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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. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    I love you Mr Salah, but please…no hauls todays.

    1. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Well you are in a position to do something about it, not passing to him is one option, lol

      1. Firminoooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        If I don’t pass, he punish me in the shower after the game.

        1. bench boost for every gamew…
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Save the shower til you are back home then, with your beauty lady instead..

  2. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Salah top 10k 188% EO, ouch!

    Luckily they haven’t heard of the lunchtime kickoff curse! Salah blank incoming

    1. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      it's ok if everyone is doing it

      1. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I didn’t, KDB (c) =D

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          decent call but obvious risk reward

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      For me I broke that curse last year multiple times

    3. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      i captain Salah most game weeks now because I can’t face owning him and not celebrating his points

  3. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Defence top 10k EO:

    Man City: 81.11%
    Chelsea: 71.77%
    Brighton: 84.02%
    Liverpool: 66.94%

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Sanchez
      TAA Cancelo Rudi

    2. Forgetmeknot
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Presumably that includes GK and any double ups? Thought city and che might be higher

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Yep, I thought City might be higher. Chelsea would have been ex. Rudiger injury.

    3. Konstaapeli
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      How does these work? If I own double city, do I have 200%?

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Yep. If above 100% and you only have one defender you do better if they concede

        1. Konstaapeli
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Cheers. Strange numbers to me. Thought City, Chelsea and liverpool would be much closer to 100%

    4. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      So my bet is Arsenal def and goalie, to cover Brighton and Chelsea def. Had Rudiger but no Trent so kind of had to choose and Trent is boring and long term, Livra to the rescue vs Burnley next week.. Could have gone different but Livra have 2 home games vs Leeds without Bam and possibly Raphinha and Burnley so decided that he is so playable that i left all my thinkering

  4. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    So Son is not covid +ve...

    1. Wild Rover
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Link or stfu

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Check South Korea's investigation

        1. Wild Rover
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          That's not a link

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        2

    2. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Took him out of wildcard so that would be annoying…

      1. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Getting flashbacks to last season where he was ‘injured’ I sold him and he hauled

        1. Amartey Partey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Oof yeah I did the same last season. Sucked.

      2. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Same - very annoying

  5. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Bus team captain set for next GW:

    Alonso(c) (NOR)

    1. Konstaapeli
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Werner 😎

    2. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Trevoh Chalobah

    3. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Lukaku

    4. PartyTime
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Tuchel smiles at you

      • Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        VC ?

      • dshv
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Reece james back on track!

      • Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Alonso (C) James (VC)

      • dansully3
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Chilly next week

    5. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Salah blank & Mahrez(c) haul please and thank you!

    6. Levi's 501
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Next week throwing up a Trent v Livra conundrum, might be benching Trent!

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Against Utd muahaha

      2. Konstaapeli
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Don't.

      3. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        lol

      4. PascalCygan
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Just been wondering the same! Can’t think of a time when I’ve ever benched Trent…

      5. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        attacking returns from TAA quite high though next week 🙂

      6. Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        3-0 Liverpool. Ole gets the boot

        1. Hairy Potter
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          and Man Utd bring in Steve Bruce as he's done such a great job at Newcastle according to loads of the pundits.

    7. MADCHESTER UTD
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Is Son definitely out? Had a mad dash last 20 mins changing FPL/FanTeam etc

      1. Amartey Partey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Still waiting on conformation.

        1. Amartey Partey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          *lol confirmation

        2. MADCHESTER UTD
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Yeah I keep checking for news. Too late now anyway but will obviously be peed off if he starts and scores

    8. hueycho
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Surley no ones still holding jota??!

      1. MagicMessi
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Surely someone owns him

      2. ‘Tis the Season
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Who is surely and why is she holding Jota

      3. bench boost for every gamew…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Paying 7.5 for a Liverpool striker listed as midfielder even with the Odd benching is good reason to have. People think he share time with Firmino, that is just partly being the case as he will share them with Mane and to a lesser extent Salah, in a rotation system. Just check last season when all four fit.

    9. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Feels I may have made the wrong move captaining KDB over Salah.

