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Laporte starts alongside Dias and Stones as Foden benched for Man City

Phil Foden (£6.2m) is the only Fantasy Premier League asset of note to fall foul of Pep Guardiola’s rotation policy in Gameweek 22.

The England international had started each of the last three league matches but finds himself on the bench for Manchester City’s trip to Burnley tonight.

He is joined there by Kyle Walker (£6.1m) and Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m) who appear to have lost their full-back place to Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) in Gameweek 22.

The Frenchman has managed to secure a start alongside Ruben Dias (£6.0m), John Stones (£5.2m) and João Cancelo (£6.0m) suggesting he is back in the left-back role has been known to play in the past.

It is worth saying that his inclusion could mean a back-three for Manchester City with Cancelo used in a midfield role.

Ilkay Gündogan (£5.8m) extends his run of Premier League starts to 10 matches as he is included in midfield alongside Rodri (£5.3m) and Bernardo Silva (£7.4m).

Whether or not he has the opportunity to press into dangerous areas could depend on Gabriel Jesus (£9.2m) though.

As we recently discovered, the Brazilian’s presence in the team usually limits how close Gündogan gets to the goal and he leads the line tonight, flanked by Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.1m). The Algerian has scored in each of his last four Premier League meetings with Burnley.

As ever, the Clarets turn up in a 4-4-2 formation but they are not quite at full-strength.

Chris Wood (£6.2m) and Ashley Barnes (£6.0m) are both missing with injury which means Jay Rodriguez (£5.8m) and Matej Vydra (£4.8m) lead the line.

Meanwhile, Jack Cork (£5.0m) earns his second league start of the campaign in light of Josh Brownhill‘s (£4.9m) enforced absence with a foot problem.

Charlie Taylor (£4.5m) remains sidelined with a hamstring injury so Erik Pieters (£4.3m) keeps his place at left-back.

Elsewhere, Leicester travel to Fulham with Brendan Rodgers following through on his promise to select a replacement for Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) based on the fixture.

After two matches at centre-forward, Ayoze Pérez (£6.0m) moves into a right-wing berth, pushing Marc Albrighton (£5.3m) to the bench and allowing Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.6m) to start up-front.

Harvey Barnes (£6.9m), who has blanked just once in his last seven Premier League appearances, starts on the left-hand side of the attack while James Maddison (£7.3m) is in the hole.

Rodgers has also tweaked defensive personnel following a 3-1 home defeat to Leeds with Hamza Choudhury (£4.7m) coming in for holding midfield Nampalys Mendy (£4.3m) while Wesley Fofana (£5.0m), stricken with a hamstring problem drops out for Çaglar Söyüncü (£5.3m).

Ricardo Pereira (£5.9m) earns his first Premier League start of 2020/21, coming in for the injured Timothy Castagne (£5.7m).

Fulham keep faith in their 3-4-3 formation although Kenny Tete (£4.3m) replaces the benched Bobby De Cordova-Reid (£5.3m) as the right wing-back.

After starting, and assisting, against West Bromwich Albion, Aleksandar Mitrovic (£5.5m) leads the Fulham attack with Ademola Lookman (£5.0m) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.9m) either side of him and Ivan Cavaleiro (£5.3m) on the bench.

Gameweek 22 Starting Line-ups

Burnley XI: Pope; Pieters, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton; McNeil, Westwood, Cork, Gudmundsson; Vydra, Rodriguez.

Manchester City XI: Ederson; Laporte, Dias, Stones, Cancelo; Gündogan, Rodri, B Silva; Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez.

Fulham XI: Areola; Adarabioyo, Andersen, Aina; A Robinson, Anguissa, Reed, Tete; Lookman, Mitrović, Loftus-Cheek.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel; Justin, Söyüncü, Evans, R Pereira; Choudhury, Tielemans; H Barnes, Maddison, Pérez; Iheanacho.

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1,424 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 10 hours ago

    Stones, Dias and Gundo. Let’s destroy them. And maybe a little 5 minute cameo for those poor Foden owners.

