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Pogba back in attacking midfield as Matic returns

Paul Pogba (£8.9m) owners will be delighted to see Nemanja Matic (£5.0m) back in the side for Manchester United.

The Serbian international has missed the last three Premier League matches with injury, which forced Pogba to sit deeper than usual.

Matic’s return should allow the Frenchman to play a more advanced role in midfield once again, against an Arsenal defence with just one clean sheet in the last six Gameweeks.

Also of note is the fact that defender Diogo Dalot (£5.3m) has been named in front three once again.

He played there against Crystal Palace and Southampton, lining up on the right of Romelu Lukaku (£10.8m) at the Emirates Stadium today.

Marcus Rashford (£7.6m) also keeps his place although we will have to wait and see whether he plays centrally alongside Lukaku or out on the left flank.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has named both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.8m) and Alexandre Lacazette (£9.4m) in the starting line-up for the first time since Gameweek 25.

He has also gone with a back-three of Sokratis Papastathopoulos (£5.1m), Laurent Koscielny (£5.4m) and Nacho Monreal (£5.4m) while Sead Kolasinac (£5.0m) and Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.4m) occupy the wing-back spots.

Arsenal XI: Leno; Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal; Maitland-Niles, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Özil; Lacazette, Aubameyang.

Manchester United XI: De Gea; Young, Smalling, Lindelöf; Diogo Dalot, Fred, Matic, Shaw; Pogba; Lukaku, Rashford.

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1,439 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    15 days, 6 hours ago

    Maguire, Maddison and Barnes too much?

    1. Would Ed Woodward
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        It looks like any Leicester defender is one too many.

      • Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Only really interested in Vardy after other day

      • The Dogs Love Leeds
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Uggghh just Vardy for me no chance of clean sheet for Leic can even see Udders scoring against them

      • Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        14 days, 15 hours ago

        You may get an attacking haul from a defender, but not much else perhaps

    2. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      The guy in the top 10k who's team was destroyed yesterday got lucky today

      https://fantasy.premierleague.com/a/team/860039/event/30

      Nketiah vice captain!

      1. Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        What on earth, someone must have logged in and messed it all up for him

      2. Dreaming of glory
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Do you know he may have thrown the head up and rage quit after gw ranks of 3m, 4m and 5m on the bounce to drop from 3 figures to 4kish overall rank. Just a thought anyway, otherwise yea some fecker has got access to his phone and ruined him

      3. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Poor bloke

      4. SMEE_HEEE
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 5 hours ago

        -52 hit well worth it!

    3. christo1
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      When I play my Free Hit chip, can I make changes to that team, or am I stuck with that choice of players for the week (ie when I play my wildcard, I can change that team throughout the week). Can anyone advise? Thanks

      1. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Changes all week

        1. christo1
          • 2 Years
          15 days, 6 hours ago

          Thanks Kiwivillan,
          So, I FH tonight, make changes through out the week, and avoid price rises for Hazard, Mane etc..

    4. Triple J
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      Repost:

      Question: if Man City wins in FA cup does this mean their fixture will be off in gameweek 33 just like Wolves and Man U?

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Repost answer: yes

      2. Becks
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Could be moved to 32

      3. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Yes same as other cup games left

    5. space
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      Which Bournemouth defender (apart from Ake) is most likely to start in both GW31 and GW33?

    6. Robe Wan
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      Lads, I’m being lazy, if I have 7 players for next week and all my chips intact what’s my strategy?

      Take -4 to get 9? Or play Fh?

      1. Becks
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Take -4 or a -8

      2. g40steve
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        I am being lazy & cannot be bothered to think for you 🙂

      3. The Dogs Love Leeds
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Take the -4 the free hit is much more effective in DGW 32

    7. pelle9
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      What 2 do I need for GW 31 ?

      Have 2 free transfers...

      A) Vardy
      B) Wilson
      C) Fraser
      D) Hazard

      Thanks guys.

    8. Vince Pie
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      What happens with team
      Value when you free hit. Do I get the price rises?

      1. g40steve
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        No

      2. Jimmers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Your original team does not your FH team

    9. New article
    10. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      Missed the Ars/Utd game today, who was pick of the players for United? Rash got a chance of moving central again after no contribution to goals from big Rom?

    11. Catastrophe
      • 8 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      Sterling & Doherty -> Hazard & Luiz (-4)? Leaves me 9 players for BGW31, FH32.

