Dugout Discussion

Salah benched as Mane and Robertson miss out altogether

Six Premier League matches take place this evening to bring Gameweek 15 to a swift close, with many Fantasy Premier League captains – and vice-captains, following Sergio Aguero (£11.0m) and Raheem Sterling‘s (£11.5m) no-shows at Watford – set to be in action.

Mohamed Salah (£13.0m), Harry Kane (£12.4m) and Eden Hazard (£11.0m) are the second, third and fourth-most popular captaincy options of this midweek round of matches – but just two of these in-demand players start for their respective clubs tonight.

Salah is only among the substitutes for Liverpool tonight as Jurgen Klopp rings the changes at Turf Moor, with injured pair Sadio Mane (£9.8m) and Andrew Robertson (£6.5m) not in the match-day squad and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.3m) and Roberto Firmino (£9.2m) also dropping to the bench.

Xherdan Shaqiri (£7.0m) lines up in a front three with Divock Origi (£5.0m) and Daniel Sturridge (£5.8m).

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.2m), who has experienced price rises in three consecutive days having been transferred in by over 525,000 FPL managers ahead of last night’s deadline, also lines up for Arsenal as the Gunners head to Old Trafford.

Alexandre Lacazette (£9.6m) is named as a substitute for the third match running as Unai Emery perseveres with a 3-4-2-1, while Jose Mourinho has dropped Romelu Lukaku (£10.7m) and Paul Pogba (£7.9m) to the bench as he matches the Gunners with a three-man backline.

Hazard is named in Chelsea’s starting XI along with Marcos Alonso (£7.1m) as the Blues head to Molineux, though there are five changes elsewhere in Maurizio Sarri’s starting XI.

Morgan Gibbs-White (£4.3m) replaces the suspended Ruben Neves (£5.0m) for Wolves, while Ryan Bennett (£4.2m) is recalled to Nuno Espirito Santo’s line-up.

Dele Alli (£8.9m) is among five players dropping out of Mauricio Pochettino’s starting XI for the visit of Southampton, with Kieran Trippier (£6.1m) fit to play at right-back.

Kane and Christian Eriksen (£9.2m) retain their starts after Sunday’s north London derby defeat.

Kelvin Davis has made four changes to the Saints side in what will be his only match in charge, with the south coast club reverting to a flat-back four.

Richarlison (£7.0m) is back on the left wing for Everton as Cenk Tosun (£6.6m) returns up front, with Rafael Benitez going ultra-defensive with a 5-4-1 at Goodison Park.

Jamie Vardy (£8.9m) is absent through injury as Leicester head to Craven Cottage, with Tom Cairney (£4.8m) dropping to the bench for the hosts.

Back to the fixture where we started this round-up, Sean Dyche has made five changes to his Burnley starting XI as James Tarkowski (£4.7m) returns in defence.

Burnley XI: Hart, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Gudmundsson, Cork, Westwood, Brady, Barnes, Wood.

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Gomez, Van Dijk, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Milner, Keita, Shaqiri, Sturridge, Origi.

Everton XI: Pickford, Coleman, Zouma, Mina, Digne, Gueye, Gomes, Lookman, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Tosun.

Newcastle United XI: Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Schar, Lascelles, Manquillo, Ki, Diame, Atsu, Rondon, Murphy.

Fulham XI: Rico, Christie, Odoi, Mawson, Le Marchand, Kamara, Chambers, Seri, Sessegnon, Vietto, Mitrovic.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Mendy, Ndidi, Albrighton, Maddison, Diabete, Iheanacho.

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI: Rui Patricio, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Moutinho, Saiss, Vinagre, Gibbs-White, Jota, Jimenez.

Chelsea XI: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso, Kante, Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Morata, Hazard.

Manchester United XI: De Gea, Dalot, Bailly, Rojo, Smalling, Darmian, Herrera, Matic, Lingard, Martial, Rashford.

