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FPL Gameweek 8 team news: Alexander-Arnold and Jota expected to be available

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) and Diogo Jota (£7.6m) are expected to be available for Liverpool’s Gameweek 8 clash with Watford on Saturday.

Alexander-Arnold missed the Reds’ last two competitive fixtures before the October international break due to a groin problem, while Jota withdrew from Portugal’s national team squad on Monday having not kicked a ball for his country over the last week.

But both players are set to rejoin full training with their club colleagues ahead of the trip to Vicarage Road.

“They are all good, they are all in a good way, let me say it like this.

“So it looks really like Trent and Diogo will be fine, they will train with us tomorrow completely normal, that’s the plan.” – Jurgen Klopp, speaking on Wednesday about his side’s fitness

Both Liverpool players have hemorrhaged owners since Gameweek 7, with Alexander-Arnold the most-sold defender ahead of this Saturday’s FPL deadline and Jota fourth for transfers out among midfielders.

The right-back will surely return to the Liverpool starting XI this weekend if fully recovered but with Roberto Firmino (£8.8m) not involved with Brazil over the last fortnight, there is less certainty over whether Jota will be handed his fifth successive league start regardless of fitness.

The Saturday lunchtime contest is likely to come too soon for Thiago Alcantara (£5.3m), who has a calf problem.

“Thiago needs probably a little bit longer, [he] was not in team training yet – that’s always not a good sign for starting the next game.

“And the rest [of the] international [players], some are back, obviously some are not back yet. And we will see.” – Jurgen Klopp

Elsewhere on Wednesday, Harry Maguire (£5.4m) revealed he was “progressing” from a calf issue but had still not been involved in full training with Manchester United, which suggests that the Red Devils are set to be without both first-choice centre-halves for the trip to Leicester City.

The only official pre-match press conference of the day saw Claudio Ranieri on media duties for new employers Watford.

The Hornets earlier confirmed that Joshua King (£5.5m) would be assessed after a return to training but that Francisco Sierralta (£4.3m), Christian Kabasele (£4.4m) and Peter Etebo (£4.5m) remain out with muscle problems.

We should have a minimum of five pre-Gameweek 8 press conferences taking place on Thursday, with the rest following on Friday.

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  1. Ragabolly
    • 11 Years
    6 days, 22 hours ago

    Risers: Duffy (4.4)

    Fallers: Dennis (5.2) Noble (4.4)

    1. klopptimusprime
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 22 hours ago

      Cheers Raga

    2. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      6 days, 22 hours ago

      Duffman!!!!!

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 22 hours ago

      Duffy!

    4. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      6 days, 21 hours ago

      Cheers Ragabolly.

    5. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      6 days, 19 hours ago

      Geez, what + was Duffy on if anyone can remember?

      1. CasaBanter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 days, 18 hours ago

        He was just over 100

    6. Thescaff
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 19 hours ago

      1-0. Tempted to take my 0.2 profit and run

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 18 hours ago

        Always nice to see a 0.2 rise banked

        I'm guessing he's pretty much cooked as a nailed starter but tricky to get rid just now so hoping he holds at 4.4

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 5 Years
          6 days, 18 hours ago

          Why do you think he is cooked as a starter?

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 days, 18 hours ago

            Need to wait and see of course but I'd have Webster ahead of him

            Duffy has been great FPL but not sure he's been that great for Brighton irl. Yes he's done well in defensive stats but his almost complete inability on the ball changes that defence radically. I suspect Potter would prefer to be able to play out from the back again.

            1. Little Red Lacazette
              • 5 Years
              6 days, 18 hours ago

              You could be right.

        2. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 days, 18 hours ago

          Yeh, I'm playing him v Norwich, then I have a decision to make. I'll be wanting a City defender, and it'll be either Semedo who goes for Cancelo/Dias, or Duffy goes for Laporte. Depends on each of their performances this GW. I got duffy for 4m GW2 when Veltman was ruled out; he's served me very well but I can't avoid City for too long.

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 days, 18 hours ago

            I've shoved the decision down the line a bit as I've put my spare change in Vardy so can't upgrade him to City now - most likely switch would be White but that's very low priority so long as Livra is there.

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              6 days, 18 hours ago

              The perfect 3rd benchee then!

