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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
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Useless Bernardo shoot straight at keeper

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Bad goal for defenders BPS.

      1. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        this

    • Niho992
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Sterling so wide

      1. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Yep
        Not good

    • Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Lots of goals here. Come on Cancelo!

    • MoSalad
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Cancelo playing midfield

    • hullcityfan
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      World number 1 has Bernardo

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Yep

      2. JJO
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        When someone is a lucky faker 🙂

      3. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Yes, I think long run he might have smarter than us Gundo fans.

      4. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Jam City

      5. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        He’s smart

    • Mika-eel
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      When Pope looks like Ramsdale. Not so funny now hey Dyche.

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        lmao good one

    • Earwicker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      How many red cards tonight?

    • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      Bilva ass?

    • Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      only interested in Cancelo and Barnes returns. Gundo returns would be a bonus

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Why aren't you interested in Gundogan points?

        1. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          its called not raising hopes

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            Good luck
            (quietly)

    • Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 12 days ago

      So Jesus was the third Man City we should have all jumped on?

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 12 days ago

        And then screamed when he’s benched next time

      2. Joey Tribbiani
          4 months, 12 days ago

          got rid just as he started scoring...

      3. AnfieldLad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Are there Salah rumours ?

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Too many

        2. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Always

        3. Camino Aleatorio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Rumor is that he's mad AF that some folks went C-Bruno

          Now he is going to go Cave Man on Brighton

      4. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        7 minutes in, I think its fair to say Sterling (c) failure- season over.

      5. tiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        How many will City score?

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          4

        2. zdrojo187
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          28-1 in last 7 matches against Burnley...so looks like at least 4...

      6. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Sterling VC fail

      7. CFC1990
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        I find all these fail comments hilarious. We are 9 minutes into the game!!

        1. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Exactly - they should say after 10 minutes

          1. CFC1990
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            Hahaha

        2. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          X1000

        3. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          It’s just one of those things that will never not happen on here

        4. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Attention seeking, very sad

        5. Camino Aleatorio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          15 Minutes

          Sterling, Canelo, Gundo, and Foden FAIL!

          1. Jindaljain
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            Thanks you may sleep now

      8. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 12 days ago

        B Silva is such a low IQ pep robot. Always looking for Mahrez who wastes every attack.

      9. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Gundo in the box a lot, nothing wrong with his position from what I can

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          It's a pre game thing...

          People tend towards negativity as a rule.

      10. Mile Plankton
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Pope setting up Jesus with a goal. Joke writes itself.

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Haha!!!

      11. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 12 days ago

        Had Stones got a perm 🙂

      12. ivantys
          4 months, 12 days ago

          Leicester robbed, clear handball FK outside box not given

          1. Camino Aleatorio
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            Match fixers did not want the foul called.

            The new hand ball rule is made for match fixing.

            Like Targett's awesome save last week on Southampton.

            1. ivantys
                4 months, 12 days ago

                New rule is so dumb, VAR should be checking for FKs as well.

          2. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            Ya know like there’s a count for how many passes completed, how many tackles, saves etc.

            I would love a count on how many times Pep spits

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 12 days ago

              Disgusting with Covid-19 about

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 12 days ago

                Is really isn’t it, it’s like a reflex habit he’s developed

                1. g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 12 days ago

                  Spitting is disgusting & he is a role model

          3. aborg
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            Justin single handedly blocked a sure goal for Fulham !!

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 12 days ago

              Penalty?

              1. aborg
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 12 days ago

                No, I was not being sarcastic, he managed to block a close range shot from Mitrovic...goaler would have been beaten

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 12 days ago

                  So was i

            2. Honourvolley
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 12 days ago

              Deliberate handball?

            3. iL PiStOlErO
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 12 days ago

              Keep that cleanie and give us baps my son

            4. BDA Shadow
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 12 days ago

              The way things went yesterday I thought you meant with a red card penalty challenge.

              1. aborg
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 12 days ago

                Hehe no he did it the right way !

          4. Nightcrawler
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            City goal without sterling involvement

            You LOVE to see it

            Oh yes you do!

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 12 days ago

              Very early to be celebrating that...

              1. Nightcrawler
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 12 days ago

                2nd half post will be nowhere to hide one so using all the other ones now

                1. Old Man
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 12 days ago

                  You're beginning to develop a sense of humour .... keep up the good work.

          5. BDA Shadow
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 12 days ago

            Is a Sterling hattrick too much to ask for today? Asking for a friend.

            1. Honourvolley
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 12 days ago

              Yes. Replying for a friend

            2. iL PiStOlErO
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 12 days ago

              Tell your friend that Jesus loves him.

            3. Phlajo
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 12 days ago

              3 goals in the next 3 games from Sterling is too much to ask

              1. Old Man
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 12 days ago

                I'd much prefer 3 Sterling goals in the next 3 minutes

              2. BDA Shadow
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 12 days ago

                He was just gifted a 1v1 and took a horrible touch. I think you may be right. That's a few poor touches I've seen him have.

            4. el polako
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 12 days ago

              Considering he is mostly hugging the touchline you be lucky to get any return from Sterling other than 1pt for CS.

              1. BDA Shadow
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 12 days ago

                He's captained: 2 points for CS 😉

            5. Freshy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 12 days ago

              Needs a goal to tie Soucek goal haul

          6. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 12 days ago

            Cancelo cappers will have the last laugh for sure

          7. ivantys
              4 months, 12 days ago

              Ihenancho G

              1. Old Man
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 12 days ago

                Go Foxes!!

              2. tuturututu
                  4 months, 12 days ago

                  A?

                  1. ivantys
                      4 months, 12 days ago

                      Maddison

                • Jindaljain
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 12 days ago

                  Sterling fail & Salah haul then I am out of world league

                • AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 12 days ago

                  1-0 leicester

                • Make United Great Again
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 12 days ago

                  Gundagon playing far too left for owners liking. Clearly a Pep instruction. His false 9 stint is over!