Scout Picks

FPL Gameweek 8 Scout Picks built on Man City triple-up

As they prepare to face Burnley at the Etihad Stadium, three Manchester City players form the spine of our Gameweek 8 Scout Picks.

After Sam, Az, Neale and Tom submitted their Scout Squad selections earlier this week, we have chosen our best players ahead of tomorrow’s 11.00 BST deadline.

We line up in a 4-4-2 formation and come in at £82.9m, just under our £83.0m budget.

GOALKEEPER

Xhaka and Moura recalled as Ramsdale starts again

After a promising second half of last season yielded nine clean sheets from 23 games, three of which arrived in the final five, Arsenal have conceded just once in the four games since Aaron Ramsdale (£4.6m) was installed as first-choice goalkeeper. During that time, they have kept three clean sheets and given up just two big chances, fewer than any other Premier League side, while Ramsdale’s +1.10 expected goals (xG) prevented total ranks fourth amongst all goalkeepers so far. Now, the England stopper will be keen to build on that against Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace on Monday.

DEFENDERS

Wolves City dugout

With the news that he is available for Saturday’s early kick-off following injury, Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) is clearly one of the best defender picks on offer in Gameweek 8, with potential for a clean sheet and attacking returns. A possible route to points may come via set-pieces, with opponents Watford allowing 2.7 xG from dead-ball situations so far this season, while they also rank 18th for crosses conceded from their left-flank. Given that Alexander-Arnold’s 17 successful crosses and 2.56 expected assists (xA) are both league-leading totals amongst all defenders in FPL, he could be set for another big week.

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  1. No Professionals
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Struggling to get off the pot this week

    Sanchez
    James White Livramento
    Salah Jota Raphinha Sarr Gray
    Lukaku Ronaldo

    Steele Marcal Scarlett Rudiger
    1ft 0.4

    A) rudiger to Dias
    B) rudiger and Jota to cancelo and Saka
    C) rudiger and Jota to TAA and smith rowe

    1. C-Dawgg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      A

    2. BOATIES FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      A or C I don't like B really

    3. No Professionals
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Thanks guys

  2. C-Dawgg
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Tempted to play Livra or Coady over Sarr this week... madness? Sparta?

  3. waldo666
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Rudiger out with 1 FT? Livarmento and White on the bench.

    1. Pep's Money Laundry
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Easy save

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Roll

    3. Atwood
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Save

    4. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Cheers all.

  4. ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    All comes down to this
    A) Vardy and Hwan
    B) Jimenez and Antonio

  5. Athletic Nasherbo
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    First bench?

    A) Toney

    B) Livramento

    1. Fantasy Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Toney

  6. Dybala10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    James & Raphinha or Azpi & Saka?

    1. Pegboy
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      James and Raph

      1. Fantasy Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Agree

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Will Raphinha start ?

  7. HD7
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    2 FTs:

    Sarr to Saka is the one Im considering?

    Any other bright ideas, mates? Did James to Rudi before GW7, should I do the return or wait?

    Ramsdale
    Trent Marcal Dias Livra
    Salah Raph* Gray Sarr
    Ronaldo Lukaku

    Steele Sissoko Scarlett Rudiger

    1. Atwood
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Can't see any major issues there except maybe Sarr like you say. I'm thinking Saka too.

  8. Atwood
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    2FT's and 2.2 spare.
    Traore > Saka and hold the other FT?

    Sanchez
    Livramento - TAA - Christensen
    Salah - Traore - Gray - Jota
    Ronaldo - Antonio - Armstrong

    Marcal - Shaw - Sissoko

    1. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Looks good.

  9. Redhawk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Get rid of son based on rumours with no chance of getting back? Or hold and ride it out?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Tough. If he misses this game, he will HAVE to miss the next game too due to isolation guidelines.

      These are quite strong rumours.

    2. Arteta
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Sell Son and move on.

  10. dshv
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Now with Son out.. WC team rate please.

    Ramsdale Foster
    Taa Azpi Cancelo Duffy Livra
    Salah Raphinha mbeumo Foden luiz
    Antonio Lukaku Jimenez

    1. Fantasy Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Nice

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      is Raphinha out too though ? and Luiz only likely to make the bench ? Will Foden start ?

      You may be down to the bare bones already 😉

      Nice team though next week and I am on WC and have the same issues

  11. Fantasy Pig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Thoughts on WC?

    Ramsdale Foster
    TAA Cancelo James Duffy Livra
    Salah Sterling Raphinha Mbuemo ESR
    Lukaku Antonio Hwang

  12. Arteta
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Which one looks like the best transfer on paper?

    A - Scarlett to Toney/Armstrong
    B - Williams to Dias/James
    C - Rüdiger to Alexander-Arnold
    D - Gallagher/Sarr to Foden

  13. nikornla
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    A) Azpilicueta and Mbeumo
    B) Livramento and Foden

  14. Clueless_91
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    GTG?

    A) Ramsdale
    TAA Cancelo James Duffy
    Liv
    Salah Foden Mbeumo Saka
    Raph
    Lukaku Antonio Hwang

    Or

    B) Hwang to 4.5
    and
    Saka to Mount

    1. Fantasy Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Definitely A

  15. Kasper the ghost keeper
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Ronaldo -> Lukaku this gw or save and do next week?

