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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. Giggs Boson.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 22 hours ago

      None of the 11+ players are particularly good value, so I'm not sure why value is even a consideration for some people at that price. You buy these players as a captaincy option, that's what gives them the value.

  1. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 22 hours ago

    Salah off pens? 😛

  2. SEYPULISIC
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 22 hours ago

    Changed the (C) last minute from Sterling to Salah. 🙂

    1. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 22 hours ago

      Surely I can see you left it on Pulisic.

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 22 hours ago

      Well played

    3. BrutalLogiC
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 22 hours ago

      wait for Sterling to play first!

  3. Differential (c)
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 22 hours ago

    Milly On, Wiji off.

    Salah off pens then

    1. Garlana
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 22 hours ago

      Surely not if he's on for a Hattie?

      1. The Neville Wears Prada
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        we don't feed trolls around here

  4. 1zverGGadeM
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 22 hours ago

    Millie in for Gini

  5. Pad Randa
    • 7 Years
    28 days, 22 hours ago

    Salah owners - you’re welcome. Sterling blank incoming tomorrow. Ffs...

    1. Recklesss
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 22 hours ago

      This would be amazing!

    2. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 22 hours ago

      He could easily outscore Salah. Happy Salah got returns but wouldn't be stressed as a Sterling capper

      1. Pad Randa
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        Kane (c) for me, but I did Mo > Raz last week.

  6. FDMS All Starz
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 22 hours ago

    Which is better?

    A) Lunsdram & Salah

    Or

    B) Robertson & Kdb

    1. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 22 hours ago

      A if you have Sterling

  7. FOO FIGHTER
      28 days, 22 hours ago

      Where are the Salah dictators now.

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        Locked in car with Ozil.

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        Looking up the FPL 20/21 start date.

      3. Nomar
        • 9 Years
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        What is a Salah dictator?

        1. Bram
          • 10 Years
          28 days, 22 hours ago

          I think it would look like the Sacha Baron Cohen one.

      4. Says
        • 8 Years
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        Spreading Salah facism somewhere probably

      5. Gnu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        Mo has a evil twin?

    • Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 22 hours ago

      Milner on the pitch but Salah after the brilliant last pen and on a hatrick should take if they get another imo!

    • Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 22 hours ago

      Feel like I'm gonna slowly start taking more hits... oh dear

    • Deulofail
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 22 hours ago

      Captained TAA for the first two weeks with no success. And this is the week he's on for 12 points 🙄 😆

      1. BrutalLogiC
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        really...?

        1. Deulofail
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 22 hours ago

          Really!

      2. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        Unlucky, captained him gw38 and he won me my minileague.

    • DAZZ
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 22 hours ago

      Imagine WCing AWB in for TAA

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        Or using a FT for it heh

      2. Nomar
        • 9 Years
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        Imagine WC'ing after 2 GWs.

      3. Prawnsandwich
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        Not all those who wildcarded took out TAA, Salah...

        But a lot did...ha ha

    • diesel001
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 22 hours ago

      What minute will Arsenal get their consolation goal?

      1. Licky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        Sometime next week hopefully.

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        92

      3. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        90th min.

        Next week against Spurs that is

      4. Le _ Professeur
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        83

      5. Zilla
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        84

    • Robin Van Persie (C)
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 22 hours ago

      Thoughts on Deulofeu starting next week?

    • Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 22 hours ago

      I captained Kane over Salah 🙁

      1. moz_1983
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        Made sense, may atill make sense.

      2. Giggs Boson.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        Did Kane blank?

      3. moment
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        Me too. Let's see what happens.

      4. Recklesss
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        Kane hasn't even played... you serious?

      5. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        Look on bright side you still have him to play.

    • FOO FIGHTER
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        I love Mane but Salah is FPL KING!

      • SkeletONv01
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        Obviously if pen happens, Klopp will give it to Salah to get a hattrick tonight, calm tits, "Salah off pens"...

      • @fpl_phenom
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        Was Mounts injury serious or did anyone see it?

        1. Licky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          28 days, 22 hours ago

          Just a knock.

        2. Deulofail
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 22 hours ago

          Nobody saw it

          1. Deulofail
            • 3 Years
            28 days, 22 hours ago

            So I guess it's not serious 😉

      • NED KELLY
        • 8 Years
        28 days, 22 hours ago

        15mins for a mane hattrick

        1. Nightcrawler
            28 days, 22 hours ago

            It's happened before

        2. Inazuma X1
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 22 hours ago

          Whats the average now?

        3. ClassiX
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          28 days, 22 hours ago

          Luckily looks like only 37% EO on Salah this week - us Sterling(C) owners may not be punished too much...

        4. Nightcrawler
            28 days, 22 hours ago

            Guendouzi isn't good enough for a top 5 team is he?

            1. Gnu
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              28 days, 22 hours ago

              Not a problem then if he's at Arsenal?

              1. Nightcrawler
                  28 days, 22 hours ago

                  Finished top 5 last season and likely again this year

                • @fpl_phenom
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  28 days, 21 hours ago

                  oof nice

              2. Collie01
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                28 days, 22 hours ago

                He's decent imo. Much better than Xhaka and room for improvement.

            2. Ross From Friends
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              28 days, 22 hours ago

              Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) was the most transferred-out player ahead of Gameweek 3, moved on by 398,638 managers

              ^ now that's hilarious

              1. DandyDon
                  28 days, 22 hours ago

                  Haha

                • 1zverGGadeM
                  • 2 Years
                  28 days, 22 hours ago

                  Cant wait to see Sterling TO after tommorow's blank 😀

              2. Moose™
                • 7 Years
                28 days, 22 hours ago

                Same old, same old. I always captain the wrong guy... Each week..

                1. Recklesss
                  • 4 Years
                  28 days, 22 hours ago

                  Who did you captain this week?

              3. RealVirg
                  28 days, 22 hours ago

                  Right going for a bubble bath, I do not want to see any more goals for next 20 mins

                • Differential (c)
                  • 3 Years
                  28 days, 22 hours ago

                  Arsenal, that back four is utter crap, wow. Only consolation is that next season that wont be the starting defence.

                  Bellerin, Holding, Tierney and Saliba can't come back soon enough.

                  1. Freaki
                      28 days, 22 hours ago

                      Look at last season yeah, now look at this we’ve been able to hold off a class Liverpool away and only conceded three. If you have been watching the match you would see how well we have been defending for the majority of the game bellerin is only good because speed that’s it.

                  2. banskt
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    28 days, 22 hours ago

                    I captained Martial over Salah. Can't help but laugh at my decisions.

                    1. Nomar
                      • 9 Years
                      28 days, 22 hours ago

                      After 2 GWs that looked the right call though.

                      1. banskt
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        28 days, 22 hours ago

                        Hindsight is always cruel.

                    2. SkeletONv01
                      • 2 Years
                      28 days, 22 hours ago

                      Well weird decision to captain, owning him sure, but captain? 🙂

                      1. banskt
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        28 days, 22 hours ago

                        Form, fixture and stats, all went in his favor.

                  3. GOTHAM City F.C.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    28 days, 22 hours ago

                    Could Mo finally get 3 Bonus?

                  4. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    28 days, 22 hours ago

                    This van dijk chap looks quite good.

                    1. GOTHAM City F.C.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      28 days, 22 hours ago

                      Sounds unbiased opinion.

                  5. micsway
                    • 6 Years
                    28 days, 22 hours ago

                    Salah looking so dangerous and direct.