Scout Picks

FPL Gameweek 4 Scout Picks features Chelsea triple-up and Bruno over Ronaldo

As they prepare to face Aston Villa on Saturday, three Chelsea players form the spine of our Gameweek 4 Scout Picks.

After Sam, Az, Neale and Tom submitted their Scout Squad selections earlier this week, we have chosen our best players ahead of tomorrow’s 11.00 BST deadline.

We line up in a 4-4-2 formation and come in at £82.9m, just under our £83.0m budget.

GOALKEEPER

David Raya (£4.6m) is our chosen goalkeeper ahead of Brentford’s home fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion in Gameweek 4.

The Bees stopper has already accumulated 17 Fantasy Premier League (FPL) points, picking up additional save points against both Arsenal and Aston Villa.

He’s also on top of the Baseline Bonus Points System (BBPS), in part due to his distribution when playing out from the back.

Thomas Frank’s side have restricted their opponents to just two big chances so far, and with Albion up next, will be confident of another shut-out in Gameweek 4.

DEFENDERS

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Luke Shaw (£5.5m) may not have quite hit his 2020/21 heights so far this season, but still ranks amongst the top five defenders for chances created, and carries significant assist potential against Newcastle United this weekend.

His crossing ability from both dead-ball situations and open-play attacks will be key, while United’s clean sheet prospects look a whole lot stronger with the addition of Raphael Varane (£5.5m).

Lucas Digne (£5.4m) helped Everton record their first shut-out of the campaign against Brighton last time out, and is sure to benefit from new manager Rafa Benitez’s approach, which is largely based around crossing.

Up next for the Toffees is Burnley, who have conceded 15 headed attempts so far this season, more than any other side in the division. With corner-taking duties another route to points, Digne could be in for a big week.

Antonio Rudiger (£5.5m) is the first of our Chelsea picks. The German international has started and completed 90 minutes in all three Premier League matches this season, while opponents Aston Villa have managed just nine shots on target across their opening three fixtures. Add in at least a couple of missing first-teamers, and it’s no surprise that Chelsea top the bookies’ odds for a clean sheet this week.

Marcal (£4.5m) takes up the final spot in our backline. Over the opening three Gameweeks, he has attempted 19 crosses from the left-flank (the joint-fifth highest among all defenders), while Wolves have conceded just 20 shots in the box despite some tougher fixtures.

MIDFIELDERS

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Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) is the first of our two premium midfield picks this week, having already combined two goals, two assists and 30 FPL points this season. The Egyptian’s total of 13 goal attempts ranks second amongst all players, while he has also supplied a league-leading three big chances for his team-mates.

Opponents Leeds United have tightened up at Elland Road in 2021, but Salah, who is just one goal shy of reaching a century in the Premier League, will surely fancy his chances against Marcelo Bielsa’s backline.

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer planting seeds of doubts in our heads around how many minutes Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.5m) will be afforded against Newcastle United, we’ve opted for Bruno Fernandes (£12.0m) in this week’s Scout Picks XI. Despite back-to-back blanks, United’s playmaker hit an open-play hat-trick to earn a career-high 20 FPL point haul in his last Old Trafford appearance.

Mason Mount (£7.5m) has enjoyed a productive start to the season, bagging assists against Crystal Palace and Arsenal. Amongst all midfielders, he ranks top for expected assists (xA), with this weekend’s opponents – Aston Villa – missing first-choice goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez (£5.5m).

Adama Traore (£6.0m) has been the topic of many a Fantasy discussion over the international break, with Wolverhampton Wanderers about to embark on a kind run of fixtures. While his end product is perhaps in question, he’s top for chances created and joint-second for shots amongst all FPL midfielders from Gameweeks 1 to 3. 