              1. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                6 days, 18 hours ago

                Gilmour 🙁

      2. FantasyClub
          6 days, 17 hours ago

          If he scores and keeps a clean sheet against Norwich that 0.2 profit could rise. Who else would you get at 4.2 ?

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 days, 17 hours ago

            Simplistic really

            You don't of course need to replace at identical value - especially at this time of the season where budgets are beginning to swell.

            If he looks like being one to move on you can very well look at Manquillo say as a saving or White as a slight budget upgrade. That's before thinking about the other possible upgrades around the 5.0 mark if you are shifting funds around.

            All theoretIcal right now of course and not anticipated for just before Norwich

            1. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              6 days, 16 hours ago

              Should add that I've actually pronoted Duffy in my FPL side from imminent chop to short medium hold. It's Sky I'm worried about where he's integral to my current set up

    7. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 22 hours ago

      Field Raphinha, Sarr or Mbeumo, I am probably leaning towards the latter, thoughts?

      1. Freshy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        6 days, 21 hours ago

        I thought Raph was not available?

        1. Gabbiadini
          • 4 Years
          6 days, 21 hours ago

          That's not confirmed.

          1. Freshy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            6 days, 21 hours ago

            Thanks

            1. Gabbiadini
              • 4 Years
              6 days, 21 hours ago

              We have already seen Bielsa start Raphinha whilst carrying an injury for only a 60 minutes stint, twice.

              1. Freshy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                6 days, 21 hours ago

                Covid rules though
                Pretty sure hes playing tomorrow in South America

                1. Gabbiadini
                  • 4 Years
                  6 days, 20 hours ago

                  No, covid rules-wise he is fine.
                  Simply the short turnaround is the only thing.

    8. Messiah Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 22 hours ago

      A) Sarr to Foden
      B) Benrahma to Foden

      Which one?

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 4 Years
        6 days, 22 hours ago

        Benrahma's fixtures are better so A.

      2. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 days, 22 hours ago

        A

      3. klopptimusprime
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 days, 22 hours ago

        a

      4. Little Red Lacazette
        • 5 Years
        6 days, 18 hours ago

        A

    9. Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 22 hours ago

      Ronaldo non-owners will be heavily punished this weekend

      1. klopptimusprime
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 days, 22 hours ago

        can't own everyone

      2. Gabbiadini
        • 4 Years
        6 days, 21 hours ago

        Let's hope so!

      3. JackJack
        • 5 Years
        6 days, 21 hours ago

        yeah yeah yeah

    10. klopptimusprime
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 22 hours ago

      Walker, Laporte or Dias if already own Cancelo

      1. Messiah Hazard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 days, 21 hours ago

        One City defender should be enough… Go for Ederson as a keeper if you have the budget… Else two attackers from City…

        One City, One Liverpool and One Chelsea defender should stretch your budget to the max.

        1. klopptimusprime
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 days, 21 hours ago

          I agree, the sensible template choice is TAA, Cancelo, Rudi + 2 of Duffy, White, Livra

          Chasing upside

      2. Gabbiadini
        • 4 Years
        6 days, 21 hours ago

        Dias.

      3. waldo666
        • 11 Years
        6 days, 21 hours ago

        Dias

      4. baggs
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 days, 21 hours ago

        Dias as set and forget for the rest of the season

      5. Thomas Magnum
        • 6 Years
        6 days, 19 hours ago

        Dias for sure, picking him over Cancelo myself and would have Walker as my second choice

    11. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      6 days, 21 hours ago

      Some thoughts here?

      1FT and 0.2 ITB.

      Sanchez
      TAA* Rudiger* Christensen
      Salah Jota* Raphinha* Greenwood
      Ronaldo Antonio Armstrong

      (Steele Livramento White Gilmour)

      I am starting to think I might even save FT after IB, pretty happy with bench if needed. Admittedly a couple more flags than pre-IB but think most are likely to play.

      1. baggs
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 days, 21 hours ago

        yeah youre fine

        1. waldo666
          • 11 Years
          6 days, 21 hours ago

          Cheers Baggs.

      2. FCSB
        • 5 Years
        6 days, 21 hours ago

        looks good

        1. waldo666
          • 11 Years
          6 days, 20 hours ago

          Thanks mate.

    12. tuturututu
        6 days, 21 hours ago

        Kasper
        Marcal, Rudiger, Cancelo
        Salah, Mount, Raphinha, Townsend
        Ronaldo, Lukaku, Hwang

        Livramento, Bissouma, Manquilo

        Thoughts?

