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. E25
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Bench one:

    A) Podence (lei)
    B) Barkley (ars)

    1. Woy_is_back
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Bark

    2. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Podence

  2. Woy_is_back
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Sell Jimmy? 5.4 itb

    1. tokara
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Keep for next two games

      1. Woy_is_back
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Ta

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Id keep for SOU. Money ITB is good to accomodate City assets if yuo want later

  3. tokara
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Any chelsea news today?

    1. HurriKane
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Lampard reports Christian Pulisic is out of tomorrow's game, as is Kai Havertz who is still self-isolating. Kepa is available again although he is still feeling some pain in his shoulder.

      #CHESHU

      1. tokara
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Cheers

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Pulisic out

    3. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Pulisic and Havertz out

  4. Flynny
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    who to start?

    A.....foden

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

    C....foden tk bowen - 4

    My guess is that neither james or foden start at weekend! Thanks

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      B

  5. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Why did 327k and more people keep buying Jota...

  6. Enes_Sahini1
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Hows it looking lads?

    McCarthy
    Saiss Chilwell Lamptey
    Salah Grealish Son Zaha
    Bamford Kane DCL

    Martinez Justin Mitchell Stephens

    1FT 2.0ITB

  7. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Trent and Barnes to Zouma and Hamez for free?

  8. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Hames to Ziyech?

    1. Pukkipartyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Yeah

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Nope Rodríguez is fit to play this GW and has great fixtures after

      1. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        My thoughts too tbh

    3. Shifty
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Why

    4. V-2 Schneiderlin
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      hold I'd say for upcoming fixtures - he trained I think?

    5. hustler7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Is there any news on Hames fitness?

  9. wulfranian
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    I still try to understand if Werner will start.Abraham up front,Ziyech right,Mount left and Kovasic,Jorginho,Kante behind them is a possible formation right?

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      CHO will play

      1. wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        I don't care if Cho will play.

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Not really - Werner only competition on left is CHO

      1. wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Last year Mount has played on the left side.

    3. MarcusAurelius
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Can’t see him playing Kovacic Jorginho and Kante to be honest. I think two of those will be along side Mount in the midfield with a front 3 of Ziyech, Tammy and Werner

  10. mcdrizzle77
      3 months, 29 days ago

      McCarthy,
      TAA, Chilwell, Justin, Coady
      Salah, Son, Grealish, Podence
      DCL, Kane
      Subs: Ryan, Mitro, Bissouma, Konsa

      Have 1 FT and want to replace either Mitro or Bissouma

      A) TAA & Mitrovic > Coufal & Werner
      B) TAA & Bissouma > Coufal & Ziyech
      C) Mitrovic > Wilson
      D) Bissouma > Soucek
      E) Roll the transfer

    • SHOWSTOPPERRR
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      What's the news on hames?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Fit to play

      2. Lutherc71
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Available!

      3. AnyoneButLiverpool
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Guys, I try to give as much advice as I can, but literally no one replies to my posts :/ Could someone please answer me?
        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??

        1. Poison Apple
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Vestergard between the 2

        2. fudoki
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Vestergard is one of the more transferred in defenders this week (behind only Chilwell and Zouma). I'd take that as a sign. Ayling to Coufal feels a sideways move. Maybe something left field like Mane + Bissouma to Ziyech + JWP.

      4. Apwilkin
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 29 days ago

        McCarthy (Button)
        TAA-Chillwell-Semedo (KWP, Ferguson)
        Salah-Son-Rodriguez-Podence (Biss)
        Kane (C)-Wilson-Adams

        2.6 mill in the bank. Save FT right?

      5. Lutherc71
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Who to bench?
          A) Grealish
          B) Bamford
          C) J. Rodriguez

          1. Party time
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            A

          2. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Other

            1. Lutherc71
                3 months, 29 days ago

                For now I have:
                McCarthy (or Ryan, still to decide)
                Chillwell Lamptey KWP
                Rodriguez Son Salah Zaha
                Bamford DCL Kane

                Ryan Grealish Dallas Targett

            2. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 29 days ago

              Fix your team mate... dont put yourself in that situation

          3. Vazza
              3 months, 29 days ago

              How is this for a back line -

              Bellerin, Zouma, Robertson

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 29 days ago

                Prefer Coady

                1. Vazza
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    Haha! You’re a legend mate!

              2. G0SS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 29 days ago

                Would you start Foden vs Liverpool or Gabriel vs Villa?

