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

      This

    2. Arteta
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      +1

    3. Kane and Ablett
        8 months, 23 days ago

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

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

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

      • sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

        Yep!

    4. Pascal
        8 months, 23 days ago

        Hello

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

          It's me.

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 23 days ago

            You’re looking for

        2. Salah’s Sonnet
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

          Is it me you’re looking for

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 23 days ago

            Hello

        3. Neves say Neves
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

          Zuko here

        4. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

          Can you hear me?

      • Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

        DCL seems angry on my bench 🙁

        1. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

          He’ll get a 6 pointer so no drama

          1. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            8 months, 23 days 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
          8 months, 23 days ago

          hoping he can break his longspell not scoring

      • wulfrunian
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

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

        1. SB007
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

          b

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

          B

      • Dele
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

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

        1. Salah’s Sonnet
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

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

          1. CRO KLOPP
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 23 days ago

            Maybe Pope will grab his pen

            1. Salah’s Sonnet
              • 10 Years
              8 months, 23 days ago

              Quite possibly! Would be just my luck

        2. Alonso The Great Midfielder
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

          all he need is a penalty then he will good

        3. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

          4-3-3

          Feeding Sterling or Jesus and Mahrez looks fine to me.

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

            3 at the back surely?

        4. Holmes
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

          Better than being on bench I guess

        5. Dthinger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 23 days 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. Heisenberg W. W.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 23 days ago

            Defo 3 at the back with Cancelo playing as WB

        6. Kane and Ablett
            8 months, 23 days ago

            He’s a machine he’ll find a way

        7. Arteta
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

          Salah hat-trick badly needed ...

          1. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 23 days ago

            I'm not greedy.

            A brace will suffice.

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

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

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

            Captain for everyone so ..

            1. F_Ivanovic
              • 6 Years
              8 months, 23 days 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
          8 months, 23 days ago

          If Gundo plays quite deep again, him to Son?

          1. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 23 days 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
              8 months, 23 days ago

              ESR I suppose but he’s so so cheap.

              1. ivantys
                • 1 Year
                8 months, 23 days ago

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

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

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

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

                Not Saka?

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

                  No. Love Saka though.

              3. Lindelol
                • 3 Years
                8 months, 23 days ago

                I am doing Gundo to Grealish

          2. Heisenberg W. W.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 23 days ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

              Yeah I suppose you’re right.

        9. Neves say Neves
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

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

        10. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 23 days 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. Heisenberg W. W.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 23 days ago

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

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              8 months, 23 days ago

              Looks a lot like

              Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez

              Gundogan, Rodri, Silva

              Back 4

              We will see shortly...

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

              Yup 3 CBs

        11. BeWater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 23 days 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
            8 months, 23 days ago

            Buckle up

        12. zdrojo187
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

          Sterling (C)
          Stones
          Cancelo
          Justin

          LET'S GO!

          1. EmreCan Hustle
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 23 days ago

            In 7 mins.

          2. Salah’s Sonnet
            • 10 Years
            8 months, 23 days ago

            But Go where?

        13. EmreCan Hustle
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 23 days 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
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 23 days ago

            Yeah Leicester game is where its at

        14. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 23 days 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
            • 10 Years
            8 months, 23 days ago

            Sounds annoyingly likely

          2. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 23 days ago

            Resignation tendered.

            Yours Harborer of Doom

        15. Niho992
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

          Sterling haul would be nice

        16. Earwicker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

          Hoping lightning strikes twice, (C)ancello.

        17. DycheDycheBaby
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 23 days 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 !!

        18. TimoTime
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

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

        19. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

          Seems no Alisson tonight and maybe for longer...

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

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

            Any Salah sightings? 0.o

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

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

          3. CRO KLOPP
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 23 days ago

            If Salah was injured someone would hint it like this

        20. BeWater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 23 days 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.

        21. Jindaljain
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

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

        22. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

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

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

        23. aborg
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 23 days 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

        24. ivantys
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 23 days ago

          zzz useless goal

          1. djman102
            • 12 Years
            8 months, 23 days ago

            Opens the floodgates hopefully

        25. Make United Great Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

          1-0

        26. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

          Man City early goal

        27. DycheDycheBaby
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

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

        28. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

          Jesus

          Silva shot spilled

        29. aborg
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

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

        30. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

          Have Dias & Gundo been subbed off yet?

        31. HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

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

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 23 days ago

            Not for DCL?

            1. HuttonDressedasLahm
              • 11 Years
              8 months, 23 days ago

              Richarlison