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. Arteta
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Ramsdale (Sánchez)
    Cancelo Dias Tierney Livramento (Rüdiger)
    Salah Saka Sarr Gray (Gallagher)
    Ronaldo Lukaku (Scarlett)

    Anything worth a hit lads?

    1. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I don't understand Sánchez vs Norwich being benched for Ramsdale vs Palace

      Especially with Tierney starting

      Am I missing something?

      1. Corned Beef Kelly Osbourne
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Your comment doesn't make sense

        1. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Sánchez is on his bench, vs the league's worst team. Ramsdale is starting, vs a team that has scored (and can score) far more often than Norwich so far. Brighton and Arsenal are pretty similar defences atm

          Tierney already covers the less likely Arsenal clean sheet. But Sánchez should start against the whipping boys, right? That's what I don't get

        2. Mufc202020
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Makes perfect sense

        3. hueycho
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Ooooooooo fight fight fight

  2. Pedersen
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    RMWCT - Anything left to do? Is Mbeuma and Toney double punt ok or should i sell one of Armstrong/ESR?

    0.7m ITB.

    Ramsdale, Foster
    TAA, James, Cancello, Dias, Livra
    Salah, Raph, Foden, Mbeuma, Brownhill
    Lukaku, Antonio, Toney

    Any suggestions?

    1. Meechoo115
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Think it’s fine. Similar to mine below. You just have more funds

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I'm sure it's been asked plenty and will be until deadline, but Raphinha owners what you all doing, benching or starting him?

      1. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Benched him, but he'll come in for Son if the rumours are true

        1. TheTinman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Rumours?

          1. Thomas Magnum
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Covid

      2. Lord of Ings
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Benching for now

      3. Neevesy
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Benching him for Duffy, can't see how he plays.

      4. Thomas Magnum
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Thanks all. thinking of benching him myself, it's him Mbeumo and Livra all fighting for the last spot in the lineup

      5. Nomar
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Benched, because my feeling is that if he plays it will likely be as a late sub just to get a few minutes under his belt, so possible one pointer.

        I’d rather start Livramento, who should play 60+ minutes and leave Raphina on bench this week.

        Not risking ye good olde 1 point cameo appearance.

    3. Meechoo115
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Latest WC team. 0.2 itb

        A. Jota yes or no?
        B. Livra or mbuemo first bench ?

        Ramsdale
        Trent. Dias. Cancelo. James
        Raph. Salah. Jota
        Lukaku. Armstrong. Antonio

        Foster. Mbuemo. Livra. Brownhill

        1. Flynny
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Jota is a good shout....

          I'm stuck on that spot....

          Jota v foden v mount

      • Arteta
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Take a risk with captain Ronaldo for one last time before he's gone or just play it safe with Salah like everyone else?

        1. El Matador
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I'm doing so. Will be selling Ronaldo next week so one last dance. Plus, United fan and will be watching it.

        2. Neevesy
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Same position. I'm going Salah for the safe option.

        3. El Matador
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          But going into it expecting a Salah brace as long as Ronaldo matches him 🙂

        4. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Which team has better cohesion now? Who has the easier fixture? Who has been more reliable this season? Who had better stats?

          These are better factors for predicting than his status in your team, right?

        5. Thomas Magnum
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Depends how many other differentials you have

        6. Nomar
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Thinking this too. Leicester are leaky at the back, but United not scoring a lot lately.

          I have a deep aversion to capping players on a 12:30 kick off, and the legendary ‘new manager bounce’ worries me as Watford might be very defensively minded today with Ranieri at the helm.

          The world and his dog are captaining Salah, so it’s one of those weeks where a differential captain could shoot you up the ranks if Salah blanks.

          I do think Antonio is a good captain shout, Everton v West Ham looks like both teams can and will score probably more than once.

        7. Taegugk Warrior
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I go with the Ron. First match captain always failed me..

          1. Nomar
            • 12 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Same, apart from RVP years ago.

            Ranieri is no mug, though, and Watford at home, with a new manager taking charge of his first game having 2 weeks to prepare genuinely worries me.

            I don’t think this is going to be the walk in the park most everyone else seems to think it’s going to be for Liverpool.

            1. Ze_Austin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              They didn't have two weeks to prepare. 10 of their players were on international duty, iirc from a recent FFScout article. It's more like 5 days to prepare with those who came back earlier, and an early kickoff to rub it in

              1. Nomar
                • 12 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Ok.

                That’s a good point.

