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Lacazette among the substitutes as Aubameyang leads the line for Arsenal

The final match of Gameweek 9 takes place this evening, as Sheffield United host Arsenal.

Kick-off at Bramall Lane is at 20:00 BST.

There were no major shocks upon the release of the two teamsheets, with Alexandre Lacazette (£9.3m) only among the substitutes after his return from a seven-week absence.

Kieran Tierney (£5.4m) has to be patient for his first Arsenal league start, too, as Sead Kolasinac (£5.4m) keeps his place at left-back.

In fact, Unai Emery has made only one change to the Gunners’ starting XI from the side that defeated Bournemouth a fortnight ago: Joe Willock (£5.0m) replacing Dani Ceballos (£5.5m) in midfield.

Lacazette’s benching means that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.1m) will again lead the line for Arsenal, flanked by Nicolas Pepe (£9.3m) and Bukayo Saka (£4.5m) in attack.

Aubameyang has yet to blank in an away fixture this season and averages 8.25 points on the road.

John Lundstram (£4.6m) is the most-owned player in this fixture and he features in more Fantasy teams than the rest of the Sheffield United squad put together.

Over 40% of his owners have benched him for this match but it’s probably fair to say that he’ll be an ‘auto-sub’ for many of us, given the high-profile no-shows over the weekend.

His 14-point haul against Crystal Palace at Bramall Lane in August has been followed by three blanks at home but he remains the best-value FPL asset in the game, based on points per million spent.

There are no surprises that Chris Wilder’s only two changes for this fixture come up front, an area in which he has regularly rotated over the past two months.

Lys Mousset (£4.9m) and David McGoldrick (£5.4m) are the strike pairing this evening, replacing Callum Robinson (£5.3m) and Oli McBurnie (£5.9m).

Sheffield United’s four home games this season have only seen six goals scored: only St James’ Park and Selhurst Park average fewer goals per fixture than Bramall Lane in 2019/20.

Sheffield United XI: Henderson; Basham, Egan, O’Connell, Stevens; Baldock, Norwood, Lundstram, Fleck; Mousset, McGoldrick.

Arsenal XI: Leno; Chambers, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac; Xhaka, Guendouzi, Willock; Pepe, Aubameyang, Saka.

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1,292 Comments Post a Comment
  1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    23 days, 21 hours ago

    Bench one:

    A) TAA (TOT)
    B) Lundstram (whu)

    1. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      23 days, 21 hours ago

      Never bench Lundy.

    2. ...al - Leave your comments…
      • 10 Years
      23 days, 21 hours ago

      Taa

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      23 days, 21 hours ago

      After seeing West Ham vs. Everton, may have to start Lundstram here.

    4. Kung Fu Football
      • 5 Years
      23 days, 21 hours ago

      B

    5. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 21 hours ago

      Never bench the most essential player.

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        A it is

    6. YEAH PITCH!
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        Benching b is borderline madness

    7. I hate Moreno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      23 days, 21 hours ago

      Anyone not getting Lundstram off their bench? Or any points for that matter?

      1. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        Yes me and its very sad, Cantwell instead 🙁

        1. I hate Moreno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          23 days, 21 hours ago

          Beats Dunk

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        Rico 1st & Lund 3rd.

        If I'd kept Salah, I'd at least have Rico's points. No such luck.

      3. DA Minnion
        • 7 Years
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        I'm not. I started him. Getting Rico s though.

      4. Slouch87 Scott Talent
        • 4 Years
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        Yes. Caused me a rank drop of 28k this evening.

        1. I hate Moreno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          23 days, 21 hours ago

          Yeah I also made the mistake of checking mid game week.

      5. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        I'm getting 11 points off my bench.

        I can confirm that FPL is a game of pure skill.

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          23 days, 21 hours ago

          My 6 is skill.

          Getting 11 is pure luck.

          1. GARY AND JAMIE
            • 6 Years
            23 days, 21 hours ago

            Half points off bench, 1.5 x points for VC. Fair imo

      6. Ole Trafford
        • 6 Years
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        I’ve got Rico, Cantwell and Lundstram coming off my bench.

      7. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        Getting Rico

      8. Dthinger
        • 2 Years
        23 days, 20 hours ago

        I'm getting Guendo and Rico. Could have been spectacular, but I had Lundstram third!

    8. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      23 days, 21 hours ago

      Turgid season. Down to 1.7m!

      Not even unhappy with my picks this week.

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        Similar mate, WC played but still a small red to 1.35m

        Fingers crossed it improves

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          23 days, 21 hours ago

          Slow and steady wins the race. Just kee making sensible picks. Im in then top 1m for the first time this season. Was as bad as 3m in gw5

    9. Nightf0x
      • 4 Years
      23 days, 21 hours ago

      Which??

