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

The best FPL defenders for a Gameweek 4 Wildcard 3

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

Captain Sensible – Gameweek 1 5

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

Who are the best captain options for FPL Gameweek 36+?

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. Zaruto
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Roulette…..

    A) TAA & Traore
    Or
    B) Cancelo & Jota

    1. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      A

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      A with Sarr or B with Dias

      1. BooYaKasha
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        So much this

    3. The Tinkerman
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      A

  2. jackruet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Bottomed

    Traore
    Raphinha
    Sarr
    Torres

    Pick 1

    1. LoneWolf1989
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Torres

        Defo not Raphinia as he isn’t allowed to play

        1. The Tinkerman
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Bans have been overturned

          1. LoneWolf1989
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Ah decent, missed that

          2. jason_ni
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Ban is lifted #freethebrazil11

        2. james 101
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Torres

          Then swap to Raph at some point prob

        3. Zaruto
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Torres for me

      • LoneWolf1989
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Last wildcard decision

          Kane or Ronaldo?

          Thanks all

          1. jackruet
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Kane sure starter. Ronny uncertain

          2. The Pesci challenge
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Ronaldo

          3. Royal5
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Ronaldo

        • Wakanda
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          any updates on the brazilian players ?

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Available

          2. Disco Volante
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            All playing.

          3. Wakanda
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            jimmenz will be available as well ?

            1. Milkman Bruno
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Yes

        • james 101
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Bottomed

          WC. Been going round and round on this one!

          Taa -—5M—- Coady (Williams Livra)

          A. Christensen
          B. Coufal
          C. Semedo (Wolves double up!)
          D. Tierney

          Thanks and Good luck!!!

          1. Make United Great Again
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            D

            1. james 101
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Cheers

          2. La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            A

            1. james 101
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Thanks mate

          3. The Pesci challenge
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            D

            1. james 101
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              He’s nailed right?

              1. The Pesci challenge
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 7 days ago

                Yeah should be

          4. Meinhoff
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            D

          5. jackruet
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 7 days ago

            A

          6. jason_ni
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            D

          7. Bertonian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 7 days ago

            D good fixtures

        • Meinhoff
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          How about this for a WC team

          Sanchez | Steele
          Shaw | Tierney | Coady | Ayling | Livramento
          Salah | Jota | Benrahma | Traore (Allan)
          Ronaldo | Lukaku | Antonio

          Only worry would be no TAA, is this front three worth going without?

          1. The Pesci challenge
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Yeah i would rather have TAA. I would downgrade lukaku

          2. Scots Gooner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            I like it.

            Going without TAA won't be popular here, but maybe that front line will make up for it

          3. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            I think that's the best 3 x big hitter team you can come up with. Very decent defensive fixtures for the price.

        • Lingard’s Shin Guards
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          WC gtg?

          Sanchez
          TAA Shaw Dier
          Salah Jota Raph Sarr
          Ron (c) DCL Antonio

          Steele Coady Gilmour Livramento (0.2m itb)

          1. Make United Great Again
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Very nice! You’re set

          2. Silicon Vialli
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Yup

          3. Collie01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Very good

          4. Little Red Lacazette
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            GTG

          5. BooYaKasha
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Very nice, consider Sissoko for Gilmour

          6. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            I'd sacrifice Shaw for Christensen and get Samedo or Tierney for Coady.

            1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Probably gonna leave Shaw in as a placeholder for James - think he'll become pretty essential when the fixtures turn

        • Milkman Bruno
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Bench one of :

          A) Raphina
          B) Semedo
          C) Coufal

          1. Meinhoff
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            B

          2. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            B

          3. Milkman Bruno
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Semedo was who I was least expecting people to choose…

            1. Collie01
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              A

        • Shifty
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          have Ronaldo...

          greenwood or mount?

          1. kempc23
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            If on Wildcard card probably Mount. Great fixture this week and great fixtures from 7. Greenwood has been over performing, and Ron will impact Greenwood in some way (but we dont know how, yet!)

