Scout Picks

Gameweek 8 Scout Picks features Chelsea and Spurs triple-ups

Chelsea and Spurs are the key sides at the heart of our Scout Picks XI for Gameweek 8.

They face Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion respectively in two of the most favourable match-ups of the weekend.

This team has been chosen following the Scout Squad submissions made by David, Neale, Tom and Andy earlier in the week and, as ever, we are in 3-4-3 formation, coming in at £82.9m, £0.1m under our budget of £83.0m.

As a result of the 16:00 GMT deadline today, we are putting this article out earlier than usual. Therefore, these selections were made before Friday’s main bulk of press conferences, not something we normally like to do!

Goalkeeper

Chosen by three of our pundits, Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) nails down a spot in the Scout Picks for a Gameweek 8 meeting with Newcastle. £4.5 goalkeepers are proving harder to get excited about than ever before, but the Southampton man has been solid if not spectacular this season. Only Emi Martínez (7.1) and Karl Darlow (6.6) have managed more than McCarthy’s six points per million spent in 2020/21 thanks to clean sheets in three matches, and additional save points on the same number of occasions. 

Defenders

Ben Chilwell (£5.9m) looks set to benefit from a favourable match-up in Gameweek 8 as he faces a Sheffield United defence that has conceded more chances down their right-hand side than any other this season. Chelsea’s left-back has created more chances than any other defensive colleague this year so looks poised to involve himself in the Blues’ goals. And don’t forget Frank Lampard’s men are the third-best for expected goals conceded (xGC) over the last four, while Sheffield United have the second-fewest shots on target in that time.

Meanwhile, West Bromwich Albion come into Gameweek 8 with the Premier League’s lowest goal conversion rate over the last four matches. That certainly boosts the clean sheet potential of Sergio Reguilón (£5.6m), who has provided an assist in two of his three Premier League starts this season.

Aaron Cresswell (£5.1m) was the most popular West Ham defender among the Scout Squad pundits for Gameweek 8 as their appealing run of fixtures finally gets underway. The Hammers host Fulham this weekend, who have the second-worst shot accuracy since Gameweek 4 (27.8%). While a considerable amount of the Cottagers threat comes from Aleksandar Mitrovic’s aerial ability, David Moyes men conceded the fewest amount of headed attempts of any Premier League team over the last four matches. Cresswell’s role in set pieces means he has created the most chances among West Ham players since Gameweek 4.

Midfielders

Fantasy favourite Kevin De Bruyne (£11.5m) could do well against Liverpool in Gameweek 8. We know the Reds were struggling defensively even before Virgil van Dijk’s long-term injury anyway and his absence has only made things worse. However, the key factor that underpins De Bruyne’s FPL credentials at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday is how Pep Guardiola uses him in games against the so-called bigger clubs. In such matches the Manchester City manager likes to deploy the Belgian a more advanced midfield role than usual and, when they Liverpool during Project Restart, he ran the show and came away with two attacking returns.

Son Heung-min (£9.6m) has been the king of away matches this season, registering 74.6% of his FPL points on the road so far. We are expecting the South Korean to find space behind West Bromwich Albion’s defence at the Hawthorns, especially as chances conceded on the right-hand side of their defence has increased since their recent switch to a back-four.

Hakim Ziyech (£8.0m) has made a significant improvement to Chelsea’s attacking flow since returning from an early season injury. In three starts in all competitions, the former Ajax man has two goals and one assist and, with a shared hand in set pieces alongside Chilwell and Mason Mount, he could benefit from Sheffield United having conceded more headed attempts than any other side this season.

It was a tough call choosing between Jarrod Bowen (£6.3m) and Pablo Fornals from the Scout Squad submissions, each earning two votes each. While we think both assets have decent potential for West Ham’s upcoming run, we have gone with the former for Gameweek 8 based on a specific favourable match-up. Bowen could be afforded a chance to play centre-forward but if he is used on his usual right flank, that will put the winger against a Fulham defence that has conceded the second-highest number of chances on the left flank in 2020/21.

