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Sane in for Mahrez while Hazard is named on the Chelsea bench

Two Premier League matches overlap one another this afternoon, with Manchester City and Chelsea enjoying enticing-looking home fixtures and carrying the hopes of legions of Fantasy managers after a somewhat underwhelming set of results for many FPL bosses on Saturday.

The action kicks off at 15:00 GMT, with Southampton – without a goal in five Premier League matches – the visitors to the Etihad.

Manchester City have won all five of their home league games this season, scoring at a rate of 3.6 goals per fixture at Eastlands in 2018/19.

Nine of Sergio Aguero‘s (£11.3m) ten attacking returns this season (five goals, four assists) have come at the Etihad. The Argentinean striker leads the line for City again this afternoon in his 11th straight league start of 2018/19.

Benjamin Mendy‘s (£6.4m) rate of 7.6 points per match is the best among FPL defenders this season and the French left-back hasn’t failed to record an assist, clean sheet and/or bonus in his seven Premier League appearances of this campaign.

Ederson (£5.8m) and Aymeric Laporte (£5.9m), meanwhile, come into this fixture off the back of recording six straight FPL clean sheets.

Pep Guardiola has made only one change from the side that beat Spurs last Monday, with Leroy Sane (£9.2m) replacing Riyad Mahrez (£8.7m). Raheem Sterling (£11.1m) will, presumably, move across to the right flank to accommodate Sane’s re-introduction.

Nicolas Otamendi (£6.1m) and Ilkay Gundogan (£5.4m) are not quite fit enough for a place on the bench, meanwhile.

Mark Hughes has made three changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Newcastle United last weekend, with Shane Long (£4.8m), James Ward-Prowse (£5.1m) and the fit-again Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£4.5m) replacing Charlie Austin (£5.5m), Mohamed Elyounoussi (£6.2m) and Oriel Romeu (£4.3m).

In the 16:00 kick-off, Chelsea take on Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have dropped points in their last two home Premier League fixtures but are nevertheless still unbeaten in the top flight this season.

The 44% of FPL managers hoping for a start for Eden Hazard (£11.3m), whose minutes were in doubt ahead of the visit of Roy Hodgson’s side, were left disappointed when the Belgian was named only among the Chelsea substitutes for this encounter.

The Blues, indeed, are unchanged from the side that started the win over Burnley in Gameweek 11, with Ross Barkley (£5.9m) again lining up in the centre of midfield.

Roy Hodgson has made one change to his Crystal Palace side from the 2-2 draw with Arsenal, meanwhile: Max Meyer (£5.6m) replaces Jordan Ayew (£5.8m).

Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, Silva, Sane, Sterling, Bernardo, Aguero.

Southampton XI: McCarthy, Soares, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand, Lemina, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Ings, Long, Redmond.

Chelsea XI: Kepa, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Kante, Jorginho, Barkley, Pedro, Morata, Willian.

Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey, Van Aanholt, Tomkins, Sakho, Wan-Bissaka, Townsend, Milivojevic, McArthur, Kouyate, Meyer, Zaha.

 

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  1. Soapy
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 20 hours ago

    Any advice here lads?

    A) Salah and Barkley -> Sterling and Mane (-4)
    B) Ings -> Arnie

    1. Top lad DAKES
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 20 hours ago

      B

    2. jomikijiq
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 20 hours ago

      B

    3. Internal Error
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 20 hours ago

      B

      1. Soapy
        • 7 Years
        7 days, 20 hours ago

        Unanimous. Cheers lads

    4. conorbon
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 20 hours ago

      B

  2. Top lad DAKES
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 20 hours ago

    Any early thoughts here lads? 0.2 ITB, 2FT. Appreciate it!

    Fabianski
    Alonso Mendy Robertson Doherty AWB
    Salah Hazard DSilva Fraser Billing
    Aguero Arnautovic Quaner

    🙂

    1. Patch
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 20 hours ago

      Who is your other GK?

      1. Top lad DAKES
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 20 hours ago

        Hamer.

        1. Patch
          • 1 Year
          7 days, 20 hours ago

          Would have said Dilva but if KDB out..I think you have a solid team

          1. Top lad DAKES
            • 1 Year
            7 days, 20 hours ago

            Thanks mate.

    2. *sigh*
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 20 hours ago

      Any transfer that involves Quaner out to someone getting minutes.

      1. Top lad DAKES
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 20 hours ago

        But do you see anyone else you would drop right now (downgrade) to get those funds?

        He's currently perma-glued to 3rd bench position as an enabler is all.

  3. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 20 hours ago

    74 this week Salah (C)
    Looking to roll a transfer for IB

    Fabianski
    Alonso Mendy Robertson Chilwell
    Salah (C) Hazard Maddison Richarlison
    Arnautovic Aguero

    Hamer Hughes Bennett Kamara.

    Any changes needed?

    1. conorbon
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 20 hours ago

      No looks good.

  4. okkajonte1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 days, 20 hours ago

    Patricio (4.0)

    Mendy Robertson Alonso (Doherty AWB)

    Salah Maddison Fraser Hazard (Billing)

    Aguero Murray Jimenez

    2 FT, 0.3 ITB

    Any tips for upcoming gw?

    1. Top lad DAKES
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 20 hours ago

      maybe ditch pat or doherty

      1. okkajonte1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 days, 20 hours ago

        Yes maybe pat. I saw him as a set and forget when I got him. Fab/Ryan or who do you think?

  5. casparschwa
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 20 hours ago

    where do you track top 10k stats? like how many percent own certain players etc?

  6. Atimis
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 20 hours ago

    Your thoughts on Felipe Anderson as potential Maddy replacement?

