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. Max City
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Ramsdale
    TAA Cancelo Livra Alonso
    Salah Townsend Gray
    Ronaldo Antonio Saint-Maximin

    Foster Sarr Shaw Gallagher

    Are team and benches OK?

    1. Totalfootball
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Expecting Alonso and Cancelo to start?

      1. Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Yeah I am.. any news for Cancelo won't start?
        Alonso is always be 50/50 anyway

      2. Mahjongking
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I dont get it? Why cancelo wont start?

        1. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          There was one predicted line-up (not the FFS one) saying it would be Zinchenko and Walker, which some are treating as fact.

  2. GCM0803
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Rudiger > azpi or cancelo?

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

      Azp

    2. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I'd possibly hold if you have cover.

  3. thepuntmaster
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Who to play
    A) Livra (LEE)
    B) Mbuemo (CHE)

    Thanks

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

      A

    2. Totalfootball
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      if no che def, B odw A

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        yes I'd agree with this.

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

      B

    4. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      A

  4. Gandalf
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Can’t settle on any clear cut replacements for Bamford so just going to hold on to him I think and hope he’s fit soon.

    A. Alonso > James
    B. Alonso > Dias (Cancelo double up)
    C. Roll FT and likely have Brownhill playing

    1. FCSB
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      A

  5. Tuchel Job
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Sanchez

      Van Dijk Jansson Alonso

      Salah Benrahma Gray Sarr

      Lukaku Antonio Maupay

      Subs: Foster Rudiger Cantwell Ayling

      I'm already on -4. If Alonso doesn't start than I might have to settle with 10 players so is it better to pull the trigger on Alonso to Azpi for -8?

      Thanks.

    • dshv
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Last advices for WC please::

      Ramsdale Foster
      Taa Azpi Cancelo Livra Duffy
      Salah Son Raph Townsend Mbeumo
      Antonio Lukaku Davis

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

        Get rid of Son. Tested positive for covid according to various sources, obviously verify first!

        1. dshv
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          So what go for foden?

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

            Son -> Foden
            Davies -> Maupay (1 week punt, then move for Toney)
            Townsend -> 4.4m mid

            That's what I would do I think

            1. dshv
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Hmmm and double up with mbeumo is too much

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

                Those fixtures coming up though
                ..

      2. Monya Meow Meow
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Looks pretty solid, Son the obvious problem with suspect Covid

      3. dshv
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Would you do

        Son davis townsend to hwang foden saka

    • klopptimusprime
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Bottomed

      A) Toney + Mount
      B) Armstrong + Foden/Jota
      C) Watkins + Saka

    • Viper
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      A. Rudiger -> TAA. Bench Mbeumo (starting Raphinha)

      B. Save FT. Start Mbeumo. Livramento in for Raphinha if needs be

      1. Monya Meow Meow
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I would do A

      2. FCSB
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        A

        But is it better to start Mbeumo, unless we get more information on Raphinha, with the other Brazil players been ruled out it would be amazing if Raphinha was to start

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

        A

    • Monya Meow Meow
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Which combo?

      A) Ramsdale + Duffy
      B) Sanchez + White

      Thanks!

      1. F4L
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        B is safer, A has the bigger upside

        1. Monya Meow Meow
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Fair point, I currently have B and was thinking if I should go for the bigger upside.
          Decisions decisions...

      2. Gabbiadini
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        A

        1. Monya Meow Meow
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Thanks mate

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

        C) Sanchez+Duffy I trust Brighton defence more than Arsenal and Duffy best attacking threat of the 4

        1. Monya Meow Meow
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Interesting, I never like double defense but Duffy is looking like a real threat!

      4. luk46
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        A for me

        1. Monya Meow Meow
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Thanks mate

      5. FCSB
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        A

        1. Monya Meow Meow
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Thanks mate

    • v3n0m
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Play one:
        A)Hwang (vs Villa)
        B)Townsend(vs WH)

        1. F4L
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Townsend

      • Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        If your other two defenders are Tierney and Alonso, would you still go for Cancelo? Or play it safer with Dias?

        Team for this GW is:

        Sanchez
        Tierney - Alonso - Rudiger*
        Allan - Sarr - Salah - Benrahma - Raphinha
        Ronaldo - Lukaku
        ___________________________________
        Foster: Livramento: Williams: Scarlett

        1FT, 3.0 ITB

        Plan is Rudiger out to either Dias or Cancelo, TAA can wait.

        Also anything worth a -4? Sarr > Foden perhaps?

        Thanks guys, appreciate any late input here.

        1. FCSB
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Just do Sarr and play Livramento over Rudiger?

          1. Salah’s Sonnet
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Reckon Foden is definitely gonna start bud?

            1. FCSB
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              No… it’s a risk I guess

              1. Salah’s Sonnet
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                Cheers pal

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

          The Zinchenko lad is loved by Bep and he is finally healthy. Might spell Cancelo 1 out of every 3/4 matches?

          1. Salah’s Sonnet
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Yeah zinc is a threat to Cancelo for sure now isn’t he, reckon he Cancelo will start tomorrow? Or just do Sarr > Foden? 🙂

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

        Is going McCarthy over Ramsdale worth it to upgrade cancelo to Dias ?

        1. luk46
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          you mean other way around, right?

