Dugout Discussion

Aguero, De Bruyne and Sterling start as Mendy and Cancelo are benched

Six Premier League matches get underway at 15:00 GMT today, with Liverpool and Manchester City among the dozen teams in action.

Sergio Aguero (£12.1m) has been named in Pep Guardiola’s starting XI for the first time in the league since Gameweek 8.

Just shy of 300,000 Fantasy managers sold the Argentina international in the lead-up to Gameweek 11.

Raheem Sterling (£12.1m), Kevin De Bruyne (£10.2m) and David Silva (£7.7m) also start.

Nicolas Otamendi (£5.4m), Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m), Benjamin Mendy (£6.0m) and Joao Cancelo (£5.3m) are the victims of Guardiola’s rotation roulette, however, with all four benched.

The Saints have made three changes from last Friday’s hammering by Leicester, with a switch of goalkeepers among the alterations.

Mohamed Salah (£12.4m) is fit to start and joins Roberto Firmino (£9.5m) and Sadio Mane (£11.9m) in a familiar-looking front three.

The Reds’ back four is unchanged, too.

Fabinho (£5.5m), who is on four yellow cards, is benched, with perhaps one eye on next weekend’s clash with Manchester City.

Jack Grealish (£5.9m) has not recovered a calf injury and misses out, with Anwar El Ghazi (£5.5m) replacing him.

Unai Emery has recalled Mesut Ozil (£7.2m) to his starting XI for the first time in the Premier League since Gameweek 5.

Nicolas Pepe (£9.3m) makes way for the German, while Granit Xhaka (£5.3m) is excluded from the matchday squad as expected.

Nuno Espirito Santo sticks with the side that started Wolves’ 1-1 draw at Newcastle last Sunday.

Todd Cantwell (£4.8m) has been benched for the first time this season, with Onel Hernandez (£5.3m) taking his place.

Graham Potter has named the same 11 players who started against Everton last Saturday, meanwhile.

West Ham are also unchanged from last weekend, while Steve Bruce recalls Isaac Hayden (£4.4m) and Jonjo Shelvey (£5.0m) for the Longstaff brothers.

There is only one change to the starting XIs at Bramall Lane, with Lys Mousset (£4.9m) replacing Callum Robinson (£5.3m) for the hosts.

Chris Wood (£6.2m) misses out again for Burnley.

Arsenal XI: Leno, Chambers, Papastathopoulos, Luiz, Tierney, Guendouzi, Torreira, Ozil, Ceballos, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

Wolves XI: Patricio, Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss, Doherty, Moutinho, Neves, Jonny, Traore, Jimenez, Jota.

Aston Villa XI: Heaton, Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Targett, McGinn, Nakamba, Douglas Luiz, El Ghazi, Trezeguet, Wesley.

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Salah, Firmino, Mané.

Brighton XI: Ryan, Montoya, Webster, Dunk, Burn, Gross, Pröpper, Stephens, Alzate, Maupay, Connolly.

Norwich XI: Krul, Lewis, Godfrey, Tettey, Aarons, Trybull, Buendia, McLean, Stiepermann, Hernández, Pukki.

Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Angelino, Gundogan, Silva, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Sterling, Aguero.

Southampton XI: McCarthy, Valery, Bednarek, Stephens, Vestergaard, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Armstrong, Ings, Redmond.

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

Burnley XI: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters, Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil, Rodriguez, Barnes.

West Ham XI: Roberto, Zabaleta, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell, Rice, Yarmolenko, Noble, Snodgrass, Felipe Anderson, Haller.

Newcastle XI: Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Willems, Almiron, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton.

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2,302 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Differentiator
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Sterling already 2 dispossessions

    1. mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      World class players tend to lose the ball almost every time they touch it. These days at least

      1. Differentiator
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        *Worst class

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Salah matching him there too.

  2. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Southampton only played Man City on Tuesday. Southampton will have learnt how to keep it tight from that game.

