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Alisson and Mane miss out for Liverpool as Barkley makes Aston Villa debut

The final match of Gameweek 4 – and the last Premier League fixture before the October international break – sees two sides with 100% winning records square off at Villa Park.

Aston Villa v Liverpool gets underway in the West Midlands at 19:15 BST.

There are two significant changes to Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI, with Sadio Mane (£11.9m) and Alisson (£6.0m) both missing for the visitors.

Mane’s absence we knew about, with Liverpool confirming on Friday that the Senegal international had tested positive for COVID-19.

Diogo Jota (£6.3m) comes in for his first Premier League start for the Reds.

Alisson’s shoulder injury we weren’t aware of ahead of Saturday’s Fantasy Premier League deadline but rumours had gathered momentum about his unavailability this afternoon and the Brazilian indeed sits this one out with a shoulder injury.

Adrian (£4.5m) deputises between the posts.

Klopp shed more light on his first-choice shot-stopper’s injury before the match, saying:

Yesterday an incident in training, very unlucky – two players clash with each other, one gets up, one doesn’t. The one who didn’t get up was Ali.

So, after the first few things, we don’t know 100 per cent. But he cannot play today. We have to do further assessment but he’s injured, let me say it like this. Now we hope it will go really quickly.

It’s an international break, I’m pretty sure after that he will not be ready. Then we have to see week by week.

On Mane, the Liverpool boss added:

He’s good, he’s good. We are obviously in contact pretty often.

He is fine. Monday night, we played Arsenal, played a really good game, after the game it was a really good feeling. And then the problems started immediately. That’s how it is. That’s how life is, that’s how our life is as well, that’s completely normal.

Jordan Henderson (£5.4m) has recovered from a muscle problem but the England midfielder is only among the substitutes this evening.

Aston Villa’s starting XI shows only one change, with Conor Hourihane (£6.0m) dropping to the bench.

Ross Barkley (£5.9m) comes in for the Irishman and makes his Aston Villa debut, following his loan move from Chelsea.

Three-quarters of Liverpool’s backline and Mohamed Salah (£12.2m) boast double-digit ownerships in FPL, with the Egyptian and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) the fourth and third most-owned assets overall.

Emi Martinez (£4.6m), who has racked up 19 points in his new club’s first two Premier League matches of the season, is Villa’s most-owned player.


Aston Villa XI: Martínez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, McGinn, Luiz, Barkley, Trézéguet, Watkins, Grealish.

Liverpool XI: Adrián, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson, Keita, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Jota.

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  1. wasp3000
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Football is officially broken today lol...crazy day

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      No top 6 definition for a while ...

  2. Rinseboy
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Foden and Havertz to Son and Grealish -4?!?!?! Ha

    Martinez
    Saiss Semedo James Lamptey Mitchell
    KDB Foden Salah Havertz Barnes
    DCL Jimi Brewster

  3. stu92
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 25 days ago

    I know freak results happen and I’m not one for making panic transfers, BUT is this worth a wildcard? 2FT, 0ITB, averaging 52 points per week (target of 60)

    McCarthy - Nyland
    TAA - Robbo - Doherty - Holding - Johnson
    KDB - Bruno - Hames - Pereira - Soucek
    Jiménez - Martial - Davis

    Martial is definitely going, debating between upgrading Davis or transferring Doherty with the other free transfer. Open to taking hits but also open to using the WC.

    1. stu92
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Or do I use the 2 transfers as 1 week punts, and then pull the wildcard? That way I could get DCL after Liverpool, and assess how Pulisic is doing after the break.

    2. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      tough one, am normally against WC with 2FT cos seems a waste.

      Martial out obviously yeah, would go for DCL as the obvious option. Doherty could be rotated back in next week so give him a week imo - maybe Bruno to Son honestly (was Bruno injured or subbed tactically?)

    3. LAMELA_AND_CONSUELA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      No one has a clue right know. Lad from my league with almost the same squad scored 108 two weeks ago and 26 this week.

    4. Crystal Pulis
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      You`ll lose a lot of value and some nice price rises to catch atm. I would WC this GW personally with your team, Just an opinion.

  4. Fletch365
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    What one? Rashford & Werner to:

    A: Roddy & Kane - then Mitro > Wilson GW6
    B: Son & Wilson - then Podence > Roddy GW6

    Current team:

    McCarthy
    TAA-Justin-Saiss
    Rashford-KDB-Salah-Podence
    Werner-DCL-Mitro

    Nyland-Taylor-Mitchell-Biss

  5. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Grealish 24 points!

