Scout Squad

The Scout Squad picks for FPL Gameweek 4

The weekly precursor to the Scout Picks article returns ahead of Gameweek 4.

In this piece, our four regular panelists – editorial staff Paul, David, Geoff and Neale – each submit an 18-man squad of Fantasy assets (with the focus on the coming Gameweek) and elaborate on their notable inclusions/omissions.

The 72 nominations listed below will then be narrowed down to a squad of 14 (with the starting XI not exceeding a total cost of £83m) ahead of the Gameweek 4 deadline at 11:30 BST on Saturday morning.

As we discussed last week, we are making some slight tweaks to the way we do Scout Squad and Scout Picks this season.

We have placed stricter regulations on our panelists: there are requirements for at least one £4.5m goalkeeper, at least one £4.5m or cheaper defender, at least one midfielder priced £6.0m or below and at least one forward priced at £7.0m or lower.

As was the case last year, each panelist is restricted to no more than three players from the same team.

We will also be adding a captaincy to the Scout Picks this season, with details of that revealed on Friday.


 DavidNealePaulGeoff
GKTom HeatonJordan PickfordKepa ArrizabalagaKepa Arrizabalaga
 Rui PatricioTom Heaton Martin DubravkaDavid de Gea
 Martin DubravkaDavid de GeaTom HeatonTom Heaton
DFTrent Alexander-ArnoldLucas DigneTrent Alexander-Arnold Trent Alexander-Arnold
 Oleksandr ZinchenkoEmerson PalmieriLucas DigneLucas Digne
 Lucas DigneTrent Alexander-Arnold Oleksandr ZinchenkoEmerson Palmieri
 Frederic GuilbertWilly BolyEmerson PalmieriCaglar Soyuncu
 Conor CoadyKiko FemeniaMartin KellyMartin Kelly
MFRaheem SterlingRaheem SterlingRaheem SterlingRaheem Sterling
 Mohamed SalahKevin De BruyneMohamed SalahSadio Mane
 Manuel LanziniJames MaddisonKevin De BruyneKevin De Bruyne
 Mason MountMason MountMason MountMason Mount
 Todd CantwellDaniel JamesDaniel JamesTodd Cantwell
FWSergio AgueroSergio AgueroSebastien HallerSergio Aguero
 Teemu PukkiSebastien HallerJamie VardySebastien Haller
 Sebastien HallerTeemu PukkiTeemu Pukki Jamie Vardy
 Jamie VardyJamie VardyRoberto FirminoTeemu Pukki
 Pierre-Emerick AubameyangJoelintonChe AdamsMarcus Rashford

Most popular picks: Tom Heaton, Lucas Digne, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount, Jamie Vardy, Sebastien Haller, Teemu Pukki (four), Emerson Palmieri, Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero (three)

DAVID SAID…

Tom Heaton and Rui Patricio are perhaps left-field selections in the goalkeeper bracket but I fancy the clean sheet potential of their fixtures.

Crystal Palace scored the fewest home goals of any side that survived relegation last season, and looked similarly shy going forward in the first two matches of this campaign.

Meanwhile, Everton are really struggling to find the net in 2019/20, and are sure to meet a stiff Wolves defence, perhaps sitting deep having played European football a few days previously.

That’s why I’ve also included Conor Coady, the least likely Wolves defender to be rotated, and Frederic Guilbert, who impressed hugely for Aston Villa in Gameweek 3.

No Manchester City player created as many chances as Oleksandr Zinchenko against Bournemouth to encourage my interest in the left-back.

With Brighton’s attack unlikely to trouble the defending champions at the Etihad Stadium, could we be looking at a double-figure haul for Zinchenko?

Raheem Sterling should also do well against the Seagulls having scored in each of his matches so far this season, and displaying underlying statistics that indicate his form is sustainable.

I welcome Mohamed Salah back into my Scout Squad submission after foolishly doubting him in Gameweek 3. He might have a tough fixture at Burnley but if there’s any Liverpool player who can break the deadlock when not fatigued from European extra-time, it’s him.

Manuel Lanzini comes in as my West Ham midfielder as the obliging Norwich defence awaits. He has created more chances than any of his colleagues so far this season.

Meanwhile, Todd Cantwell also gets in as the Hammers defence doesn’t fill me with confidence either.

Sergio Aguero looked back to his vintage best in the recent win over Bournemouth and the injury to Gabriel Jesus has allowed him the freedom to more time on the pitch.

If I think that Sterling will impress against Brighton, then surely his more experienced forward colleague will too.

Teemu Pukki has become something of an auto-include at this point given his underlying data, while I can see goals in the north London derby for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

NEALE SAID…

The clean sheets will come eventually, either before the international break or after it.

