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. ChelseaGuy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    What is the news with Son? Can anyone enlighten me.

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      rumors that he has covid

      1. ChelseaGuy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Thank you, now I've to make my non-Son WC then

      2. CAVEAT KING
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I do feel for Son owners. If I could have made the move, I would have. I dodged a bullet I think.

        1. Holmes
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          True, didnt had an easy route for him.

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Out with Covid-19 infection is the speculation.

      2 Spurs confirmed.

      1. ChelseaGuy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Thank you!

    3. Viper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      It is expected that he is one of two Spurs players who tested positive for covid

      1. ChelseaGuy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Ah yes! Thank you.

      1. ChelseaGuy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Seems like Son & Gil are the ones then

      2. CAVEAT KING
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Thanks for the info.

      3. wilkinson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Does anyone have any other sources other than this person? It seems that all the rumours all link back to this one source and I can’t see any other sources anywhere…. Gutted as I’d put him in an hour before the news to beat some overnight price changes!

  2. Cok3y5murf
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Would you rather...

    A) Cancelo (-4) and bench Raph
    B) Just play Raph

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      A

    2. Viper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Who comes on for Raphinha if needed?

      1. Cok3y5murf
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Tsimikas/Brownhill, so probably a blank

        1. Viper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Cancelo should repay the hit. If not this week, in the coming weeks

    3. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Cancelo owner from GW1 but don’t think he’ll start

      1. Cok3y5murf
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Yeah, I've got my doubts too. Some predicted lineups are benching him.

  3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    1.4 ITB. No FTs. Worth taking a -4 somewhere or roll with this team?

    Sanchez
    Cancelo Christensen White Livra
    Salah Gallagher Raph
    Lukaku Antonio Ronaldo

    Steele Gilmour Rudiger Mendy

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Roll with it

      Thought about upgrading Gilmour but no standout options who can recover the hits.

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Thanks!

  4. Viper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

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

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

    1. Sid07
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      A

    2. Cok3y5murf
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Tough. I have Rudiger too and keeping him because if he starts from next week, he's a no-brainer to own. But I already have TAA. I would start Mbeumo over Raphinha though even if you go A

  5. Sid07
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Bottomed
    On wc
    1) get Duffy and Duffy to rudiger next week
    2) get James on wc this week

    1. Viper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      2

  6. TheYogaDaddy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Good to go?

    Ramsdale (Foster)
    TAA Cancelo Azpilicueta (Livramento) (Duffy)
    Salah (C) Foden Raphinha Mbeumo (Brownhill)
    Lukaku Antonio Maupay

    Livramento ahead of Duffy on bench?

  7. Daniyal
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    1FT 0.1 in bank
    A) Bamford --> Muapay
    B) Bamford --> Jimenez/Hwang
    C)Keep Bamford with the hope he returns next week

    want to ideally save the FT with plan to Ronaldo --> lukaku next week and players like Jota

  8. Big Weng
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Start 2
    A) Livra
    B) Sarr
    C) White
    D) Benny

  9. Mr Ozil
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Morning All,
    To field 11, which is better?

    A- Williams > Dias -4 (double up with Cancelo), somehow a safe pick
    B- Traore’ > Foden/Grealish -4 (but may backfire if the pick is benched)
    C- King > Armstrong -4

  10. osseilsa
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Play 5 of these?

    Alonso - cameo risk?
    White
    Cresswell
    Livramento
    Raphinha - cameo?
    Benrahma
    Jimenez - cameo?

    1. osseilsa
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Edit. Bench two 😀

  11. Tripleh123
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Sanchez
    Dias TAA Cancelo Duffy Alonso
    Salah(C) Gray Raphinha
    Lukaku Antonio

    Subs- Foster, Sarr, Benhrama, Scarlett

    G2G? Worried about Raph not starting or playing 20mins

    1) Play Sarr/ Benhrama over Raph
    2) Play mids on bench over defenders
    3) Stick

  12. Cali
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Rudiger to James for -4?

    Sanchez
    TAA, Cancelo, White, Duffy
    Salah, Saka, Benrahma, Gray
    Ronaldo, Lukaku

    Steer, McArthur, Scarlett, Rudiger*

    1. George James
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      No save

  13. CAVEAT KING
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    I can't help feel sorry for Steve Bruce. His 1 000th game in charge and the flack from all sides surrounding him. He must of got some things right to around for as long as he has. Sure, not a great coach, but in my view no worse than Ollie and many others. Ancelotti a great example of a coaching failure in many ways. Let us not forget with a net spend on the low side, he kept Newcastle up. He got in a coach to help him with undoubted qualities. What did Newcastle expect?
    Be careful what you wish for comes to mind regarding new owners. "Out of site, out of mind" is how I think many supporters are thinking regarding the Saudi owners reputation.
    On top of that, Mike Ashley, as much as I am not fond of his ways, has captained a pretty good ship.
    Congrats Steve on 1 000 games mate. I am thinking of you!
    Ok guys, waiting for the flack.