Forwards

As we have mentioned before, Harry Kane (£11.0m) is still an auto-include in the Scout Picks, selected as the best forward by all four of our Scout Squad pundits. West Bromwich Albion’s defensive improvements of recent weeks proved to be something of a false dawn in their poor 2-0 defeat to Fulham and, if anyone is poised to pile on the misery right now, it’s Kane. He carries an elite level all-round threat into Gameweek 8, top of the league for shots on target and big chances created this season, as well as being Spurs’ designated penalty taker. 

Like Chilwell, Timo Werner (£9.4m) should benefit from Sheffield United’s well-documented problems with the right-hand side of defence ahead of Gameweek 8. Whether the Chelsea forward is deployed to the left of Tammy Abraham or is handed the central striker’s role himself, this is an area of the pitch in which he specialises. Throw the German’s recent claiming of penalties away from Jorginho and we could be looking at a big haul for him at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Crystal Palace’s defence is not what it once was and Patrick Bamford (£6.0m) looks poised to capitalise on that. He may have blanked immediately after his Villa Park hat-trick in Gameweek 7 but that was not for the lack of trying. In fact, no player has even come close to Bamford’s 18 shots in the box over the last four matches, while away matches have proved more fruitful for him this season. As he prepares to visit Selhurst Park, the Leeds man has banked 62.7% of his FPL points on the road, despite playing 57.1% of his matches at Elland Road.

Substitutes

Lukasz Fabiański (£5.0m) is an alternative route into the West Ham defence for their appealing run of games. Naturally a nailed-on starting option who has earned enough saves for additional points in four of his seven matches so far this season.

Following his well-deserved first goal of the season last time out, Tariq Lamptey (£4.7m) has plenty of potential at both ends of the pitch for Gameweek 8. Burnley are the Premier League’s joint-lowest scorers and while only three defenders have managed more touches in the box than Brighton’s right-back this year.

Luke Ayling (£4.5m) has been a little unfortunate not to get more attacking returns in recent weeks, offering the highest expected goal involvement (xGI) of any defender in 2020/21. A trip to Crystal Palace could be just to time for him to get involved as the Eagles have conceded more chances on the left than any other side after the first seven Gameweeks.

Crystal Palace and Sheffield United are also the only two sides to have given up more chances on the right-hand than Leicester, who host a resurgent Daniel Podence (£5.5m) in Gameweek 8, a man who benefitted from playing in front of a more recognised full-back last time out.

The Captain

Who are the best captain options for FPL Gameweek 36+?

We choose the Scout Picks captain using a four-way vote between our Scout Squad pundits.

Because the use of Fantasy Football Scout data is used so heavily in this process, the skipper we choose each Gameweek is known only to those with a valid Fantasy Football Scout subscription and revealed to the public only when the deadline has passed.

Here’s how we voted for Gameweek 8:

Community Champion

Each week, one of the Fantasy Football Scout community takes on the Scout Picks by pitting their chosen XI against ours.

The Community Member who beats our team by the largest margin will win a £100 Amazon Voucher and a place in our Moderators and Contributors League for the following season.

Riot managed 50 points for the Community Champions in Gameweek 7 but the Scout Picks went 5-2 up for the season with a healthy score of 67.

THFC4LIFE takes us on for Gameweek 8, opting for a 3-4-3 line-up of Mendy; Zouma, Bellerín, Coufal; Mané, Son (c), Ziyech, Zaha; Kane (vc), Jesus, Adams.

AA33 is the current leader, defeating the Scout Picks by a 53-point margin in Gameweek 2.

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1,872 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Michelle Davin
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Anybody else gonna do Sterling to ziyech?

    1. Foé Fuchs Saka
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Watch Sterling brace this week.

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        KDB**

        1. Foé Fuchs Saka
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          You would know

      2. Michelle Davin
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        I thought the same last week

    2. ZEZIMA
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      No.

      Sterling isn't leaving my team this season

  2. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    How many hits are okay every season?

    40 points worth?

    1. Black Knights
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      They're all OK if they work out.

    2. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      not being smart but it all depends on the hits/outcome

      you see loads here who hits just seem to work for... I've always been hit adverse

    3. Maddamotha
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      I don't do hits bro

    4. ZEZIMA
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      40? Blimey.

      I took 1 last season. 0 this season. Haha.

