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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for FPL Gameweek 8

With the next international break breathing down our necks, be sure to savour the thrills, heartache, jam, and (fingers crossed) joy that Gameweek 8 will undoubtedly provide.

As ever, Fantasy Football Scout is here to help you separate fact from rumour, stat from gobbledegook, and Pep from his roulette wheel. Well, ok separating Pep from his roulette wheel is probably surgically impossible, but two out of three ain’t bad. And, just for the heck of it, we’ll even explain what a “compound differential” is. Oh yes.

Talking points

The main headline this week has undoubtedly been the injury to Kevin De Bruyne. Guardiola confirmed on Friday that the brilliant Belgian will miss Gameweek 8

No, tomorrow [De Bruyne] is not fit. After the international break, he will be ready. It’s not a big, big problem.

Over half a million managers have wasted no time in ditching De Bruyne with Mount, Yarmolenko, and Mahrez (more on him later), the popular replacements. 

For other more patient souls – willing to trust Pep when he says the midfield maestro will return for Gameweek 9 – this will mean a substitute taking his place in their fantasy teams. 

If you’ve got options like John Lundstram (£4.5m) or Todd Cantwell (£5.0m) on your bench, hold on to Kevin.

The FPL General

However, as Neale reported in his team news round-up, some may have reason to worry. Speaking on Friday, Norwich City boss Daniel Farke reported a problem with 27%-owned Todd Cantwell:

There is a little doubt, a little question mark behind Todd Cantwell. He’s got some hamstring problems. He was out Wednesday and Thursday, returned back today on the training pitch, it looked alright. We have to wait a bit, how his body reacts. I hope to have him available for tomorrow.

For the low-down on all the treatment room latest, we not only have Neale’s quote-filled articles, but Rotation’s Alter Ego has kindly summarised the key points for each team. Could Allison be about to make his return this weekend?

Who to trust with the armband?

Raheem Sterling leads the captain poll with 25.8% of the vote, ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Salah, and Sergio Aguero. Without an overwhelming favourite to stick the armband on, FPL managers face another tricky decision. 

The underlying statistics once again point to the potential of Manchester City assets ahead of their home encounter with Wolverhampton Wanderers, as David highlighted on the Captaincy Video

Only three teams have conceded more shots in the box [than Wolves], and no team has had more shots in the box than Manchester City.

Digging a little deeper – using data available to FFS Members – TheFantasyFreÆK focused on Wolves’ defensive problems this campaign:

… the stark contrast I notice in Wolves 19/20 v Wolves 18/19 from a defensive point of view is very worrying. Wolves have conceded triple the number of big chances this season than they did at this stage last season (12 v 4), hence their xGC (expected goals conceded) has nearly doubled (5.5 to 10). Shots in the box conceded have also witnessed an alarming rise of 46%.

The problem is knowing which City player to trust. 

In Gameweek 7, many FPL pundits and experts felt Aguero would definitely start following his midweek rest. They were wrong. This week it’s Raheem Sterling’s turn to be the favoured captain pick.

Sterling has scored in his last three matches in all competitions and emerged from the bench in the Champions League on Tuesday night to inspire City to victory. The 24-year-old will lead the FPL General’s troops on Sunday. 

However, one manager who won’t be giving Sterling the armband is Career Hall of Fame number one Sean Tobin. Sean, as Greyhead informed us in the latest installment of The Great and The Good, omitted Sterling from his Gameweek 7 Wildcard. Instead he’s chosen to go with Aguero and Salah as his only players costing over £11.0m.

Backing up Sean’s decision to favour Aguero, David observed in his Captain Sensible article:

Once again, we come into a Gameweek with Aguero as the busiest attacking player in the penalty box over the previous four matches. He has shot 17 times there from Gameweek 4 onwards, more than any other player in their last four outings.

While The FPL General feels that we shouldn’t be put off by Salah’s upcoming fixtures:

On paper, Liverpool have a tricky run of games but is it really that difficult? It’s Leicester at home this weekend (Salah’s lowest score at Anfield this season is nine points), then a trip to face mid-table side Manchester United before a home tie against a Spurs outfit who conceded seven goals to Bayern Munich this week.

Second in the captain poll, Aubameyang is attracting interest and it’s easy to understand why. Brandon pointed out in FPL Question Time:

With no blanks through the first seven weeks of the season, Aubameyang is indeed the real deal.

Discussing the Gabonese international in the Captaincy Video, Joe enthused:

It’s a six-point floor!… At the Emirates Bournemouth have conceded eleven goals and scored just three over their last three league visits, and Aubameyang has scored in his last two encounters against the Cherries.

High-end Purchases on a Limited Budget

The challenge facing many FPL managers is deciding which of the £11.0m+ players to own, with many offering the promise of points. Three premium-priced assets make this week’s Scout Picks: Salah, Sterling, and Aubameyang.

