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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
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Sterling could have 4 goals today useless fraud

      1. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        When was the last time he did the opposite?

    • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Need Digne to match AWB

      1. Right In The Stanchion
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Got him too, no chance..

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

        Tough ask! Will probably concede knowing Everton.

      3. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Not this week

      4. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Surely won’t... benched him myself.

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Benched Digne or AWB?

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Sterling is a frustrating player to have in your team.

    • tbos83
        3 months, 4 days ago

        C'mon Fulham just one goal

      • Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        is son essential v west brom ? need to sell either gundo or soucek and not keen on either move

        1. teneighty
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Don't think he is.

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            thanks

        2. Bram
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          1 assist in 4 games. 1pt last time he played WBA ......

      • sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Still time for Gundo assist and Dias goal from this corner. Jesús messing that up too.

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

          1m 30s left. Think it's over.

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

            Gundo MOTM though!

            1. sminkypinky
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              True. Was great.

      • pjomara
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Any other Foden starters Justin first subbers?
        Fodens going to come on in injury time right just for extra pain?

        1. Hooky
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Just getting stripped off now..

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

          Less than 1 min to go. You're safe.

      • Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Sterling needs to be reclassified as a forward for him to get bonus given the amount of chances he misses

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

        Meh happy I punted on Cancelo (c), would have been sterling so only 2 points lost.

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

          Definitely worse choices. Beat my captains the last 2 weeks.

      • BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Again 15p first on bench, Justin. Last week when I got double City def bench I got nothing useful from bench. When does this end? 😀

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

          When you get the squad balance and picks flowing...

      • Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Gundog up to 3 again

        Gündogan (37)
        Jesus (37)
        Laporte (27)
        Sterling (26)
        Dias (25)

        1. Threat Level Midnight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Just had 1 taken away literally for nothing

          1. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            🙁

      • JohnnyRev7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Wow! All my 10 players start tonight and Bednarek stays firmly on my bench as 1st sub. I guess finding religion, praying and Googling exorcist rituals helped. I particularly liked:

        "I CAST YOU OUT BEDNAREK AND YOUR ABOMINABLE MINUS SEVEN. YOU CORRUPTER OF FPL TEAMS. YOU WILL NOT ENTER. BE GONE! IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, SON AND HOLY GHOST. AMEN."

        It seemed to do the trick.

        Phew! Time for a lie-down.

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Cue Salah injured in warm up

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

            This!

            Bruno VC

            1. JohnnyRev7
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Bruno vc is a double edged sword but +10 (17 - 7) overall. Hopefully Salah can better that.

          2. JohnnyRev7
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Nah. I'm sure Klopp's coaching team are searching the pitch for parts of his daughter's Lego as we speak.

      • Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Gundo 3 baps again

        1. Mr Ozil
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Jesus’s winning goal to be added right?

          1. Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            No, gets added during the games now.

      • Hect.OR 98th
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Justin has been a thorn in my side at various points this season. Oh well. Some big scores in my league this week.

      • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Hold Gundo!

      • diesel001
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Lateriser finally having a good week with triple City defence and Bruno(c).

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Until salah scoes 4

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

          All city players delivered and Salah should come close to Bruno.

      • Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Wtf there was still time left

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

        FT

      • Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Gundo man of the match and rightly so.

      • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Dammit Fulham why can’t you score this week

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Alioski hits the post

      • JoeSoap
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        For those with double City defence are we selling any for tough fixtures?

        1. F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          No chance, not going anywhere for me.

        2. Bram
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Nah

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

        3 BAPs with only an assist in a CS win is KDB levels of FPL.

        Hold, Gundo!

        1. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          2

      • Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Congratulations City for the title

      • hullcityfan
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Would usually be happy about a triple City clean sheet but feels like all the other defenders are hitting double digits.

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Bamford shot saved

      • Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Play Bamford over Digne they said

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

          I played both...

      • Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        City are just so efficient right now.

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

        Leeds looking lively and Bamford involved.

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

        Alioski unlucky, great strike.