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. We Go Again
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 6 days ago

    There's no news on whether Rudiger will be fit for Norwich right?

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

      Nope. Debating if I should just take a hit and get in Dias/Cancelo in his place.

      1. We Go Again
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Yes this is what I'm stuck on as well. I'm thinking City is almost guaranteed to get a CS at home vs Burnley so the hit will be covered but I am scared on getting Cancelo since he could get benched

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

          Dias, then. You're right about Cancelo with Zinchenko back, but Dias is nailed.

          1. We Go Again
            • 7 Years
            7 months, 6 days ago

            Yes I think I will get Dias. Cheers

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

              You think it's worth a hit, though? I've always been conscious about hits, especially when it comes to defenders.

              1. We Go Again
                • 7 Years
                7 months, 6 days ago

                Me too, I never take hits for defenders. Just worried that Rudiger will be out for longer and his contract situation doesn't help

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

                  contract situation?

            2. si
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              7 months, 6 days ago

              Ake/Stones lurking

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

      No, a back injury is hardly ideal though

  2. Will J 256
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 6 days ago

    Which one would you play?

    A: Veltman (Double Brighton defence)
    B: Mbuemo (CHE)-H

    1. Max City
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      A

  3. Tuchel Job
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Will Alonso start or it's gonna be Chilwell?

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

        no one knows

      2. Nomar
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        I have Alonso, but cannot see how he picks him ahead of Chilwell.

        1. si
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          It’s 50/50 for me.

        2. si
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          Alonso was excellent away at Liverpool and Spurs.

    • Lallana
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      What moves? 1FT, 0.1M ITB.

      Foster
      Walker Christensen White Livramento
      Benrahma Salah (C) Saka
      Lukaku (v) Vardy Antonio

      Bench: Ederson (!), Raphinha (!), Rudiger (!), Brownhill

      Thinking Ederson>Ramsdale and perhaps use that money to upgrade elsewhere?

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

        Rudi to Laporte

        1. Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          I just did Rudi to TAA

    • Arteta
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      It came down to one question. Striker or defender. Who scores more in the next 5 fixtures?

      Armstrong - LEE (H), BUR (H), WAT (A), AVL (H), NOR (A)
      Dias - BUR (H), BHA (A), CRY (H), MUN (A), EVE (H)

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

        B

      2. waldo666
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        A

      3. Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        A looks good

    • Kevtheotter
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Hey guys what you think?

      Ramsdale
      Dias Cancelo Alonso
      Sarr Salah Raph Benhrama
      Lukaku Antonio Jimi

      Foster Liva Coady Longstaff 1.7 ITB no FT

      A) GTG
      B) Sarr -> Foden -4

      Cheers

      1. Nomar
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        A

      2. Il Capitano
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 6 days ago

        A

      3. boroie
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Don’t take the risk on Foden. Every chance he’s rested this weekend

      4. Arteta
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        I would save because Sarr could cause them trouble again.

    • Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Hold Rudiger in hopes he's fit by Norwich? I have Livramento to replace him right now. Would do to Dias but would need a hit for it.

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

        For a hit No

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

        In the same boat. Feel like Dias is almost guaranteed a clean sheet, so it covers the hit..

    • MadeinIreland
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Livramento, Duffy and Mbeumo on bench but which order is best?

      Thanks...

      1. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        I would play Duffy. Then Livramento first bench, then Mbuemo

    • dshv
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      When we are gonna now about son..
      I have the exact money to do

      Son davis townsend to jimenez foden luiz

    • boroie
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      On WC…

      Currently on Foden…

      Can’t help but feel it’s a bad decision…

      Thoughts….

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

        All city players are a gamble. You won’t have a good feeling about anyone

        1. boroie
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          Problem is who else to go for at the moment. Is there anyone in that price range that isn’t a gamble?

        2. Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          This

      2. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        It always is unless u get that 1 gameweek he will haul big. But u won't ever know when that is.

        1. boroie
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          Problem is who else to go for at the moment. Is there anyone in that price range that isn’t a gamble?

