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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
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    *GOT SPOILER*

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

    1. Kno
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      good job hiding that spoiler dude..

    2. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Go nuts for no particular reason and commit !ncest?

      1. Team Cruel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

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

        1. badgerboy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Sorry.

    3. dshv
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Come
      On

    4. art2gee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

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

    5. gamesmad11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      But Dany dies?

      1. art2gee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

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

  2. Inazuma X1
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Who will be playing in the starting XI?

    1. Kelly or Sakho
    2. Pieters or Taylor

  3. Manani
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Already have KDB, should I get
    Kun or Sterling

    1. some witty pun
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Sterling. He's so nailed with Bilva banned

    2. FOO FIGHTER
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Kun no Internationals 🙂

    3. some witty pun
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Looking forward to the reaction of Aguero sellers later

    4. IRBOX ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Sterling for a brace today

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Hope so

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Brace of yellow cards?

    5. dshv
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 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 ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        KDB should be a lock

        1. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          This

      2. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Saka over dendo. Would defo want KDB though

      3. Four Hit Wonder
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 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
          3 months, 17 days ago

          😆

          1. DontPiqueTooSoon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 17 days ago

            KDB no question
            Never rely on Arsenal

        2. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          XD

    6. Ginkapo FPL
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

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

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I was prepared for a benching

        1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 17 days ago

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

      2. MTPockets
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        hamstrung

      3. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Hamstring injury

        1. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          What, already??!

    7. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Capped Tammy.

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

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        My © for next gw 🙂

    8. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 17 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
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        How nailed is Connolly though?

        1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Would be my 3rd sub on most GWs anyway

      2. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 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
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

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

        2. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 17 days ago

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

      3. dshv
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 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
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 17 days ago

          KDB

    9. Ginkapo FPL
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Ooooooooh Daniiii Cebaaalllos

      1. Jealous Viper
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Chanted no one ever

    10. FOO FIGHTER
        3 months, 17 days ago

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

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Protected from price drops so its impossible to know.

        2. MTPockets
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 17 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
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          KDB is staying at 10.0.

      • Amey
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 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
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 17 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
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          King is from norway i thinkZz

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            He is ..thought Amey was talking about another king

          2. Zladan
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Don’t be silly

          3. Maddamotha
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Norwat?? Is that a country?

        3. Maddamotha
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          He’s swedish

          1. Wilshere Knowledge
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            He’s not Swedish, he’s Scandinavian.

            1. Maddamotha
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              True. My bad!

        4. Longlatini
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Lundstram called up by Sweden 😉

      • merin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 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. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 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
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Cheers

      • Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Is Wilson worth the extra money over king?

        1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Yep

        2. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Yes. He's very consistent.

        3. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Thanks guys

          1. DontPiqueTooSoon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Yep. I feel more consistent than King.

      • TheTinman
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Aubama captainers UNITE

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

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

        2. MoManeTaa
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Hail AUBA...Hatrick and an assist will do

        3. sully29
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

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

        4. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Let's get it!

        5. Jarvish Scott Talent
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          And do what?

        6. Trossard or not Trossard
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Come oooon lad!

        7. FOO FIGHTER
            3 months, 17 days ago

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

            1. Ask Yourself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Lol

          • Zladan
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 17 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
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Why would you take Mane out?

              1. Zladan
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 17 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
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

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

                  1. Maddamotha
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Awb will have him on lock!

                2. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

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

                3. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

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

                  1. Zladan
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Auba is my other option, but I prefer Vardy.

                    1. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 17 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
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 17 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
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

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

          • rdpx
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Anyone know why Vestergard not even in bench for SOU?

          • Atletico Junior
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            A.Salah + Pukki

            B. Aubameyang + Vardy

            1. SUPER MOKH
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              B

            2. rdpx
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              B

            3. FDMS All Starz
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Want to know this too

            4. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              B.

              1. DontPiqueTooSoon
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 17 days ago

                B

          • SUPER MOKH
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 17 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
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

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

              1. SUPER MOKH
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

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

            2. Zladan
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 17 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
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

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

            3. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

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

          • Flynny
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 17 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
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 17 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
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 17 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 - KTBFFH
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Yes him and Madison great options for WC-ers

          • Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Wilson or Abraham ? Thanks

            1. FOO FIGHTER
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Wilson

                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  Thanks foo fighter.

              • luke
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Can’t see past Wilson for next two game weeks

              • IRBOX ⚽
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Abraham absolutely obliterates him stats wise

            2. Skogen89
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 17 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
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Very similar to mine, see below

            3. GE
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Wildcard worth it here?

              1. Team Cruel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                For sure

                1. GE
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  Look below, sure?

              2. GE
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 17 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. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

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

            4. Peter Ouch
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 17 days ago

              How many are we?
              Mahrez C?

              1. Dannyb
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                o/

            5. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Really hope Salah and kdb are ok for next gw

              1. MTPockets
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Would make things simpler

              2. FOO FIGHTER
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  Salah not serious. KDB may not start straight away.

                  1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

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

              3. FOO FIGHTER
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  Here we go...

                • Daniel - KTBFFH
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  Zinchenko sent to Coventry.

                  1. Jarvish Scott Talent
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Now that's a punishment

                • Ginkapo FPL
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  Mount in a different position today

                  1. Daniel - KTBFFH
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 17 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

                • Daniel - KTBFFH
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  United fans, is AWB in the squad?

                  1. badgerboy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Not in the squad according to MEN.

                    1. Daniel - KTBFFH
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      🙁 another gw waiting on Greenwood 🙁