Callum Wilson.

The Community Champion

Representing the Community against the Scout Picks in Gameweek 4 will be AA33who finished with an overall rank of 322,390 last season.

The Community Champion who has the best lead over the Scouts during 2018/19 will win a £100 Amazon voucher (currently we can only offer Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com vouchers).

Last week’s champion, Rasping Drive, lost out to our Scout Picks 46-61 with a 3-5-2 line-up of Fabri (0); Mendy (4), Alexander-Arnold (5), Hadergjonaj (6); Salah (8), Hazard (8), Sterling (2), Walcott (7), Brooks (2); Aubameyang (2), Ings (2).

Eden Wizard’s Gameweek 2 victory over the Scout Squad crew by a score of 77-68 remains the deficit to beat.

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1,771 Comments Post a Comment
  1. jazzy30
    • 6 Years
    5 years, 9 months ago

    urrent team:

    Foster
    Shaw/Mendy/Bissaka/Robbo
    Salah/Mane/Bernardo/Mikhi/Walcott
    Aguero

    Subs: King, Daniels, Kamara, Hamer (Gk)

    How does it look? no changes available now, will have to go -4 for every change.

    Please suggest!

  2. Bishopool
    • 12 Years
    5 years, 9 months ago

    Richarlison will be transferred out.. (0,2 £ in bank)

    Hennessy, Hamer
    Alonso, Mendy, TAA, W-Bissaka, Daniels
    Mkhi, Salah, Rich, Ralls, Fraser
    Aguero (C), Aubm, Ings

    Who should I transfer in?

    a) Walcott for Rich (0 pts)
    b) Walcott; Jorginho for Rich; Ings ( -4 pts )
    c) Walcott; Zaha for Rich, Ings and... ( -8 pts )

    1. Bishopool
      • 12 Years
      5 years, 9 months ago

      Sry.. correction...

      b) Zaha; Jorginho for Rich; Ings ( - 4pts )

    2. Udo
      • 6 Years
      5 years, 9 months ago

      I wouldn't get ride of Rich at all, just one transfer without any hit. He will be back after the next two GWs.

  3. NobleBlackman
    • 8 Years
    5 years, 9 months ago

    Gonna transfer out Davies this week and I got 0.8itb. Should I bring in Obi Wan-Bissaka or Mendy? Already got Alonso

    1. JabbaWookiee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 years, 8 months ago

      Would dread following any City game without Mendy personally

  4. And nothing else Mata'…
    • 11 Years
    5 years, 9 months ago

    A) Holebas and Zaha
    B) PVA and C.Willson

    1. JabbaWookiee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 years, 8 months ago

      A

  5. kingofmercia
    • 13 Years
    5 years, 8 months ago

    Who to choos from Fraser or Wilson to play this week?

    Frontline is Kun and Mitrovic.

    Could get rid of Fraser fro Walcott bunt would mean loosing Wilson.

    Thanks

    1. JabbaWookiee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 years, 8 months ago

      Play Wilson

  6. FPL Maldini
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 years, 8 months ago

    Not many people are taking about Pereira here? His stats are decent and Leicester have a great run after Liverpool

    1. JabbaWookiee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 years, 8 months ago

      Very good option. So many defenders are but you can only have so many. He doesn’t quite make my wildcard cut but I have considered him.

  7. JabbaWookiee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 years, 8 months ago

    West Ham - decent immediate fixtures; poor form; team and manager still finding their feet
    Fulham - not great fixtures but scoring quite freely and nice n settled

    Head says Mitro (with Fraser)
    Heart says Arnie (with Neves)

    Which one to go for to complete my wildcard??
    A. Mitro & Fraser
    B. Arnie & Neves

    Opinion will not doubt be split so first to three wins. Cheers guys.

    1. Eden Wizard
      • 6 Years
      5 years, 8 months ago

      Disagree with your interpretation of the fixtures.

    2. Eden Wizard
      • 6 Years
      5 years, 8 months ago

      HAHAHA how did i end up here?

      1. JabbaWookiee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 years, 8 months ago

        Lol. What the... Was wondering what someone was replying to this morning!!

        Incidentally i went (A) btw and it has proven most fruitful 🙂

  8. Karan14
    • 8 Years
    5 years, 8 months ago

    Start Fraser or put him on the bench for AWB?

  9. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 8 Years
    5 years, 8 months ago

    Any Mendy, Arnie or Cairney updates? 1FT and unsure whether to hold or make a move.

    Patricio
    Alonso • Mendy* • Robertson
    Salah • Richarlison • Mané • Kenedy
    Aguero(C) • Arnautovic* • Zaha
    (Hamer • AWB • Tomkins • Cairney*)