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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. Chucky
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    No Auba or rashy... season ruined....

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

      Bit OTT but yeah, painful

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

      FPL gave you too many points last GW, had to even it out to be fair to us casuals 😉

      1. Chucky
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        😛 😮

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

          Hope Kamara isn't your 3rd forward 😉

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

            Those are my 3. :0/

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

              o/

  2. Hi I'm Jose
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Burnley hit crossbar twice

  3. Halftime
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Holebas flagged already

  4. KingOllie
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Do Brighton blank in 31 do we know yet?

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

      Depends on FA Cup results and Chelsea.

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

      Have to beat derby to survive

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

      If they beat Derby next Sat they'll blank.

      We'll know all the GW31 blanks next Monday.

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

        Ty. Go on derby I want gross in I think

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

      if they win next weekend in FA cup

  5. AzzaroMax99
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    57 (-4) after baps, 4 players to go. Not too bad but it could be better if Etheridge saved his net. 🙁

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

      Obviously that’s very good

      Everyone lost late points / clean sheets

      1. AzzaroMax99
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        I know..last week I had just 55 pts with Sane, Siggy and Sterling as dgw players. :/

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

          It’s been tough few weeks that’s for sure

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

    My team is shot. Wildcard time?

    Fabianski
    Bednarek, Shaw, AWB, Cedric*, Kiko*
    Sane*, KDB*, Hazard, Richarlisonn, Salah
    Ings*, Rashford, Jiminez

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

      Jesus Christ what happened. Yes. Considering you have one playing midfielder.

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

      Nothing a -24 cant fix.

    3. AzzaroMax99
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Do you have 1 or 2 FT?
      If 2, I would sell Sane, KDB + Ings to maybe Son, Pogba, Laca and play 3-4-3.
      It is possible even with -8. Try to save your WC.

  7. Chucky
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    So sick of richy and Fanny... absolute twerps

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

      Rich must be the most annoying player of the season

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

    Im the best FPL player(just sneaked into topo 1m). Ask me any advice.

    1. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Where should I go on holiday this summer?

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

        Kabul.

    2. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Coke or Pepsi, and why?

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

        Pepsi, actually tastes better and isn’t a corporate ethical disasterclass

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

    How many hits has everyone taken this season so far?

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

      17 x pts hit for me.

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        Seriously?
        What OR if you don’t mind sharing?

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

          35k, some work to do to get to top 10k.

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

      19

      -76 so far

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

      14 hits

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

      3.

      Might treat myself to a couple of -2's this GW though.

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        I’ve done 4, and thought that was a lot....so thanks for helping to verify my thinking.

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

        Ditto. And ditto might have a treat of a -4.

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

          Oh wait, I’ve done 4! No treat for me.

          1. HamezMace
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 12 days ago

            Well apparently that’s fairly modest

    5. McEwan
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      48 points spent so far

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

      15

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

      Just 3 hits

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

      13. Promised myself I'd take less this year but it hasn't panned out lol. Same self destructive behaviour every season, can't seem to break the habit. I've tracked my returns from hits over a 3 game week period in a spreadsheet this season to see what help/damage it has caused.

      Everything taken into account, I'm 50 points worse off.

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        Interesting, as I mentioned above I thought hits were quite frowned upon but seems people are taking lots and still in the top 50k

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

          I'm 20k, was 4k before a bad run recently. But the hits didn't help, they just stopped me from being higher. Need to sort this behaviour out.

          Having said that, I'm taking a -4 next GW and probably a couple more to get 11 out by GW31 :/

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

      Thanks all.
      Interesting, I thought most players tried to keep their hits low.
      Helps me explain why some people have such high TV, and popular players

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

        Yep, and for the most parts a lot of the obvious hits have paid off this season. It’s been high scoring which is a bad thing if you are being cautious.

        1. HamezMace
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 12 days ago

          It seems to be for me, that’s for sure, was considering a -4 this week to ensure I get 11 out in gw27

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

        hits aren't always bad.
        natural loss aversion for many players.
        hits for a single game not really sensible. going to be a lot this next GW.
        Took 76 pts last season and was in top 100 (a few players took more in top 100)
        Got to balance patience with carrying poor players.
        .all depends on how you like to play the game.

