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. nerd_is_the_werd
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 6 days ago

    Any chance Cancelo doesn't play next game?
    Now that Walker and Zinchenko is back, one of them has to miss out!

    Was gonna (C) as a punt, but may go elsewhere.

    1. Pep's Money Laundry
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      They are playing Burnley who will park the bus, in theory the least attacking full back will be rested. But with Pep who knows

  2. MountainBeach
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 6 days ago

    Would you do Rudiger to Cancelo/Dias/Someone else for a hit?

    Current def: Trent, White, Coady

    1. Wolfman180
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      Been debating moving Rudiger on myself but for a free. I've got Livramento and Veltman as cover so I may just roll transfer.

      1. MountainBeach
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 6 days ago

        Tuchel drop any hint on how serious it is? I honestly thought it'd be like a one missed game thing, but it says unknown return date..

        1. Wolfman180
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 6 days ago

          It sounds like it's likely to be just one week but hard to say with a back injury.

  3. mitro
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 6 days ago

    Best combo lads?

    1) Mbeumo
    2) Toney

    A) Cancelo
    B) Foden

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      Not sure the question as mid/mid can be an answer. . .

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

      1A

  4. dshv
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 6 days ago

    Now with Son out.. WC team rate please and advices

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

    1. JoeJitzu +42
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      Very good

    2. Pegboy
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      'Tis fine. I was on Jimi all week, and inching back that way. It's that or go Toney/Hwang and just bank the cash to give move flexibility.

      1. Pegboy
        • 12 Years
        10 months, 6 days ago

        more*

    3. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      What you mean Son is out?

      1. dshv
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 6 days ago

        Covid

  5. Kay317
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 6 days ago

    Start one:
    A) Raphinha
    B) Semedo
    C) Livramento

    1. DeuloRad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      C>B>A

    2. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      A

      1. Kay317
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 6 days ago

        Do you think he'll play?

  6. lilmessipran
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 6 days ago

    DCL, Bamford and now Son week after week I am using my FT to sort out injured players, this is without even mentioning the meta players like Rudiger and Raph..unbelievable this game..whichever player I bring in gets injured/unavailable in some way

  7. DeuloRad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 6 days ago

    Good to go?

    Foster
    Trent (C)ancelo Tierney(v)
    Grealish Foden Odegaard ESR
    Lukaku Vardy Jimenez

    Bach | Livramento, Shaw, Raphinha

    1. Arteta
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      Nice one mate. Good luck!

  8. The Knights Template
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 6 days ago

    Son to FOMO Foden?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 13 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      What about FOMO Mahrez?

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 6 days ago

        Doesn’t roll off the tongue as well.

    2. Heres hoping x 7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      If he was guaranteed to start then yes, but who knows! I have him at the moment but seriously considering Mahrez

    3. Indio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      More like FOBB (Fear Of Being Benched)

  9. Big Hands Barry
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 6 days ago

    A) Azpil and Saka
    B) James and Mount

  10. DycheDycheBaby
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 6 days ago

    Play Cancelo instead of:
    a) James
    b) Raphinha
    c) Duffy

    1. Heres hoping x 7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      B

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 13 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      a or b

  11. MadeinIreland
    • 13 Years
    10 months, 6 days ago

    One more go...

    How’s about this team on a wildcard? It can cope with a couple of big defenders missing in action if it needs to...or a big defender and a big midfielder - subject to team news saying that a Jota starts...

    Ramsdale (Foster)
    Cancelo, James, TAA, (Livermento, Duffy)
    Foden, Jota, Salah, Saka (Mbuemo)
    Lukaku, Antonio, Hwang

    Thanks...

    1. Heres hoping x 7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      Not Jota, but otherwise yes. Similar to my WC, just desperately trying to find some news about city line up tomorrow!

      1. MadeinIreland
        • 13 Years
        10 months, 6 days ago

        Who instead of Jota then - I was going to see if I got team news and if he plays he stays and becomes Raphina next week. If he’s not playing he becomes Raphina now.

