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. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Azpi or James on WC?

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Azp

    2. Podge
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      James

  2. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Greenwood >Foden for a - 4????

    Y or N

    1. smash
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Doing this move myself, not confident it's wise though

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Sitting lot more info closer to deadlines

    2. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      N

  3. Taegugk Warrior
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Chance foden starting…?

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Wish we knew lad

    2. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Thanks for asking.

  4. sirmorbach
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Bench Townsend (WHU) or Toney (CHE)?

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Toney

  5. smash
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Have money for Cancelo but seriously thinking about Dias instead, I've a rotten subs bench (WC still intact) should this sway me towards Dias instead?

    Cheers

    1. Pegboy
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      If your bench is dire, I'd go Dias

      1. smash
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Yeah still carrying that Southampton striker who's gone out on loan and that Norwich guy Ombamayana or something like that!

        Cheers

    2. HD7
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Im with Dias and I still dont know If I chose the right player 3GWs ago. At least hes a captain of the team and looks more nailed than others

      1. smash
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        The stress saved knowing he's captain and should* play swings it I reckon

    3. Big Hands Barry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      If you have no subs then yes Dias the safer pick, but with a wildcard in your back pocket I think go for the sexy pick in cancelo

      1. smash
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Ooh this is a different angle to look at it, yes I could go down this route with the WC to bail me out

        Another hour or so to ponder?
        Cheers

    4. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Probably Dias if no bench player. Cancelo for people who have Duffy or Livramento on the bench.

  6. HD7
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

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

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

    Steele Sissoko Scarlett Rudiger

  7. Nomar
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Anyone else capping Antonio?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Hell no

    2. Wild Rover
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      He's my VC. Wish I had the bottle, but had a decent start and it's not the time for Capt punts over a huge favourite

    3. Big Hands Barry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Hmm you're not only backing antonio does well away at everton, but also hoping Salah doesn't perform well vs Watford.

      1. Nomar
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        New manager bounce worries me for Watford, plus curse of the early kick off.

  8. More Cowbell
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    What to do with this midfield? Have 1FT

    Salah, Raph, Jota, Benny, Brownhill

    1. boroie
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Nothing wrong with it... I'm on WC and there are literally no midfielders that I want other than Salah.

    2. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Salah to Foden (not really).

  9. MountainBeach
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Rudiger to Cancelo/Dias for a hit or nah?

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      What’s ya bench like??

      1. MountainBeach
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Coady, Allan, Williams.

        Current def: Trent, Coady, White

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

          Save imo lad

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

            don't you think a Dias CS is almost guaranteed, thus covering the hit?

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

              Nothing is guaranteed lad especially CS

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

                Bit afraid Rudiger may be out longer than week tho, but cheers for the help. Appreciate it

  10. boroie
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Hit WC 2 weeks ago... massive regrets... no idea who to choose... thoughts on this...

    Ramsdale
    TAA Cancelo Azpi
    Salah(C) Foden Saka Townsend
    Lukaku(VC) Antonio Jimenez

    Foster; Livramento Duffy Brownhill

    1. Podge
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Decent team, hold

      1. boroie
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        This is my WC team. Can I make any improvements anywhere? Any choice you don’t like?

    2. MountainBeach
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      massive regrets? This is a very solid team lol

      1. boroie
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Just that I feel that it could have been used better later in the year.

        Could easily end up with an issue that Cancelo, Foden, Azpi start to get rotated, Ramsdale is dropped, and Jimenez, Antonio and Townsend fall off form.

  11. bruuuno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Traore Shaw > Cancelo ESR -4?

    1. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Just Traore out.

      1. bruuuno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Ok was trying to get some city... So Traore to which mid below 6.2 you reckon?

        1. waldo666
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          I'd probably look to an Everton mid.

  12. ZakyJ
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    1FT & 0.4m ITB

    Sanchez
    Alonso Semedo White Livra (Amartey)
    Salah Jota Raph* Benrhama (Brownhill)
    CR7 Lukaku (Toney)

    A) hold
    B) Jota>Foden
    C) another transfer

  13. CABAYE4
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Suddenly looking a bit pear shaped after today’s news - do I get 11 out with this lot?

    Ramsdale Foster
    Cancelo Christensen White Rudiger Livramento
    Salah Foden ESR Son Raphinha
    Lukaku Jimenez Davis

    1. DA Minnion (Former great)
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Don't think so.

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      this probably, Foden no idea and maybe Jiminez but he played on the 14th

      Ramsdale
      Cancelo Christensen White Livramento
      Salah Foden ESR
      Lukaku

      1. CABAYE4
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Manager seemed positive on Jimenez so that should be 10.

        Might just hope Raphinha gets 30 mins and go with that.

