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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for FPL Gameweek 4

Welcome to the Fantasy Football Scout Guide to Gameweek 4, the final round of fixtures before the October International Break. It’s another 11:00 BST deadline before the action gets underway with Chelsea hosting Crystal Palace in the early kick-off.

This week’s Guide focuses on Manchester City’s enticing encounter with Leeds United, and offers advice from a selection of Fantasy Football Scout contributors on the best players for our FPL teams.

STOP PRESS: Sadio Mané (£11.9m) has been ruled out of Gameweek 4.

Diogo Jota (£6.3m) is Neale‘s tip to replace the stricken Senegalese in the Liverpool starting XI. The doyen of the Team News has made his informed line-up predictions ahead of the weekend matches.

Elsewhere, Jose Mourinho has been keeping FPL managers guessing. Having originally ruled Son Heung-Min (£9.0m) out with a hamstring injury until after the international break, the Portuguese later opened the door to an early return:

I don’t believe [he can play]. But because he is so optimistic and always trying to give us positive feelings and hopes, I don’t want to say he is completely out – because maybe he can surprise us.

– Jose Mourinho

Son replacements were discussed on the Scoutcast. Commenting on the South Korean’s awkward £9.0m price tag, Pro Pundit Holly Shand suggested managers have an opportunity to reshape their attacks::

It makes sense just to go right down and if you’re in a 3-5-2 like we are Az, or if you’re not happy with your strikers anyway, you can get yourself a whole new forward line, get a load of attacking penalty takers.

– Holly

It’s been a high-scoring start to the season but without doubt the headline over the first few weeks has been the number of spot-kicks awarded. Should we all be stocking up on penalty takers and turning our FPL teams into ‘Penalty FC’?

Neale took an in-depth look at the players we might consider targeting should the present rate of spot-kicks continue. However, a Premier League meeting on Tuesday resolved to allow referees “greater subjectivity within the existing rules” in regards to handball decisions.

Although the controversial penalty awarded against Eric Dier (£5.0m) would still have stood.

Penalties were also a topic touched on by Pro Pundit Lateriser this week. Following a disappointing start to his Wildcard in Gameweek 3, the three-time top 200 manager is considering saving a transfer ahead of the international matches. 

As fellow Pro Pundit Zophar highlighted in the latest installment of The FPL Wire, some national teams are playing three times in the upcoming break, therefore saving a transfer could be a sensible decision.

And with three Manchester City players in his side, Lateriser is hoping for a green arrow to propel him up the leaderboard.

Pep Guardiola’s troops travel to Leeds United in what promises to be a high-scoring match. G-Whizz informs us that the Whites have just a nine per cent chance of a clean sheet but even that feels slightly generous given what we’ve seen so far.

Goalkeeper Illan Meslier (£4.5m) made a string of impressive saves to keep Sheffield United at bay, after conceding four to Liverpool on the opening day. 

Writing in Captain Sensible, Jan Sienkiewicz notes:

Unless Bielsa decides to play in a more defensive fashion against Manchester City, which I think is quite unlikely, we should expect to see plenty of goals in this game.

– Jan

As a result, Jan feels that Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6m) and Raheem Sterling (£11.5m) can offer better explosivity this week than Salah and Mané.

Speaking in the Captaincy Video, David feels that it’s the Beligan who can deliver the bigger points tally out of the two:

I don’t think Man City are as dangerous when Sterling has to play the centre-forward role. So I also don’t think Sterling is as dangerous when he has to play the centre forward role because it’s not really what he’s used to… De Bruyne is playing this advanced role, his stats so far have been more rounded than Sterling – he’s created more chances than him: nine chances that he’s created and four shots on target, Sterling only with two.

– David

Outside of the armband dilemma, Pro Pundit Tom Freeman has singled out Riyad Mahrez (£8.4m) as his headline differential pick.

Following his return from a positive COVID-19 test, the Algerian has completed 90 minutes in three successive matches. And he has the potential to deliver points as a goalscorer or creator, having registered 11 goals and 14 assists last year.

While an insight from Neale in his big numbers article offers further encouragement:

Fifteen chances conceded by Leeds United from their left flank this season, the highest total in the division from that side of the pitch. The Whites are up against Manchester City this weekend, and that possible weakness will be of interest to Riyad Mahrez (£8.4m) and, depending on the formation, Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6m).

– Neale

The excellent form of Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.5m) makes him the most popular acquisition for the second successive Gameweek.

Zophar consulted the stats after three matches before making his transfer decision: the Evertonian joining for the yet-to-impress Timo Werner (£9.4m).

