Dugout Discussion

Lacazette, Luiz, Ceballos and Pepe on the bench for Arsenal

There are two Premier League matches kicking off at 14:00 BST today.

Arsenal head north to take on Newcastle United at St. James’ Park, while Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers meet at the King Power Stadium.

The headline team news from Tyneside is that Alexandre Lacazette (£9.5m) – who had been a doubt for this game with an ankle knock – is only a substitute, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) leading the line for the Gunners.

David Luiz (£6.0m), Nicolas Pepe (£9.5m) and Dani Ceballos (£5.5m) also have to make do with a place on the bench.

Youngsters Reiss Nelson (£5.5m) and Joe Willock (£5.0m) start behind Aubameyang.

Joelinton (£6.0m) makes his competitive Newcastle debut and will be joined by an out-of-position Miguel Almiron (£6.0m) in attack, with Steve Bruce keeping faith with the wing-back system that Rafael Benitez favoured in 2018/19.

Matt Ritchie (£5.5m) has recovered from injury and will line up on the left flank.

There are no major shocks at Leicester, with Ayoze Perez (£6.5m) making Brendan Rodgers’ starting XI as expected.

Perez joins Jamie Vardy (£9.0m) and James Maddison (£7.0m) in the Foxes’ line-up but Marc Albrighton (£5.5m) drops to the bench as Wilfred Ndidi (£5.0m) is brought in to bolster central midfield.

Wolves are at full strength, with Raul Jimenez (£7.5m) and Diogo Jota (£6.5m) again paired together in a two-pronged attack.

Jimenez and Matt Doherty (£6.0m) both returned from injury lay-offs in the Europa League on Thursday night and the Irish wing-back also makes Nuno Espirito Santo’s first starting XI of the 2019/20 campaign.

Newcastle United XI: Dubravka, Schär, Lascelles, Dummett, Manquillo, Shelvey, Hayden, Longstaff, Ritchie, Almirón, Joelinton.

Arsenal XI: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Chambers, Sokratis, Monreal, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Willock, Nelson, Aubameyang.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Söyüncü, Evans, Chilwell, Ndidi, Choudhury, Tielemans, Maddison, Pérez, Vardy.

Wolves XI: Patricio, Coady, Bennett, Boly, Doherty, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Neves, Jonny, Jota, Jimenez.

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  1. jimmy12
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    VAR is ruining the game

    1. Podge
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Fixing

      1. Four Hit Wonder
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Ruining.

        1. Podge
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Applying the rules ruins the game ?

      2. Lamplighters
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        0/

    2. Meinhoff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Spoken like a true Dendonck owner

    3. sunnyh
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      yes, sod the machine that is actually enforcing the rules....

    4. PUMPKINHEAD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Making it legit and fair. .what's wrong with that.

    5. T-BOX ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Implementing the rules correctly? Just means you need to not prematurely celebrate points

    6. PUP02
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Agreed. At least it's exposing certain laws of the game that need addressing, handball and offside.

  2. T-BOX ⚽
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    VAR destroying jammy bench point dreams since 2019

  3. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    God bless you VAR 🙂

    1. Point-one short
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Here here

  4. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Good work VAR, now your turn VARdy

    1. Monklane
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I see what you did there

  5. Samwise the Brave
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    How is that a handball, he heads it at him from like 10cm away

    1. Reiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Yep. It’s utter nonsense

      1. sunnyh
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Its literally the rules of the game

    2. sunnyh
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      ANY handball in the leadup to a goal will result in the goal being disallowed

    3. Guy Demel (5,5,5,5,13,7,6)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Handball used to have to be deliberate

      1. sunnyh
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        they changed the rules...

  6. Business Cat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    (screws lid back onto jam jar)

    1. Giggs Boson.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      🙂

    2. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      😀

  7. PUP02
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    What an absolute farce the handball rule is atm. They need to get a grip of it asap, along with offside.

    1. Four Hit Wonder
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Yesterday a clear handball by AVL wasn't a penalty. I don't get it.

      1. Point-one short
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        That was a bad call

    2. Werkself - A Whole Lawro B*…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Spot on. That's the problem, not VAR.

      1. PUP02
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Exactly. The only downside to VAR is the experience for fans at the game, with late goals etc. At least it's exposing ridiculous aspects of the game.

  8. Chandler Bing
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Emery is so clueless

  9. Differentiator
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Think it would've been a Boly assist

  10. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Ffs Jota!

  11. Roten Teufel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Dendoncker, or not. I think that was harsh.

  12. schlupptheweek
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Regulations suck!

  13. robt
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Dendoncker and Kelly on bench FFS.

    1. BattleOfDeBruyne
        3 months, 11 days ago

        That's what you get for playing the template.

        1. robt
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Far from it

    2. adibo
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Jotaa is killing me sh!t

    3. Merlin the Wraith
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Feck VAR!!!!!!!!!

    4. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      God, Jota is awful

    5. *sigh*
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      On Willems watch

    6. Lamplighters
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I love VAR.....so many questionable goals and especially PKs in the past few years.

      1. Four Hit Wonder
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Oh did that change now?

    7. Arse Biscuit
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      So close, yet so VAR

    8. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      No two posters spelt Dondonkers name the same on the previous page 😀

      #getitright #fplspellingbee

      1. GOTHAM City F.C.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Took a season to get jeminez right

    9. BattleOfDeBruyne
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Who's playing ST for Chelsea?

        1. Dannyb
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Well we will all know in 15 mins.....

          1. BattleOfDeBruyne
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Did I ask for a sarcastic reply? No, I asked who's playing ST for Chelsea.

              If you don't have an opinion then why reply.

              1. Grand Thibauto
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 11 days ago

                Lol @battleofdebruyne

              2. Pigeon
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 11 days ago

                Don't ask stupid questions then

              3. xuwei
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 11 days ago

                Opinion?

        2. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Wow Jota , terrible finish 1 on 1

        3. Freshy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Jota working on a hattie of misses

        4. Hakim Ziyech
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Benteke is wearing Jota's face mask

          • SPorting
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Just give VAR some AI and we can all go home.

          • BobbyDoesNotLook
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Autosub for Bilva is Dendo. Almost cured my hangover until the goal was disallowed.

          • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Jota is a goddamn clown

          • skeptical
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Seems overly harsh to me. Going to be a theme of the season I think. I'm unsure how that was goal was disallowed but the pen for Spurs not given. Boly's arms were down by his side and that happened so fast...

          • Smurf
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Hated VAR yesterday. Loving it today.

            1. Four Hit Wonder
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              So basically you only like the ruling when it suits you?

              Brilliant.

          • The Overthinker - I blame R…
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Only if Aubameyang was a better finisher like Kane

            1. dark91
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              This can be said about 90% of the strikers. Deadly finishers are rare nowadays