FORWARDS

Lukaku on target as Chelsea assets prosper at Arsenal

Passed fit by manager Thomas Tuchel earlier this afternoon, Romelu Lukaku (£11.5m) looks like an excellent option for our forwards lines this week. The Belgian has started well at Chelsea, scoring against Arsenal in Gameweek 2, and has also reacked up 10 goal attempts and nine shots in the box across his opening couple of appearances.

West Ham United’s Michail Antonio (£7.9m) is the top-scoring player in FPL so far, and is one of just three players to have scored in each of the first three rounds. Opponents Southampton have kept just one clean sheet in their last 24 attempts in the Premier League, while West Ham have won six of their last seven meetings between them.

THE CAPTAIN

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We choose the Scout Picks captain using a four-way vote between our Scout Squad pundits.

Bruno Fernandes was handed the armband by our quartet this time, with Romelu Lukaku picking up the vice-captaincy.

COMMUNITY CHAMPION

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Each week, one of the Fantasy Football Scout community takes on the Scout Picks by pitting their chosen XI against ours.

The Community Member who beats our team by the largest margin will win a £100 Amazon Voucher and a place in our Moderators and Contributors League for the following season.

Our champion is week BobMcMayday, who has gone with a maverick 5-2-3 line-up of Pickford; Tierney, White, Shaw, Reguilon, Duffy; Salah, Jota; Aubameyang, Kane, Lukaku (c).

The Scout Picks are 3-0 up on the community this season.

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  1. kamdaraji
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Ole is Ronaldo starting?

    1. james 101
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Consensus is it’s likely

    2. chriscosta
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      No-one know yet, I should think so

    3. The ginger cafu
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I reckon he comes on at half time if scores are level, or after 59 mins otherwise. Scores a brace regardless. But I've been wrong before.

  2. Davidwes
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Which transfer? Both a -4

    A) Mahrez and Ings—-> Jota and DCL (keep bruno)
    B) Bruno and Ings——> Jota and Ronaldo (keep mahrez)

    1. LaurieH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      A!

    2. james 101
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Close

      But I think Ron could be big

    3. chriscosta
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      B, But Mahrez could drop in price tonight

  3. chriscosta
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    On WC !!

    Sanchez (Bachmann) - Downgrade Keeper to upgrade weak defence ??

    AAT Semedo Duffy (Williams, Livramento) - 3 cheap defence Wait for white Price drop (hopefully at -96%) duffy to white

    Salah Torres Jota Grey/ESR or Odegaard (Raphinha)

    Jimenez CR7(C) Antonio - I know i will have a forward headache, lol

    Downgrade keeper to upgrade Defence Duffy > White (could drop in price currently at -96%) or Wait
    \

    1. chriscosta
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Grey or ESR or Odegaard

  4. Mulla
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Which is better combo for next 3 Gameweeks ?? Already have Ronaldo.

    A) Jota - Greenwood - DCL

    B) Sarr - Traore - Lukaku

    1. chriscosta
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      A for me

    2. james 101
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      A

  5. james 101
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Bottomed

    WC. How does she look?

    Sanchez

    TAA Tierney

    Salah(vc) Jota Benrahma Greenwood

    Ronaldo(C) Antonio DCL

    (Steele Allan Williams Livra)

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      A little short at the back 🙂

      1. james 101
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Ha. Dammit.

        Coady!

    2. The ginger cafu
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I like it

  6. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Here's me. Such a battle between doing well short-term and preparing for the long-term.

    DDG
    TAA - Christensen - Tierney
    Salah - Torres - Jota - Greenwood - Traore
    Ronaldo - Antonio

    Steer - Coady - Sissoko - Gelhardt

  7. Judeksi
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    A or B? Slightly leaning towards B...

    A) Coady/Marcal, Gray, DCL
    B) White, Sarr, Bamford

    1. The ginger cafu
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I prefer A, just

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      B for me

  8. ididnt
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Captain a Lukaku or Mo?