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      He’s laughing all the way to the bank & is a multi millionaire many, many times over from the game where he won more than most others can dream of as a player and managed 1000 games as a boss

      Not sure what there is to feel sympathy about tbh

      99.99% of the worlds population would give their right arms for that sort of life story

      1. CAVEAT KING
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I hear you but all of them earn the money. My post was about the flack he is getting is really warranted and he should be allowed to celebrate the milestone.

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I’m sure he can and will celebrate the milestone though - don’t get sucked into all the media circus/drama - Bruce is in an incredibly privileged position compared to pretty much the vast majority of humans that have ever existed - he doesn’t need sympathy

          1. CAVEAT KING
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            I think of the group who took Newcastle over. Now we talk about privilege. And some of the 99 odd % who have suffered under them.

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Exactly

              The victims of human rights transgressions would probably trade places in a heartbeat with multi-multi-millionaire 1000-game football manager and Man Utd legend ex-serial-title-winning football player Steve Bruce

              Bruce will be absolutely fine, don't lose any sleep over him, honestly

      2. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Glad to be in 00.01%, world has gone crazy! 😀

      3. CAVEAT KING
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Pardon the grammar. Useless on a phone.

    2. DavidBadWillie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 15 days ago

      £8 million pay off and you feel sorry for him?

      Him and his family are set for life. He’s not very good either.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Yeah, he'd have walked out ages ago (as he habitually does) if it weren't for that pay-off. Kane must be wishing he'd employed Brucie's agent. Bruce doesn't need sympathy - he's played the game like a champion.

    3. CAVEAT KING
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Everyone seems to be stuck on the money. Put that aside and Look at whether the criticism is deserved.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        It's more the notion that Bruce is somehow in a "woe is me" type position

        He's not - comparatively speaking, he's won the lottery of life, it's typical of the media to spin everything as some soap-opera drama - take a step back and look at Bruce's situation - he is an incredibly lucky human being

        1. CAVEAT KING
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Maximus. I respect your views and most comments you put on this site. I do think there is an emotionally charged viewpoint in this case. Every manager and I mean all who have the opportunity to manage in premier league football has been lucky in life; especially money. Money is important in life but there is more to life than money. I am talking about how he has been lambasted from all corners when I cannot see how he deserves so much. I talk more about the emotional living side of things.

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            I’m not talking only about money though - he’s had an elite career as a professional footballer (instantly elevates him to 0.001% of humans that have ever lived), he’s a club legend at one of the biggest teams in the world (elevates him to the top .001% of that top 0.001%), he’s then went on to “make it” as a football manager (elevates him further again), and not only “make it”… but manage 1,000 games…

            It certainly doesn’t do any harm that he also gets more money than probably 99.99% of humans that have ever lived - but that isn’t the main factor

            Sympathy & Bruce really only belong in the same sentence of a tabloid/media-circus type environment where everything has to have some sort of drama/soap-opera/hero/victim/good guy/bad guy slant to it to drum up noise & bluster

            Overall Bruce is definitely in the category of winning life’s lottery - honestly don’t lose any sleep over his plight, he’ll be absolutely fine

            1. Bennerman
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Clearly Caveat was talking in football terms. Bonus seems to be like a dog with a stick here

  14. George James
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    GTG?

    Sa
    TAA • Walker • Livramento
    Salah(c) • Doucoure • Raph* • Jota
    Antonio • Ronaldo • Jimenez

    Steele / Semedo / Williams / Sisskoko

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Is Walker nailed?

      1. George James
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Of course not.

        All I could afford

  15. Lord of Ings
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Anyone considering mahrez? More than likely to start and if he does,would say he has even better explosive potential than KDB(He’s also on pens I guess)

    1. Winston.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Seen that, been there… so no Mahrez. But KDB could be a great differential for the next gameweeks.

