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The Scout’s FPL Gameweek 3 Ones to watch

22 Aug 2023

See the five players backed to deliver big hauls this weekend, including Man City’s Phil Foden

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The Scout is tipping five players for big success in Gameweek 3 of 2023/24 Fantasy Premier League ahead of Friday’s 18:30 BST deadline.

Phil Foden (Man City) £7.5m

The Manchester City midfielder is thriving in a central role due to an injury to Kevin De Bruyne (£10.3m).

Foden has stepped up as his side’s playmaker in the Belgian’s absence, supplying the assist for the winner scored by Julian Alvarez (£6.5m) against Newcastle United last weekend to collect nine points. 

Foden's assist v Newcastle

The England international has created nine chances in the opening two Gameweeks, more than any team-mate.


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A trip to Sheffield United starts a favourable run of matches that gives Foden the opportunity to continue his influential displays on Pep Guardiola’s attack.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), four of Man City’s next five matches score only two.

See: Analysis of Foden's masterclass in new Man City role

Nicolas Jackson (Chelsea) £7.0m

Chelsea’s summer signing has frustrated his 16 per cent ownership in Fantasy with back-to-back blanks against Liverpool and West Ham United.

Nonetheless, Jackson has been the standout goal threat for Mauricio Pochettino’s side in those encounters. 


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Indeed, his six shots in the box are at least twice the total of any team-mate.

Chelsea’s kind upcoming schedule looks very encouraging for backers of the Senegal international.

Five of their next six matches score just two in the FDR, beginning with a pair of home matches against Luton Town and Nottingham Forest

Chelsea's next six matches
3 LUT (H) 2 6 AVL (H) 3
4 NFO (H) 2 7 FUL (A) 2
5 BOU (A) 2 8 BUR (A) 2
Pedro Porro (Spurs) £4.9m

The Spaniard’s return to the Tottenham Hotspur line-up helped them claim their first clean sheet of the season in a 2-0 home win over Manchester United last Saturday.

Porro was a big success in his debut campaign in 2022/23 Fantasy thanks to his all-round style of play.


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His average of 4.4 points per start ranked second among team-mates last season, after three goals, three assists and two clean sheets in those 13 outings.

See: Scout Selection: Best FPL team for Gameweek 3

Having dropped £0.1m in cost in Fantasy, Porro has the short-term schedule to immediately reward investors.

Each of Spurs’ next three matches, against AFC Bournemouth, Burnley and Sheff Utd, score just two in the FDR.

Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal) £8.0m

Arsenal’s Brazilian has remained relatively overlooked in Fantasy ahead of a home meeting with Fulham.


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Whereas Bukayo Saka (£8.6m) is found in over 66 per cent of squads, Martinelli has an ownership of only 15 per cent.

Although Martinelli blanked in the corresponding fixture last season, the numbers suggest he can deliver a big haul this time around. 

Indeed, his total of seven shots against the Cottagers in Gameweek 4 was the most he managed in any match in 2022/23.

Fulham’s poor defensive form in 2023/24 only adds to Martinelli’s appeal.  

They have conceded nine big chances, 29 shots in the box and 17 shots on target, with each of those totals ranking among the worst three in the league this season.

Alexander Isak (Newcastle) £7.7m

Newcastle’s Swede is the most-bought forward in 2023/24 Fantasy, with over 760,000 managers bringing him in.


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After his blank at Man City last weekend, those owners will be hoping Isak can get back to his best against Liverpool.

He scored twice and earned 13 points in his previous home outing, a 5-1 win over Aston Villa in Gameweek 1.

Notably, Liverpool have conceded eight big chances this season, the third-most in the competition.

Isak, meanwhile, has been supplied with three big chances, more than any other Newcastle player.

Also in this series

Part 1: Best replacements for benched Joao Pedro in Fantasy
Part 2: Whose FPL prospects have improved after Gameweek 2?
Part 3: FPL experts: Lessons learned from first two Gameweeks
Part 5: Wissa or Mbeumo: Who is the better Brentford pick in FPL?
Part 6: The Scout’s Gameweek 3 Differentials
Part 7: FPL experts: What to do with Fernandes and Rashford?
Part 8: FPL long view: Be wary of Brighton fixtures from Gameweek 4
Part 9: FPL experts: Is Alvarez or Jackson the better forward to pick?
Part 10: Scout Selection: Best FPL team for Gameweek 3
Part 11: Best alternatives to Haaland as FPL captain in Gameweek 3
Part 12: How penalty duties are changing the FPL landscape in midfield
Part 13: Best replacements for injured Shaw in Fantasy

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