To help ease the pressure on our limited budgets players such as McGinn, Pukki, and Abraham – as well as a shift towards cheap defenders – are proving popular. All three offer the promise of goals this weekend.

In his analysis of the underlying stats, Neale revealed that Abraham had been presented with nine big chances in the last four Gameweeks:

Abraham had four of those gilt-edged opportunities in the last two Gameweeks, so he has still been getting into dangerous positions despite recording back-to-back blanks.

And goals are expected when Norwich City host Aston Villa later today:

486 shots conceded by Arsenal (126), Aston Villa (121), Norwich City (121) and Bournemouth (118) combined this season. Those four clubs have allowed the most attempts on goal in the Premier League this season and play each other this weekend, with Norwich entertaining Aston Villa and Arsenal hosting the Cherries.

Compound Differential

The form of Riyad Mahrez has been discussed this week. The injury to Kevin De Bruyne and a potential ban for Bernardo Silva increasing his appeal.

Neale goes into impressive depth exploring not only how well Mahrez has performed this season, but also his potential for minutes. While the Algerian does not have the luxury of guaranteed game-time, Neale observed:

If we are to accept the occasional rest for [Sterling, Aguero, and De Bruyne], then why not the more affordable Mahrez?

The most transferred-in player ahead of the Gameweek 8 deadline and with an ownership fast approaching 10%, Mahrez just about squeezes into the differential category

But it’s as a “compound differential” that he could really make a difference. Appearing on the Scoutcast this week Tom, from Who Got The Assist?, explained:

Where I think Mahrez is really interesting is that because he’s a compound differential, so it’s not really a differential in and of itself, it’s a differential because you’re pairing him with other players and making a unique combination, which is a little bit different to everybody else.

Tom went on to point out that selecting a triple City midfield of Sterling, De Bruyne, and Mahrez is pretty maverick: that combination is owned by just 0.04% of managers.

Even selecting City’s three most highly-owned players – Sterling, De Bruyne, and Aguero – each owned by over 29% of managers, as a combination is only selected by 2.3%

In Case You Missed It

There was another take on the De Bruyne injury / Mahrez appeal, tuvok thinks that perhaps De Bruyne’s absence could have a negative impact on Mahrez.

Elsewhere, Sebastes asked can Spurs bounce back? And Meltens kindly previewed Gameweek 27 (only four Gameweeks to go!) in Fantasy Allsvenskan.

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2,244 Comments Post a Comment
  1. thepuntmaster
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Who to play, have Pukki up front

    a) Cantwell (AVL)

    b) Maddison (liv)

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      A

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Maddison. Liverpool aren't as good defensively.

      Cantwell might not even start.

    3. Maddamotha
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      A

    4. mad_beer ✅
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      A but if he is injured, it won't make much difference.

  2. Genji3lade
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    If son is benched would you be confident he comes on in the second half?

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Yeah

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Yes.

    3. mad_beer ✅
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      No doubt.

    4. Dirty Harry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Surely. Spurs need a bounce back after that embarrassing midweek game

    5. KGFC
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      If Spurs are struggling, he'd surely come on

    6. Maddamotha
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Probably

    7. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I would rather take 30 minutes of Son over Soyuncu of the bench lol

  3. mcmd11
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Captain Auba or Sterling?
    On Auba because feel as if he's safer

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      A

    2. thepuntmaster
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Auba I think, guaranteed points

    3. Maddamotha
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Sterling. Much higher ceiling. City a lot better than Arsenal. Gets 1 more point for each goal, and also 1 point CS bonus.

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Yeah I have both and I went Sterling.

  4. The Overthinker - I blame R…
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Shall i do this or that?

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      or which or when

    2. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Yes

    3. Evasivo
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Save

    4. YEAH PITCH!
        2 months, 6 days ago

        That has a higher ceiling

      • Flynniesta
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Don’t overthink it

      • Maddamotha
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I wouldnt that but probably this tbh

      • Cpt Crunch Scott talent
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        C

    5. Ycfc
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Bench 1:

      A) zinchenko
      B) Tomori
      C) Lundy

      Thanks and GL!

      1. HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        B

      2. thepuntmaster
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        B

      3. andre_c
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        tough call but i think b

    6. Bakra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Any rumours this morning?

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Check fpl rockstar for another view!

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Kane, Son, Lamela, Eriksen all start Alli, Moura on bench

      2. PUMPKINHEAD
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Son benched

      3. The Overthinker - I blame R…
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Bakra is going to turn into seekh

      4. NWA
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        this rumor has made me do kdb to marhrez last min transfer.
        Cant afford having rico and soyuncu coming in for them

    7. andre_c
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Who else here has Aguero and not Sterling?

      1. Niho992
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Si

      2. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Never owned Kun since last season

        1. andre_c
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 6 days ago

          why not

          1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Too expensive when you can get KDB/Sterling and a cheaper forward to afford Auba

            1. andre_c
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 6 days ago

              true

      3. Dirty Harry
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Me. And I also have injured KDB. I feel anxious

        1. andre_c
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 6 days ago

          i got mahrez for KDB. Hopefully he does well. Trying to cover up for STerling

      4. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        the majority probably.

