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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
    10 days, 1 hour ago

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

    1. ZICO SENNA
      • 7 Years
      10 days, 1 hour ago

      Bit OTT but yeah, painful

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 1 hour ago

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

      1. Chucky
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 1 hour ago

        😛 😮

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          10 days, 1 hour ago

          Hope Kamara isn't your 3rd forward 😉

          1. The 12th Man
            • 5 Years
            10 days, 1 hour ago

            Those are my 3. :0/

            1. Boxwoods
              • 1 Year
              10 days, 1 hour ago

              o/

  2. Hi I'm Jose
    • 9 Years
    10 days, 1 hour ago

    Burnley hit crossbar twice

  3. Halftime
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 days, 1 hour ago

    Holebas flagged already

  4. KingOllie
    • 3 Years
    10 days, 1 hour ago

    Do Brighton blank in 31 do we know yet?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 1 hour ago

      Depends on FA Cup results and Chelsea.

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 1 hour ago

      Have to beat derby to survive

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 1 hour ago

      If they beat Derby next Sat they'll blank.

      We'll know all the GW31 blanks next Monday.

      1. KingOllie
        • 3 Years
        10 days, 1 hour ago

        Ty. Go on derby I want gross in I think

    4. The 5% Team
        10 days, 1 hour ago

        if they win next weekend in FA cup

    5. AzzaroMax99
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 1 hour ago

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

      1. TheDragon
          10 days, 1 hour ago

          Obviously that’s very good

          Everyone lost late points / clean sheets

          1. AzzaroMax99
            • 2 Years
            10 days, 1 hour ago

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

            1. TheDragon
                10 days, 1 hour ago

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

        • BENOIT
          • 3 Years
          10 days, 1 hour 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
            10 days, 1 hour ago

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

          2. SkeletONv01
            • 1 Year
            10 days, 1 hour ago

            Nothing a -24 cant fix.

          3. AzzaroMax99
            • 2 Years
            10 days, 1 hour 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.

        • Chucky
          • 5 Years
          10 days, 1 hour ago

          So sick of richy and Fanny... absolute twerps

          1. TheDragon
              10 days, 1 hour ago

              Rich must be the most annoying player of the season

          2. SkeletONv01
            • 1 Year
            10 days, 1 hour ago

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

            1. HamezMace
              • 4 Years
              10 days, 1 hour ago

              Where should I go on holiday this summer?

              1. SkeletONv01
                • 1 Year
                10 days, 1 hour ago

                Kabul.

            2. Yank Revolution
              • 7 Years
              10 days, 1 hour ago

              Coke or Pepsi, and why?

              1. Ask Yourself
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                10 days, 1 hour ago

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

          3. HamezMace
            • 4 Years
            10 days, 1 hour ago

            How many hits has everyone taken this season so far?

            1. Burger
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              10 days, 1 hour ago

              17 x pts hit for me.

              1. HamezMace
                • 4 Years
                10 days, 1 hour ago

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

                1. Burger
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  10 days, 1 hour ago

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

            2. #FPLBhuna
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              10 days, 1 hour ago

              19

              -76 so far

            3. The 5% Team
                10 days, 1 hour ago

                14 hits

              • Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                10 days, 1 hour ago

                3.

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

                1. HamezMace
                  • 4 Years
                  10 days, 1 hour ago

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

                2. Mo Mané Mo Problems
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  10 days, 1 hour ago

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

                  1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    10 days, 1 hour ago

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

                    1. HamezMace
                      • 4 Years
                      10 days, 1 hour ago

                      Well apparently that’s fairly modest

              • McEwan
                • 9 Years
                10 days, 1 hour ago

                48 points spent so far

              • The 12th Man
                • 5 Years
                10 days, 1 hour ago

                15

              • Giggs-Tosun Particle
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                10 days, 1 hour ago

                Just 3 hits

              • grumpyman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                10 days, 1 hour 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
                  • 4 Years
                  10 days, 1 hour 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
                    • 2 Years
                    10 days, 1 hour 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 :/

              • HamezMace
                • 4 Years
                10 days, 1 hour 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
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  10 days, 1 hour 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
                    • 4 Years
                    10 days, 1 hour 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
                  10 days, 1 hour 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.

              • getfunky
                • 6 Years
                10 days, 1 hour 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.