Arsenal XI: Leno, Bellerin, Sokratis, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Torreira, Ramsey, Iwobi, Aubameyang.

Tottenham Hotspur XI: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Dier, Winks, Eriksen, Son, Lucas, Kane.

Southampton XI: McCarthy, Cedric, Yoshida, Stephens, Targett, Hojbjerg, Davis, Redmond, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Gabbiadini.

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  1. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 17 hours ago

    Well I was sort of expecting that ffs but only after the deadline. Silly Salah (c)

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      I did trying warning people not to (c) Salah after only one double digit score and 2 bonus, but they didn't listen, but I hope he comes of the bench and gets you something

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        I’d prefer he didn’t have Sane VC. Klopp has no history of benching him this is just a freak week no one predicted it

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 17 hours ago

          I was talking about if he started let only be on the bench, but what do I know

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        So you advised not to cap due to him not scoring enough, not because he'd get benched.

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 17 hours ago

          Yes this has just made it worse than it already was either way I said don't (c) Salah

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            12 days, 17 hours ago

            So you were right but for the wrong reason. Well done

            1. Dynamic Duos
              • 5 Years
              12 days, 17 hours ago

              Well now we won't know will we , but this season history says he wouldn't of hauled, but can come of the bench and get something , I hope he does, don't wish a bad week on anyone and was trying to give good advice to them

  2. Inazuma X1
    • 1 Year
    12 days, 17 hours ago

    I was expecting a better title for this topic.

    Something like

    ''Absolute FPL Madness''

    1. Lord Tachanka - Thor:Wagner…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      “Black Wednesday Massacre”

    2. L&MM (Howe to Train you…
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      Woy's Wotation Wednesday

    3. Yank Revolution
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      "Kloppageddon: The Peppening"

  3. Demel
    • 7 Years
    12 days, 17 hours ago

    Do you think Klopp knows that this isn't a League Cup game?

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      He would probably face stronger teams in the EFL Cup to be fair.

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      He just wanted everyone to know how he holds Burnley in such high esteem.

    3. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      CL obviously more important than the prem

    4. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      Obviously he knows Burnley are crappppp

  4. Fred54
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 17 hours ago

    Knew I shouldn't have Bench Boosted this week. 🙁

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      yeah.

    2. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      That's a joke right?

      1. Fred54
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        In this crazy, mixed up World we live in, whose to say.

        1. lespaul
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          12 days, 16 hours ago

          Should be who's . Who is

  5. Rash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    12 days, 17 hours ago

    Hoping for a salah 1 point cameo

    1. donlobatto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      🙁 now that’s just mean

  6. nobwak
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 17 hours ago

    Dear fantasy gods,

    It would be most appreciated if both Hazard and Kane could go off the chain tonight.

    Kindest regards,
    Nobwak

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      Only Kane please.

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      Neither cheers

    3. Dynamic Duos
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      If you ask you shall receive

  7. Holy See
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    12 days, 17 hours ago

    The horror......the horror.....

  8. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 17 hours ago

    If Liverpool win with their team tonight - should the FA or PL fine Burnley for putting out a weak team?

    1. XabiAlonso
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      😆

  9. XabiAlonso
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 17 hours ago

    Let's have a missing/injured players count
    Laporte
    Robertson
    Salah
    Kenedy
    Arnie

    1. Auboomerang
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      TAA
      Salah
      Arnie
      Sterling

    2. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      Sterling and TAA.

    3. Inazuma X1
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      TAA
      Sterling
      Aguero
      Keane
      Lacazette

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        Mane
        Pogba
        Lukaku
        Firmino
        Pedro

        1. BenDavies
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 17 hours ago

          wtfffff

        2. XabiAlonso
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          12 days, 17 hours ago

          2 teams?

    4. Slitherene
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        Luiz

      • wulfranian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        Balbuena,Sterling,Kenedy,Salah

        1. wulfranian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          12 days, 17 hours ago

          +Arnie

      • tambourineman
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        I raise your Kenedy with Sterling, 44.3m of my budget contributing diddly squat.