      A) Puki vvd to vardy soy/tomori/vallejo
      B) puki vvd cantwel -4 to vardy boly 4.7 or less mid.
      C) vvd ota puki -4 to vardy boly cancelo (or) vardy awb bennet
      D) vvd ota puki -4 to vardy matip soy/tomori/vallejo
      E) vvd mount puki -4 to vardy CHO/james boly/matip

      1. Azzastaan
        • 1 Year
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        Too confusing nobody gonna answer this

        1. AYLD28
          • 4 Years
          23 days, 21 hours ago

          Yeah I got lost

      2. AYLD28
        • 4 Years
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        Make some choices of players YOU want rather than all the xx/xx

    10. Fred54
      • 4 Years
      23 days, 21 hours ago

      Who else only fielded 10 players?

      Aguero, Ota, Kelly and AMN... yeah even I'm not sure how I sleep walked into that defence.

      1. Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        I only did 9..

        Ota Kelly Mahrez Salah and Coleman

      2. kopite65
        • 4 Years
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        3 no shows, kun, salah, zinc
        2 subs to come in, cantwell, lund,as kelly was a no show to !

    11. Kung Fu Football
      • 5 Years
      23 days, 21 hours ago

      Son >
      A - Maddison
      or
      B - D.Silva

      Pick 1 upgrade?

      1 - Soyuncu > Pereira
      2 - Tomori > Alonso

      Thanks.

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        B if he’s rested midweek A if not.

        Probably 1

    12. Gooner97
      • 6 Years
      23 days, 21 hours ago

      But can he do it on a cold night in Sheffield?

      1. Slouch87 Scott Talent
        • 4 Years
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        It's not cold in Sheffield tonight.

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        Ozil at home playing Fortnite, wonder if he’s even checked the result yet.

    13. Max City
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      23 days, 21 hours ago

      Heaton Pope
      TAA Rico Kelly Otamendi* Coleman*
      Salah Mount Mahrez* Dilva Cantwell*
      Abraham CWilson Pukki*

      2FT 3.1m itb

      Not enough fund for Mahrez Pukki >> kdb vardy, so..

      Mahrez Pukki Coleman/Otamendi >> KDB Vardy Lundstram (-4)

      a good move?

      1. Bartowski
        • 9 Years
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        Strikes me that outside of pep roulette you're asking if KDB is better than Mahrez -4 which is a bit up in the air.

        Maybe wait to see who plays midweek. Also Pukki and Norwich will be up for Man U.

        1. Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          23 days, 21 hours ago

          Then who would you get rid off from those lads?

    14. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      23 days, 21 hours ago

      Any news on Salah? Keeping/selling?

      1. Azzastaan
        • 1 Year
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        Keeping 300 point man

      2. Gudjohnsen
        • 2 Years
        23 days, 20 hours ago

        Keeping for sure. Think he will do well in the next 6-7 gws.

    15. DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 21 hours ago

      Is this a good move for 2 FT?

      Salah -> Mane
      Mount -> Maddison

      1. Jarvish Scott Talent
        • 4 Years
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        Looks like 2 downgrades to me

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        No!

      3. ...al - Leave your comments…
        • 10 Years
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        I’d rather mount than Maddison

        Salah can be swapped if you need the cash but I’d still wait on old Mo one more week personally

    16. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        despite these terrible weeks, it doesnt actually bother me as long as I get close to the average. Seasons gone I would be so annoyed, but like this week 32. Im happy with that, didnt get kicked from LMS, seen far worse scores.
        Dont be sad people 🙂

      • Azzastaan
        • 1 Year
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        Aguero
        Or
        Tammy and Vardy

      • Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        Played Lunds over dunk since Monday night football always favours the home side

        Luckily I still get dunks points

        1. Slouch87 Scott Talent
          • 4 Years
          23 days, 21 hours ago

          "Monday night football always favours the home side"

          Not the truest of statements.

      • Kaiser123
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        Looking at the fixtures, I reckon defenders will get the points next week again.

      • Greenbackbøøg…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        Is this the lowest average gameweek score ever (not including blank gws)

        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          23 days, 21 hours ago

          I doubt it. There's always a week like this every now and again.

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          23 days, 21 hours ago

          Until next GW.

