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Aubameyang set for more central role as Lacazette and Nketiah are benched

The penultimate Premier League match of the day sees Leeds United play host to Arsenal at Elland Road.

Kick-off is at 16:30 GMT.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.7m) – who hasn’t found the back of the net from open play in over two months – will be aiming to add to his paltry 2020/21 goal tally against a Leeds side that had the joint-worst defensive record in the division heading into this weekend.

And Mikel Arteta’s team selection may give him an additional boost, with the Gabon international set to lead the line given that Alexandre Lacazette (£8.4m) and Eddie Nketiah (£5.6m) are both among the substitutes.

Arteta has hoodwinked us before with his teamsheets, of course, notably when deploying Willian (£7.7m) as a false nine against Manchester City, but his pre-match comments to Sky Sports suggest there is no such deception this time:

I mentioned that it is one of the options we have. We think we have a squad who score goals, a lot with Auba in his natural position on the left, so we will modify that depending on the opponent and the games.

Lacazette’s benching is one of four changes that the Arsenal boss has made from Gameweek 8.

Two of the alterations are enforced, with Thomas Partey (£5.0m) absent with a thigh injury and Mohamed Elneny (£4.4m) self-isolating after a positive coronavirus test.

Dani Ceballos (£4.9m), Nicolas Pepe (£7.6m), Joe Willock (£4.8m) and Granit Xhaka (£5.3m) are the players recalled, with Bukayo Saka (£5.3m) only a substitute after his exertions for England over the international break.

Marcelo Bielsa makes two changes to the Leeds starting line-up following their thrashing at Crystal Palace.

Brazilian Raphinha (£5.4m) makes his first Premier League start, with Helder Costa (£5.6m) omitted.

Kalvin Phillips (£4.9m) is back from a shoulder injury, meanwhile, with Pascal Struijk (£4.0m) the makeweight to accommodate his return.

Rodrigo (£5.7m) is available after his recent stint in self-isolation but is only among the substitutes.

Patrick Bamford (£6.1m) is by some distance the most-owned player in this fixture, sitting in more than one in three FPL squads.

That figure rises to 41.5% in the top 10k.

Bamford has actually blanked in his last three home fixtures although did rack up a 14-point haul at Elland Road in Gameweek 2.


Leeds United XI: Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Alioski, Raphinha, Harrison, Bamford.

Arsenal XI: Leno, Bellerín, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Xhaka, Ceballos, Pepe, Willock, Willian, Aubameyang.

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1,131 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Auba hattrick incoming

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Would be nice to merry up the premium options

  2. Cometh The Aouar...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Does Cresswell get 1 bonus?

    1. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      nope

      1. Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Why's that

        1. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Haller
          Fabianski
          Masuaku

          Those three players will get the 3 allocated bonus point slots

          1. Cometh The Aouar...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Oh well. Mustn't grumble. I will take the clean sheet for Aaron

        2. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Masuaku and Fabianski did better

          1. Cometh The Aouar...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Yes Captain Obvious 🙂

  3. Fernando Torres
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Whats better next week?

    A) James Rodriguez
    B) Vardy (-4)

    1. Cometh The Aouar...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      I got Vardy in this week for a -4 pt hit because of Liverpool current situation and a beauty of a game v Fulham next week where I am tempted to TC. So B

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      If you don't have a standout captain in your team then Vardy (C)

  4. Covid Martial
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Impressive 2 points from four players in the villa Brighton game yesterday smh

  5. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Feels nice to actually have a reasonably good game week

    1. Cometh The Aouar...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Tell me about it

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Ok then I will, it all began with a delightful finish from konsa

        1. Cometh The Aouar...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Snap! All my defenders got either cleanies, attacking points and/or bonus! Cresswell, Konsa, Chilwell and Reece.

  6. Jellyfish
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Bamford & Robbo > Vardy & Coufal -4

    yes or no?

    1. Cometh The Aouar...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Yep

    2. No Salah
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      No! Keep Bamford

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Not sure on those moves

    4. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Assume this is the only way to get Vardy for next week?

