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Sterling starts as Sane, Lacazette and De Bruyne are benched

There were a few surprise selections in Unai Emery and Pep Guardiola’s starting XIs ahead of this afternoon’s 16:00 BST encounter between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates.

The headline news was perhaps Raheem Sterling‘s (£11.0m) inclusion in the City line-up, although Guardiola had teased the prospect of that possibility in his press conference on Friday.

Leroy Sane (£9.5m) is the fall-guy in the Sky Blues’ line-up, to the chagrin of the 14.3% of FPL managers who own the wide-midfielder.

Kevin De Bruyne (£10.0m), another late returner after his World Cup exertions, starts on the bench for the reigning Premier League champions this afternoon.

The rest of Guardiola’s starting XI is perhaps as expected, with Sergio Aguero (£11.0m) leading the line and Riyad Mahrez (£9.0m) handed his City league debut.

Alexandre Lacazette (£9.5m) always looked at some risk of being benched for the visit of City and the French forward indeed starts among Arsenal’s substitutes, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) fielded as the spearhead of the Gunners’ attack.

Though not likely to cause many ructions in the Fantasy community, Matteo Guendouzi (£4.5m) – who admittedly has had a fine pre-season for Emery’s side – has been preferred to the more experienced Lucas Torreira (£5.0m) in the engine room. Aaron Ramsey (£7.5m) also gets a start for the Gunners.

Nacho Monreal (£5.5m) has failed to prove his fitness, so FPL midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.5m) deputises at left-back.

Arsenal XI (4-3-3): Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Sokratis, Maitland-Niles; Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ramsey; Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang

Manchester City XI (4-2-3-1): Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy; Fernandinho, Gundogan; Bernardo, Mahrez, Sterling; Aguero

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  1. wasp3000
    • 3 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    What a start to the season for me. 111 points. Even had Daniels and AWB's 17 pts stuck on the bench. Unreal start. All downhill from here on lol

    1. FPLchess.net
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Nice one.

      1. wasp3000
        • 3 Years
        8 days, 19 hours ago

        Cheers

    2. Dananz
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Wow! Well done son!

      1. wasp3000
        • 3 Years
        8 days, 19 hours ago

        Delighted kid. Nice one

    3. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Nice 😎

      Freak week to start the season...can't remember another one like it

      1. wasp3000
        • 3 Years
        8 days, 19 hours ago

        It was mental. Every update I got on my phone had one of my players involved. Even had McCarthys 11pts. Mental week

    4. acesingh
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 19 hours ago

      Wow well done...

      1. wasp3000
        • 3 Years
        8 days, 19 hours ago

        Cheers pal

  2. acesingh
    • 3 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    Play Tomkins (vs Liverpool) or Ralls (vs New Castle)

    1. Jurgen Flopp
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 19 hours ago

      Ralls. Palace won't keep pool out

    2. Malcolm Tucker for England …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 days, 19 hours ago

      Ralls. Cardiff will win set pieces, and zohore and Arter should be back

    1. 420king
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 19 hours ago

      Yes, enjoy it. He won't get another haul like today.

      1. Red Card Rockets
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 days, 19 hours ago

        I bet he does

  3. Eden Wizard
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 days, 19 hours ago

    8k updated

  4. batmaniac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 days, 19 hours ago

    Is jota > richarlison worthwhile just for the sake of catching a price rise?

    1. mattmobster
      • 6 Years
      8 days, 19 hours ago

      Good to go I reckon

    2. Azerbaijan Shopping Centre
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 days, 19 hours ago

      is price rise imminent

    3. bbaggins79
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 days, 12 hours ago

      no

  5. Azerbaijan Shopping Centre
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 days, 19 hours ago

    what was the average community score .....

    and did everybody get caught with a lot of benched points

    1. Jurgen Flopp
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 19 hours ago

      AWB benched. Not stupid enough to bench Rich and Mendy. Ha.

  6. Essem
    • 1 Year
    8 days, 19 hours ago

    Might reconsider Aguero(C). Mendy is an enticing option.

