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Nketiah starts again as Lundstram returns to Sheff Utd line-up

Eddie Nketiah (£4.3m) leads the line for Arsenal again in one of the biggest matches of Double Gameweek 29.

He will be flanked by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.1m) and Nicolas Pépé (£9.2m), both of whom were heavily considered in the transfer market for their two matches over the next couple of days.

The former won our captain poll and was handed the armband by more managers inside the top 10,000 than any other player – so the stakes are high as West Ham come to the Emirates Stadium.

The advanced runs of Bukayo Saka (£4.6m), who has been named at left-back once again, should benefit those invested heavily in Aubameyang, allowing him the support to cut into the penalty area from his left attacking midfield berth.

Elsewhere in the team, Pablo Mari (£4.8m) comes in for his first Premier League start, while Hector Bellerín (£5.4m) drops to the bench.

Among the substitutes in the opposing dugout this afternoon, is Robert Snodgrass (£5.3m), who continues to find himself down the pecking order since Jarrod Bowen (£6.5m) arrived.

The new signing is stationed on the right of attacking midfield, flanking Sebastien Haller (£6.8m) with Michail Antonio (£6.9m).

Owners of Adama Traoré (£5.8m) will naturally be frustrated by the Wolves line-up as the winger has been left on the bench.

That has allowed Nuno Espirito Santo to line up his troops in 3-5-2 formation, featuring Matt Doherty (£6.2m) at right wing-back and Diogo Jota (£6.3m) paired up-front with Raúl Jiménez (£8.0m).

As expected, Enda Stevens (£5.1m) slots straight back into the Sheffield United side after picking up an injury against Brighton.

However, a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up is John Lundstram (£4.8m) who features from the beginning for the first time since Gameweek 23.

After a training ground injury forced him into a Blank Gameweek 28 benching, Danny Ings (£7.2m) is back in the Southampton team for the visit of Newcastle.

The Magpies have gone with the 4-4-2 they used against Burnley, featuring Miguel Almirón (£5.8m) up-front alongside Dwight Gayle (£5.0m) and Matt Ritchie (£5.3m) on the right of midfield.

At Crystal Palace, it’s Roberto Pereyra (£5.6m) who comes in for the injured Gerard Deulofeu (£6.1m) while key men Troy Deeney (£6.2m) and Ismaïla Sarr (£6.3m) both start.

Arsenal XI: Leno; Saka, Mari, Luiz, Sokratis; Xhaka, Ceballos; Aubameyang, Ozil, Pepe; Nketiah.

West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Ngakia; Noble, Rice; Antonio, Fornals, Bowen; Haller.

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Ward, Dann, Cahill, van Aanholt; McCarthy, McArthur, Kouyaté; Zaha, Benteke, Ayew

Watford XI: Foster; Masina, Cathcart, Kabasele, Femenía; Hughes, Capoue, Pereyra, Doucouré, Sarr; Deeney.

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

Norwich City XI: Krul; Lewis, Godfrey, Hanley, Aarons; McLean, Tettey; Cantwell, Duda, Buendia; Pukki.

Southampton XI: McCarthy; Bertrand, Bednarek, J Stephens, Valery; Boufal, Ward-Prowse, Højbjerg, Djenepo; Ings, S Long.

Newcastle United XI: Dúbravka; Rose, Lascelles, Fernández, Maquillo; Saint-Maximin, Hayden, Shelvey, Ritchie; Almirón, Gayle.

Wolves XI: Patrício; Saïss, Coady, Boly; Vinagre, Neves, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Doherty; D Jota, Jiménez.

Brighton and Hove Albion XI: Ryan; Burn, Webster, Dunk, Montoya; Mooy, Bissouma, Pröpper; Trossard, Maupay, March.

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1,778 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Aubaaaaa!!

    1. Lev Yashin
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Ban!

      1. Syd.
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        ur gran

    2. ALI_G
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      great banter

  2. Little Red Lacazette
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Aubameyang hat-trick please.

  3. Lev Yashin
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Time to sell TAA?

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      No

    2. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      He scored a 29 pointer when that question was a hot topic.

    3. Geriatric Unathletic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      I take it you are joking :).

    4. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Would keep. If I had Robbo, though, 1 assist in his last 9 and pool has been leaky the last games

    5. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Lol, are you serious?

    6. Van der Faart
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      This is a joke?

      1. FOO FIGHTER
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Troll in the making

      2. FOO FIGHTER
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Hel fkn no

        • FOO FIGHTER
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Lets ask this question. Many have brought in Doherty and Alonso without replacing TAA.