    2. Fantasyfreakstradbally
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 6 days ago

      G2G

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      Great team

  12. Dynamic Duos
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 6 days ago

    Marcal to James or Rudiger and Gray to Christensen -4?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      And Foden*

  13. FPLMACKEM
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 6 days ago

    Please rate this wc team.

    Ramsdale
    TAA, Cancelo, Azpilicueta
    Salah, Mbeumo, Raphinha, 8.5
    Toney, Antonio, Lukaku

    Foster, Duffy, Livramento, 4.5 mid

    Who gets the last midfield slot?

    A Grealish
    B Foden
    C Saka
    D any other suggestions?

    1. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      B

  14. Reeker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 6 days ago

    We starting Raphinha or Livramento?

    1. Kay317
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      I'm struggling with this too. Have Semedo or Livra who could play instead of Raph. Really can't decide what to do. Fear a 10min cameo for Raph for one point.

      1. Pegboy
        • 12 Years
        10 months, 6 days ago

        I'd lean Livra

    2. DycheDycheBaby
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      I'm thinking Livra. Leeds defence is shaky and Livra is very good going forward. And if Raphinha doesn't start or play at all then a better chance of a clean sheet for Southampton.

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      Livramento. If Raphinha doesn't play, CS.

    4. waldo666
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      Raphinha, Livramento first on bench.

    5. Indio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      Been pondering same thing (have Livra and Duffy, and there's a case for starting either).

      Had Raphinha in my team starting all week though, just figured that's what bench is for - but suddenly fearing cameo! Reckon I'll hold and hope he starts or doesn't feature.

  15. 03farmboy
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 6 days ago

    What to do with rudiger??

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 13 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      Depends on your team. Can easily just bench.

  16. LiamK17
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 6 days ago

    Think I’m happy with my WC move after 9000 moves today

    Double city defence + Mahrez
    TAA + James
    Saka over Raph, Armstrong over Hwang
    Mbuemo for GW9 onwards

    1. Pegboy
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      Good luck! I like most of that apart from Saka and Armstrong.

  17. OptimusBlack
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 6 days ago

    Who to be in your team for next 4 GWS ?
    A- KDB
    B- Ronaldo

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      Huh ?

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      A

  18. DycheDycheBaby
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 6 days ago

    I'm going to transfer in Cancelo and he is going to be benched isn't he? 🙂

    1. si
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      I would not enjoy my lunch tomorrow with that transfer

  19. Shark
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 6 days ago

    Twitter rumours saying that Son and Bryan are the two out with Covid.

    1. si
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      My Kane (c) punt looks even more vulnerable now.

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      Would be classic FPL for Son to start and haul now

  20. Tuchel Job
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 6 days ago

    Alonso > Azpilicueta for -8.

    Yay or Nay?

    1. si
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      What??

    2. Shark
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      Hell no.

  21. jdogg
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 6 days ago

    Shaw/digne

    To

    Laporte/walker.

    What transfer if any?x

  22. nerd_is_the_werd
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 6 days ago

    I've decided to transfer in Son + Cancelo + Hwang for a (-4)....

    Apparently both Son and Cancelo is out.
    Is it best to go along with the flow, or use a FT (and repair the -4)?

    Son could also be out the next game too if Covid case is confirmed.

    1. The Polymath
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      Who said Cancelo is out?

      1. nerd_is_the_werd
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 6 days ago

        He's not out, but might not start...

        1. The Polymath
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 6 days ago

          You could say that about any City Mid. 😀

    2. Starskyb
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 6 days ago

      What's your source for cancelo out?

      I know the Son one..

    3. Pegboy
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      You should be fine on Cancelo. Son is completely up in the air

    4. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      Yeah, I think will just stick with it.
      If Son's out then will just use the bench and just suffer the -4.
      Would be disappointing but is likely to be the better long-term move.

      Will go for Cancelo (C) at least... really can't see him coming on for a 1pter to block Salah (VC).