    1. Jurgen Flopp
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 19 hours ago

      I'm going with Mendy. If he gets into the positions he did today another 15 pointer is on the cards.

  7. skybluecam
    • 4 Years
    8 days, 19 hours ago

    Haven't been into FPL that much in previous years.. can someone explain the mechanics behind a price change? Is it getting bought/sold by a certain % of the owner base? And do we know that %?

    Basically trying to work out if any of my players will fall. I'm worried about Auba and Sanchez. Pretty sure Wan Bissaka and Mendy will rise?

      1. Azerbaijan Shopping Centre
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 days, 19 hours ago

        this should help .......

  8. Sondre van Bank
    • 5 Years
    8 days, 19 hours ago

    Worth spending my FT on van Dijk --> Robertson?

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 19 hours ago

      I have VVD and wouldn't even consider that move... Keep

    2. Azerbaijan Shopping Centre
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 days, 19 hours ago

      Everybody will say no .... but imho Yes if you dont surgery anywhere else

    3. bbaggins79
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 days, 12 hours ago

      too sideways especially after one game

    4. Captain Roberto
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 36 mins ago

      but van dijk might crash in a header and you'll be gutted

  9. Azerbaijan Shopping Centre
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 days, 19 hours ago

    Did anyone see Miki today .... ?

    Stick or Twist ?

  10. RomeluStormzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 days, 19 hours ago

    Top 3k!

    1. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 18 hours ago

      Well done

      Only got 37 GWs to hold out 😉

    2. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      No link. Didn't happen...

  11. TorresMagic™ - 54 Qua…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 9 Years
    8 days, 18 hours ago

    Top 20K 🙂

    1. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 18 hours ago

      Nice 😎

    2. feed feo
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 18 hours ago

      Nice one TM, I'm top 17k! Relieved after AWB-gate! Mendy covered him well after. Milli to Rica or Alexis to Kdb?

    3. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 18 hours ago

      How's the mods and cons league looking?

    4. CostaCoffee
      • 5 Years
      8 days, 7 hours ago

      Damn you’re team is almost the same as mine. Except I’ve got Ederson/Arnie instead of Foster/Zaha. Had AWB on bench too

  12. fedolefan
    • 4 Years
    8 days, 18 hours ago

    How long to price changes?

  13. JohnnyWark
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 days, 18 hours ago

    Looking to get rid of Sanchez for KDB and upgrade Bednarek - any suggestions? [102 points - rank 8389]
    https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/202794629332992000/478315181093683210/Screen_Shot_2018-08-12_at_22.32.14.png?width=824&height=886

    1. Oskarsson12
      • 5 Years
      8 days, 5 hours ago

      How do you get that kind of stats into FPL?

  14. Gangula
    • 1 Year
    8 days, 17 hours ago

    Jota for Richarlison (before the price rises)????

  15. Yankee Toffee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 days, 15 hours ago

    Bilva to Richarlison?

    1. amit1964
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 40 mins ago

      let him another game

  16. Bolasie Come Home
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 days, 8 hours ago

    Great post!

    1. Bolasie Come Home
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      Oops, reply fail

  17. aspilcueta
    • 1 Year
    8 days, 7 hours ago

    Would have had a glorious 110 points with Wan B on the bench had I not made changes at 6:45.

    Wildcarding early.

  18. fishingcrazy
    • 2 Years
    8 days, 1 hour ago

    is otimendi out of favour did not even get any game time from the bench
    bit worrying not sure whether to get rid.what do you think.

    1. Captain Roberto
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 34 mins ago

      I think stones and LaPorte were up to fitness as stones carries less weight and LaPorte had a whole pre-season

      I had Kompany. fit I was sure he would start but ive binned him for Mendy now.

      1. Captain Roberto
        • 1 Year
        8 days, 33 mins ago

        *Laporte
        some daft auto-correct going on there

  19. PortisRed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 days, 42 mins ago

    KDB - Likely starter against Huddersfield or not?

    1. amit1964
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 41 mins ago

      he will

      1. fishingcrazy
        • 2 Years
        5 days, 48 mins ago

        he wont

    2. Captain Roberto
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 33 mins ago

      fo shizzle