              • Indpush
                • 1 Year
                10 days, 37 mins ago

                One

            4. Fork-In-Hell
              • 2 Years
              10 days, 1 hour ago

              Cavani injured too? United may have a real chance.

              1. PL Ball
                • 7 Years
                10 days, 1 hour ago

                Easy win.

            5. Patch
              • 1 Year
              10 days, 1 hour 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
                • 5 Years
                10 days, 1 hour ago

                Paterson

                1. Patch
                  • 1 Year
                  10 days, 1 hour ago

                  Thanks

              2. Emp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                10 days, 1 hour ago

                camasara

            6. Chucky
              • 5 Years
              10 days, 1 hour ago

              How is the top 10 k average so high? 😐

              1. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                10 days, 1 hour ago

                Salah, Pog, Rob + a few totted up.

              2. TheDragon
                  10 days, 1 hour ago

                  I ask myself this question every week!

                • Samwise
                    10 days, 1 hour ago

                    What is it

                    1. Yank Revolution
                      • 7 Years
                      10 days, 1 hour ago

                      45.2

                • TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 9 Years
                  10 days, 1 hour ago

                  Nice save Heaton

                • LǝgleSs e|even
                  • 3 Years
                  10 days, 1 hour ago

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

                  1. Pishpott
                      10 days, 1 hour ago

                      How many games is it? 2?

                  2. Niho992
                      10 days, 1 hour ago

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

                    • drughi
                      • 9 Years
                      10 days, 1 hour 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
                        • 3 Years
                        10 days, 1 hour ago

                        against shite teams too, pretty annoying

                        1. drughi
                          • 9 Years
                          10 days, 1 hour ago

                          yep, fel gods not on my side

                      2. Offside Trapattoni
                        • 2 Years
                        10 days, 1 hour 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
                          10 days, 1 hour ago

                          k lol

                    • TorresMagic™
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 9 Years
                      10 days, 1 hour ago

                      Wood g Barnes a I think

                    • Hi I'm Jose
                      • 9 Years
                      10 days, 1 hour ago

                      Ryan cs bye bye

                      1. Super Saints
                        • 2 Years
                        10 days, 1 hour ago

                        This

                    • Rainer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      10 days, 1 hour ago

                      Wood G
                      Barnes A

                    • Maritime Marvin
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      10 days, 1 hour ago

                      Who's got Wood?

                    • denial
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      10 days, 1 hour ago

                      Sod it

                    • dvdguy
                      • 3 Years
                      10 days, 1 hour ago

                      NZ 1 - AUS 0

                    • AzzaroMax99
                      • 2 Years
                      10 days, 1 hour ago

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

                      1. TorresMagic™
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 9 Years
                        10 days, 1 hour ago

                        Depends on tomorrow and FA Cup.

                      2. Rainer
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        10 days, 1 hour ago

                        Maybe, but not before next weekend.

                      3. Niho992
                          10 days, 1 hour ago

                          yes.

                      4. Pishpott
                          10 days, 1 hour ago

                          Hazard to Demerei Gray this week?

                        • Hi I'm Jose
                          • 9 Years
                          10 days, 1 hour ago

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

                          1. Brosstan
                            • 4 Years
                            10 days, 1 hour 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
                              • 1 Year
                              10 days, 1 hour ago

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

                              1. Brosstan
                                • 4 Years
                                10 days, 1 hour 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
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  10 days, 1 hour ago

                                  5.33 if they convert 3 saves.

                          2. Rainer
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            10 days, 1 hour 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
                              10 days, 1 hour 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.

                        • #FPLBhuna
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          10 days, 1 hour ago

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

                          1. The 5% Team
                              10 days, 1 hour ago

                              there's always next GW 🙂

                            • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              10 days, 1 hour ago

                              Huddersfield home, as discussed 😉

                          2. SADIO SANÉ
                            • 3 Years
                            10 days, 1 hour ago

                            Laca v Auba for next GW?

                            1. drughi
                              • 9 Years
                              10 days, 1 hour ago

                              I'm doing Firmino>Lacazette

                              1. AzzaroMax99
                                • 2 Years
                                10 days, 1 hour ago

                                This could be good.

                          3. diesel001
                            • 2 Years
                            10 days, 1 hour 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?

                          4. Deli Alli OxenFree!
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            10 days, 1 hour ago

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

                          5. Super Saints
                            • 2 Years
                            10 days, 1 hour ago

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