    10. getfunky
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      21 hits. Lots in the last 10 gws or so when i dropped to 120k rank (was top 10k then had a series of red arrows), since then i've been making 2-3 transfers most weeks & i've only had one red arrow, now I'm 20k overall. Hits can pay off if you think your team needs a overhaul which mine did.

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

      One

  10. Wakanda 4ever
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Cavani injured too? United may have a real chance.

    1. PL Ball
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Easy win.

  11. Patch
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Who is the best Cardiff player to have over next few weeks?

    I have 2 FT and I am perhaps looking for a mid or forward from Cardiff (Richarlison or Ings for the chop)

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Paterson

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

        Thanks

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

      camasara

  12. Chucky
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    How is the top 10 k average so high? 😐

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

      Salah, Pog, Rob + a few totted up.

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

      I ask myself this question every week!

    3. Samwise
      8 months, 12 days ago

      What is it

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        45.2

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

    Nice save Heaton

  14. LǝgleSs e|even
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Well now that's he's suspended, best replacement for Holebas?

    1. Pishpott
      8 months, 12 days ago

      How many games is it? 2?

  15. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 12 days ago

    How many players played in top 10 K ? Whats page name where i can check this ?

  16. drughi
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    That late own goal by Kolasinac was sickening, 10 points lost on stoppage time. Gotta hate this game sometimes and that was the second time in 3 weeks kola went from 11>5 and 12>2 points last minute. Crazy

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

      against shite teams too, pretty annoying

      1. drughi
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        yep, fel gods not on my side

    2. Offside Trapattoni
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      He needs to deliver attacking returns vs both SOU and BOU otherwise he's not worth the frustration.

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

        k lol

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

    Wood g Barnes a I think

  18. Hi I'm Jose
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Ryan cs bye bye

    1. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      This

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

    Wood G
    Barnes A

  20. The One True Marvin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Who's got Wood?

  21. denial
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Sod it

  22. dvdguy
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    NZ 1 - AUS 0

  23. AzzaroMax99
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Shaw to Pereira is a no-brainer, if no other issues?

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

      Depends on tomorrow and FA Cup.

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

      Maybe, but not before next weekend.

    3. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 12 days ago

      yes.

  24. Pishpott
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Hazard to Demerei Gray this week?

  25. Hi I'm Jose
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    This "off target" minus baps should be definetely reviewed next season. An attempt missed very close is a good attempt imo.

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

      The only thing that should change is the ridiculous amount gks get for a penalty save

      1. Deli Alli OxenFree!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        Strongly Disagree w/ ya mate!
        ...throw the GK’s a bone!
        “That one is def a Keeper!”

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

          GKs getting 3 bps when they concede 2 goals and their team loses just because they had a jammy pk save is dumb. They already get 5 points for the save.

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

            5.33 if they convert 3 saves.

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

      Its considered a loss of possession really, like being tackled -1.

      Bit weird when hitting the bar is -1 BPS but its all in black and white.

      1. Hi I'm Jose
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        Just one "Off the target" cost many minus pts for players who have a great effort in a match whereas defenders get baps if they don't concede though they play shittty.

  26. #FPLBhuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Quite relieved i did not tc salah now nor bench boosted 😮 lol

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

      there's always next GW 🙂

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Huddersfield home, as discussed 😉

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

    Laca v Auba for next GW?

    1. drughi
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      I'm doing Firmino>Lacazette

      1. AzzaroMax99
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        This could be good.

  28. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Burnley win would make the relegation battle and the FA Cup next week interesting.

    Will Brighton and Palace risk their best players in a FA Cup tie when things are tight at the bottom?

  29. Deli Alli OxenFree!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    I’m def rating those Black & Grey Burnley Kits!
    (Greytone is the new Claret&Blue)

  30. Super Saints
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    All 4 clean sheets gone already, I am terrible at this game!