                The new manager bounce is a worry, though.

      • Flynny
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Morning.....how is my wildcard looking please? Surgery last night due to son rumours.....

        Not sure if I should go foden or mount??

        Ramsdale (foster)
        Taa cancelo dias james (livra)
        Salah foden mbuemo (raphinha normann)
        Lukaku antonio Armstrong

        Thanks

        1. Neevesy
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Looks good. I'd prefer Mount just for fixtures/more nailed. But wouldn't transfer if you already have Foden - still has huge upsides.

          1. El Matador
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Is Mount more nailed though? Hasn't really played much since GW3.

            1. Flynny
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Yeah....dunno if mount actually nailed.

      • Calum Undisputed
          1 month, 19 days ago

          guaita
          taa cancelo duffy semedo
          salah sarr townsend
          vardy antonio lkk
          foster gallagher rudi mendy

          will u semedo for livra -4 worth?
          or jus play stick with plan?

          1. Jafalad
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            save it.

          2. BeaversWithAttitude
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Stick. Not worth taking a hit for a defender, especially a budget defender that without much promise of attacking returns.

          3. Calum Undisputed
              1 month, 19 days ago

              thanks. lucky nv kneejerk

          4. Lord of Ings
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Surely mahrez gotta start right? One week punt but given his recent history vs Burnley and lack of competition on that rw spot
            Extremely tempted.

            1. Jafalad
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Good luck trusting Pep.

            2. Rasping Drive
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              I went with him from the get-go and got burned. Not sure I want to go back there

            3. Nomar
              • 12 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              In the immortal words of Maximus Bonusimus, “why do this to yourself?”

            4. Free Hat
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Im risking it on wc. Just for one week.

            5. CONNERS
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Front three could well be Bilva, Foden, Grealish.

          5. Taegugk Warrior
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Sanchez
            White-Cancelo-livra
            Salah-Sarr-Gray-Benrahma
            Lukaku-Ronaldo-Toney

            Steele, brownhill, amartey, rudiger

            A. G2g. But worried if no show for cancelo, so only 2 def play
            B. Rudiger to TAA (-4) bench sarr.

          6. jai1212
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Whoever said WC-ing during intl. break gives you a lot of thinking time, nope, absolutely not. So, help me out chaps:

            Ramsdale (Foster)
            TAA Dias James Duffy Livramento
            Salah Raphinha x x x
            Lukaku Armstrong x

            A. KDB / Mbuemo / ESR
            4.5 Fwd

            B. Mahrez / Saka / 4.4 mid
            Antonio

            1. Jafalad
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              B. Although Foden is preferable to Mahrez

            2. Taegugk Warrior
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              A

          7. Pether
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Input to my WC? 🙂

            Ramsdale (Foster)
            TAA Cancelo James (Livra, Duffy)
            Salah, Foden, Mount, Raphina (Luiz)
            Lukaku, Antonio (Toney)

            1. Winston.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Looks good. Not sure if Foden starts, but if he does, great upside.

          8. JoeJitzu +42
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Anyone know how long Rudiger out for?

            A. Rudiger to James
            B. Rudiger to Christensen
            C. Hold

            Ramsdale
            TAA Cancelo X
            Salah Raphinha Saka Townsend
            Jimenez Antonio Lukaku

            Foster Livramento White Benrahma

            1. Erange
                1 month, 19 days ago

                I would hold since you have a very strong bench

            2. AD2110
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Who to have first on bench in case a Raph no show?

              A) White
              B) Livra

            3. Turdgen Plopp
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Anyone captaining Ronaldo?

                1. Nomar
                  • 12 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  No. Antonio.

              • dshv
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                WC

                Ramsdale Foster
                Taa Azpi Cancelo dufy (livra)
                Salah Saka Foden ( raph mbeumo)
                Lukaku Antonio Hwang

                0.2 itb.

                Other option
                1.Hwang saka foden
                2. Son esr davis (play 3-5-2 strongly)

                1. SteveC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Looks good. Money itb to move for Son, Kane or Ronaldo when the fixtures change?

              • the dom 1
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Any news if it’ is Son that is Covid effected??

                  1. the dom 1
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Cheers

              • Junks
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 19 days ago

                *REPOST* Azpi or cancelo on WC?

                Have Grealish but no Chelsea as it stands.