      • Tomthewise1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        Robertson
        Balbuena
        Salah
        Arbie

      • Longlatini
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        Robertson
        TAA
        Salah (c)
        Sterling (vc)

      • BenDavies
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        Sterling
        Arnie
        TAA

      • Bullet Eder
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        Laporte
        Robertson
        Salah (C)
        Sterling
        Arnie

      • Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        Robbo and Salah.

      • Pap Le Cissier
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        TAA
        Laporte
        Salah
        Arnie
        Aguero

        I missed the deadline yesterday...

      • AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        Have all of the same minus Salah, plus Obiang and Duffy if they count.

      • Little Red Lacazette
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        Mane and Robbo

      • Slouch87
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        Robertson
        Sterling
        Kenedy
        Arnie

        I am very fortunate ( own Trippier ,& Son)
        Having 10 starters seems a luxury this week.

      • Mo Mané Mo Problems
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        Robbo, Arnie, Pereira, Salah, Kayal.

      • rambo.
          12 days, 17 hours ago

          Pereira
          Robbo
          Sterling
          Keane
          Zabaleta
          Arnie

        • Collie01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 17 hours ago

          Balbuena
          Salah
          Laporte
          Ings
          Neves
          Arnie

        • Kevin 11
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 17 hours ago

          Salah (c)
          Sterling (vc)
          Alli
          Arnie
          Robertson

      • Team Cruel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        Come on Harold, punish every single non-believer tonight my son. Especially the Salah owners/cappers.

        1. Auboomerang
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 17 hours ago

          Come on Salah, punish every single non-believer tonight my son. Espeically the Hazard owners/cappers

        2. Chucky
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 17 hours ago

          Lol

          1. dannyboy25
              12 days, 17 hours ago

              yes come on my Heung-Min Son

        3. Gudjohnsen
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 17 hours ago

          That team Klopp has put together tonight is utter madness. They ate not City!

          1. acidicleo
            • 2 Years
            12 days, 17 hours ago

            Deserves to lose for such dis respect..

          2. JohnRoss
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            12 days, 17 hours ago

            Exactly. Poor show Vs Everton. They should have sent out a message tonight. Chickened out

        4. Irbox ⚽
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 17 hours ago

          Kane cappers feeling very chuffed

          1. Tomthewise1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 17 hours ago

            Nope, he hasn't stepped on the pitch yet.

          2. Mo Mané Mo Problems
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            12 days, 17 hours ago

            Hi Kane capper here. Where do I cash in my monster haul?

          3. BrutalLogiC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 17 hours ago

            Optimistic, too early to be chuffed. Disaster elsewhere anyway.

        5. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          12 days, 17 hours ago

          Klopp has a puzzle of his own!

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

            Klopp just out pepped Pep

        6. ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS ONE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          12 days, 17 hours ago

          Sir Bobby Charton is in stadium boys !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          1. Alan The Llama
            • 9 Years
            12 days, 17 hours ago

            That needs some punctuation

        7. JRO093
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          12 days, 17 hours ago

          Best Arnie replacement? Have Brooks and not sure on double up with Wilson with those fix. Have Jiménez.... Mitrovic? Auba? (means I won’t get sterling in gw17 like I had planned)

          1. Tomthewise1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 17 hours ago

            Still Wilson

        8. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          12 days, 17 hours ago

          Keep losing yer minds ppl this makes for great reading I got hit bad too btw so it's not a gloat just fact.

        9. BenDavies
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 17 hours ago

          Some very cruel benchings tonight. Pereira and Keane are just completely unnecessary.

          1. altan8797
            • 2 Years
            12 days, 17 hours ago

            add kenedy up there

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 2 Years
              12 days, 17 hours ago

              Not even on the bench, fuming

          2. rambo.
              12 days, 17 hours ago

              Agree was heavily relying on both tonight

          3. altan8797
            • 2 Years
            12 days, 17 hours ago

            son is more nailed than eriksen and alli?

