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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. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Maddison assist I think

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      Yep

  2. Nikolai Volkoff
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Madders!!!

  3. Jindaljain
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Maddison assit

  4. Camino Aleatorio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Was Gundogan a big dumb Trap?

    I feel like I own Emre Can again. Trap and unwise.

    1. Make United Great Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      Yep. I’m selling

    2. Rhodes your boat
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      Would rather have gundo at that price, I’m paying for sterling lol

  5. tuturututu
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Yeeaaah go Maddie!

  6. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Sterling wastes Stones assist

    1. tuturututu
      7 months, 17 days ago

      Noooo

    2. Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      This is heartbreaking

    3. Rhodes your boat
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      Would’ve been oerfect

  7. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Maddest

  8. Lindelol
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Ihnancho stealing Barnes goals. Rivals have Maddison - Do something Barnes

  9. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Sterling is so awful

    1. Rhodes your boat
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      Proud owner 🙂

  10. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Iheanacho goal??

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      Nachos well and fully dipped.

  11. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Where was Pope going there? Off to the Vatican ffs

  12. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Sterling is a shocking footballer

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      Wet. Water

    2. Nikolai Volkoff
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      He does have electric pace

  13. fedolefan
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Useless Sterling.

    1. Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      You should have told me before captain ing him

  14. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Burnley not had their wood and nails today.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      Dyche is playing the look-alike game with his starting XI today.

  15. Freshy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Sterling running with the ball looks like a baby bird flapping its wings for the first time

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      Or a promiscuous T-Rex

  16. Niho992
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Sterling left back tonight

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      In the dressing room.

  17. MoSalad
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Sterling is dreadful out of my team next week for sure!

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      I’m baffled every week by people’s trust in him

      1. MoSalad
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 17 days ago

        I’ve only had him for 3 weeks that’s enough. Welcome Son.

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 17 days ago

        Team with the most chances in the league . . you might hope he'd have one of them.

  18. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Sterling do something

  19. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Brilliant assist from Madison. Wish I had owned him

  20. Differentiator
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Sterling bby what you doin' to me, my capitan

  21. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Down from 75k > 97k so far.

    Not going to be my GW I feel!!

    Soucek > Maddi looking good

  22. Jindaljain
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Sterling (C) Fail idiot

    1. Nikolai Volkoff
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      That's right, you picked him

  23. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Sterling is just an overpriced Nathan Redmond.

    1. Niho992
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      dont insult Redmond

    2. OleBall
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 17 days ago

      You sure

  24. EmreCan Hustle
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Hamez Maddison! Finally some hope.

    1. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      Tiago Carlos da Silva do Nacimiento Maddison ... if he played for Wolves

  25. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    WTF Sterling?! Do something!

  26. Old Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Last week for Mr Sterling. Please be kind, Raheem, and score at least twice.

  27. Niho992
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Sterling to Son no brainer next GW

    1. MoSalad
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      100%

  28. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Tonight’s the night City lose their run of clean sheets. I hope I’m wrong though

  29. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Sterling should play for Arsenal!

  30. Jindaljain
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    12th Gameweek captaincy fail thanks sterling

    1. Nikolai Volkoff
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      You have to start looking at yourself at some point

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 17 days ago

        Harsh but fair...

        Just stick on the form players rather than pick and choose?