          1. Zim0
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 6 days ago

            Yeah true. I've opted out of that price range. Playing 4-3-3 with Salah and two 5.5-6 mids.

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

        It’s not really a long term pick is it. More a one week prayer.

        1. boroie
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          Problem is who else to go for at the moment. Is there anyone in that price range that isn’t a gamble?

      4. jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 months, 6 days ago

        It is reay a bad decision. Foden will make you cry.

    • The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Bilva, the forgotten City asset.

      1. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Horrible fpl asset

      2. Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        forgotten for a reason

    • MShalkz
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Best Rüdiger replacement? Thinking Laporte or R James

      1. Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        RJ

    • lawsy009
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Bottomed.. Any help much appriciated..

      Anyone think Reece James starts this week?

      Rudi to James for a -4 worth it?

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

        If you are asking the question you know it’s not worth a hit.

        Dias or Laporte

        1. lawsy009
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          Can't afford Dias and already have Cancelo, so that was swaying me towards James rather than Laporte. Appriciate the input man.

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

          You think Rudiger to Dias/Cancelo is worth a hit?

    • dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Updated WC - good or not so good? (Iheanacho playing well and could damage weakened United defence)

      Ramsdale
      TAA James Cancelo
      Salah Foden Saka Raphinha
      Iheanacho A Armstrong Lukaku

      Foster Duffy Mbeumo Livramento

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

        Iheanacho! Now that's a real differential.

        1. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          In a positive way?

      2. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 6 days ago

        I wish I was there on Iheanacho - I'd go with Watkins over him at this point.

        I really don't like Armstrong - but the rest is great.
        I could well be wrong about Armstrong.

        1. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          Cheers- could go safer with Toney Jiménez over Iheanacho Armstrong- what do you think?

          1. Max City
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 6 days ago

            or Toney Armstrong?
            I think there's not much differences between those four..

      3. Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        good team, I think!

    • bruuuno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Traore and Shaw to?

      A. Cancelo ESR
      B. Dias Mbuemo

      1. Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Cancelo Mbuemo? All 4 are good picks imo

        1. bruuuno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          Thanks. But 0.1 short on that so thats why I asked the A and B question

    • 03farmboy
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      What’s wrong with son and how long is he out?

      1. si
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Spursitous.

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

        Covid-19

        Out for 2 weeks if he survives the illness

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

        Reports that Nuno wasn’t going to start him, plus rumours he has Covid so that is 2 games out minimum

        1. si
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          Bergiwin to come in, if fit? Dele perhaps?

    • OptimusBlack
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Vardy C ?
      Yaaaay
      Nope

      1. Nomar
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Why not?

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

        Bit of fun why not

    • Nomar
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      My bench is Gilmour, Digne and Tsimikas.

      Starting Alonso and Raphina, but I can see Gilmour, Raphina and Alonso all being benched. Which would leave me with 10 for the second week in a row.

      Thinking I should maybe get Livramento or Duffy in for Tsimikas. Would be a hit, but at least I’d have a starter on the bench. Still got WC and £1.5 ITB, so could gamble on a City defender for Alonso.

      1. boroie
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Do it! In the long run it’ll be worth it as Tsimikas will be out long term.

        1. Nomar
          • 12 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          That’s my thinking too.

      2. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 6 days ago

        If doing Duffy at this stage I'd go Veltman for the same price.

        Think either of them is better than Livra too.

        1. Nomar
          • 12 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          Done Livra, better fixtures. Plus have wanted him for weeks, so quite happy to have him on board.

    • boroie
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Who is the best midfield long term pick in the £7m-£9m price range?

      1. Nomar
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Mount?

      2. jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Long term? Pogba. Nailed.

      3. FFSbet.com
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Jota

        1. Riders of Yohan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          This 100%

      4. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        None. He gets frequent assists, though no goals sadly.

      5. Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        I'd look at the 5m - 7m range instead

    • FCSB
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      WC, GW8 lineup

      Ramsdale
      TAA Cancelo James Duffy
      Salah Foden Raphinha
      Lukaku Antonio Jimenez

      Foster Livramento Mbeumo Brownhill

      Is this good to go?