        3. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          23 days, 21 hours ago

          Far from it

        4. tambourineman
          • 5 Years
          23 days, 21 hours ago

          GW33 of 17-18 had overall average of 33, haven't looked further back for lower ones.
          https://fpldiscovery.wordpress.com/2018/04/08/17-18-gw33-final-results/

        5. Dthinger
          • 2 Years
          23 days, 20 hours ago

          This week won't be that low. I think it will jump after autosubs

      • FOO FIGHTER
          23 days, 21 hours ago

          -12 hit BUT

          40 all out Team score with no City and that included a no show from Salah 🙂

          40 is a sh*te score but pretty sure I have beaten many triple City team scores. Not a brag but just putting it out there.

          I am bringing Dilva in though. Safest City asset by a country mile!

          1. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            23 days, 21 hours ago

            28

          2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            23 days, 21 hours ago

            It doesn't matter how you get your score, what matters is just the score.

          3. Jarvish Scott Talent
            • 4 Years
            23 days, 21 hours ago

            I'm not sure FPL is the game for you.

          4. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            23 days, 21 hours ago

            Dilva isn’t safe at all mate I’ve owned for 5 games now. Looking to shift him too.

            1. Dthinger
              • 2 Years
              23 days, 20 hours ago

              maybe not, but he's great value at 7.5.

          5. Azzastaan
            • 1 Year
            23 days, 21 hours ago

            I got 35 and took no hit with triple city and salah. Dont think youve got that one right

          6. Hakim Ziyech
              23 days, 21 hours ago

              Team linked isn't 40 😆

            • Tempestic
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              23 days, 21 hours ago

              Dude u got 18? At least that's what the linked team says.. 30 (-12)?

              1. Eat my goal!
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                23 days, 21 hours ago

                VC makes it 38

              2. STEP ROVERS - BLAME IT ON R…
                • 2 Years
                23 days, 21 hours ago

                Lol he will get Vardy captain points (8) and dunk 1

                1. Tempestic
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  23 days, 21 hours ago

                  Oh my mistake, didn't see the Vardy thing. Fair play

                  1. Tempestic
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    23 days, 21 hours ago

                    still not 40 tho 😛

            • PlumaPiedra
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              23 days, 21 hours ago

              53pts with triple City and no hits. Doesn't really matter about triple this or that, none of them scored big this week.

            • Gnu Scott talent
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              23 days, 21 hours ago

              38? (-12) +26
              ?

            • AYLD28
              • 4 Years
              23 days, 21 hours ago

              Man took a -8 to bring De Bruyne in and then took another -4 to take him out again haha

              I wouldn’t be bragging about your score big man

              1. Hakim Ziyech
                  23 days, 20 hours ago

                  😆

                • Ask Yourself
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  23 days, 20 hours ago

                  OMG

              2. MeatPieSausageRoll
                  23 days, 20 hours ago

                  So 28? I got 49 with with Triple City and Salah no show

              3. Oooo Matron
                • 3 Years
                23 days, 21 hours ago

                Somebody please advise me what to do with this bunch of loses (1ft):

                Pope
                TAA Otamendi Soyuncu
                Mane Mount Sterling KDB Maddison
                Abraham Wilson

                Subs: Lundstrom, Rico, Connelly

                1. Tempestic
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  23 days, 21 hours ago

                  Save probably, looks good

              4. Giggs-Tosun Particle
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                23 days, 21 hours ago

                28 all out, my lowest score in 14 years playing the game.

                Thanks Raheem for the scoopy assist preventing my first donut.

                Somehow seem to still be safe in LMS..?????

                1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  23 days, 21 hours ago

                  You beat 28 on the week where nearly all games were cancelled with snow?

                  1. Giggs-Tosun Particle
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    23 days, 21 hours ago

                    I've probably forgotten that week

                    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      23 days, 21 hours ago

                      It wouldn't have been impossible to get 28 that week, but it would have been an absolute haul that week. I think I got something like 3 points.

                      1. Giggs-Tosun Particle
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        23 days, 21 hours ago

                        My memory just about recalls Barry Ferguson being a bonus hoover before they changed the system, and that's about it. Too many nights out probably

                      2. Eat my goal!
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        23 days, 21 hours ago

                        How many years back was that?

              5. Tempestic
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                23 days, 21 hours ago

                Red arrows ftw
                2FT 0ITB
                Pope (Button)
                TAA Otamendi* Lundstram Tomori (Soy)
                Sterling KDB Son* (Cantwell* Saka*)
                Aubameyang* Pukki* Abraham

                Having bought Auba on gw6 WC i'm fed up with him completely, Arsenal are not a team I want to have any investment in any longer. Too many fires to put out tho… can I just let them all burn at this point..?

                1. FPL_DON
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  23 days, 21 hours ago

                  Wait to see if Kun plays mid-week, good team

              6. Max City
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                23 days, 21 hours ago

                Which one would you sell to gain some money, Coleman or Otamendi?

