Dugout Discussion

Salah and Jota start together as Klopp benches Mané against Aston Villa

Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) and Diogo Jota (£7.0m) start together for Liverpool as they host Aston Villa in Gameweek 31.

The two players contributed to the Reds’ impressive finish against Arsenal in Gameweek 30 and were both inside the top-five most-bought players for the most recent round of action.

Sadio Mané (£11.8m) is the man to make way this afternoon, dropping to the bench for the second time in four Premier League matches.

That means Jota starts on the left-hand side of Liverpool’s front-three, spearheaded by Roberto Firmino (£9.0m).

Curtis Jones (£4.4m) misses out as a precaution which means Georginio Wijnaldum (£5.3m), James Milner (£5.3m) and Fabinho (£5.4m) are the midfield trio today.

Nathaniel Phillips‘ (£4.1m) stock remains high, earning his fifth Premier League start from a possible six alongside Ozan Kabak (£5.0m).

There is also plenty of revived interest in Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.4m) this afternoon.

Having produced 33 points across his last five matches, the Liverpool right-back was purchased by 190,000+ managers ahead of the Gameweek 31, the most new owners for any defender this week.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa are still without Jack Grealish (£7.5m) who recently suffered a setback on his return from a shin injury.

Bertrand Traoré (£5.9m) and Trézéguet (£5.2m) provide the width either side of Ollie Watkins (£6.5m) while Marvelous Nakamba (£4.3m) and Douglas Luiz (£4.8m) both feature in midfield with John McGinn (£5.5m).

Gameweek 31 Line-ups

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, Kabak, N Phillips, Alexander-Arnold; Wijnaldum, Milner, Fabinho; Jota, Firmino, Salah.

Aston Villa XI (4-2-3-1): Martínez; Targett, Mings, Konsa, Cash; D Luiz, Nakamba; Trézéguet, McGinn, B Traoré; Watkins.

Gameweek 31 so far…

Fantasy Premier League managers who swerved from their Leeds assets found their Gameweek 31 win at Manchester City hard to watch.

Stuart Dallas (£5.1m) was the second-most benched player for the latest round of action but bagged a brace at the Etihad Stadium.

To add insult to that decision, Patrick Bamford (£6.6m), the third-most sold Fantasy asset ahead of Gameweek 31, provided the assist for his opener.

From a Manchester City perspective, this match was all about Pep Guardiola once again.

Kevin De Bruyne (£12.0m), Rúben Dias (£6.2m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.2m) were all unused substitutes while Ilkay Gündogan (£6.0m) and Phil Foden (£6.0m) both emerged from the bench for one-point cameos.

Ferran Torres (£6.9m) and Bernardo Silva (£7.4m) got the only attacking returns of the afternoon.

Provisional bonus points

  • 3 – Stuart Dallas
  • 2 – Bernardo Silva
  • 1 – Oleksandr Zinchenko

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1,221 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    25 days, 7 hours ago

    Do we think James stays on the bench?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      25 days, 7 hours ago

      Good chance he comes on for CHO who rarely does the full 90.

      1. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Feared as much. Thanks

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      25 days, 6 hours ago

      5 minute cameo likely

    3. ivantys
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        I'm not having much hope, he always comes on for cameos whenever I start him.

      • Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        I think he does. Unleashed for UCL.
        Kova Pulisic and one of Mount/Havertz coming off.

    4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      25 days, 6 hours ago

      I am a striker
      I cost 6.0
      I have 18 returns in the last 28 gameweeks
      I have West Brom week after next
      I have a double gameweek somewhere after that
      Many knowledgeable football big-brains like to say I’m rubbish, I’m a championship striker, and not talented

      Who am I?

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Ollie Watkins?

      2. JBG
        • 2 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Lacazette?

      3. hullcityfan
        • 6 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        I am on for 3 bonus

      4. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Still not better than Paddy.

      5. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        If you had said frustrating to watch I would have got it straight away.

        1. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
          • 11 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          Choupo Moting ???

      6. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        I’ve also just got booked lol

      7. JBG
        • 2 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        I just go an unnecessary YC*

      8. MightyGar
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          You are Maximus Bonimus Pointimus, captainer of a blanking forward, bencher of a hauling fullback. And you will have your vengeance, in this season or the next

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            25 days, 1 hour ago

            Nice 🙂

      9. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Sold Dallas for a hit
        Benched Bamford
        Got Jota and captained him
        Didn't get Salah

      10. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Davis time with all injuries at Villa?

