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Key Liverpool defenders start as Lacazette benched for Arsenal

All eyes will be on Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) and Sadio Mané (£11.5m) as Liverpool take on Arsenal this evening.

The Egyptian has been largely ditched by those playing their Wildcards for Gameweek 3, Mané seeming to be the most popular replacement for him.

With the Gunners defence somewhat questionable away from home since Unai Emery took over, both players are likely to have plenty of chances.

The success of those who Wildcarded Salah out could very well come down to fine margins at Anfield this evening.

Roberto Firmino (£9.5m) may also be on the fringes of the Fantasy radar with more shots in the box than any Liverpool attacking player so far this season and an impressive record against Arsenal.

Despite some poor performances at the back for Jurgen Klopp’s men so far this season, all the key defenders have kept their places.

Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.0m) are deployed at full-back while Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) is paired with Joel Matip (£5.4m).

Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Emery looks to have matched Liverpool’s 4-3-3 with an identical formation of his own.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) leads the line for the Gunners while Alexandre Lacazette (£9.5m) drops to the bench.

On the flanks of the front-three are Dani Ceballos (£5.6m), who performed well against Burnley, and Nicolas Pépé (£9.4m) who comes in for his first start in an Arsenal shirt.

Sead Kolasinac (£5.4m) still awaits his first start of the season, named on the bench as Nacho Monreal (£5.0m) is selected at left-back.

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Adrian; Robertson, van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho; Mané, Firmino, Salah.

Arsenal XI (4-3-3): Leno; Monreal, D Luiz, Sokratis, Maitland-Niles; Xhaka, Guendouzi, Willock; Pépé, Aubameyang, Ceballos.

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  1. bangers and M*A*S*H
    • 8 Years
    23 days, 19 hours ago

    Top 2 forwards 6.5 or under?

    1. The Neville Wears Prada
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 19 hours ago

      pukki gw1

  2. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    23 days, 19 hours ago

    Bit of pressure on Sterling to deliver tomorrow now after handing him the armband!

    1. Tomerick
      • 5 Years
      23 days, 19 hours ago

      He’ll deliver with KDB at the helm but I can see KDB outscoring him again.

      1. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        23 days, 19 hours ago

        Have KDB also so hopefully they assist each other!

    2. Giggs Boson.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 19 hours ago

      I think Sterling was the right call. Strong form, strong fixture. Fingers crossed.

  3. Differentiator
    • 3 Years
    23 days, 19 hours ago

    Salah still not worth 12.5 on current haul given what Pukki achieves for sub 7

    1. Bossworld
        23 days, 19 hours ago

        Are you just trying to tempt fate for his hat trick?

      • cravencottage
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        23 days, 19 hours ago

        Interesting rationalization!

      • Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        23 days, 19 hours ago

        Both. The pair. All. Points over value.

      • Tomerick
        • 5 Years
        23 days, 19 hours ago

        I still know which one of those Id feel comfortable captaining weekly.

        1. Nomar
          • 9 Years
          23 days, 19 hours ago

          Pukki has to be considered captaincy material.

      • FPL Pillars
        • 3 Years
        23 days, 19 hours ago

        Please do not buy, lets see who wins out 😉

        1. Tomerick
          • 5 Years
          23 days, 19 hours ago

          I jumped on that party already but you buy Salah for the set and forget captain and he delivers.

    2. banskt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      23 days, 19 hours ago

      holding tight to have the first returns for the double Pool defence.

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      23 days, 19 hours ago

      Called the rampant Liverpool display 🙂

      No Mo policy this season got me on Mane captain 🙁 Can't win them all I guess

      1. cravencottage
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        23 days, 19 hours ago

        Why in the world would you hav that policy?

        1. Tomerick
          • 5 Years
          23 days, 19 hours ago

          Obviously doesn’t like winning.

        2. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          23 days, 19 hours ago

          Fun - that's why I play the game. I like challenges.

          Had a ball in TC week last season getting a green arrow when he hit a hattie. I didn't have him.

          And well you name the Liverpool player who has still scored 6 more goals than any other this calendar year. They are very close on value - it's about how you spend the mill.

    4. SkeletONv01
      • 1 Year
      23 days, 19 hours ago

      1 more Mo.

    5. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      23 days, 19 hours ago

      I need those CS so bad

    6. CloudSky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 19 hours ago

      Amazing that there's a possibility Salah gets 0 baps after scoring two. He really hates them.