        1. Gabbiadini
          • 4 Years
          6 days, 21 hours ago

          What're your opinions on starting Raphinha?

          1. baggs
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            6 days, 21 hours ago

            if he doesnt get back until friday late i dont think he'll even be on the bench so doesnt matter

          2. tuturututu
              6 days, 21 hours ago

              Yes he won't start on bench. Hell start or not play at all.

              1. Gabbiadini
                • 4 Years
                6 days, 20 hours ago

                Personally, I still think he could come on as a sub, however, we have seen Bielsa play him twice with an injury and just sub him off after 60 minutes so you may be correct.

        2. dshv
          • 4 Years
          6 days, 21 hours ago

          Would you play

          1. Mbeumo
          2. Livra or white

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 4 Years
            6 days, 21 hours ago

            1

        3. MikeLowrey
          • 3 Years
          6 days, 21 hours ago

          Tempted by going big at the back - these are the combos I'm playing with. Current backline on WC is TAA, Cancelo, Dias, Livramento ...

          A) James, Mbuemo, Jiminez
          B) White, Mount, Toney

          1. waldo666
            • 11 Years
            6 days, 21 hours ago

            A

          2. FCSB
            • 5 Years
            6 days, 21 hours ago

            A

        4. Stupendous
          • 9 Years
          6 days, 21 hours ago

          All set? 1 ft 0itb

          Sanchez
          Cancelo Livra Chilwell
          Salah(c) Sarr Raph* Gray
          Antonio Lukaku Ronaldo

          Steer Semedo Manquillo Sissoko

          I'll have 2 frees to bring TAA back next week or after the United match perhaps. Downgrade one of the front 3 for it.

          1. baggs
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            6 days, 21 hours ago

            anything could happen between now and gw10. if youre going to want trent set aside the budget for him imo

            1. Stupendous
              • 9 Years
              6 days, 21 hours ago

              Cheers

        5. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 days, 21 hours ago

          Save ft here? 1ft, 1.4m itb

          Sanchez
          Taa rudiger cancelo
          Salah Jota Sarr doucoure Gallagher
          Ronaldo Antonio

          Foster Semedo Omo Scarlett

          1. FCSB
            • 5 Years
            6 days, 21 hours ago

            well setup, gtg

            1. Disturbed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              6 days, 19 hours ago

              Thanks mate

        6. Echoes
          • 1 Year
          6 days, 21 hours ago

          Hearing about this game called FPL. Is it any good?

          1. FCSB
            • 5 Years
            6 days, 21 hours ago

            its a headfk, i have done no work today

          2. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            6 days, 21 hours ago

            It used to be good, not anymore. It's just a routine game now.

        7. FCSB
          • 5 Years
          6 days, 21 hours ago

          Big Dilemma, can't decide!! Best option on WC, what scores more moving forward:

          1. Rudiger Foden Jimenez
          2. Chilwell (or James) Son Hwang

          Cheers

          1. Stupendous
            • 9 Years
            6 days, 21 hours ago

            A

          2. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            6 days, 21 hours ago

            Not much in it, both will probably score at same rate.

            Out of those options, A.

            I would personally tweak little bit in 2nd option and go with White, Son, Toney.

          3. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            6 days, 21 hours ago

            I know you want a city mid!
            Why not go option now and switch Foden/Jimmy to Son/Hwang for gw12 where Spurs fixtures turn better

            1. FCSB
              • 5 Years
              6 days, 21 hours ago

              Haha you’re right, I think I need to stick with what I’ve been on this whole time and go with my gut. But with the expectation that Foden may not start.

              I’m priced out by 0.1 to do Foden / Jimenez to Son / Hwang right now… so to leave some itb would you get Chilwell or James over Rudiger or leave as is for security? I suppose Tuchel may give more clues there

              1. HMC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                6 days, 20 hours ago

                I've got James myself, held him on gw5 wc
                I think all chelsea defenders will rotate once in their good run
                fwiw I always find https://twitter.com/jumpthewave?lang=en the most reliable when it comes to city - so monitor this before deadline

                1. FCSB
                  • 5 Years
                  6 days, 19 hours ago

                  Mate I really appreciate your support, you’ve helped a lot.

