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. AK_FC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Last 3 spots on WC! Which option?

    A) Toney + Saka + Chilwell (0.2 ITB)
    B) Antonio + Mbuemo + Livramento (1.1 ITB)

    Ramsdale (Foster)
    TAA - Cancelo - Azpi - Duffy - ***
    Salah - Foden - Raph - Luiz - ***
    Lukaku - Hwang - ***

    1. vova
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      A

      although not sure about Chilwell

    2. Sid07
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      B

    3. Dexters Laboratory
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 13 days ago

      B, Hwang to Toney

      1. NABIL - FPL otai
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        This

      2. AK_FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        I have thought about that. Toney and Mbuemo too much Brentford you think? They play Chelsea this week which is tough, especially not knowing if Raph will play.

    4. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Livra, Doucoure, Antonio

    5. Jafalad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      B

  2. The Knights Template
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Foden TC?

    1. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      *Mahrez

    2. Jafalad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Nope. May not even play. Why take the gamble?

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        He's messing around.

        1. Jafalad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          In that case, yes, TC is an awesome idea.

          1. The Knights Template
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Cheers for the wise response!

    3. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 13 days ago

      TC = Trap Confirmed?

  3. Mozumbus
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Bottomed

      A. Rudiger > Laporte
      B. Rudiger Greenwood > Laporte Foden for a hit
      C. Rudiger Greenwood > TAA Mbeumo for a hit

      1. Dexters Laboratory
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Good time to do C .. we all need TAA

      2. NABIL - FPL otai
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Maybe C

      3. Jafalad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Why take Rudiger out if he is only missing this week?

        1. Mozumbus
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Thanks. Have a cover: Coufal/Veltman. So have the option to keep Rudiger.

      4. NABIL - FPL otai
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        GTG?

        Schmeichel
        Cancelo Alonso Duffy
        Salah (vc) kdb (c) sarr benrahma Gray
        Antonio Ronaldo

        Ward livra tsimikas perica

        1. Holmes
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Yep

          1. NABIL - FPL otai
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Cheers matey. Wanted to play Livra but no room for him unfortunately

            1. Holmes
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Traitor! 😆

              1. NABIL - FPL otai
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Lol think one of Pep or Tuchel will make the decision for me 😉

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          How long are you giving Schmeichel?

          1. NABIL - FPL otai
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            The plan is until 18

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              I think Ramsdale or the like is needed. Even for a hit. Likely to pay back this game week.

              1. NABIL - FPL otai
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                And then he saves Bruno PK 😉

                Think it's a bit of waste to use FT on GK, but definitely getting rid if on WC. Thanks for your thoughts man!

      5. AK_FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        I have thought about that. Toney and Mbuemo too much Brentford you think? They play Chelsea this week which is tough, especially not knowing if Raph will play.

      6. Pep Roulette
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Anyone fancy a Toney & Mbuemo double up on WC (with cover for this week)?

        1. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          I would if on WC

          1. Pep Roulette
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Cheers mate

      7. Sid07
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Who to have on wc
        1) Toney saka
        2) Jiminez muembo

        1. vova
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          1

        2. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          1 or Toney & Mbuemo

        3. luk46
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          I like 2

        4. Pops15
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          I'm on 2 with plans to move Jiminez or Antonio to Toney in 10

      8. NABIL - FPL otai
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Based on the latest comments here

        Is it Mbeumo, Mbuemo or Muembo?

        1. Sid07
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          I will take hit to get both

        2. Don Van Vliet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          It's a sickness is what it is.

          Mbeumo

          1. NABIL - FPL otai
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Indeed. But you rarely get to see the right spelling around here 🙂

              1. NABIL - FPL otai
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                I copy & paste that one from the comment above 😛

                1. Fitzy.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  😆

      9. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 13 days ago

        I’m looking at Foden and Mahrez minutes.

        Foden - injured at the start. Last 3 PL games are 18, 86, 90. Seems that now he’s fit he’s in the starting 11.

        Mahrez - 3 sub appearances in the last 5, all less than 30 mins. Clearly NOT in the preferred starting 11.

        Pep for me tends to stick with something working and then change when it doesn’t - more so that rotating for the sake of it.

        CL and Cups will effect it all for sure. But PL minutes seem pretty obvious.

        I think long term Foden has to be considered a better option than Mahrez.

        That’s my thinking anyway.

        Rudiger + Son > TAA + Foden almost locked in.

