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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. DaniCT
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Cancelo shooting like a defender. Who would have thought.

  2. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    No baps for Tap ins right?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Ha.

  3. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Need a double digit haul from Cap Raz. Let's go!

  4. Bushwhacker
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Sterling back to left wing and 30 yards behind play . . .

  5. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Sterling VC but please Salah start...

    1. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Same here.

    2. Milkman Bruno
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Same situation here. I put Reid ahead of Chillwell on my bench also so would rather Salah start I think.

    3. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Cancelo with 3 SoT!!

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        He’s utterly immense.

      2. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        so 3 of the 4 MCI shots on Target are Cancelo? (Thus far)

    4. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Apologies for bringing in Crapcelo

    5. Mr Arsenal
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Now all we need is a Burnley goal and this GW will be a success

      1. TheBiffas
          3 months, 10 days ago

          why don't you have city defence man

      2. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I wish Gundo would assist Cancelo or somebody more worthy than Stereo

        That's my only complaint

      3. DycheDycheBaby
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Can y'all stop moaning about Sterling now?

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Let them. It’s match day fun.

      4. MoSalad
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Still doing Sterling & Zaha —-> Son & Grealish next GW.

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

          Still didn’t ask

          1. MoSalad
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Should have

      5. Party time
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Beautiful assist from Gundogan

      6. Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Gundo to Sterling nice.

        • Big_Andy_GAWA
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          This commentator on BT Sport is a bit of a strange boy...

        • Jindaljain
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Still Sterling (C) fail against Salah(C)

        • Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Oh savage, you are an horrendous pundit..

        • Oggle22
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          FFS I'll get a city mid right this season gundo when he blanked foden blanked and got mahrez in tonight

          1. Fred54
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Just stick with one and leave it.

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

            Mahrez looking good here, doubt Pep wants him for Liverpool so should get 90’.

        • KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Why oh why did I do Sterling to Salah (C) for a hit 🙁

          The Salah ownership got to me

          1. Niho992
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            ouch.

            let's hope Salah will play

          2. Chucky
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Ownership phobia...

          3. MoSalad
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            If Salah goes off later you won’t be complaining

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              I wouldn’t too worried if I knew he was fit and starting!

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                *be

                1. MoSalad
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 10 days ago

                  If Mane is out and then Minamino gone to Saints can’t see him being rested. Always loads of rumours flying around on here.

          4. Jindaljain
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Salah needs rest

          5. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Wow. You’re having a rough few weeks.

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Yup, was long overdue. I think this could also be the after effect of saving all chips over the blank and doubles

              1. The VAR Team
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 10 days ago

                Saved all chips too and have done well since 🙂

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 10 days ago

                  Nice, just been the wrong side of hauls and benching certain ones too. Such a fine line.
                  Well done!

          6. dogtanion
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Good choice long term though..Sterling needs another goal to get any bps so might not hurt too much

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Yeah plan was always to get him long term, but was hoping to hold out until GW25, but his haul at West Ham feared me into getting him for a hit this week (Sterling benching at the weekend didn’t help and was a nasty timely reminder)

          7. fusen
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Hindsight now but I would have got rid of Son and kept Sterling if you had the money

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              I guess, again he has very high ownership too, so reluctant to sell, also his price is great

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

          Wonder who’ll be subbed at HT.

          1. Niho992
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            bruno

        • Milkman Bruno
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Just noticed Fulham benched Decordova Reid? Don’t get it, one of their most threatening players.

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Bus . . .bring him on second half to change it up.

            2. MoSalad
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Yes I think cause Mitro played well last game

          • Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Laporte lucky Mike Dean isn't ref.

          • Wild Rover
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Mahrez for Foden

            1. Wild Rover
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Rf to Rainer

          • Nikolai Volkoff
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            We want 10!

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Need a different ref.

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

            FFS Cancelo, finish your dinner.

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

            “Salah in squad, Alisson isn’t”

            Oh dear....

          • Sco
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Vydra... so, so bad.

          • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Sterling such a tap-in merchant.

            Cheers for the assist Gundo - wish you coulda bloody done it last week when I captained though!

          • Polka Wakey O'Dot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            It not really been noted much....but the City keeper has been a lot less cavalier these past few weeks. All that 11th outfield player stuff seems to be a thing of the past.

          • Niho992
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            any chance Fulham scoring ?

          • Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Rupert the horse would score 10-15 goals a season up front for Mci