                  Think I might take a risk on James too, will obviously wait and see if Tuchel gives anything away but he could be great upside moving forward and an exciting move. Even if I hold Rudiger this week and do James next, if Tuchel omits to say whether he will play!

                  I’ll check out that link too.

                  Thanks again

        8. umerlfc
          • 5 Years
          6 days, 21 hours ago

          Foden over Grealish?

          1. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            6 days, 19 hours ago

            Do you use Johnson’s No More Tears shampoo? If you do, go Foden.

        9. FFSbet.com
          • 6 Years
          6 days, 20 hours ago

          TAA 22% and Jota 17% owned,perfect GW for hauls

          1. waldo666
            • 11 Years
            6 days, 20 hours ago

            Here's hoping! Had no idea TAA was that low now tbh.

          2. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            6 days, 20 hours ago

            1 in 4.5 teams don't own Trent!

            1. St Pauli Walnuts
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              6 days, 1 hour ago

              Vorders, is it you?

              1. HMC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                6 days, 1 hour ago

                don't get the Vorders reference?

                  1. HMC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    6 days, 1 hour ago

                    Gotcha ⬆️
                    More of a Rachel Riley fan

        10. melvinmbabazi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 days, 20 hours ago

          Gallagher to Townsend yes or no?

          1. waldo666
            • 11 Years
            6 days, 20 hours ago

            Feels a bit sideways to me.

        11. FantasyHero
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 days, 20 hours ago

          Thoughts?

          Sanchez (4.0)
          Cancelo Alonso liv (marcal* Williams)
          Salah jota* Ben gray (sissoko)
          Ronaldo antonio jimmy

          1. Play liv & jota
          2. Marcal to Dias-4 and play Dias not liv
          3. Jota to grealish/foden -4

          1. waldo666
            • 11 Years
            6 days, 20 hours ago

            1

        12. PocketZola
          • 4 Years
          6 days, 20 hours ago

          What is your gut vs logic wc?

        13. jaguar shark
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 days, 20 hours ago

          Final pieces of the puzzle, 3-4-3 vs 3-5-2

          Hwang or Smith-Rowe?

          1. luk46
            • 3 Years
            6 days, 20 hours ago

            Hwang

        14. jaguar shark
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 days, 20 hours ago

          Why isn’t anyone talking about Townsend?

          1. waldo666
            • 11 Years
            6 days, 20 hours ago

            Doucoure and Gray seem to be the more popular choices, I guess the thinking is they might be more nailed, Iwobi nearly back on the scene may be a contributing factor?

          2. RogDog_jimmy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            6 days, 19 hours ago

            I'm thinking Doucoure.

            My logic may be wrong, but this is it...

            Gray - most effective with DCL/Richarlison
            Townsend - most effect without
            Doucoure - more consistent in both situations

            1. Thomas Magnum
              • 6 Years
              6 days, 19 hours ago

              This

        15. PocketZola
          • 4 Years
          6 days, 20 hours ago

          Wc, what do you think?

          Ramsdale
          Christensen cancelo taa
          Saka esr salah mbeuembo Townsend
          Ronaldo lukaku

          Subs, Duffy, livra

          1. luk46
            • 3 Years
            6 days, 20 hours ago

            not a massive fan of those teams, would downgrade CR7 to upgrade Christensen and midfield

          2. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            6 days, 19 hours ago

            Ronaldo, Smith Rowe and Christensen to Vardy, Raphinha and Azpi.

            Later should atleast score on similar basis, would expect them to score more.

        16. KanyeWest
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          6 days, 20 hours ago

          KDB or Lukaku?

          1. PocketZola
            • 4 Years
            6 days, 20 hours ago

            Lu

          2. Thomas Magnum
            • 6 Years
            6 days, 19 hours ago

            Depending if you need to catch up or hold rank. KDB if former Lukaku if latter

          3. Machine_Gunnerz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            6 days, 18 hours ago

            this has been my dilemma under WC. I'm keeping son and salah. I feel KDB might be the best city choice for attack. And Lukaku got injury concern and has blanked in last 3. I am in real need for catch-up as well.

        17. vova
          • 11 Years
          6 days, 19 hours ago

          Play Toney or Benrahma?