      Cheers

      1. Captain Beefheart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Why not, go for it

        1. Catastrophe
          • 8 Years
          15 days, 6 hours ago

          Cheers

    12. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      repost

      current team (already done sterling to hazard)

      fab
      robbo - X - X
      salah - mane - hazard - barnes
      vardy - rondon - chicharito

      Hits for defenders?

      a) 1 defender (-4)
      b) 2 defenders (-8)

      defenders i am considering are luiz, emerson, chilwell and balbuena/diop

    13. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      Best option in your view

      A TAA Van Dijk Salah or
      B Van Dijk Salah Mané

      1. Captain Beefheart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        TAA, Salah, Mane

      2. The Dogs Love Leeds
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        I actually think one of the wing backs, Salah and Mane

    14. tibollom
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      double up on bournmouth with Wilson or take vardy instead?

      Kun + Son to Wilson/Vardy + Haz for -4

      Fab
      Taa Robbo Pereira Doherty Bamba
      Son Pogba Sallah Jota Brooks
      Rondon Jim Kun

      1. The Dogs Love Leeds
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        It's a coin flip but Bou fixtures being home probably swing it for Wilson

    15. Old Gregg
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      Wilson or Higuain?. Will be for a (-4)

      Have haz and Brooks.

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Wilson

    16. Lucky Z
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      Guys need your help. Son is surely going. Which is better with 1.9ITB?

      A. Son Bennett => Fraser Azpi -4
      B. Son Kun => Hazard Higuain -4
      C. Son Kun => Hazard Wilson -4
      D. Son Pogba => Hazard Fraser -4

      Salah Mane McNeil Son* Pogba*
      Vardy Rondon Kun*

      1. The Dogs Love Leeds
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        I'm getting Haz and Hig

    17. Alli
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      A) Son > Hazard
      B) Jiménez > Wilson
      C) Etheridge > Boruc

      1 FT - 5.1 ITB

      Etheridge* - Hamer
      Robertson - Luiz - TAA - Pereira - W.Bissaka*
      Salah - Son* - Pogba* - F.Anderson - Stephens*
      Vardy - Rondón - Jiménez*

    18. kysersosa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      Before this weekend I had a ‘debate’ about Pogba not being an ideal selection this week. My reasons were; possible being played in a defensive position, away to Arsenal and the team as a while being tired after their Euro exploits. Is was told in in no uncertain terms my decision to play Maddison ahead of him was stupid and madness. Why are people on here so adamant they have a crystal ball? He’s an excellent FPL player and will likely captain again in the future, but just had too many doubts this week.

      1. Captain Beefheart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        15 days, 5 hours ago

        100% not an ideal pick this this week, surely playing away to a top 4/5 team is never ideal regardless of who the player is.

        1. kysersosa
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          15 days, 5 hours ago

          If he was on some sort of unbelievable form then yes, you could play him against a top 4/5 side, but not in the present form. Admittedly, hindsight is an awesome thing!

          1. Kiwivillan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            15 days, 5 hours ago

            He was in unbelievable form before penalty miss.

            1. kysersosa
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              15 days, 5 hours ago

              5 and 3 in the two games previous to that. Not really. He was in great form when he was playing in an advanced mid position.

    19. Va Fa NGolo
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      I have only 5 players for GW31, so was planning to use FH.

      For the following DGW32, I already have Pogba, Jiminez & Docherty & was planning to bring in Rashford & Jota. Do i need to do one transfer now, play the Free Hit, and then one FT next week? Or will a transfer roll over behind the FH chip?

      Ta

      1. Camzy
        • 8 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Transfer won't roll over.

      2. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 5 hours ago

        Would rather mini WC( several hits) and FH32

    20. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      8 point hit:
      4 non players to barnes, Wilson, Haz, Azpi. Sensible or not?

      1. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 5 hours ago

        Any hits for 31 and 33 players if FH32 looks sensible

    21. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 5 hours ago

      Only 7pts on my main chaser who Ced Mane and has Sterling and I have both plus Salah and Aguero C. Before this game week was hoping to pull away more. Very disappointing

    22. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 15 hours ago

      Best DEF 5.2m or under to play next 3 GW??
      Robbo Periera Doherty AWB Bamba (who I’ll be replacing)

      Not keen on Leicester double up

    23. Wizard of Özil
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      For Gameweeks 31 & 33, would you prioritise getting Hazard in or Vardy? (already have Higuain)