Scout’s Matchday 3 picks for free-to-play SPITCH Fantasy

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The Fantasy Premier League (FPL) deadline has passed: attention now turns to SPITCH, where you effectively have a Free Hit token to play each week and are only judged on your best five matchdays !

So a week of accidentally forgetting to play won’t be a problem – even from April you’ll still have a chance to win prizes.

There are two one-season options for the 2022/23 campaign, one of which is free-to-play and has a £2,500 prize pool.

HOW TO PLAY SPITCH

SPITCH is a platform where managers can use their football knowledge to defeat others and win cash prizes.

As with the FPL, managers commit to training and have a budget to buy players for their line-up, with the goal of scoring points and winning prizes.

But unlike FPL, managers can actually go over or over their budget by ₵1,200 – this will determine how many pluses or minuses they start the round with.

Each week of the “Season” mode requires a new formation without a captain. Managers are allowed up to nine players from the same club and can change teams during the day. “Safety Net” automatically replaces non-runners, while a sophisticated scoring system rewards defensive actions in a way FPL does not.

DAY 2 REVIEW

They are the best players of the weekend games.

GC DEF ENVIRONMENT ST
Sa (404) R James (478) De Bruyne (627) Jesus (891)
Henderson (394) Alexander-Arnold (458) Foden (512) Rodrigo (694)
Fabiansky (294) N Williams (454) Jensen (480) Luis Diaz (420)
Raya (277) Koulibaly (418) Xhaka (475) Zaha (390)
Pope (251) Cucurelle (410) Hojbjerg (422) Benrahma (383)
Niakhate (365) Gundogan (405) Watkins (360)
Cancel (365) H. Elliott (368) Kane (353)
Struijk (362) McGinn (351) Mahrez (325)
Holgate (354) Mount (344) Martinelli (270)
Ake (337) Rodri (340) Engineers (262)

Meanwhile, 27 players have finished with a negative score, with headlining Callum Wilson (-79) and Daniel Podence (-50). There have been no red cards, missed penalties or own goals for the Newcastle United striker – just a series of fouls and dropped tackles.

A special mention goes to Chelsea Christian Pulisicwho only came on in the 84th minute but found a way to finish at -35 points.

SCOUT MATCHDAY 3 LINE-UP

The Round 2 selection totaled 1,341 points, finishing in 5,503rd place.

Joao Cancelo (365) was included and later rewarded for completing 83 assists, seven successful tackles and an assist for Manchester City’s fourth goal.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (-16) missed a penalty, while the absent Matt Target (0) could not be replaced via ‘Safety Net’.

Dean Henderson (₵58) is the highest scoring goaltender to date, with 719 points well ahead of second-best, Jose Sa (₵63). A clean sheet is already in the bag and Henderson will be confident of another against an Everton side without Dominic Calvert-Lewin (₵121).

In this 3-3-4 formation, goalscorer Reece James (₵138) is backed to follow Sunday’s 478 points with more success against Leeds United.

Ben Davis (₵66) set up Spurs’ first equalizer and now has an enticing home clash with Wolves, but know that clean sheet points don’t exist in SPITCH. Complete the back line is Ruben Dias (₵145), who scored on last season’s equivalent trip to Newcastle.

On this occasion, our team went over budget by ₵19 because it’s allowed in this game, it just means starting with -19 points. Yet knowing how to spot budget gems like Kiernan Dewsbury Hall (₵22) is significant, as prices will stay that way until a mid-season refresh.

The Leicester City man followed up a pre-season run of goals by scoring against Brentford on the opening day. Him and the front Jamie Vardy (₵100) will aim for more returns when Southampton visit.

Moreover, there is a brace from Arsenal for their game against Bournemouth. Gabriel Jesus (₵156) scored a stunning 891 points on Day 2 and is a prime contender for the FPL captaincy. Midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko (₵90) joins him in our line-up.

Spurs’ Dejan Kulusevsky (₵94) totaled 465 two games ago, while Ivan Toney (₵100) already has one goal and two assists in this league campaign. Then there is Mohammad Salah (₵250). A man who needs no introduction, he scored a hat-trick for Manchester United last season and – with the way things have started for Erik ten Hag – it would be foolish to suggest he couldn’t restart.


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