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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
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 1 hour ago

    Gotta be careful playing near Partey on the pitch

    1. Differentiator
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

      yellow card merchant

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 1 hour ago

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

        1. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 1 hour ago

          But hoards the reds

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

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

      1. SamH123
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 1 hour ago

        why was last season boring

    2. ᴋiɴɢ
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

      Wow I'd never wish that on anyone

    3. BigJarvishManmynameisq
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

      That's weird bro

    4. Monty the Magpie
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

      Well that's not very nice.

    5. Neto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 days, 1 hour 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.

  3. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 days, 1 hour ago

    Game updated

    1. Differentiator
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

      New servers?

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 1 hour ago

        Must be

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 1 hour ago

        15 minutes gw2

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

      Quick

    3. Dosh
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

      Team of the week looks mint!

  4. NJ MetroStars
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 days, 1 hour ago

    ramsdale

    taa, robbo, cancelo, james, perisic

    salah, martinelli, bailey

    kane, jesus

    (ward, neto, andreas, archer)

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

  5. DycheDycheBaby
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 1 hour 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!

  6. Salarrivederci
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 1 hour ago

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

  7. ᴋiɴɢ
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 1 hour ago

    Wow site is broken? I can still pick GW1 players

    1. Halftime
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

      So can i

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

      Just refresh, same thing was happening last year

      1. TheBiffas
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 1 hour ago

        Wait what happened to you

        1. BigJarvishManmynameisq
          • 8 Years
          3 days, 1 hour ago

          Wow site is broken? I can still pick GW1 players

  8. ᴋiɴɢ
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 1 hour ago

    7.8m players and 76.9% for Jesus

    1. BigJarvishManmynameisq
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

      That's at least 100k people

  9. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 1 hour ago

    That was quick

    1. Hooky
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

      That's what she said

  10. Athletico Timbo
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 1 hour ago

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

  11. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 1 hour 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
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

      Nice one mister

      1. Athletico Timbo
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 1 hour ago

        Told you

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

      Plange actually in the squad is cool.

    3. g40steve
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

      Saliba looking juicy at 4.5

  12. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    3 days, 1 hour ago

    I can still pick a GW1 team...

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

      Nah

      Cache in the browser.

      Let's not do this, this season again

  13. DavvaMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 1 hour 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. Athletico Timbo
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 1 hour ago

      Give it time and will happen

    2. Threat Level Midnight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

      You cant until after the next complete update

    3. GREEN IS GOOD
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

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

    4. DavvaMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 1 hour ago

      Thanks all for letting me know.

    5. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

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

    6. Runks
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

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

    7. iL PiStOlErO
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

      You should see them in about half hour

  14. Differentiator
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 1 hour ago

    7.8m players, WOW!

    And 1.2m excluding Egypt duplicate accounts

    1. SamH123
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

      is that the most ever

  15. Yossi
    • 11 Years
    3 days, 1 hour ago

    JESUS STARTING

    1. Yossi
      • 11 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

      HOLY

  16. dark91
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 1 hour ago

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

  17. Totalfootball
    • 5 Years
    3 days, 1 hour ago

    What's the news on perisic???

    Am I missing somethinf

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

      A Spurs itk said benched

      With Doherty

      It is Southampton at home.

      How did they do last season?

      1. Totalfootball
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 1 hour ago

        Wow thnx

  18. AC/DC AFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 1 hour ago

    Can't view mini leagues just yet, though?

  19. ᴋiɴɢ
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 1 hour ago

    wow Clyne is starting. Martinell is going to feast

  20. Santi MMT
    • 9 Years
    3 days, 1 hour ago

    Updated

    1. g40steve
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

      Updated after 20-25 mins

  21. lugs
    • 5 Years
    3 days, 1 hour ago

    really looking forward to seeing Saliba in the Prem 🙂

    1. TheBiffas
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 1 hour ago

      Saliba owner 🙂

    2. ZeBestee
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 1 hour 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
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 1 hour 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

  22. DeuloRad
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 1 hour 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
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

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

      1. BigJarvishManmynameisq
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 1 hour ago

        Lol Deulo is gonna merk ya

      2. DeuloRad
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 1 hour ago

        Looking for potential goals probably

        1. Threat Level Midnight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 24 mins 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. BigJarvishManmynameisq
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

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

    3. SADIO SANÉ
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

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

      1. DeuloRad
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 1 hour ago

        Could be this

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 1 hour ago

          now it has, phew

          1. DeuloRad
            • 6 Years
            3 days, 1 hour ago

            Nope, he confirms no BB played

            1. SADIO SANÉ
              • 7 Years
              3 days, 1 hour ago

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

              1. DeuloRad
                • 6 Years
                3 days, 1 hour ago

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

    4. TheBiffas
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 1 hour ago

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

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

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

    6. ZeBestee
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 1 hour ago

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

  23. ᴋiɴɢ
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 1 hour ago

    For people who missed to create a team:

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

  24. g40steve
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 1 hour ago

    Ward most owned keeper 🙂

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

      woah!

  25. AC/DC AFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 1 hour ago

    Eze
    Martenelli to score

    Tierney on the bench already

  26. DRIZ ✅
    • 10 Years
    3 days, 1 hour ago

    Score Predictions?

    3-1 Arsenal Martinelli Jesus, Eze

  27. Botman and Robben
    • 5 Years
    3 days, 1 hour ago

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

  28. Olof Mellberg
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 days, 1 hour ago

    I've landed on this:

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

    Hope it pays off

  29. ᴋiɴɢ
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 1 hour ago

    Wow new UI has a refresh button below points scored

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

  30. Captain Vantastic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 days, 1 hour ago

    Fabio Borges FPL ID?