    2. CAVEAT KING
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Holding your ears and stamping the ground in a minefield IMO

  16. Billybigspuds
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    on wc. Getting keener on a one week play for mahrez, switching to Foden next gw.

    Thoughts?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Good luck on that...

      Could pay back but with Champions League 3 days later may not come to anything.

      1. Billybigspuds
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        just thinking I haven't got any other trasnfers lined up for next 2 gameweeks and mahrez far more likely to start.

        Mahrez and man city track record against burnley also appealing

    2. Machine_Gunnerz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I think that’s a good plan. But I’m likely changing to Raph next week

  17. Winston.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    A. Saka and Toney or
    B. Mount and Whang ?

    1. Billybigspuds
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      a

    2. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Mount is tempting.
      But A for me because Hwang is still slightly unknown.

    3. Winston.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      or C. Jimenez + Gallagher

  18. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Anyone know what’s that weird rustling/shuffling noise?

    It’s been growing louder & louder the last couple of days….

    Oh actually - it must be the 6.5 million TAA owners shifting nervously in their seats, never mind 🙂

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      NON owners FFS 😆

  19. EmreCan Hustle
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Which is better on WC?

    A. Jimenez, Hwang and ESR
    B. Toney, Armstrong and Mbeumo

    Currently on B.

    Who will score more, Wolves or Brentford is the real dilemma.

    Thanks.

  20. Littlefish92
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    For the armband ?

    Lukaku

    Or

    Salah

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Salah

      1. Littlefish92
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Thx

    2. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Salah

  21. Aaaatsu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Bench one:

    Livramento (LEE)
    Shaw (lei)
    Sarr (liv)

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Shaw

  22. drughi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    My defence is either great or terrible, imagine cancelo getting a rest, klopp not starting TAA, alonso benched and rudiger out. Livramento only safe bet lol

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Alonso - fair enough he’s a dodgy pick - but TAA & Rudiger is not a terrible defence

      It might score terribly this week, but there is a massive, massive difference between a terrible defence, and a defence that scores terribly in the gameweek

      This is a very important differentiation

      1. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I watched alonso against spurs and he was so attacking and felt when I wildcarded he was a must, the week after chilweel was back so what can you do. I hope he gets brentford or norwich then I'm getting rid. Rudiger is hopefully back for norwich or the week after. I think this week I could potentially be in for rotation nightmare

    2. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      This week there might be some doubt, but long term, great picks.

  23. b91jh
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Play 2:

    Livra (LEE)
    Raph (sou)
    Mbeumo (CHE)
    Toney (CHE)

    1. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      toney and mbuemo

    2. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Toney and start Raphinha IMO.

  24. Blue&White85
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Play 1:

    A. Shaw (lei)
    B. Raphinha (sot)
    C. Semedo (avl)

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      C

      1. Blue&White85
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Thanks

  25. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Anybody else expect Ronaldo haul vs Lei?

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Probably will haul. Leicester have been terrible.

    2. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      got me 6 points in 2 games as captain and got rid so 100% haul incoming

    3. faver
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Problem with Cr7 is that he is arguebly Best Player in history of the game capable of scoring against anyone, anytime but United at this moment is a team what i cheer fkr6, but cannot trust in FPL terms. Ronaldo recent stats shows, that he has problems in Big games. From what i saw, he will create chances for himself, but there is lack of delivery, lack of passion and hunger from other Boys on the pitch.

    4. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I'm quietly thinking this too as the day dawns.

      All those wild cards played ditching him too.

    5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Could see a Bruno haul more likely tbh

      Penalties are huge for Utd

  26. jimnastics
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Not seeing Townsend (Eve) in many (any?) wc teams, no love here? Better options?

  27. john25
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Hey guys, what do you think about Grealish, Good pick? Likely to start tonight?

    Cheers

  28. Lord of Ings
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Will cancelo start?

    1. faver
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Impossible to tell. For me its a long shot. Can expect odd benching today

    2. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      50/50

  29. Oldie99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Bench one:

    A. Raphinha
    B. ESR
    C. Benrahma

    1. DavidBadWillie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Easy Raphinha

    2. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      A

    3. faver
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      From those - raph

  30. faver
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Bench order
    A) Livra
    B) Gallagher
    C) Sissoko
    ABC?