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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. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Need Auba peno asap

    1. Nightcrawler
        2 months, 7 days ago

        For pope to save

        1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          And Jesus to deliver

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      The quality isn’t great but these relegation 6-pointers are always a good watch.

      1. Deulofail
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Harsh on Burnley

      2. Fred54
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        People keep saying it's poor but its lowkey lit not full fleek but jazzy.

        (Do kids still say this stuff?)

        1. Deulofail
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Yes. They can't stop describing things as jazzy.

    3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Auba basically playing as a CDM / lb

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        best place for him!

      2. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Doing his bit for the team. Should be applauded.

      3. Rolls-Royce
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        He's been watching too much Harry Kane lately?

      4. Fred54
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Been watching too many Harry Kane blurays in his down time.

    4. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Burnley xG through the roof.

    5. PL Ball
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Burnley dominating.

    6. KINGS
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      A) Jimi + VVD or
      B) Firmino + Stephens ?

      1. Moose™
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        A

    7. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Arsenal on the ropes and Burnley blowing every chance.

    8. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Burnley all over arsenal

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

      Burnley close to scoring .. definitely better than Arsenal

    10. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Looking forward to watching a Premier League game later.

    11. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Laca should be benched and Auba played as a 9.

      1. Deulofail
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Auba, Martinelli as a two would be appealing

    12. Moose™
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Lundstram Simpson Mane Greenwood >>> O'Connell VVD Traore Ings

      For -12 I can clear all the deadwoods and have the potential to instantly pay off.

      Do it?

      1. Woy_is_back
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        wc

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

        Lol Manè being deadwood.

        Hecould be fit and you are removing as part of a -12 before Norwich. I’d wait for more news on his injury before you do that.

      3. PlumaPiedra
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Mane out should've been last week if you were gonna do it Keep now.

      4. CONNERS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 7 days ago

        I'm tempted to do the same. Bit like ripping off a plaster instead of prolonging the pain.

    13. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Congrats on Pope owners for another CS

    14. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Arsenal going defensive

      Willock on

      Trying to hold on for 0-0

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Massive point away at a rival.

      2. Miniboss
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Good tactics, need those precious points to avoid relegation

    15. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Ozil drops another 2/10.

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

      How Özil has fallen.

    17. PL Ball
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Ozil was playing?!

    18. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Arteta is actually more clueless than Ole. Quite a feat

      1. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Arteta has been showing a lot of arrogance by only playing 2 in midfield when Burnley are playing 3. Basically Arteta thinks his 2 are better than Burnley's 3. If that is the case, then why are Arsenal on the same number of points as Burnley?

        1. Fred54
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          WHY INDEED?!

      2. TAT
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        What can Arteta do? He's taken over a team that won't get funds, and a squad that's mismanaged for 6+ years. Arsenal are a team that at best should focus on staying up.

        1. diesel001
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Raise Arsenal's standards in defence. Become harder to beat. And if some of the players don't want to defend then let them rot (e.g. Ozil).

          1. TAT
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            That's a big ask given the squad he has.

        2. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          He can play his players in positions that make sense. Auba and Martinelli on the wings with out of form Laca up top makes no sense. Also as Diesel said, being outmanned in midfield in an away game.

          Ole at least plays to his teams strengths even if hes a tactically inept one trick (counterattacking with pace) pony

          1. TAT
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Who should he replace Laca with then? He can put on Torreira, but that doesn't do much going forward.

    19. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Since I removed Pope for Fabbyblanksi... 10, 12, 7

      Lol

      1. Mince n Tatties
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        When Burnley score - he'll be on bonus points as well

    20. SB007
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Anyone else got Jesus ?

    21. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Ozil subbed off.

      Arsenal upto 10 men.

      Laca still on.

    22. Deulofail
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Why no Ceballos 🙁

      1. Miniboss
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Hasn’t really been around since those racist tweets returned to spotlight

    23. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Lacazette is such a wuss

      1. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Complete waste of space

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Overpaid Fanny.

    24. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Ozil has turned back into Ozil again. zzzz

      1. Miniboss
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 7 days ago

        He’s just enjoying a fat paycheck while waiting for even more lucrative move to China

    25. Effe
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Martinelli to score the winner here

    26. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Leno more saves than Pope tells you how this game has gone so far.

    27. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Imagine Ozil and Sterling in same team. Two most overrated players ever

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Sterling is just having a bad time, Ozil has been irrelevant for years

        1. Niho992
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 7 days ago

          He is tap in merchant

    28. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Who is more essential? Pope or Liverpool defender?

      1. SB007
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Liv defender

    29. nerd_is_the_werd
        2 months, 7 days ago

        For a second, I 'almost' considered getting Arsenal assets for home game v Newcastle..

      • It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Dear Pep, please start Aguero. Thanks!

        1. Niho992
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Please bench him so i can bring him on WC vs WHU !

        2. pompeyupnorth
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          I was just about to say that. Ha!! My captain needs to rescue me big time. Only on 36!!

        3. SB007
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Come on Jesus !!