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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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1,707 Comments Post a Comment
  1. n-doggg
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Having a last minute wobble on changing captain away from KDB... thoughts?

    A. Kdb
    B. Salah
    C. Jiminez

    1. Chucky
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      A

    2. Tony Martial
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      B

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      A

    4. Dangerous Dave
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Salah

    5. Gatsby
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Im similar.

      Really tempted to go Jimenez, but Wolves were so poor against West Ham.

      KDB safe option if u own all 3 imo.

    6. Carky
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      B

    7. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      I'm wobbling from DCL to KDB...

    8. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Stick

    9. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      B

    10. FPL-Albion
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 24 days ago

      A

    11. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Think I’ll stick. Will be too painful if he explodes and I move away!

      1. Bobadoba
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Vardy bonanza

    12. coolmule
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 24 days ago

      C

  2. sklarface
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Son to Mahrez or roll transfer and play Podence or (if he's def. out) Costa as 1st sub

    1. Chucky
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      A

      1. sklarface
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Thanks

    2. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Mahrez

    3. Critical Observer
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Lol. Son might even start.

      1. kamdaraji
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        no chance imo

  3. Chucky
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Reece James or Saiss on WC? Thankss

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      James

    2. DannyD
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Saiss

    3. Gazzz
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      I’d rather have Coady

    4. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Saiss

    5. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Coleman?

      1. Chucky
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        have triple everton already. cheers everyone

  4. Dangerous Dave
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    DCL or INGS for CPTN?

    1. Chucky
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      A.. both will score

    2. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Ings

    3. FPL-Albion
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Ings out of them two

    4. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Ings

  5. Carky
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Just to let everyone know...

    I hate DCL as a fantasy option, have slated him on here so many times - ALWAYS burns me.

    I have reluctantly brought in DCL for Martial for my FT. This is the point where DCL blanks for the rest of the season, he always does with me - and i'm okay with this as it stops everyone else getting the points too.

    Just a heads up so you all know who to blame when he starts firing blanks.

    1. Doctor Evil
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Same here

    2. FPL-Albion
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Thanks for the heads up

    3. PremKraut
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Probably the worst week to bring him in for Martial. You missed the party.

      1. Carky
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Thats okay, im here to kill any further parties.

  6. summerstonsymphony@icloud.c…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Sterling triple captain ... Done ✅

    1. ZEZIMA
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Love it. Good luck mate

    2. Dangerous Dave
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      That could prove very lucrative my friend. Good luck.

    3. Right In The Stanchion
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Mate Leeds are going to win today.

      • schlupptheweek
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        I've captained him, so be careful

      • Jimbo-Jones
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Nice. Ballsy but could be a great shout.

    4. Jimbo-Jones
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Play 1:

      A. Doherty
      B. Soucek

      1. Dangerous Dave
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        A

    5. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Does anyone think Pep will over think the tactics against Leeds and lose

      1. Dangerous Dave
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        No. City will beat them. Possibly by a big margin.

      2. n-doggg
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Hopefully his injuries mean he doesn’t have much space to overthink

      3. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Quite possibly 4.3 Leeds or 3.2 which is a fantasy football win.

        Or 2.4 City.

        Hard to call, with fans I'd say Leeds would have more chances of a result at Ellend Road.

      4. Oggle22
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Nar City will win 6-4 haha

    6. Hazardous1983
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      taylor.or bissouma 1st sub. Incase podence dont start

    7. Weeb Kakashi
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Sterling a better option than KDB this week? I am just thinking he is.

    8. Oggle22
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Why all the city love just because Leeds attack?

      1. PremKraut
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        No. They have Koch and he's the worst german defender in the Prem I've seen so far.

      2. Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Then they dont spend as much time in defence

    9. FPL-Albion
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 24 days ago

      1FT 0.9 in bank

      Happy with my team except for Watkins (£6.0m) up front v Liverpool

      Do I transfer for Che Adams or save?

    10. Jon Snow
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Auba >>> KdB worth it for a -4?

    11. Right In The Stanchion
        3 months, 24 days ago

        I think I’m capping Werner. Anyone else?

        1. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          The thing about captaincy justification is that you need form and fixture

          Werner proved he had neither last week

          What's the justification this week?

          Note that we can't predict the future, but we can discuss logical reasoning and add hope/gut feelings to that

          1. Right In The Stanchion
              3 months, 24 days ago

              I may change my mind. Just don’t know tbh.

          2. Carky
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Same but early kick off put me off, that is the only reason,

        2. Rolls-Royce
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Hi. Any final hour rumors?

          1. kamdaraji
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Son won't start

        3. Oggle22
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Play it safe on neto or go podence?

        4. ZakyJ
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Bench one:
          1Saiss
          2Justin
          3Reece
          4Podence

          Thinking Podence as due to fitness he might start on bench and come on for a short period?

