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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. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Pep closing up shop if he subs out Gundo at half time.

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Yeah annoying when he came off on 51 minutes.

      1. ivantys
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 20 days ago

        I don't mind him being subbed off but they are totally useless when he's not in the pitch.

        1. Kellz86
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Yeah okay

  2. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Man City didn't bench Gundo or Sterling or Cancelo before the Sunday match.

    Liverpool will also not bench Salah or TAA before the Sunday match.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Man City likely to rotate.

      Salah will start 95%

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Of games when fit.

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Hope that 95% means tonight 🙂

      3. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Not rotate today and Sunday match.

        Both Man City and Liverpool will go in full speed for these two matches

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Two very different managers.

      1. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        But they both put the strongest team today and will also be on Sunday

  3. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Checking the score and just knowing that Justin would be the one to score.

  4. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    If Justin busted your rank then wait until 2nd half when Pep busts it further by subbing your City assets before the 60 mark!!

    1. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 20 days ago

      My guess is 59:50

    2. shiraz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Hoping they will keep passing around when pep going to sub them out

  5. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Anyone else with only Gundo, Stones, Cancelo and Bruno so far?

    25pts from 4 but dropping 30k 🙁

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Snap (Dias over Stones)

      10 points behind the top10k and failing - ridiculous week

    2. Winners900
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Same, but Dias instead of Stones

    3. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Here, but I think we have a player less on average, and they played their captains already.

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        I guess.... no Leicester and only Bruno (non-captain) for United is killing

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      o/

      Same 4 except Cancelo for Dias.

      72.08% OR drop so far.

    5. shiraz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Dropped 70k with just those 4 played

    6. F_Ivanovic
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Only Cancelo,Bruno and Dias for me.

  6. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Justin on my bench is going to haunt me.
    Hey ho part of the game I guess.

    1. Wild Guus Chase
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Likewise

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Yep.

      And if Salah doesn't start or Antonio and Bruno captain...

    3. beetlejuice
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      why on earth you bench justin vs fulham

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Because I played Dias, Cancelo and Dallas.

        1. beetlejuice
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Dallas does not always play advanced. And it is Everton. But hey ho!

          1. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Everton conceded 2 at home to Championship outfit.

  7. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Justin rank killer. Sold him for Maguire in the blank so not that bad

    1. Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Why not AWB?

      1. The Train Driver
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Another captain hindsight spotted... Crawling everywhere...

    2. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Maguire has been giving points consistently and has amazing fixtures. You made the right call!

  8. Wild Guus Chase
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Anyone for a cheeky captain punt on Watkins this GW v Arsenal?

  9. circusmonkey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Is there a watchalong tonight and where do they tell us?

  10. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Justin is highly enough owned to hurt non-owners like myself.

    1. KGFC
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Same, dropped 40K 🙁

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Aye

    3. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Yeah rank killer extraordinaire.

    4. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      No point looking mid gameweek. I know it's bad, so I'll pretend it didn't happen.

    5. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Sold him on my week 6 wildcard ):

    6. estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Hopefully he doesn't get a cleansheet

  11. Niho992
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Terrible GW, especially if City concede and Leicester keep CS

  12. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Rumoured Liverpool team. Take with a pinch of salt though.

    https://twitter.com/Ifcnews__/status/1357038537594576901

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Tsimikas 😮

      1. JBG
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Hopefully he plays 90min and no show from Robbo.

    2. Niho992
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      is he reliable

      1. Threat Level Midnight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Well you're not and youve been spreading crap all day. So stfu and move along

    3. teddypicker
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Someone translate

    4. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      What number is Salah again lol

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        11

  13. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Just saw the Sterling goal.

    Gundogan = KGB.

    1. The Train Driver
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Didn't know Gundo was from East Berlin...

    2. KGFC
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Gundo is Russian??? 😮

    3. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Uhhhh

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Have no fear, comrade.

  14. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Boom! Areola save point!

    Get in

  15. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    I see that Justin once again destroys my rank

  16. Salarrivederci
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Benched Justin, but it was between him and AWB so I guess I can't complain.

    Chances of a Salah/Antonio/Watkins no show?

  17. Kellz86
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Held Justin nearly all season, what a differential!

  18. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Slash isn't real?

  19. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Shocked at the number of people that benched Justin vs Fulham.

    Or Gundogan vs. Burnley for that matter??

    1. Esalman
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      It was between Justin and Coufal for me. I have 4 other players from whm-avl so I benched Coufal.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        That feels like an obvious decision to make to be honest.

        1. Esalman
          • 11 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Yeah not much benching headache for me since I have 2 non playing fodders on the bench.

    2. Salarrivederci
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Had to bench one of: AWB, Justin, Watkins and Antonio.

  20. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Don't own Justin but hopefully Fulham doesn't score as I want win my cup game.

  21. Dybala10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Maddison, what a lovely (differential) pick you’ve been the last month.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Yeah. To be fair, it kind if came out of nowhere one week. Fair play if you got in early. Has sustained it though.

  22. Isco Disco
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Omg! JUSTINNNNNNNN
    I know I’m a lil late to the party but I just saw that he scored a beautiful goal.
    Get inn my boi! He’s one of the only 3 players I haven’t transferred since it since GW 1

    1. Pumpy
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      I am sure everyone on here has written that down. One to remember

  23. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    DCL to Bamford or Watkins?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      DCL blanked already?

  24. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    And btw Maddison is truly on fire. If only I had 1 more place in midfield I would go for him

  25. BeWater
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Need Justin to pull a Bednarek second half.

  26. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Oh lordy,

    My ML pal has both Justin and Maddy. 🙁

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Mine too.

    2. Lazaretti
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      My cup rival has both = I am going to be out of the cup

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Oh my..

        1. Lazaretti
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Just 5pts behind atm. At leat I need Fulham to wipeout Lei CS. And then gials from Bamford and DCL

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Just seen the crazy bugger has captained Maddison too.

    4. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Same here with wanbis

  27. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Oof. Two assists for Maddi. Got Grealish over him. Bugger.

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Grealish may outscore him.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Doubt it but hey ho, I’m doing ok.

    2. Lazaretti
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      I took Zaha. Thought that Vardy missing will cause prblms for Leicester

  28. mynameisq
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Andy so lucky! Is what I would say if my name was Andy, started Justin 😛

  29. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Am I the only one who has NEVER owned Justin this season..? 😐

    I switched him to Mitchell 5mins before the FPL season started...

    1. WE GO FOR IT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Me too! Has killed me every time!

    2. Lazaretti
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      0/

  30. Niho992
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Salah starts yesssssss

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Still gonna blank

    2. Threat Level Midnight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      You're the one that was spreading the BS. Please ban this fool