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          I think Mahrez is one of Pep's favourite players but he saves him for the Champions League this season.

        2. Jafalad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Apart from Cancello, I see no appeal in Citeh whatsoever. Stay clear would be my advice.

          1. RogDog_jimmy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Would you do Jota over any of their mids?

            1. Jafalad
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              No. I am keeping Jota as he scores more goals away then at home. 7 in last 8 goals have come in away games.

              1. Don Van Vliet
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                So, he alternates?

      10. Thomas Magnum
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        With the Son covid news it seems it may all but be lights out on my Kane punt. Any other good one week punts on WC before moving to Lukaku? Have Vardy & Antonio as is. just can't see Lukaku doing much this week...

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Maupay
          Ronaldo
          Mané if you can get the money to the midfield.
          Iheanacho

          1. Thomas Magnum
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Thank you, all good options to ponder. Will try wait for more Son news hopefully and then make final judgement

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          If Brentford go for it there will be space for Chelsea to exploit.

          If Chelsea can't go and give their West London little cousins a stonking game there's something wrong with their largesse...

          I know football is a leveller but I'd expect goals in that one.

          1. Thomas Magnum
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Very true, you just can’t guess which Brentford will show up whether it be the attacking side like against Arsenal and Liverpool or the take up as much time and settle for a draw like against WHM

      11. Pep Roulette
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        On WC

        A. Cancelo, Foden, Grealish
        B. Cancelo, Foden, Dias

        1. Lukaku, James, Mendy
        2. Lukaku, James, Mount

        1. luk46
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          B if anything
          Lukaku and James/Azpi are enough imo

      12. john25
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Hey guys,

        Considering to bring in Grealish. What do you think? Is he a good pick for next few GWs?

        Cheers

        1. Jafalad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          I don't think he gets enough goals. Positioned out wide lessens his appeal.

      13. micsway
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        White or Veltman?

        Got Ramsdale in goal.

        1. Jafalad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Veltman gets the odd assist. White bps. Whichever is cheapest.

          1. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Both are same price 😉

            1. Jafalad
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Veltman then.

              1. micsway
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Thanks lads

        2. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          V

        3. yeahbuddy
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Veltman

      14. Hotdogs for Tea
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        What do you all reckon, go with on WC

        a, Rapha and hope he starts
        or
        b, Saka and bring Rapha in next week.

        If Rapha is a no show then D Luiz, White or Livra can come in

        1. Jafalad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Get Rapha in now and save yourself a tranny.

        2. Don Van Vliet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Punt on Trossard for a week before upgrading to Raphinha?

        3. Sharkytect
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Raphinha. Make sure your bench are all starters.

      15. 1984 TC
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Cancelo captain?

        JUST yes or no will do.

        No Pep this, Pep that blah blah

        1. Jafalad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          No. No. No.

          1. 1984 TC
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Thanks

        2. FantasyHero
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Pep this, pep that blah blah

          1. 1984 TC
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Not helping blah blah

        3. micsway
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          No

          1. 1984 TC
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Ok

        4. nerd_is_the_werd
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Yup, that's what I'm gonna do anyways.

          1. 1984 TC
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Really?

        5. nerd_is_the_werd
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          I mean... if Cancelo starts then great, clean sheet is seemingly likely so that's at least 6 points (c) in the bag.

          If he doesn't start, then there's the risk of a 1 pointer, and can't see that happening... coming off the bench.

          If he doesn't play at all, I'll just bank off Salah (VC).

          That's the logic there, we'll see if it works out tomorrow.

          1. OneArseneWenger32
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Nice punt..stick to your instincts

        6. have you seen cyan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          people with never say yes to a differential cap, you cant ask that. No one is going to tell you to cap a goalkeeper

      16. The-Red-1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        I feel dirty for dropping Son due to the rumours.

        Will probably come back to haunt me when he starts and gets a hattie

        1. nerd_is_the_werd
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          You can just start him, then if he doesn't play your 1 sub comes into play.

        2. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 13 days ago

          I might keep him if I didn’t have Raph and Rudiger and Jimenez too.
          Moving on feels the right thing to do.

      17. Von Lipwig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        I'm going to do Bam> Jimi/Werner....

        A) Wait to next week and play Raph today
        B) -4 and bench Raph, save FT next week

      18. Jinswick
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Is there any basis for Son being one of the two Spuds with covid?

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Someone said it on Twitter is the best I can see.

          There’s no one saying it’s not him - which might be telling too.