  14. Peekay
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Sell Jota for???

    My other mids are:
    Raph- Sallah- Benhrama- Sarr

    1. Podge
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Don’t

    2. Il Capitano
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Keep Jota

  15. mataave
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Is anyone planning on Ronaldo (c)? I fancy a differential pick and my gut is telling me to choose Ronnie. Plus I hate captaining a player in the early kick off.

    1. RedRo
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Expect he’ll probably be most captained overall (a lot of people support both Utd and Madrid) but doubt he’ll be popular as a captain pick on here. I don’t think it’s the right week for a differential but if you’re going for one he’s never bad.

    2. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Seven gamesweeks gone and not one City player has been in my team.

      Bring in Cancelo for GW8 and I'm already sweating.

    3. Scratch
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Right so I have Rudiger, Raphinha, Omobamidele and Bissouma so it's looking dicey. £4.2m itb so...

      A. Omob -> Cancelo / TAA
      B. Rudiger & Omob -> Cancelo & TAA -4
      C. Bissouma -> Mount / Mahrez / Foden

      1. Podge
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        B

      2. dmcqt
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        B

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

        B

    4. ZEZIMA
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Do you guys think Laporte keeps his place in the starting 11? Want City defence but can only afford Laporte without taking hits

      1. MadeinIreland
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I think he will get benched. I’ve noticed a trend with Pep in that he usually bigs up a player before he puts him on the bench.

        Just my view anyway...

    5. Pep's Money Laundry
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I'm planning on doubling up on city's defence, however it's not easy getting both Dias & Cancelo.

      Would you go for either of these?

      A. Laporte & Dias
      B. Laporte & Cancelo

    6. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Thoughts?

      Ramsdale
      Cancelo Dias Cucurella Duffy
      Salah Mahrez Saka Townsend
      Lukaku Aubameyang

      Raya Toney Armstrong Brownhill

      1. Athletic Nasherbo
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Livramento not Armstrong

    7. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Will probably do -4 before deadline to get Cancelo and City mid. Likely selling Bruno. Is that a mistake vs Leicester? Leaning 1 week punt on Mahrez and WC next week

    8. Il Capitano
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 11 days ago

      1FT - 0.5m ITB - WC available

      Sanchez
      TAA White Livra Shaw
      Salah Jota Sarr
      Ronaldo Antonio ASM

      Steele - Raph* Gilmour Rudiger*

      Exact cash for Rudiger to Cancelo (bench Shaw), worth doing that over Shaw to Laporte/Walker?

    9. boroie
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Hit WC last week... massive regrets... no idea who to choose... thoughts on this...

      Ramsdale
      TAA Cancelo Azpi
      Salah(C) Foden Saka Townsend
      Lukaku(VC) Antonio Jimenez

      Foster; Livramento Duffy Brownhill

    10. jai1212
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      A. Mahrez and Antonio
      B. KDB and Hwang

    11. lawsy009
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Anyone think Reece James starts this week?

      Rudi to James for a -4 worth it?

    12. boroie
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Anyone tempted to gamble on Kane? Surely only a matter of time before he kicks back into form... Kane hattrick to spoil the Geordies party?

    13. FCSB
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      1. Duffy Foden
      2. Dias Saka (have Cancelo, 4 premium def)

      Thanks

    14. cutch
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Sánchez
      Cancelo, Duffy, Alonso
      Salah (c), Benrahma, Gray, Sarr, Raphinha
      Lukaku, Antonio
      Subs: Steele, Dennis, Dier, Rüdiger*
      0 FT

      With Alonso and Raphinha probably not playing...
      A) Rüdiger -> Azpi (-4)
      B) Dennis -> Jiménez (-4)
      C) Roll FT and cross fingers for Alonso or Raphinha
      D) Other (-4), ideas?

      Cheers in advance!

    15. Gandalf
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      A. Bamford > Jimenez/Toney/Armstrong/Hwang

      B. Alonso > Dias (double up with Cancelo)

      1. KingPulis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I'm also debating Alonso > Dias (already have Cancelo).

        Seems a logical move but for some reason can't pull the trigger

    16. sirmorbach
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Good WC team? Cheers!

      Ramsdale (Foster)
      TAA, Dias, Cancelo, Azpilicueta (Livramento)
      Salah, Foden, Raphinha (Townsend, Luiz)
      Vardy, Antonio, Toney

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Lukaku ?