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Mahrez starts for Man City as Leeds deploy FPL defender out of position

Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m) makes a second consecutive Premier League start for Manchester City as they travel to Leeds in Gameweek 4.

The Algerian international was a rare shining light in the Gameweek 3 defeat to Leicester, registering a goal and an assist.

The 5.2% invested in Mahrez will be pleased to see him lining up on the flanks of Manchester City’s front-three today, especially considering the fact that Leeds have conceded seven goals across the first three matches of the season.

Raheem Sterling (£11.5m) is trusted with the centre-forward role once again, while new signing Ferran Torres (£6.9m) makes his first league start on the flanks.

That does not mean Phil Foden (£6.6m) misses out though, the Englishman dropped into a deeper role today, operating in the central midfield trio with Rodrigo (£5.5m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£11.7m).

The Belgian is owned by 44.8% and captained by over one million Fantasy Premier League managers – Mohamed Salah (£12.2m) the only asset to receive more backing for the armband in Gameweek 4.

Meanwhile, Leeds have deployed FPL defender Ezgjan Alioski (£4.4m) out of position at Elland Road.

The Macedonian international is filling in for Jack Harrison (£5.5m), who is unable to face his parent club Manchester City.

As expected, the rest of Marcelo Bielsa’s team is unchanged, which means further starts for Patrick Bamford (£5.8m), Mateusz Klich (£5.6m) and Hélder Costa (£5.7m).

Leeds United XI (4-1-4-1): Meslier; Dallas, Cooper, Koch, Ayling; K Phillips; Alioski, Roberts, Klich, Costa; Bamford.

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; B Mendy, Laporte, Dias, Walker; Foden, Rodrigo, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Sterling, Torres.

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1,751 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Are you playing JRod v LIV next GW?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Why would you not?

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Bench him for Podence

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      He might not play according to Carlo

      1. noone
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Why?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Late return from Colombia match

        2. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Plays an Inty in S America 2 days before

          1. noone
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            too bad

    3. tinear
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I might

    4. Ghost86
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      For sure

  2. Joey Tribbiani
      1 month, 24 days ago

      so close to having 2 goals on the bench lol

    • Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I've captained a defensive midfielder...

      1. F4L
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Need B.Silva on for Foden. Gundogan back soon anyways.

      2. tiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        If it's Bissouma then you are ok,
        KDB...not so much

      3. Nice to Finally Michu
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Jorginho did pretty well I saw

      4. tomasjj
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Me too.

        Best player in the league and he puts him back there.
        Moron.

    • Niho992
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Ayling 1st on the bench. Thx God he missed that

      1. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Bissouma 3rd on bench after Brewster and saliba with son in starting eleven. Am I hoping for too much luck to get bissouma points. It never happens for me.

    • COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      This is a fail so far even as a Sterling capper. Expected a thrashing

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        You think Mo will get a hatty tomorrow?

        1. COK3Y5MURF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          They struggled against Villa both times last season, but he somehow turns into a God every time Mane misses out, so maybe. Don't own him and would kill my rank

      2. ivantys
          1 month, 24 days ago

          I just want 3 BP from him, but seems unlikely.

      3. HollywoodXI
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Whenever is captain KDB he plays DCM. When I don’t he plays further forward.

      4. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I need another Raz goal.

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          I need another Rodríguez goal!

          1. Better off with a pin and a…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Hope you did Werner to Jimi in the end? Wish I had!

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Of course I didn’t mate! I useless!

              1. Better off with a pin and a…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Well, Jimi could blank as well.

        2. 7shadesofsmoke
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          im with the artist formerly known as

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Of course I didn’t!!!

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Reply fail

      5. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Leeds are just incredible. The way they've outplayed City with 1/20th the budget, pressing insanely hard and cutting down passing lanes, exploiting our weaknesses and should be level. Just an incredible team, no wonder Guardiola rates Bielsa so highly and prepared strongly for him.

        1. ELTACTICO
            1 month, 24 days ago

            what game you been watching?

          • F4L
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            I still don't think they can defend, that'll be their undoing if they have top half ambitions.

          • Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Wut? Comedy post?

            1. Tcheco
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Has to be

          • Tcheco
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Norwich beat them last season...

          • Amey
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            I didn't see that

          • Dain Bramage
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            C&P

          • Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 24 days ago

            City should have had 2 or 3 but so could of Leeds, both defences are woeful

        2. ELTACTICO
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Sterling captainers where are ya my lads?

            1. Cojiro
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Present

            2. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Here Sir. Not best pleased, goal good but looking lazy and impudent.

              1. ELTACTICO
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Agreed mate. But good thing for us is he looks City's main goal threat, main penetrator

              2. Jack Burton
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Here hoping for more dunno not confident

              3. Better off with a pin and a…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Aye. Happy so far.

              4. Powers106
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                I’d be happy with 1 goal and all 3 baps

              5. Wicked Weapon
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Here! Need two more goals and an assist at least to offset the damage caused by not owning Everton players every single GW..

              6. Tcheco
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Well done Raz score 2 more

                1. kennethrhcp
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  My team badly needs that

              7. kennethrhcp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Just in the door... chelsea 4 goals, werner 2points 😮

                Gotta go?

