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Aubameyang misses out as Alexander-Arnold returns on the bench

Following on from Manchester United’s comfortable 3-0 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage, five more Premier League matches kick off at 15:00 GMT.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has failed to recover from illness as Alexandre Lacazette leads the line for Arsenal, with the fit-again Henrikh Mkhitaryan returning to the Gunners’ starting XI for the first time since Gameweek 17.

Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil fail to make the match-day squad, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles returns at right-back/wing-back.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is only fit enough for a place on the bench at Anfield as Georginio Wijnaldum replaces Adam Lallana in Jurgen Klopp’s one change to his starting XI.

Xherdan Shaqiri misses out through injury.

Eddie Howe is again without Callum Wilson and David Brooks for the trip to Merseyside, though Jefferson Lerma returns from injury.

Jordon Ibe and Diego Rico are handed recalls as Junior Stanislas, Dominic Solanke and the ineligible Nathaniel Clyne make way.

Gylfi Sigurdsson, Richarlison and Cenk Tosun return the Everton XI for the trip to Vicarage Road, with Theo Walcott, Bernard and Dominic Calvert-Lewin dropping to the bench.

Abdoulaye Doucoure for Tom Cleverley is Watford’s only change.

West Ham United are unchanged for their match against Crystal Palace – meaning Marko Arnautovic has to be content with a place among the substitutes.

Wilfried Zaha returns from suspension in place of Jordan Ayew, while Martin Kelly deputises for the injured James Tomkins.

Ralph Hasenhuttl brings Ryan Bertrand, Shane Long, Yan Valery and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg into the Southampton side at the expense of Callum Slattery, Matt Targett, Stuart Armstrong and the injured Danny Ings.

Harry Arter replaces Josh Murphy in Neil Warnock’s only alteration, with Victor Camarasa among the substitutes.

Jan Siewert makes four changes to his Huddersfield side: Ben Hamer, Zanka, Jonathan Hogg and Jason Puncheon come in for Jonas Lossl, Chris Lowe, Isaac Mbenza and Philip Billing.

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita, Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Sakho, Van Aanholt, McArthur, Milivojević, Schlupp, Townsend, Zaha, Benteke.

West Ham XI: Fabiański, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Rice, Antonio, Anderson, Snodgrass, Hernández.

Huddersfield Town XI: Hamer, Smith, Kongolo, Jorgensen, Schindler, Bacuna, Hogg, Mooy, Diakhaby, Puncheon, Kachunga.

Arsenal XI: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Torreira, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette.

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Bournemouth XI: Boruc, Smith, Rico, Aké, Cook, Surman, Gosling, Lerma, Ibe, Fraser, King.

Southampton XI: McCarthy, Valery, Stephens, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Bertrand, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Redmond, Long.

Cardiff XI: Etheridge, Peltier, Ecuele Manga, Bamba, Bennett, Arter, Gunnarsson, Ralls, Paterson, Reid, Niasse.

Watford XI: Foster, Janmaat, Cathcart, Mariappa, Holebas, Hughes, Doucoure, Capoue, Sema, Deeney, Deulofeu.

Everton XI: Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Zouma, Digne, Gomes, Gueye, Davies, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Tosun.

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  1. acko
      8 months, 12 days ago

      49 points from 5 players and Richarlison will come in for Rashford so 51 from 6... Patricio, Doherty, Son, Hazard and Jimenez still left to play... Kolasinac own goal cost me like 10k ranks.. So unlucky...

      1. TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 12 days ago

        That’s a well above average score

    • Tev
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      My mate needs Brighton and BTTS for £1800.
      Don’t care, come on Ashley Barnes! Hat trick please.

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        😀

      2. Here Comes The Son ★
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        You're a terrible mate (100% serious)

        1. Tev
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 12 days ago

          Yeah I’m only kidding- a 4-3 Brighton with Barnes hatty would be nice though.

      3. Rash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        Dunk brace incoming

    • Here Comes The Son ★
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      ß

    • Celt Abroad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      What has been unusual about the last few weeks has not been how terrible they are - that happens.

      What is unusual is how Perfectly terrible they have been, as if it has been scripted:

      Sane playing for Exactly 59 minutes of a double game week.

      Aubameyang missing an easy game with illness while aguero hauls.

      Kola scoring an Own Goal in the 93rd minute against Huddersfield.

      If you sat down to write the worst set of things that could happen, you would struggle to come up with worse.

      1. MTPockets
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        Holebas picking up 10th yc just before the blanks

      2. Tev
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        Exactly this.

      3. Mo Mané Mo Problems
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        Aguero hauls?

      4. Ron_Swanson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        second one hasn't happened

      5. TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 12 days ago

        It’s been like that all season - like Salah 1 double digit haul in first 15 weeks - everyone takes him out to get Auba. Auba blanks and Salah hat trick before Salah goes on a super hot streak.