                1. the dom 1
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Azp then lad

                  1. Junks
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Ta mate

              • ratski
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Does anyone know if hwang travelled with son ? If son is confirmed out I'd be worried hwang has a potential similar issue.

                1. Thomas Magnum
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Would be more worried about other Spurs players as Son trained yesterday I believe

              • Kno
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Reckon I could save a transfer this week? Feel like raphina is my biggest problem and I want him next week. And while I want to sell the united boys surely leicester is similar if not easier then brentford if I went for ronnie to kaku so might as well do that next week?

                Sa
                dias taa shaw livra (rudi)
                salah jota saka raph (mcarthur)
                antonio ronnie (trash)

                1. james_
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  (trash) lmao. and looks good to me i'd probably save it

              • corderz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                A) Traore > Foden
                B) Wildcard

                Sanchez Foster
                Alonso Rudiger Cancelo White Livramento
                Salah Jota Traore Sarr Brownhill
                Ronaldo Antonio Toney

                1. Thinkering like a Boss
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  A but Grealish maybe?

              • Winston.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Best combo in your opinion ?
                A. Saka + Toney
                B. Mount + Whang
                C. Jimenez + Gallagher

                1. CONNERS
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  A provided you have cover for Saka's benchings.

              • CONNERS
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Morning

                Would you play Sarr - Liv (H) or Livramento - Leeds (H) ?

                1. SalahFingers
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Livra

                2. CONNERS
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Thanks

              • Mrjamman
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Any help here?
                A) Shaw>Cancelo Cr7> Rom -4
                B) Ruiger> TAA Sarr to Saka -4
                C) Rudiger> Cancelo. 1.3 ITB

                Sanchez
                Azp, Shaw, Marcal
                Salad, Raph, Sarr, Jota
                Cr7, Antonia, Jimenez
                - Liv, Luiz, Rudiger

                1. Apollo Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  C

                2. SalahFingers
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  C

              • SalahFingers
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                TAA -> Cancelo

                I have 2FT so I need to do something... Yeah or No?

                1. Apollo Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  No

                2. Starskyb
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  No not this week. Who else you got?

                  1. SalahFingers
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    TAA, Livra, Marcal, Janssen, Duffy
                    Salah, Benrahma, Gray, Gallagher, Bissouma
                    Ronaldo, Lukaku, Antonio

                    I know it's light at the back, but the defense is actually doing decently. I am counting on Lukaku and Ronaldo to start hitting bigger numbers again since many are dropping.

                3. vova
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  No

              • Starskyb
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 19 days ago

                On WC and was happy with my team but Son news has now thrown me so did a reshuffle. Need a bit of community wisdom.

                Is this team good to go?

                Foster, Ramsdale
                TAA, Livra, Christensen, Cancelo, Veltmann,
                Salah, Douglas Luiz, Raph, Mbeumo*, Gray,
                Auba*, Antonio, Lukaku

                * previous draft was Son and Hwang if you think I should just leave it alone!!!

                1. Erange
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Do you have money itb? Can you get Vardy instead of Auba?

                    1. Starskyb
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      I can go vardy and gray to ESR?

                2. Diddly Squat
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  What’s the odds of Foden not starting if you transfer Jota out ,then Jota starts.

                  1. AC/DC AFC
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Fairly good.

                  2. DavvaMC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    I made that move last night, and praying that Foden starts!

                3. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  G2G?

                  Sanchez
                  Cancelo Azpilicueta Cash Tierney
                  Salah Mahrez(c) Gray
                  Lukaku Vardy ASM

                  1. Kaptenen
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Gtg, like the Mahrez (c), very high risk, high reward

                4. Kaptenen
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  GTG? (WC, 0.0 ITB)

                  Ramsdale
                  TAA - Cancelo - Dias - James
                  Salah - Foden - Raphinha
                  Lukaku - Antonio - Toney

                  Foster - Mbeumo - Livramento - Brownhill

                  1. vova
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Looks good, similar to my team.

                5. Big Weng
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Start 2?

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

                  1. Thinkering like a Boss
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    CD

                  2. Kaptenen
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    CD

                  3. Diddly Squat
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    B cos Liverpool are poor when teams attack

                6. Thinkering like a Boss
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Rudiger to?

                  1) Reece James
                  2) Walker
                  3) Christensen (can upgrade tsimikas later)
                  4) Laporte
                  5) Stones

                  1. Kaptenen
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    1