    8. corderz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Start:
      A) Cantwell
      B) Jorginho

      Captain:
      1) Sterling
      2) Aubameyang

      1. Niho992
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        A1

      2. Jamino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        A1

      3. Holmes (specialist in failu…
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        A2

      4. MattysFantasyFooty
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        A2

      5. Evasivo
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        A1

    9. Beinahruga
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Pope
      TAA Robbo (Tamori lundstram rico)
      Salah KDB Sterling Yarmo Mount
      Pukki Tammy (wickham)

      - 4 KDB to mahrez, will lose .3 but have .7 itb to get KDB back, but is it worth it ?

      1. Tamagotchi Massacre
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Log out

        1. Tamagotchi Massacre
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          -4 + loss + transfers used is the definition of high risk low reward

          1. Beinahruga
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Thanks, needed that logging off

            GL to you

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

      Even though confirmed out, still putting KDB in the starting XI 😀

      Never trust that man.

      1. Niho992
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Lol me too. Lund first on the bench.

      2. KGFC
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Me too!

      3. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Could get a cameo! 😉

      4. Dirty Harry
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Hahaha did the same

      5. sandman58
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Is he not injured??
        Declared out...or will he actually play??
        So confused

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

          Pep has said he's out. He 99.99% won't play.

          Wouldn't be able to deal with myself if he amazing started ha.

          Bench comes on. All good.

      6. ritzyd
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Same

      7. Amey
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        +1

    11. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      COME ON KANE PLEASE START

      1. PUMPKINHEAD
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        No worries there

      2. KGFC
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        He is sure to start

      3. Niho992
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Why he wouldnt. Son wont start.

        1. Rotation's Alter Ego
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          You're in for a shock

    12. The Wizard of Ozil
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Boring pre deadline question

      Kelly or Capoue first sub?

      1. thepuntmaster
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Kelly

    13. Snapes on a Plane
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      One last time!
      Who to make captain?
      A) Auba
      B) Sterling

      1. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        A

      2. MattysFantasyFooty
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Auba

      3. thepuntmaster
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        A

      4. The Wizard of Ozil
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Been on B all week but just changed it to Auba

      5. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        A no brainer

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      1. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        aurrier?

      2. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Nice try. Please post genuine sources,not just your own (very fake) sources.

    15. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      With Son romoured benched, would you start Digne over him????

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        No, I think he starts

      2. Goat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        He starts

    16. MaticMVP
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Kdb to Son for -4?

      Will probably use WC next gw.

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        No

      2. FPL_DON
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        MAHREZ

    17. _sidney_will
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Start Montoya or Lundstram? Hearing Son’s benched

    18. Shultan
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Captain Kun or Sterling?
      I keep swaping

    19. Firefoxed
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Play Digne or Lundstram?

      1. mad_beer ✅
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Both.

    20. mcmd11
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      gtg WC team?
      Roberto (McGovern)
      VVD Otamendi Tomori Rico Soyuncu
      Sterling Mount Mahrez Salah Sako
      Auba Abraham Greenwood

    21. PUMPKINHEAD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Son out for-4 ? Lol

      Just brought him in

        1. PUMPKINHEAD
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Thanks mate. You saved me 4 pts . Was gunna bring in defender

    22. ClothedinSun
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Son in on a -4 for KDB and a Pukki triple captain.

      I've the same feeling I used to get as a child where I was peer-pressured onto a massive rollercoaster, the safety rail is about to fix down in place and I am just waiting for it to be over now...

    23. Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Come on Salaaaaaaaah(C)

      Dont let down again

    24. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Kane, Son, Lamela, Eriksen, Davies all start Alli, Moura on bench

      Please don’t reply with prove it. It’s correct. As you’ll find out in 6 minutes

      https://twitter.com/FPL_Rockstar/status/1180428452777910272

      1. Printing Mane
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Thx

      2. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Prefer this version

    25. TAT
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Rico or Greenwood 2nd/3rd sub?

    26. Goat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Son starts don’t mind those stupid rumors.

      1. Bakra
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Hi

    27. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Last one...
      Start Cantwell (a)
      Lundstram (b)

      Have pukki already

    28. Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      If Son doesnt start, then I hope Spurs get hammered again

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I hope so, I have Ryan!

    29. AnfieldLad
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Pope
      TAA Otamendi Digne Tarkoski
      Sterling Salah KDB Mount
      Abraham Pukki
      (4.0 Rico Dendonder Nkeitah)
      1FT 0.2 ITB

      A) KDB -> Son
      B) Save
      C) kdb nk-> McGinn Wilson (-4)

    30. The Red Devil
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Captain?
      Aguero
      Pukki
      Tammy
      Mane