                1. soup natsi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  keep him, surely due

                  1. kennethrhcp
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Did he look lively today?

                    Lookong forward to motd

                    1. Dain Bramage
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      I’ll get flu before he does though he pisses about with back heels then shoots at keeper! Better players then him in that team at the moment

                2. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Pulisic back ...

                  1. kennethrhcp
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    I get that he needs more around him but 4goals and no input seems a bit much

                    Tbf I haven't seen any of today's action so he may have been good

                    1. Jack Burton
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      He wasnt

                      1. kennethrhcp
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        Cheers Jack

                3. Pep bites Kun
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  I missed the game too and asked the same question - no positive responses except for Sou next 😉 A lot of better options out there

                  1. kennethrhcp
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    2 fts going into the ib... I'll be surprised if he's still in my team next gmwk

                4. Utopsis
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Give him the Southampton - if he can't score then then bye

                5. Railwayman
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  KDB (c) post and Ayling big chance missed, rough first half...

                6. Zilla
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Kdb pen goal urgently needed

                  1. JBG
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    2 preferably.

                7. Bobby
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  ok im just going to perma captain Salah this season. Its less stressful.

                  1. F4L
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    sounds boring as hell though lol

                    1. JBG
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Yeah.. Gonna start doing that as well. Don't care about boring. Wanna win my ML no matter how.

                    2. Bobby
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      ha ha ha this is also a good point. Being bottom of my mini league is also quite boring though

                      1. F4L
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        Fair enough 🙂

                      2. JBG
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        I'm not bottom, just sick of picking wrong C :/.

                8. Salan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  As a KDB non-captained owner, I really wish he blanks tonight with a pk miss. Too many mini-league rivals captained him.

                  1. Mr. Chimes
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Same here. Although I wouldn’t mind maybe an assist or something to help my overall point total

                  2. FourLokoLeipzig
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    I was hoping some would in my ML... but they’ve pretty much all stuck with Salah

                9. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Non capper but could do with some KDB returns

                  1. Niho992
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Nah. Im more than happy if he blanks

                    1. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      As an owner?

                      1. Niho992
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        Yup.

                10. Jdpz
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Who is worst? Mendy or Alonso?

                    1. Rainer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      At LB, Alonso by a distance.

                    2. Brosstan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Justin

                    3. Bushwhacker
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Mendy. Can’t shoot either.

                  • Brosstan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Another massive kdb (c) fail...

                    1. Houldsworth Hatter
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Still at least you prefer Richarlison to DCL!!

                      1. Houldsworth Hatter
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        In all seriousness I’m on KDB as well and for his price I’m not sure hoping for pens is good enough.

                  • KneejerkJoe
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Early transfer:
                    A) James > Chillwell
                    B) Digne > Chillwell

                    The one I dont switch Will become TAA gw6.

                    1. Houldsworth Hatter
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      A

                    2. Ragabolly
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      James

                    3. King Mo
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Lampard made the decision for you...

                    4. Salan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      A

                      Digne at least starts.

                  • nerd_is_the_werd
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Cooper (Leeds defender) somehow on 20 BAPS.
                    HTF?

                    1. Rainer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Passes, defensive duties.

                    2. King Mo
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Bonus system is mental.

                    3. Garlana
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Probably tackling Mahrez and Foden who keep giving the ball away

                    4. Andy_Social
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Just means he's busy. Ayling was in the baps earlier when Sterling was making twisted blood out of him.

                  • schlupptheweek
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Don't worry about KDB, expect him to be further forward after one of Mahrez, Foden or Torres have been substituted, then given how open Leeds are then he'll have loads of chances for returns.

                    1. Hybrid.power
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      I'd love to share your optimism

                    2. Andy_Social
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Dunno but City are bound to win a couple more free kicks outside the area, if not lure a defender into slipping in the srea.

                  • Forza Papac
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Watching Sterling(c) in a tea time Saturday KO is one of my favourite pastimes. Always seems to do well in them

                  • Niho992
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Imagine owning KdB ahead of more advanced Bissouma

                  • Drizz ✅
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Not watching the game..

                    Is Salah C looking better than KDB C so far guys?

                    1. Hybrid.power
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Yep

                    2. Bushwhacker
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Yes

                    3. Yome
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Of course, let’s see in the next 45 what happens

                    4. TheDragon
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      100000%

                    5. GAMBIT
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      KDB playing CDM

                      1. Drizz ✅
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        Wow dodged a bullet there

                    6. Steve The Spud
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Yes, kdb playing sweeper

                    7. RAFA THE GAFFA
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Yes. Should outscore him in the first 10mins

                  • ivantys
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Why is Mahrez playing in that false no. 9 role? Useless.

                    • Fudgy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Sterling has an awful attitude and is very lazy

                      1. F4L
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        Foden been more lazy that half.

                    • F4L
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Cities' press has been shite today as well, keep diving in giving Leeds an easy way out.

                    • Salan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      City stops the engine after 30 minutes.

                    • Gobigorgohome
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      I need KDB goal

                    • TheDragon
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      What’s the wildcard template?

                      1. ivantys
                          1 month, 24 days ago

                          See this week's dream team probably

                        • fantasyfog
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 24 days ago

                          Auto pick