          1. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            6 days, 19 hours ago

            Ben

          2. Thomas Magnum
            • 6 Years
            6 days, 19 hours ago

            Benrahma better fixture

        18. Jinswick
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          6 days, 19 hours ago

          So if Raphina plays 90 in Brazil’s next game, worth having a 1 week punt on 7m mod on a WC with a plan to bring him in GW8?

          A) Just start with Raphina
          B) Saka
          C) Torres (high risk!)

          1. Thomas Magnum
            • 6 Years
            6 days, 19 hours ago

            C. high risk, high reward and only for a week anyways so would likely outscore Raphinha regardless

            1. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              6 days, 18 hours ago

              Not if he doesn't play he won't - that's the risk and I doubt he gets a game

          2. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            6 days, 19 hours ago

            A and a decent bench player

            1. waldo666
              • 11 Years
              6 days, 19 hours ago

              This, I'm doing the same.

          3. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            6 days, 18 hours ago

            C

        19. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 days, 19 hours ago

          i had thought Jimenez was leaving Mexico early - but he came on in the 63rd minute tonight.
          still should be plenty of time to be good for the weekend.

        20. kenzo.
          • 6 Years
          6 days, 19 hours ago

          This might be nothing but I read a post here about cancelo being a doubt? Is this true? Any links if so?

          1. DavvaMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            6 days, 18 hours ago

            I am thinking the same, some of the predicted line-ups I have seen also don't have him as starting.

            But as we all know who the heck knows what players will be in the team!

            1. The Riders of Mohan
              • 7 Years
              6 days, 18 hours ago

              I think there is 'just talk' about Zinchenko and Stones making way for Cancelo and Laporte for this GWs easy fixture.
              They are away to Club Brugge mid next week and will want a strong team to get back on CL track after losing to PSG.
              It's all what if's tho

              1. Tinkermania
                • 2 Years
                6 days, 18 hours ago

                You mean Cancelo and Stones making way?

        21. PLerix
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 days, 19 hours ago

          Williams and Sarr -> Cancelo and ESR/Mbuemo (-4)?

          Sanchez
          TAA, Rudiger, Semedo, Livra
          Salah (c), Greenwood, Raph,
          Lukaku, Antonio, Jimenez
          4.0, Sarr, Allan, Williams
          1ft, 1.8 itb

          1. waldo666
            • 11 Years
            6 days, 19 hours ago

            Can you split em over 2 weeks and do them both for free?

        22. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 days, 19 hours ago

          I own Raph and will be benching assuming he gets 60 minutes for Brazil but who to start ?

          Christensen or livramento? Already own rudiger and starting

          Also, could their be a shout to play 5/2/3 and bench sarr as well so team would be

          Bachman 🙁
          Christensen livramento rudiger cancelo Taa
          Salah jota
          Armstrong Antonio Ronaldo

          Foster sarr Raph gilmour

          Or would you set it up different ?

          1. waldo666
            • 11 Years
            6 days, 19 hours ago

            I'm starting Raph regardless, Livramento first on bench.

          2. RogDog_jimmy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            6 days, 19 hours ago

            5-2-3 seems the right move to me.

            Sarr is a great back-up for Christensen/Rudiger.

            It's all pretty tight though - hard to find how to make a definite decision.

          3. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            6 days, 19 hours ago

            I'm benching Raph.
            No reason not to put Christensen in your starting XI. If he doesn't start, he won't cameo.
            Livramento against a Leeds without Bamford and Raph could produce dividends.

          4. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            6 days, 19 hours ago

            I’m playing Raphinha for the haul.

        23. Jinswick
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          6 days, 19 hours ago

          Thoughts on this for a TAA + Son team?

          Bench is cack and I’d need to rotate and start one of Duffy/Livra each week. But perhaps that is worth it!

          Ramsdale
          Trent*, Cancelo, Chilwell, Duffy*
          Salah, Son, Raphina, Mbeumbo
          Lukaku, Antonio

          Foster, Livramento, Brownhill*, Davis

          * alternatives being Laporte, Tierney & Saka

        24. Slitherene
          • 3 Years
          6 days, 19 hours ago

          So many uncertainties...

          Sanchez | Steele
          Rudiger* Dier White
          Salah Jota* Raphinha* Gray Gallagher
          Ronaldo Lukaku
          ¦ Digne* Dennis Ayling*

          0.0 ITB, 1 FT

          Ayling, Jota -> Azpi/Dias/Cancelo, Mbeumo, for a hit??