      1. GOTHAM City F.C.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        23 days, 19 hours ago

        Hes on 2

        1. CloudSky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          23 days, 19 hours ago

          "possibility"

          Everyone else would be 20 baps in the clear.

      2. Yank Revolution
        • 7 Years
        23 days, 19 hours ago

        He's on for 2 - 1 behind TAA for 3

        1. CloudSky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          23 days, 19 hours ago

          See above.

          1. Yank Revolution
            • 7 Years
            23 days, 19 hours ago

            But as of now, it isnt "really" possible he will get 0.

            1. CloudSky
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              23 days, 19 hours ago

              What? Do we have the same thinking what possibility means?

              1. Gnu
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                23 days, 19 hours ago

                Don't go there Cloudsky, it's a dark place with no end in sight. 🙂

    7. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      23 days, 19 hours ago

      Think Arsenal are still odds on to score unfortunately. They look quite dangerous at times

      1. Recklesss
        • 4 Years
        23 days, 19 hours ago

        With Adrian anything is possible

    8. sandman58
        23 days, 19 hours ago

        Best def for 5.5??

        1. ChelseaGuy
          • 2 Years
          23 days, 19 hours ago

          Matip!!!!!

        2. SkeletONv01
          • 1 Year
          23 days, 19 hours ago

          Meh, just go cheap 4.5 rotate :]

        3. sandman58
            23 days, 19 hours ago

            Views on Zinchenko

          • sandman58
              23 days, 19 hours ago

              Already hsve VVD

          • Pad Randa
            • 7 Years
            23 days, 19 hours ago

            Any news on Martial?

            1. FPL Pillars
              • 3 Years
              23 days, 19 hours ago

              Not sure panda

            2. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              23 days, 19 hours ago

              OGS sounding reasonably positive - hopes to have him back in training this week.

              1. Pad Randa
                • 7 Years
                23 days, 19 hours ago

                Cheers. Just got him in on a -4 for Perez before this match, hoping for some good news...

              2. Giggs Boson.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                23 days, 19 hours ago

                Time to upgrade Donks to Cantwell as bench support then...

                1. pingissimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  23 days, 19 hours ago

                  Thinking about that too

            3. moment
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              23 days, 19 hours ago

              didn't watch second half, what happened?

              1. Pad Randa
                • 7 Years
                23 days, 19 hours ago

                Pulled up five minutes from time, barely walking around.

            4. Rotation's Alter Ego
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 8 Years
              23 days, 19 hours ago

              Picked up an injury (obvious I know but worthy of confirmation) and OGS said something along the lines of 'hopefully not too bad'.

          • Yank Revolution
            • 7 Years
            23 days, 19 hours ago

            Live FPL down?

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              23 days, 19 hours ago

              Pythons out for Mo!

          • The Casual One
            • 6 Years
            23 days, 19 hours ago

            Adrian better not ruin this cs

          • Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            23 days, 19 hours ago

            At least AWB & Ceballos rose by 0.1m 🙂

          • FOO FIGHTER
              23 days, 19 hours ago

              Ceballos owners. Too much hype 🙂

              1. Nightcrawler
                  23 days, 19 hours ago

                  Judging him vs liverpool?

                  1. FOO FIGHTER
                      23 days, 19 hours ago

                      Hype hype hype. Arsenal are not Newcastle.

                • KGFC
                  • 3 Years
                  23 days, 19 hours ago

                  Did anyone watch Haller today? I know he got a brace but overall how was his play? Thinking of getting him on WC.

                  1. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    23 days, 19 hours ago

                    Very good. Get him in with Pukki. They're the best two forwards right now imo.

                    1. Recklesss
                      • 4 Years
                      23 days, 19 hours ago

                      Kane hatty tomorrow will prove this wrong

                    2. KGFC
                      • 3 Years
                      23 days, 18 hours ago

                      Thinking that given his fixtures and price. Thanks Camzy!

                  2. el polako
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    23 days, 19 hours ago

                    Holla if you hear me !

                    1. KGFC
                      • 3 Years
                      23 days, 18 hours ago

                      Thanks!

                • Sharkytect
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  23 days, 19 hours ago

                  That'll do. No more goals, please. My opponents wildcarded and removed TAA and Salah, but brought in Mane. This will be so painful for them if the score stays as it is

                  1. Recklesss
                    • 4 Years
                    23 days, 19 hours ago

                    Your opponent is trash no salt

                • Make Arrows Green Again
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  23 days, 19 hours ago

                  So.

