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Mahrez and Jesus benched as Guardiola rotation strikes again

Pep Guardiola has frustrated Fantasy Premier League managers once again by leaving Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m) and Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m) on the bench.

That move sees Raheem Sterling (£11.8m) and Bernardo Silva (£7.8m) come back into the side for the visit of Crystal Palace.

There is better news for owners of Kevin de Bruyne (£10.7m) and Sergio Aguero (£11.8m) who both keep their places from the win at Aston Villa.

Owners of Martin Kelly (£4.4m) have some reasons to be encouraged, even if they are benching him for the Eagles’ trip to the Etihad Stadium.

Despite Joel Ward‘s (£4.3m) return to fitness, the budget defender starts at right-back while Cenk Tosun (£5.7m) is set to make his Palace debut, named up-front alongside Jordan Ayew (£5.0m).

It is Moise Kean (£6.4m) who replaces the injured Richarlison (£8.1m) for Everton, while Djibril Sidibé (£5.4m) is benched in favour of Seamus Coleman (£5.3m).

Jack Grealish (£6.5m) looks set for another outing as a centre-forward for Aston Villa as Dean Smith lines up in a 3-4-3 formation, with the midfielder at the apex.

There is a return for Matt Targett (£4.4m), who looks to operating as a left wing-back in front of a back-three.

Opponents Brighton have gone with a front-three of Leandro Trossard (£5.8m), Neal Maupay (£5.9m) and Aaron Connolly (£4.4m).

Despite suggestions of rotation at Southampton, Danny Ings (£6.9m) holds onto his starting berth against Wolves.

Mikel Arteta is forced into a change at the back for Arsenal, Sokratis Papastathopoulos (£4.9m) out with illness. That sees Shkodran Mustafi (£5.2m) replace him at centre-back.

Meanwhile, Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.6m) holds onto his right-back berth although Hector Bellerín (£5.4m) is back on the bench.

Gabriel Martinelli (£4.5m) comes in for the suspended Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.7m).

Opponents Sheffield United are without David McGoldrick (£5.4m) who has suffered a minor foot injury, which means Lys Mousset (£4.7m) and Oli McBurnie (£5.7m) lead the line, supported by key midfielder John Lundstram (£5.1m).

Norwich have handed an immediate debut to new signing Duda (£5.0m) while there are starts in their attack for Todd Cantwell (£4.9m) and Teemu Pukki (£6.5m).

Bournemouth have lined-up in a 4-3-3 formation with Ryan Fraser (£6.9m) and Harry Wilson (£5.9m) either side of Callum Wilson (£7.4m).

Arsenal XI: Leno; Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, D Luiz, Saka; Torreira, Xhaka, Ozil; Pepe, Martinelli, Lacazette.

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

Brighton XI: Ryan; Alzate, Dunk, Webster, Bernardo; Mooy, Stephens, Propper; Trossard, Maupay, Connolly.

Aston Villa XI: Reina; Konsa, Mings, Hause; Guilbert, Drinkwater, Nakamba, Targett; Trezeguet, Grealish, El Ghazi

Manchester City XI: Ederson; Mendy, Fernandinho, Stones, Cancelo; D Silva, de Bruyne, Gundogan; Sterling, Aguero, B Silva

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Riedewald, Cahill, Tomkins, Kelly; Zaha, Kouyaté, McCarthy, McArthur; Ayew, Tosun.

Norwich XI: Krul; Byram, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Aarons; Tettey, McLean; Duda, Cantwell, Buendía; Pukki.

Bournemouth XI: Ramsdale; Rico, Aké, S Cook, A Smith; Billing, Gosling, Lerma; Fraser, C Wilson, H Wilson.

Southampton XI: McCarthy; Bertrand, Bednarek, J Stephens, Cédric; Redmond, Ward-Prowse, Højbjerg, Armstrong; S Long, Ings.

Wolves XI: Patrício; Saïss, Coady, Dendoncker; Jonny, Neves, Moutinho, Doherty; Neto, Jiménez, Traoré.

West Ham XI: Randolph; Cresswell, Diop, Ogbonna, Zabaleta; Rice, Noble; Snodgrass, Lanzini, Fornals; Haller.

Everton XI: Pickford; Digne, Holgate, Mina, Coleman; Bernard, Delph, T Davies, Walcott; Kean, Calvert-Lewin

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  1. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Reckon with Rashford injured, Greenwood starts vs Liverpool?

    1. MaticMVP
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Most likely.

    2. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Nope. Front four of

      James Mata Pereira
      Martial

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        🙁

        1. Tony Martial
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 6 days ago

          I think he will come on though..

          1. Jafooli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            1pt 😎

        2. diesel001
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          I own Greenwood too. But I think OGS will go for experience. Personally think Pereira has played well when he is put in an attacking role. But OGS is stupid and keeps playing attacking players like Fred and Pereira in a DM role.