      1. Jellyfish
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Either that or ditch Kane

  7. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Lamptey cresswell Semado Mitchell konsa

    Do you think it’s worth losing any of these for a -4 to either a city or Leicester defender ? If so which ?

    1. Cometh The Aouar...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Lamptey because he's facing a ban, then Semedo in that order

    2. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      not for a -4 no

    3. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Not a -4. But Semedo to Castagne would be interesting.

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Yeah, problem is I’d like to get vardy or kdb as well so just doing a defensive transfer doesn’t seem great

    4. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Semedo

  8. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Need Vardy to bail me out of -8 hell. Worst -8 ever. Cost me so so badly.

    1. Joey Tribbiani
        2 months, 5 days ago

        what did you do?

        1. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Grealish and Vardy in for Barnes and Jimenez -8

      • diesel001
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Thought you got in Bruno(c) who got 22 pts?

        1. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Bruno was a free transfer for Salah

      • Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Vardy to blank

    2. Babit1967
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Who would you lose first Zouma or Reece James?

      1. luk46
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Zouma, why would you tho?

        1. Babit1967
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Got Mendy as well, feels a bit much having 3 defence and fancy Castagne for Fulham

          1. luk46
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            ok, that makes sense then!

      2. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        james and it shouldn't even be a decision. he's more prone to rotation

      3. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Zouma

    3. Railwayman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      I am 5th in my main ML and nobody ahead of me owns Bamford. Hope he will be a deadly differential for me...

    4. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      66 (-8) all out. 750k rank before, red or green arrow?

      1. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        livefpl.net

        1. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Yes I know 500k current rank, just fearing it will drop lower than 750k

      2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Hmm will be close, comes down to how the rest of the high owned players perform but I think slight red if they do

        1. Cometh The Aouar...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          This

      3. Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        That sounds like an above average score to me.

    5. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Did West Ham look solid?
      Should I be a bit worried about Triple Villa vs WHU next week? Will also have Coufal in that game lol

      1. Big Hands Barry
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Villa will trouble them more than sheffield. Barkley a big impact though

        1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          True

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Martinez Coufal Grealish here ... thinkering benching Coufal if I brought in Castagne

      3. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Villa blow so hot and cold, hard to know ; but they’ve struggled in games like this. They’re a very mid table team who had one fluke result and played the most abject Arsenal team I’ve ever witnesed.

    6. Big Hands Barry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      A) Trent & Son -> Dias & KDB
      B) Trent & Fornals -> Lewis & KDB (keep son)

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        B

    7. HD7
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Any TAA update?
      Around which GW should he be back

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Think he is out for 3 weeks

        1. HD7
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Thanks

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 5 days ago

        I don’t believe anyone has said

        1. HD7
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Thanks

    8. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      The article pictures are usually some of the most reliable prediction tools in all of the ever expanding FPL land. Happy looking Auba, gulp.

      So as a non Auba owner, I'm gonna pretend its the Cat from Red Dwarf.

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Was wrong with Foden and Sterling yesterday?

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Does Auba have any owners since being played as a left winger?!?

    9. luk46
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      how would you use the ft here?

      A - Kane > Vardy
      B - Saiss + Son > Coufal + Sterling (-4)

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        A

    10. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Could Vardy double rise before the next deadline?
      Probably depends on how he does later tonight

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Too early to say.
        Blanks no, brace from open play yes.

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Brace from open play lol

    11. Cometh The Aouar...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      I've got Son v Reece and Chilwell next week. Who do I play? Score prediction? I say 1-1.

      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Play Chilwell surely
        vs Harder opponents, Azpi has a good chance of playing over Reece

        1. Cometh The Aouar...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Yeah I'm benching Reece atm. Thanks

        2. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          v harder opponents Frank tends to play 5 at the back.

          @CTA Depends who else you have but I'd play all three. We don't know what will happen in the match, but all three are premium players with good attacking threat so start them all imo. James and Chilwell are crucial to Chelsea's attacking play.