      But if they work for you then I guess any amount is okay!

      1. ZEZIMA
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Mis-read, thought you said 40 HITS lol.

    5. HashAttack
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      I'm on 52 already this season - it depends on whether you get the right players

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        52 is never a good amount after 7 game weeks.

    6. Pukkipartyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      About 20hits allready. 400k overall.

      1. Pukkipartyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Points

    7. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      It depends. My hit cost last season
      was 64 pts (immediate pts gained over 280 pts from all transfers) and I was 1 pt away from top 10k. Sometimes they work well, this season is a different story for me though.

      1. HashAttack
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Problem is that it is never really about immediate points gained ... it's the effect over 3 or 4 weeks

  3. Ronnies
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Best transfer;

    A) TAA > Chilwell (4.4.2)

    B) Bissouma > Soucek (3.5.2)

    Cheers.

    1. Foé Fuchs Saka
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      A

    2. Joey Tribbiani
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Sometimes best transfer is no transfer

    3. Champ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      FOUR PM Deadline today guys
      Don't forget!!

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        i was gonna say sssshhhh but i'm guessing most on here know this

        I did text 1 buddy as a reminder

      2. Seanigula
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        8am...but yeah

      3. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        6pm for me

      4. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        2130 for me!

    4. ChippyT
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Feel dirty but I'm planning on doing Trent + Ings ---> Kane + ???

      I've got 5 mil exactly to play who should i go for ?

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        you have literally got a choice of Brewster or Brewster

        1. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          sorry misread

          Coufal

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            damn you got there b4 my smart comment 🙂

        2. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          or maybe a defender 😉

      2. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Ings to Wilson
        keep TAA?

        1. ChippyT
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          already have him unfortunately..

          McCarthy
          Justin| TAA| Reguilon
          Grealish|Rod|Son|Salah
          Ings|Wilson|Vardy

          Steer Bissouma|Mitchel|Buur

          1. tobz102
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Remove Trent at your peril Chippy Dinner

          2. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            early gamble on Antonio?

    5. The_FF_King
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Maupay to Wilson for free?

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        i like it
        want Wilson back in my team

    6. JURGENAUT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 20 days ago

      McCarthy
      Chilwell / Justin / Lamptey
      Salah / Son / Zaha / Grealish
      Kane / Werner / DCL

      Forster / Saiss / Mitchell / Stephens

      0.4itb.

      Worth a -4 to do Saiss to Chilwell and start ahead of Justin/Lamptey?

    7. cruzex
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      My captain.......

      Auba(c)

      Help me god

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        or just change it

        1. cruzex
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Why?

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            well you are suggesting it is a dodgy pick

      2. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Don't do it to yourself

        1. cruzex
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Why

    8. AnyoneButLiverpool
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Could someone please answer me? :/ I need some help guys.

      Maritnez

      Chillwell Reguilon Vestergard

      Mane Sterling Son Grealish

      Kane DCL Watkins

      Button Ayling KWP Bissouma

      2 FTs. Was thinking Vestergard or Ayling to Coufal. Any advice??

    9. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Lamptey is fine? Can I transfer him in?

    10. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Will all four of Firmino Jota Mane Salah start?

      1. The Gambler.
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Jota wont, not a chance

        1. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Who will be the mids? Hendo, Gini and?

          1. The Gambler.
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Possibly Keita

      2. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        I think Jota makes a cameo

    11. King Kohli
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Ajyy update on Hamez from Ancelotti?

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        He has trained

    12. Alisson WondHaaland
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      A) Mitro to Bamford/ Watkins/ Adams
      B) Jimi to Martial
      C) Save FT

    13. tinear
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Martinez
      TAA, Ayling, Zouma
      Salah, Son, Havertz, Grealish
      Kane, DCL, Bamford

      Steer, Saiss, Mitchell, Bissouma

      1ft, 0.3 itb

      Should I go with Havertz to Ziyech or Havertz Saiss to Ziyech Creswell for -4?

