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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
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Where is Castagne..

    1. Syd.
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Castaside

    2. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      France about 50 miles east of Paris

    3. puhd
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Yeah what happened?

  2. FPL_Motty
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 4 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
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Has he tested negative yet?

      1. puhd
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        No

      2. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

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

        1. FPL_Motty
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 4 days ago

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

    2. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      and Mane's record?

    3. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Good to know for the reverse fixture at Anfield

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        😉

  3. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

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

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

      Hope so. Lamptey first on the bench!

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Ooh, Gabriel on the bench.

    3. Yank Revolution
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Horrible news.

  4. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Hoping Fabinho marks Vardy off the pitch

  5. 1justlookin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 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
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Having Arsenal defensive double up is just...

      1. 1justlookin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        great?

        1. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 4 days ago

          It was tonight

  6. Stand By Mee
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Blankford 🙁

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 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
        2 months, 4 days ago

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

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 4 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
          2 months, 4 days ago

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

  7. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Is Arsenal new Burnley ?

  8. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

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

    1. Big_Bear
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Madding for me but nothing to pick between them.

  9. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Wijnaldum Keita Jones midfield, defending not found

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      The disrespect to the Guinean Kante

    2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Not as good as Spurs

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Agreed, they were excellent against City.

        1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          3/10 I'd say

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

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

    1. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      All that sleeping and he still gets bonus

      1. Big_Bear
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Great key pass for Saka.

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Yep

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

        Haha

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

      He was playing?!?!

  11. Skogen89
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 4 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
      2 months, 4 days ago

      B)

      1. Skogen89
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

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

        1. Big_Bear
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 4 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
            2 months, 4 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
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Id probably do it tbh.

  12. Big_Bear
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 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
      2 months, 4 days ago

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

      LOL

      1. Big_Bear
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 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
          2 months, 4 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
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Haha sorry. You not terrible then!

  13. Frucke
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Bellerin 3 baps?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      yes

      1. Frucke
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Ty

    2. Big_Bear
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

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

      1. Frucke
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Saw the game and he was ok:)

  14. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 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
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Good for Justin want him in next week

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

        (Sean is the ITK)

        1. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Thanks

  15. Davros
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    What is the site with the average scores for week?

    1. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Livefpl

  16. Silent Friend
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Proudly Bellerin owner, great diffrential

    1. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      o/

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

      Oh yeah! Could it be 9 pointer?

    3. Fozzyb34r
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

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

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

      Very lucky

  17. Arteta
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 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
      2 months, 4 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
      2 months, 4 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

  18. 1justlookin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 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
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Yep, pretty simple.

  19. Ginkapo FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Wheres Salah, why is he not in the squad?

    1. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Covid19

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Whats that?

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

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

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        That is a weak pool team. Should have captained Vardy

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Cheese and onion?

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Ready salted

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

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

  20. 1justlookin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

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

    1. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Definitely

    2. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      yea

  21. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Cengiz Under not good enough?

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

      Being eased in.

    2. Noah’s Ark
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Underrated

      1. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Yeah thats what I feel

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

      Super sub

  22. The Mighty Hippo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 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
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Yeah me too. Those next 3 fixtures are sublime.

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Next 4

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

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

  23. puhd
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Does anyone know what’s up with Mason Greenwood?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Staying away from this one.

    2. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Personal problems

    3. The Mighty Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Reasons

    4. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Drama innit

    5. F4L
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      New Fifa release

    6. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Check his TikTok probably

  24. Parsnips
      2 months, 4 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
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Barkley to Son.

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

        Barkley to Grealish.

      3. Frucke
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Werner to bamford and barkley to salah

    • ceerus
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      A) KDB + Wilson
      B) Zaha + Vardy

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Why Wilson?

        1. ceerus
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Fixtures

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Butis he even ready to play?

      2. Big_Bear
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 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
      2 months, 4 days ago

      LMS safety score currently 34

      https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

    • drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

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

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Neigh.

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

        Nine.

      3. Frucke
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        No

    • OleBall
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Salah tested negative?

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          No news to that affect.

        2. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Ask Klopp

        3. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Don't know for sure.

        4. NATSTER
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          On Twitter, but no official yet.

      • Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 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
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Was he playing?

        2. House Frey Wedding Planner
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 4 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
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Missed a couple of decent chances

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

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

        4. SackWenger
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 4 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
        2 months, 4 days ago

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

        1. Big_Bear
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Targett

          1. wulfranian
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            cheers