    1. casparschwa
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 20 hours ago

      too early for my taste

    2. Top lad DAKES
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 20 hours ago

      wait and see if he's still delivering in a week or two, then maybe aye. richarlison or martial after next week could be good.

      definitely monitor anderson though

    3. Pierce34
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 20 hours ago

      Looks great, though if I had Maddison I'd keep him for a last-chance saloon vs. Burnley.

      1. Pierce34
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 20 hours ago

        By 'looks great' I mean Felipe Anderson does. Tore Burnley apart.

      2. Pierce34
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 20 hours ago

        Looking at the other replies, I'm surprised people aren't more enthusiastic about Anderson given how many are rushing to get Sterling or Arnautovic.

    4. Atimis
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 20 hours ago

      Ofc keeping Maddy vs Burnley, just thinking about going forward. Felipe should some good form already earlier this season

    5. Ghost Gooner
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 20 hours ago

      Its an okay move

  7. CelticBhoy1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 20 hours ago

    Pick one:

    A) Keep Vardy

    B) Vardy > Arnautovic

    1. Rage Against The Raheem
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 days, 20 hours ago

      B then you can upgrade elsewhere.

    2. conorbon
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 20 hours ago

      B

    3. Jᴀʀᴠɪsʜ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 20 hours ago

      I'd keep for the next 2 weeks

    4. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 20 hours ago

      On paper I'd say keep Vardy, or get both...

    5. Totti
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 20 hours ago

      keeep

  8. conorbon
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 20 hours ago

    Played my free hit, hows this looking?

    Foster.
    Duffy, Ake, Robertson.
    Lucas, Mane, Hazard, Salah.
    Murray, Arnautovic, Lacazette.

    Will captain Mane or Salah.

  9. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 20 hours ago

    Best option mif for under 6.0m? Looks like I've missed Fraser this week

    1. Top lad DAKES
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 20 hours ago

      monitor deulofeu, or brooks maybe

    2. jomikijiq
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 20 hours ago

      Diangana

      1. Eddie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 days, 20 hours ago

        Hmm, good shout. One to watch for sure.

    3. Eddie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 20 hours ago

      Deulofeu, Brooks

      Or Barkley or Milner for a punt.

    4. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 20 hours ago

      Cheers guys

  10. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 20 hours ago

    80k > 170k drop! Ouch

    1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 20 hours ago

      Dropping like flippin stone as well 🙁

    2. Pierce34
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 20 hours ago

      Hang in there - it's not a bad rank. You'll turn it around, like Newcastle!

    3. Rage Against The Raheem
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 days, 20 hours ago

      It's all swings and roundabouts mate, I went from 237k to 113k but the week before I went from 100k to 237k.

      1. Jack Frost
        • 8 Years
        7 days, 20 hours ago

        I have whiplash from Salah-less to Sterling (C). Sad to Glad and a bit of a roller coaster just now. Got to get Mane for some composure.

  11. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 20 hours ago

    Fab
    Alonso TAA Pereira
    Salah Mane Hazard Rich
    Aguero Jimenez Ings
    Hamer Doherty AWB Guendouzi

    2 FT, 0 ITB
    How does Guendouzi + Alonso -> Anderson + Dunk sound? Logic is Alonso's output is decent but not amazing for the price and can't a huge amount of CSs in upcoming games
    Other idea is to upgrade Ings to Arnie

    1. Jack Frost
      • 8 Years
      7 days, 20 hours ago

      I don't see how to get Arnie without a WC or tearing up your team.. you have to hope Salah/Mane make up for no Arnie. I think you need one BIG defender among the three of RAM. these guys can turn in a 15 pointer a few times a year.

  12. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 20 hours ago

    Doing Mitrovic to Arnie before the rise tonight (I assume).

    Best makeweight to get the extra 0.1?
    A) Pereira to Duffy/Dunk
    B) Pereira to Fernandez/Yedlin
    C) Kenedy to Camarasa (can't get Diangana if I get Arnie sadly)
    D) Obiang to Hudson Odoi (non player)

    Thanks for your help.

  13. New Post
  14. Flynny
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 20 hours ago

    Hi.....any views on best mitro replacement here please??? 0.3itb. 1ft

    Patricio hamer
    Alonso robbo mendy awb peltier
    Salah hazard richi deulofeu stephens
    Kun arnie mitro

    Thanks

  15. JJeyy
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 20 hours ago

    Sterling to Salah for a hit too short term?
    Can just captain Mane

  16. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 19 hours ago

    Any idea if rough LMS score? Shot myself in the foot with unnecessary hit and going to be very close...

  17. Tsparkes10
      7 days, 18 hours ago

      56 with Schurlle tomz 🙂 plez

    • Occupational Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 18 hours ago

      Sterling and Arnautovic or
      Maddison and Aguero.

      Thanks.

      1. Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 17 hours ago

        A for sure.

    • Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 17 hours ago

      Twice now KDB injury has totally derailed my season -plan was KDB in last week but I went Mane instead leaving Salah and Mane but no City attack. I knew this week would be one the riskier weeks but did not think it would be this bad.

      Next week Salah and Mane looks good but after that
      A. Mane and Iheanacho to Sterling and fodder.
      B. Stick to the plan that pools fixtures are better than Citys

    • All hail
        7 days, 15 hours ago

        After next GW , would ...
        Maddison > fellipe anderson be good?
        In case maddison doesnt perform against burnley
        (Though i alteady have arunatovic in my team)

      • Sharkytect
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        4 red arrows in the last 5 gameweeks; I have slowly dropped from 4,000 to 12,000. So depressing.

        Have already spent my transfer this week selling Mitrovic for arnautovic, but should i be taking any hits anywhere to improve matters?

        Fabianski
        Alonso, mendy, TAA
        Salah (c) hazard, Richarlison, maddison
        Ings, aguero, arnie

        Subs: patricio, kayal, bennett, AWB