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Podence recovers from injury to start as Traore and Lacazette drop to the bench

Following the lunchtime double-header at Leicester and Southampton, there are another two Premier League matches kicking off concurrently at 14:00 BST.

Two sides who have yet to gain a point are on the road this afternoon, with Arsenal playing host to Sheffield United and Wolverhampton Wanderers entertaining Fulham.

The headline team news from Molineux is that Daniel Podence (£5.6m) is fit to feature, with the Portuguese winger replacing Adama Traore (£6.4m) in Wolves’ three-man attack.

Leander Dendoncker (£4.9m) and budget Fantasy Premier League defender Max Kilman (£4.0m) are also brought into the side, with Joao Moutinho (£5.5m) dropping to the bench and Ruben Vinagre (£4.4m) not in the squad at all.

Reports on Friday suggested that Vinagre was set for a switch to Olympiacos.

Raul Jimenez (£8.6m), signed by a further 329,362 FPL managers in the run-up to Gameweek 3, leads the line for the hosts but Marcal (£4.9m) hasn’t recovered from injury and misses out.

Scott Parker’s ongoing search to find his best starting XI has seen him rotate yet again, with the Fulham teamsheet showing three changes from the 3-0 defeat at Aston Villa.

Michael Hector (£4.4m), Denis Odoi (£4.5m) and the injured Kenny Tete (£4.5m) make way in defence, with Antonee Robinson (£4.4m), Ola Aina (unpriced) and Maxime Le Marchand (£4.4m) all starting in their steads.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.0m), the only Fulham player owned by more than 3% of FPL managers, and budget midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (£4.5m) both start.

At the Emirates, Sheffield United’s sole alteration sees John Egan (£4.9m) replace Ethan Ampadu (£4.5m) at the heart of the defence.

Bargain-bin FPL midfielder Oliver Burke (£4.5m) is again part of a two-man Blades attack, with the transfer of Rhian Brewster (£4.5m) not completed in time for the ex-Liverpool striker to feature this afternoon.

Mikel Arteta has made four changes from Monday’s defeat at Liverpool, the most notable of which sees Alexandre Lacazette (£8.5m) – who has yet to blank in FPL this season – drop to the bench.

Eddie Nketiah (£5.8m) instead joins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.9m) and Willian (£8.0m) in a three-man attack.

Rob Holding (£4.5m), Granit Xhaka (£5.5m) and Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£5.0m) are also omitted from the line-up, with Gabriel (£5.1m), Dani Ceballos (£5.0m) and Bukayo Saka (£5.3m) handed recalls.


Arsenal XI: Leno, Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney, Ceballos, Elneny, Saka, Willian, Nketiah, Aubameyang.

Sheffield United XI: Ramsdale, Basham, Egan, Robinson, Baldock, Lundstram, Berge, Osborn, Stevens, McGoldrick, Burke.

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI: Patricio, Saiss, Coady, Boly, Kilman, Neves, Dendoncker, Semedo, Neto, Jimenez, Podence.

Fulham XI: Areola, Bryan, Ream, Le Marchand, Aina, Cairney, Anguissa, Robinson, De Cordova-Reid, Cavaleiro, Mitrovic.


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1,688 Comments Post a Comment
  1. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    At least I didn't captain Ings...

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      I did

  2. Stimps
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Good got a REALLY needed that Barnes goal... Like REALLY! 🙁

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Did you? Youve haddecent gameweeks. The rest of us struggling needed Leicester to return to their level.

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Thankyou VAR

  3. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    FPL is mad this season

  4. DA Minnion
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Thank God for McCarthy. Small mercies.

  5. Drizz ✅
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Not sure who started the Barnes wagon, thankfully i didnt rate him

    1. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 21 days ago

      The stats started the Barnes wagon...

    2. Here Comes The Son ★
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Were talking 1 or 2 millimeters and you're not writing this comment. He's a quality option, gtfo with your hindsight.

      1. Drizz ✅
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Calm down Lei didnt deserve anything from the game

  6. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Took out Rodriguez for Barnes on WC. Cruel, cruel game.

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Lol wow

  7. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Bissouma 9 pointer going to stay on the bench 🙁

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Thats why he was on the bench

    2. abaalan
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Yes so annoying...podence in for a hit last week and now blocks my bissouma points.... will definitley get a 2 pointer.

  8. PL Ball
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Anyone else pick Barnes over James?

    Sigh.

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Wow

    2. Joey Tribbiani
        3 months, 21 days ago

        yep 🙁

      • Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 21 days ago

        o/

      • Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Well so did the scouts.

      • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Yep, meekly put hand up - was going either Barnes/James/Neto. Just need Neto to go mad to finish my luck off this gameweek.

    3. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Don't remember the last time I had more than 3 players that didn't blank 🙁

    4. Kloppcorn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      That was a lovely goal, shame it has been ruled out

    5. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Since I sold McCarthy , he gets 2 straight clean sheets. His replacement was Ryan 🙁
      Also sold ASM and brought in KDB

      This is the season that keeps on giving ... lemons

      1. Houldsworth Hatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        I share your pain.

      2. Man Getting Hit By Football
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Did exactly the same as you & not sure what to do with Ryan at the moment. Will have to review all the keepers at that price point.

