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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. el polako
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 9 days ago

    To be honest I never bought Kola for CS but for his offensive potential.
    But have to say this OG is just painfull, not having very good time with FPL at the moment, and there is only so much vodka one can drink over weekend.

    1. Depldax
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Those two minutes were heartbreaking. He was on for 12!

        1. el polako
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Sane ripped my heart out, Kola ate it.

      • drughi
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Cardiff and huddersfield scoring in extra time though, it is just a kick in the ...., plus he went from 2/3 bonus to zero in both games.

        1. drughi
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          plus only owned by 6% so would have been a good rank booster, very tough to take

          1. THFC4LIFE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            This

          2. el polako
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Hopefully this 2 points will stop masses from buying him and owners will be finally rewarded in next 2 home games.

        2. EMBOLOFAN
            4 months, 9 days ago

            as an etheridge owner ill take 5

        3. Benster
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          The one saving grace for Kola and Laca owners is that the 3 baps transferred directly from one to the other as a result of that OG.

          Laca was on for zero baps before the OG

      • Nightf0x
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Which?

        A) button to boruc, play with 11
        B) sane out, play with 10
        C) lovren to periera, play with 10

      • drughi
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Firmino>Lacazette seems like an easy trade going forward

        1. Team Cruel
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Laca will surely be their EL striker.

          1. drughi
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Could be the case

        2. The Suspended One
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Auba will return next match...

          1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            BATE?

            1. The Suspended One
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Doubt it..

      • No Mo Salah
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 9 days ago

        question;
        ML second place - aguero + tripper vs haz + 12 points who’s gonna win ?

        1. Jᴀʀᴠish
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          With 12 GWs to go? Don't know or care.

          1. Deli Alli OxenFree!
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            That’s funny!
            But pretty sure he’s talking about their scores this GW!
            (Might even be a H2H ML, playing against someone?)
            If Not Tho?...yeah, that’s a really dumb question!!

            1. Jᴀʀᴠish
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Yeah, I was possibly a little harsh on reflection 😀

              1. No Mo Salah
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 9 days ago

                this

            2. No Mo Salah
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 9 days ago

              not dumb use brain einstein

        2. diesel001
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Haz owner IMO

        3. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Hopefully the 2nd.

        4. fr3ddy
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 9 days ago

          We have to wait for Aguero, Trippier and Hazard to play to find out

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

        Heavy rain at Brighton.

        1. Jᴀʀᴠish
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Hope Jonty didn't leave his washing out.

          1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            If he has Virgin will be wearing it now.

            1. Rainer
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Don't think Virg would wear leather jocks.

              1. Rash
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                How about synthetic's?

              2. Jᴀʀᴠish
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                After his banning probably more likely to be wearing his head as a hat

                1. Rainer
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  Sin bin or gone gone? 😮

                2. J - Gimme your Mané …
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  Why is virg banned ? 😆

              3. Flapjack ✅
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                Bet he wouldn’t be anti meat when wearing them

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

        Knochaert on March off

        1. Rainer
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Injury? March had Taylor on the ropes a few times.

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

            Very likely.

        2. fr3ddy
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Marched off with a Knock?

      • diesel001
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        There will be someone who:

        1) Played AWB for his red card against Liverpool;
        2) Picked up Digne's negative points, but not his hauls;
        3) TC Sane last GW; and
        4) Had Kola this GW

        1. fr3ddy
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Ban

      • Vidal Castro
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Guys I feel like I've never needed the FFS community more than now. I am at a cross roads this season (OR 45K) and just off a torrid start to the game week.

        Never thought I would consider WC now with idea to WC last 6 weeks. But I've made many bad decisions that has made me drop from 22K to below 50K not going for high owned players who are performing like Pogba and Jimenez.

        But every time I contemplate WCing I do a hypothetical WC and see who I would keep for sure. This GW has seen a season low of 6 players I would keep without knowledge of BGW31.

        All three of my forwards didn't start along with TAA. There all going for price drops during the intl break. My team value is 103.6 which isn't great and I know a two week break won't destroy me. But if I keep trying to take hits or lose TV for the eventual GW32 or later wildcard means I am losing ground I can make up through the next four game weeks.

        My idea is to WC with knowledge of BGW31 fixtures and an idea of BGW33 fixtures and I am planning of Free Hitting in DGW34 which is more potent than BB in my opinion.

        Current team:

        Fabianski - Rui Patricio
        TAA-Holebas-Digne-Lowe-Doherty
        Salah-Son-Sane-Jota-Camarasa
        Rash-Auba-Arnie

        Should I WC or hold out?
        Thanks in advance.

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

          Hold out.

          1. Vidal Castro
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            I know but it's painful and Holebas got suspended for Cardiff GW31. I have 3 players losing value and at least 3 prospective players gaining value in the mean time.

        2. The Suspended One
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          If you saved for this long dont waste now

        3. Mo Mané Mo Problems
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Do you lose value on Auba and any other droppers?

          I’d probably do it. Hope for an FA cup massacre. And then plan from there.

