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

    So, Wildcard a good idea with these lot?

    - Barnes
    - Pukki
    - Cantwell (?)
    - Dendoncker (?)
    - Sterling/KDB
    - Salah (?)
    - Otamendi
    - Double Liverpool DEF

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

      I hope you are joking

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

        Explain?

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

          Pukki is another interesting one. Norwich can’t defend so if they want to address their current slump they have to score goals and if they score a goal he will be involved so I’m really in 2 minds what to do with him

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

        Maybe not I guess given fixtures - sterling, KDB, Salah, Ota and TAA are not players which you need to wildcard out though

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

          TAA, KDB can stay.
          1 of Salah/Sterling maybe.
          Otamendi can jog on.

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Keep Salah and thank me later.

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Double up on Pool defence way to go.

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

        Sadly I've persevered all season.

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          3 months, 17 days ago

          And any other defenceis looking better?

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

            Split the risk with Leicester. Their stats are incredibly promising with a great fixture run.

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

    Useless Utd game next, should’ve saved the City game for later

  3. Herman Toothrot
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Now then, just how good can United make Newcastle appear.

    1. Dr Van Nostrand
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      The loser should be sacked both abominable managers

  4. The Overthinker - I blame R…
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Mount is essential!!!

  5. schwing
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Sterling(c) saving my GW!

  6. Trophé Mourinho
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Rico @ home to Norwich next week, could be 15 pointer

    1. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 17 days ago

      More bench points.

  7. Dare Do The Punt
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    I don't ever like taking -8 hits but do you reckon this one is worth it for the long term?

    Zaha, Haller, Otamendi ---> Mount, Vardy, Soyuncu

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

      Yes

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

    Finally it's time for WC I guess, horrible GW with no Auba, Mount, KDB and TAA in the team. What do you think of this WC team?

    Pope McGovern
    TAA Pereira Ota Lund Rico
    Mane KDB Mount Son Saka
    Auba Tammy Connoly

    433 with Connoly Saka Rico on the bench for next few weeks. Once Laca's back, Saka out for Cantwell perhaps. Rico seems nailed enough for 5th def. And Connoly should get few minutes after the brace.

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

    Scenes if Rashford gets a hat-trick and they keep a CS
    Everyone will be rushing to get 3x Man Utd in again like after GW1!

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

      Please no

  10. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 17 days ago

    That was intense.

  11. tarantulalf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Hey guys.
    I am new to this fpl and need some advice!
    Currently i have two FT and 1.2 ITB.

    Pope Woodman
    VVD Otamendi Tomori Digne Rico
    Salah Sterling KDB Mount Cantwell
    Pukki Haller Greenwood

    I am not sure if i should WC to change my defence and do small changes elsewhere? I would like to bring in either or both TAA and Robbo. Swap Salahand maybe Pukki to something better. But dont know who.
    Any advice would be appreciated!

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

    LMS safety score?

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

      No idea, but this nightmare with 30 pts means that it is 31 or more.

    2. Artemis Titans
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Scared

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

      I don't feel so safe...

  13. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Two lessons learnt for me:

    1. Auba is not the magic WC cert that warrants ripping everything up for
    2. MCI without KDB can be as toothless as a granny who’s misplaced her teeth

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

      You must be jumping in Joy 😉
      Might be your season !

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

        Yeh buzzing atm!

        Certainly not my FPL year so glad in real life all is good!!

  14. Zlatanzo
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Keep Digne on WC? Struggling to find any defenders above 5.0 who look to be worth the money besides TAA

    1. Dr Van Nostrand
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Get rid fixtures turn they are pants and lots of decent cheap options now

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

      If Silva gets sacked tomorrow morning

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

    Thoughts on Pukki? Has he been unlucky or has he lost his form? Didn’t watch the match

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

      Party's over

    2. Dr Van Nostrand
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Him and the team were dreadful. I'm getting rid

  16. FOO FIGHTER
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Look at the team which is now sitting with a massive lead. The best assets to own 🙂

    1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Aguero still outscoring Salah 😮

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

    United to lose to Newcastle?

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Probably.

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

    Is the LB position Rico’s to lose then? Who is his main threat?

    1. Zlatanzo
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Kelly. Rico's spot to lose for sure

  19. Slitherene
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Heaton
    Soyuncu Tomori Digne VvD
    Mount Son Salah KdB
    C.Wilson Pukki
    Pope Ayew Diop Stephens

    2 FT, 2.2 ITB

    A) Pukki -> Vardy
    B) VvD +Ayew -> Lascelles + Vardy
    C) Digne + Ayew + Pukki -> Rico/Kelly + Jimenez + Vardy (-4)

    Which one likely seems better?

  20. FOO FIGHTER
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Keeping Pukki, cannot do any worse than Kun did this GW 🙂

  21. elchilangles
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 17 days ago

    with 28 points all out, 7 pointer Kelly on the bench really hurts - wish I'd captained him! lol

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

    Who are the top 5 players to own then for the coming weeks? Regardless of price

    1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Sterling, KDB, Aguero, Salah, Auba

      1. Zlatanzo
        3 months, 17 days ago

        GL trying to fit all those in!

  23. Zlatanzo
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Feels good to finally bring in Lundstram for 4.5, only 0.5 too late 🙁

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

      Did it for 4.4 I earlier this week. It's a relief more than anything. We've missed the good hauls.

      Shame I shipped Montoya who got 6 & if I didn't, would have played Kelly who got 7!

    2. Dr Van Nostrand
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Better late than never. I'm doing the same with Tammy and did Mount last week

  24. FOO FIGHTER
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Best replacement for Kun?

    I want to go no City. Sorry but can see more results like this coming up.

    1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Only be sorry for your self when Kun hauls next gameweek

    2. Zlatanzo
      3 months, 17 days ago

      No KDB? Brave

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Might get KDB when he starts matches.

  25. jamie1972
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Tammy or Vardy?

    1. Zlatanzo
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Tam

  26. Astonvanilla
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Which will get more points in the next 5 gws?

    a) Aubameyang & Maddison

    b) Vardy & Son

    1. Zlatanzo
      3 months, 17 days ago

      A

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      I’d say Vardy & Maddison to be honest - they’re top of my transfer wishlist for post-IB

  27. FOO FIGHTER
    3 months, 17 days ago

    I may be joining the Tammy party.

  28. seewhyaxe
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Best def up to 5.5m?

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

      Chilwell. Tierney if fit.

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

        Thanks!

  29. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    All I can really think of at the moment for 2FTs.
    Will until after IB, but assuming KDB is back fit: Sterling, Pukki > Maddison, Auba

    Pope, Button
    TAA, Ota, Lowton, Lund, Rico
    Salah, Sterling, KDB, Mount, Cantwell
    Pukki, King, Tammy

  30. Dare Do The Punt
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Have any of the following players been called up for international duty?

    -Auba
    -Tammy
    -Mount
    -Soyuncu

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

      Tammy & Mount: Yes.

      Would expect Mount plays more than Tammy, if they are involved.

    2. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Auba i dont know but the other ones yes