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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. AzzaroMax99
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 7 days ago

    TAA again good option? As double up with Robbo I mean?

    1. gonzalocampos
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      The opposite, TAA out...Mane in for triple Liverpool.

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

        that's not very good advice

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 7 days ago

          Terribl advice

    2. Offside Trapattoni
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      I'm bringing TAA in (for Kola) running with the Salah Robbo treble

  2. jimmyabs1987
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 7 days ago

    Digne & Rash > Rondon and Pereira for next 3 GW?

    1. jimmyabs1987
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Or Rash & Sterling > Auba & Martial?

  3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 7 days ago

    Wood is going to rise tonight?

    1. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Depends how well you did lol

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Already did

    3. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Depends on the missus.

    4. Ross From Friends
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Been on the rise since the early 90s

    5. Tierney Henry
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Solid

  4. Cruz88
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 7 days ago

    Can swap Digne for someone next week, 1.3 ITB, already own TAA, Dohertyz Luiz and Bissaka. Who would be best?

    A) Pereira
    B) Spurs defender
    C) Someone else

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Pereira

    2. Whatever100
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      I am looking at Newcastle defenders but they do seem to have a lot and not sure which are nailed. Schar maybe. Then again may just swap out Ederson with their keeper instead.

  5. Touré De Force
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 7 days ago

    Holebas Wood and Bamba on my bench - in that order. Holebas coming in, maybe Dilva will be rested and I'll get Woods haul

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Dilva will start imo

  6. Flynny
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 7 days ago

    Any early thoughts on this?

    Hazard richarlison and kamara to auba anderson and mcneil - 4

    Ederson fab
    Robbo Doherty lindelof awb bednarek
    Salah hazard son pog richi
    Rash jiminez kamara

    Thanks

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Looks decent, way too early to make the transfers.

      1. Flynny
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 7 days ago

        Yup. Just like to have a rough idea..cheers

  7. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 7 days ago

    Why did the worm eater bother buying Hart? Should have just played Lindegaard until Heaton was fully fit. Burnley would have been comfortable in top 10 if they didn't persist with Hart when Heaton was back.

  8. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 7 days ago

    Is Pereira worth (-4)?

    Can start either Trent or Awb.

    1. jimmyabs1987
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      No TAA could get something from it

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Wouldn't take the hit to bench Trent.

    3. tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Nope

    4. BENOIT
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      No

  9. EgyptianKing
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 7 days ago

    1) Moura and Kun, +14 points

    2) Sane Hazard Son Jimenez

    In your opinion, can 2) still beat 1)?

    Cheers mates!

    1. jimmyabs1987
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Over what time period?

      1. EgyptianKing
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 7 days ago

        This GW!

        1. jimmyabs1987
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 7 days ago

          Very unlikely as I think Aguero will get points, Moura unlikely but I think Son and Jimi are your only points scorers as Haz and Sane have 2 and 1 points written all over them!

          1. EgyptianKing
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 7 days ago

            Thank you for your opinion.

            I still have hope 2) (me) can beat 1) (my rival) ahah. Lets see!

            1. jimmyabs1987
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              7 months, 7 days ago

              Best of luck! My rival has Aguero C so I am on Team 2 🙂

    2. Pishpott
      7 months, 7 days ago

      2 wins I think

      1. EgyptianKing
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 7 days ago

        I hope so!!

  10. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 7 days ago

    Sterling Deeney to..

    A. Auba Anderson
    B Laca Mane

    1. jimmyabs1987
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      A

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      A

    3. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Cheers

  11. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 7 days ago

    Why are there 2 games on friday the next gw?

    1. alastair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Wales playing England at rugby on the Saturday

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 7 days ago

        Ah. Thanks.

    2. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      American football game on the Saturday.

    3. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Next GW is midweek.

      1. The 5% Team
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 7 days ago

        no, thats GW 28

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 7 days ago

          Yeah, Friday then Tuesday for Cardiff.

  12. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 7 days ago

    Need a haul from triple Wolves to have a good gw.

    Whats the odds they lose 1 nil just when u need them most?