          1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Actually your team isn’t that bad. As long as it’s just Digne/Holebas/Sane missing out, you can probably get a decent 11 out. Injuries to 2/3 others and I’d wildcard.

          2. Vidal Castro
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            I lose value on Digne, Auba, Sane and Holebas got suspended for Cardiff GW31. I have horrible picks like Lowe, Arnie and Sane and Digne blank GW31.

            1. The Suspended One
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Team value doesnt matter anymore

        4. diesel001
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Hold. You need to get rid of Digne and Sane to Robertson and Pogba IMO.

        5. EMBOLOFAN
            4 months, 9 days ago

            stick to the plan. youve been very unlucky with those strikers

          • Jᴀʀᴠish
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Hold out

          • ankil2009
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Hold imo

        6. getfunky
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          How has your keeper position gone for you this season? many cleansheets/points?

          I was checking my past gameweeks & I've had six cleansheets this season. It's been frustrating. I don't rotate so I started with De Gea (nothing), switched to Ryan (nothing), then Patricio (did well for a bit), then Edersen (his cleanies completely dried up right after I brought him in), then Fabs (still nothing) & finally Allison who's done okish (until the last few gws, not including today obviously)...

          So many wasted transfers. I think next season I'm just picking one keeper & leaving for the season. It's not worth all the chopping & changing.

          1. EMBOLOFAN
              4 months, 9 days ago

              pat > fab > etheridge has been pretty great so far

            • Flapjack ✅
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              I’ve had Ederson since GW3 wildcard. It’s been ok actually. Just streaks of 6s followed by streaks of 2s.

              This week is annoying however as he has the blank incoming.

            • KingOllie
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              I got foster a few gems ago and he’s been soooo good

            • Vamos
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 9 days ago

              I've had Foster and Fabs all season and whoever I start, the other does better. Guaranteed

          2. Bury94
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Is Burnley vs Brighton not even worthy of a dugout discussion?

            1. The Suspended One
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Kamara has more owners than either team and hes in turkey

          3. tm245
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            That linesman is jacked.

          4. teriyaki 69
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Livefpl.net ruined the mood on here after the games. No one really anticipates for bonus additions, GW rank updates, auto subs, mini league updates and OR updates. The score check posts have greatly been minimized also. To me personally however, it's a good thing. I can't lose sleep waiting for the FPL updates since I'm usually aware of my rank immediately the final whistle goes. Previously, I didn't have subscription to FFFix; with the development of livefpl.net, my life has been made much more easier.

            Thanks Ragabolly.

            1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              I still wait for the actual update rather than checking.

              1. The Suspended One
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                Ol skool 😉

                1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  Damn right. I still remember the days of play by post fantasy football let alone waiting a couple of hours for an update.

            2. EMBOLOFAN
                4 months, 9 days ago

                i still wait!

              • Flapjack ✅
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                When I had Aguero TC

                I checked it after every goal

                Three solid orgasms.

              • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                I still wait

                In a word where everyone wants things now now now, I just go and do other things and come back in the evening to check my rank

                1. Jᴀʀᴠish
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  Do the other things rhyme with rank?

            3. EMBOLOFAN
                4 months, 9 days ago

                which 3 sides do you fancy to go down?

                hudds, fulham, soton for me

                1. Rainer
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  Hudd & Fulham are gone.

                  3rd bottom will be a good battle.

                  1. EMBOLOFAN
                      4 months, 9 days ago

                      southampton team is diabolical on paper

                2. ankil2009
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  Guys I am 6th in my ML trailing the first guy by 85 or so. Need some differentials ideally, who do i get for Richarlison:

                  Budget: 8.1m
                  Already have: Salah Sterling Son Pogba
                  1. Fanderson
                  2. Jota (have Jimenex & Doherty)
                  3. Punt on Newcastle new player Almiron
                  4. Someone from Leicester: Maddison or Barnes?
                  5. Any other suggestion

                  1. Pishpott
                      4 months, 9 days ago

                      I'm looking at Demerei Gray tomorrow, if does well I'm gonna bring him in.

                    • EMBOLOFAN
                        4 months, 9 days ago

                        jota is great option

                        maddison is a good choice imo and no blank in 31

                        need to see extended highlights of todays game to see how fando did but not been impressed with west ham at all

                      • EMBOLOFAN
                          4 months, 9 days ago

                          martial isnt nailed but also worth considering

                          1. ankil2009
                            • 5 Years
                            4 months, 9 days ago

                            Good point about Martial can give it a thought........do you think Maddison is nailed going by his history he seems to have missed quite a bit

                        • fr3ddy
                          • 1 Year
                          4 months, 9 days ago

                          For me it depends on the next FA cup round. Wolves triple possibly too much?

                          1. ankil2009
                            • 5 Years
                            4 months, 9 days ago

                            Already lost 0.3 on that bugger Richa, it hurts to lose more value to him now 🙁

                      • ViperStripes
                        • 9 Years
                        4 months, 9 days ago

                        can people stop getting TAA in today please. He’s due to drop tonight, would be handy for us all if he was 0.1 cheaper.

                        1. teriyaki 69
                          • 2 Years
                          4 months, 9 days ago

                          you've spoken facts.

