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Tierney returns for Arsenal as Newcastle select three FPL forwards

Kieran Tierney (£5.4m) is back for Arsenal following the muscle problems that plagued him in Blank Gameweek 18.

The left-back missed the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace which Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.6m) collected a clean sheet from.

But Mikel Arteta draws on Tierney once again while Hector Bellerín (£5.1m) finds himself on the bench this time as Cédric (£4.6m) makes his first Premier League start of the season.

The Arsenal boss has opted for consistency in the centre-back positions though, selecting David Luiz (£5.4m) and Rob Holding (£4.5m) together for the second successive Premier League match.

The latter has now featured from the beginning in 12 of the last 13 FPL Gameweeks.

Thomas Partey (£4.9m) also makes a welcome return in his first Premier League start since Gameweek 11.

Tierney’s comeback is also good news for owners of Bukayo Saka (£5.3m), who deputised at left-back in the second half against Palace.

The FPL midfielder is stationed on the right-hand side of Arsenal’s attacking midfield once again, joined in the front-four by the usual suspects Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.3m), Emile Smith Rowe (£4.5m) and Alexandre Lacazette (£8.3m).

Steve Bruce has delivered, as much is possible, on his commitment to name a more attacking side.

Callum Wilson (£6.6m) is paired-up front with Andy Carroll (£5.2m) while Miguel Almirón (£5.6m) and Joelinton (£5.7m) are set to provide some width.

Arsenal XI (3-4-3): Leno; Tierney, Holding, D Luiz, Cedric; Partey, Xhaka; Aubameyang, Smith Rowe, Saka; Lacazette.

Newcastle United XI (4-4-2): Darlow; Lewis, Clark, Lascelles, Krafth; Joelinton, M Longstaff, Shelvey, Almirón; Carroll, Wilson.

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747 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 23 days ago

    I feel like I’ve not been here long enough for a play up Pompey

    1. Jealous Viper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Why exactly do people say this. Keep seeing it on here

      1. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Yeah, I get a a bit tired of it, I must admit

      2. Olson
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        I don't know but it's got much more fun since the backlash

      3. Reedy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Sounds like an in-joke we're not in on. I'm sure it gets more hilarious with each retelling, whatever it is.

        1. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Google it

        2. Olson
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          the joke is that there is no joke. it was done by the much loved and missed poster Tamagotchi Massacre purely as a Pompey fan. but for some reason got noticed this year and kind of got funnier because every single time someone pops up to ask what the joke is. also people getting aggro about it is pretty funny tbh

          1. Reedy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            That explains it, thanks!

          2. Jealous Viper
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Well by all means, Play Up Pompey then

        3. Pumpy Pro
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          It's no joking matter mate. I am actually starting a campaign to bring back ' first' posts. It's that bad

          1. Reedy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            haha, strewth

  2. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    F--- this

    Didn't use bench boost and now Saka and Tierney are gonna haul!

    Mark my words.

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Why would you not BB

    2. Team Bobcat
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Nothing guaranteed

  3. Deulofail
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Me and the 3 people in the top 10k with ESR, Tierney and Saka must be very excited right now.

    Yes, in fact, I am!

    1. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Oh I just remembered I benched Saka and ESR with no BB 🙁

    2. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      May not be in the 10k for much longer then eh

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        I'm at 1.5m

    3. GoonerSteve
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      I've got ESR.

      Dreaming of a haul. Would be a decent differential.

  4. DK_13
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Does it look like an under or over 2.5 game?

    1. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      5-1 Arsenal

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      3-1 Arsenal

      1. StayoutheSpiceZone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        0-1 Newcastle

    3. Brehmeren
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      0-0

    4. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      2-3 Arsenal

      Newcastle is gonna make this fun, but Arsenal will have more fun

    5. ivantys
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Under 2.5

      • JJO
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        1-1

    6. Syd.
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Got Bellerin in for GW16

      GW16 = 6 points
      GW17 he gets booked and subbed off on 56 minutes Arsenal goes on to get a Clean sheet = 0 Points
      GW18 Played FH got rid of Bellerin for Teirney... Teirney didn't start & Bellerin got 8 Points
      GW19 He gets benched

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        I've had a lot of issues with Arse defence this season. I've owd Gabriel, Tierney, Bellerin and Holding, and never at the right time, if there is one 😀

      2. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        That is some bad luck!

    7. Kryptonite666
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      All I want for January is a Wilson brace !

    8. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Play up Pompey

      1. Olson
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        One day the whole first page of every article will just say PLAY UP POMPEY

        1. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          and rightly so

          1. Shark
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Agreed.

    9. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Here is a post of someone going through the villa players social media. You may find it useful and come to a conclusion

      https://twitter.com/FPLStevo/status/1349706884530515969?s=19

      1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Cheers, I've grealish Martinez and Watkins so any news is welcome.

    10. Buck The Trent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      regretted playing Dallas ahead of Saka .. swayed by the remote possibility of Soton-Shrewburry being canceled

    11. HollywoodXI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Had a dream last night Saka scored a brace. Dream or premonition?

      #sakaowner

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Cheese

    12. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      After blanking during the FH week for many, Arsenal will tear it up and score big.

      1. djman102
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Following the lead of McGoldrick and Sterling.

        1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          And Gundogan.

    13. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Joelinton goal to nil please.

    14. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Quite enjoying Gary Neville's analysis of Man Utd there.

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

        Yeah I thought he was on the button with it. Whereas Jamie Carragher was simply getting higher pitched by the minute.

