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Sterling, Mahrez and Aguero all start as City host Wolves

Three Premier League matches kick off simultaneously at 14:00 BST today, as the Europa League continues to play havoc with the domestic calendar.

Manchester City entertain Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Etihad, while Arsenal host Bournemouth and Chelsea make the trip to Southampton.

City are of course without the injured Kevin De Bruyne (£10.0m) for this clash but most of their other popular attacking assets start against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, with Raheem Sterling (£12.1m), Sergio Aguero (£12.2m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.7m) making Guardiola’s starting XI.

Bernardo Silva (£7.9m) is benched, however, along with Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m).

Benjamin Mendy (£5.9m) is not in the squad after suffering a hamstring injury, so Joao Cancelo (£5.3m) looks set to deputise at left-back.

Mahrez was the most-bought player of Gameweek 8, having been acquired by just over 440,000 Fantasy Premier League managers.

Sterling and Aguero were the most-captained players of this weekend, with each City asset handed the armband by over 1.1 million FPL bosses.

Diogo Jota (£6.1m) misses out for the visitors with a toe injury.

Raul Jimenez (£7.1m) is joined up front by Patrick Cutrone (£5.7m) as Santo reverts to a 3-5-2, following his dalliance with a 3-4-3 in recent weeks.

Matt Doherty (£6.0m) is among the substitutes so Adama Traore (£5.0m) plays at right wing-back.

Mason Mount (£6.7m) and Tammy Abraham (£7.6m) both make Frank Lampard’s starting XI at St. Mary’s with Fikayo Tomori (£4.7m) earning his fifth straight league start at centre-back.

N’Golo Kante (£5.0m) is fit to line up in central midfield, while Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.9m) gets his first league start of the campaign.

The Saints bring in Yan Valery (£4.8m) and Shane Long (£4.7m) for Cedric Soares (£4.9m) and Sofiane Boufal (£5.5m).

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) keeps up his ever-present record in the Premier League this season, while there is another start for youngster Bukayo Saka (£4.5m).

Dani Ceballos (£5.5m) replaces Lucas Torreira (£4.8m) in Unai Emery’s only change from the 1-1 draw with Manchester United last Monday.

Ryan Fraser (£7.1m) has recovered from the illness that forced him to sit out Gameweek 7 but is only among the substitutes at the Emirates.

Eddie Howe has named an unchanged starting XI from the 2-2 draw with West Ham United, meaning another run-out down the left flank for Joshua King (£6.3m).

Dominic Solanke (£5.4m) again supports Callum Wilson (£7.9m) in attack.

The only three FPL assets who are yet to blank this season – Wilson, Aubameyang and Aguero – are all in action this afternoon.

Arsenal XI: Leno, Chambers, Papastathopoulos, Luiz, Kolasinac, Ceballos, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Pepe, Aubameyang, Saka.

Bournemouth XI: Ramsdale, Stacey, Cook, Ake, Rico, H. Wilson, Lerma, Billing, King, C. Wilson, Solanke.

Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gundogan, D Silva, Sterling, Mahrez, Aguero.

Wolves XI: Rui Patrício, Boly, Coady, Saïss, Traoré, Dendoncker, Rúben Neves, João Moutinho, Rúben Vinagre, Jiménez, Cutrone.

Southampton XI: Gunn, Valery, Bednarek, Yoshida, Bertrand, Romeu Vidal, Højbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Ings, Long.

Chelsea XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Mount, Willian, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham.

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2,355 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Team Cruel
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 12 days ago

    *GOT SPOILER*

    Come on Raheem, do to the non-believers what Dany did to King's Landing my beautiful son

    1. Kno
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      good job hiding that spoiler dude..

    2. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Go nuts for no particular reason and commit !ncest?

      1. Team Cruel
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 12 days ago

        She didn't do the last part in King's Landing

        1. badgerboy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 12 days ago

          Sorry.