  23. FPL_Crisis
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    10 months, 6 days ago

    What’s the bench order here?
    Semedo will become Dias before price changes

    Guiata
    Trent James Semedo* (Dias)
    Salah (c) Jota Foden Gray
    Lukaku Antonio Armstrong
    Steer White Livra Gilmour

    I want to start one of the Saints players and no better time to play Armstrong imo. Will monitor if Jota starts and maybe swap to White.

    Any thoughts?

    1. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      I would probably play White instead of Semedo imo.
      Then have Semedo first on the bench.

      1. FPL_Crisis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        10 months, 6 days ago

        Must not have been clear. Semedo currently in team but will be Dias before deadline.
        Yes definitely a good benching headache to have this week

  24. LABILLETHEGOAT
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 6 days ago

    guys this is my team right now, do you think it needs wildcarding? 0FT, 0.5 ITB.
    Sanchez
    TAA, White, Marcal (Tsimikas, Rudiger)
    Salah, Raphinha, Benrahma, Greenwood (Brownhill)
    CR7, Antonio, Toney

    1. GC123
        10 months, 6 days ago

        No need. Stick. You’ll be fine

    2. Taegugk Warrior
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      A. Play Sarr
      B. Rudiger to TAA (-4) bench sarr

      1. Wild Rover
        • 12 Years
        10 months, 6 days ago

        I'm playing Sarr and benching Rudiger. I already own TAA and was considering -4 Rudi to James but decided to stick. I'd get TAA in your case

      2. FourLokoLeipzig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 6 days ago

        A

    3. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      People’s thoughts on my WC? All set

      Ramsdale • Foster
      Trent • Dias • Cancelo • White • Livra
      Salah • Mahrez • Raph • Mbeumo • Luiz
      Lukaku • Antonio • Toney

      Safe team set up long term so can afford the risk on Mahrez. If he looks like being benched next weekend he can become Foden / Grealish / etc. Can get Son for GW12 by dropping Antonio to Hwang / Armstrong if they look good

      1. FPLMACKEM
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 6 days ago

        Very similar to my wc. Except I have azpilicueta. See above. Looks gtg.

    4. N00B
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      99% final wc draft.
      1.0 money left itb.

      Ramsdale
      TAA Cancelo Dias Livramento
      Salah Mahrez Mbeumo
      Lukaku Toney Armstrong

      Bench: Foster, Raphinha, James, Brownhill

      1. Ligdon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 6 days ago

        Why bench James ?

        1. Pegboy
          • 12 Years
          10 months, 6 days ago

          Agree.

        2. Arteta
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 6 days ago

          He owns double Brentford attack and is counting on them to score. It makes sense to play the odds.

          1. N00B
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            10 months, 6 days ago

            This. I think Brentford will score.

      2. Yankee Toffee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 6 days ago

        Foden over Mahrez

        1. N00B
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 6 days ago

          Mahrez one week punt. Then I will look at Foden/ Mount and later at Son.

    5. Viper
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      How is Raphinha even been considered for selection when the likes of Ederson, Alison, Fabinho etc aren't?

      Alisson for example is obviously a goalkeeper and didn't even play the game but is 100% ruled out. Is there an injury there or something?

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 6 days ago

        Because Bielsa? 😀

      2. Wild Rover
        • 12 Years
        10 months, 6 days ago

        Read the respective managers comments and make up your own mind.

      3. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 6 days ago

        Honestly I think it’s just owners hoping for a miracle

        I can’t see him starting, maybe a 15 min cameo

        1. The Knights Template
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 6 days ago

          Did you say a 15pt cameo?

    6. Yankee Toffee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      Who to bench?
      A. Duffy
      B. Livra

    7. The Polymath
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 6 days ago

      If Son has Covid, name him. What's the secret?

      1. Yankee Toffee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 6 days ago

        Tactical mind games?

        1. The Polymath
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 6 days ago

          Makes sense