      2. RECKLESS
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Any link mate or was it post match Liv vs Manutd?

    15. Kane and Ablett
        2 months, 23 days ago

        On a whim I took a hit to bring ESR for Romeu for my bench boost .... I mean he’s averaging more than four points a game and this is Steve Bruce’s Toon army after all

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          I’d love him to do well.

      • AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Time to find out if my Wilson to Antonio switch makes the most sense of anything I've done all season?

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Well, except Stones in for gw15.

      • Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Bench two:

        A) Trent (tot)
        B) Tierney (sou)
        C) Saka (sou)
        D) Smith Rowe (sou)
        E) Son (LIV)

        Will ask again at half time then after the game to compare the results 😀

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          A and B

        2. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          One of the defenders has to play

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            C then and A

        3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Two from BCD

        4. Sid1891
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          DB

        5. Yes Ndidi
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 23 days ago

          A, and flip a coin for C&D.

        6. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          CD

        7. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Cheers all. Results so far

          Saka = 3
          Smith Rowe = 3
          Trent = 2
          Tierney = 2
          Son = 0

        8. RECKLESS
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          C and D....too much arsenal love is bad as they very inconsistent

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            And very cheap 🙂

        9. JeGro
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 23 days ago

          BD for me. The other 3 are attacking minded and all involved in setpieces.

          And if Ings should be fit, smaller chance for arsenal clean sheet imo

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Thanks Jegro. Though I'd say they are all very attack-minded, with Trent potentially the least so against rivals (certainly against United he wasn't very dagerous).

        10. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Smith Rowe = 5
          Saka = 4
          Trent = 2
          Tierney = 3
          Son = 0

          Thanks again. I'll see how people feel at HT 😀

          1. Yeboah Power XI
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            My guess is that if ESR blanks c’ n est soir; he’ll take a rest next game. Strong performance though, he’s in the starting 11 and I’d play him.

      • Fuddled FC
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        I know its too early but would you do the following now before price rise?

        Phillips > Mitchel

        It would allow me to do Balbuena > Holding next game week

      • Shatner's Bassoon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Swapped Saka -> Soucek for DGW. Tell me I won't regret it.

        1. RECKLESS
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          I am gonna remove Soucek for Son aftergw 20...

      • AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        73 points with 12 to go.

        Due to bgw I've got Holding, Saka and Lacacette playing tonight.

      • Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Bench two:

        A. Holding
        B. Clark
        C. Mitchell
        D. Targett
        E. Coufal

      • Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        I’ll take a 1-1

        Almiron G, Longstaff A
        Cedric G, D. Luiz A

        Thanks 😉

      • OneMan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Have Justin Stones Dias and Coufal.

        What other good defender could I get for the next 8 games below 4.4M

        1. Yes Ndidi
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Mitchell, like the rest of us.

        2. ivantys
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Mitchell and save

          • Sid1891
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Mitchell

          • dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Think you have good 4 so I would probably get Mitchell as bench cover and invest . 5 more in attack

            1. OneMan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Thanks. That’s pretty conclusive then.

          • No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Mitchell

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

            Mitchel before price rise

        3. CroatianHammer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Martinez, Grealish, Cash, McGinn, Mings, Barkley all confirmed in training. Let's assume ElMo too since confirmation came via some of his insta pix

          1. gart888
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Great news!

        4. RECKLESS
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Amad Diallo touted generational talent now at global club Manutd....no pressure :p

          1. Lindelol
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            1. C. Ronaldo
            2. Bebe
            3. Linardhino
            ??

            1. RECKLESS
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Lol Lingard and Bebe were never considered talented.. Think he is of Martial level but can go either was as Atlanta dint rate him enough to play regularly...Hope Ole gambles him in one of easy matches after Liverpool as Right wing has been biggest weaklink followed by CB albeit one match wonder by Lindelof...

              1. Lindelol
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Yep Martial Level is reasonable to say

          2. Camino Aleatorio
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Seems like a fraud to me.

            If he was actually good. Why no minutes at Atalanta?

            Atalanta is basically Fulham level talent. He could not break into the squad there?

        5. Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Tierney haul incoming

        6. gart888
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          a) Salah, Grealish, Che Adams
          b) Son, Kane, Smith-Rowe

          1. OneMan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            B. But might need to bench one of Son or Kane against Pool.

            1. Fred54
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              ??

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

            A

          3. RECKLESS
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            I think decide after Salah vs Burnley. Liv still have second highest penalties at 5 compared to Fernandes 6 so looks gamble to go without Salah

        7. OneMan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Anybody tempted by a WC this week ?

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Nope, feel pretty settled for once

          2. gart888
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            I'm tempted by a WC every week, but I know it would be better to save it for the big BGW/DGW coming later.

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              I'd love a wild card every week...

              But i seem to score best by holding fire.

          3. Nimby
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Why would you do that?

          4. Fred54
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Should have WCed in GW18...

        8. The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Up the TOON!

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Go on Newcastle!

            They need some points.

        9. RECKLESS
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Which looks better
          1) Grealish to Son
          2) Robbo + Soucek to Shaw + Son
          Still unsure I can go without Liv defence for moody Manutd defence

          1. RECKLESS
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            But Grealish has amazing matches post dgw

          2. elwardio
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            B

        10. Pedersen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Waited for fpl all day just to realize i have no playing players tonight.... Time to get a life i guess

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            This!

            Are you locked down where you are?

          2. BenDavies
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            if you only realised you didn't have players tonight right now then you definitely do have a life. people with no lives like myself knew they had no playing players about a week ago 😀