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

              Nah don't think so.

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

                But I might be biased as I got Erik and Alli 🙂

                1. altan8797
                  • 2 Years
                  12 days, 17 hours ago

                  that was assuring 😀

          4. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            12 days, 17 hours ago

            Oh well at least i’m At work now so don’t have to sit through the pain of begging my players to do something

          5. Slitherene
              12 days, 17 hours ago

              Duffy + Arnautovic to Bellerin + Zaha (-4)?

            • Chucky
              • 5 Years
              12 days, 17 hours ago

              Praying for Kane blank this week... he can score next week when he’s in my team...

            • Bury94
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              12 days, 17 hours ago

              Going chippy, anyone want anything?

              1. Mince n Tatties
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                12 days, 17 hours ago

                Spring Roll Supper - salt n Sauce and a Single Fish

              2. The 12th Man
                • 5 Years
                12 days, 17 hours ago

                Some starters would be nice

              3. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                12 days, 17 hours ago

                An eight inch saveloy.

              4. BenDavies
                • 5 Years
                12 days, 17 hours ago

                2 battered sausages and a large chips please

              5. Albrightondknight
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                12 days, 17 hours ago

                Battered burger and a garlic cheese chip
                Might as well get some onion rings too.

              6. Gravless are for Kinnear
                • 5 Years
                12 days, 17 hours ago

                Tuna salah

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

                  From the chippy? You'll be lucky.
                  I think the default substitute is a deep fried mars bar.

              7. Collie01
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                12 days, 17 hours ago

                A few chips please. Preferably a new WC or retroactive ftee hit

              8. Robe Wan
                • 5 Years
                12 days, 17 hours ago

                I’ll get a pickled egg please geez

            • Gravless are for Kinnear
              • 5 Years
              12 days, 17 hours ago

              It's not like the bench fodder (AWB) did much anyway

              1. Fred54
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                12 days, 17 hours ago

                Did anyone read this to the tune of 'Its not like the cold bothered me anyway...'?

            • tiger
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              12 days, 17 hours ago

              Apparently, May 2017 was the last time that none of Firmino, Salah, Mane started a league match for Liverpool.

            • JohnRoss
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              12 days, 17 hours ago

              It's murder on the dancefloor etc...

            • Heenneesseey
                12 days, 17 hours ago

                seems like I only have to dodge one bullet(Kane) now as Salah is benched.

              • Lemongrab
                • 9 Years
                12 days, 17 hours ago

                I mean...that's Salah done right? Meagre returns and then benched for a plum fixture. Been holding for weeks out of FOMO and to wait for the haul we were all hoping was coming but this is the final straw.

                1. Gravless are for Kinnear
                  • 5 Years
                  12 days, 17 hours ago

                  He'll come on and bag a brace

                2. Zebrahimović
                  • 3 Years
                  12 days, 17 hours ago

                  Well people will tell you to hold for his next fixture but y'know what sod it, probably get like 2 points.

                3. JohnRoss
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  12 days, 17 hours ago

                  Should come on. He needs 30 mins to save the week

              • acidicleo
                • 2 Years
                12 days, 17 hours ago

                Is it only me surprised with the Hazard start??

              • KAPTAIN KANE
                • 2 Years
                12 days, 17 hours ago

                I'm guessing it's going to be quite common to have less than 11 players this week?

                1. Numb - I am Groot
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  12 days, 17 hours ago

                  Not seen many that bad

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 2 Years
                    12 days, 17 hours ago

                    Going to have 10 myself if TAA doesn't come on

              • Numb - I am Groot
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                12 days, 17 hours ago

                How many minutes for Salah?

                1. fr3ddy
                  • 1 Year
                  12 days, 17 hours ago

                  17