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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

2,126 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Haller close

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

      Almost got him

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

    KDB captain fail for now

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

    Ings assist to be confirmed According to fpl.

    1. Zlatanzo
        1 month, 6 days ago

        fpl knows nothing

    2. Trophé Mourinho
        1 month, 6 days ago

        thats an ings assist

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

          Yes defo

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

            His flick

      • Regin
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        City learning that palace is not Aston villa

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

        Come in Danny boy you can do it

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

          *on

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

        Soton goal: https://streamja.com/p3bX

        Ings assist for me

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

          Clear assist

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

          He organized the celebration too. Assist surely 🙂

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

          JWP assist for me. Or no assist.

      • KAPTAIN KANTWELL
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        OMG [insert Goalscorer name here]

        Let's see if we can make this work, comment who you want to score.
        First to 3 of same player and they get the next goal.

        1. Chandler Bing
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Maupay

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

          ok

        3. Crystal Alice
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Jimmy Bullard

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

          KDB

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

          As stupid pointless exercises go this is way up there.

          1. KAPTAIN KANTWELL
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Lol imagine it works haha

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

              And what do you think the chances of that happening are ?

              1. KAPTAIN KANTWELL
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                More than winning the lotto or super 6 🙂

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

          Saka

        7. BNMC
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Ings

          • KAPTAIN KANTWELL
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            So far we have one bite each for:

            - Maupay
            - Ok
            - Jimmy Bullard
            - KdB
            - As stupid pointless exercises go this is way up there
            - Saka

            1. KAPTAIN KANTWELL
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              *vote not bite lol

            2. KAPTAIN KANTWELL
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Plus one for Ings

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

          I don't trust you guys on knowing the rules so instead of saying if it's an ings assist or not, could you just tell me what happened so I can make my own mind up 🙂

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

            Wouldn't tell you what happened because you don't trust me anyways.

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

              I said don't trust you on knowing the rules, not don't trust you at all.

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

          Saints goal.

          https://streamja.com/p3bX

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

          Does Mark own Ings?

          1. Wild Rover
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Tedious

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

            He is in your league. Check it

        11. Balls of Steel
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Surely Ings assist no? Somebody did get a touch to the free kick!

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

          The guy at OPTA doesnt own Ings then. We already knows he owns Guaita, can soon determine his entire team.

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

          City look rubbish with sterling don't they?

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

            This

        14. amit1964
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          i have kdb sterling silva.......long affternoon with 9 points all together

        15. mad_beer ✅
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          FPL have awarded an assist to James Ward-Prowse

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

            Boooooh

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

            Seems right to me. Not clear that Ings or anyone got a touch before it got to Bednarek. Went through a lot of players, but it looked like they all missed it.

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

            JWP to Sarr wondermove

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

            *checks Jonty’s team*

          5. nerd_is_the_werd
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Confirmed or temporary?

          6. Niho992
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Ings didnt touch the ball

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

              He organized the celebration and was super happy for the goal. Surely that deserves an assist 🙂

          7. Tcheco
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            A Sheffield utd clean sheet would be beautiful

          8. Collie01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Snodgrass offside goal

            1. Collie01
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Rightfully not allowed

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

            Imagine capping KDB when City have Sterling on the pitch

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

              You need to own Sterling to captain him. Most players don't want to own Sterling given how often he blanks.

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

                My point is City are turd when Sterling plays

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

                Think he means sterling brings city's performance down

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

            wolves are so leaky

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

              not much appeal in their players now defence or attack. Apart from Dodecahedron

          11. Gudjohnsen
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Pepe is awful.

            So much money!

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

              Real life and FPL.

          12. Super Saints
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            I've always said Sterling is a shocking footballer

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

              Agreed.

            2. sunzip14
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              and you haven't always been right...

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

            It was Ings hair which diverted ball to Bedra...fix it now FPL

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

              Sadly he didn't go to Gareth McAuley's barber ☹️

          14. Niho992
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Mahrez is ten times better playern than Sterling

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

              Agreed

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

              Sterling = English and overrated stat padder

              1. Niho992
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Agree. No tap ins no goals for him

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

              Strongly agreed with that

            4. Balls of Steel
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Agree...all round better player

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

            Ayew YC

          16. BNMC
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Did everyone forget how to score?

            • Collie01
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Pickford saves from Haller to save Digne's bacon.

              West Ham on top here.

              1. sunzip14
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                No Sidibe means I want them to concede 2 before half -time!

            • Berbinho's Forehead
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Haller should've had a brace. Come on son

            • Regin
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Don't worry new mahrez owners. He will get a 1 point cameo

              1. Hakim Ziyech
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 6 days ago

                😆