    3. dshv
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Come
      On

    4. art2gee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      What, incur a career-ending foul at the hands of his marker??? Cooool. Luckily I have Kun (C).

    5. gamesmad11
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      But Dany dies?

      1. art2gee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 12 days ago

        Like he said. Exactly what happens to FFL hopes when Raheem blanks.

  2. Inazuma X1
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 12 days ago

    Who will be playing in the starting XI?

    1. Kelly or Sakho
    2. Pieters or Taylor

  3. Manani
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 12 days ago

    Already have KDB, should I get
    Kun or Sterling

    1. some witty pun
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Sterling. He's so nailed with Bilva banned

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Kun no Internationals 🙂

  4. some witty pun
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 12 days ago

    Looking forward to the reaction of Aguero sellers later

  5. IRBOX ⚽
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 12 days ago

    Sterling for a brace today

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Hope so

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Brace of yellow cards?

  6. dshv
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 12 days ago

    WC ACTIVATED

    Pope
    Robbo, soyboy, rico, lund, kelly
    Mount, mane, sterling, maddison, dendo
    Abraham, auba, callum

    The question here is

    1. Aubameyang and dendo
    2. De broyne and connoly

    Long term ..

    1. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      KDB should be a lock

      1. Nomar
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 12 days ago

        This

    2. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Saka over dendo. Would defo want KDB though

    3. Four Hit Wonder
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Emery is playing Auba central and on that position he isn't half the player he is on the wing.

      I own him and I'm selling unless he hauls today.

      1. Royal5
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 12 days ago

        😆

        1. DontPiqueTooSoon
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 12 days ago

          KDB no question
          Never rely on Arsenal

      2. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 12 days ago

        XD

  7. Ginkapo FPL
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 12 days ago

    Erm, I bought Mendy on friday ... what happened?

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      I was prepared for a benching

      1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 12 days ago

        It's a bit worse, I'm afraid..

    2. MTPockets
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      hamstrung

    3. Collie01
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Hamstring injury

      1. Nomar
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 12 days ago

        What, already??!

  8. Nomar
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 12 days ago

    Capped Tammy.

    Get the feeling that by 4pm I’m gonna wish I capped Kun instead.

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 12 days ago

      My © for next gw 🙂

  9. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 12 days ago

    Bottomed. Repost. Thanks, Irbox for the previous comment:

    Pope McGovern
    TAA Tomori Soy Lund Rico
    Mane Sterling KDB Mahrez CHO/Mount
    Wilson Tammy Connolly

    Very possible on my current wildcard. Risky as hell

    Thoughts?

    1. Nomar
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      How nailed is Connolly though?

      1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 12 days ago

        Would be my 3rd sub on most GWs anyway

    2. Collie01
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Don't see that as risky. It seems pretty template for what I can imagine most people would WC to. I like it.

      1. Collie01
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 12 days ago

        Esp if Bilva gets a suspension - Mahrez Sterling should be pretty nailed in that case.

      2. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 12 days ago

        Having 3 City mids feels like a ticket to hell while on the highway to heaven X_X

    3. dshv
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Sorry for this so

      Wc picks for long term

      KDB and play 3-5-2
      Auba on 3-4-3

      Also have sterling ..

      1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 12 days ago

        KDB

  10. Ginkapo FPL
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 12 days ago

    Ooooooooh Daniiii Cebaaalllos

    1. Jealous Viper
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Chanted no one ever

  11. FOO FIGHTER
    10 months, 12 days ago

    KDB to drop tonight? Will move then and save 0.1.

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Protected from price drops so its impossible to know.