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

            Yes lol

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

        One of the problems with 3 premiums+TAA
        No money to move Rudiger
        But if Ronny has a blinder..I will be better than most

        1. Salah’s Sonnet
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Ronny is going for me next GW, unless he shows why he’s worth the price against Leicester

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

            Same here. Want MC Defence or maybe go 3 good strikers

      • ScottyMaz12
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Hey folks, which combo to complete wildcard team?

        a) Duffy, Raphinha, Smith-Rowe, Vardy
        b) Dias, Foden, Saka, Toney

        Ramsdale, Foster
        TAA, Cancelo, James, Livramento, xxxxx
        Salah, Mbeumo, Brownhill, xxxxx, xxxxx
        Lukaku, Antonio, xxxxx

      • Mahjongking
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Sanchez
        Taa tierney cancelo
        Salah foden traore townsend
        Asm lukaku antonio

        Subs steele livra coady rice

        Gtg?

      • OptimusBlack
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

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

        1. Bobjonesjnr
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          A

      • FCSB
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        GW8 lineup:

        Ramsdale
        TAA Cancelo James Duffy
        Salah Foden Mbeumo
        Lukaku Antonio Jimenez

        Foster Livramento Raphinha Brownhill

        Is this good to go?

        Hoping we get some leaks before deadline, Leeds playing away so we might see whether Raphinha has travelled with the team.

        Cheers

        1. jaguar shark
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Haha, this is my exact time atm

        2. jaguar shark
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Did you have son/Hwang earlier today as well?

          1. FCSB
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Haha…

            Nah I’ve always been on Foden Jimenez… risky but the bench is decent enough.

            Are you lining up the same as this? Don’t know what to do with the Raphinha Livramento Mbeumo dilemma?!

        3. ZimZalabim
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          gtg I think

          I'm looking at the same team but currently I have Jota over Jimenez, the flaw is obvious with my fodder striker and Jota being another potential non starter which adds risk to the few risky picks. I might swap back to your set up.

          The only other option is to get Dias in for Duffy and get Hwang in for Jimenez

          I think this decision will go down to the wire for me Dias vs Jota vs Jimenez

      • Gandalf
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        A. Dias + Cancelo
        B. James + Cancelo

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

          B

        2. Pep's Money Laundry
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          A, you need one fairly nailed on player imo

        3. jaguar shark
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          A. If you dont need the money

        4. Werner Bros
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          B

      • jaguar shark
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Jeeez. US time zone is a huge disadvantage right now. Do I have to wake up in the middle of the night to figure out this Son situation??

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

          Try living in NZ when most games kick off at 2am

          1. jaguar shark
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Then the deadline would be at midnight, ill take it!

        2. noquarternt
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          At least you get the night games in the morning.

          I get 12pm kick offs at about 9/10pm and then the midweek games at 4/5am throughout the year.

          And now Klopp and Ole have moaned enough that the 12pm games are going to go :’(

        3. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          I doubt you will actually get any more info before the deadline.

      • dshv
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        On WC

        1. Saka hwang ( all 15 players can rotate)
        2. Townsend jimenez

        1. jaguar shark
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          With the extra funds from Jimi to hwang can’t you do better?

      • jai1212
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I think I'm on the last stage of deciding:

        A. Antonio / Mahrez / Saka
        B. Hwang / KDB / Mbuemo

        1. jaguar shark
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          No way im losing Antonio right now

        2. Gentle_Turks
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          What's the full KDB team? I'm curious.

      • Werner Bros
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Any changes here or can I save a FT?

        Will likely do the moves below next week if I save this week.

        Greenwood ASM > Son Hwang

        A: Save FT and do for free next week
        B: Take the hit and do those moves now

        Sanchez
        TAA Cancelo Semedo
        Salah Greenwood Raphinha Gray
        Lukaku Antonio ASM

        Steele Liv White McArthur

        1FT 1.7ITB

        1. jaguar shark
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Yeah id save

          1. Werner Bros
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Yep just seen the Son covid news as well which has helped the decision a bit

      • Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        A) Alonso>Cancelo

        B) Kilman+Bruno>Cancelo+Mahrez -4

      • davies
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        In case of a Raph no show, first bench:

        A) Douglas Luiz (WOL)
        B) Livramento (LEE)

        1. Werner Bros
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          B

        2. FCSB
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Are you nervous of a cameo?

      • RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Ok. Think I’ll move Son on for sure. Too much risk with his price.
        Would like to keep it below 8.2 to keep money to do arid over > TAA for a -4.

        a/ Foden
        b/ Jota
        c/ Mount
        d/ ???

        Strangely Foden is rising and Jota dropping tonight it seems so need to decide within the hour.

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Lol “arid over“ > TAA is Rudiger > TAA

      • tvz32
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        WC team in shambles with Son’s covid news. Which combo would you rather have for this GW?

        A) Azpi + Christensen for absolute nailedness

        B) Chillwell + James for attacking potential

        C) Dias + Christensen because Chelsea might concede against Brentford

      • lilmessipran
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Which one to go for?

        A Foden
        B Grealish
        C Gundo

      • Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Lose one for Dias

        A. Rudiger
        B. Semedo

        1. FCSB
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          B

      • jamesjoseph2770
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Chances of Raphinha playing?

        1. Gabbiadini
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          considering douglas luiz will be involved for Villa I definitely think there is a chance of him simply "playing"

          1. FCSB
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            did smith say Luiz would play ?

            1. Gabbiadini
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              he said he will be in the match day squad. I think he starts for the record.

              1. FCSB
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                I suppose Luiz only played 20mins all IB whereas Raphinha played 145mins

                What do you think will be the case with Raphinha v Southampton ?

      • dshv
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Final draft! Yes or No

        Ramsdale foster
        Taa Azpi Cancelo Duffy Livra
        Salah foden raph saka brownhill
        Antonio lukaku toney