    1. Zaruto
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Kaku

  9. The ginger cafu
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Hi all,

    Playing the draft game. Which of these would you start:

    A: Coufal
    B: Harrison
    C: Barnes

    Thanks

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      B

      1. The ginger cafu
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Was leaning that way, thanks

  10. cynfrvr
      1 month, 13 days ago

      last question, Lukaku will start right?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Yes

    • RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Marchal or coady on WC?

      Will rotate with White/Livar as 3rd def

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Probably Marcal because at the very least, White has equally decent fixtures if he/when he loses his spot.

        Coady could also be dropped when they play back four, so may as well go with the one with the attacking threat.

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Cheers!

      2. The ginger cafu
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Marcal

    • KANTEnders
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Morning everyone.

      Start 1 of :

      A) Livramento (WHU)
      B) B.Williams (ars)
      C) Duffy (bre)

      Cheers

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        C

      2. The ginger cafu
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Duffy

      3. Cini talks fpl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Duffy

    • boroie
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Any last minute Twitter rumours I should know about before I lock down my team?

      1. kamdaraji
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Ronnie greased his hair before his sub appearance today

    • fricky_
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Morning!
        Sanchez
        Semedo - TAA - Rudiger
        Jota - Salah - Benrahma - Torres
        Lukaku - Antonio - DCL
        Need some help.
        A) Do I start Semedo or Duffy
        B) Captain Salah, Lukaku or Antonio?

        1. Cini talks fpl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 13 days ago

          I'll say start Semedo, I'm struggling for Captaincy - but with your options, I'll go Lukaku

        2. Zaruto
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          No CR7?
          Kaku (c)

      • Cini talks fpl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I think Bruno has a better fixture against Newcastle for captaincy but i'm just torn between him and Salah.

        His 2 blank GW plus Ronaldo in just make me go for the trusted Salah

        What do you all think? 30 mins to deadline

        Note: I don't have Ronaldo and would have to take a -8 to get Ronaldo

        Thanks

        1. Gizzachance
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          I’m on salah

          1. Cini talks fpl
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Thanks. Salah it is. Fingers crossed

      • Gizzachance
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Which combo scores more ?
        Bruno ings
        Jota lukaku
        Cheers

        1. Cini talks fpl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Jota Lukaku

          1. Gizzachance
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Cheers goid luck
            Leaving Ronnie fir a week

      • RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Which pair on wc?

        A) Christensen and Marchal
        B) Shaw and Williams

        Rest of def is TAA, White, Livra

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          A

        2. LLoris
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          A

      • LLoris
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Which one?
        A) Greenwood
        B) Mount

      • ingvar1111
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Thoughts? All set? (0,1m ITB).

        Raya (Sánchez)
        TAA Digne Tierney (Livra Williams)
        Salah Jota Torres Raphinha (Mendy)
        Ronaldo Antonio Jimenez

      • PLerix
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        On wc..
        A) Ronaldo
        B) Lukaku +1 m to get Ron for next gw

        Leaning towards B just to have more excitement in the last game tonight

      • Zaruto
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Roullete…which one?

        A) Benarahma & Gray
        Or
        B) Traore & Sarr

      • MikeLowrey
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        A) Ings to Jim
        B) Roll FT

      • gauzah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Best 6.5 mid for a 1 week punt this week?

        1. Zaruto
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Benarhama

      • Plonatron
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Who is more nailed, Marcal or Coady?

        1. SchemingScouser
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Coady's the captain...

      • SchemingScouser
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 13 days ago

        The only way I can get Lukaku (boss LT fixtures) is by selling Bruno and Toney for him and Sarr. Too risky?

        No thought re: Ronaldo, so:

        i)Sarr and Lukaku
        ii) Jota and £11.1m max FWD - who??
        iii) Keep Bruno

        Have DCL already, so this would be a -4

      • Zaruto
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Last minute decision….

        A) Benarahma & Gray

        B) Traore & Sarr

        C) Torres & Bissouma

      • Finding Timo
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Captain a ronaldo or salah!

          1. Dusty Donut
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Salah