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Cantwell starts for Norwich as Lovren comes in for Liverpool

Todd Cantwell (£5.0m) has come through injury doubts to start Norwich’s Gameweek 8 meeting with Aston Villa.

The left-winger was reported to have suffered from a hamstring problem earlier in the week – but manager Daniel Farke was right to be positive about it in his latest press conference.

Still awaiting his first attacking returns since the Canaries’ last home fixture, Cantwell keeps his place on the left of an attacking midfield trio that also includes Marco Stiepermann (£5.4m) and Emi Buendía (£6.0m) in support of Teemu Pukki (£7.2m).

Elsewhere in the Norwich team, budget goalkeeper Michael McGovern (£4.0m) gets his first start of the season as Tim Krul (£4.5m) and Ralf Fährmann (£4.4m) remain ruled out with injuries.

The Northern Ireland international will face an Aston Villa side set up in similar fashion to the 2-2 draw with Burnley last week.

Dean Smith has retained the 4-3-3 formation once again but, for the second match in a row, has deployed Jack Grealish (£5.9m) on the flanks of the front-three, alongside Anwar El Ghazi (£5.5m) and Wesley (£6.0m).

Liverpool’s attacking assets are all as they should be this afternoon, leading the attack in 4-3-3 formation.

The big team news from Anfield is that Dejan Lovren (£5.3m) comes into the side for his first appearance of the season.

That might prove something of a concern for those invested in the Liverpool defence with Joel Matip (£5.5m) still out injured and Joe Gomez (£5.2m) coming in for criticism midweek.

Meanwhile, Leicester arrive on Merseyside with James Maddison (£7.1m) restored to the starting line-up after he missed the Gameweek 7 win over Newcastle.

Owners of Burnley attacking assets will be pleased to Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.9m) back in the side, making his first start since Gameweek 3.

The Clarets’ opponents Everton line up with Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.8m) leading the one-man attack once again.

Finally, Watford have bravely tried to match Sheffield United’s perplexing 3-5-2 formation with a similar system of their own.

Quique Sanchez Flores has deployed his players in a 3-4-1-2 formation while the Blades remain unchanged.

Burnley XI: Pope; Pieters, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton; McNeil, Westwood, Hendrick, Gudmundsson; A Barnes, Wood.

Everton XI: Pickford; Digne, Mina, Keane, Coleman; Delph, Schneiderlin; Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin.

Liverpool XI: Adrian; Robertson, van Dijk, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold; Wijnaldum, Milner, Fabinho; Mané, Firmino, Salah.

Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, R Pereira; Ndidi; Maddison, Tielemans, Praet, H Barnes; Vardy.

Norwich XI: McGovern; Lewis, Amadou, Godfrey, Aarons; McLean, Leinter; Cantwell, Stiepermann, Buendía; Pukki

Aston Villa XI: Heaton; Targett, Mings, Engels, Guilbert; McGinn, Nakamba, Hourihane; Grealish, Wesley, El Ghazi.

Watford XI: Foster; Cathcart, Prödl, Kabasele; Holebas, Cleverley, Doucouré, Janmaat; Pereyra; Welbeck, A Gray.

Sheff Utd XI: D Henderson; O’Connell, Egan, Basham; Stevens, Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram, Baldock; Robinson, McBurnie.

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1,915 Comments Post a Comment
  1. SkeletONv01
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 3 days ago

    I HATE... my FPL life as of like 3 last seasons, man i remember just slapping the C on Van Persie and have generic team, didnt even know about this site here, and finishing in top10k, now the more i try the more i fail 😛 I blame all of you :>

      • 4 Years
      6 months, 3 days ago

      all the crap teams are better than they used to be, that's what I'm blaming it on - you used to be able to go 'oh Newcastle are shite I'll get Kane and captain him' and then get double-digits, but these days it just doesn't go like that

    2. Big Bambora
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 3 days ago

      2 weeks to live a normal life and get shite faced now. Just ignore FPL for that period.

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 3 days ago


  2. Pep bites Kun
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 3 days ago

    On the question of:

    If Mane & Salah were the same price, which one would you buy?

    'Very' quick straw poll suggests: Salah 4; Mane 3 (with good points made on both fronts)

    I don't have stats myself to back anything up, nor do I personally intend to 🙂

    Anyone got figures to hand based on points per game overall?

    1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 3 days ago


      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 3 days ago

        6:4 Salah

  3. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 3 days ago

    TAA / VVD / Otamendi / Lundstram / Kelly
    Salah / Sterling / KDB / Cantwell / Donker
    Abraham / Pukki / Barnes

    WC time baby?

    1. Kun Tozser
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 3 days ago

      What would it look like?

  4. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 3 days ago

    Pukki to:

    A. Abraham
    B. Wilson
    C. Someone else 8.0 or less

    1. jimmy.floyd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 27 days ago


  5. Trophé Mourinho
    6 months, 3 days ago

    come on get that early goal yarmo

    1. RealVirg
      6 months, 3 days ago

      Agree a brace (no assists)

  6. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 3 days ago

    What was with that early Haller hype. Does not pass the eye test for me.

  7. Silecro
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 3 days ago

    Is maddison best attacking option for leicester besides vardy?
    Have 2ft (and wildcard)
    Looking at Salah & Haller > Maddison & Auba for free

  8. Trophé Mourinho
    6 months, 3 days ago

    Palace getting close

  9. The Senate
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 3 days ago

    H2H prediction:
    Who scores more points tomorrow?
    Auba + James + Otamendi
    Bernardo + CWilson

  10. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 3 days ago

    30 with 5 to play. Continuing a dreadful season. Had Mane (VC) Would love a Sterling rest.

  11. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 3 days ago

    Why is Mark holding onto Martial? He's been injured for like ages.

  12. The Overthinker - I blame R…
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 3 days ago

    Pukki's price to fall tonight. That escalated quickly

  13. Paul Scholesy Scores Goals
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 3 days ago

    What are Wickham owners doing? 2 points all season and 99% for a drop on FPLStatistics. Feels like time to give up on him