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Aubameyang returns as budget FPL forward Martinelli keeps his place

The penultimate match of Gameweek 25 takes place at Turf Moor this afternoon.

Arsenal are the visitors to Burnley, with kick-off in Lancashire at 14:00 GMT.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.8m) returns straight to the visitors’ starting XI as expected but it is Nicolas Pepe (£9.1m), rather than Gabriel Martinelli (£4.6m), who makes way for the Gabonese striker.

Aubameyang and Martinelli were popular purchases heading into this weekend, having been bought by 280,519 and 130,017 Fantasy Premier League managers respectively ahead of Gameweek 25.

Aubameyang registered 13 points in this fixture last season and has scored seven goals in his four previous league meetings with Sean Dyche’s side.

The Gunners, indeed, have won all 11 of their previous encounters with the Clarets in league and cup.

Mikel Arteta’s only other alteration from Gameweek 24 sees Matteo Guendouzi (£4.3m) replace Lucas Torreira (£4.7m) in the middle of the park.

Burnley, meanwhile, are unchanged from their 2-0 win over Manchester United.

The Clarets come into this game off the back of successive Premier League wins, having also claimed the scalp of Leicester City a fortnight ago.

Only two outfielders in Dyche’s starting XI – James Tarkowski (£5.1m) and Chris Wood (£6.2m) – are owned by more than 1% of Fantasy managers, although goalkeeper Nick Pope (£4.6m) still sits in around one in seven FPL squads.

Pope has banked back-to-back double-digit hauls for his remaining owners and a point or more today will move him second in the overall goalkeepers’ standings and take him past the 100-point mark.


Burnley XI: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Hendrick, Cork, Westwood, McNeil, Wood, Rodriguez.

Arsenal XI: Leno, Bellerin, Mustafi, Luiz, Saka, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ozil, Martinelli, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

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1,116 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Woy_is_back
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Everyone should just avoid Man U and Arsenal players.

    1. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Agreed.

    2. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Yep, very true. I made a rookie bo bo and went for Williams but it’s ok because he’s rooted to my bench.

    3. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Agreed, apart from Rashford when he's on a streak

  2. HurriKane
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Was Auba a trap? Looks like The hype was all for nothing

    1. elchilangles
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      you need to give him a few games to really judge, not just one half of one match

      1. HurriKane
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Still Need to be absolutely convinced he's going to be explosive to splash 11m on him. Not just for the sake of using Mane money

    2. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Surely people got Auba for the run-in? What did you expect, Burnley to just roll over?

      1. HurriKane
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Its not like Arsenal has been pulling up trees and suddenly destroying teams under Arterta

        Okay they look slightly better but i dont think Auba justifies his price over likes of Firmino/Vardy/Jimenez/Ings /Wood etc just yet

    3. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Burnley are a bit of a bogey team for Arsenal, aren't they?
      Wouldn't give up on it yet

      1. Wilshere Knowledge
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        No, we have won the last 10 meetings. 😆

        1. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Hahahaha fair enough, my bad!

  3. Mané money
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Every single time I get get Auba I jinx him and I promise I’ll never get him again... But I don’t know why I keep trying...

    Sorry owners this is my fault 🙁

  4. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Henderson Jordan best midfielder in the league!

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Depends which angle you looking from.

      1. Skloppy Kops
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Outclassing Gerrard at the minute

      2. Niho992
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        From every one. English Xaviesta

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

      Probably the best ever.

      1. Niho992
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I mean he is best MiD in best team ever so you re right probably

    3. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Klopp has waved some kind of hoodoo magic into bang average players at Liverpool.

      1. Niho992
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Henderson was class always before and after Klopp

        1. Rolls-Royce
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          You sure? I've seen pool fans constantly complaining in the past about, how sh*te he is.

          1. Niho992
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 6 days ago

            I know. Fans are sh*e trust me. He played fantastic in 13/14 and 14/15 season.

        2. HurriKane
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Nahh he was bang average before this season

          Even Fred will look good in Liverpool midfeild with the quality they possess

          1. Niho992
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Lol.

            Henderson would be starter in every single team in the league.

            Fred wouldnt.

    4. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I still prefer Cantwell Todd in home matches.

    5. Prisoner B5160-8
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Worth ditching Mané for?

    6. HashAttack
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      think it was the on pitch interview after the FA round vs Everton .. the amount of steam that was coming off Henderson was damn impressive

  5. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Saka only just made it in the tunnel on Sky...

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

      Off!

      Torreira on.

  6. anish10
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Best defenders for WC 5.9 to spend?

    Currently have :

    TAA Stevens Lacelles Williams

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Stephens

      1. anish10
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Already have McCarthy in goal

        1. Skloppy Kops
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Masina?

        2. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Still Stephens, tbh

          Or Cahill if you insist

    2. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Same dilemma.

    3. HashAttack
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Upgrade Williams to Boly and then you still have 5.1 or 5.2 .. would get Stephens and swap McC for Pope .. still leaves you with 500k

      1. HashAttack
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Williams and McC likely blank in gw31 - Boly and Pope dont

  7. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Everyone needs to relax about Auba....

    45 mins in and everyone’s head is gone

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

      40 minutes later than it normally is on here.

    2. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      He looks more likely to miss a pen than actually score and Arsenal are poor.

      Will give him the Newcastle game but he will defo not score today.

    3. HashAttack
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I'm reading 20 minutes behind ... just 25 minutes left now, still relaxed?

