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


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The Premier League is back and, to celebrate, fantasy football manager game SPITCH has launched two season-long options for the 2022/23 campaign – one of which is free and has a £2,500 prize pool.

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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. Differentiator
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    Gotta be careful playing near Partey on the pitch

    1. Differentiator
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      yellow card merchant

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        I've heard Xhaka sells those for a good fee.

        1. Ze_Austin
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          But hoards the reds

  2. Neto
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    You might ask what I wish for at the beginning of the new season?

    a long-term injury for either Salah or Haaland ( ͡º ͜ʖ͡º)

    1. Differentiator
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      No. Last season was boring. No template busting injuries please

      1. SamH123
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        why was last season boring

    2. R.C
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Wow I'd never wish that on anyone

    3. @persecuted_by_mods
        1 year, 10 months ago

        That's weird bro

      • Drexl Spivey
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Well that's not very nice.

      • Neto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        If one of them would be out of action, I can see huge potential to break a template with 8.0/8.5 midfielders. The inclusion of the likes of Kulu, Dias, Maddison, Mount, Foden, Mahrez, Bowen would make game much more fun.

    4. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Game updated

      1. Differentiator
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        New servers?

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Must be

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          15 minutes gw2

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Quick

      3. Dosh
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Team of the week looks mint!

    5. NJ MetroStars
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      ramsdale

      taa, robbo, cancelo, james, perisic

      salah, martinelli, bailey

      kane, jesus

      (ward, neto, andreas, archer)

      LETS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6. DycheDycheBaby
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Being a Burnley fan, I'm more hyped for this than I thought I would be. It's good to be back. Good luck everyone!

    7. Salarrivederci
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      As a Gunner owning Martinelli, Saka & Jesus I am buzzing (and damn nervous) ahead of tonights opener to the 22/23 season 😀

    8. R.C
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Wow site is broken? I can still pick GW1 players

      1. Halftime
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        So can i

      2. @persecuted_by_mods
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Just refresh, same thing was happening last year

          1. TheBiffas
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            Wait what happened to you

            1. @persecuted_by_mods
                1 year, 10 months ago

                Wow site is broken? I can still pick GW1 players

        • R.C
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          7.8m players and 76.9% for Jesus

          1. @persecuted_by_mods
              1 year, 10 months ago

              That's at least 100k people

          2. Scots Gooner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            That was quick

            1. Hooky
              • 9 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              That's what she said

          3. Stamford B
            • 2 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            If you hang around for a couple of mins tonight’s teams will be out

          4. ClassiX
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            Arsenal team news...
            Team to face Crystal Palace: Ramsdale, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Jesus.
            Subs: Turner, Tierney, Nketiah, Holding, Cedric Soares, Pepe, Lokonga, Nelson, Elneny.

            Crystal Palace team news...
            Team to face Arsenal: Guaita, Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell, Doucoure, Schlupp, Eze, Ayew, Zaha, Edouard.
            Subs: Johnstone, Ward, Milivojevic, Mateta, Hughes, Ebiowei, Richards, Riedewald, Plange.

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              Nice one mister

              1. Stamford B
                • 2 Years
                1 year, 10 months ago

                Told you

            2. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              Plange actually in the squad is cool.

            3. g40steve
              • 6 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              Saliba looking juicy at 4.5

          5. FOO FIGHTER
            • 4 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            I can still pick a GW1 team...

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              Nah

              Cache in the browser.

              Let's not do this, this season again

          6. DavvaMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            Can someone help please, I am in a mini league and when i click on other teams that are in my league I cannot view there team like I could last season.

            How do I access the team they have selected for this team week?

            Thanks

            1. Stamford B
              • 2 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              Give it time and will happen

            2. Threat Level Midnight
              • 5 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              You cant until after the next complete update

            3. GREEN IS GOOD
              • 8 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              You can't see people's teams til the game updates for the first time.

            4. DavvaMC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              Thanks all for letting me know.

            5. Scots Gooner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              Click GW1 in their GW history, you can view their team there

            6. Runks
              • 6 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              Click on their usernames -> GW1 and you'll see their teams

            7. iL PiStOlErO
              • 5 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              You should see them in about half hour

          7. Differentiator
            • 8 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            7.8m players, WOW!

            And 1.2m excluding Egypt duplicate accounts

            1. SamH123
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              is that the most ever

          8. Yossi
            • 13 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            JESUS STARTING

            1. Yossi
              • 13 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              HOLY

          9. dark91
            • 8 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            Ward benched!!
            (Sorry bit couldn't help myself 😀 )

          10. Totalfootball
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            What's the news on perisic???

            Am I missing somethinf

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              A Spurs itk said benched

              With Doherty

              It is Southampton at home.

