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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. Lalrota
    • 3 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    4 points from 5 players. Horrendous

    1. Lalrota
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Apologies.

    2. QueefParkRangers
      • 5 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Thought my 15 from 6 was bad

      1. Lalrota
        • 3 Years
        22 days, 2 hours ago

        Atleast they cancelled the hit i took

    3. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      That is quite bad, which players?

      1. Lalrota
        • 3 Years
        22 days, 2 hours ago

        Lund Coleman Rashford Deulofue Trossard

    4. Garlana
      • 4 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Lund, Ryan, AWB, rashford and someone else?

  2. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    22 days, 2 hours ago

    Haller is probably everything you want in a goal scorer. Poacher strong and technical

    1. markloe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      and playing Norwich next

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

      Plenty of assists in him too. Big fan of his.

      Just a shame he had a knock last week.

      1. Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        22 days, 2 hours ago

        I kept raving about him pre season but he. Went for Pukki on WC this week. Booth might be ideal

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

      3 easy fixtures coming up too

    4. Nabs Kebabs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      I was skeptical but very impressive display today.

  3. FOO FIGHTER
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Maguire lol.

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

        If he wasn't English, Soyuncu would have been starting ahead of him last season. Leicester laughing all the way to the bank.

      2. HIT ME!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        22 days, 2 hours ago

        United lol

      3. Dthinger
        • 2 Years
        22 days, 2 hours ago

        I thought he played pretty well. United's defensive issues all happened in the space between AWB and Lindelhof

        1. Nabs Kebabs
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          22 days, 2 hours ago

          This...Zaha was able to drag AWB out of position and other plays exploited Lindelof in space. Maguire had nothing do with any of it.

          1. Nabs Kebabs
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            22 days, 2 hours ago

            The likes of Ayew, Schlupp, PVA came into the channel to exploit Lindelof

    • The King Wilson return
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      Just a small comment on Ryan, I think Brighton’s new possession based style has drastically reduced the opponent’s long shots. He may get a clean sheet every now and then, but he’s no longer that 4.5 goalie with save points

      1. Nabs Kebabs
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        22 days, 2 hours ago

        Yep exactly my thoughts. It also seems to suit him better as he likes to step out and sweep up as well as play out from the back.

    • The Legend Squad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      2 from 4. AWB, Montoya, Digne and Ryan. Ouch!!

    • Tombory
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 2 hours ago

      A) Moura + Jota
      B) Haller + Mount

      1. Zlatanzo
          22 days, 2 hours ago

          B for sure

        • antis0cial
          • 3 Years
          22 days, 2 hours ago

          B

      2. #POGBACK
        • 3 Years
        22 days, 2 hours ago

        - Pool clean sheet
        - Sterling hattie
        - Kane blank

        That will be all.

        1. Licky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          22 days, 2 hours ago

          Swap the Sterling and Kane results.

        2. Dannyb
          • 2 Years
          22 days, 2 hours ago

          Pool arent keeping a cleanie this evening.

          1. Whatever100
            • 2 Years
            22 days, 2 hours ago

            Reckon they will.

        3. buggyball
            22 days, 2 hours ago

            hope so

        4. Dynamic Duos
          • 6 Years
          22 days, 2 hours ago

          Is Martial f$%÷=d?
          Ps thanks for the assist Soyuncu and Perez shite again , the switch to Mount-4 netted a +2.

          1. LFC466
            • 4 Years
            22 days, 2 hours ago

            hope not
            soyuncu > pukki

        5. antis0cial
          • 3 Years
          22 days, 2 hours ago

          Perez being replaced by big Wes was the final nail for him!

          Bit of a knee jerk but Perez, King to Mount Haller for -4 sound ok? Will wait unless it looks like price changes will price me out.

          1. Zlatanzo
              22 days, 2 hours ago

              Not jerky at all imo

            • HD7
              • 2 Years
              22 days, 2 hours ago

              Those were my two moves with my FTs before Gw started 🙂

              1. antis0cial
                • 3 Years
                22 days, 2 hours ago

                Congrats but I dont have a time machine :p. I did bring in pukki and cantwell with my 2ft so did ok still.

                1. HD7
                  • 2 Years
                  22 days, 2 hours ago

                  Yep

          2. Will Kane
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            22 days, 2 hours ago

            7 points from 4 players so far. Took a -4 so net score of 3 so far. Nice

            1. antis0cial
              • 3 Years
              22 days, 2 hours ago

              Most big hitters still to play.

