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. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 hours ago

    Justifying playing Ollie over Bamford 🙂

  2. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 hours ago

    Utterly loving owning crap Liverpool players again. Cheers Trent and Jota

  3. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 15 hours ago

    Sick of watkins getting abused on here, he returns every f’ing week it feels like when you don’t own him

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      18 attacking returns in his last 28 starts for 6.0

      And the “championship striker” nonsense gets rolled out every time he goes 80 minutes without a goal by several notable idiots on here

      Poetic justice

  4. Bushwhacker
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 15 hours ago

    Don’t panic, they’ll bring on Jota at 60 minutes.

    1. Says
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      Take him off at half time, so they can bring him on again at 60 mins

  5. Spg76
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 hours ago

    FFS wc template destroyed!!!

  6. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 15 hours ago

    firmino goal

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      Robbo a

      1. Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 15 hours ago

        Bah, wrong defender

  7. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 hours ago

    Bobby H

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      G

  8. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 15 hours ago

    Assist?

    1. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      Ping ball Robbo maybe.

  9. fr3d
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 hours ago

    Horrible goal to concede for inactive GW3 squads with TAA or Robbo

  10. MightyGar
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      I still have my WC, based on the scenes this weekend should I:

      A) Use it this week, spend hours tinkering with my lineup and agonising over decisions
      B) Press "Auto Pick"
      C) Pretend I don't have it and save myself the misery

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 hours ago

        Next week but WC to the team WC'd to this GW. That usually works.

    • Sco
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      State of that finish from Firmino 😆

    • Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      Where do Liverpool go from here?

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      Eh will take that. Martinez cleanie gone. Its not Salah or TAA which is good.

    • gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      Firminio (Robertson) Literally no good to anyone.

    • djman102
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      Offside?

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      Offside LOL

    • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      Oh excellent. No Jota or Trent. Wonderful

    • Sco
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      Miles onside.

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      looks like he's off

    • fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      29 points required to beat WC1. It's going to be tight

    • Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      Salah 2 pts Jota 1pt TAA 4pts and potential bonus pts lost by that Watkins goal

    • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      Pls offside. Only CS wipe for Martinez I’ll accept is Trent or Jota

    • hullcityfan
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      Ollie subbing in for Dias

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      he's off

    • _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      Var rules goal out

    • Sco
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      How is that offside ffs?

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      This rule is so stupid

    • how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      Offside

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      Off

    • diesel001
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      Goal disallowed. Offside