But while there is a general dearth of shut-outs, it makes sense to back defenders who pose a threat at the other end of the pitch and who can compensate for any goals conceded with an attacking return or two.

Lucas Digne and Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s offensive qualities are well-documented but Emerson Palmieri is keeping pace with the pair of them this season: no FPL defender has had more goal attempts or shots on target than the Chelsea left-back.

Sheffield United’s backline has impressed me so far but I can’t seem them being the prolific scorers that Norwich are this season and indeed only two clubs have recorded fewer shots in the box than the Blades after three Gameweeks of 2019/20.

I can see a mentally spent Wolves side having to soak up a lot of pressure at Goodison Park on Sunday but Everton are far from prolific in front of goal, so if Nuno Espirito Santo’s side can do what Palace and Villa have managed and prevent the Toffees from scoring, then Willy Boly‘s bonus point magnetism could see him top-score on Merseyside.

There’ll be few sane Fantasy managers interested in a Watford defender given their ongoing struggles at the back but in Newcastle United, Javi Gracia’s troops face a club posing little goal threat (joint-second-bottom for big chances) and with numerous injury concerns going into Saturday’s match.

Matt Ritchie and Jetro Willems are both doubts, which could bode well for Kiko Femenia down the Watford right – the Hornets’ full-back is better going forward and no sub-£5.0m defender has registered as many penalty box touches so far this season.

A Manchester City triple-up speaks for itself, while Teemu Pukki and Sebastien Haller ought to get some joy out of each other’s defence: neither West Ham nor Norwich have kept a clean sheet so far this season and the two clubs have already shipped a combined 15 goals.

With Anthony Martial an injury doubt for Gameweek 4, a United positional rejig could see Marcus Rashford move up front and Daniel James shifted to the left flank at St. Mary’s.

The former Swansea City winger looks better (to me) on the left wing and his goal against Palace indeed arrived after he had swapped sides.

Outside of City and Liverpool assets, no FPL midfielder has had more shots from inside the box than James this season.

PAUL SAID…

A triple up on Manchester City looks advisable for the visit of Brighton on Saturday afternoon.

Although I expect Sergio Aguero to add to his weekend brace at Bournemouth, the value offered by the cheaper Kevin De Bruyne means it’s hard to look past a double-up on the champions’ midfield when assessing their attack.

Goals should also be expected when West Ham and Norwich to head-to-head – both sides are among the bottom four defences for shots conceded in the box.

In terms of differentials, Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri is a standout pick at home to Sheffield United.

Compared with other FPL defenders, no one has bettered his six shots on goal, while the Italy international’s four efforts on target is a leading figure.

Daniel James sits in less than 4% of squads for his trip to Southampton.

Yet the Manchester United winger has fired six shots inside the box – more than any team-mate – and has scored in all but one of the opening three Gameweeks.

Roberto Firmino is another relatively overlooked option.

The Brazilian is only the sixth most popular Liverpool player in FPL, despite firing more shots (12) and efforts in the box (nine) than any team-mate.

He also has a fine record against his weekend hosts, Burnley, scoring three goals in their two meetings last season.

GEOFF SAID…

Looking for a first clean sheet of the season, Kepa Arrizabalaga hosts Sheffield United in Gameweek 4.

With Nathan Redmond possibly out of the Southampton team, David de Gea has a good chance for a shut-out on the south coast.

Tom Heaton is my final goalkeeper choice, facing a Crystal Palace side who beat Manchester United but then drew a blank against Colchester United on Tuesday evening.

If Liverpool can see off the threat of Ashely Barnes, Trent Alexander-Arnold could be poised for a big score with his strong attacking threat.

Second for both crosses and attempts from a defender, Lucas Digne could be in line for attacking points.

Emerson Palmieri is another looking like collecting attacking returns and the Blades offer a prime opportunity.

Caglar Soyuncu and Martin Kelly round out my defensive picks, both at a nice price with favourable home fixtures.

Little needs to be said about either Raheem Sterling or Mohamed Salah. Kevin De Bruyne has an assist in every game this season and I back him to continue that at home to Brighton.

I expect Mason Mount to recover in time for the weekend and continue his run of form, while Todd Cantwell is a nice enabler who is delivering the goods at present.

In attack I’ve gone for Sergio Aguero, indicating my strong belief in Manchester City’s potential this week.

Sebastian Haller has looked strong so far in the Premier League and could feast against a shaky Norwich defence.

I’m backing Jamie Vardy to continue where he left off in GW3 at home to Bournemouth, who have yet to keep a clean sheet.

Teemu Pukki has form strongly on his side and until that looks like stopping he is impossible to ignore.

Finally, I see Marcus Rashford bouncing back from his Gameweek 3 penalty miss. If he’d scored it, he would have recorded attacking returns in three straight matches – and whether Martial is fit for the weekend or not, I see Rashford scoring well.