              How did they do last season?

              1. Totalfootball
                • 7 Years
                1 year, 10 months ago

                Wow thnx

          11. AC/DC AFC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            Can't view mini leagues just yet, though?

          12. R.C
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            wow Clyne is starting. Martinell is going to feast

          13. Santi sensei
            • 10 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            Updated

            1. g40steve
              • 6 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              Updated after 20-25 mins

          14. lugs
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            really looking forward to seeing Saliba in the Prem 🙂

            1. TheBiffas
              • 3 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              Saliba owner 🙂

            2. ZeBestee
              • 9 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              Yeah, would be interesting indeed. He looks like he can withstand the shackles of the PL. Will be a huge test for him but he has the qualities.

            3. lugs
              • 6 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              i've gone Ramsdale as my 3rd Arsenal, Saliba was in my team for a while but i wasn't happy with my keeper so i got Rams, i think Saliba will be a beast this year though, a 4.5 VVD imo

          15. Deulofail
            • 8 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            My rival's team is crazy. Digne, Cash & Coutinho. Darwin (same as me). Wilson. Mount & Neves on the bench. Can't believe he beat me two seasons in a row.

            1. Threat Level Midnight
              • 5 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              Darwin? What would the thought process be on this one?

              1. @persecuted_by_mods
                  1 year, 10 months ago

                  Lol Deulo is gonna merk ya

                • Deulofail
                  • 8 Years
                  1 year, 10 months ago

                  Looking for potential goals probably

                  1. Threat Level Midnight
                    • 5 Years
                    1 year, 10 months ago

                    You're responding sarcastically because you've made a clear poor selection and want to defend it. He won't score more than Robbo, and hes 2 mil more. Good luck

              2. @persecuted_by_mods
                  1 year, 10 months ago

                  Bro you are the least template player I know, getting a good rank that way is hard

                • SADIO SANÉ
                  • 8 Years
                  1 year, 10 months ago

                  my bench boost hasn't kicked in yet..?

                  1. Deulofail
                    • 8 Years
                    1 year, 10 months ago

                    Could be this

                    1. SADIO SANÉ
                      • 8 Years
                      1 year, 10 months ago

                      now it has, phew

                      1. Deulofail
                        • 8 Years
                        1 year, 10 months ago

                        Nope, he confirms no BB played

                        1. SADIO SANÉ
                          • 8 Years
                          1 year, 10 months ago

                          damn that's crazy - just looking through my work league and seeing similar benches, some absolute maverick behaviour

                          1. Deulofail
                            • 8 Years
                            1 year, 10 months ago

                            He just expects to get more from other players. Chelsea don't do well away to Everton apparently. He's a Chelsea fan

                • TheBiffas
                  • 3 Years
                  1 year, 10 months ago

                  Pretty sure it had something to do with you refusing to own salah

                • Andy_Social
                  • 11 Years
                  1 year, 10 months ago

                  Triple Villa makes sense for this GW. It's a duckshoot.

                • ZeBestee
                  • 9 Years
                  1 year, 10 months ago

                  You have fail as part of your name. Maybe you need to change that as starters. 😉

              3. R.C
                • 6 Years
                1 year, 10 months ago

                For people who missed to create a team:

                https://www.premierleague.com/news/1824242

              4. g40steve
                • 6 Years
                1 year, 10 months ago

                Ward most owned keeper 🙂

                1. Andy_Social
                  • 11 Years
                  1 year, 10 months ago

                  woah!

              5. AC/DC AFC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 year, 10 months ago

                Eze
                Martenelli to score

                Tierney on the bench already

              6. DRIZ ✅
                • 12 Years
                1 year, 10 months ago

                Score Predictions?

                3-1 Arsenal Martinelli Jesus, Eze

              7. Botman and Robben
                • 7 Years
                1 year, 10 months ago

                A Martinelli assist to Jesus goal will be points for everyone right?

              8. Olof Mellberg
                • 1 Year
                1 year, 10 months ago

                I've landed on this:

                Cech
                Vidic / Terry / Kompany
                Malouda / Nani / T Cahill / Yaya Toure
                Aguero / Elmander

                Hope it pays off

              9. R.C
                • 6 Years
                1 year, 10 months ago

                Wow new UI has a refresh button below points scored

                Also no red arrows!! they're pink now?

              10. Captain Vantastic™
                • 12 Years
                1 year, 10 months ago

                Fabio Borges FPL ID?