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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. Royal5
    • 8 Years
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    Arnold having a stinker so far

    1. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      Timing.

    2. Freaki
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      He got an assist

      1. Royal5
        • 8 Years
        26 days, 10 hours ago

        I'll take it 🙂

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      Who else is having a stinker?

      1. GARY AND JAMIE
        • 5 Years
        26 days, 10 hours ago

        Matio

      2. Royal5
        • 8 Years
        26 days, 10 hours ago

        The producer

      3. Saint Channon
        • 4 Years
        26 days, 10 hours ago

        Rashford,WBA, and Lundstram here. 0 points

      4. Prawnsandwich
        • 1 Year
        26 days, 10 hours ago

        Royal5

  2. RealVirg
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    Seen enough blow it up ref!

  3. Nightcrawler
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    Sold TAA nooooooo

    1. True Deadzoner
      • 8 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      why??

      1. Nightcrawler
        26 days, 10 hours ago

        Had both him and robertson. One had to go

        1. DantheManinaPan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          26 days, 10 hours ago

          I lost the other Robbo of the two - allowed me to get Pukki and KDB but still kinda regretting it... They both look very capable of producing returns

  4. Loyal Subject
    • 2 Years
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    Best crosser in the league.

    1. Skalla
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      Well tbf Arsenal has let him take about 20 crosses before that to perfect it!

      1. Loyal Subject
        • 2 Years
        26 days, 10 hours ago

        Well tbf he broke the PL assist record for defenders

    2. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      By far

  5. JustPark
    • 3 Years
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    At least we know why West Ham released him.

  6. HIT ME!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    Best 6.5 or less midfielder/forward? Not Jota

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      Mount?

      1. HIT ME!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        26 days, 10 hours ago

        Not sure why but I'm not convinced yet (Chelsea fan)

    2. AuFeld
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      Probably Mount for his fixtures.

      1. HIT ME!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        26 days, 10 hours ago

        Cheers pal

  7. Prawnsandwich
    • 1 Year
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    Could be a big swing here...

    Those who took TAA / Robertson out, for better defences ,TAA on for double points ..

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      took TAA out for AWB...

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        26 days, 10 hours ago

        Not me.
        Masses

        1. Prawnsandwich
          • 1 Year
          26 days, 10 hours ago

          He wasnt far behind Salah / Sterling PPG last year...

        2. Loyal Subject
          • 2 Years
          26 days, 10 hours ago

          ManUtd fans getting carried away

    2. SomeoneKnows
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      Guilty of making TTA > AWB 🙁
      In my defense though it was in order to bring in Pukki and De Bruyne so not necessarily a bad move

      1. Prawnsandwich
        • 1 Year
        26 days, 10 hours ago

        Sounds like it could work out, but no other way to fund the moves?

        1. SomeoneKnows
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          26 days, 10 hours ago

          Made my transfers early on in order to avoid price rises / decreases and at the time seemed like the best way

          In hindsight could have transferred out VVD instead of TTA however his high ownership dettered me

  8. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    Just realised that my boy Haller is playing leaky Norwich next.
    Captain material.

    1. Four Hit Wonder
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      Pukki + Haller combo could bring 30 pts alone

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        26 days, 10 hours ago

        Got them both 🙂

    2. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      Pukki v haller.

      0-0 incoming.

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      That game will be overflowing with shots.

      Both teams are in the bottom 3 for shots conceded. I'm expecting Pukki to net a few.

    4. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      Deffo coming in for me this week.

      Was planning it before the haul today and now it's certain!

  9. Differentiator
    • 3 Years
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    Ugh. Need Pepe goal to wipe the TAA back down

    1. CARROW ROAD
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      Pepe making Robertson look like a Sunday league player

  10. Four Hit Wonder
    • 2 Years
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    Norwich were brave at least, Arsenal parked the bus, CPL licence plates.

    1. Nice to Finally Michu
      • 6 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      Norwich lost 4-1 in fairness

      1. Four Hit Wonder
        • 2 Years
        26 days, 10 hours ago

        Yet these guys who are losing 0-1 are the embarrasment.

  11. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    Knee jerk: Robbo > TAA?

    1. Nice to Finally Michu
      • 6 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      Only for a hit

      1. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        26 days, 10 hours ago

        Well, obviously.

    2. AzzaroMax99
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      Knee jerk it is but it crossed my mind 🙂

    3. moz_1983
      • 7 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      At least wait until the end of the game.

      1. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        26 days, 10 hours ago

        Of course. I'm not that knee jerk. Was just a thought.

  12. sunzip14
    • 2 Years
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    that turn from Pepe

  13. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    How has Mo looked?

    1. Nice to Finally Michu
      • 6 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      No long slumbering per post below

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        26 days, 10 hours ago

        I'd like a little more than slowly waking up just before HT.

    2. Loyal Subject
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      Buzzing

  14. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    Salah waking up

  15. Bram
    • 10 Years
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    At least TAA slightly saving the blushes of my "premium" *cough* back 4!
    Coleman 0
    AWB 0
    Digne 1
    Thank you Trent!

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      Just a bad GW for the other 3.

      1. Bram
        • 10 Years
        26 days, 10 hours ago

        Aye - certainly can't diss the Everton boys really as had from the start. AWB I only got this week though so more upsetting. Kane v Sterling will probably define the gw yet though.

    2. Loyal Subject
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      AWB isn't premium

  16. Little Red Lacazette
    • 2 Years
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    TAA, yeah!

  17. GARY AND JAMIE
    • 5 Years
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    TAA just says where do u want it on dem corners

  18. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    That vvd penalty appeal replay is good value

  19. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    Mega miss Mane

  20. balint84
    • 3 Years
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    A) Pukki+Trossard
    or
    B) Wesley+Mount

    1. moz_1983
      • 7 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      A

      1. Bram
        • 10 Years
        26 days, 10 hours ago

        +1

  21. Nice to Finally Michu
    • 6 Years
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    Better from Bayern this weekend so far

  22. Loyal Subject
    • 2 Years
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    oof, almost another.

  23. FOO FIGHTER
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    Kneejerk any LFC defender 'shaky' or whatever you want to call it transferred out.

    Yes game not done yet but LFC bossing.

  24. moz_1983
    • 7 Years
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    Currently ( 3 pool players included) I'm on 6 points from 6 players. How's everyone else doing?

    1. pundit of punts
      • 6 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      30 from 6 with Mane playing.

    2. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      15 from 5, Salah C

  25. 1zverGGadeM
    • 2 Years
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    Firmino is The Baller

  26. balint84
    • 3 Years
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    Is Salah good? doing anything?

    1. FIRMINOLOOKGOAL
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      Too expensive

    2. Skalla
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      Salah doing well for Liverpool keeping Arsenal defense busy and leaving all that space out wide for the full backs but not so great for Fpl atm

  27. Halftime
    • 8 Years
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    A rival in Draft is playing Mkhitaryan but has Abraham on the bench. Is Mkhitaryan in the Arsenal subs?

    1. Skalla
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      Yes he is and decent chance of coming on if Arsenal stay behind.

  28. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    Wow Liverpool playing now

    1. RealVirg
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      Phew HalfTime now

  29. Nice to Finally Michu
    • 6 Years
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    Who comes off at half for Laca?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      I reckon Auba will be subbed on before Laca.

  30. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    Salah not worth 12.5

    1. The Neville Wears Prada
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      take him out for -8

    2. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      Come on. If CS holds he'll only be a point behind Cantwell.

    3. Bram
      • 10 Years
      26 days, 10 hours ago

      I might well lose Salah this gw - pencilled in Salah and Greenwood to KDB + Haller.