        That was the moment my season stalled

        1. Gentle_Turks
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 12 days ago

          I've owned him all season.

        2. Mayo for Sam
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 12 days ago

          Lot of good things happened too!

    • QUEN
        8 months, 12 days ago

        Anyone think Murray could be a shout after the blank? Good fixtures and my third striker is Llorente who’s time will soon be over

        1. Emp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 12 days ago

          prefer rondon personally

          1. QUEN
              8 months, 12 days ago

              He was the other I was considering as cheaper just not as many green fixtures

        2. The Baby-faced Assassin
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 12 days ago

          Looking at a newcastle defender for the next few fixtures, who is the one to get? Was thinking Schar...

          1. QUEN
              8 months, 12 days ago

              Brighton better after 27 if you’re going for cheap defenders

            • Rash
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              I'll likely be getting him for digne

            • RFCSPACE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              Looking at Yedlin

            • Bam Bam Bigelow
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              Lejeune is also an option

          2. Team Cruel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 12 days ago

            No Neymar. Cavani gone off injured today. PSG might start Chopper against United 😯

            1. Pierce34
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              Ah, memories from last year...Definitely bringing him in my UCL fantasy team 😀

            2. tucaoneo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              8 months, 12 days ago

              Got Pogba in my UCL team.

          3. Pierce34
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 12 days ago

            Kolasinac is so great to own. Any other defender conceding 1 goal would've taken a very boring route to 2 points, but not Kolasinac 😎

            1. Oggle22
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              Own him as well couldn't believe it 9points to 2 in a matter of minutes

            2. gooberman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              This is the problem with him. A lot of attacking threat but clean sheets are the bread and butter which Arsenal seem incapable of keeping.

              1. Emp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                8 months, 12 days ago

                hes doing alright for his price

          4. Guru Mediation
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 12 days ago

            Are 3pm bps final?

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              Look to be.

              1. Guru Mediation
                • 4 Years
                8 months, 12 days ago

                Cheers, shame

          5. gooberman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 12 days ago

            Robertson booking turning out to be a -2 as he is now down to 1bp. Effing hate it when this happens.

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              -3 points.

              -3 BPS for the YC, -1 BPS for the foul.

              1. gooberman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                8 months, 12 days ago

                He would have got 11pts instead of 9pts if it hadn't have been for the booking. So the booking has cost 2pts.

                1. Rainer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  8 months, 12 days ago

                  He would have got 12.

                  1. Gentle_Turks
                    • 1 Year
                    8 months, 12 days ago

                    Wrong. He was on 11 total points including bonus when he got the yellow.

                    1. Rainer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      8 months, 12 days ago

                      He was on 11 before the YC. If he didn't get a YC, he'd be on 12 now.

                      He's 4 BPS behind Wijnaldum.

                      Foul = -1 BPS, YC = -3 BPS.

                    2. Andy Ftw
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      8 months, 12 days ago

                      Don’t argue with Rainer about bonus. You’ll lose

            2. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              At least you are not a Kolasinac owner?

              1. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                8 months, 12 days ago

                Both 😎

                13 points gone in a minute 😀

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  8 months, 12 days ago

                  Ooooof

            3. Ron_Swanson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              Its -2. He was due to get 2 bps and got one, plus the YC -1 itself

          6. Kevin 11
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 12 days ago

            So none of my forwards have played, will 5-5-0 formation be allowed by autosub or do I just get 1 from the bench

            1. gooberman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              Nope, not allowed

              1. Kevin 11
                • 1 Year
                8 months, 12 days ago

                damn that sucks

                1. Kevin 11
                  • 1 Year
                  8 months, 12 days ago

                  suppose people could get 3 non starters and use invalid formations all the time otherwise

            2. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              1 forward scores 0.

            3. GanonTEK
              • 6 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              Must have minimum 1 striker

          7. Oggle22
            • 2 Years
            8 months, 12 days ago

            Richarlison and Kamara out
            Jiminez and 4.4m mid bench fodder?

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              Not today, plenty of matches to go.

            2. The 5% Team
              • 1 Year
              8 months, 12 days ago

              why so early

              1. Oggle22
                • 2 Years
                8 months, 12 days ago

                Dont know tbh haha I've got Pogba, Mane, Salah and Rashford all against each other Richarlison no game and Aguero no game

                1. Emp
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  8 months, 12 days ago

                  so what if they all against each other?

            3. Lucky Z
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              No. Rich => Anderson. Dont waste -4

          8. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            8 months, 12 days ago

            Anyone else thinking about skipping Aubameyang altogether?

            1. ZICO SENNA
              • 8 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              Already got him so stucking, and if i didn’t have him i’d still bring him in for upcoming fixtures

            2. Zebras
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              Yeah. So glad I wasn't quick to swap for Kun. Also had Kola transfer lined up all week before deciding I can't trust a team with just 3cs all season.
              Avoiding Arsenal altogether.