    Who needs Son

  6. Jdpz
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Average 49?

    • Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      I have 0 clue what to do. Im gonna end up keeping Werner at this rate.

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        I was pretty convinced I would until Son did that today.

    • Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Keep Podence or Foden?

      1. Dirty Harry
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        See below

    • Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Keep Foden or Podence?

      1. Jdpz
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Podence

        • The Handsome Hunk
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          podence

        • Coys96
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Snap

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Lol 😛

            What are you thinking?

            1. Coys96
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Get rid of Foden for the money, although I think Neto may be preferred to Podence right now.

              1. Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 25 days ago

                Wolves attack looked pretty blunt and I'm assuming you have Jimenez too. Always risky selling an attacker from the best attack in the league. I feel there more routes to exit by keeping Foden.

      2. Slitherene
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        OUT : Mitro, Werner, Richarlison
        IN : Maupay, Kane, Wilson

        Exact money, should I take a hit...?

        1. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          No!!!

          Keep Richarlison!!!

          Think Mitro is worth keeping as well

      3. Whats the Mata?
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Martinez
        Semedo - Saiss - James
        KDB - Foden - Havertz - Barnes** - Salah
        Jimenez - DCL

        Button - Lamptey - Brewster - Mitchell

        A. Barnes to Son
        Or
        B. James to Robertson

      4. dshv
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Werner and Soucek -> Son and Wilson (-4) ?

      5. El Magico5
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Going to get Kane in for Jimi, got .1 spare so going to have to do it sometime over the IB.

      6. Strange season!
        Silver_and_Gold
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Strange season...
        1. KdB - must have! world class! assured points each GW!
        2. Liverpool - stats showing very low xGC. Defense will come good
        3. Southampton after Spurs game - whipping boys! Target their defense!
        4. Son - BUY! SELL! BUY!
        5. Werner key for Chelsea attack
        6. James Rod - assister of the assister, they said...
        7. Leicester demolish City, than get demolished by West Ham
        8. Jimenez - consistent delivery 6-8 points each gameweek
        ...what next in this strange season? 🙂

        1. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Still agree with 1, 8 could still happen

        2. LAMELA_AND_CONSUELA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Brewster and Mitro hattricks

        3. Chris Maudsley
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          THIS IS NOT FAIR.

          I AM SICK AND TIRED OF BIZARRE RESULTS HAPPENING OUT OF SPITE.

          CAN ANYONE EXPLAIN WHY THIS IS THE CASE????

          1. Gnu
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Get rid of the caps first of all.

            secondly, grow a pair 😉

          2. Vertigo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            I think it's great.

          3. POLSKA GOLA
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Farmers league

        4. potatoace
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Benteke top goalscorer.

          1. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            You're pushing it...

        5. Pedram
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Haha i would've enjoyed this season a lot more if i wasn't a FPL manager

        6. BUZZBOMB
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          I think that all points are valid. Mad times. Over a season tho, I think Werner and SOT are the only faults.

          Goodbye Mr MacKenzie.

        7. im1974
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Pin the tail on the donkey time

          1. Chemical76
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            You calling Andy Carroll a donkey?

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

          3 and 8 were unrealistic from the outset and 6 wasn't an unreasonable assessment. It's definitely the most bizarre first month for a very long time though.

        9. Zladan
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Number 2 surely not correct. LFC were leaking goals at the end of last season. 3 CS in their last 18 games before this season started.

          Number 8 still holds true. He won’t score 38 goals but will continue to score 1 per game frequently.

        10. FPL Egregious
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Stand up comedy

      7. F4L
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        And to think Villa were 10 minutes away from relegation less than 3 months ago.

        1. Hairy Potter
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Weren't they a functioning goal line camera away from relegation?

      8. Neto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        What Messi would do after losing 7:2 to Villa? 😉

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

          Retire or request to leave probably.

