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Fabinho at centre-back for Liverpool in Brighton clash

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has selected something of a make-shift defence ahead of Saturday’s trip to Brighton.

With Dejan Lovren (£4.9m) ruled out, midfielder Fabinho (£5.5m) has been named at centre-back alongside Virgil van Dijk (£6.4m), having played there against Wolves in the FA Cup on Monday night.

While that may not instil confidence in a Liverpool clean sheet at the Amex Stadium today, there is encouragement on the bench as Joel Matip (£4.9m), missing since Gameweek 16, is named among the substitutes.

Brighton look to have gone for a slight change of shape, switching to a 4-2-3-1, with Glenn Murray (£6.3m) leading the line and still in search of his first home goal since Gameweek 15.

Recently discovered budget midfielder Dwight McNeil (£4.4m) continues to hold down a place on the left flank of Burnley’s attack, while Ashley Barnes (£5.6m) strings together eighth consecutive start for the Clarets.

Callum Paterson (£5.1m) returns to the centre-forward position for Cardiff, while Victor Camarasa (£4.6m) is used in a traditional central midfield role for the Bluebirds.

Huddersfield hand a Premier League debut to Jason Puncheon (£4.2m), who has recently arrived from Crystal Palace, in a right attacking midfield position.

Vicente Guaita (£4.2m) holds down his place in Crystal Palace’s goal for the sixth match in a row, as Roy Hodgson goes for a 4-3-3 formation against Watford.

The Hornets continue with their 4-4-2 system, Gerard Deulofeu (£5.5m) and Troy Deeney (£5.9m) leading the line for Javi Gracia’s men.

Meanwhile, James Maddison (£6.8m) returns to the Leicester City line-up after an unused substitutes role against Everton.

Today’s visitors to the King Power Stadium Southampton have selected Shane Long (£4.7m) as the lone striker with Danny Ings (£5.6m) and Charlie Austin (£5.5m) both out.

Brighton XI: Button; Bong, Duffy, Dunk, Montoya; Pröpper, Stephens; Locadia, Groß, March; Murray.

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Fabinho, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Shaqiri, Firmino, Mane, Salah.

Burnley XI: Heaton; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick, Cork, Westwood, McNeil; Wood, Barnes.

Fulham XI: Rico; Odoi, Ream, Le Marchand; Christie, Chambers, Seri, Bryan; Schürrle, Mitrovic, Sessegnon.

Cardiff XI: Etheridge; Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett; Gunnarsson; Mendez-Laing, Arter, Camarasa, Hoilett; Paterson.

Huddersfield XI: Lössl; Hadergjonaj, Schindler, Zanka, Durm; Billing, Hogg; Kachunga, Pritchard, Puncheon; Mounie.

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, van Aanholt; Kouyaté, Milivojevic, McArthur; Townsend, Ayew, Zaha.

Watford XI: Foster; Kiko Femenía, Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas; Doucouré, Capoue; Hughes, Pereyra; Deulofeu, Deeney.

Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Ricardo Pereira, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Choudhury, Mendy, Ndidi; Albrighton, Vardy, Maddison.

Southampton XI: McCarthy; Bednarek, Stephens, Vestergaard; Valery, Oriol Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Targett; Redmond, Armstrong; Long.

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1,929 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Differential (c)
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 9 days ago

    Etheridge, you beauty!
    You can keep those 9 points in the bench with you, Fabs!
    36 points and 2K rise. Hazard, Alonso, Son, Rich and Doherty left.
    A lot to play for still. Come on!

    1. All Out of Mounie
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 9 days ago

      Well done!

    2. Midlands Saint73
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 9 days ago

      And FPL aside a cracking result for Saints to boot!

  2. Bubz
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 9 days ago

    Double Liverpool D looking a must

    1. ZeBestee
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 9 days ago

      It was nervy today though 😛

    2. AzzaroMax99
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 9 days ago

      Deffo..doubled them for the first time and it is great 😀

    3. 1zverGGadeM
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 9 days ago

      Alonso > TAA for free this week?

      1. Bubz
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 9 days ago

        Do it

    4. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 9 days ago

      Trent joining Robbo this week, I think 🙂

  3. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 9 days ago

    How have we bottled that again. Vestergaard can fucc off

  4. 1zverGGadeM
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 9 days ago

    Etheridge, Robbo, AWB, (S)alah!!! B-)

    1. Zilla
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 9 days ago

      Same mate! 🙂

  5. Dakes.
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 9 days ago

    Waiting til the GW is done is probably smarter than doing Alonso Auba Billing to TAA Salah fodder tonight, right?

    eg if Kane got injured or somethin' tmr... my knee is itching to do it tonight to catch Salah inevitable (?) rise...