            3. YEAH PITCH!
                8 months, 12 days ago

                Yep. Aguero far more explosive and proven.

            4. 007 [RoboKlopp]
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              Early thought on this for gw 27
              A. Digne -> Pereira
              B. Sane, TAA -> Mane, Pereira
              C. Sane, Digne -> Haz, Bednarek

              Guaita
              Robbo, TAA, Doherty
              Salah, Sane, Son, Pogba
              Auba, Rash, Jimenez
              (Button, Digne, Bennett, Hojberg)

              1. Kabayan
                • 3 Years
                8 months, 12 days ago

                Haz blanks for GW27
                A.

                1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
                  • 3 Years
                  8 months, 12 days ago

                  Then if C Digne -> Bednarek and do Sane -> Haz in hw 28.

            5. Paul
              • 9 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              Went from 26 points in defence to 7 points in defence over a span of a couple of minutes!!! 😡

            6. ZICO SENNA
              • 8 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              Cannot beleive i was in top 7k like 8 GW’s ago, how the hell do you stay there?! Around 70k now, this game is just impossible.

              1. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                8 months, 12 days ago

                "Salah isn't worth 12.8m"

                1. ZICO SENNA
                  • 8 Years
                  8 months, 12 days ago

                  Oh dear......how sad?

              2. Tev
                • 2 Years
                8 months, 12 days ago

                Stayed at 8k for three weeks in a row, two weeks later and I’m 40k 🙂

                1. ZICO SENNA
                  • 8 Years
                  8 months, 12 days ago

                  Absolute joke isn’t it, relaly no idea why we play it

              3. HollywoodXI
                • 5 Years
                8 months, 12 days ago

                Feel your pain. I was 3k 8 GW’s ago and now I’m 110k!

                1. ZICO SENNA
                  • 8 Years
                  8 months, 12 days ago

                  It’s farcical

              4. Srv210
                • 2 Years
                8 months, 12 days ago

                It's a pain bro...was at 12k ..and now in a few weeks...1m + ,looking likely to fall further this week

            7. Jacky boy
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              Do you think arnie will start next gw?

              1. fachada
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                8 months, 12 days ago

                Hope so. I'm taking a captain punt on him and try to climb the ranks

            8. Giggs-Tosun Particle
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              Was having a great day until Kola bottled it

            9. Pep Pig
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              Zouma captainers reveal yourself 😉

              1. The 5% Team
                • 1 Year
                8 months, 12 days ago

                when did he receive a red?

                1. Pep Pig
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  8 months, 12 days ago

                  After the full time whistle for decent the silly sod

            10. HuttonDressedasLahm
              • 9 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              No Rashford
              Digne 1st sub, Bamba 2nd sub
              Arse

            11. Lucky Z
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              Kun and Rich => Auba and FAnderson -4?

              Gives me

              Fab (Hamer)
              TAA Shaw AWB (Bennett)
              Pogba Salah Mane Son FAnderson
              Auba Rash

            12. SADIO SANÉ
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              think I might be more annoyed by Holebas than Kola...BGW plans never go well

            13. Giggs-Tosun Particle
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              Lost 18 points in the last 25 minutes of the 3pms fml

            14. Ask Yourself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              Really hope I can do Rich > Lanzini this week

              1. Eytexi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                8 months, 12 days ago

                I hope you're serious because that's an insane differential if he plays.

                1. Ask Yourself
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  8 months, 12 days ago

                  Yeah pelle says he could be back for it. West Ham are begging for him

            15. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              8 months, 12 days ago

              When you put down the fpl to watch some rugby and kola is on max bonus, cs and come back and he's scored an own goal and got booked.

            16. barton fc
              • 1 Year
              8 months, 12 days ago

              hamer (patricio)
              robbo kola doherty AWB (bednerek)
              salah son pogba (Richarlison brooks)
              aguero rashford jimenez 1FT 2.3ITB

              after doing aguero to aubba, i could sell reichalison for a hit having 9.2 to play with. anyone in this range worth taking a hit for?

              (i'm thinking the likes of fraser, martial, lingard, mikhi) not many great ones tbh. liking the looks of gross for GW28.

            17. Eytexi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              8 months, 12 days ago

              How is 47 from 6? About average?

              1. TheDragon
                • 1 Year
                8 months, 12 days ago

                Does that include you captain? So effectively 7 players out of 12? If so fairly average. If not then above average

                1. Eytexi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  8 months, 12 days ago

                  Unfortunately yes.

                2. SADIO SANÉ
                  • 4 Years
                  8 months, 12 days ago

                  it's above average

                  1. SADIO SANÉ
                    • 4 Years
                    8 months, 12 days ago

                    actually pretty much bang on

            18. jimmyabs1987
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              Laca 3 BAPS! Nice

            19. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              Burnley unlucky.

            20. SkeletONv01
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 12 days ago

              Auba(C), Pogba(VC), this is how big bois roll.