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Scout’s Matchday 1 picks for the free-to-play SPITCH Fantasy game


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AN INTRODUCTION TO SPITCH

Imagine a version of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) where you have a Free Hit chip every week and are only judged on your best five matchdays. With SPITCH, one week of accidentally forgetting to play won’t be problematic – even starting in April still gives you a chance of winning prizes!

Unlike FPL, managers can actually go under or over the ₵1,200 budget, which then determines how many positive or negative points they begin the round with.

Each week of ‘Season’ mode requires a new line-up with no captains. Managers are allowed up to nine players from the same club and can alter teams mid-matchday. ‘Safety Net’ automatically replaces non-starters, whilst a sophisticated scoring system rewards defensive actions in a way that FPL does not.

FREE ‘CLASSIC’ GAME HAS £250 MATCHDAY 1 PRIZE

Until now, SPITCH has focused exclusively on individual matchday games. The ‘Classic’ mode has three pitches to choose from:

  • Biggest Winning Zone: Either free or paid-entry, there are smaller winnings but an equal amount for the top 70% of participants.
  • Double or Nothing: The best 42.5% get twice their stake back, regardless of how much higher they finish.
  • Tournament: Rewards more money for higher-placed finishes, with a winning zone of 25%.

For this week only, the free game will have a matchday prize pool of over £700 and the winner gets £250.

SCOUT’S MATCHDAY 1 LINE-UP

With the additional ability to use a 3-3-4 or 4-2-4 formation, we have taken advantage of the latter for the opening weekend of action.

Liverpool travel to Fulham, where a defensive double-up of Alisson (₵41) and Andrew Robertson (₵104) is backed to deliver. In a game where successful crosses are rewarded with 18 points, Robertson ranked fourth for this amongst all Premier League players last season. Aston Villa’s Lucas Digne (₵58) came eighth.

The attacking tendencies of Reece James (₵138) and Kieran Trippier (₵67) will also prove useful here, as they face Everton and Nottingham Forest.

As explored in our introductory guide to SPITCH, defensive midfielders are potentially even more desirable than attackers, as each pass, interception and successful tackle is rewarded with points.

That’s why Rodri (₵160) has been calculated as last season’s highest-scoring midfielder, as his 2,629 successful passes were only beaten by injured teammate Aymeric Laporte (₵144). The Spaniard also made a league-leading 292 recoveries. All-action midfielders like Bruno Guimaraes (₵72) should excel.

Finally, it’s interesting to see FPL midfielders such as Mohamed Salah (₵250), Pedro Neto (₵90), Luis Diaz (₵125) and Jarrod Bowen (₵100) labelled as forwards.

Salah and Neto will love the prospect of lining up against the Fulham and Leeds United defences, whilst Callum Wilson (₵49) is heavily-backed to score against Forest. No introduction is needed for Harry Kane (₵160), scorer of 11 league goals and six assists from just 14 matches against Southampton.


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478 Comments Post a Comment
    1. DeuloRad
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Ended
      ·
      4 tuned in

      1. Athletico Timbo
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        I:grin:

  1. nerd_is_the_werd
    • 2 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    I somehow managed to get Kane, Son, Salah (c) and Jesus in my team, at the cost of starting a 4.5 MID.
    Let's hope it pays off..

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      And your defence?

      1. nerd_is_the_werd
        • 2 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        Trent, Robbo, Castagne, Walker, N Williams.

        Thought I started Pereira (4.5 MID), but I actually went with Bailey (5.0 MID) instead.

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          Not too bad.

    2. TheBiffas
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      No that difficult really

    3. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Gd work.

  2. ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    .

  3. ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    I've got no Kane Haaland Salah or Son wish me luck !

    1. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Eeek

  4. Nespinha
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    I made a mistake, too late...

    Ward
    Cancelo, TAA, Robbo, Trippier
    Mount, Salah (C), Rodrigo, Neto
    Haaland, Jesus

    subs: sanchez, andreas, patterson, archer

    1. diesel001
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Looks good other than Rodrigo.