    1. SB007
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      This

    2. Arteta
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 10 hours ago

      +1

    3. Kane and Ablett
        6 months, 10 hours ago

        Same but Gundo (c) Burnley are city’s bunnies

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 10 hours ago

          Yeah they really love playing them. Think the last 7
          Games is 28-1

      • sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 10 hours ago

        Yep!

    4. Pascal
        6 months, 10 hours ago

        Hello

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 10 hours ago

          It's me.

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 10 hours ago

            You’re looking for

        2. UNDERWORLD7
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 10 hours ago

          Is it me you’re looking for

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 10 hours ago

            Hello

        3. Neves say Neves
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 10 hours ago

          Zuko here

        4. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 10 hours ago

          Can you hear me?

      • Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 10 hours ago

        DCL seems angry on my bench 🙁

        1. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 10 hours ago

          He’ll get a 6 pointer so no drama

          1. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 10 hours ago

            It was him or Son so id take a Son blank and a DCL 6 pointer right now.

        2. Alonso The Great Midfielder
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 10 hours ago

          hoping he can break his longspell not scoring

      • wulfrunian
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 10 hours ago

        Bench one please.
        a)Dias
        b)Ogbonna
        c)Stones
        d)Coufal

        1. SB007
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 10 hours ago

          b

        2. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 10 hours ago

          B

      • Dele
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 10 hours ago

        So this line up is bad for Gundogon right? Playing really deep with Rodri.

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 10 hours ago

          I still think he’ll grab something tonight, possibly a pen

          1. CRO KLOPP
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 10 hours ago

            Maybe Pope will grab his pen

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 10 Years
              6 months, 10 hours ago

              Quite possibly! Would be just my luck

        2. Alonso The Great Midfielder
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 10 hours ago

          all he need is a penalty then he will good

        3. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 10 hours ago

          4-3-3

          Feeding Sterling or Jesus and Mahrez looks fine to me.

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 10 hours ago

            3 at the back surely?

        4. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 10 hours ago

          Better than being on bench I guess

        5. Dthinger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 10 hours ago

          Tough to say until we see them on the field. It could just be that Laporte is playing as a full-back, or it could mean that Cancelo and Bilva are playing as wing-back

          1. TNB
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 10 hours ago

            Defo 3 at the back with Cancelo playing as WB

        6. Kane and Ablett
            6 months, 10 hours ago

            He’s a machine he’ll find a way

        7. Arteta
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 10 hours ago

          Salah hat-trick badly needed ...

          1. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 10 hours ago

            I'm not greedy.

            A brace will suffice.

            1. Scholes Out Forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 10 hours ago

              would be happy with a goal and assist honestly. Or just a goal even

          2. Bushwhacker
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 10 hours ago

            Captain for everyone so ..

            1. F_Ivanovic
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 10 hours ago

              Well my cup opponent captained Bruno... so I need as many as possible from Salah even though most in my ML have captained him as well

        8. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 10 hours ago

          If Gundo plays quite deep again, him to Son?

          1. Holmes
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 10 hours ago

            Depends if their is any other mid that you can drop. Otherwise, this looks fine.

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              6 months, 10 hours ago

              ESR I suppose but he’s so so cheap.

              1. ivantys
                  6 months, 10 hours ago

                  I would keep Gundo over ESR as I find him useless.

                  1. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    6 months, 10 hours ago

                    Well I play 3 up front and when I’ve needed him I’ve squeezed 3 assists out of him. Tough decision.

                • pingissimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  6 months, 10 hours ago

                  Not Saka?

                  1. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    6 months, 10 hours ago

                    No. Love Saka though.

                • Lindelol
                  • 3 Years
                  6 months, 10 hours ago

                  I am doing Gundo to Grealish

            2. TNB
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 10 hours ago

              I'm getting either Barnes or Grealish in as I already own Son

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                6 months, 10 hours ago

                Bought Grealish yesterday. Don’t think I should have.

            3. Bushwhacker
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 10 hours ago

              For a one off selection? Keep. Get Son when Kane is back.

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                6 months, 10 hours ago

                Yeah I suppose you’re right.

          2. Neves say Neves
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 10 hours ago

            If Pereira looks dangerous tonight he could end up being my Chilwell replacement...