            2. Dynamic Duos
              • 6 Years
              22 days, 2 hours ago

              Great job

            3. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              22 days, 2 hours ago

              Going to be plenty on -

          3. Cynical
            • 3 Years
            22 days, 2 hours ago

            Wilson to Haller or Tammy?

            1. antis0cial
              • 3 Years
              22 days, 2 hours ago

              Haller if you want to lose Wilson.

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

            Got 2FT.. identify the 3 most important problems of the team:
            1. Barkley
            2. Sigurdsson
            3. King
            4. Double Liverpool defense
            5. Martial (possibly injured)

            1. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              22 days, 2 hours ago

              I got as far as Bar to identify your first. I also got caught.

            2. antis0cial
              • 3 Years
              22 days, 2 hours ago

              1,2 for me. Unless martial is injured. Wait on martial injury but you could do a -4 and fix first 3. Nothing wrong with two pool def.

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

              1st 3

          5. zizoo10
            • 3 Years
            22 days, 2 hours ago

            this place is a ghost town compared to since gw2. guess many gave up thanks to the perez/siggys/frasers

          6. Chaballer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            22 days, 2 hours ago

            Lil memo to any Career Hall of Fame Top 1K ranked managers to join the new league. ‘Top 1K Career HoF’ code = (beeps2)

          7. HIT ME!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            22 days, 2 hours ago

            Looks like Jota is gonna drop tonight.
            Any suggestions for a replacement under 6.5?

            1. Differential (c)
              • 3 Years
              22 days, 2 hours ago

              Wesley

              1. HIT ME!
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                22 days, 2 hours ago

                Cheers!

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

              No good options worth bringing in for under 6.5,,,,,get in barnes and abraham if you can IMO! but both above 6.5

              1. HIT ME!
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                22 days, 2 hours ago

                Really like Barnes but not against pool.
                Really hate to lose value on players I own.
                Abraham looked good today. Versus a shitty defence though. Thanks!

          8. Would Ed Woodward
              22 days, 2 hours ago

              Haller's fixtures are amazing.

              1. baps sniffer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                22 days, 2 hours ago

                Not happy to ditch Pukki or Rashford for him though 🙁

                1. Would Ed Woodward
                    22 days, 2 hours ago

                    I might WC.

                2. Kno
                  • 8 Years
                  22 days, 2 hours ago

                  wilson -> haller might be on the cards

                  1. purple lamborGhini
                      22 days, 2 hours ago

                      my dilema, but Wilsons fixtures are good. It seems like a pointless move that could sting you/me

                3. Jurgen Flopp
                  • 5 Years
                  22 days, 2 hours ago

                  Anyone else Mane (c)

                4. Optimus.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  22 days, 2 hours ago

                  Think I'm going to have to get Salah back, 1st time going without him in over a year and I'm already bricking it 😆

                  1. Dannyb
                    • 2 Years
                    22 days, 2 hours ago

                    Got Mane?

                    1. Optimus.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      22 days, 2 hours ago

                      Yep, I tried to fit in both

                  2. Old Man
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    22 days, 2 hours ago

                    You'll be fine.

                5. Dannyb
                  • 2 Years
                  22 days, 2 hours ago

                  Martial and Wickham to Haller and Cantwell?

                  1. Zlatanzo
                      22 days, 2 hours ago

                      Martial out already? Why

                    • Dannyb
                      • 2 Years
                      22 days, 2 hours ago

                      Injured

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

                    Arsenal B team doesn't look too bad

                    A.
                    Leno
                    Bellerin Sokratis Luiz Tierney
                    Torreira Ceballos Guendouzi
                    Pepe Lacazette Aubameyang

                    B.
                    Martinez
                    Maitland-Niles Holding Mavropanos Monreal
                    Chambers Willock
                    Mkhitaryan Ozil Nelson
                    Martinelli

                    Notable absentees: Xhaka, Kolasinac, Saka
                    Available next season: Saliba, Smith Rowe, Nketiah
                    Unavailable next season: Ceballos? Monreal?

                    On the up? Only just about staying in touch? Or slipping down the slippery slope?

                    1. Nabs Kebabs
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      22 days, 2 hours ago

                      Xhaka not in either team despite the fact that Emery almost always starts him when fit?

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

                        Sorry for the offence caused. I don't expect him to start so many games this season with so much competition and fans on his back, but I could be wrong.