      Just unsure whether to start:

      1. Raphinha (sou)
      2. Livramento (LEE) play 5-2-3
      3. Mbeumo (CHE)

      Thanks.

      1. FFSbet.com
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Nice,G2G

        1. FCSB
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          Would you start Raph, Livra or Mbeumo?

    • Jdpz
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Sanchez
      Cash Reguilon Tierney TAA
      Salah Bruno Jota Raphinha Benrahma
      Antonio

      Begović Wood King Ayling

      1FT 0.1M ITB., I want keep WC for next GW.

      What to do?

    • boroie
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Most secure starter in the Chelsea back line is…

      1. RLew
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Azpilicueta?

      2. Reinhold
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Mendy

      3. si
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Azpi. Although I like the James option now.

      4. jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Azpi

      5. RedRo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Rudiger when fit. There’s no question about that.

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

        Azp

    • RLew
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Is there an article somewhere that logged all of the minutes played over the international break? I feel like there usually is one, but cannot seem to find it. Thanks in advance.

    • Reinhold
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      0.2 swing on Jota to Foden tonight. Think it's worth it?

      1. Nomar
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        I got rid of Torres tonight and learnt my lesson with gambling on City mids.

        Up to you if you want to put yourself through the Pep roulette challenge every weekend.

        1. Reinhold
          • 11 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          Yeah, I know. But I am trailing bigtime and need to mix it up somehow.

          Jota is kind of a differential too, though.

          1. Nomar
            • 12 Years
            7 months, 6 days ago

            I hear you, but what good is a differential if he’s sitting on the bench on the weeks you need him?

            I love Foden, but I can’t trust Pep so I’ve decided that, for me anyway, staying well away from City mids is the safest course of action.

      2. Riders of Yohan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        No I don’t

    • Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Any medical experts on here? Let's have an early diagnosis of how long Rudiger will be out?

      1. Mooster©️
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Back- 3 weeks

        1. Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          Thanks

    • Mooster©️
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 6 days ago

      Now that Son is out with covid, what do you do?
      Keep until out of quarantine, or replace?

      1. dshv
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        I am on WC so replace

      2. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Has it been confirmed. Could all be a hoax.

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

          This!

        2. Mooster©️
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          Yes, Son and Gil

    • Cali
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 6 days ago

      2 FT’s. $0.2 ITB and not sure what to do. Any ideas?

      Sanchez
      TAA, Semedo, White, Duffy
      Salah, Jota, Benrahma, Gray
      Ronaldo, Lukaku

      Steele, McArthur, Scarlett, Rudiger*

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Semedo > Christensen maybe?
        Rudiger > James/Laporte/Chilwell ?

        I wouldn't replace anyone else. Good team.

        1. Cali
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 6 days ago

          Thanks! No concerns over Jota starting? And is James nailed?

      2. GC123
          7 months, 6 days ago

          Rudiger to James and start James over Semedo. Wolves unlikely to keep a clean sheet at Villa

        • Riders of Yohan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          Benrahma and semedo/ Rudiger for Cancelo and mbeuno. Know mbeuno had chelsea but long term pick

        • Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          downgrade Benrahma or Jota

          1. Cali
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 6 days ago

            The big question is whether Jota will play.

            Almost tempted to take a hit for Jota/Rudiger/Semedo to Saka/Cancelo/James. Too much?

      3. Paddy Gooner
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Play A) Gray
        or B) Rapinha
        ???

      4. Nomar
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        Ronaldo v Leicester who are shipping goals for fun.

        Hmmmmm

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

          Ronaldo 2
          Vardy 3

          1. Nomar
            • 12 Years
            7 months, 6 days ago

            Worth a captain punt?

            New manager bounce at Watford worries me re capping Salah. Plus I hate capping early kick off players.

      5. FCSB
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 6 days ago

        On WC, best pick:

        1. Cancelo
        2. Dias

        Thanks

        1. Nomar
          • 12 Years
          7 months, 6 days ago

          1

        2. GC123
            7 months, 6 days ago

            Dias - on the basis he’s nailed. Cancelo could be given a rest

          • RedRo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            7 months, 6 days ago

            1