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  Foden

              3. Dexters Laboratory
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  Midfield of Salah Son Foden Rashford

                  Pulisic to Grealish the best move possible? Or who would you chose

                • JBG
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  With the news of Tyrick Mitchell out.. Do I:

                  A) Play Coady and hold transfer
                  B) Johnson to Coufal (Bench Coady)
                  C) TAA to Chilwell (Chilwell-Zouma-Coady my backline then)

                  1. Vazza
                      3 months, 29 days ago

                      C) is the popular option within the FPL community but my recommendation would be A)

                      1. JBG
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 29 days ago

                        Thanks

                  2. Tinmen
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    Folks, Ziyech or Zaha?

                    1. JBG
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 29 days ago

                      Zyiech imo.

                  3. King Kun Ta
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    Play Rashford or Ziyech (-4)?

                    1. Shifty
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 29 days ago

                      Rashford in an open game.

                  4. Niho992
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    Is Chilwell more nailed than Zouma?

                    And would you get Hamez from this GW?

                    1. JBG
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 29 days ago

                      Both pretty nailed it seems.

                  5. Cancelo Culture
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    Bench one?

                    A. Robertson - MCI (A)
                    B. Lamptey - BUR (H)
                    C. Kilman - LEI (A)

                    1. BobbyDoesNotLook
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 29 days ago

                      c

                  6. Enes_Sahini1
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    repost..

                    Hows it looking lads?

                    McCarthy
                    Saiss Chilwell Lamptey
                    Salah Grealish Son Zaha
                    Bamford Kane DCL

                    Martinez Justin Mitchell Stephens

                    1FT 2.0ITB

                    1. King Kun Ta
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 29 days ago

                      Took Saiss out this GW....

                  7. Shineonme
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    Would you start Ayling/ Mitchell or saiss?

                    1. AnyoneButLiverpool
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 29 days ago

                      Mitchell and Saiss won't start so Ayling

                  8. FPL FAN
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    McCarthy Button
                    TAA Robbo Saiss Justin Mitchell
                    Salah Son ASM Jorginho Stephens
                    Kane Jimenez Mitro

                    2 FT available

                    WC or not?

                    1. Cancelo Culture
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 29 days ago

                      Definitely not 2hrs before deadline with 2 free transfers unless you’ve got at least 4-5 moves you want to make already planned out. I’d do it over the international break otherwise.

                  9. Lignja
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    McCarthy
                    Chilwell, Lamptey, Ayling, Saiss, Mithcell
                    Salah, Son, Pulisic, Zaha, Grealish
                    Kane,Dcl, Brewster

                    2ft 1m itb

                    A. Saiss, Pulisic to Coufal, Rodriguez
                    B. Saiss, Pulisic to Coufal, Ziyech

                    Wanted 2ft for next week but cant see how to keep one...

                    1. Crunchie
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 29 days ago

                      The same dilemma, although i could get Cresswell or Coufal for Saiss, and Pulisic to Rodriguez/Ziyech

                      I dont know who between Rodriguez/Ziyech (as Chelsea are in the CL) is the best moving forward?

                    2. King Kun Ta
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 29 days ago

                      B

                  10. Sarri-ball
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    Kilman 4.2 best cheap defender even with fixtures or find 0.2 for

                    Holding or balbuena

                    1. Twisted Saltergater
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 29 days ago

                      He’s 4.3 now

                      1. Sarri-ball
                        • 11 Years
                        3 months, 29 days ago

                        I got at 4.2 earlier in week on a wildcard and not sure how much id play him before xmas

                  11. Kasper the ghost keeper
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    Start ?
                    A) Justin
                    B) Taylor

                  12. tabby98
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    A) TAA ---> Chilwell/Zouma
                    B) TAA + ASM ---> Chilwell/Zouma + Zaha/Ziyech for a -4

                    1. JoeSoap
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 29 days ago

                      Thinking of similar move to your B. Might pay this week. Ziyech and Chilwell but Zouma if you need money elsewhere

                  13. Twisted Saltergater
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    Saiss to Telles next week could be golden