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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
    • 12 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Risers: Duffy (4.4)

    Fallers: Dennis (5.2) Noble (4.4)

    1. klopptimusprime
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Cheers Raga

    2. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Duffman!!!!!

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Duffy!

    4. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Cheers Ragabolly.

    5. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

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

      1. CasaBanter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        He was just over 100

    6. Thescaff
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

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

      1. pingissimus
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 28 days 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. Botman and Robben
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 28 days ago

          Why do you think he is cooked as a starter?

          1. pingissimus
            • 3 Years
            9 months, 28 days 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. Botman and Robben
              • 5 Years
              9 months, 28 days ago

              You could be right.

        2. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 28 days 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
            • 3 Years
            9 months, 28 days 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
              9 months, 28 days ago

              The perfect 3rd benchee then!

              1. pingissimus
                • 3 Years
                9 months, 28 days ago

                Gilmour 🙁

      2. FantasyClub
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 28 days 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
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 28 days 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
            • 3 Years
            9 months, 28 days 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

  2. Gabbiadini
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

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

    1. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      I thought Raph was not available?

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        That's not confirmed.

        1. Freshy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          9 months, 28 days ago

          Thanks

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 5 Years
            9 months, 28 days 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
              • 12 Years
              9 months, 28 days ago

              Covid rules though
              Pretty sure hes playing tomorrow in South America

              1. Gabbiadini
                • 5 Years
                9 months, 28 days ago

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

  3. Messiah Hazard
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    A) Sarr to Foden
    B) Benrahma to Foden

    Which one?

    1. Gabbiadini
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Benrahma's fixtures are better so A.

    2. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      A

    3. klopptimusprime
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      a

    4. Botman and Robben
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      A

  4. ᴋiɴɢ
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Ronaldo non-owners will be heavily punished this weekend

    1. klopptimusprime
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      can't own everyone

    2. Gabbiadini
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Let's hope so!

    3. JackJack
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      yeah yeah yeah

  5. klopptimusprime
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Walker, Laporte or Dias if already own Cancelo

    1. Messiah Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 28 days 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
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

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

        Chasing upside

    2. Gabbiadini
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Dias.

    3. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Dias

    4. Bggz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Dias as set and forget for the rest of the season

    5. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

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

  6. waldo666
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 28 days 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. Bggz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      yeah youre fine

      1. waldo666
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Cheers Baggs.

    2. FCSB
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      looks good

      1. waldo666
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Thanks mate.

  7. tuturututu
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 28 days ago

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

    Livramento, Bissouma, Manquilo

    Thoughts?

    1. Gabbiadini
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      What're your opinions on starting Raphinha?

      1. Bggz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

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

      2. tuturututu
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 28 days ago

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

        1. Gabbiadini
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 28 days 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.

  8. dshv
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Would you play

    1. Mbeumo
    2. Livra or white

    1. Gabbiadini
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      1

  9. MikeLowrey
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 28 days 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
      9 months, 28 days ago

      A

    2. FCSB
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      A

  10. Stupendous
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 28 days 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. Bggz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 28 days 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
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Cheers

  11. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 28 days 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
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      well setup, gtg

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Thanks mate

  12. Echoes
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

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

    1. FCSB
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      its a headfk, i have done no work today

    2. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

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

  13. FCSB
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 28 days 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
      9 months, 28 days ago

      A

    2. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 28 days 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. FPL_Crisis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 28 days 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
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 28 days 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. FPL_Crisis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          9 months, 28 days 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
            • 6 Years
            9 months, 28 days 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

  14. umerlfc
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Foden over Grealish?

    1. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

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

  15. FFSbet.com
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

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

    1. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

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

    2. FPL_Crisis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      1 in 4.5 teams don't own Trent!

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 27 days ago

        Vorders, is it you?

        1. FPL_Crisis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          9 months, 27 days ago

          don't get the Vorders reference?

            1. FPL_Crisis
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              9 months, 27 days ago

              Gotcha ⬆️
              More of a Rachel Riley fan

  16. melvinmbabazi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Gallagher to Townsend yes or no?

    1. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Feels a bit sideways to me.

  17. FantasyHero
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 28 days 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
      9 months, 28 days ago

      1

  18. PocketZola
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    What is your gut vs logic wc?

  19. jaguar shark
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

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

    Hwang or Smith-Rowe?

    1. luk46
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Hwang

  20. jaguar shark
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Why isn’t anyone talking about Townsend?

    1. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 28 days 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
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 28 days 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
        9 months, 28 days ago

        This

  21. PocketZola
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Wc, what do you think?

    Ramsdale
    Christensen cancelo taa
    Saka esr salah mbeuembo Townsend
    Ronaldo lukaku

    Subs, Duffy, livra

    1. luk46
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

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

    2. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

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

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

  22. KanyeWest
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    KDB or Lukaku?

    1. PocketZola
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Lu

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

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

    3. Machine_Gunnerz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 28 days 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.

  23. vova
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Play Toney or Benrahma?

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Ben

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Benrahma better fixture

  24. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    9 months, 28 days 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
      9 months, 28 days ago

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

      1. pingissimus
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 28 days 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
      9 months, 28 days ago

      A and a decent bench player

      1. waldo666
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        This, I'm doing the same.

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      C

  25. RogDog_jimmy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 28 days 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.

  26. kenzo.
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 28 days 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
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 28 days 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
        9 months, 28 days 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
          9 months, 28 days ago

          You mean Cancelo and Stones making way?

  27. PLerix
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 28 days 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
      9 months, 28 days ago

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

  28. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 28 days 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
      9 months, 28 days ago

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

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 28 days 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
      9 months, 28 days 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
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      I’m playing Raphinha for the haul.

  29. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    9 months, 28 days 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

  30. Slitherene
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 28 days 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??