      1. Konstaapeli
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Could work out really well. Anything's possible.

      2. Cok3y5murf
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Both blank. Mahrez haul

      3. PascalCygan
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Could pay off massively

      4. DannyDrinkVodka
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I think that was a great move…..I have a feeling Watford will win today

        1. dansully3
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Lol

    10. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Any chance of Minamino/Ox cameo instead of Jota with Madrid coming up?
      Would prefer a no show

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Doubtful.

      2. bench boost for every gamew…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I would, rather have a 20 min cameo, very likely to get something if he plays. Depends on bench i guess, have Raph so not expect more than a cameo there either.

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Yep fair.
          As I was checking to see if any news coming through I forgot to save team as I wanted to start Armstrong this week but now he’s first sub

    11. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Really disappointed by Jota benching that game was the reason I kept him all along...oh well

    12. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Maguire has transferred out Greenwood from his team. Rashford to start?

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        How do you have knowledge of this?
        meanwhile he has every right based on form

        1. Amartey Partey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Twitter

          1. james 101
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Imagine if your manager transferred you out of his team on Friday evening…

      2. Maddamotha
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Certainly a rotation risk now.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Harry also transferred out Shaw.

    13. hueycho
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I love Mo...just not enuff as a captain this wk, goin against all odds and have gone for CANCELO! Whos with me?!?!?!?!?!

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        There's a good chance he doesn't play.

        1. james 101
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Well that was like stage-diving into a parting crowd…

    14. PascalCygan
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Early days of course but I’m contemplating a hit for next week.

      Downgrading Ronaldo (Vardy, Jesus, Werner and Armstrong all under consideration) and upgrading Sanchez or Steele to Ederson.

      I know premium keepers aren’t that popular on here but feels like it could pay off? I’m even considering upgrading Steele so Sanchez can cover.

      Way more than I’d usually spend on keepers but just throwing it out there! Thoughts?

      This is what I’ve got to work with:
      1FT 0.0ITB
      Sanchez
      TAA Cancelo Rudiger
      Salah Raphinha Gray Gallagher ESR
      Lukaku Ronaldo

      Steele Livramento Marcal Street

      Cheers

      1. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I agree with LTFPL on premium keepers: the problem is as soon as I need some cash from somewhere, I'm going to be looking at my keeper and thinking I could save ~1.5m. But nobody wants to be spending transfers on their GK because the upside is so low.

        And for only 0.2m more you can get a Dias or a Cancelo who can chip in with attacking returns and bonus.

        1. PascalCygan
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Those are the logical reasons not to. You’re right. I’m maybe trying to go against the grain a bit too much after a disastrous few weeks post-wildcard, loads of injuries etc.

          Just stick it out with Sanchez with those tough fixtures maybe. It’s just long term I thought there might be a benefit. Could point on Dias etc. Cheers!

      2. Konstaapeli
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        He's bald! He's sh*t! He only gets a game when no one's fit! Pascal Cygan! Pascal Cygan!

        1. PascalCygan
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          1. PascalCygan
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            That was meant to be a smiling emoji!

            1. Konstaapeli
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              The man's a legend in my book.

              1. PascalCygan
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Haha, cheers!

      3. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        We have very similar teams, I have 1.3 ITB, I want to upgrade Sissoko to Mbeumo or Doucoure though as my players keep missing out so want good depth. Not keen on Ederson, rarely scores over 6 points.

        Sanchez
        TAA Cancelo Rudiger White
        Salah Raphina Gallagher ESR
        Ronaldo Lukaku
        Steele Livramento Sissoko Street

        1. PascalCygan
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Yeah, I’m looking to improve my depth too. The Ronaldo / Lukaku wildcard just hasn’t worked and I’ve been ravaged by injuries.

          Thinking of using remaining Ronaldo money on upgrading Street to Toney in GW10.

          Take your point on Ederson too. Will you just hold tight with Sanchez for the tough fixtures?

          1. Super Saints
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Yeah the Ronaldo/Lukaku wildcard has ended my season and mini leagues! Had Jota Torres and Greenwood on mine too plus like you at least one injury a week. Unfortunately i think Gallagher and Cancelo are at risk of being benched this week too.

