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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. Milkman Bruno
      6 months, 9 days ago

      Not great as a Cancelo, Gundogan and Mahrez owner

    • jammie26
        6 months, 9 days ago

        Alonso out, is this correct?

        1. Bubz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 9 days ago

          ?

        2. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 9 days ago

          Someone was saying yesterday that some of the Chelsea staff had taken Alonso out of their FPL teams. There is some twitter account that tracks moves from people associated / employed by the PL clubs.

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 9 days ago

            This is true, but it was Tier 3 insiders with lots of transfers (wildcards?)

            Might mean nothing.

      • Reggie Nainggolan
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 9 days ago

        What the chances of Rudigar and Shaw starting?

        Rival has Dallas whilst mines on the bench

        1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 9 days ago

          Both will .

        2. Bojack Horseman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 9 days ago

          What’s the point of worrying about it? If it’s gonna happen it’ll happen.

      • Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 9 days ago

        Twice this season I've wildcarded out a 17 point haul away at Man City. Wildcards are the devil.

        1. Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 9 days ago

          But would you have actually played either. I doubt it.

      • hueycho
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 9 days ago

        Ouch for Sterling, Gundo cappers...

        1. Brehmeren
          • 11 Years
          6 months, 9 days ago

          Surely no one capped Gundo

          1. nothing_else_Mata
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 9 days ago

            I did...

      • diesel001
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 9 days ago

        Southgate will still pick Sterling ahead of Foden, Grealish and Rashford for the England team.

        1. EVILFUK
          • 11 Years
          6 months, 9 days ago

          And Sancho!

        2. Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 9 days ago

          Mmm. The very reason we won’t win.

      • AMBELLINA PRISE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 9 days ago

        Nathaniel Philips to score and shake the world

        1. Naby K8a
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 9 days ago

          GOAL. 1st minute and it's Ollie Watkins who gives Aston Villa the lead. Plenty of time for the Reds to get back into this

          1. Brehmeren
            • 11 Years
            6 months, 9 days ago

            Would love that

          2. AMBELLINA PRISE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            6 months, 9 days ago

            I have no problem with that, as long as Philips scores

      • EVILFUK
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 9 days ago

        At least nodody actually played Dallas!

        1. Werner Brothers
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 9 days ago

          Some play him in my ML

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 9 days ago

            Couple dead or struggling teams in mine

      • DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 9 days ago

        I need shaw Azpi or Coufal to get injured in a freak accident in the next few hours. Not badly injured. Just enough to rule them out this weekend.

        1. Kane and Ablett
            6 months, 9 days ago

            Perhaps a mild stomach bug for Shaw having eaten one too many bhajis last night ....that’s who I need to miss out... or Rudiger

        2. Naby K8a
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 9 days ago

          "DALLAS BEATS THE BUYERS CLUB" Take a bow Peter Drury

        3. Sterling Archer
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 9 days ago

          Dallas in for Diaz!!! What position was dallas? Will he get a position change next season?

          1. EVILFUK
            • 11 Years
            6 months, 9 days ago

            Not necessarily, depends if he finishes the season at full back or not.

          2. Brehmeren
            • 11 Years
            6 months, 9 days ago

            He should

          3. Bojack Horseman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 9 days ago

            Yes I expect him to be a 6.0 midfielder.

        4. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 9 days ago

          You just have to love Bielsa

          "It's very difficult to win games like today. I think we deserved it but the fair thing would have been for City to win it because they had the dominance and the chances."

          1. Nanoelektronicar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 9 days ago

            He's just winding Pep up 🙂

          2. Kane and Ablett
              6 months, 9 days ago

              A wind up master

              1. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                6 months, 9 days ago

                Scarcely

                This is the man who instructed his side to give away a goal to promotion rivals.

          3. Mr. O'Connell
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 9 days ago

            7m GW rank on WC1 this season. Aiming for 8m GW rank second time around. Ideal start with Sterling (c) and no Salah. Fingers crossed for Salah hattrick.

          4. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 9 days ago

            Milner on pens then. Oh dear Salah cappers.