    1. jimmyabs1987
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      I need this as well with ideally Jota getting most the points!

    2. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      High - given I have played Doherty and benched Lascelles

  13. Gudjohnsen
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 7 days ago

    A part from City game West Ham fixtures look really good. Any of their players options again?

    1. Tev
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Felipe 100%.

    2. Pishpott
      7 months, 7 days ago

      I keep waiting for Anderson to come good but he's just not getting the points, I've held him for so long though so I daren't get rid.

      1. Ini
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 7 days ago

        At the point you may as well keep if they have a game in the blanks

    3. Flynny
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Anderson

      Season over for them tho so hard to predict form

  14. Ahmed Adam
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 7 days ago

    Sane to F. Anderson?

    Any Thoughts

    1. Tev
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Yes

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Yes

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      It really depends on the rest of your team and your plan going forward.

      I was initially thinking that was a no-brainer transfer, but if you want City in future, it can cause problems.

    4. tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 7 days ago

      I'm considering

    5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      From one blank merchant to another:

      Sané: 6 blanks in last 9
      Felipe: 7 blanks in last 9

      You really have to time those players right or they’re a nightmare

  15. tafrère
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 7 days ago

    So the number one of the french leaderboard is named... Morten Bugge Gundersen...

    Pretty sure he's not french. Those norwegians are everywhere in FPL lmao.

    1. tisza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      seems like entire population of Christmas Island plays FPL according to number of people in that league 🙂

      1. tafrère
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 7 days ago

        Pretty disappointed that there aren't more restrictions so you can't just "elect" your country. Makes the national leaderboard less interesting. Even if I suppose there aren't that many online travelers.

    2. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      I'm 5k in Norway, 50k OR. Ridiculous ratio considering the fact there barely live people here.

      1. tafrère
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 7 days ago

        Norwegians are FPL mastermind. Too cold up there to do anything else than watching football.

  16. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 7 days ago

    58 Points with Son, Doherty and Jimenez to play.
    How does that compare to everyone else?

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Pretty good but not spectacular.

    2. Pishpott
      7 months, 7 days ago

      59 with Hazard Bennett Patricio and Son

    3. jimmyabs1987
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      48 points with Son, Sterling, Doherty, Jota, Jimi to play

    4. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      43 Pat Doherty Sterling Son Aguero Jimi left

  17. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 7 days ago

    Will you still select Salah if he’s a 13.0 forward next year?

    I think he’d definitely still be worth it... he would lose 31 points off his current score for CS’s & extra midfielder goal points... but he has 7 games where he’s scored and failed to register baps this season, so you’d have to think he’d recover at least half of that points deficit from extra forward baps.

    Should still be good for 250/260 points in a season easy as a forward, particularly as first choice pen taker

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      12,5 forward next season imo

    2. Pishpott
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Probably, it's becoming so boring having to have him though.

    3. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      I don't play fantasy La Liga so no, I won't be buying him.

    4. tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 7 days ago

      All things considered he would lose 0.5 point per goal if classified as forward according to Deulofail.

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Yes. Kane is 12.5m and we all had him while he had those good fixtures.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 7 days ago

        Something tells me the current Salah, Pogba, Son, Rashford template foundation will not be quite so affordable next year.

        I’d say we’ll Be lucky to get them for less than 42.0 compared to 36.0 this year

    6. Indpush
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 7 days ago

      I will be getting Salah again. I also plan to get as many pen takers as possible.

  18. Halftime
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 7 days ago

    70 points including subs and bonus with Doherty, Sterling and Jimenez to go. If Kola hadn't scored the OG i could of broken 100 this GW.

    1. Tierney Henry
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      nice

    2. Vamos
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 7 days ago

      That's a very good score.

      I'm on 53 with Jimenez, Doherty, Aguero and Sterling to play. Slightly afraid of not having Son...

    3. KevsHolidayFund
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 7 days ago

      I make it 67 where are you pulling the extra 3points from?

      1. Halftime
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 7 days ago

        70 all right, Holebas coming on for Rashford. Having a dire season, nice to get a good result.

        1. KevsHolidayFund
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 7 days ago

          Apologies for questioning your addition. I overlooked laca's 3 bonus. You are having a good week!

