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Ill Aubameyang misses out as Xhaka starts at left-back

The last of four Premier League matches to take place on Sunday sees bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United play host to Arsenal.

Kick-off at Bramall Lane is at 19:00 BST.

These two sides aren’t exactly hot property in Fantasy Premier League, with not a single asset on show owned by more than 10% of managers overall.

Looking within the top 10k, which is often a better gauge of popularity among ‘active’ FPL bosses, only Rob Holding (£4.2m) has a double-digit ownership.

There is more than one notable omission from the Arsenal squad this evening but the headline team news is the absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.3m), who is unavailable today due to illness.

The news of his ailment only broke after the FPL deadline had passed on Friday, as did the confirmation of an ankle injury for Emile Smith Rowe (£4.2m), who is also sidelined in South Yorkshire.

There are four changes to Mikel Arteta’s starting XI from the Gameweek 30 defeat against Liverpool, with Aubameyang among the players to drop out.

Two further changes are enforced, with Martin Odegaard (£5.9m) and Kieran Tierney (£5.2m) also sidelined.

Gabriel (£4.9m) drops to the bench, meanwhile, with Pablo Mari (£4.4m), Bukayo Saka (£5.2m), Gabriel Martinelli (£4.9m) and Granit Xhaka (£5.2m) all promoted to the side.

With Cedric Soares (£4.6m) benched, it appears as if Xhaka is playing at left-back this evening.

Paul Heckingbottom makes three changes from the side beaten 2-1 at Leeds United, with John Egan (£4.7m), Ethan Ampadu (£4.3m) and Oliver Burke (£4.3m) in for Phil Jagielka (£3.9m), Jayden Bogle (£4.3m) and Oli McBurnie (£5.6m).

The Blades are unbeaten in all four of their previous home Premier League matches against Arsenal.


Arsenal XI: Leno, Chambers, Holding, Pablo Mari, Saka, Thomas, Xhaka, Pepe, Ceballos, Martinelli, Lacazette.

Sheffield United XI: Ramsdale, Egan, Ampadu, Stevens, Baldock, Fleck, Lundstram, Norwood, Osborn, Burke, McGoldrick.


GAMEWEEK 31 SO FAR…

Ill Aubameyang misses out as Xhaka starts at left-back

Some of the lesser-owned Fantasy Premier League assets from Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United took centre stage as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side triumphed 3-1 in north London.

Blanks for Harry Kane (£11.7m), Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m), Luke Shaw (£5.3m) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.7m) meant that four of the five FPL players with double-digit ownerships in this fixture didn’t deliver anything more than appearance points.

Only Son Heung-min (£9.4m) from this quintet popped up with anything meaningful, tapping Spurs into a first-half lead for his first goal since Gameweek 23.

Edinson Cavani (£7.8m) and Mason Greenwood (£7.0m) both registered two attacking returns apiece along with bonus points to supplement their scores.

It was far from a convincing audition for Spurs assets ahead of Double Gameweek 32, with their defence looking particularly suspect again.

Son topped the shot count and key passes table to further his case for inclusion in our squads next weekend but there was more misery for those who retained the services of Gareth Bale (£9.2m), who was benched for the third straight Premier League match; his total pitch-time over the last three Gameweeks comes to ten minutes.

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496 Comments Post a Comment
  1. fr3d
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Is Harry Kane a Spurs player next season?

    1. SON of CITY
        1 month, 2 days ago

        who knows?

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Can’t see a club paying enough for Levy to accept.

      • David Brains - OH NO!
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Swap deal maybe

        1. Flynny
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          100m plus Dan James Benjamin mendy mata etc

      • kingsingh88
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        If Levy blocks the move, that's gonna be embarrassing. Kane needs a bigger club.

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          They cannot block the move, nothing worse than unhappy player.

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            But then Kane isn’t like most modern footballers. He’ll be professional.

            1. Bene_the_horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Word up Horsy Homie! Been up to much? Found a great patch of Fantasy Football Grass to nibble on today. Field of Lingard!

      • Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Kane needs to move on, he’s not winning trophies at Spurs and he’s one of the best strikers on the planet.

        Chelsea, City and United should be all over him in the summer.

      • GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        PSG showing interest allegedly.

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Done for this GW, onto the next for me. 1FT. Roll FT with this squad?

      Lloris
      Rudiger Shaw Dias
      Bruno Jota Lingard Son Salah
      Kane(TC) Nacho

      Martinez Watkins Phillips Mitchell

      1. Indpush
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Looks right

    3. Zen Arcade
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      José’s appointment is going about as well as most football observers expected, then.

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Was a top manager, but Real Madrid changed him and he hasn't been the same since. Football has moved on.

        1. Zen Arcade
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Yes I believe the game has moved on both tactically and in terms of how players can be treated by managers - rightly or wrongly - and he’s too arrogant to adapt.