    3. alloutattack
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Same thing ole did with maguire wen we all thought he was injured for weeks only to start the nxt match. Dont be suprised if rashford starts the match

  2. BNMC
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Best mid with a 7.2 budget? I own Grealish already.

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Willian or Zaha?

    • Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Come on Aguero another hattie please

      1. FirMinaMiMo
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Yass!! 🙂

        • Firminoooo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          So happy my captain starts. Now all is a bonus.

      2. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Who yah Cappers?

        KdB here....wish I went Mane or Salah now.....

        1. BNMC
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Vardy.

          • Qaiss
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Pukki

          • Little Red Lacazette
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            KdB

          • SkeletONv01
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Party boi.

          • Firminoooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Kun

          • Bubz
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Kdb

          • Whats the Huth
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Salah

        2. Little Red Lacazette
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Firmino getting a lot of buys already.

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Rashford sellers. Pretty obvious move.

            1. Eat my goal!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Casuals

              1. sully29
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Casually awesome.

              2. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                We all know Bobby will score hat tricks in the DGW now that casuals got shepherded into buying him

                1. Little Red Lacazette
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Might be the way to go.

            2. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              The no brainer move.

          2. Herman Toothrot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            The cool cats did Rashford to Firmino before the Wolves game.

        3. olidooley
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Gazzaniga has been a nightmare since I brought him in in GW12. Then this!...I’m shocked

        4. jezstatham
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Got rid of gazzaniga after weeks of misery. Nearest rival brings him in after never playing him before.

          1. FPL Pillars
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            That’s just hilarious

          2. Little Red Lacazette
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            His crystal ball is better than yours.

          3. Arteta
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            FPL summed up haha

        5. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Mark actually knows again...

          1. Bubz
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Whats his rank these days

          2. GARY AND JAMIE
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            I fear Wolves may kick him in balls again

        6. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Reckon Aurier, Maddison & Jiménez > Salah, Greenwood & fodder for -4pts this GW, will turnout okay over GW23 & DGW24?

          1. La Roja
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            So greenwood isn’t fodder then 😛

            1. Jafooli
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              😮 😆

              First team now 😉

          2. Jafooli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            No

            Aurier x2 games (already has CS), Maddison x2, Jiménez x2. +4pts vs Salah x3

            Didn’t think this transfer through properly

        7. Penang Sandman
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Vardy Sarr to Kdb Haller (-4)?

          Leicester got few tough fixtures in next 4

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Where Vardy loves top six opponents

            1. Penang Sandman
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Not this season apparently

              1. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Scored vs City earlier this year?

                1. Penang Sandman
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  WOL shu che mun TOT liv mci LIV

                  2 goals

          2. Tsparkes10
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Haller looool

            1. Slouch87 Nirvana Scott Tale…
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Grow up.

            2. Penang Sandman
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Best pick out of whu imo

        8. Pukkipartyy
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Sry for this stupid question..
          Got Rico 4.1 now 4.4 sell value 4.2. Do i lose money after price drop?

          And who is the best replacement for Rico upto 5.1?

          1. Tired and weary
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            You won’t lose SV

          2. nerd_is_the_werd
              1 month, 6 days ago

              no loss after price drop

            • Quackadoodz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 6 days ago

              You can still sell Rico at 4.1 even if he drops to 4.3

          3. True Deadzoner
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Sarr injury serious?

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Depends on your definition of serious injuries.

            2. Zlatanzo
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Hammy... take what you want from it

            3. Ha.
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Best striker for 5.8m or less?

              1. Zlatanzo
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Maups

                  1. Ha.
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    5.9 unfortunately

                    As is DCL

                    Annoying to say the least

                • TLF
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Tricky, .1 more gives options. At that price you are looking at Ayew or Greenwood really if the latter gets a run. I'd monitor Tosun though at 5.7. McBurnie if you are feeling punty as fixtures turn soon but minutes a bit of an issue. Martenelli is a short term option too.

                  1. Ha.
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Yeh I know. Was going to ditch Grealish but now makes sense to ditch Sarr, but I have .1 less value on him...

              2. HonestBlatter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                RICO STARTS!

                1. Bubz
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  1 pointer incoming

              3. Lignja
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Pope/Martin
                Taa, Soyuncu, Lundsteam, Rico, Kelly
                Mane, Kdb, Son, Traore, Dendoker
                Abraham, Vardy, Ings

                A. Son to Salah
                B. Rico to Robertson

              4. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Robbo or Firmino for the DGW?

                1. Zlatanzo
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Rob Rob Rob

                    1. g40steve
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      Cheers.

                      1. Zlatanzo
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          Firmino's away record is worth a look at too, all 7 of his goals have come away from home...

                    2. Rainer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      What results are you expecting?

                      1. Hy liverpool
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        This is the most annoying response.. TM will like it.

                        1. Rainer
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          Probably important in picking a forward or defender...