Fellow Pro Pundit Andy has a similar decision to make with German occupying a spot in his side, but is considering a move for Raul Jimenez (£8.6m) instead. While for Career Hall of Fame No 1, Fábio Borges, there’s no question of selling him just yet:

Werner is a world-class forward with two excellent home fixtures ahead of him. I think these two factors overshadow all the possible reasons to lose faith in him so soon.

– Fábio

Concluding his research into the available forwards, the six-time top 5,000 manager, Zophar, agreed with Holly’s sentiment that 3-4-3 will be the successful formation this campaign:

The forward area certainly has more options than it did in previous years and I guess the only silver lining to the new handball rule is that it has made budget strikers more viable. I certainly plan to stick to my 3-4-3 formation going forward.

– Zophar

Meanwhile, during her foray into the numbers, Pro Pundit Sam Bonfield has decided to give underperforming striker Che Adams (£5.9m) a stay of execution. She suggests that his expected goal involvement (xGI) of 1.52 makes him worthy of some loyalty. West Brom should offer further opportunities to score.

However on FPL Black Box, Fantasy Football Scout founder Mark revealed that he has shipped out the Southampton forward in favour of the popular Calvert-Lewin.

And using stats from the Members Area, Mark revealed how much Wolves have struggled this season – only West Brom have a worse minutes per expected goals (xG) tally.

Nonetheless, this hasn’t dissuaded him from adding Jimenez to his squad.

Earlier this week, the Best of the Community feature focused on Chelsea and player value to find the perfect squad. It’s also rounded-up all FFScout Mini-Leagues and Community Competitions.

And finally, for those interested in the Head-to-Head Leagues, the main page can be linked to here. The fixtures for Gameweek 4 can be found below:

Use the drop-down menus to show your league and division. To find out which league and division you are in, follow the instructions on the main Head-to-Head page.

Once the Gameweek starts, if you click on your opponent’s name you will be linked to their team on the FPL website.

May your arrows be green!

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  1. Daniel - Go Granville
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Werner against Ward. Yummy

    1. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Ward theory in full swing!

    2. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      I thought that in GW2 when I had Rashford there. That went well...

  2. Tcheco
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Come on Raz(C)

  3. Agger
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    I transferred in Chilwell for this GW. I got a lot of stick on my WhatsApp groups and on Twitter saying he wouldn’t start and James was the way to go.

    But not listening to random people on the internet always pays off.

    1. ivantys
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Chilwell was always gonna start, it's between Azpi and James on the RB slot.

      • Bennerman
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        And you've told a load of random people on the internet in this post?

        Well done, have a biscuit.

        1. Neevesy
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Haha great reply

      • SHOOTER MCGINN
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Longer term Chilwell by far the better option and seems like you timed it perfectly

      • PlumaPiedra
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Should we then listen to you random internet person?

        1. Agger
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Well there’s a lot of people who don’t understand football on here and Twitter. I think that’s a fact.

          Like 99% of you were convinced KDB would play #10 this season because he played it vs Wolves who needed to match their back 3 with 3 attacking players in that central zone. Kevin even said it himself.
          People aren’t the brightest round here

      • Corned Beef Kelly Osbourne
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        my ironyometer just exploded, thought I would tell a bunch of randoms cheers

    2. EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Havertz playing no.10?

      1. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Yes

      2. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Yeah - hopefully he steps up

      3. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Unlikely. Lampard doesn't like playing players in their best positions.

        1. EmreCan Hustle
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          😀

        2. Neevesy
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Lol

    3. Chaste
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Hope Puli replaces Tammy in the second half so Werner could play tip

      1. Chaste
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        *top

    4. Drizz ✅
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Oh no i left my Captain as Salah and Vice as KDB. Im doomed!

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Salah is a good option, what ya on about lol

        1. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          That was sarcasm I think

      2. Seanigula
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Not doomed, just 15 less points

    5. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Mount finally benched, about time.

    6. HurriKane
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      James benched. Now its Saiss turn next 😉

    7. The Mighty Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Werner and Havertz goals would be a nice start to the GW.

    8. Valar(Keith)
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Or Puli will come on for Abraham and push Werner upfront instead of the wing

      1. Valar(Keith)
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Reply fail .. sorry

      2. CostaCoffee
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Doubt Pulisic will come on tbh, unless Chelsea are chasing a goal

        1. Bennerman
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          How is that being honest? You mean 'in my opinion'.

    9. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Can't wait for the international break already...

    10. AXE17
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Please tell me this is fake news regarding 4 wolves players having covid!?

      1. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Apparently not

        1. AXE17
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          No names yet though?

      2. KAMARA-COPY
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Source?

        1. AXE17
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          I saw FPL Mathew post it, but now it's not showing

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            He deleted it because his source misread stuff and blew his load too early.

