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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. Tonyawesome69
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    How's Gundo looking in the game?

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

      He's looking like blanking

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

      Involved.

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      Like a LWB trap.

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

        This.

    4. shiraz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 17 days ago

      Much better than sterling.

    5. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      Early door but he could be the one to lose for Grealish instead of Soucek and Raphina

    6. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      Like the best player on the park so far

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

    Wow Sterling is horrendous

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

      Shocking

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

      Looks "disinterested" to say the least.

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

    Sterling closely followed by Gundogan furthest forward after 25 mins. On the left.

    Then Silva.

    Ahead of Jesus much deeper and Mahrez.

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

    Sterling (VC) massive fail. Thank you Salah

  5. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Mr Sterling ... you gormless erection!

  6. shiraz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Sterling is awful, clueless and unaware of his team mates positioning. He is more like playing with himself than as a team.

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

      Well said

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

      What team? This is the most disjointed CIty performance I've seen in a very long time. They look clueless.

      1. shiraz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 months, 17 days ago

        I believe problem lies with steeling. All the attacks coming from his flank but he just not passing it. I have seen gundogan making many runs into the box but sterling just not passing it

    3. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      Great in 1v1 formats. Probably. World class.

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

    To be fair it's a REALLY poor game.

  8. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Anyone got triple City on the bus team bench?

  9. DaniCT
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    I really hate Sterling. I don't know why I've brought him in.

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

    Just hope Dias and Cancelo make it to 60. Pep is guaranteed to pull some shenanigans today. Hope it's Sterling 😀

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      He mightn’t want Cancelo vs Liverpool so he should be safe.

  11. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Mahrez so selfish

  12. BDA Shadow
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Watching Sterling, he's actually kind of crap isn't he? Weird to say, but I've watched Alonso pretty closely over the years and his touch is absolutely beautiful - brings down every long ball flawlessly. Sterling hasn't controlled anything well yet today.

  13. PogChamp
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Come on Sterling(c). Encourage instead of bashing.

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

      Yes he's reading these comments while playing

      1. PogChamp
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 17 days ago

        Exactly.

    2. Mr Arsenal
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      I bet you he won't even have a shot.

      1. PogChamp
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 17 days ago

        OK. How much?

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

          He he he

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

    Should have captained Stones instead of sterling

  15. Mr Arsenal
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    City really don't create much - very defensive side these days so double or even tripling up is the way to go I think. Very tight at the back..

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

      Wouldn't say that but they seem to have gone straight into "coast" mode after the early goal. Nobody seems terribly bothered.

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

    Bloody hell. The abuse Sterling is getting on here. Relax lol

    1. Threat Level Midnight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      I love it. Lol

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

        Pretty sad tbh

        1. Threat Level Midnight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 17 days ago

          Oh yes but not surprising. I've come to realize theres about 60% low class individuals on this forum. I get the joking troll now and then, but most are just plebs

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

      The abuse lacks imagination

    3. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      It’s telepathic reverse psychology .... I’m getting on board in helping my VC ..... Sterling you spineless muppet ... your worthlessness as footballer brings tears to the eyes of children.

  17. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Come oooooon Sterlo boy

  18. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Agree with comments on Sterling here.

    He cannot see any teammates around him and give a simple pass

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      He assisted the assister

    2. Eldon
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      Are you watching the game?

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

    Judging by the comments you’d have thought it was the 87th minute

    1. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      - Wait, it's all premature moaning?

      - Always has been

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

      Hoooooollllllldddddd

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

    Lundulu is better than sterling

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

    BT commentator is taking the pish with these pronunciations.

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      He was on last everton game - wouldn't stop with the GOMESH

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

        How about Veeeeeedra 😆

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

      Just called Bernardo Silva Maddison who’s playing in the other game

  22. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    BamBam starts.

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      sweet

  23. Mr Arsenal
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    City get to the Burnley box and then pass back to their centre backs to restart an "attack"..

    Very odd way of playing and really boring!

  24. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Anymore news on Salah?

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

      He need rest

    2. Tango74
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 17 days ago

      The reputable ones say he’s in squad

      spionkop is reliable

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 17 days ago

        Starting XI?

        1. Tango74
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 17 days ago

          Squad
          I have Bruno vc

          I don’t mind if he plays

    3. Mr Arsenal
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      He's captained Fernandes so will sit this one out

  25. Oggle22
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    How's mahrez and Cancelo playing?

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

      Invisible.

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

    Time to sell Gundo tbh

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

      To Grealish? if you don't have right?

    2. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      Before the doubles?

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

    Beginning to think Jesus hates Sterling with a passion.

  28. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    The balance seems off with this side.

    Cancelo and Gundo not getting enough of the ball because Mahrez and Sterling are so high and wide that they don't connect play.

    1. rubberdignerapids
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 17 days ago

      There's also a lack of fluidity whenever either obtain the ball due to the urge to hold the ball and dribble rather than a quick succession of smart passes to do so in a more dangerous position vs dribbling for the sake of...dribbling

  29. Threat Level Midnight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Why is Jamez benched? WTF

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      Need to work vs Leeds.

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

      Because he doest defend.

    3. Reedy
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 17 days ago

      Can't play this many games in such a short spell. It caught me out too - picked him in Fantasy5, oops.

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

      All of the above.

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

    Bam bam and Raphinha start

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

      We’re they expected not to?

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

        Yeah both were yellow flagged