            1. Shifty
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              good point. might add i'm a united fan so very hard to do this head vs heart thing. heavy greenwood bias here...

          2. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Greenwood. At least for this week. Can become Raphinha next.

          3. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Greenwood for next 3

        • kempc23
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Start White (NOR) or Raphinha (LIV)?

          Leaning towards White

          1. Collie01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            I'm starting White over Raph. Mainly because I've TAA, Salah and Jota so hoping for and banking on a Liverpool CS.

          2. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            I think Norwich may score, so Raphinha.

            1. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              If you had Tierney, then I'd say play Tierney because if his attacking threat also.

        • Mahjongking
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Differential capt?

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Antonio

            1. Collie01
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Yes agreed I think Antonio may be overlooked this GW.

          2. BooYaKasha
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Greenwood

          3. Collie01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Jota

        • Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Jimenez worth the 1.4 over Traore, do you think?

          1. kempc23
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            By miles.

          2. BooYaKasha
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Both are a wait and see imo

        • Dr. Rog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          DDG
          TAA Christ Tierney
          Salah Jota Torres Traore
          CR7 DCL Antonio
          0.1m and the usual fodder

        • Joey Tribbiani
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 7 days ago

          De Gea (NEW) and White (NOR)
          or
          Steer (che) and Shaw (NEW)

        • Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Any advice here?

          Think this is the final, final WC draft

          Sanchez/Steele TAA/Christensen/Coady/White/Livramento
          Salah/Torres/Jota/Traore/Allan Ronaldo/DCL/Antonio

          1. jackruet
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Christensen is nailed? Torrer rotation risk?

            1. Scots Gooner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Will have either White or Coady as potential cover if the likes of Torres/Christensen are rotated.

              Will most likely swap Jota/Christensen to Raphinha/James in a few weeks when they're both available.

          2. The Mentaculus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Gtg

        • PowerSink
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          DCL or Jota?

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            DCL if he's fit. Is he fit btw?

        • Whats the Mata?
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Choose one!

          Sanchez
          Shaw • Coufal • Veltman
          Salah • Mane* • Greenwood • Benrahma
          DCL • Antonio • Ings**

          Steer • Ayling • Tsmikas • Brownhill

          A. Ings to Jimenez
          B. Mane + Ings to Jota + Ronaldo (-4)
          C. Mane + Ings to Jota + Lukaku (-4) (Lukaku to Ronaldo in gw5)

          Cheers.

          1. Meinhoff
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            B

          2. BooYaKasha
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            B

        • Ray In Bruges.
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Sanchez (Steele)
          TAA Coufal Livramento (Tsimikas, James)
          Bruno TAA Greenwood Benrahma (Bissouma)
          Lukaku Antonio DCL

          1 FT, 0.5 ITB

          Roll FT or is there something obvious to change here?

          1. BooYaKasha
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Double TAA?

            1. Ray In Bruges.
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              JoTAA

        • Are you Shaw?
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Sarr vs Traore vs Gray vs Saka

          Discuss... Hardest decision ever

          1. jackruet
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Sarr, saka

            1. Are you Shaw?
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Exactly the two I prefer.. however.. I am torn between them

              1. BooYaKasha
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 7 days ago

                Sarr talisman

          2. Dr. Rog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Traore. Stats+Fixtures
            Sarr a close 2nd.

            1. Are you Shaw?
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Saka crazy good fixtures as well.. Arsenal can easily turn things around

            2. Are you Shaw?
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              I do agree with you though.. Sarr is also on penalties I think

            3. Collie01
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              I agree with this.

        • Gazzpfc
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          1. Tierney and Gray
          2. Marcel and Traore

        • Mozumbus
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Here's the team
            Sanchez
            TAA, Coufal, Dier
            Salah, Fernandes (C), Greenwood, Mbeumo
            Toney, Antonio, Ings

            Foster, Veltman, Tsimikas, Allan

            1FT, 1.9 ITB
            Fancy 2FT to sort out next GW

            Current OR 29,559. Should I expect
            A. Green arrow after this GW, or
            B. Red

            Any suggestions, please?