            1. AXE17
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Aaaah, phew!

      3. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Seriously?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Fake news then.

      4. fish&chips
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        My God

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          If Wolves have waited until after the deadline to announce 4 of their players have Coronavirus then that’s out of order
          Rolling on the floor laughing
          Sam Martin
          @SmuelMartinFPL
          Replying to
          @SmuelMartinFPL
          Ah xxxx no, it’s Kilmarnock not Wolves

      5. lilmessipran
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Wow really?

      6. Valar(Keith)
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        We are going to have to filter these covid rumors from facts all season..don't get too affected by it

      7. HollywoodXI
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        It’s Kilmarnock. He corrects himself immediately below the tweet.

    11. Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Sterling you beauty juhuuuuuuu il capitano delivers juhuuuuuu get in.

      Practicing for later today...

      Feel free to practice in the replies as well

      1. Rolls-Royce
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Sterling fail!

      2. Chucky
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        lol good luck danny...

      3. Hy liverpool
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        More like Sterling you f**** why did i captain him over KDB.

      4. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        I'm wanting a sterling brace, so long as Leeds score more goals than city.
        Marching on together.

      5. Wicked Weapon
          1 month, 28 days ago

          YESS!! I'm with you on that for sure.

      6. Yankee Toffee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Werner out left again...not really a good fpl choice is he

        1. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Sell sell sell

          1. Yankee Toffee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Sold him in GW2 lol

        2. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Today, no. But next game Puli and Z will likely be back and everything will be in their right place.

          1. Yankee Toffee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Hopefully but probably not until Frank gets fired...

        3. Homer21
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Sold this week, just couldn't take any more

      7. Chucky
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Burke coming in for James.. hopefully, he gets an attacking return for me...

        1. tokara
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          James will come on

      8. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        I reckon Pulisic comes in second half / 60 mins to replace Tammy, Werner shifts central

        1. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Nope, unless they are losing

      9. tokara
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        James w come on

        1. KAMARA-COPY
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Yeah and get a yellow card

      10. Wicked Weapon
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Saiss likely to suffer the same fate as James ? or just speculation ?

          1. KAMARA-COPY
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            He might

        • Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 28 days ago

          If no IB injuries, do Doherty (WHU) -> Robbo (eve) in GW5, or wait until GW6? Have 1.5 ITB.

        • tokara
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Anyone bot mount? Lol

          1. Bennerman
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Yep. I sort of knew he wouldn't play when he played 90 mins in midweek, but convinced myself they didn't have enough fit bodies to go without.

            Bye bye Mason!

            Got James too, I'm flying.

        • Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Game updated!

          1. KAMARA-COPY
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Noice!

          2. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Robbo benched

        • Runaway
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          4 in the back: Azpi and Chilwell
          3 in the back: Alonso and James

          I think these are the ideal backs per system for Chelsea. Maybe in the easy games they can throw one of Alonso or James but not both (like the last game).

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            We won't play 3 ATB very often.

        • g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          This games brutal!

          James no show.

          Talk of Saiss benched.

          Took a gamble & did Son & Sterling > Salah & Mahrez, more talk of Mahrez not starting 🙁

        • Noah’s Ark
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Already know that I am going to get 0 points from this Chelsea game

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            GW1 i had Werner, Pulisic and James. Only Zaha now!

            1. Noah’s Ark
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Zaha good pick Andy good luck! I don’t have any players in this game so that’s how I know.

        • Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          sh*t sh*t sh*t sh*t sh*t.

          didn't check my team at all this morning as I knew I was set rolling FT. somehow when trying to swap vc from werner to salah I seem to have swapped c from kdb to salah instead?

          not sure how the hell that has even happened, as am certain that wasnt what I did. incredibly annoying 🙁

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Maybe it'll work out

            1. Top Lad Dakes.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              🙁 maybe. can hope, but I was so set on kdb(c) over salah. actually so confused how that's happened. finger slipped or something

          2. Lindelol
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            lucky you if its on Salah.

          3. riot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            I think Salah is a better option personally. Villa have played terrible teams and he's going to be involved in everything. Rather that than KDB relying on Sterling to finish everything.

        • Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Wooo no James. Suck it minileague rivals with no bench

        • The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Where does this TAA covid talk come from?

          1. SHOOTER MCGINN
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Haven't heard that but guess there's a chance any of the Liverpool players could have it as a couple of them do.

        • Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Next GW's team looks pretty meh

        • melvinmbabazi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Those who bought mount lol

          1. riot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Hey Melvin!

        • Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Congrats Jorginho and Zaha owners on your penalty goals. Guaita owners will feel annoyed about the VAR intervention giving Jorginho a chance to retake his.