      Currently thinking on first choice as I can still field 11 playing guys. But is Ziyech Creswell worth -4?

      1. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Cresswell is a doubt, Coufal and Z could pay off with their fixtures

        1. tinear
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 20 days ago

          I can do Coufal but do you think he worth a -4?

    14. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      If needed from my bench, do you expect either of these to make an appearance?

      Saiss/Mitchell

      1. tinear
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 20 days ago

        I doubting Saiss’ place

        1. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          dont even need a start, just if 1 of my starting 11 dont play a 1 point sub would be ok with me

          1. tinear
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 20 days ago

            He could be subbed in. I have Saiss but I think I’m keeping to avoid hits.

            1. kennethrhcp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              cheers for the replies! much appreciated
              will gamble & bank ft

    15. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Afternoon all
      Struggling with what best to do with 2FT. Pulisic is the main issue and I may have lost patience with LIV def not delivering value.

      2FT 1.1itb
      Martinez
      Robbo*, Chilwell, Dallas
      Salah, Son, Pulisic*, Grealish
      Kane, DCL, Bamford
      (Forster) (KWP, Stephens, Branthwaite)

      A) Puli, Robbo > Ziyech, Cresswell/ Coufal/ Bellerin (2FT)
      B) Puli, Robbo > Rodriguez (if fit), Zouma (2FT)
      C) Puli > Ziyech (roll an FT)
      D) Puli > Zaha (roll)

      In A and D I would then have enough to move Son on to KDB for fixture swing if that's still worth doing.

      GL all and appreciate the advice!

      1. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        A

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Cheers. Which def do you prefer?

    16. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Gtg?

      Martinez
      Creswell Robbo Chilwell
      Son Salah Zaha Grealish Rodriguez
      Kane(c) DCL

      Martin KWP Kilman Brewster

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Noice

        GL mate

        1. Stupendous
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Cheers!

      2. cruzex
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Nice team.

    17. cruzex
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      No auba on scoop picks?

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Ice cream

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Auba stats are awful, absolutely awful

        1. cruzex
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Arsenal is a good moment..

    18. Lazerball
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Who would you bench?

      A. Robertson vs mci
      B. Dallas vs cry

      1. cruzex
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        B

      2. JabbaWookiee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Has to be Dallas

    19. Wings Fan
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Salah and Zouma

      Or

      KDB and Chilwell ?

      1. Van der Faart
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        A

      2. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        A this week

    20. Van der Faart
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      If you couldnt afford Sterling or KDB would you be happy with Mahrez as your city option?

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Nope

      2. JabbaWookiee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Not really

      3. ZEZIMA
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Probably not no

      4. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Nope

    21. The Mandalorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      How many hits have you taken this season?

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        None yet. Taking the first one this week!

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

        2. And no they haven't gained me any points thank you for asking.

    22. Champ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Any update on Rodriguez guys pls?

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        tweet tweet said the birdie

    23. JabbaWookiee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Captain Ziyech or Son?

    24. davewg59
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Bench Lamptey or Dallas?

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Dallas

    25. andres
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      would you do podence to bowen for a hit?

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        nope< im playing Podence and soucek

    26. Flynny
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      who to start?

      A.....foden

      B.....reece james (in addition to chilwell)

      My guess is that neither start at weekend! Thanks

    27. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Will Keita play for Pool?

    28. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Ok to play Foden over Podence in this team? Or should i swap?

      Martinez
      James Lamptey Coufal
      Salah Sterling Son Foden
      DCL Bamford Martial

      Steere Podence Dallas Mitchell

    29. The Big Fella
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Keep Mitro for this week and take 2FTs into the IB or take a punt on Antonio being ok for the match (they said he is back in training in the presser) and do the transfer which has been my plan for weeks?

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        if Antonio misses out who's on your bench?

        1. The Big Fella
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Podence and Mitchell

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            do the transfer for sure imo
            Podence perfect sub if Antonio misses out

            1. The Big Fella
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Cheers for the reply! I thought this but then wondered who is more likely to get returns - Mitro or Podence. I actually think it is the former. So many dynamics to consider!