  19. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 7 days ago

    Hazard & Higuain could be great options from GW29 if United beat Chelsea in the FA Cup.

    No blanks plus a DGW.

    From GW29-33 their fixtures:
    ful, WOL, eve, car, WHU and BHA possibly in DGW32.

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      This - and exact opposite if Chelsea go through, as thye’d Have blanks in 31 and probably/possibly 33

      If Utd knock them out a chelsea triple up is on the cards

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 7 days ago

        Yup totally agree. Luiz, Hazard & Higuain could be gold from GW29.

        Already own Haz and was planning to sell for Auba this week but I might be put off that move if they get locked out. Still think Auba is a great option for next 2 though.

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 7 days ago

          Auba > Higuain for GW29 is on my radar for sure if cup results go the right way and Higuain still looks good

  20. AD2110
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 7 days ago

    Hi guys, is there anything that would be good changing in this team? Have 1 FT and 0.2m ITB. Or best to roll the free? Ideally want to get rid of Sane for someone but not sure who for....

    Fab
    TAA, Robbo, WB
    Salah, Son, Sané, Pogba
    Auba, Rashford, Jimenez

    Boruc, Bennett, Yedlin, Hojbjerg

    1. jimmyabs1987
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Double Liverpool away at Man U? Maybe get a spurs player in for GW27?

  21. Depldax
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 7 days ago

    Finally some points from Chris Wood! I'm still in shock

    1. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Enough to give you some wood

    2. Depldax
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Haha I like that

      1. Depldax
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 7 days ago

        Benched him at utd!!

    3. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Uh 9pts against United 2 games ago?

      1. Depldax
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 7 days ago

        Benched him at utd!!

  22. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 7 days ago

    Fabianski
    Robertson / TAA / Doherty / AWB
    Salah / Pogba / Son / Camarasa
    Rashford / Jimenez

    Ederson // Sterling / Digne / Ings

    Any moves I should be looking at this weekend? Uncomfortable playing double Liverpool defense.

    I'm not sure about Aubameyang for a hit as I'll want Aguero from the following GW onwards.

    Sterling > Jota (or an alternative), as an enabler for Aguero (the following week)?

    Very open to alternatives.

  23. slove
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 7 days ago

    Who to move Richarlison on for?

    Will already have Hazard and Aguero on the bench so my XI would be

    Fab
    Robertson TAA Doherty AWB
    Salah Son Camarasa (Richarlison replacement)
    Jiménez Rashford

    Have a 7.5m budget for replacement

  24. HD7
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 7 days ago

    Hi Managers,

    Good plan?

    GW27: Digne to Pereira

    GW29: Llorente VVD Jota Auba to Crouch Bednarek Hazard Kun and go 4-4-2 with AWB and Bednarek rotation (-8)

    Fab
    Doherty VVD Robbo
    Salah Pogba Son Jota
    Rashford Auba Llorente

    Subs: Button, AWB, Digne, Camarasa

  25. Chucky
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 7 days ago

    37 points with just 5 remaining... 🙁 back to earth after getting 101 points last week.. 🙁

    1. Cpt Crunch
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      20 with Kola as Captain, 6 left

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      Swingers at roundabouts.

      ...or something like that.

  26. greggles
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 7 days ago

    I can field an XI if I switch Hamer > Etheridge. Does this look ok for next week?

    Etheridge
    Shaw / TAA / AWB / Doherty
    Salah / Pogba / Son
    Jimenez / Barnes / Rashford

    Subs: Ederson / B Silva / Richarlison / Digne

  27. Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 7 days ago

    Which move to make for next GW?

    A) Sane-->Anderson
    B) Richarlison--> Anderson

  28. Lucky Z
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 7 days ago

    Whay TAA is in -130% to drop? Bug?

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      tons sold him before the deadline.

  29. Borisalandoris
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 7 days ago

    70 after bonus with Son Jota and BSilva to play feels respectable

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 7 days ago

      More respectable than your comment

  30. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 7 days ago

    Sterling and Firmino > Anderson and Auba for free, good moves?