      9. aapoman
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        A. Son and Maupay
        B. Kane and McGinn

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

          A

      10. Wirbelwind
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Perhaps time to shift early before all the rises

        A) Jimi / TAA -> kane / Chilwell
        B) Podence / Foden -> Hamez Rodriguez / 4.4
        C) KDB/Jimi -> Kane / Hamez
        D) Foden / James -> Grealish / KWP

        1. Wirbelwind
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          E) Jimi/Foden -> Maupay / Rodriguez

      11. Hairy Potter
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        FT done and team set for next GW. Time to forget about the mindflukc that is FPL. See you on the other side of the break.

      12. Atimis
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Hitting the WC, had enough this season!

        McCarthy
        TAA/Justin/Vinagre
        Salah/KDB/Bruno/Foden/Podence
        Jim/DCL

        Steer/Brewster/Bavies/Mitchell

        1. Neto
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          No Son?

          1. Atimis
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            It’s my current crap of a team

        2. Cruyff's Eleven
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Wolves are toothless...

      13. HurriKane
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        What happened to India's 1st place FPL Manager Lateriser?

        Haven't passed 45 points in a single gw so far

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Team ID?

          1. HurriKane
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            97129

            1. HurriKane
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Sorry wrong id

              Real one is 55085

        2. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          The Eggdonk effect. Start thinking youre a lot more clever than everyone else and actually believing it because of all the positive comments on twitter etc. Leads to making dumb punts like going Salah-less

          1. HurriKane
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Tripling up on city and wolves in gw2 wildcard was a strange tactic

            He wants upside chasing but its too nany eggs in one basket id say

            1. im1974
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 25 days ago

              If Citeh & Wolves had performed as everyone expected Lateriser would be lauded for his ballsy moves.....s**t happens especially this season

        3. Garlana
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          There are no patterns and 0 logic

        4. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Tough start. But it’s been total lottery so far

      14. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Just wait for all the games to end 0-0 or 1-0 after the internationals

      15. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Dream team or 'kings of the gameweek'

        McCarthy: 27,560 net transfers in
        Chilwell: 7,687 transfers in
        Zouma: -23,094 transfers out
        Cresswell: 77 transfers in
        Grealish: -8,464 transfers out
        Rodriguez: 345,974 transfers in
        Jorginho: -44,619 transfers out
        Son: -1,308,054 transfers out
        Watkins: -21,395 transfers out
        Wilson: -33,427 transfers out
        Kane: -37,357 transfers out

        Hamez the only player where the 'crowd' worked
        Amazing (but horrible) season for FPL

        1. stat sifter 888888
            1 month, 25 days ago

            That Son one for a -4 has destroyed so many people's GWs lol (mine included).

          • nerd_is_the_werd
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 25 days ago

            I don't know what to believe anymore.

          • The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Lots of those Sons went to JRod

        2. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          40 pts on a WC. Lol hahahah. Have to laugh really. Freaking season, totally unpredictable

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            beat my WC last week!

          2. AYLD28
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            I got 34 last week. Think yourself lucky

          3. Hairy Potter
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Nearly double my WC score last week 🙂

          4. Barnabus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            I got 25 on mine last week

          5. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            It was payback for the Salah comments you were making earlier.

        3. AC Yew
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Trent owners still keeping?

          1. DA Minnion
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Could go on a wildcard.

        4. Gudjohnsen
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Joe's on 37 after a WC.

          Yikes!

        5. wasp3000
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          So my Saka & Werner —>> Foden & Jimenez (C) for a -4 whilst taking armband off Salah has worked out well

        6. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Is this the best day ever in football?

        7. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Think I'll just pull the trigger on Werner Foden to DCL Son (2FT) tonight, tbh - any major objections / other thoughts?

          Martinez Steer
          Robbo Saiss Lamptey* Taylor Mitchell
          Salah KDB JRodriguez Foden Podence
          Werner Jimenez Davis

          🙂

          1. stat sifter 888888
              1 month, 25 days ago

              No, good team otherwise and they're two biggest issues. Not sure about Wolves double-up and KdB I think needs to go to Sterling asap though.

            • Goonsquad245
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Apart from the fact that literally anyone in the game could get injured or contract Covid in the next 2 weeks?

          2. Garlana
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Everyone just leave your team's how they are unless someone gets injured, there are no longer any logical moves. Eventually those you keep faith with will score a hatrick of their own.

            1. stat sifter 888888
                1 month, 25 days ago

                Yes and no, fixtures usually tell you what sort of GW you're going to have.

              • nerd_is_the_werd
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 25 days ago

                I tried to leave my team but someone got injured... and look how that turned out!!