          3. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 10 hours ago

            Gundogan playing left midfield in a conventional 4-3-3 with Man City fluidity looks good to me.

            Or have i got that wrong?

            1. TNB
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 10 hours ago

              I think its going to be a 3-4-3

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                6 months, 10 hours ago

                Looks a lot like

                Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez

                Gundogan, Rodri, Silva

                Back 4

                We will see shortly...

              2. Bushwhacker
                • 2 Years
                6 months, 10 hours ago

                Yup 3 CBs

          4. BeWater
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 10 hours ago

            5 matches over 4 hours with loads of FPL relevant players. These pages are going to be flying faster than Superman when he was trying to make the Earth go backwards.

            1. Boly Would
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 10 hours ago

              Buckle up

          5. zdrojo187
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 10 hours ago

            Sterling (C)
            Stones
            Cancelo
            Justin

            LET'S GO!

            1. EmreCan Hustle
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 10 hours ago

              In 7 mins.

            2. UNDERWORLD7
              • 10 Years
              6 months, 10 hours ago

              But Go where?

          6. EmreCan Hustle
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 10 hours ago

            I think I'll watch the Leicester match instead. City will e too stressful. No Sterling and in need of a City CS.

            1. Scholes Out Forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 10 hours ago

              Yeah Leicester game is where its at

          7. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 10 hours ago

            Jesus to ruin City’s attack and Burnley to score a penalty to ruin City’s defence.

            Yours
            Harborer of Doom

            1. afcblegend
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 10 hours ago

              Sounds annoyingly likely

            2. Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 10 hours ago

              Resignation tendered.

              Yours Harborer of Doom

          8. Niho992
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 10 hours ago

            Sterling haul would be nice

          9. Earwicker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 10 hours ago

            Hoping lightning strikes twice, (C)ancello.

          10. DycheDycheBaby
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 10 hours ago

            Come on you mighty Clarets! Though I do have a bad feeling about tonight. Only one City player in my team which is Stones !!

          11. TimoTime
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 10 hours ago

            Come on Sterling, you are in for one week and one week only, make it a good one.

          12. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 10 hours ago

            Seems no Alisson tonight and maybe for longer...

            https://twitter.com/AnfieldWatch/status/1357024908618924034

            1. TimoTime
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 10 hours ago

              Any Salah sightings? 0.o

            2. Bushwhacker
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 10 hours ago

              Well that would suck for anyone who brought in TAA after one good showing

            3. CRO KLOPP
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 10 hours ago

              If Salah was injured someone would hint it like this

          13. BeWater
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 10 hours ago

            Just had a look at Gundogan's stats with and without Jesus. He's played 553 minutes without him and 667 with him. The attacking metrics per 90 are better for Gundo without Jesus but nothing significant. Not much in it.

          14. Jindaljain
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 10 hours ago

            It's Me (Sterling (C)) vs the whole world (SALAH (C))

          15. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 10 hours ago

            Certainly lined up 4-3-3 with full backs pushing on with the ball.

            Into a 3 at the back... With the ball.

          16. aborg
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 10 hours ago

            I have a feeling that we will have many City early subs if they are up by more than 2 goals after the first half ! Sterling, Dias, Gundo, etc

          17. ivantys
              6 months, 10 hours ago

              zzz useless goal

              1. djman102
                • 12 Years
                6 months, 10 hours ago

                Opens the floodgates hopefully

            • Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              6 months, 10 hours ago

              1-0

            • AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 10 hours ago

              Man City early goal

            • DycheDycheBaby
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 10 hours ago

              Ok bad start lads. Let's go again...

            • AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 10 hours ago

              Jesus

              Silva shot spilled

            • aborg
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 10 hours ago

              Ok...a useless goal for us all this is !

            • Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 10 hours ago

              Have Dias & Gundo been subbed off yet?

            • HuttonDressedasLahm
              • 11 Years
              6 months, 10 hours ago

              Selling Jesus for a hit last week, still killing me 🙁

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                6 months, 10 hours ago

                Not for DCL?

                1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                  • 11 Years
                  6 months, 10 hours ago

                  Richarlison