            I'm going to stick with the Ron Rom strike force now and yeah ill probably stick with Sanchez as after Liverpool he has decent fixtures and no other keeps really appeal other than Raya maybe.

            1. PascalCygan
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              So frustrating. Good luck with it!

    15. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I love this time just after the deadline, wildcard used, but before the gameweek starts.

      It's probably the only time in the entire season where I can look at my team and think 'I don't want to make any transfers.'

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

        Cue Salah red card and TAA injury

      2. Firminoooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Then all my new tøys is benched: James, Cancelo, Foden, Hwang…..

      3. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        do you own Rapha, Jimi, Chelsea or City players ? 😉

    16. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Bruno 3.55% in top10k 😮

    17. MagicMessi
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Number 1 OR (-8) makes me feel better about my (-8) 😀

      1. ‘Tis the Season
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Who did you take a -8 on

        1. MagicMessi
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Ronaldo/Pogba/Antonio to
          Vardy / Townsend / Kane 😀 i know now CR7 gonna explode !

          1. Konstaapeli
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Balsy!

            1. MagicMessi
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Rage transfers basicly !

          2. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Wow. I didn’t do that for free on wild card.

            1. MagicMessi
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              I get you they not necessary transfers ts just i dont like Ole and Manunited in my team i rage transfer immediately 😀

          3. ‘Tis the Season
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Sheez, might end regretting those. Vardy best of those transfers. GL, you gonna need it bud 😛

      2. PartyTime
          1 month, 14 days ago

          -8 too 🙂

          Good luck this gw

          1. MagicMessi
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            I Hope you have a great week because you are not afraid of hits 😀

            1. PartyTime
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Thanks buddy

                Yeah. I’m a hit addict

                1. MagicMessi
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Yea me too but seriously thats enough just we need to stop it 😀 really its early in season enough already we can stop the bleeding early 😀

                  1. PartyTime
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      I’m done with Utd assets in my team. Also needed City defence & Townsend but will reduce the hits now tho

                  2. MagicMessi
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    About to do Sissoko to Mbeumo for free now 😀

                    1. PartyTime
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        I’m already fighting the urge to sell Alonso & Maupay (-4) already 😆

            2. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              all we really need now to justify our WC picks is for Rapha to be benched, Son to be in isolation and Azpil & Cancelo to start … the rest is mere puff

            3. DannyDrinkVodka
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Top manager in fpl hall of fame has only gone and tripled-up on Brentford against Chelsea……

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Noice. Raya, Mbuemo and Toney?

                1. DannyDrinkVodka
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Yup, on a WC

              2. Eh, just one more thing ...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Crikey …. Link?

                1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Ignore … Fabio … yup.

              3. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                I brought in Mbeumo this week vs us (and already have Toney). Feel filthy.

                However, this was a longer term move. Don't necessarily see it paying off this week - but our defense is potentially at our most vulnerable with two main CBs missing out.

            4. MADCHESTER UTD
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              I did a free hit this week. Triple city, triple BHA, salah (C) mane, Kane, TAA, aubamayang

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Which 3 City did you pluck?

                1. MADCHESTER UTD
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Steffen cancelo mahrez. Just hope cancelo doesn’t get rotated in pep roulette. Dunk Duffy maupay for BHA.

                  1. MADCHESTER UTD
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Edit Dias not cancelo

                  2. AC/DC AFC
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Good luck... Could be a mad one more ways than one.

                  3. dansully3
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Zinchenko is fit so....

              2. Salah’s Sonnet
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Ouch

            5. Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/380968/event/8

              Fabio’s GW8 wild card team …. FYI …

              1. DannyDrinkVodka
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                That’s on another level, I’m getting Mbuemo in next week

              2. Super Saints
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                It's nice but it has a lot of my players so I'm worried for him, don't see why Saka is worth 1m more than ESR?

            6. dansully3
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Hwang on a minute!

            7. ‘Tis the Season
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Bring in Mount for Jota next GW? Could be gold..