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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…
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

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

  2. The Mighty Hippo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 19 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
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Nope, he is likely back after the international break

      1. Pedersen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 19 days ago

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

    2. KAPTAIN KUN
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Have both

  3. Stoic
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    KDB surely in after IB

    1. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Makes no difference, season is still over

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Who's whining now

    2. Pedersen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 19 days ago

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

  4. Hy liverpool
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Bolly is a beast

  5. stupendous
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 19 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
    3 months, 19 days ago

    What a BSGW
    (Bog Standard Game Week)

    1. moment
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

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

  7. Trophé Mourinho
      3 months, 19 days ago

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

      1. MeatPieSausageRoll
          3 months, 19 days ago

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

          1. Dosh
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Lol he was subbed off long back

      2. IRBOX ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        5 extra minutes at the Etihad

      3. KAPTAIN KUN
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

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

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Boo hoo.. that’s good this GW

          1. KAPTAIN KUN
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Surprises me

        2. Nigel Knows
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 19 days ago

          44 : what a brilliant game week. Well done

          1. KAPTAIN KUN
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Really??

            1. Nigel Knows
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 19 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
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Not so subtle brag 😆

          1. KAPTAIN KUN
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Feels like an awful score

        4. stupendous
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          45 got ya beat

      4. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Gonna have some real fun on this wc

      5. KGFC
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

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

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Waste of 11M? Wilson in for WC?

      6. Nigel Knows
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 19 days ago

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

        1. Nigel Knows
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Correction 35 all out

      7. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        It’s Auba time!!

      8. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 19 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
          3 months, 19 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
            3 months, 19 days ago

            True, Laporte is City's defence

      9. The Overthinker - I blame R…
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

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

      10. Daniel - KTBFFH
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

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

        1. Dannyb
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

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

          1. Daniel - KTBFFH
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Mahrez owner too

        2. Hakim Ziyech
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Yes yes yes! shame on pep

      11. Differentiator
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        RMWCT

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

        1. Ha.
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Yes, I would WC

      12. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 19 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
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Yep, did all that but captained Sterling.

      13. Pedram
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Sigh why do i even bother playing this game.

      14. Daniel - KTBFFH
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Sterling you can score !!!

      15. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Frankly too good.

      16. Trophé Mourinho
          3 months, 19 days ago

          ffs auba 🙁

        • Hect.OR 98th
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 19 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.

        • Bada Bing
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          #PepOut trending already...?

        • mynameisq
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Auba off the bar!

        • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Auba hits the post

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Need goal not post 🙂

          2. Wilshere Knowledge
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            You must be from the future.

          3. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            The bloody tease

        • Wilshere Knowledge
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Auba just hit the post!

        • Bees4Lyf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          AUBA POST!!!

        • Daniel - KTBFFH
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

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

        • Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Wya Auba