THE COMMUNITY CHAMPION

Before most Gameweeks, we nominate a Fantasy manager to challenge our Scout Picks with a starting XI of their own.

The Community Champion who has the biggest lead over the Scouts during 2019/20 will win a £100 Amazon voucher (currently we can only offer Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com vouchers).

The Community Champion for Gameweek 4 is InsaneFC, who recorded a best-ever finish of 331st in 2015/16.

Last week, FPL Mike the Knight beat the Scout Picks 46-44.

Hot Toddy‘s winning margin of ten points (69-59) in Gameweek 2 is the one to beat so far.

Lessons learned from Gameweek 3

1,351 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FrankieTheGent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    What is the dealio with Guilbert. Is he rotating with El Mohamady or will he settle in to the first team?

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      I’ve gone Mings for now due to uncertainty, I’ll monitor though.. hopefully he doesn’t score many points but shows lots of promise on the eye test.. haha

      1. Lev Yashin
        • 9 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Mings is a great pick. Proper CB material with attacking potential.

    2. Riders of Yohan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Looking class but still has that rotation risk

  2. European Bob
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Tammy Abraham home to Sheffield United after scoring a brace is in no-one's scout squad, what are my missing?

    1. Coys96
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Nothing

    2. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Shares starts.

      1. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Shared starts.

    3. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Sheffield United are good at defending

      Norwich Man City and West Ham have v in form attackers playing v weak defences

  3. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    I got Laporte on my WC, massively surprised he’s only 8.4% owned for an absolutely nailed defender, and one who was top player during the DGW last season, racks up the Baps and also a goal threat.. A no brainer for me..

    1. ShaunGoater123
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Agreed.

      I got him in last week and whilst annoying not to get a clean sheet then, they will come

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        It will all come, bonuses Vkean sheets and the odd monster haul

    2. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Without the dgw points (playing LB) he is not worth 6.5m this year

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        He wasn’t playing LB during the DGW. Maybe he did once? Not all 6 games though

    3. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Agree.

    4. Riders of Yohan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Really want him but can only get him in if I WC

    5. FPL Pillars
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      With Zinchenko is 5.5 offering assist potential and nailed also for now, hardly surprising he’s only 8.4% owned.

    6. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      How many clean sheets, baps and goal involvement has he racked up so far this season? At his price this is the reason he is so low owned

      Could be a great option though

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        But will play week in week out, without worry of rotation,

    7. Lev Yashin
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Good shout.

      On my WC watchlist for sure.

  4. Jimmy Boy
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Shaw to:
    A) Emerson
    B) Laporte
    C) Zinchenko
    D) Soyuncu (and use money elsewhere)

    Already got VVD and Digne (and Lundstram, obviously)

    1. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      A

    2. Coys96
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      C

    3. ShaunGoater123
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      A for me

    4. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      A,B and C all good options. I'd go for one of the city boys

    5. Riders of Yohan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      B

    6. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      B

    7. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      A

    8. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      B

    9. TheLord
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      B

  5. lugalooch
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Gomes, B.Silva, Wilson >

    A) Lundstrum, Mane, Wesley/Haller
    B) Lundtrum, DeBruyne, Pukki
    C) Lundstrum, El Ghazi/ Cantwell, Aguero

    Currently have no Pool attack so I'm leaning towards A but not having Pukki at that price or Aguero in this form is a scary prospect

    Thanks

    1. Riders of Yohan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      B for me. But if you only have sterling and no liv attack I would WC. That’s just me

  6. Riders of Yohan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Good moves? All for a hit:

    If Martial is fit:
    Kane + Trossard -> Haller + KDB

    If not fit:
    A) Kane + martial -> Haller + KDB

    B) Adams + martial -> haller + Mount

    Current team, 1FT 0.2ITB:

    Heaton / Button
    Digne / VVD / Dunk / Lund / Rico
    Salah / Sterling / Martial / Trossard / Dend
    Kane / Pukki / Adams

    1. n14mul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      What formation you play

      1. Riders of Yohan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        3-4-3 at the moment

    2. Davros
      • 12 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      I have done Kane and Martial to Agustin and Mount if that helps

  7. n14mul
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Well as there is no concrete news on stones who are the best options move in? Currently struggling to see good options due to the lack of cleans sheets but is outamendi an option or please suggest others.

    Thanks

    1. Riders of Yohan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Depends how much money you have? Personally TAA, Digne and Laporte would be a great set and forget for the season.