                1. Collie01
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  23 days, 21 hours ago

                  Coleman

                2. Dthinger
                  • 2 Years
                  23 days, 20 hours ago

                  both

              7. Ask Yourself
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                23 days, 21 hours ago

                Okay FPL. I understand why you priced Lundstram at 4.0 as he rarely played since being at SHU. But to list him as a mid was crazy. It’s not like he was ever subbed on for a defender (which would help me understand the confusion) but he was brought on a midfielder for an attacker to play in front of the back 5 and kill the game. How could such a lazy decision have been made huh? Eh?

                1. Greenbackbøøg…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  23 days, 21 hours ago

                  Manufacturing another AWB to keep people interested. This is my theory

                  1. Ask Yourself
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    23 days, 21 hours ago

                    Did they release the game before pre season got going? They surely couldn’t have seen how big of a role he was going to have this season? Wouldn’t have hurt them to try it though it’s a possibility

                  2. SweepaKeepa
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    23 days, 20 hours ago

                    The Easter Egg

              8. DannyDrinkVodka
                  23 days, 21 hours ago

                  Rico and Lundstram are the best argument for tripling up on Man City attack

                  1. Ask Yourself
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    23 days, 21 hours ago

                    Pep is the best argument against triple city attack

                  2. Wolves Ay We
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    23 days, 20 hours ago

                    I agree

                • FPL_DON
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  23 days, 21 hours ago

                  Whatever happened to the old FPL golden rule of saving your FT when there were midweek games smh

                  1. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
                    • 1 Year
                    23 days, 21 hours ago

                    Millennials.

                    1. FPL_DON
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      23 days, 21 hours ago

                      kids these days

                      Old school style teams always seem to reap the rewards too, ie 1 premium defender, a team built on price points

                  2. Tempestic
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    23 days, 21 hours ago

                    I never heard of this rule before cant lie? Also I saved last week and my teams tragic so defo not gonna be saving this time... 😛

                    1. FPL_DON
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      23 days, 21 hours ago

                      Haha fair play mate, not so bad when you have two!

                • Popcornharen
                  • 2 Years
                  23 days, 21 hours ago

                  Need help, posting team below

                  Pope (Button)
                  Diop Robbo Ota (Lundy Rico)
                  Mcginn Salah KDB Mount Bernardo
                  Vardy Pukki Abraham

                  2 FT, 0.9 ITB
                  Want to get rid of Bernardo and Pukki.

                  A) Pukki --> Jimenez and save 1 FT
                  B) Pukki & Bernardo --> Dendo & Aub
                  C) Pukki & Bernardo --> Maddison & Jimenez

                • No Professionals
                  • 2 Years
                  23 days, 21 hours ago

                  Bottomed

                  Salah and kane to

                  A) aguero and mane
                  B) Kdb and aubameyang 

                  B) allows Pukki to vardy the week after

                  1. FPL_DON
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    23 days, 21 hours ago

                    a, auba is dire

                  2. Freddiebell
                    • 3 Years
                    23 days, 20 hours ago

                    You obviously didn't watch Aub tonight. He was just awful and with lacazette back he's a no no for me now.

                • De Gea Van Dijk. 10
                  • 1 Year
                  23 days, 21 hours ago

                  Laying a tranny.

                  1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    23 days, 21 hours ago

                    Bring in Matip.

                • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  23 days, 21 hours ago

                  Bale (4.5 def, 4 CS, 3G, 5A in final 12 games of 09/10)
                  Kane (5.0 fwd, 21G 7A in 14/15)
                  Alli (5.0 mid, 10G 12A in 15/16)

                  Lundstram (4.0 def, 4CS, 1G, 1A in 9 games... and counting 🙂 )

                  1. Ask Yourself
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    23 days, 21 hours ago

                    Wow that’s crazy from bale wish I played back then

                    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      23 days, 12 hours ago

                      Yeah it was absolutely unreal - he was a teenager too & scoring DFK’s & long range screamers etc

                      TAA probably the closest we have to something like that at the minute

                • Nightf0x
                  • 4 Years
                  23 days, 21 hours ago

                  A) 4.8 or less def. Other than lowton lund
                  Or
                  B) ota out too with -4, 2 def. With 10.3

                  1. Eat my goal!
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    23 days, 21 hours ago

                    Ota for villa?

                • Waynoo
                  • 6 Years
                  23 days, 20 hours ago

                  Aub owners are we keeping?

                  1. Wolves Ay We
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    23 days, 20 hours ago

                    No

                  2. Freddiebell
                    • 3 Years
                    23 days, 20 hours ago

                    No