            1. Nanoelektronicar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 9 days ago

              Salah racing for boot and is like a spoiled child, he'll take it.

          5. threeputt
            • 12 Years
            6 months, 9 days ago

            If Kdb had played and matched Dallas tally today I guess headline could have been: 'De Bruyne does Dallas'

            1. Bojack Horseman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 9 days ago

              Sounds like a movie with a lot of grunting in it.

            2. EL TANO
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              6 months, 9 days ago

              Very good. I’ve mentioned this before but I still think the best team name I’ve seen on this site (many years ago) was Diaby Does Gallas...gold

          6. The 12th Man
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 9 days ago

            Watkins hat trick would be funny today.

            1. threeputt
              • 12 Years
              6 months, 9 days ago

              he's first on my bench but was tempted to play after remembering what happened in the reverse fixture

            2. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 9 days ago

              Any points more than 2 would help

            3. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 9 days ago

              More chance of me getting one.

          7. El Presidente
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 9 days ago

            You have to respect the PL. Today Pep didn't and payed the price. That starting line-up was ridiculous and the league is not won yet.

          8. Make United Great Again
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 9 days ago

            A goal of 4 from Jota would be nice

            1. Burger
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 9 days ago

              I'd rather he scored all 4 tbh.

          9. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 9 days ago

            Eeeerrrrr buuut eeeeerrr buuuut. Jog in Carra. Makes Andy Townsend sound good and he is sheite

          10. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 9 days ago

            Jota injured?

            1. Royal5
              • 10 Years
              6 months, 9 days ago

              Stretcher

            2. Burger
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 9 days ago

              If by injured, you mean about to score a hattie, then yes.

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

              Nice try.

            4. Revival
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 9 days ago

              All clear

          11. JBG
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 9 days ago

            Ffs Salah not scored yet.

            1. son of city
                6 months, 9 days ago

                lol the game just started.

                1. Salah’s Sonnet
                  • 10 Years
                  6 months, 9 days ago

                  It’s half an hour in.....

            2. wulfrunian
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 9 days ago

              Torres you beauty!

              1. Revival
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                6 months, 9 days ago

                Sub optimal broadband?

                1. wulfrunian
                  • 5 Years
                  6 months, 9 days ago

                  Something like that! 🙂

            3. Milkman Bruno
                6 months, 9 days ago

                Gundogan, Mahrez and Dcl to Fodder(Burke), Lingard and Kane -4 with 2ft’s?

                1. Forever In Our Shadow
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  6 months, 9 days ago

                  Meh

                2. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 9 days ago

                  Imagine at least one of Gundogan/Mahrez plays the next match after that performance, but those are decent moves especially given Kane's DGW.

                  Smith-Rowe over Burke if you have an extra 0.1m

              • gooberman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                6 months, 9 days ago

                Come on Mo, dont be glued to the touchline!

                1. Forever In Our Shadow
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  6 months, 9 days ago

                  Wish he was glued to the bench soon for Mane. 😉

              • son of city
                  6 months, 9 days ago

                  clearly this was clearly not the week for WC. smh.

                  1. Forever In Our Shadow
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    6 months, 9 days ago

                    Clearly.

                • Gizzachance
                  • 6 Years
                  6 months, 9 days ago

                  Big match for the w/c? Mo jota taa

                • Cali
                    6 months, 9 days ago

                    Forgot to activate my wildcard. Bamford and Dallas 2nd and 3rd on the bench...This will either end really badly or really well depending on who will all play this week.

                    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                      • 11 Years
                      6 months, 9 days ago

                      When you say “forgot to activate”, do you mean “forgot to make any transfers and play my wildcard at all”?

                      Because those are very different things 🙂

                  • Bushwhacker
                    • 2 Years
                    6 months, 9 days ago

                    VAR not in play at Anfield then

                  • Christina.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    6 months, 9 days ago

                    Only upside of this place on matchday is it led to Nirvana.
                    So much bitterness.

                  • RAFA THE GAFFA
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    6 months, 9 days ago

                    That TAA touch 😆