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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. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 11 days ago

    The moment you realize that Arsenal are only 1 pt. behind City in the standings xD

  2. The Mighty Hippo
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 11 days ago

    I've got enough money to do KDB to Mane (don't have another Liverpool attacker). Should I do it or hold?

    1. thunder_mike
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 11 days ago

      Nope, he is likely back after the international break

      1. Pedersen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 11 days ago

        Might be injured still... Standard for City manager to underplay injuries

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 11 days ago

      Have both

  3. Stoic
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 11 days ago

    KDB surely in after IB

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 11 days ago

      Makes no difference, season is still over

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 11 days ago

        Who's whining now

    2. Pedersen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 11 days ago

      Might be injured still... Standard for City manager to underplay injuries

  4. Hy liverpool
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 11 days ago

    Bolly is a beast

  5. Stupendous
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 11 days ago

    I can't pick 11 players i want.

    I mean in total I don't think there are 11 players in the entire FPL that I want on a WC

    Yikes.

  6. Bartowski
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 11 days ago

    What a BSGW
    (Bog Standard Game Week)

    1. moment
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 11 days ago

      Have Mané so it's been ok for me but really cross I didn't (c) him

  7. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 11 days ago

    this gw is better than last isnt it? some people had like 24 points lol

    1. Poseidon.
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 11 days ago

      I’ve got 24 this week unless Dilva can deliver in the last few mins

      1. Dosh
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 11 days ago

        Lol he was subbed off long back

  8. IRBOX ⚽
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 11 days ago

    5 extra minutes at the Etihad

  9. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 11 days ago

    This could end up being my lowest week score of the season, 44

    1. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 11 days ago

      Boo hoo.. that’s good this GW

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 11 days ago

        Surprises me

    2. Nigel Knows
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 11 days ago

      44 : what a brilliant game week. Well done

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 11 days ago

        Really??

        1. Nigel Knows
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 11 days ago

          You kidding. You might be top 1.5m rank for the individual gameweek

          Thank goodness Sterling and Auba failed ! Wolves 2-0!

    3. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 11 days ago

      Not so subtle brag 😆

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 11 days ago

        Feels like an awful score

    4. Stupendous
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 11 days ago

      45 got ya beat

  10. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 11 days ago

    Gonna have some real fun on this wc

  11. KGFC
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 11 days ago

    Auba pls assist if you don’t wanna score!!!!

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 11 days ago

      Waste of 11M? Wilson in for WC?

  12. Nigel Knows
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 11 days ago

    This weeks bragging will be all about who scored lowest : 36 all out

    1. Nigel Knows
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 11 days ago

      Correction 35 all out

  13. Rainer
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 11 days ago

    It’s Auba time!!

  14. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 11 days ago

    If you have a City defender, you had better sell for heck sake, City are playing 2 clowns as centre backs. 1 isn't even a cebtre back!!

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 11 days ago

      I've got Ederson :/ Will get rid when I WC. Set and forget keeper had not worked this season. Unless it was a dirt cheap one.

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 11 days ago

        True, Laporte is City's defence

  15. The Overthinker - I blame R…
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 11 days ago

    I want to bring in Mount in my Team !!!!

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

    Pep plays the price for rotating that much. He doesn't have core of players

    1. Dannyb
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 11 days ago

      Serves him right for taking Mahrez off, yes I am bitter.

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

        Mahrez owner too

    2. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 11 days ago

      Yes yes yes! shame on pep

  17. Differentiator
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 11 days ago

    RMWCT

    Allison - Button
    Robertson - TAA - Digne - Otamendi - Lundstram
    Mane - Sterling - Salah - KDB - Cantwell
    Aguero - Maupay - Kane

    1. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 11 days ago

      Yes, I would WC

  18. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 11 days ago

    Typical get Aubameyang in for a hit - captain him and it is the first time he gets nothing all season...

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 11 days ago

      Yep, did all that but captained Sterling.

  19. Pedram
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 11 days ago

    Sigh why do i even bother playing this game.

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

    Sterling you can score !!!

  21. Rainer
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 11 days ago

    Frankly too good.

  22. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 11 days ago

    ffs auba 🙁

  23. Hect.OR 98th
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 11 days ago

    Feels like a flat week with a poor captain choice, a bad transfer and Ayew's 9 points on the bench, but looking on here, my 52 is a great week.

    Difficult season so far.

  24. Bada Bing
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 11 days ago

    #PepOut trending already...?

  25. mynameisq
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 11 days ago

    Auba off the bar!

  26. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 11 days ago

    Auba hits the post

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 11 days ago

      Need goal not post 🙂

    2. Wilshere Knowledge
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 11 days ago

      You must be from the future.

    3. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 11 days ago

      The bloody tease

  27. Wilshere Knowledge
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 11 days ago

    Auba just hit the post!

  28. Bees4Lyf
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 11 days ago

    AUBA POST!!!

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

    Chelsea win it 4:1. I wont post my celebration trademark 😉

  30. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 11 days ago

    Wya Auba