      1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I’m not saying he is going to score, I’m just saying it’s stupid when everyone says Auba fail or Auba captain fail or Auba needs selling etc in the first half of a 90 minute game.

  8. Goonsquad245
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    People never change

    1. Goonsquad245
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      RF to J’s Auba comment...

      1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I read his name as "Jammer", fusing J with the Hammers' badge

        Maybe that's just me...

  9. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Here I am, for the first time this season, owning Kun and hoping he starts

  10. Old Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Auba 16%
    Pope 14%
    Please can we have Bellerin & Mustafi to score three or four (each assisted by the other).
    Seriously, at least one of the top two should fail.

    1. Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      This

  11. Moose™
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    VVD or Robbo?

    Have TAA and Salah

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      VVD prolly. Robbo might get rested for odd games onece Milner is back.

    2. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Vvd

  12. ‘Tis the Season
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Arsenal aren’t getting to grips with ‘the press’ and closing down like city. Running around like head chickens doesn’t quite cut it 🙂

    1. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      The contrast to the closing down on Leno compared to Pope was hilarious.

      I'm fully expecting Burnley to score by closing down on Leno.

      1. ‘Tis the Season
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        The def just isn’t good enough to play out from the back

  13. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Arsenal build up is just way too slow. No way auba or anyone else has a chance to run in behind

    1. ‘Tis the Season
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      It seems They just not functioning as a team, doesn’t it..

  14. Woy_is_back
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Pope ownership in top 1k?

    1. Ragabolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      17.40%

      You can check top1k stats relevant to you here https://www.livefpl.net/local

      1. Woy_is_back
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        ta

  15. Wilshere Knowledge
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    We should have put a cheeky bid in for Benteke in January.

    1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      As long as he's not iglaho

    2. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Another non-scoring striker as cover for Laca?

      1. Wilshere Knowledge
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I reckon he’d be an improvement on Laca atm.

  16. Nightcrawler
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Arseal have no midfield. So poor in keeping possession

      Guendouzi belongs in ligue 2

    • ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I never seem to pick the right captain...

    • Esalman
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Given man city's fixture (tot WHU lei blank mun BUR che LIV), if you had both KDB and Aguero, would you
      A. Keep
      B. Sell KDB
      C. Sell Aguero
      D. Sell both?

      1. Crystal Alice
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I’m selling Aguero to fund other improvements

      2. ebb2sparky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I’m going to sell Aguero after West Ham. Will keep KDB though.

        1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Same here

          Pep will be gunning for ucl glory

      3. HashAttack
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Had Ageuro for a while and brought in KDB for this week ... probably benching them for gw28

    • Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      How would a full strength United line up now? Something like this?

      ———————DDG———————
      Wb - Lindleof - Maguire -Shaw/Williams
      ————Pogba — McTominay————
      ——————Fernandes——————
      Martial ——————————Rashford
      ——————— Ighalo———————

      1. ‘Tis the Season
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        All due respect, that’s a Championship side ❗

        1. Ole Trafford
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Well considering they have a worse team at the moment in the top 6 of the premier league....

      2. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 6 days ago

        No Fred? Loooool

        1. Fred54
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          🙁

        2. Ole Trafford
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Instead of who?

      3. Prisoner B5160-8
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Only eleven places, unfortunately.

        1. Ole Trafford
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Only eleven there mate

      4. Rolls-Royce
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Doesn't matter the formation when we got the most inept manager in the league. No pattern, no style, no tactics.

        1. Ole Trafford
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Yeah I agree completely

    • baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      OMG Wood 🙁

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

        ?

    • Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Aubameyang playing LB. Better option than Robertson going forward?

      1. Nightcrawler
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Auba classified as fwd and far more expensive

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            thanks.. wondered why I couldn't see him under the Defenders filter.

      2. ^Freedom Fighter^
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Aguero do something please let's go maaan 😀

      3. OneDennisBergkamp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        wheres all the appeal for Newcastle defenders coming from? Am I missing something?

        1. Wilshere Knowledge
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Have a great fixture next week.

        2. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Evidently. They're getting clean sheets and goals.

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

          They play not to concede.

          Fixtures.

        4. faux_C
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          I got Lascelles because he's cheap and fixtures are good. Already rewarded the transfer yesterday.

        5. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Cheap+fixtures+good keeper. Yesterday should be reasonable proof. We're not talking Liverpool here, but you've got to have 5 defenders from somewhere.

      4. faux_C
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Thinking Vardy + Maupay to Jimenez + Ings. Thoughts?

        1. Woy_is_back
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Might keep Vardy. Norwich and Villa soon lel

        2. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Get Ings, but I'd consider Vardy to Jimenez as a downgrade, honestly.

      5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Good comment by the commentator

        Two in form/ biggest threat players for arsenal shifted wide -auba and martinelli and through the middle you got two out of confidence players -ozil and Laca

        Very poor

        1. Nightcrawler
            2 months, 6 days ago

            That last pass summed up laca

          • Deulofail
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Also through the middle: Xhaka, Guendouzi, Luiz & Mustafi 🙁

        2. Nightcrawler
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Need some pope saves

          • Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            So glad I picked Kun over Auba. Arsenal are atrocious

            1. Woy_is_back
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              I´m praying that he´s benched 😉

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

                If he is then hes nailed on C against West Ham next week!

            2. Niho992
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 6 days ago

              I m on the WC and i will surely pick Aguero over Auba too

            3. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              He's going to be benched today 😀

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

                Id still rather have him than Auba 🙂

          • Nightcrawler
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Wtf was that for laca

            • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Arteta at the wheel

            • Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              It’s coming.