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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. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    Ceballos would of taken that FK?

  2. Pad Randa
    • 7 Years
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    Oh, good, if there’s something my GW was missing, it was a yellow from VVD. Just need a jammy Arsenal goal now to have a full set of three bagels in defense (Montoya and Lundy the others).

    1. Ross From Friends
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      He didn't get a YC

  3. Differentiator
    • 3 Years
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    Salah overrated

  4. SADIO SANÉ
    • 4 Years
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    Robertson still worth 10m? 😀 😀

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      Does Mane cover Salah?

    2. Mr Peanutbutter
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      thinking of transferring robbo in this week after fall. he's assist imminent

  5. Random Name
    • 4 Years
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    Superb performance Arsenal

  6. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    Still waiting for Perez to punish his sellers

    1. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      Lol

    2. Pad Randa
      • 7 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      Dropped him for Martial before today. Six of one...

    3. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      Ayose rious?

    4. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      So bad today. Least creative of leicesters attack. So glad I got rid

  7. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 5 Years
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    cant get sterling without wc or massive hits...would you trigger or carry on without ?

    1. @fpl_phenom
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      id get him... wait until after tomorrows game though just in case

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      I'd WC. I would've done it last week. Sterling is essential.

    3. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      not what i wanted to hear guys....

    4. moment
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      I'm clinging on with my KdB vs Sterling decision. See what happens tomorrow. But if you don't have one of the two you do need him.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        25 days, 14 hours ago

        thanks. i have kdb. happy with my team though (apart from siggy and jota) so bit worried i would end up ruining my team haha

  8. Bun Rab
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    VvD lost 5 of his 6 points in the last 10 mins.

    1. Brian Boitano
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      You realise he never got a yellow?

      1. Bun Rab
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        25 days, 14 hours ago

        Wooo! I did not...

  9. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    Decent start, Jurgen 🙂

  10. PUMPKINHEAD
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    Salah sellers. You were warned

  11. Make Arrows Green Again
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    Well wave goodbye to any VVD BAPs

    Fuming

    1. Pad Randa
      • 7 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      He wasn’t on for any.

    2. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      He was never close

    3. BrutalLogiC
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      said VVD 30 minutes ago..

  12. FOO FIGHTER
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    3 more points my fellow LFC family. BOOM!

    1. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      Happy times

  13. Gunner Boy
    • 4 Years
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    VVD (have Robertson) + Greenwood > Max 4.5 defender + Pukki (-4)

    Yes or No?

  14. Brian Boitano
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    Liverpool look the team to beat this season.

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      Two horse race again, don't think anyone expected different.

    2. MyBall MyRules
      • 1 Year
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      Not until their defence is back to normal.
      Its citys to lose I'm afraid

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        25 days, 14 hours ago

        Nothing wrong with LFC defence. Top of the table. 9 points, no losses, no draws. Absolutely mage Arsenal look like fodder.

        Deal with it.

  15. Carlton P
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    Martial
    Rashford
    TAA
    VVD
    Dunk
    This week could have been massive!

  16. Giggs Boson.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    Looks like it will be City and Liverpool again in the race for the title. A class above the other teams.

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      Scarily good at points today 🙂 as City were vs Spurs.

      A couple of levels above with City maybe being a few ahead of Liverpool too.

  17. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    It was Fabinho booked, not VVD. Apologies.

    1. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      I've ordered a ban for you. See you in 24 hours!

  18. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 5 Years
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    siggy owners..keeping or selling ?

    1. FPL DONKEY
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      Selling selling selling

    2. Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      Selling. Doesn't look like doing anything.

    3. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      Prob keep until international break.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        25 days, 14 hours ago

        might do that ..

    4. SkeletONv01
      • 2 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      Dont own him, but 8mil for no returns, is a bit much 🙂

    5. BrutalLogiC
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      so glad I ditched him last week, annoyed I picked him in first place, last minute entry to final team

    6. Little Red Lacazette
      • 2 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      Sold

    7. PLerix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      Unsure. Who to get? 0.2 itb.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        25 days, 14 hours ago

        plenty options. w ham chelsea

  19. SkeletONv01
    • 2 Years
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    @ Random Name - is Lacazette still essential?

  20. youneedmorecavaleiro
    • 5 Years
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    30 points with Kane(c), KDB, Sterling, and Pope left 🙁

    1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
      • 3 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      That's good

    2. youneedmorecavaleiro
      • 5 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      35 counting BAPS

  21. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    How's everyone doing? Currently on 35 after baps I believe (-4) with Kane captain and Sterling left. Not great but not the worst.

    1. Goodish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      41 with Kane (c), Sterling, Laporte and Pope to play

    2. Hairy Potter
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      44 after baps with Pope, Walker, Otamendi, Sterling(c) and Kane left.

  22. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    Ugh.

  23. Brian Boitano
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    43 with KDB Sterling and 3 others to play. Much better than last weeks disaster, shows holding on and playing conservatively can work sometimes.

  24. balint84
    • 3 Years
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    better choice long term
    A) Mount
    B) Lanzini
    C) Trossard

    1. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      Probably in that order.

    2. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      C

    3. Gregg Wallace
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      Thinking of doing C > A this week

  25. purple lamborGhini
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    45 with Wilson and Sterling(c) left, very happy 🙂

    1. lordkippe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      45 with Laporte, Sterling, KWP, Kane (C) & Pope left. Happy too

      1. purple lamborGhini
        25 days, 14 hours ago

        wow thats massive

  26. Tcheco
    • 2 Years
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    Who scores more?

    Sterling(C)

    Kane(TC)

  27. Drip Doctor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    There is a pattern forming with Salah. Starts the season a little rusty, then he goes on a streak.

  28. @fpl_phenom
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    I need 5 guys to save my GW

    Sterling (C)
    De Bruyne
    Zinchenko
    Son
    Pope

    They can do it! I know they can... !

  29. Daniel - The Veteran
    • 10 Years
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    Anyone captained Salah?

    1. Rigid Digit
      • 3 Years
      25 days, 14 hours ago

      Salah Captain until half hour before deadline - moved to Kane (still might come good (hopefully)

      Bad week all round - ditched Haller for Kean, ditched Fraser for Siggurdsson.
      Only Clean Sheet points (+1 for Douglas Luiz) are on the bench.

      Just need big scores from Pope, De Bruyne and Kane so I don't feel so daft with my transfer and selection strategy

  30. Mweene
    • 5 Years
    25 days, 14 hours ago

    48 with Kane (c), KWP and sterling left after wildcard. Seems OK.

    Thinking of doing Ceballos to Cantwell.