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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. Zilla
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Where is Castagne..

    1. Syd.
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Castaside

    2. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      France about 50 miles east of Paris

    3. puhd
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Yeah what happened?

  2. FPL_Motty
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Would just like to point out something:

    Salah record v. Brighton. Played 6, scored 5 goals, 3 assists. 8 returns in 6

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Has he tested negative yet?

      1. puhd
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        No

      2. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        just because he tested negative doesnt mean he's good to go to training

        1. FPL_Motty
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 26 days ago

          If he has tested negative he can return to training from Tuesday.

    2. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      and Mane's record?

    3. Utopsis
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Good to know for the reverse fixture at Anfield

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          😉

    4. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Kilman has trained with the first team so should start on Monday

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Hope so. Lamptey first on the bench!

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Ooh, Gabriel on the bench.

      3. Yank Revolution
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Horrible news.

    5. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Hoping Fabinho marks Vardy off the pitch

    6. 1justlookin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Being a Leno and Bellerin owner, I've been so lucky today. Regretted having Coufal on the bench until this game finished.

      1. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Having Arsenal defensive double up is just...

        1. 1justlookin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          great?

          1. El Presidente
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 26 days ago

            It was tonight

    7. Stand By Mee
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Blankford 🙁

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        There is a reason why he's priced what he is.

        1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Nonsense point. Still an excellent pick, was unlucky to strike the post.

          1. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Why nonsense ? I own him myself but don't call him names or get upset when he blanks because you get what you pay for.

          2. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 26 days ago

            He needs three times the chances of a top striker ; hence the price.

    8. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Is Arsenal new Burnley ?

    9. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Trying to decide between Maddison, Tielmans and Jota. Perfect game coming up for that.

      1. Big_Bear
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Madding for me but nothing to pick between them.

    10. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Wijnaldum Keita Jones midfield, defending not found

      1. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        The disrespect to the Guinean Kante

      2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Not as good as Spurs

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Agreed, they were excellent against City.

          1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            3/10 I'd say

    11. Babit1967
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Bellerin 3 naps? Not complaining But that just came out of nothing

      1. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        All that sleeping and he still gets bonus

        1. Big_Bear
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Great key pass for Saka.

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Yep

        2. Babit1967
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Haha

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        He was playing?!?!

    12. Skogen89
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      A)Jimenez > Jesus
      B) Taylor > Cancelo

      My defence and attack:
      James, Taylor, Lamptey, Coufal, Mitchell (i know its weak)
      Kane, DCL, Jimenez

      1. Big_Bear
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        B)

        1. Skogen89
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          In that case, are you picking Cancelo over Dias? when rest of defence is poor

          1. Big_Bear
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Yeah Cancelo has some decent shots and positions vs Spurs. Think he's got the highest ceiling (a 15 pointer in him)

            1. Skogen89
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Thank you! Last question 😀 Would you wait with the transfer to the cl games are done? taylor price drop incoming, but...

              1. Big_Bear
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Id probably do it tbh.

    13. Big_Bear
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I'm having a poor game week (No Bruno or DCL, I've got Barkley and Mitrovic instead) but whats helped me stop getting an embarrassing score is Chilwell, Digne and Leno. If PVA can score 7 this surely will be my first ever 7+ from all the 'back 4'.

      Two doses of rough but at least there's a smooth.

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I don’t have Bruno or DCL but I have Barkley and Mitrovic instead

        LOL

        1. Big_Bear
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          We're not very good at this game are we.
          Both coming out for me, with 1.8ITB take me too Zaha+Watkins, ASM+DCL or Torres+Wilson.
          You getting rid of them?

          1. Noah’s Ark
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Sorry. I do own Bruno and DCL I just found your statement funny and I shouldn’t have. I have been making terrible decision since the beginning and am doing awful rank wise.

            1. Big_Bear
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Haha sorry. You not terrible then!

    14. Frucke
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Bellerin 3 baps?

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        yes

        1. Frucke
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Ty

      2. Big_Bear
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Only watched last 30 but he looked decent. Nearly an assist too.

        1. Frucke
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Saw the game and he was ok:)

    15. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Thought Castagne would at least be in squad- must have been set back to his recovery?

