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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Lessons learned from Gameweek 1

1,758 Comments Post a Comment
  1. jimmy12
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 5 days ago

    VAR is ruining the game

    1. Podge
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

      Fixing

      1. Four Hit Wonder
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 5 days ago

        Ruining.

        1. Podge
          • 9 Years
          11 months, 5 days ago

          Applying the rules ruins the game ?

      2. Lamplighters
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 5 days ago

        0/

    2. Meinhoff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

      Spoken like a true Dendonck owner

    3. sunnyh
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

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

    4. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

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

    5. IRBOX ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

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

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

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

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

    VAR destroying jammy bench point dreams since 2019

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

    God bless you VAR 🙂

    1. Point-one short
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

      Here here

  4. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 5 days ago

    Good work VAR, now your turn VARdy

    1. Monklane
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

      I see what you did there

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

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

    1. Reiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

      Yep. It’s utter nonsense

      1. sunnyh
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 5 days ago

        Its literally the rules of the game

    2. sunnyh
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

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

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

      Handball used to have to be deliberate

      1. sunnyh
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 5 days ago

        they changed the rules...

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

    (screws lid back onto jam jar)

    1. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

      🙂

    2. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

      😀

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

        That was a bad call

    2. Werkself - A Whole Lawro B*…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

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

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

    Emery is so clueless

  9. Differentiator
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 5 days ago

    Think it would've been a Boly assist

  10. La Roja
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 5 days ago

    Ffs Jota!

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

    Dendoncker, or not. I think that was harsh.

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

    Regulations suck!

  13. robt
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 5 days ago

    Dendoncker and Kelly on bench FFS.

    1. BattleOfDeBruyne
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 5 days ago

      That's what you get for playing the template.

      1. robt
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 5 days ago

        Far from it

  14. adibo
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 5 days ago

    Jotaa is killing me sh!t

  15. Merlin the Wraith
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 5 days ago

    Feck VAR!!!!!!!!!

  16. COK3Y5MURF - UJFC
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 5 days ago

    God, Jota is awful

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

    On Willems watch

  18. Lamplighters
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 5 days ago

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

    1. Four Hit Wonder
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

      Oh did that change now?

  19. Arse Craic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 5 days ago

    So close, yet so VAR

  20. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 5 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
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

      Took a season to get jeminez right

  21. BattleOfDeBruyne
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 5 days ago

    Who's playing ST for Chelsea?

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

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

      1. BattleOfDeBruyne
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 5 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
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 5 days ago

          Lol @battleofdebruyne

        2. Pigeon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 5 days ago

          Don't ask stupid questions then

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

          Opinion?

  22. Debauchy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 5 days ago

    Wow Jota , terrible finish 1 on 1

  23. Freshy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 5 days ago

    Jota working on a hattie of misses

  24. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 5 days ago

    Benteke is wearing Jota's face mask

  25. SPorting
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 5 days ago

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

  26. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 5 days ago

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

  27. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 5 days ago

    Jota is a goddamn clown

  28. skeptical
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 5 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...

  29. Smurf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 5 days ago

    Hated VAR yesterday. Loving it today.

    1. Four Hit Wonder
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

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

      Brilliant.

  30. The Overthinker - I blame R…
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 5 days ago

    Only if Aubameyang was a better finisher like Kane

    1. dark91
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 5 days ago

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