      1. n14mul
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        No money itb so it has to.be like for like 5.4m or lower I'm affraid

      2. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        That’s my back 3 already set and forget

  8. Kodap
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Any changes to this WC Team?

    Pope

    Zinch - TAA - Digne - Van Aanholt

    Salah - KDB - Mount

    Aguero - Haller - Pukki

    Subs: Button / Cantwell / Douglas Luiz / Kelly

    1. TheLord
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      I'd switch to 442 and move Aguero to Sterling... I think Aguero is a great one week punt but on a WC you need to plan longer term

    2. slove
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      I would definitely go Aguero to Sterling
      Would also prefer Emerson/AWB to PVA

  9. TheLord
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    A) Martial King (Greenwood 1st sub)
    B) Mount King
    C) Mount Haller (-4)

    Rest of the front line:
    Salah Sterling KDB McGinn ___
    Pukki ___
    0.1 itb

  10. Efan Ekoku Pops
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Best move this week if Martial is confirmed out?

    A) Bench Martial, play Lundstram (che)
    B) Martial > Mount (SHE) -4

    Cheers

    1. Paanmonkey
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Mount

  11. AC Yew
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Hey guys.
    Perez to..?

    Current mid of Sterling Salah Dendoncker Martial.

    1. Aimar
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Martial should go he is injured

      Perez may be lanzini or mount

      My heart for manuel

      My brain for mason

  12. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Why are people getting carried away with Haller after 1 good gameweek against a leaky defence and one of his goals was a tap in? He has a very average goalscoring record with his previous clubs.

    1. CROCosta
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      He was pretty solid gw1 as well vs City and West Ham look like a solid team up front as their defense is bad. Combination of Anderson-Lanzini-Haller looks quite promissing for the upcoming fixtures

  13. slove
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Kane, Roberston, Dendoncker or Sterling, Barnes, Kelly

    1. Aimar
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Sterling is a must

  14. Lestat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Cathcart and Kane to Kelly and Aguero worth a 4 pt hit??

    1. Aimar
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Yes

    2. Paanmonkey
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      do it

  15. Aimar
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    1) Moura to mount or lanzini ?

    2) pick a duo

    A) KDB + bobby

    B ) mane + haller

    C ) lanzini + Aguero

    1. Balls of Steel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Mount
      C

    2. Paanmonkey
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Mount and C

  16. Paanmonkey
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    any changes should be made ?

    Heaton
    Digne - TAA - Lundstram
    Cantwelll - Salah - Mount - Sterling
    Kun - Pukki - Barnes

    Pope - Douglas Luis - Kelly - Montoya

    1. Paanmonkey
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      btw its my WC team

      1. Aimar
        • 2 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        Kelly in for Lundstram this GW

        U see cantwel is a permanent?!

  17. NUFCAndrew
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    Martial out for who? Mount?

  18. The Big Fella
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    I still have my wildcard but:
    1) Kane to Aguero (I think Aguero will hammer it this week and the next 3-4) or;
    2) Dendonker to Mount?

    In terms of upgrade, 2) is the better one but we don't know how nailed he will be when the others come back from injury and Aguero is proven and, IMO, the best striker in the league. Plus City always do well in the opening half of the season and then cool off over time.

  19. AgUer0!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    Help guys!

    A - Salah and Digne

    B - Mane and Alexander Arnold

    1. gooner_112233445566
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      A

  20. finnish92
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    Trossard -> McGinn?

  21. gooner_112233445566
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    Help...
    Pope (button)
    Vvd, digne, lund, (Montoya), (rico)
    Salah, sterling, kdb, martial, mount
    Jimenez, pukki, (Greenwood)

    A) martial to Maddison/lanzini
    B) vvd and martial to Laporte and Maddison -4
    C) vvd and martial to soyuncu and pepe
    D) vvd to laporte (play bench player for martial This week)
    E) save transfer (play bench player for martial This week)

  22. Mortal.Swinbat
    • 11 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    A) Martial & Wilson > Wesley & KDB -4

    or

    B) Dendonker > Cantwell and play him, bench Martial

  23. NLagnado
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    Barnes + Zinchenko/Emerson or TAA + Greenwood

  24. The Hairy One
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    Perez and either Kane or King out

    Which two from:
    Aguero
    Barnes
    Pukki
    Haller
    Cantwell
    Mount

  25. Andy319
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    Current squad:

    GK: Ryan

    Def: Maguire - Montoya - Digne

    Mid: Martial - Richarlson - Sterling - Mount

    Fwd: Pukki - Aubameyang - Rashford

    Subs: Henderson - Kelly - Maitland-Niles - Mcginn

    I'm 1st in my league and ahead by 19 points, I have 0.2 in the bank and 1 free transfer.
    Should I transfer Auba - Martial - Richarlson for Aguero - Dan James - Cantwell ?
    Then next week transfer Rashford - Dan James for Barnes - Salah ??