      2. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Depends on your team. Obviously play Son minimum.

        1. Cometh The Aouar...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Of course! So glad I didn't sell him (Son). He's a season keeper for me (unless something goes wrong).

      3. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Depends on your bench dunnit

        1. Cometh The Aouar...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Right now, it ain't great, but looking to improve for next week

    12. Shultan
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Is anyone on here going without city?
      have chillwell/Robbo/coufal/Justin in defence so over next 4 GWs happy to pick 3/4
      Plus their attack is yet to convince, I'd rather have Son over KBD
      & maybe Kane to Vardy rather than play pep roulette with kun/jesus

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Fernandes > KDB for me next week

      2. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        I am not going near them yet. Who could I drop from Salah Bruno Zaha Grealish Kane Vardy DCL?

    13. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      LMS safety score currently 33

      https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

    14. CroatianHammer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Justin, Zaha, Vestergaard to save my GW.

    15. Fergymac
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 5 days ago

      How nailed is Torres? Could be a good differential and route to the city midfield at 6.9...

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Could easily be dropped next game.

      2. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        I imagine Sterling will start most matches, with Kun or Jesus up top. That means Torres, Mahrez, Foden, maybe even Bernardo Silva competing for the final spot in the front 3. So not nailed at all. But could return points when he does play.

    16. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Aubameyang got to be right up there for biggest disappointment of the season so far, right?

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 5 days ago

        City.

        1. ClassiX
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          City I can understand because at some point almost all their big hitters have been injured/isolating/suspended. But Auba has only missed 4 minutes of the season so far...

      2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Deffo

      3. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Him and Trent maybe?

        1. ClassiX
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Agree - he's also on the Raspberry shortlist so far

      4. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Arteta you mean

      5. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Auba, Pulisic, Martial, Everton defence, Pool defence, City attack, Sheffield Utd overall. All big let downs so far.

      6. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Nah.

        Liverpool defence.
        Man City generally.

        Other than perhaps Villa last GW, has Auba really had loads of good fixtures to score in? Arsenal have played Leicester, Man City, Liverpool, Man Utd in that run. They have Leeds away and Wolves next.

        Judge Auba between GW12 and G19. That will tell us a lot about whether he is in form or not.

        1. ClassiX
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          I did say "so far". However, apart from Leic - Pool, City and ManU can hardly be considered the same tough fixtures this year

    17. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      What does Willian offer?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Competition to Luiz in the hair stakes.

        1. Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          haha

      2. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        No idea, there are several players more deserving of the spot, not impressed with Arteta at all!

        1. Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          exactly my thoight

      3. Fred54
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        I can't believe this guy peaked in GW1.

      4. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 5 days ago

        A way of getting Auba back up front

    18. Noah’s Ark
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      I have Martinez, Mings, Cresswell and Grealish in the Villa V Hammers game next weekend.

      Mings or Cresswell to Cancelo for free worth it?

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Nope Ming's and Cresswell look great

    19. dshv
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Mccarthy
      Chilweell taylor justin cancelo mitchell
      Bruno son sterling soucek
      Watkins Dcl

      (Salah mitchell, davis)

      1.8 itb 1ft

      Already did lamptey to cancelo
      What else to do ??

    20. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Bamford close

    21. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Bam ford setting his sights

    22. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      wow Bamford looks like a clinical striker

    23. THE KING CANTONA
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 5 days ago

      A) Jimenez to Vardy
      B) Jimenez to DCL
      C) Jimenez & Podence to DCL & Zaha (-4)
      D) Jimenez & Podence to Vardy & ASM (-4)
      E) Any other suggestions?

      1 FT 1.5 itb. Current team (3-4-3)
      Martinez | Forster
      Coufal | Konsa | Bellerin | *Mitchell* | *Lamptey*
      Bruno | Sterling | Grealish | *Podence* | Bissouma
      Kane | Werner | *Jimenez*