                  Anyone sell Salah?

                  1. FOO FIGHTER
                      23 days, 19 hours ago

                      Boom!

                    • Royal5
                      • 8 Years
                      23 days, 19 hours ago

                      TM I think

                      1. Make Arrows Green Again
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        23 days, 19 hours ago

                        Oof, hope it pays off.

                        1. Recklesss
                          • 4 Years
                          23 days, 19 hours ago

                          It won't

                    • Daniel - The Veteran
                      • 10 Years
                      23 days, 19 hours ago

                      He was my captain till 3 hours before deadline

                    • SkeletONv01
                      • 1 Year
                      23 days, 19 hours ago

                      Played WC, kept him, he is great against Arsenal.

                    • Rainer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      23 days, 19 hours ago

                      Surely not?

                  2. Skalla
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    23 days, 19 hours ago

                    Salah no longer on pens or do you give him one for the hattrick?

                    1. Camzy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      23 days, 19 hours ago

                      He'll take it I'm guessing since he's on a hatty.

                    2. In and Out
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      23 days, 19 hours ago

                      First goal was a pen

                      1. Recklesss
                        • 4 Years
                        23 days, 19 hours ago

                        someone isn't watching the game 😉

                  3. Royal5
                    • 8 Years
                    23 days, 19 hours ago

                    You just know Adrian will mess this CS up somehow.

                    1. Van der Faart
                      • 7 Years
                      23 days, 19 hours ago

                      Arsenal have to attack and have an actual shot for that to happen

                  4. purple lamborGhini
                      23 days, 19 hours ago

                      man every stream is total trash, total trash. yes tell me to pay 45k a year for sky and bt yes I will remortage my hosue for it

                      1. Nightcrawler
                          23 days, 19 hours ago

                          Is sky that expensive? Not from England so curious

                          1. purple lamborGhini
                              23 days, 19 hours ago

                              not sure probably around £45 a month and they dont have all the matches so you have to get a bt subscription as well, so if you want both then you're probably talking £80+ a month.
                              Its pathetic

                          2. Yank Revolution
                            • 7 Years
                            23 days, 19 hours ago

                            Why does it cost so much to watch the matches?

                          3. CARROW ROAD
                            • 5 Years
                            23 days, 19 hours ago

                            It’s about 65 quid for sky sports and by sport, what annoys me is I’ll have to get amazon prime now as well!

                        • Van der Faart
                          • 7 Years
                          23 days, 19 hours ago

                          Imagine thinking David Luiz was the answer to the defensive issues

                        • backstreets
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          23 days, 19 hours ago

                          Mane to Fabinho for - 4.....?!!

                          1. FPL Pillars
                            • 3 Years
                            23 days, 19 hours ago

                            I have no words

                          2. Robin Van Persie (C)
                            • 1 Year
                            23 days, 19 hours ago

                            Hahahaha

                        • EMBOLOFAN
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          23 days, 19 hours ago

                          ceballos fixture proof

                          1. Recklesss
                            • 4 Years
                            23 days, 19 hours ago

                            haha

                        • GARY AND JAMIE
                          • 5 Years
                          23 days, 19 hours ago

                          U ain’t getting any pens Milner

                        • The Neville Wears Prada
                          • 3 Years
                          23 days, 19 hours ago

                          People backpedaling and saying salah still isn't worth 12.5

                          this site treats my depression

                          1. Recklesss
                            • 4 Years
                            23 days, 19 hours ago

                            He has been the best player the last 2 season. He is worth it.

                        • OldBenKenobi
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          23 days, 19 hours ago

                          I imagine a lot of ppl on WC dropped Salah for Mane....that’s really going to sting 😯

                        • VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          23 days, 19 hours ago

                          Take off trent!

                        • BRUCE THE MOOSE (F.K.A RAFA…
                          • 3 Years
                          23 days, 19 hours ago

                          Mane plus 1m they said 😆

                          1. Recklesss
                            • 4 Years
                            23 days, 19 hours ago

                            fools - said it

                        • Robin Van Persie (C)
                          • 1 Year
                          23 days, 19 hours ago

                          Will Deulofeu start next week?

                          1. Limbo
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            23 days, 19 hours ago

                            Yeah, with Deeney out.