  5. HM2
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    Zaha rising tonight on livefpl

  6. AnfieldLad
    • 8 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    Where the no Jesus gang at? Either going to be very happy or very sad in a few hours time

    1. chocolove
      • 11 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Hope for a blank

    2. daftvaper
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      no jesus here, it's a huge opportunity the way i look at it. Eduardo is my lone striker up top

  7. Tcheco
    • 5 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    Palace will batter Arsenal tonight

    1. Woy_is_back
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Yep, easy win for them. Arsenal are overrated af.

    2. MyNameIsBigManRedro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Going to destroy them 2-2 like last October

    3. Spoox777
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      PAL 2-0 ARS
      Zaha, Eze.

      1. orxan677
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        Arsenal will score 4 goals

  8. Evasivo
    • 12 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    Maddison hatrick incoming

  9. Dynamic Duos
    • 9 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    Can't believe Andy @LTFPL went Neto

    1. BigJarvishManmynameisq
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Sonaldo

    2. TheBiffas
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Friggin casual

    3. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      That's common (I took him out for Aaronson)

      But - he's got Cucurella 😯

  10. Botman and Robben
    • 5 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    23% of managers hoping Jesus blanks.

    1. Woy_is_back
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Highly likely. Will be surprised if he ends with more than 15 goals after the season is over

      1. Podge
        • 11 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        Night you mean 😉

  11. Woy_is_back
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    I pussied out and went Salah captain instead of Trippier darnnnn

    1. BigJarvishManmynameisq
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Don't worry we always knew you were one

      1. Woy_is_back
        • 4 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        😀

  12. ᴋiɴɢ
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    Notable differences in 'pro' pundit teams

    Mark: No Salah. Has Johnson
    LR: No Jesus. Has Perisic
    Andy: Template but has Cucurella
    Focal: Template with double Villa
    BigManBakar: No 8m mid, benched Perisic
    General: Has Mount and Ward/Iversen combo

    1. MyNameIsBigManRedro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Keep us updated mate

    2. BigJarvishManmynameisq
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Mynameisq: captained Neto

      1. Freshy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        Glad I took him off the bench

    3. Slouch87
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Can't see how anyone is remotely interested in this .

      1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        I am. Watched all these guys vids. Then picked Aaronson.

  13. Differentiator
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    My differential team

    Mendy - 4.0
    TAA - Patterson - Cancelo - Nilliams - TAA
    Kulu - Coutinho - Martinelli - Pereira - Neto
    Haaland - Wilson - Kane

    Let's go Tesco

    1. diesel001
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Double TAA?

      1. Differentiator
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        Robbo****

        1. diesel001
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          It looks decent. Can't say there are rubbish players in it.

      2. BigJarvishManmynameisq
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        It's a differential ain't it

    2. BigJarvishManmynameisq
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Stunning and brave

    3. MyNameIsBigManRedro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Genius and maverick

    4. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      BB?

      1. Differentiator
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        Nay, bench 4.0s and Pereira

  14. Pedram
    • 8 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    Brought Mount in at the last minute, hope it works out

    1. MyNameIsBigManRedro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Would be weird if you hoped it didn’t

    2. Aston VII iia hahaha
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      same - brought him in to replace Saka, and brought in Martineli to replace Neto after downgrading GK to Leicester double... its all going to go wrong isn't it 😀

  15. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    It’s free to play until it ant

    1. diesel001
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      FPL? Or all these other games?

      Can't see FPL becoming paid for as it is primarily a marketing tool for the PL.

      1. Custard Gannet
        • 2 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        You used to have to pay for the app every year back in the day

        1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 days, 2 hours ago

          Had to buy the Telegraph and pay for phone calls or stamps when I started.

  16. Woy_is_back
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    This is my season boyzzz. OR winner over here 😉

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Your face says it all

    2. Baps hunter
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Good luck trying to beat me!!!

    3. TheBiffas
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Not without Jesus

    4. Threat Level Midnight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Weren't you close a year or two back?

    5. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Did you copy me?

