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The Complete Guide to FPL Gameweek 8: Tips, captains, team news and best players

The deadline for Gameweek 8 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) is almost upon us – and we’ve got everything you need to help you with your transfers and captaincy decisions on this page.

Whether you’re playing a Wildcard or otherwise, you’ll find plenty of advice on your transfer dilemmas and armband conundrums on this page.

There are also team reveals, Members’ articles and videos in this comprehensive guide to the upcoming Gameweek.

Our usual deadline-day Breakfast Club video, which features Mark Sutherns, can be viewed from 10.30am BST below:

All of these pieces preceded the Friday-night announcement from Spurs that two of their players had tested positive for Covid-19, with The Times suggesting that Son Heung-min (£10.1m) wouldn’t be involved in the Lilywhites’ clash with Newcastle on Sunday. We should stress, of course, that this remains only media and internet speculation and we’ve yet to have any concrete proof on the FPL assets affected.

WHO ARE THE BEST FPL PLAYERS TO OWN FOR GAMEWEEK 8?

BEST PLAYERS FOR A GAMEWEEK 8 WILDCARD

GAMEWEEK 8 TEAM AND INJURY NEWS: WHO WILL PLAY?

For more information, check out our Predicted Line-ups page and Injuries and Bans feed.

WHO IS THE BEST CAPTAIN FOR GAMEWEEK 8?

BEST FIXTURES FOR GAMEWEEK 8 AND BEYOND

GAMEWEEK 8 TEAM REVEALS

BEST FPL STRATEGY AND EXPERT TIPS FOR GAMEWEEK 8 AND BEYOND

THE KEY GAMEWEEK 8 QUESTIONS

GAMEWEEK 8 VIDEO CONTENT

Head over to our YouTube channel for all our Gameweek 8 videos, including Az and Sam’s Q&A and the Scoutcast

USEFUL TOOLS

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

    GW7 WCers with Son Rudi Raph woes

    GW8 WCers? Be prepared Lukaku James Mbeumo owners

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

      Damn top post

    2. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      James on bench anyway , Livra in for Cancello if out.

      Any other non players (Foden ) Im in trouble

    3. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      True. I suspect this week could be a big disappointment

      1. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        What does 'true' mean here?

  2. dansully3
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Kaku better pull his socks up today! Frustrating player putting it mildly.

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      He’ll come good

    2. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      He's rubbish 2,2,2 since i brought him in

      1. dansully3
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Same but the fixture list couldn't be easier so

    3. dansully3
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      He's a joke

  3. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Don't think I've ever gone this far into a season with my WC still intact. Any stats on how many managers have played their WCs so far this season?

    1. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Pre gw8 deadline https://www.livefpl.net/chips

      1. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Thank you!

  4. Dynamic Duos
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Last minute line-up -4

    Sanchez
    TAA Cancelo Tierney Livramento
    Salah (C) Foden Saka
    Lukaku (vc) Antonio Jimenez

    Foster Raphina Marcal Sissoko

  5. No Need
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    The way its going for Kane hes probably got the virus just before facing that Newcastle defence

  6. Totalfootball
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    How long till we are in?

    1. tbos83
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Usually takes half hr to update

  7. Konstaapeli
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Don't know the track record of him but no Jota

    https://twitter.com/Kop_Central/status/1449317213526233089

      1. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Kelleher, Trent Matip Van Dijk Robertson, Henderson Milner Keita, Salah Firmino Mane

        For those who don't fancy following the link 🙂

        1. PartyTime
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Tea lady also confirmed that line up

            1. Echoes
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 4 days ago

              But did she add the sugar in the tea?

              1. PartyTime
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  I told her to add some of her milk instead

                  1. Echoes
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Good lad

                • Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Yes, she even tea bagged it.

                  1. PartyTime
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      😆

          • Collie01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Looks about right. Will know soon enough.

            I imagine we will see Jota for 20mins or so.

          • No Need
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Looks about right

          • Super Saints
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Rival sold Jota for Foden

        2. drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          8 gameweeks in and still no hits taken, never gone this long without a hit. See how long I can keep the streak going

          1. Konstaapeli
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            How's it working for you? I've only taken one but not been a great start.

            1. drughi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              decent start I must say, 112k but wildcard played in gw 6

          2. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            I’ve taken 1 as it looked like I’d have 10 playing. Turns out I would have had 12 and ended up 6 points worse off. That was last week.

            1. drughi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Yeah hits can be good and I usually take some hits during a season but plan is to keep it to a minimum this season, see how it goes.

          3. Nomar
            • 12 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            I took my first hit yesterday.

            Still got my WC, but decided to get rid of Tsimikas and Torres as I really had no bench.

            I already had to go through last GW with only 10 players, so felt better to remedy the situation now, especially since the GW after International Break is always a random one.