                          1. Hy liverpool
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 6 days ago

                            Why would he ask if he knows... Just give him the advice or FO

                    3. Little Red Lacazette
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      I think I'm going Robbo.

                    4. HonestBlatter
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      Van Dijk

                  • SkeletONv01
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Get out of my team Alli, what a waste of money.

                    1. Zlatanzo
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Blame spurs not Alli

                      • Hybrid.power
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Norwich next week is confusing me

                      • HonestBlatter
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Keep him for Norwich HAUL

                    2. Esalman
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      KDB+Maddison to Mane+Snodgrass or Noble?

                      1. g40steve
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        KDB keeper?

                        1. Esalman
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          I have Aguero so...

                          1. HashAttack
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 6 days ago

                            I'm selling both (Aguero and KDB) - Maddi vs WHU is too good - could be Greenwood that replaces Aguero but for gw24 it will be Firmino

                            1. Esalman
                              • 10 Years
                              1 month, 6 days ago

                              Interesting. I thought about it but simply can't get rid of Aguero.. compared to KDB he's an important differential. Also he'll be harder to get back, whereas I can easily swap Salah/Mane for KDB later.

                      2. Jafooli
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        The Snod.

                    3. DAZZ
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      Who was fouled for the watford penalty?

                      1. FirMinaMiMo
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          Verto!

                        • Rainer
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          Del Boy.

                          1. Rainer
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 6 days ago

                            Vert handled his shot.

                        • maff
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          handball after a deulofeu shot

                        • GARY AND JAMIE
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          Handball from a Gerald D shot

                        • Brosstan
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          would have been deulofeu asssist.

                      2. Bobby Digital
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Teemu Pukki baby!

                        1. Tsparkes10
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          GL mate. Enjoy

                          1. Bobby Digital
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 6 days ago

                            Cheers, you too!

                        2. diesel001
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          Interested to see how this Duda guy plays today.

                        3. GARY AND JAMIE
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          Forward line of Kun Pukki Tammy would be nice today

                      3. La Roja
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Got TAA and salah

                        Who gets the third spot?

                        A) Mane
                        B) Robbo +4
                        C) Bobby

                        1. Bubz
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          I went C

                        2. HonestBlatter
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          D) Van Dijk

                        3. Jafooli
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          A

                        4. Zico Senna
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          B for sure

                      4. MoManeTaa
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Trossard screamer and an assist incoming - Let's GO

                      5. radawson
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Already have Salah and TAA.....Best option for GW24?

                        A) Tomori > Robertson (bench Soyuncu)

                        B) KDB > Mane

                      6. Bookkeeper
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        If Lundstram hits approx 200pts this season, would he be your FPL player of the season?

                        1. diesel001
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          Yes. 200 pts for a guy who started at 4.0m is incredible.

                          1. Bookkeeper
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 6 days ago

                            has it been done before?

                        2. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          He’ll be an FPL legend. He was literally a 4.0 enabler at the start of the season

                        3. Arteta
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          Absolutely! Gem of a player.

                      7. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Lundstram to punish all the people who benched him

                        1. Reiger
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          This... CS a good possibility with Auba out

                          1. ALI_G
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 6 days ago

                            CS?

                            Hattie for Lord surely

                            1. Reiger
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 6 days ago

                              Both

                      8. Sailboats
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Rash and Sarr > Mane and Jimmy looking very likely for me, if theyre both out.

                      9. Daniel S.
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Whenever I see goalkeeper penalty save always have the urge to check Granville's team since he always complains that he isn't getting them.

                        Many Gazza owners ?

                        1. Daniel S.
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          Does Granville has him ?

                      10. Bam Bam Bigelow
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Out for Robertson:
                        A - Evans (WHM)
                        B - Sidibe (NEW)

                      11. Polka Wakey O'Dot
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Savage saying on TV that “Bournemouth and Norwich are two poor teams”. I agree with Bournemouth but I wouldn’t label Norwich as poor. Good attitude and plenty of fight. They decided to try and play football in the Prem rather than scrap for draws but just not enough quality to do that. Plenty of other things to like though.

                        1. Brosstan
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          Norwich are a terrible PL side

                          1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 6 days ago

                            They have a better attitude than some of the bigger clubs. I’d be happier spending my money watching them rather than some of the utter tripe played by Arsenal, Spurs and United at various times this season. They’re the really poor teams at times.

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

                          I actually think Norwich could have done really well were it not for catastrophic level of injuries they suffered at the same time, it was like every defensive player got seriously injured at the same time

                        3. UpTheCherries
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          I wouldnt say Bournemouth are poor. Considering their resources theyve proved themselves in the prem the last few seasons. It's only as a result of a horrific injury record this season that bmouth are struggling as much as they are.

                          1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 6 days ago

                            Do you think so?...Last couple of games i’ve watched it seemed like they’d all but given up. They have done well though for a few years..nice football as well.