            Who replaces TAA 😀

        • Wild Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Salah sellers hurting, Ings sellers next

          1. ZeBestee
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Benched him over Barnes. Newcastle would close the shop I guess.

            1. Wild Rover
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              I’ll take an Ings blank for a 0-0

              1. ZeBestee
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Yup, Stephens getting a goal wouldnt hurt either.

          2. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            *Mane sellers

          3. FOO FIGHTER
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Salah sellers are the ultimate casuals.

            • Annie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              I sold so guaranteed haul

          4. reo19uk
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Not an awful start and not the greatest start for me this week. this next match is the big one!

          5. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Last minute I did:
            Robbo+Traore to Doherty+Sarr (-4)

            Surely this pays off

            1. Wild Rover
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              🙄

          6. Cilly Bonnolly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            As an Aubameyang captainer, that could have been a lot worse.

            1. ZeBestee
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Bou defended well and if Salah did not take his chance, he would have come empty handed.

              1. Dreaming of glory
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                If firmino took his chance at end salah would have had goal, assist & 3 bonus so swings and roundabouts

                1. ZeBestee
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  Yeah, agreed.

                2. Cilly Bonnolly
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  And the guy ahead of me I’m my minileague would have been laughing. He had Van Dijk, Firmino and Salah (c)

          7. Syd.
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Rock 'n' roll football

          8. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Ings Jimenez McCarthy Boly lets do the business!

            West Ham - keep those gunners out!

          9. Rolls-Royce
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Damn, expected more in the second half. Hoping Mane(c) can cover Auba.

            1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              He'll cover him today. Not so much after his 2nd game brace though.

              1. Rolls-Royce
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                🙁

          10. Lindelol
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Goals, not assists Pépé

            1. Coys96
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              I'll take anything

          11. jason_ni
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Ml leader has trip sheff utd def.. surprise lundy start!
            I need a norwich goal big time!!!

            1. reo19uk
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Was just about to type almost identical message!

            2. Lindelol
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Exactly with so many hendo owners

            3. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Can't see it!

            4. Coys96
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Same. No Sheff Utd def and Hendo on bench

            5. PascalCygan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              I’d love that. No Sheff Utd defence after selling Lund and a lot of rivals have at least one.

            6. UnitedFan
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Same with my head-to-head opponent this week. Come on Norwich.

            7. Gobigorgohome
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              me too

              he has Hendo and Lund

          12. ZeBestee
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Got Nketiah over Auba, and went Pepe instead. This is the game for the kid to score yet another goal.

          13. Syd.
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Think I will watch the Arsenal game with the hope Auba flops

            1. ZeBestee
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Its written for Nketiah to get his first brace.

              1. reo19uk
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                only because you got him in i'm guessing.

            2. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Masochism at its finest!

          14. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Can see a classic Lundstram haul today

            1. ALI_G
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              defo mired on my bench with 15 juicy points and triple baps
              Total Recall style

          15. Jet5605
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            The second coming of the Lord. Hope he doesn't haul as I sold him for Kiko this week.

          16. FOO FIGHTER
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Saka Pepe and Auba owners UNITE!

            • Roten Teufel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              2 ft and exact cash to do this. Pull the trigger?

              Lund > Doherty
              Fleck > Sarr

              1. Coys96
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Not yet.

            • Coys96
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              7-6 West Ham with Pepe & Auba hat tricks too much to ask for?

              1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                I wonder what the odds on that would be at the bookies.

                1. Coys96
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  😉

            • PascalCygan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Hopes pinned on Auba (c).

              OKish start with Salah, Trent and VVD but made the error of starting Traore and wimped out of selling Ryan for a hit. Fearing a red arrow already.

              1. PascalCygan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                And an Ings hat-trick but Southampton conceding please. Thanks. Bye.

                1. reo19uk
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  I'd take all of that but feel it's a bit hopeful! I feel I have a bad week coming after 15 green arrows in last 18 weeks!

                  1. PascalCygan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 28 days ago

                    Ha, yes it is! That’s great going - what’s your rank by now? I’ve been on the slide the past fortnight.

            • NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Come on Sakauba!

              1. Roten Teufel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Aubamasak

              2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                I've got that on DVD.

                1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  The blue ones?

              3. ZeBestee
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                NkePè

                1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  Almost did that. Nice name btw

              4. Lindelol
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Pépénicolas

            • nerd_is_the_werd
                3 months, 28 days ago

                So Aubameyang starts in CF position right?

                1. HamezMace
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  Would assume wide, with Nktehia CF

              • BillionairesClub
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                I bought Bellerin in. Ffs.