      11. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Very much depends on which Hudson turns up ... if he performs like a heavily inebriated geriatric circus seal ... James will be called upon.

      12. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        1 more Marty, 1 more!

      13. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        No Alonso or Dias would have left me with Bamford and Dallas off the bench!

        #preWCwins

      14. camarozz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Anyone else having issues with Flashscore?

        Any other recommendations where I can get footie n golf livescores?

        .

        1. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
          • 11 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          Yeah it's down. Try livescore

      15. HashAttack
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        With Dallas getting his highest score of the season, that's now 5 times this season that a player has scored his highest points total the gw that I've sold him 🙁

        gw2 - Son - 24
        gw3 - Wilson - 16
        gw11 - Sterling - 13
        gw20 - Soucek - 15
        gw31 - Dallas - 17

        1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          Who are you selling next week ? Asking for a friend

          1. HashAttack
            • 4 Years
            25 days, 6 hours ago

            Rolling a FT 🙂

      16. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Watkins YC

        1. Bees4Lyf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          Yess

          1. Nanoelektronicar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            25 days, 6 hours ago

            Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssss

        2. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          That should’ve been red. Studs in.

      17. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
        • 11 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Come oooon Jota Salah TAA and Mount

      18. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Watkins YC

      19. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Phillips 2BP

        TAA 0BP

        Interesting.

        1. Cookie Kid
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          You get what you pay for

          1. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            25 days, 6 hours ago

            🙂

            1. Cookie Kid
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              25 days, 6 hours ago

              Confirmed

      20. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Come on Mo ...

      21. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Watkins booked

      22. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Slow motion Red for Watkins there ... studs

      23. Cookie Kid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Phillips on 2 bonus and Mo will lose his shortly

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          Erm no, he won’t

          1. Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            25 days, 6 hours ago

            Mo doesn't like baps though. He's in rare territory atm.

          2. Cookie Kid
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            25 days, 6 hours ago

            Oh that’s good then, thanks for confirming

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              25 days, 6 hours ago

              Welcome

              1. Cookie Kid
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                25 days, 6 hours ago

                Did he keep it then?

        2. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          Alisson and Mo now sharing a Bap ... one Alisson save and Mo will prob lose it

        3. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          Phillips on 2 baps for conceeding a goal!? Lol when my strikers score a goal they don't even get BAPS!

      24. Do I Not Like Orange
        • 8 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Dallas > Alonso was a masterstroke. Can't wait for this rancid season to be over with.

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          Oh my...but no one could have seen it.

      25. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Jota looks like he's going off

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          But don't they need to score a goal?

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            25 days, 6 hours ago

            Two on Weds

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          I wish you meant he was scoring a brace, but alas.

      26. DandyDon
        • 2 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Massively choose wrong this week. Went TAA and Jota(c) over Nat Philips and Salah(c)...

      27. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Shaq coming on. 1-1 confirmed.

      28. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Not good enough from Salah, we want more.

      29. Roy Hudd
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Salah will be lucky to hold onto that bonus point despite having a massive impact on the game. Great Baps system

      30. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Shaqiri on
        Kabak off

      31. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Everyone's gameweek hanging on jammy bench points, again shows it's all luck.

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          It’s always been luck, since it started to when it ends

      32. Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 9 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Went Rudiger over Christensen during the week for one of my FT's. Would have gotten Dallas' 17 points if had done the other way round. Gutted...!!!

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          Punished for making a good desision.

          Fpl in a nutschell

      33. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Imagine if Salah earned BP. Must have lost all of it by now

      34. Mac90
        • 7 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Alonso Captain.
        Trent VC here.

        Arghhh

        1. Bubz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          Why?

        2. tomasjj
          • 6 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          and? 🙂

      35. JBG
        • 2 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        Holy f.. Mane has been poor since coming on. Basically continuing his poor form as of late.

        1. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          25 days, 6 hours ago

          Jota's disappeared since Mané came on as well 😆

      36. las90855
        • 3 Years
        25 days, 6 hours ago

        had terrible start to the week so far, wildcarded my team, dallas on the 3rd sub, has neto for 1 pt, went for mane instead of salah, have TAA and Allison ffs, now with R James out, I don't know how it can get better.