    1. ZICO SENNA
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Good one

    2. Differential (c)
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      You would think so.

  3. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Solskjaer has now lost more PL games as a manager than Jurgen Klopp, despite taking charge of 104 fewer games.

    GGMU!

    1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Just sent this into a group chat filled with utd fans ! 😆

  4. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    I brought Sterling in because Mark said Mendy was nailed. If he hadnt given that advice I would have kept Salah. All the blame will be put on this site if Sterling (C) fails today...

    1. SB8
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Take responsibility for your team and actions!

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        This

    2. Recklesss
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      No, the blame is on you. You don't have to listen to anything people say, you choose to.

    3. Zlatanzo
        1 month, 13 days ago

        100%

      • Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        You think a player just back from injury will play every game

        Particularly when there are two more important games ahead

      • rozzo
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Thats why your rank is rubbish.

        Do your own thing not copy everyone else

        1. Recklesss
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Always chasing

      • Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Good catch

      • Would Ed Woodward
          1 month, 13 days ago

          lol, good afternoon mate.

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Good evening, having a good Game week so far? I have 1 from 1 with our favorite troll C. Wilson!

            1. Would Ed Woodward
                1 month, 13 days ago

                3 from 2 before the 3pms, Wilson and Martial, that Wilson booking disgusted me. You getting rid of him?

          2. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Give a man a fish... teach a man to fish...

        • HurriKane
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Saints parking the bus. City finding it hard to penetrate

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Mood killer when that happens

            1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Always ruins the mood for me when the bus driver chucks us off.

              1. Top Lad Dakes.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Wait. I dont know you IRL do I?

                Cos that happened to my mates literally the other night. Weird coincidence 😆

          2. Differential (c)
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            They shoudl cross it towards the Left CB area. Jannik and Jack wont know how to head a ball.

        • Monkey Hanger
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Ozil used to be 10.5mil in his heyday.

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Mendy will be on if this keeps up.

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Wesley should score but he forget to head the ball.

        • Free Hat
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Theres still fluid in Salahs foot I reckon

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              He’s not right at all.

            2. ZICO SENNA
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              There is, but it’s easy to play with it still

            3. mynameisq
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Yeah doesn't look right, however positionally way more central today thankfully

              1. Free Hat
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  If only he would keep the ball now

              2. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                I sure hope so for his sake.

            4. Jindaljain
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              10 minutes up no goals? Lol

            5. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Any goal yet?

              1. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                King G Smith A

              2. Recklesss
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Noppppppppe

            6. WWF
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Sorry for advising to buy Martial everyone. My bad.

              1. Wild Rover
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                No worries, I didn’t

            7. Hulk Smash
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Unable to watch the City game but Aston Villa should be ahead already against Liverpool, two great chances

              1. Dr Van Nostrand
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Nah just the one the 2nd chance was offside

            8. Eat my goal!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Salah is never going to score when he’s carrying around all that fluid!

              1. ZICO SENNA
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                He will

              2. Free Hat
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  His actions arent really fluid...

              3. Differentiator
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Good ebening

              4. DAZZ
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Saints 1-0

              5. Yank Revolution
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                G SOTON!

              6. tm245
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Wow

              7. La Roja
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                JWP

              8. Eat my goal!
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Hilarious

              9. diesel001
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                JWP G
                Armstrong A

              10. Top Lad Dakes.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Jeez 6 games almost a quarter of an hour in and no goals?

                1. Top Lad Dakes.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  lmfao timing

              11. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                OMG Ward Prowse

              12. Sif
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Hahaha!

              13. Forza Papac
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Banter

              14. HurriKane
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Ederson howler

              15. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                city looking so slow and nervous in the build up

              16. Monkey Hanger
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                JWP GOALLLLLLLLL

              17. how now brown cow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                That's what happens when you leave otamendi out. 🙂

                1. adibo
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Otamendi is bad

              18. Jurgen Flopp
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Serves Pep right for benching Mendy

                1. ChelseaGuy
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Lol yesssss