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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. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    My most expensive players are my worst performing players. I think it’s time to stop looking at prices.

  2. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Don't stop cumming Wolves. Give City a baby!

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      um

    2. YEAH PITCH!
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Not weird. Not weird at all.

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Hahaha

  3. KAPTAIN KUN
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    What a week to punt on Traore, ecstatic

  4. Hy liverpool
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Woooooolveeeeeeeeeeeees

  5. Daddy Kev
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Hilarious seeing the sheep on here crying because they lost their City cleansheet when most of them are Poo/Manure/Chelski/Arsenil/Spuds supporters.

      1. Licky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        What has that got to do with it? I mean, this is a fantasy football forum...

        1. Luka - Man Like Serbia
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Yep lots of newbies here this season.

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

        U mad bro?

      3. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        says the plastic fan

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

        You think it is strange that people talk about fpl related things on a fpl forum?

      5. YEAH PITCH!
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Daddy Kev on the scene. Look lively.

      6. MeatPieSausageRoll
          3 months, 17 days ago

          I remember when you supported Utd

      7. TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Traoré essenatial?

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

          Won't face Otamendi every gw 😀

      8. Differentiator
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Two Jimmy assists. Get him in

      9. SirStevieG
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        WOLVES MY NEW FAVOURITE SECOND TEAM!!!

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

          Should be your first looking at your grav

      10. KGFC
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Went into the week without Salah, Raz and Kun!!! Wow!!!

        1. Nigel Knows
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 17 days ago

          I went into gameweek without Auba, Sterling, Kane and Billing : what’s your point

      11. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        That's like 4 captain blanks so far for me (and many others) this season. Yikes.

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

          4? I’ve had 6!

        2. Dosh
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          4/8 is good for this season

      12. FISSH
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Wow. As a Liverpool fan I think I'll keep captaining city players

      13. Naby K8a
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Jay Egersdorff owns Adama and played him.

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

          Really!?

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

          Casuals season.

        3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          No idea who that is but must be a wolves fan

        4. PUMPKINHEAD - the original,…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Rediculous hope he's having a $hit season

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

        Another © Fail 😀

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          didn't we all.
          Are you going Maddison next game week? I'm seriously contemplating .......

      15. Tamagotchi Massacre
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Pep was fooling nobody whatsoever that Fernandino can be a central defender. Nobody who has actually been watching them

      16. FOO FIGHTER
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Liverpool, Liverpool, Liverpool...

          1. liverpool01
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 17 days ago

            YNWA!!!!

        • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Sterling has been terrible for a while now

          Sterling to Maddison?

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Genuinely considering ditching him on WC tbh.

            If KDB fit he might be my only city player on wc

        • Trophé Mourinho
            3 months, 17 days ago

            37 all out :/
            man ota fail sucks

            1. Trophé Mourinho
                3 months, 17 days ago

                wow 37 is apparently a tiny green 229k to 221k 😀

                Some people msut have had a complete shocker, just need newcastle to score now.

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

              "Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal FC) fires in a shot – and hits the post!"

              Sums up this week

            3. Arteta
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Top 3. Back where we belong:)

            4. The Train Driver
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Pep > Spurs
              Poch > Man Utd
              Solkjaer > Everton
              Silva > Man City

              1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Too many Silvas at Man City as it is

            5. liverpool01
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Lmao Man City!

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

              Willy 3
              Tammy 2
              Batman 1

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

                Ings 1 too.

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

                Willian deserves those tbh. But why oh why.

              3. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Tammy winning G

                1. Old Man
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  No, Mount

            7. villa_til_i_die
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Hard to say, but fair play Wolves!

            8. diesel001
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              GW8: Sterling(c) = Kane(c) = Salah(c) = Auba(c) = Aguero(c)

            9. L'Aeroplanino
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Jimenez wagon

            10. Qaiss
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Crap FPL week but sod it.

              ALLL we need now is a Newcastle win to top it all off 😀 Please Newcastle

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

              Kdb

            12. rmt this, rmt that so i sai…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 17 days ago

              think i’m only keeping kdb as city asset until they get their sh*t together

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

                Only one game...it is allowed you know

                1. KSM of USA & Earth
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  + Norwich = 2

            13. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Any chance of Sterling sneaking into the bps?

              1. Zlatanzo
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  The only place he’ll be sneaking is out of my team

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

                Is it too risky to go without Salah and Sterling? I'm thinking of WC team like this:

                Ryan
                TAA - Otamendi - Pereira
                Mane - KDB - Martial - Mount
                Vardy - Abraham - Wilson

                Button - Rico - Kelly - Douglas Luiz

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

                  On this weekends performance. No.

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

                    That doesn't make sense. Salah and Sterling scored sod all between them

                2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  I did at the start of the season and it backfired big style on me.
                  It is a risk/reward thing if you think it will give you the jump on others go for it.
                  By the way I would not have Martial in because Man United look terrible they are not creating much.

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

                    I would say it's not true, the guy leading in my ML plays without Salah and Sterling from gw1 and he's 1.4k so it's not so simple.

                    1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      He must have had Aubameyang/Aguero in that case?
                      I did not have either of them until this week.

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

                        He has Auba and was swapping Kane and Aguero, lots of mid-price midfielders, pretty cheap defence bar TAA. My pointy is we're often simplyfing things like "I was punished with no Salah" etc but truth is the other players failed to deliever.

                        Small example...Last season Salah went for this beautiful run of 12,12, 2, 15 in December and you know what? Despite not having him I had four green arrows averaging almost 80pts/gw and yet I keep readind people mentioning this event and complaining how they were punished by him.

                        Again, not so simple.