          • Boss Hogg
            • 12 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            On a wc...
            Watford goalkeepers or Brighton goalkeepers?

            1. Mozumbus
                4 months, 7 days ago

                Brighton

              • Dr. Rog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 12 Years
                4 months, 7 days ago

                I dont think there is a standout 4.5 GK this year, but I think there are great 5s.

            2. thegaffer82
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              On most occasions Fantasy enhances my enjoyment of watching footy - especially when it comes to games I wouldn't usually care about, like for example Wolves v's Brighton or something like that.

              But today, the opposite will be true.
              As a Utd fan -I of course want Ronnie to start v's Newcastle and hopefully score a hatty.
              But as a FPL player, that would pretty much ruin my rank and leave a bitter taste in the mouth.

              Ahhhh FPL! 😉

              1. Gudjohnsen
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 7 days ago

                Agreed

                I just know that Bruno will haunt me tonight having got rid of him on wc.

              2. The Train Driver
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 7 days ago

                Just get him in and you won't have to worry about that.

                1. thegaffer82
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 7 days ago

                  Nah, it'd be a -8 for me and it's just not worth it

              3. Are you Shaw?
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 7 days ago

                Same here.. would rather he gets one goal and a W..

              4. BooYaKasha
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 7 days ago

                8 matches in a single day is a joy for FPL!

            3. Gudjohnsen
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              A. Torres, Jimenez
              B. Traoré, DCL

              1. Mozumbus
                  4 months, 7 days ago

                  B

                • Boss Hogg
                  • 12 Years
                  4 months, 7 days ago

                  A

              2. Disco Volante
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 7 days ago

                So why are people thinking that little Ole might bench Cristiano Ronaldo?
                Not fit?
                Not settled into the team?
                Prefers Martial?
                Come on - it’s Ronaldo. You don’t bench Ronaldo.

                1. Dazzler
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 7 days ago

                  He’ll want his very own standing ovation.

                2. Wakanda
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 7 days ago

                  probably if he gels with the team ?

              3. Rochdale_Cowboy
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 7 days ago

                SOUTH AMERICAN PLAYER BANS LIFTED!

                it was a close shave for Brazilians

                1. Twisted Saltergater
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 12 Years
                  4 months, 7 days ago

                  bdum tish!

                2. Gunneryank
                    4 months, 7 days ago

                    I see what you did there.

                3. Jacky boy
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 7 days ago

                  Captain ronaldo or not?

                  1. Mozumbus
                      4 months, 7 days ago

                      No

                    • Rochdale_Cowboy
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 7 days ago

                      Benched

                      1. Twisted Saltergater
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 12 Years
                        4 months, 7 days ago

                        Benchwankery, I like it.

                  2. marcymarc
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 7 days ago

                    Captain Salah or Lukaku?

                    1. Mozumbus
                        4 months, 7 days ago

                        L

                        1. marcymarc
                          • 5 Years
                          4 months, 7 days ago

                          I am on Lukaku atm, i am top 2.5k overall, no need to take too big risks. Was thinking salah could be more safe pick though

                    2. Boss Hogg
                      • 12 Years
                      4 months, 7 days ago

                      Final 3 place in wc:

                      Sanchez/Steele
                      TAA, Shaw, Livr, xxx, xxx
                      Salah, Jota, Sarr, Torres, xxx
                      Ronaldo, Antonio, Jimi

                      a. Dier, Duffy, Gray
                      b. Reguilon, White, Gilmour

                      ???

                      1. Mozumbus
                          4 months, 7 days ago

                          B

                      2. tbos83
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 7 days ago

                        Tear this WC team apart

                        Sanchez
                        Shaw Digne TAA
                        Gray Salah Jota Benny Torres
                        Antonio Ronaldo (c)

                        Steele Dennis White Livra