            Well done for lasting this long.

            1. drughi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              sometimes you must take a hit and if its long term moves i'm usually for it more then against

              1. Nomar
                • 12 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Did Torres and Tsimikas to Townsend and Livramento.

                Liked Saints run of fixtures so decided on getting Livramento for long term rather than Duffy, whose fixtures turn after Norwich game today.

          4. Tshelby
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Think I’ve taken almost every week one haha but it’s not a great season for me

          5. Pep bites Kun
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            I've taken 1. How's your TV comparing to prev yrs when you tooks hits?

          6. No Need
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Only taken one and made a profit so been better than usual

          7. BeWater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 4 days ago

            One hit this season. And that involved getting Jota in.

          8. claretparrot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Me too. None for the whole of last season and best ever finish!

        3. BrockLanders
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          #LFC v Watford:

          Kelleher, Trent Matip Van Dijk Robertson, Henderson Milner Keita, Salah Firmino Mane

          1. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Ouch no Jota

        4. Firminoooo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Need a ManCity masterclass today with Cancelo, Foden and Mahrez(C).

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Beautiful. That’s the dream.

          2. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Same here ! cmonnn

            1. Firminoooo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Good luck!

          3. Diddly Squat
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Foden unlikely to start with CL in a few days .

            1. Dynamic Duos
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Or gets rested in that one and Grealish gets rested today

            2. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Yeah , 20 minutes against tired legs all he needs

          4. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Same with (C)ancelo, Foden and Grealish here

            1. Firminoooo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Lets go!

        5. No Need
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Happy as a Jota seller. May damage off bench but starting to think he is only viable if one of the 3 musketeers gets injured

        6. Diddly Squat
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Not seen one team with Mane in , scored 4 and an assist so far . Rarely doesn’t start .

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            I have, about 4 posts above.

          2. Collie01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            He's just too expensive.

            1. Diddly Squat
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Yeah pricy but guaranteed starter and 5 returns this season .

          3. PartyTime
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Mané TC still hurts

              1. Super Saints
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                This, off injured straight away

              2. Collie01
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                I just realised my TC average points scored over last 4 seasons has been 2pts. That's from DGWs for Bruno, Mane, Sane and Kane. Ouch.

                1. PartyTime
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    😆

                    I have something similar to that. At least I haven’t used that cursed chip yet.

                    Might just ignore using it. Just a cursed chip for my team

              3. Mario Balofail
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                I have Mane as captain differential. Not having Salah is painful, but what the heck, I am having fun 🙂

                1. Diddly Squat
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Mane is a one to watch , ticking along nicely , starts , tries .

                2. Diddly Squat
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Yeah it’s mighty difficult to have salah and mane. But it takes away the inevitable disappointment of guessing Chelsea/ Man City line ups .

            • Gubby-Allen
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Why are some Brazilian players in isolation and others not? Did they all not travel to the red list away game?

                1. Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  They are not isolating.

                2. Hairy Potter
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Not sure how Raphinha might be available for Leeds, but Klopp said that he's sent Alisson and Fabinho to Madrid to avoid quarantine in the UK.

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

                    yes strange, previous games ?

              • HD7
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                So I got Rudiger for the injured James before GW7.
                I hesitated to do the reverse for a FR before this GW.

                ...James is gonna haul big, isnt he?

                1. Nomar
                  • 12 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  In reality, it rarely works out that way.

              • Super Saints
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Many apologies to those of you with Cancelo, brought him in this week, he will benched.

                1. Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  That’s fine; I have fantastic back up for that reason.

                  1. Echoes
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Rupert is the man with a plan.

                  2. Eh, just one more thing ...
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    No one trick pony.

                2. Original - Wolves Ay We
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  An apology is not enough! Where do you live??

                  1. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Yeah, let’s go round and smash his back door in.

                    1. Debauchy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      now you talking !

                    2. No Need
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      Dangerous practice in some countries

                    3. Shark
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      Maybe dinner first?

                3. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  I bought him last gameweek lol

                4. Zim0
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Since u know any player u get will do shite why do u still play the game?

                  1. Super Saints
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Absolutely no idea, addicted probably!

                5. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Rank?

                  1. Super Saints
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Down from 200k to 700k in a couple of weeks

                6. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Will be benched (fellow owner)

                7. Crunchie
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  I hope the dice rolls for you this GW for a change

                  1. Super Saints
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Unfortunately i already have the Rudiger injury

                  2. No Need
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    He probably wants it to land on snake eyes

              • g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Looks like I probably won’t have 11 this week, good luck 🙂

                Sa
                Alonso, Tierney, Cancelo, Livramento,
                Salah, Greenwood, Saka, Gray
                Lukaku, Antonio

                4.0, Sissoko, #Bamford #Rudiger

                1.3

                1. Super Saints
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  I think you'll get 11

                  1. g40steve
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Cheers

              • KAPTAIN KANE
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Mahrez (C) 10 goals today please to put me back in the top 1m

                1. Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Yeah that’s an amazing shout.