      1. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Good for Justin want him in next week

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          (Sean is the ITK)

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Thanks

    16. Davros
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      What is the site with the average scores for week?

      1. KGFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Livefpl

    17. Silent Friend
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Proudly Bellerin owner, great diffrential

      1. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        o/

      2. Arteta
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Oh yeah! Could it be 9 pointer?

      3. Fozzyb34r
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Same. Meslier as well, couldn’t have gone better

      4. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Very lucky

    18. Arteta
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      We didn't deserve to get anything from this game. Huge point at Elland Road though.

      1. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Sorry to say mate but Arsenal plays like shaite.

      2. My neck my back my Saed Kol…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Agreed fella. Not looking great at the minute but we have to back the manager, he’s learning. Hopefully he’ll come good but we have to find a way to start scoring again

    19. 1justlookin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Not sure why people think bellerins bsps were out of nowhere, he setup Saka in the 2nd and Auba in the 1st for 2 very good chances.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Yep, pretty simple.

    20. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Wheres Salah, why is he not in the squad?

      1. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Covid19

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Whats that?

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        What flavour bait is that? Cant quite put my finger on it.

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          That is a weak pool team. Should have captained Vardy

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Cheese and onion?

            1. Ginkapo FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Ready salted

        2. MOTHRA
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Irrespective of type of bait, it caught a big one.

    21. 1justlookin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Once castagne and pereira are match fit will they both play?

      1. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Definitely

      2. Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        yea

    22. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Cengiz Under not good enough?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Being eased in.

      2. Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Underrated

        1. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Yeah thats what I feel

      3. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Super sub

    23. The Mighty Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I think I'll be on Maddison watch tonight, if he's back playing full games then he could be coming into my team for Rodriguez

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Yeah me too. Those next 3 fixtures are sublime.

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Next 4

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Yes I suppose Everton haven't been doing well at the back.

    24. puhd
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Does anyone know what’s up with Mason Greenwood?

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Staying away from this one.

      2. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Personal problems

      3. The Mighty Hippo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Reasons

      4. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Drama innit

      5. F4L
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        New Fifa release

      6. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Check his TikTok probably

    25. Parsnips
        1 month, 26 days ago

        4 mil ITB and 1 FT

        Martinez
        Robo Chilwell Coufal
        Barkley* Zaha Fernandes De Bruyne
        DCL Watkins Werner

        What should I do with the team? Need to get Barkley out now

        1. Pipermaru
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Barkley to Son.

        2. MOTHRA
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Barkley to Grealish.

        3. Frucke
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Werner to bamford and barkley to salah

      • ceerus
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        A) KDB + Wilson
        B) Zaha + Vardy

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Why Wilson?

          1. ceerus
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Fixtures

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Butis he even ready to play?

        2. Big_Bear
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Sterling and Wilson (Inknow that wasn't an option but your having it))

      • TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        LMS safety score currently 34

        https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

      • drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Son and Watkins > zaha and vardy for a hit? Yay or nay

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Neigh.

        2. MOTHRA
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Nine.

        3. Frucke
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          No

      • OleBall
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Salah tested negative?

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            No news to that affect.

          2. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Ask Klopp

          3. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Don't know for sure.

          4. NATSTER
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            On Twitter, but no official yet.

        • Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Anyone comment on how Klich looked today? Have him as my team as a low budget playmaker in an attacking team and on penalties, but not the best fixtures coming up.

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Was he playing?

          2. House Frey Wedding Planner
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Played a bit more forward than he has done in recent weeks. Possibly because Phillips has returned to the team.

            That said I've had him since gw3 and he'll be coming out of my squad next week

            1. House Frey Wedding Planner
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Missed a couple of decent chances

          3. MOTHRA
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Had a couple of chances, but lacked composure. Didn’t really impact the game.

          4. SackWenger
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            He was ok without returning points. Couple of chances where he could have scored and obv has pens if they get any.

        • wulfranian
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Bench one please:
          a)James
          b)Coufal
          c)Targett

          1. Big_Bear
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Targett

            1. wulfranian
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              cheers