    2. MTPockets
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Looks like another Martial. Lost about 25% ownership since GW7 (probably more from peak) but 0.1m higher and no drop yet

    3. BC1 - Brazil Nuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      KDB is staying at 10.0.

  12. Amey
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 12 days ago

    King isn't called up by Southgate right ??
    Safe to bring him IN after game's finished today evening with no IB football

    1. Ask Yourself
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Just because the flags are similar doesn’t make it funny to confuse them. He’s been called up for Northern Ireland

    2. dshv
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      King is from norway i thinkZz

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 12 days ago

        He is ..thought Amey was talking about another king

      2. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 12 days ago

        Don’t be silly

      3. Maddamotha
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 12 days ago

        Norwat?? Is that a country?

    3. Maddamotha
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      He’s swedish

      1. Wilshere Knowledge
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 12 days ago

        He’s not Swedish, he’s Scandinavian.

        1. Maddamotha
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 12 days ago

          True. My bad!

    4. Longlatini
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Lundstram called up by Sweden 😉

  13. merin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 12 days ago

    Thoughts on this WC? Would you change anything?

    Pope McGovern
    TAA Otamendi Azpi Soyuncu Lundstram
    Sterling KDB Maddison Mount Guendouzi
    Auba Abraham Connolly

    2.1 ITB

    1. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      How do you even have 2.1 ITB?

      But team looks good. You can start planning on how you'd get in a Liverpool attacker after a few GWs when the fixtures get easier.

      1. merin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 12 days ago

        Cheers

  14. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 12 days ago

    Is Wilson worth the extra money over king?

    1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Yep

    2. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Yes. He's very consistent.

    3. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Thanks guys

      1. DontPiqueTooSoon
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 12 days ago

        Yep. I feel more consistent than King.

  15. TheTinman
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 12 days ago

    Aubama captainers UNITE

    1. Ask Yourself
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Terrified of not having Aguero and Sterling tho. The wolves wing backs are poo

    2. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Hail AUBA...Hatrick and an assist will do

    3. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Yay us! We've possibly made a bad decision, sure, but yay us!

    4. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Let's get it!

    5. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      And do what?

    6. Trossard or not Trossard
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Come oooon lad!

  16. FOO FIGHTER
    10 months, 12 days ago

    Wolves not going to get anything by sitting back. Nuno probably going for it...

    1. Ask Yourself
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Lol

  17. Zladan
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 12 days ago

    Strongly considering Pukki and Mane to Vardy and Saka.

    Would leave me with £6.6m in the bank which will be fun.

    1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Why would you take Mane out?

      1. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 12 days ago

        I know United and Spurs haven’t been great, but it’s the kind of match they will step up for and still remains a tough set of fixtures.

        I could lose Son instead of Mane, but I’m a big fan of Fixtures over Form.

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 12 days ago

          Mane will tear us apart and the same to United, he was brilliant yesterday

          1. Maddamotha
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 12 days ago

            Awb will have him on lock!

        2. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
          • 9 Years
          10 months, 12 days ago

          Opinions I guess. But Mane is immense for pool right now. Spurs are dire. Up to you

        3. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 12 days ago

          Yep. Fixtures over form. I got rid of Salah to facilitate Aubameyang.

          1. Zladan
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 12 days ago

            Auba is my other option, but I prefer Vardy.

            1. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
              • 5 Years
              10 months, 12 days ago

              Fair enough. If I could also have Vardy I would. But I just feel everything at Arsenal will go through Aubameyang in this good fixture run they're going on.

              1. Zladan
                • 3 Years
                10 months, 12 days ago

                I could’ve had Auba and Vardy if I had chosen Sterling over Aguero.

                As it happens I don’t so can only choose one. I don’t think I have the funds for Maddison plus Auba but that could be gold.

    2. DF
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Saka wont be much cop after laca gets back.
      Right?

  18. rdpx
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 12 days ago

    Anyone know why Vestergard not even in bench for SOU?

  19. Atletico Junior
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 12 days ago

    A.Salah + Pukki

    B. Aubameyang + Vardy

    1. SUPER MOKH
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      B

    2. rdpx
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      B

    3. FDMS All Starz
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Want to know this too

    4. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      B.