    6. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      At least it will be easy to get rid of Che Adams.

    7. Noah’s Ark
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      As a Salah owner but non capper and Martinez owner, I hope there is a pen save.

    8. DycheDycheBaby
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Barnes and Ings for -4 worked out well!

    9. Right In The Stanchion
        3 months, 21 days ago

        No VARdy Party today lads.

        Put your knickers back on.

      • Our Tiny Servant
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Sorry but I’m confused by the Sky Sports overhaul option. Can make transfers now that have immediate effect? Should I bring in a tonne of Liverpool for example? Or do any changes I make not take affect until game week 6 starts?

        1. Egg noodle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Do people still play Sky FF?!

        2. lugs
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          . Changes you make after the match day deadline will take effect from the next match day.

      • Klaren
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Hopefully my 3 Wolves improve on their 0 points combined from last week.

        1. Egg noodle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          My mancity 3 improved by only 7 points this week. Now hoping for my wolves 3 to do something!

      • Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        This is the most unpredictable start to the Premier league EVER!

      • Drizz ✅
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Do people with KDB C but also have Salah in there team want Salah to do well tomorrow?

        Salah C by the way here.

        1. Drizz ✅
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Today*

        2. Cheeto__Bandito
            3 months, 21 days ago

            What’s Salah up to tomorrow?

          • Egg noodle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            No i want him to miss a penalty. Or two.

          • g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            If you own you want points.

          • Houldsworth Hatter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Yes because I need the points. Don’t understand why you’d want to have a very low score because others have captained him.

            1. Harry the Hack
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              cos 38% of the top 10k have him captain

          • STEP rOVERS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Wow

        3. F4L
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Jimenez guaranteed at least a brace with that Fulham back 3

          1. Egg noodle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Podence*

            1. Steinburg FC
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Jimenez and Podence*

            2. F4L
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              him as well probably. It'll be a case of how many Wolves want today.

          2. Limbo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Captain so will probably have a couple of pens saved.

        4. Steinburg FC
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Come on Wolves!!! i might make it over 60 points for the first time this year...

        5. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          40 with TAA, Saiss, Salah(c) Podence, Bruno and Mitrovic to go 🙂

          1. Drizz ✅
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Nice mate

        6. Dybala10
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Did anyone actually think that Barnes goal was offside? VAR just making football boring now. You can’t even celebrate unless they are 30 yard screamers.

          1. Drizz ✅
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Yes it was

          2. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Yeah he was and tbf at least offsides are consistent.

          3. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Offside imo

          4. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            It was incredibly marginal, wasn't giving him an advantage - but the rule is the rule. It was like a millimetre, but unfortunately and incredibly frustratingly for me, still offside.

        7. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          If you think you feel bad about your Son to Barnes transfer now, wait until half 6 tonight....

          1. Egg noodle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Lol mine was a Son to Mane to Barnes for -4.

        8. C_Manan
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Only 50 points with 4 players and Salah C to go? Anyone having a worse week?

          1. C_Manan
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 21 days ago

            4 players to go

          2. Hybrid.power
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Doubt it, that's pretty embarassing

          3. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            That's a good score this week.

          4. Drizz ✅
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Damn

          5. Chucky
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            lol

          6. Hulk Smash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Disgusting

          7. Right In The Stanchion
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Give yourself a nosh mate. Congrats

            • Noah’s Ark
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              22 points with 4 to go. No captain. On wildcard.

            • Garlana
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Terrible score, may as well quit playing

            • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Terrible GW score. Why post it ?

            • Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Only 50? Poor you

            • Houldsworth Hatter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              25 with Jimi VVD Salah and Martínez to go 🙁

            • El Presidente
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Embarrassing really. If I were You, I would delete my account right now.

            • Forever In Our Shadow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              You should be ashamed.

            • Dire Souffle
                3 months, 21 days ago

                Tell me about it, I’m on 112 points with 17 players and Salah, Jimi and TAA all captained to go

            • Hybrid.power
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              I'm hugging JRods 18 points here

            • Hulk Smash
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Squeeky bum time for me now as my rival has triple Wolves and Salah, whereas I have Mitro and Doherty.

              1. Drizz ✅
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 21 days ago

                Think you lose

                1. Hulk Smash
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 21 days ago

                  I should perhaps have said I'm 22 points ahead at present but still very much possible!

                  1. Drizz ✅
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 21 days ago

                    Oh you win

            • Zrinkec
                3 months, 21 days ago

                Great Ings, Barnes, Justin and Ayling together with 7 points and bissouma on bench with 9 cool.

              • Bobby Digital
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 21 days ago

                Mitroooo!!

              • Oggle22
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 21 days ago

                Neto any good bottled out of jorginho and podence