    1. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I would save, but will prob make this transfer myself as need funds for other move

    2. Wolfman180
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I'm saving this move until next week

    3. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Save

    4. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Save

  16. Mackans
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    How is your wildcard looking?

    1. No Professionals
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Shot it up the wall weeks ago

  17. Smokey_Lowkey
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Ramsdale
    TAA Cancelo Azpi Duffy
    Salah Foden Saka
    Lukaku Antonio Hwang

    Foster Livra Raph Mbeumo

    WC, 0.4 ITB, GTG?

    1. BOATIES FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Same as mine except I've got Grealish and Brownhill to your Raph and Saka.

  18. Flynny
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Hi....who is the best option for the final place on this wildcard?

    Worried that foden won't start tomorrow and think I need guaranteed starters this week.....

    Ramsdale
    Taa cancelo dias james (livra)
    Salah xxx mbuemo (raphinha normann)
    Lukaku antonio Armstrong

    A...foden
    B ....Mount
    C...saka

    Thanks

    1. Pegboy
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Livra is decent cover. Admittedly James and to a lesser extent Cancelo are risks.

      1. Heres hoping x 7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        James isn't a risk this week surely? Who else could play RB?

  19. Pegboy
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Struggling to work out my non-Son WC and no idea where to spendthe cash.
    Considering pivoting to 4 at the back.

    Ramsdale (Foster)
    TAA Dias Cancelo Azpi (Livra)
    Salah Foden Mbeumo (Raph Luiz)
    Lukaku Antonio Hwang

    Decent enough bench to cover Foden.

  20. Whats the Mata?
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Would you get in Dias or Cancelo this week?

    1. Fantasy Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Cancelo

  21. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Am I playing the best formation (possible) here?

    Sanchez
    TAA / Alonso / Semedo / White / Livramento
    Salah (C) / Jota
    Ronaldo / Antonio / Toney

    Steele // Raphinha* / Traore / Bissouma

    And for transfers:
    A) Semedo > Dias
    B) Semedo > Cancelo
    +
    1) Traore > Mbuemo
    2) Traore > Gallagher
    3) Traore > Saka (not sure if worth...?)

    If Traore transfer is made, who would you bench?

  22. ZiadHisham
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Why is Ronaldo overlooked as a captain choice this week? I can see him getting a brace or something

    1. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      People are too scared not to captain Salah. Wouldn't surprise me if Ronaldo outscores him though.

      1. Terry Tibbs: Top Pundit
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Who are you captaining?

        1. ZiadHisham
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Pukki

      2. ZiadHisham
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Salah has the form and the good fixture and for sure he will be the most captained, maybe captaining ronaldo might be a differential somehow

      3. Amartey Partey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I was captaining Son until the covid news. Now back on Salah with Ronaldo as VC which means Ronaldo will haul and Salah will blank.

  23. Pep's Money Laundry
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Son's news has destroyed my transfer plans. Pick one please?

    A. Dias & Cancelo
    B. Dias & Laporte (money will come in handy I'm sure)
    C. Azpi & Cancelo
    D. Foden & Dias

    1. Fantasy Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      A

  24. In Bale We Trust
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Anyone else really worried about Cancelo benching? Looks very possible. This is not a week for this with other players dropping like flys

    1. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Almost certain he will. My transfers this week were Son and Cancelo so I'm expecting to lose both.

    2. Heres hoping x 7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      If he is, he will definitely start GW9. Same with Walker. Need a good bench

  25. Norco
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Exact money for Rudiger > TAA for free.

    Pull the trigger?

    1. Fantasy Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Absolutely!

    2. Pep's Money Laundry
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      All day long

    3. Heres hoping x 7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      100%

    4. BOATIES FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Easy yes!

  26. Gandalf
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Looks like no return date on sight for Bamford so need to get rid.

    Not keen to take a hit so which of the options to go for:

    A. Jiménez
    B. Hwang with plans to upgrade e.g Benrahma/Gray/Brownhill in subsequent weeks or even for a hit this week

    Shame DCL not fit as he would have been a good option

  27. Heres hoping x 7
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    RMWCT

    Mccarthy Foster
    Dias TAA James White Duffy
    Salah Saka Muembo Foden Gray
    Antonio Lukaku Armstrong

    This is driving me crazy!!

    1. JoeJitzu +42
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Very nice

      1. Heres hoping x 7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Foden to Mahrez maybe? I'd have to downgrade someone, probably Saka

        1. JoeJitzu +42
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          So hard to know who will be in city starting 11?!

  28. JJeyy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Start Duffy or Raphinha?

  29. VIVA_RONALDO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Anybody else tempted by gundogan?

  30. Roni! Toni! Toney!
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Chances of Alonso playing?

    I have Marcal first sub

    1. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      100% because I sold him for Cancelo. Cancelo won't start.