      1. DontPiqueTooSoon
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 12 days ago

        B

  20. SUPER MOKH
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 12 days ago

    Pope (Button)
    Robbo Ota Lund Tomo Guilbert
    Mane KDB Sterling Mount Cantwell
    Vardy Tammy Connoly
    1M itb

    How does this WC team looks like?

    1. dshv
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Looks pretty much the same like mine so i think is good..

      1. SUPER MOKH
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 12 days ago

        But it feels like the extra 1M should fund Guilbert's upgrade hmm

    2. Zladan
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Saka over Cantwell. Norwich are in free fall.

      KDB not guaranteed to be back for next match.

      TAA over Robbo a no brainer.

      Otherwise looks solid.

      Sterling v Aguero a 50/50 call.

      1. SUPER MOKH
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 12 days ago

        How nailed on is Saka? Cantwell as 5th mid looking decent for me especially for his nailedness

    3. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      It's just missing one Aubamebloodclatyang. Otherwise it's decent.

  21. Flynny
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 12 days ago

    Hope CHO does well today.

    Could be a nice differential for those on wildcard and a cheaper alternative to mount..

    1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      My eyes are for ly on him for sure. Planning on brining Mount in, but CHO would be a great option for sure

    2. Zladan
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      I own Mount and have a lot of value tied up in him, although I would rather own CHO if he were nailed.

      Far more explosive. I don’t really like owning Mount, never confident he will produce.

    3. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Yes him and Madison great options for WC-ers

  22. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 12 days ago

    Wilson or Abraham ? Thanks

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Wilson

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 12 days ago

        Thanks foo fighter.

    2. luke
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Can’t see past Wilson for next two game weeks

    3. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Abraham absolutely obliterates him stats wise

  23. Skogen89
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 12 days ago

    Considering a wc, how would you rate this team?

    Pope\ McGovern
    TAA, Tomori, Soyunchu, kelly, rico
    Sterling, Mane, Tielmans, Mount, Dendo
    Wilson, Auba, Abraham

    Could also upgrade Tielmans to Maddison and do Wilson- Jimines or someone else

    1. GE
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Very similar to mine, see below

  24. GE
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 12 days ago

    Wildcard worth it here?

    1. Team Cruel
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      For sure

      1. GE
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 12 days ago

        Look below, sure?

    2. GE
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Current team: (1FT, 0.0 itb)

      Pope
      TAA/VVD/Digne/Ota
      Salah/Sterling/KDB*Cantwell
      Tammy/Pukki

      Bench: Button, Lundstram, Dendoncker, Wickham

      WC-team: 0.0 itb

      Pope
      TAA/Tomori/Soy
      Sterling/Mane/Mount/Yarmolenko
      Auba/Tammy/Wilson

      Bench: Button, Lunstram, Kelly, Dendoncker,

      1. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 12 days ago

        That's how mine would look, but with Kevin instead of Sadio. Maybe a Leicester attacker as well.

  25. Peter Ouch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 12 days ago

    How many are we?
    Mahrez C?

    1. Dannyb
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      o/

  26. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 12 days ago

    Really hope Salah and kdb are ok for next gw

    1. MTPockets
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Would make things simpler

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Salah not serious. KDB may not start straight away.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 12 days ago

        Will have to drop him even if I lose value, can't have that much money on bench

  27. FOO FIGHTER
    10 months, 12 days ago

    Here we go...

  28. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 12 days ago

    Zinchenko sent to Coventry.

    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Now that's a punishment

  29. Ginkapo FPL
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 12 days ago

    Mount in a different position today

    1. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      CAM. The best suited for him. CHO and Mount are must. I am thinking besides Tammy and Tomori, which one is better shout

  30. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 12 days ago

    United fans, is AWB in the squad?

    1. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 12 days ago

      Not in the squad according to MEN.

      1. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 12 days ago

        🙁 another gw waiting on Greenwood 🙁