  6. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 9 days ago

    Thanks Etheridge, almost as good as the goal I was wishing for him after Fabs game.

  7. Doge
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 9 days ago

    Robertson is maybe the only essential player in the game. (Non owner)

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 9 days ago

      Doherty ?

      1. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 9 days ago

        Don't have either...

    2. 1zverGGadeM
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 9 days ago

      And the best left-back in the league, so what you waiting for?

      1. Doge
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 9 days ago

        Getting him next week 100%

  8. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 9 days ago

    AWB getting the most controversial 3 BAPs of the season 😎

    1. Daniel - The Veteran
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 9 days ago

      He is a beast. If there isn't diving penalty next week, Salah won't deliver!!

      1. All Out of Mounie
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 9 days ago

        Was not a dive tbf

  9. Bam Bam Bigelow
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 9 days ago

    That Newcastle team hurts my eyes

    1. AzzaroMax99
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 9 days ago

      And I went with Auba(C) instead of Haz :((((

  10. CostaCoffee
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 9 days ago

    30 from 4 as it stands (all defenders/No Salah). Now let’s go Hazard

    1. Daniel - The Veteran
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 9 days ago

      Comeeeee oooonnn Hazard

  11. Daniel - The Veteran
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 9 days ago

    Marc is Warren Buffet of FPL. Getting Bamba for 9 pter and double Cardiff defence. Oh my god. How he is doing that?

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 9 days ago

      They were playing Huddersfield, not rocket science

  12. Nuno had a dream
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 9 days ago

    Full bps for Etheridge then?! Happy days and easily makes the switch from flappy much easier to take.... 🙂

  13. Gudjohnsen
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 9 days ago

    Hazard gets a brace tonight.

    1. AzzaroMax99
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 9 days ago

      This

  14. WE ARE RANGERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 9 days ago

    free hit next week anyone? Load up on Spuds, City, Pool, Man U and (Wolves).

  15. Wizard of Ozil
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 9 days ago

    who gets the 2 Baps after Robbo? Salah or VVD who are on 28 each. surely the goal scorer. too impatient to wait til later.
    AWB losing and getting 3 BAPS???????

    1. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 9 days ago

      Parkey

    2. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 9 days ago

      Probably have to wait but Salah might.

      1. Wizard of Ozil
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 9 days ago

        If Kane had scored in a 1-0 win he would 9 times out of 10 get 3 BAPS.
        Salah has to score a hatrick to get any bonus points. he should get at least 2 as he won the damn game for Pool.
        Cant complain as have ROBBO and TAA...

  16. New post
  17. Zilla
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 9 days ago

    First GK double digit score since last season

  18. Nuno had a dream
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 9 days ago

    33 from 5 (pre-bps) and got - Haz - Sané - Kane - Rash and Pogba still to come! Crossing everything for a good week.....

  19. Alli 3',17',64�…
      6 months, 9 days ago

      Is this a good wc team please?

      Etheridge
      Trippier - Taa - Robertson - Dinge
      Hazard - Salah - Alli
      Kane - Rash - Barnes

      Speroni, Bednarek, Hudson, Puncheon

      1. Nuno had a dream
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 9 days ago

        Wouldn’t get Alli personally and pretty atrocious bench tbf...need to downgrade defence somewhere and balance out a bit more I reckon....

    • LOLarov
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 9 days ago

      Salah down to 1 BAP 🙁

    • Garlana
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 9 days ago

      Guiata, kolasinac and Aubameyang, thank you!!

      1. Nuno had a dream
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 9 days ago

        Haha!! Oops

    • TOPCAT1960
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 9 days ago

      Has been for quite some time .......keep up

    • Monkey Hanger
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 9 days ago

      The Super Wan got to be about the best value for money player in the eight years I have played this game.

      1. The Big Fella
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 9 days ago

        Kane in his first season

      2. aborg
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 9 days ago

        Everyone owns him though !

    • IfYouTinkerYou'llHaveA…
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 9 days ago

      All the lol@salty casual non-salah caps earlier was classic hive brain muppetry. Really good opportunity this week to risk a differential captain with Salah away to Brighton.

      Im at 16k, went Aguero Cap to try and hit the top 10k by gambling on a salah blank. Didn’t work – now I need an Aguero brace to hit the average so its looking like Im heading south. That’s how the game should be played though right? Play the %’s until an opportunity to make grounds presents itself and reap the rewards?

      (insert salty lols@me below)

      1. Gooner Kebab
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 9 days ago

        at 16k you alright mate

      2. Swanremainsthesame
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Who was your vc???

    • FDMS All Starz
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 9 days ago

      Will TAA get any bps?