        2. Thomas Magnum
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          I mean Son is in Diers latest Instagram post which was made 8 hours ago from the training ground but might be an old video?

          1. RogDog_jimmy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Could be a +ve test but asymptomatic so they wouldn’t have known until results.

            I really hope we get some clarity but I don’t expect to.

        3. lugs
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          its funny this site says two unnamed players have Covid, alongside a picture of Son & Kane, could be just a coincidence though

          https://www.news18.com/news/football/two-tottenham-hotspur-players-positive-for-covid-19-reports-4327898.html

      19. nerd_is_the_werd
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Benrahma (EVE, away) or Kovacic (BRE, away) or Dennis (LIV, home) first on bench?

        As Son probably won't start, bench order will probably matter.

        1. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          That order

          1. nerd_is_the_werd
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            That's where it's currently at atm.
            Will probably end up with 10 men anyway so won't matter. :p

      20. MikeLowrey
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        A) Gray & Jim
        B) Mount & Hwang

        1. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          A

      21. have you seen cyan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Hi all, any tweaks or good to go? No ft left

        Ramsdale
        Semdo - TAA - Marcal
        (S)alah - Sarr - Doucoure - Saka
        Auba - Lukaku - Hwang

        Foster, Raph, Livra, Williams

        1. OneArseneWenger32
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 13 days ago

          End of the run for sarr and upgrade to foden or grealish maybe?

          1. have you seen cyan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            fpl shows red fixtures, but they arent really

            1. OneArseneWenger32
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Good luck to you sir.

              1. have you seen cyan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                ty u 2

            2. NABIL - FPL otai
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              I agree with you, except vs MCI

      22. OneArseneWenger32
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Any lukaku (c) here or just me?

        1. Captain Vantastic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          I'm with you.

          1. OneArseneWenger32
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Cheers refuse to captain first game player so Salah is out for me

            1. The-Red-1
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Why is this just out of interest? I see a lot of people saying it, but I'm curious as to why?

              1. have you seen cyan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Gandi advised against it

      23. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Probably not much in it and both could end with 1-2pts but this is giving me headache!

        Would you start Shaw or Raphinha assuming no further updates?

        1. OneArseneWenger32
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Shaw less likely to be brought on so Shaw

        2. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Raph. Shaw is hopeless and Vardy gonna score

      24. Inazuma X1
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Best Son replacement for 2-3 GWs??

        1. Inazuma X1
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          For a hit

        2. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          KDB

      25. The-Red-1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        What's going on with the RMT tool?

        A couple of days ago it had Foden on around 15 points for 6 games.

        Now it's on about 25.

        What's changed?! Do they now base it on transfers in?

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Guessing Torres injury means he has more minutes in the next 5 of their algorithm

      26. OneArseneWenger32
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Alonso back to Trent for -4?

      27. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        What to do here chaps?

        Ramsdale
        Alonso Livramento Duffy Semedo
        Salah Saka Greenwood Gray
        Ronaldo Lukaku

        4.0 Raphinha* Rudiger* Scarlett

        1 FT and 0.1 ITB

        A) Rudiger ➡ Laporte
        B) Rudiger ➡ Walker
        C) Rudiger Greenwood ➡ Laporte/Walker Foden -4
        D) Save FT

        1. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          D

          It's okay if you are forced to play with 10 or 9 imo

          1. La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Yeah that’s what I’m thinking too tbh, cheers

        2. OneArseneWenger32
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Maybe hold or just Greenwood to foden…even Alonso to Reece is an option

        3. George James
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          D for you I think mate but I’m in similar situation and need a Rudiger replacement. Walker or Laporte?

      28. Lucky Z
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Sanchez
        Cancelo | Semedo | White | Livramento
        Salah | Raphinha | Sarr | Gray
        Ronaldo | Lukaku

        Steele | Gallagher | Locadia | Rudiger

        Guys, anything worth a hit here with 1.8 ITB?

        Can do Rudiger => TAA with exact funds.

      29. Erange
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Current team:

          Ramsdale/Foster

          Cancelo/ Rudiger*/ Christensen/ White /Livra

          Salah/ Son*/Raph/ Benrahma/ Brownhill

          Lukaku/ Antonio/ Jimenez

          0.3 itb and 1 ft.

          Should I take a hit?

          Considering Son + Rudiger to TAA + Foden/Saka for -4.

        • AK_FC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Who is the best Midfielder 6.6 or less (excluding Raph)?