                        1. Nabs Kebabs
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          22 days, 2 hours ago

                          Offence? Hahahahahahahaahah

                          Mate I would much prefer him not to be in the A or B team. But look, he has been brought straight back into the team at Anfield with the likes of Torreira and Lacazette on the bench. Emery clearly likes playing him.

                    2. Nightcrawler
                        22 days, 2 hours ago

                        That 2nd team looks like championship material

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

                          Martinez: Looks like genuine competition for Leno
                          Maitland-Niles: Holding his own, playing regularly in first team
                          Holding: Was in great form in first XI before injury
                          Mavropanos: Hard to judge but promising
                          Monreal: PL quality. Will still be useful this year despite age
                          Chambers: Player of the season for Fulham
                          Willock: One of the top performers in pre-season and since
                          Mkhitaryan: QUility player, but not working out for him at the moment. Still been better for Arsenal than Sanchez for United
                          Ozil: World class
                          Nelson: 75% Jadon Sancho
                          Martinelli: Wonderkid. Could be a special guy for Arsenal

                          Can't say I agree 😀
                          But even so, these are the benchables anyway 😉

                          1. Nabs Kebabs
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            22 days, 2 hours ago

                            A world class player plays in a B team for a Europa League side? I think you need to reconsider what passes as world class.

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

                              Sorry for the offence caused.

                              1. Nabs Kebabs
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                22 days, 2 hours ago

                                Apology not accepted.

                          2. Bunk Morrisonland
                            • 4 Years
                            22 days, 2 hours ago

                            I can see you are a positive guy! 😀 Ozil was world class 5 years ago, but certainly isn't these days. Championship team is too harsh. Arsenal B would finish somewhere between 10th and 14th in the league imo.

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

                              Don't get me wrong, I wish it was possible to sell him this Summer, but on his day, he was still sublime last season. Not bad for a backup or impact sub, eh?

                              Fair assessment I would say.

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

                        You forgot to put Lacazette in the B-team , looks even better then!

                      • Dynamic Duos
                        • 6 Years
                        22 days, 2 hours ago

                        In a word Arsenal are garbage

                      • Deulofail
                        • 3 Years
                        22 days, 2 hours ago

                        Interesting sentiments here. 😆

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

                          So what would the score be between Arsenal B vs Man City B?

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

                            If you've ever watched football, you'll know this is a silly question 😆

                      • Differential (c)
                        • 3 Years
                        22 days, 2 hours ago

                        Monreal bout to go to Sociedad soon, stick Kola in there.

                    3. Alan The Llama
                      • 9 Years
                      22 days, 2 hours ago

                      Surprised Daniel James managed to stay on his feet during the post match interview.

                      1. Balls of Steel
                        • 3 Years
                        22 days, 2 hours ago

                        Think he was lying on the ground when he scored that wonder goal too!

                    4. HD7
                      • 2 Years
                      22 days, 2 hours ago

                      Decided to buy Haller over Pukki ...but my favourite United lost :/

                    5. Chandler Bing
                      • 3 Years
                      22 days, 2 hours ago

                      Which one on WC?

                      A. Haller and Sonaldo

                      B. Kane and Mount

                      1. Would Ed Woodward
                          22 days, 2 hours ago

                          A if Son looks good tomorrow, Haller's fixtures too good.

                      2. sandman58
                          22 days, 2 hours ago

                          Anyone know if and when charlie taylor is back for Burnley?
                          Or is Guilbert a better option at 4.4?

                        • Weasel51
                          • 3 Years
                          22 days, 2 hours ago

                          Martial injury likely to keep him out next week?

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

                            Whats the injury?

                          2. Bartowski
                            • 9 Years
                            22 days, 2 hours ago

                            Seriously how would we know???????????

                          3. TorresMagic™
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • Has Moderation Rights
                            • 10 Years
                            22 days, 2 hours ago

                            Depends what it is.

                        • PAL
                          • 3 Years
                          22 days, 2 hours ago

                          COME ON YOU GUNNERS!

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

                          Going to be serious space behind this Liverpool back 4, again.

                        • purple lamborGhini
                            22 days, 2 hours ago

                            I know its a bit early given Bournemouth havent played yet but Vardy or Wilson > Haller, or wait? Vardy and Wilson dont have bad fixtures, seems a bit redundant.

                          • Zilla
                            • 1 Year
                            22 days, 2 hours ago

                            Almost Robertson assist

                          • g40steve
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            22 days, 2 hours ago

                            Someone in my ML 35 from 5!!!