                        2. The Suspended One
                          • 6 Years
                          4 months, 9 days ago

                          Casual af

                        3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                          • 9 Years
                          4 months, 9 days ago

                          Yep, it just seems completely utterly ridiculous people are bringing him in

                          Just wait

                      • tm245
                        • 7 Years
                        4 months, 9 days ago

                        Nothing like timewasting in the 58th minute.

                        1. EMBOLOFAN
                            4 months, 9 days ago

                            northampton started timewasting against us (tranmere) last week within the opening 10

                        2. The Suspended One
                          • 6 Years
                          4 months, 9 days ago

                          Trent drops tonight for sure, right?

                          Love that he and auba drop right when i want them in

                          1. Superbadhine
                            • 8 Years
                            4 months, 9 days ago

                            Shnap

                          2. palace ash
                            • 9 Years
                            4 months, 9 days ago

                            Why do you want Trent vs Man U?

                            1. The Suspended One
                              • 6 Years
                              4 months, 9 days ago

                              Because he plays football good

                          3. Rainer
                            • 2 Years
                            4 months, 9 days ago

                            Doubt it, he's been near -100 for nearly a month.

                            They don't want to make sure a valuable player cheaper.

                            1. The Suspended One
                              • 6 Years
                              4 months, 9 days ago

                              -132 atm

                        3. EMBOLOFAN
                            4 months, 9 days ago

                            wood goal

                            1. EMBOLOFAN
                                4 months, 9 days ago

                                mcneil assist

                            2. TorresMagic™
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • Has Moderation Rights
                              • 10 Years
                              4 months, 9 days ago

                              Wood 2nd goal

                            3. Mo Mané Mo Problems
                              • 5 Years
                              4 months, 9 days ago

                              Work werk

                              1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
                                • 5 Years
                                4 months, 9 days ago

                                Lol, Wood werk.

                            4. Flapjack ✅
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              4 months, 9 days ago

                              Woodwagon

                            5. Jᴀʀᴠish
                              • 4 Years
                              4 months, 9 days ago

                              Hands up if you have wood.

                              1. Halftime
                                • 7 Years
                                4 months, 9 days ago

                                In my draft team, not sure if that counts

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

                                Every morning

                              3. Rainer
                                • 2 Years
                                4 months, 9 days ago

                                Typed this at the same time \o/

                            6. Right back Atsu
                              • 5 Years
                              4 months, 9 days ago

                              Get Wood.

                            7. Rainer
                              • 2 Years
                              4 months, 9 days ago

                              Wood doesn't blank... 😮

                            8. Silecro
                              • 1 Year
                              4 months, 9 days ago

                              Ryan save close

                            9. LIARS POKER
                              • 2 Years
                              4 months, 9 days ago

                              Pereira worth the extra 0.3 over Chillwell?

                              1. EMBOLOFAN
                                  4 months, 9 days ago

                                  yeah

                              2. Bury94
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                4 months, 9 days ago

                                Cue Wood jokes

                                1. fr3ddy
                                  • 1 Year
                                  4 months, 9 days ago

                                  Wood on max BAPs?

                              3. tm245
                                • 7 Years
                                4 months, 9 days ago

                                If this result holds there will be 6 teams within three points for the drop.

                                1. diesel001
                                  • 2 Years
                                  4 months, 9 days ago

                                  Yes - hope it does. Would be a great for the relegation battle and will make the FA Cup ties with Palace and Brighton more interesting if they choose to rest players to save them for the league.

                                  1. tm245
                                    • 7 Years
                                    4 months, 9 days ago

                                    Definitely. Races for 4th and for the title also look promising, especially as all six are still in Europe as well.

                              4. Flapjack ✅
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 6 Years
                                4 months, 9 days ago

                                So glad if Brighton go down. Horrible team with arrogant fans.

                                Hope they go into administration

                                1. EMBOLOFAN
                                    4 months, 9 days ago

                                    they wont

                                  • Flapjack ✅
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 6 Years
                                    4 months, 9 days ago

                                    The year is 2004 and Brighton fans claim they can sellout a 80,000 seater stadium while playing in front of barely 7,000 at the local leisure centre.

                                  • Rainer
                                    • 2 Years
                                    4 months, 9 days ago

                                    😮

                                  • The Suspended One
                                    • 6 Years
                                    4 months, 9 days ago

                                    Hot take, where is Jonty to defend the clubs honor? 😉

                                    1. Flapjack ✅
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 6 Years
                                      4 months, 9 days ago

                                      I went to the Amex two seasons ago and their own fans were fighting each other at the train station.

                                      The only think good about that away day was the free transport as the ground is miles away

                                    2. Jᴀʀᴠish
                                      • 4 Years
                                      4 months, 9 days ago

                                      Off being arrogant with Fatboy Slim somewhere apparently

                                2. EMBOLOFAN
                                    4 months, 9 days ago

                                    been saying this on here all week but mcneill is fantastic value. very strong underlying stats, dont think they can afford to rotate him

                                    1. fr3ddy
                                      • 1 Year
                                      4 months, 9 days ago

                                      Also plays gw31 and 33