  17. ᴋiɴɢ
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    Former OR1 has picked Jamie Vardy

    RIP

    1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      He'll probably get off to a quick start before half the team is sold from under him and he joins United on transfer deadline day.

  18. AC/DC AFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    Anyone gone KDB Captain?

    1. Arn De Gothia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      No. Son

    2. snow pea in repose
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Me

    3. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Next week

    4. Threat Level Midnight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      GW2 I will be

  19. Dynamic Duos
    • 9 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    My locked team, think I covered all bases and got the 2 8m mid spots in , so happy 🙂

    Ward
    TAA Cancelo James Gabriel
    Salah Diaz Mount Bailey
    Kane Jesus

    Iversen Neco Andreas Greenwood

    1. BigJarvishManmynameisq
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Where's Neto?

      1. Neto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        I'm here

      2. Dynamic Duos
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        Haha you thought I was lying ? Terrible pick

    2. ᴋiɴɢ
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Where's Perisic?

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        Went James instead after doubts brought up today

    3. ᴋiɴɢ
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Where's Martinelli?

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        McFly isn't nailed prefer 8m mids

    4. ᴋiɴɢ
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Where's Haaland?

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        Wasn't clicking in Charity Shield, went proven Kane

    5. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Nice team. Good luck

    6. DeuloRad
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      You didn't cover Son, Saka, Zinchenko, Tierney, Robertson or Darwin, to name a few

  20. Arn De Gothia
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    One year to RMT:s then, pheew. 12 hours to “I had him… I should have gone with my guts” etc. GL all

  21. Athletico Timbo
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    How long does half time last for?

    1. Podge
      • 11 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Too long. Lazy bstards

  22. Smokey_Lowkey
    • 3 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    Arsenal XI vs. Crystal Palace: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard: Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.

    1. Athletico Timbo
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Nice one. Great work

    2. RN - Lyon Fan
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      no surprises there then

    3. ᴋiɴɢ
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Tell me something I don't know

      1. Smokey_Lowkey
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        Dolphins generally sleep with one eye open.

    4. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Beleive you as expected, but source?

    5. lugs
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      as expected

    6. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Quick work. All as expected.

  23. RN - Lyon Fan
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    60m for cucurella hahaha. And i thought martinez was bad

    1. Athletico Timbo
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Put him at WB and he’d be awesome.

      1. BigJarvishManmynameisq
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        Yeah but west brom play in an easier division

      2. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        Sure, spend 110m for Chilwell and Cucurella and rotate them

        Joke of a club

    2. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      What makes it more hilarious is Chelsea has already got great left backs and Cucu doesn’t like playing LCB

    3. ᴋiɴɢ
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      60m AND a player for a year

  24. Aaaatsu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    Landed on this, what do you think?

    Ramsale, Ward
    TAA, Cancelo, James, Perisic, Patterson
    Salah, Martinelli, Diaz, Bailey, Andreas
    Haaland, Jesus, Archer

    1. Podge
      • 11 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Very template so good

    2. DycheDycheBaby
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Nice. Pretty much the same as mine but I went for Trippier over Perisic as I felt that was a bit more safe. Can always upgrade to Perisic when needed.

  25. NJ MetroStars
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    perisic owners unite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. TheBiffas
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      There's about 3 million of you

    2. Valar(Keith)
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      Il join you in 2 weeks when i convert trips+0.5 into him. Started with Cucurella on the bench and couldn't risk starting with Perisic too

      1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 2 hours ago

        I chickened out with 20 mins to go. Prob gonna regret it.

  26. tbos83
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more

  27. Huckfead
    • 3 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    Okay can I be the first this season with…..85 from 0 players. Is that good?

  28. jammie26
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    Forgot to change my draft team ffs

  29. Totalfootball
    • 5 Years
    3 days, 2 hours ago

    Did perisic not train?

    1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 2 hours ago

      He did. Much doubt as to how many minutes Conte will give him. Will he start or come on for last 30 minutes?