                2. Debauchy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  😆 now now 10 is a little greedy yeah

                3. BrockLanders
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  14nil. Mahrez 6 goals and 6 assys.

                  Foden blanks.

                4. Echoes
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Only if KDB assists all 10

                5. claretparrot
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Good luck mate!

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Thanks - my season is going incredibly bad after last year’s fluke lol.

                    How is yours?

                6. Bubz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Have got a bet on him to score

                7. Super Saints
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Good luck mate!

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Thanks you too, hopefully the tide turns soon

                    1. Super Saints
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      Rudi has already done my legs this week, Chelsea clean sheet will crush my rank even more, he's got me 1, 2, injured!

                      1. KAPTAIN KANE
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 4 days ago

                        Ouch!

              • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                ⚽ Team News 📰
                WATFORD : Foster, Rose, Ekong, Cathcart, Masina, Femenia, Sissoko, Kucka, Sarr, Dennis, Hernandez
                Subs: Bachmann, Ngkaia, Louza, Pedro, Sema, Cleverley, Gosling, Tufan, Fletcher

                LIVERPOOL : Kelleher, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Milner, Henderson, Keita, Firmino, Mane, Salah
                Subs: Adrian, Konate, Jota, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Tsimikas, Williams, Origi

                1. Cok3y5murf
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Jota owners with 1 point instead of his usual 2/3

                2. No Need
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Sissoko to haunt me from third on bench

                  1. Super Saints
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Haha this, my prediction is Sissoko to score but be blocked by a Cancelo 1 pointer from the bench

                3. Sun Jihai
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Great to see Foster still starting

                4. PartyTime
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Jota super sub imminent

                  • KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Yes come on Salah, I own you now so don’t disappoint!

                    1. Firminoooo
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      We want Salah to blank if not captain. Probably EO +150.

                      1. KAPTAIN KANE
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 4 days ago

                        I know, but having technically bought for a hit this I want to see something

                  • Firminoooo
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Foster starts again.

                  • Echoes
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    1-0 Watford incoming

                5. Diddly Squat
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  No jota

                6. Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Jota on the bench

                  1. Diddly Squat
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Next will be a huge disappointment for Jota sellers to Foden when he doesn’t start either

                    1. Kiwivillan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      Fingers crossed

                7. Camzy
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Welp. Gambled on Jota and lost. Hopefully he comes off the bench and gets something.

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

                    Surprised you went for Jota on a WC.

                8. AC/DC AFC
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Jota is dropped...

                9. EWH2020
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Jota was the worst transfer of the template GW3 wildcard. Absolutely horrendous returns

                  1. Super Saints
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Haha yep, apologies

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

                    Sensible player to get. Unlucky not to return more.

                10. tbos83
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  FPL has updated but also... hasn't (still seeing this week's fixtures)

                11. EWH2020
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  I fancy Watford here not sure why. Sarr brace. let's go!

                  1. Echoes
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Fancy Watford too, to nick it towards the end after a scrappy affair.

                  2. Duke Silver ☑
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    That new manager boost. Hoping there's plenty of goals in this.

                  3. Super Saints
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Sarr will score

                  4. Crunchie
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Watford are rubbish except for Sarr

                12. POKE JOHN BALLS THE SECOND
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  NO JOTA!!

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

                    He's there, on the bench.

                13. Sun Jihai
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Top 10k Effective Ownership:

                  Salah 188.7%
                  Antonio 84.4%
                  Lukaku 65.8%
                  Alexander-Arnold 60.5%
                  Cancelo 53.3%
                  Raphinha 49.9%
                  Jiménez 49.2%
                  Sánchez 49.1%
                  Ronaldo 36.8%
                  Duffy 30.6%

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Mahrez EO? 😉

                  2. Wild Rover
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    First time in ages there has been nobody over 100% that I don't own.

                    1. Forgetmeknot
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      I was just thinking the same, makes the week more enjoyable

                  3. FOO FIGHTER
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    You are dead if you do not own Salah.

                    1. Wild Rover
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      Not if he bombs

                  4. Andy_Social
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Hmm, I own the top 6 and 8 of the 10. Makes it tough to get back into the Top 10K

                14. Diddly Squat
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Jota will come in at 70 mins .

                15. ChuckyPancamo
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Rookie mistake alert. Hit the wildcard and didn't notice Foster was in goal over Ramsdale. Start how you mean to go on, hey?

                  1. Collie01
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Prn save from Salah incoming

                16. El Matador
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  A Salah blank with Mahrez (c) will be awesome! And Sarr goal with max bonus for the cherry on the cake.