                1. Wild Rover
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  Unlucky. I nearly did it for a hit

                2. barracuda
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  Unbelievable, possibly injured?

                  1. BillionairesClub
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 28 days ago

                    No idea!

              • Dynamic Duos
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Salah and Mane, great start 🙂

                1. Dynamic Duos
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  Nearly sold Mane for Sterling

                2. HamezMace
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  Same, quite happy with that

                  1. Dynamic Duos
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 28 days ago

                    Saved a ft in the end, but have no City

                    1. HamezMace
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 28 days ago

                      Have a spare FT with 31 coming up could be very useful

                      1. Dynamic Duos
                        • 6 Years
                        3 months, 28 days ago

                        Yeah that is my thinking , saving FH , already used wc

              • Fudgy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Cmon Traore , come on and get a brace

                1. barracuda
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  1 pt

                2. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  He'll get more than that.
                  (Minutes)

              • HamezMace
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Who did everyone predict for bottom three at the start, and who would you say now?

                1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  Sheff Utd
                  Norwich
                  Brighton

                  Brighton
                  Villa
                  Norwich

                  1. HamezMace
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 28 days ago

                    I also had Norwich and Brighton, and would still say that now.

                    I said a Villa or Newcastle 18th...think it’s Villa or Watford now.

                    1. Dynamic Duos
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 28 days ago

                      Watford surely stay up

                      1. HamezMace
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 28 days ago

                        Not so sure, obviously had a great game last weekend, but things looked quite grim before that.

                2. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  I fear for Bournemouth now.
                  Too one dimensional team i guess.
                  Injuries ain't helping either.

                  1. DandyDon
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 28 days ago

                    Yep not enough squad depth

                  2. HamezMace
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 28 days ago

                    Bournemouth in real trouble, but think they’ll survive somehow.

                3. Qaiss
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  Bournemouth, Brighton/West Ham and Villa

                  1. Qaiss
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 28 days ago

                    Norwich will stay up

                    1. HamezMace
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 28 days ago

                      If you’re a gambling man, and you get that right, there’s some big money to be made!

                      1. Qaiss
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 28 days ago

                        Lol maybe I should.

                        I just think the teams above have awful run ins, Bou, Villa and Brighton look so poor right now.

                        1. HamezMace
                          • 5 Years
                          3 months, 28 days ago

                          We’re spoken about this before, Norwich play nice football.

                          But they have 21pts. Given the accepted target of 40pts for survival. They need to double their point tally in ten games.

                          6 wins from 10....that’s a big ask.

                          1. Qaiss
                            • 4 Years
                            3 months, 28 days ago

                            won't be 40 imo

                            1. HamezMace
                              • 5 Years
                              3 months, 28 days ago

                              Might be right. But still they need 4 wins, and a couple of draws minimum.

                4. Differential (c)
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  Sheffield United
                  Norwich
                  Brighton

                  Norwich
                  Bournemouth
                  Villa

                  1. HamezMace
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 28 days ago

                    Villa 20th?
                    That’s different.

                    1. Differential (c)
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 28 days ago

                      Idk, wonder if the cup loss effects their mentality.

                      1. HamezMace
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 28 days ago

                        I think they can be encouraged by the performance

                5. Coys96
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  Cant remember

                  Newcastle
                  Villa
                  Brighton

                  1. HamezMace
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 28 days ago

                    Also thinking Norwich survive?

                    1. Coys96
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 28 days ago

                      Maybe, but mainly from my heart over head!

                      1. HamezMace
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 28 days ago

                        Yes, I also like them as a team.

              • Niho992
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Not doing Firmino to Auba for free is my worst move this season.

                1. Dynamic Duos
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  But It made sense for 31 didn't it?

                  1. Niho992
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 28 days ago

                    How s he playing who cares

              • Differential (c)
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Auba (c), Pepe, Leno, Doherty, Jota and Sarr. Lesgooo

                1. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  Lol
                  That's some firepower.

                2. Dynamic Duos
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  Fully on the double? Did you FH or WC?

                  1. Differential (c)
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 28 days ago

                    WC

                    1. Dynamic Duos
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 28 days ago

                      GL mate hope it goes well

              • DandyDon
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 28 days ago

                in 90 minutes Sheffield Utd and Wolves could quite easily both be ahead of Utd, Spurs and Arsenal in the table!

              • dshv
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Traore replacement ?

                1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  Mane

                2. Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  Sarr

                3. Tsssst
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  Sarr

                4. dunas_dog
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  Depends on budget and plans for 31 but Sarr probably