        5. kamdaraji
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          decided to WC over IB. Is the tactic to get all the possible double risers? However, I see some players I want might rise by at at least 0.1 anyway

        6. Conroy
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Havertz or Barnes??

          1. Carky
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            short term barnes. when chelsea gel, hav.

        7. Nightf0x
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Rams
          Taylor justin sais taa (mitchel)
          Kdb bruno salah podence (soucek)
          Jimi dcl (davis)

          Which ??
          A) roll ft
          B) davis bruno -4 to barnes ings & bench taylor/justin

          1. Kay317
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Don't drop Bruno, difficult to get him back in at that price and it'll drive you mad every time he gets a jammy peno

        8. liboo
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Captain jota
          Yay or nay ??

          1. the dom 1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            No

        9. Kay317
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 24 days ago

          The salah or KDB captain choice is driving me mad...
          Whatever i decide will be wrong.
          First the five gets the nod:
          A)Salah
          B) KDB

          1. Carky
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            A

          2. the dom 1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            A

          3. BERGKOP
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            A

            1. Kay317
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Salah it is then.
              Anyone able to give me a good reason?

              1. Dangerous Dave
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                He's the best player in the world.

        10. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          People looking at Ings and Jimenez and refusing to get them, probably due to their price hikes from last year. Same Mistake Mark Sutherns made on numerous occasions(refusing to pay more for a player that what others paid...)

          Would you be happy if Ings and Jimenez repeat last years scores and get around 200 pts @ 8.5m?

          I would.

          1. Dangerous Dave
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Absolutely correct.

          2. Rolls-Royce
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            I think people are not getting Ings because of the following fixtures after WBA. Jimmi is quite popular.

            1. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              His fixtures look great to me., Cheslea just conceded 3 vs Wba that dont even have a striker.

              1. Rolls-Royce
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                For me, Ings is fixture proof. Soton perform better away from home too.

          3. Silent Friend
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            8.5m for soton striker lol
            1% chance he will get 200 again

            1. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Yeah, with all the penalties been awarded and Ings being on penos he prob wont do well.
              🙄

          4. DAZZ
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            It’s normal, people are stingy. Its like with anything. I’m hesitant to pay 7M for Grealish even though he will likely get 8+g 8+a again which is good value

          5. the dom 1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            I would be very happy pity i dont own either at present but Jimenez coming in after IB

          6. Amey
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Me too
            Cost me a WC though to correct myself

          7. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Tbf to Mark, he's learning. You can see his thinking evolving when he talks about the game on Blackbox. He readily acknowledges he was too stubborn last year. This year, he took a hit for DCL this week, a move he would never have done last year.

            His team is looking very good right now and I think he'll have a terrific season.

            As for Ings and Jimi, I agree. It is looking very much like a mistake to not go for them. Better to evaluate them as individual assets than let past value cloud of them.

            We see it often with players that got price hikes with maybe the exception of KdB.

          8. La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Ings is now penos too. I think he’s bargain tbh. I can see him hitting 180 pts easily

            1. bench boost for every gamew…
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Not sure ings on pens is a good thing. Not particularly good at them

          9. BIG TONES
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            I have both now

          10. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Penalties are a major bonus for Ings and if they add RLC to the squad that's even better.

          11. bench boost for every gamew…
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Still uncertainty of team rather than player at this early stage perhaps? I think they are priced correctly and i own one and wuih i owned both. Martial to do a home hauk hopefully...

            1. bench boost for every gamew…
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Haul ..

        11. RedAlpha10
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Best 8m and below attacker except DCL and Barnes???

          1. Paul Psychic Octopus
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Rich, Maupay.

            1. RedAlpha10
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Thank you

        12. TJ
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          play Lamptey or Mitchell?

          1. Kay317
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Lamp

          2. Pinky Blinders
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Lamps for benefit of attacking potential as well

        13. AC Yew
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Best mid for under 7.8.
          To join
          KdB Zaha JWP Salah

        14. Right In The Stanchion
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Have gone for a gamble on Hudson Odoi in for a one week punt.

          • RVP 20
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Who to captain guys?

              KDB/Salah/Jimenez

              1. Tony Martial
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                B

              2. the dom 1
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Mo

            • BIG TONES
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Martinez or McCarthy on WC?

            • OptimusBlack
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Am on Salah C what do u think ?

              1. Tony Martial
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Im with you

              2. nadman89
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                i went with it , being last game made it even better

              3. drughi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                same here

              4. OptimusBlack
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Cheers