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            It’s also tough as you get older

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Winning the Carabao will be typical Jose now.

    4. SON of CITY
        1 month, 2 days ago

        with that kind of hair there's no way he would get anywhere near the pitch.

      • Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Feels awful but I have no way to get lingard 🙁

        1. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          You do. Raphinha and Bamford to Lingard and Vydra.

        2. SON of CITY
            1 month, 2 days ago

            take a hit if he's worth it.

          • Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Show me your team. I will show you a way for just $50.

          • JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Stones and Raphinha to Holding and Lingard?

          • Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Don't get him, find a differential 😉

          • beric
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            I'm gunna have to take a hit to get him back, I probably will too

        3. Drogo
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Happy I went Lacazette as captain for this gameweek. Only penalty misses/red card will make things worse *jinx jinx*

        4. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Martinez
          Dias Rudiger Phillips
          Salah Bruno Son Jota Gündo
          Kane Antonio

          (Fabri DCL Phillips Struijk)

          Have Exact cash for Gundo & Antonio ➡️ Lingard & Nacho for -4
          Will have to bench DCL (TOT) though

          Thoughts?

        5. Skonto Rigga
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          A swift article tweak but the URL tells all

        6. David Brains - OH NO!
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Is a wildcard worth -8 points at this stage? ...or hold for future gameweek?

          Reply

          0

          DAVID BRAINS - OH NO!1 min ago

          Current team (with -8)
          Martinez
          TAA Dias Coady
          Bruno Son Jota Lingard Salah
          Kane Iheanacho
          Subs: Foster Bamford Coufal Lascelles

          1. David Brains - OH NO!
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Sorry, lost on last article

        7. HD7
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Mates, Im in a big struggle so would appreciate the help here

          Mendy
          Fofana, Rudiger, Holding
          Salah, Bruno, Gundo, Jota, Neto
          Kane, Vardy

          Forster, Masuaku, Philips, Davis

          Plan was to do Gundo to Son for next GW

          Should I also do Neto Vardy to Lingard Nacho (-8) before price rises?

          1. HD7
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            I switched TAA Lingard Nacho to Philips Neto Vardy just before deadline... :/

            But I have got to focus and regroup!

          2. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Vardy, Neto and Gundo to Son, Lingard and Iheanacho.

            1. HD7
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Yeah I will reassess and probably will chin up and make a -8. I dont have a problem that TAA beat Philips or Lingard Neto but Nacho beating Vardy with such a difference... its too much

          3. Zen Arcade
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Relax and reassess nearer the time.

          4. tomasjj
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Wait.

            1. HD7
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Thanks mates. Need to let it go and continue

        8. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Xhaka playing LB. Interesting.

        9. FPL Kaka
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Does Kane start both in the double despite the City Cup final?

          This hinges my TC decision

          1. Zen Arcade
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            It’s impossible for anyone to answer this with any degree of certainty.

          2. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Kane starts every game. Out of the EL and Top 4 the only route to the CL.

            1. Flynny
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              I can't imagine kane not starting every game he is fit till end of season

          3. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Jose needs top 4 and they're Harry Kane FC, expect him to start both. Extremely fit player anyways and they don't have EL midweeks now.

          4. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Yes

        10. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Holdini 3 BPS + jammy assist needed please, round 2.

        11. Zen Arcade
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Just not taking a hit in GWs 32 and 33 will probably be enough for a green arrow =)

        12. BobB
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Given City rotation, is there any better use of the TC chip going forward than Kane's DGW32?

          1. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            No. Kane (or Son) TC is a no brainer.

          2. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Probably not.

          3. A-L
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            There could be a DGW35 but no point risking it

          4. Indpush
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            No

          5. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            No

          6. Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Everyone will captain Kane so what's the point?

            10 extra points if he gets 20 pts?

            I might save and use it on Salah or if there is another double something else. I have some breathing room and my rival has no TC

        13. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Wow. Surely the FA have to take action as Ole now? That’s twice in a few weeks he’s verbally gone after correct decisions.

          1. ElChapo
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            genuinely hilarious how bitter you are

        14. Henning
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Lingard in for Gundogan for free?

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            What do you think?

            1. Henning
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Think its a greate move , but i have done so many great moves that wasnt so great after all

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Well before his last game he was the most in form player in the league. He’s continued that.

          2. Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Yea

          3. jamesjoseph2770
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Yes bro. Planning the same move myself..

          4. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Easiest move you will make all season.

          5. Henning
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Thanx all.

        15. Stupendous
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Sterling to Lingard and bank the change?

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Of course

          2. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Oh yes! Bank it or send the balance to me.

          3. ZAMUNDA
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Salah the change

            1. Stupendous
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              I have Mo

          4. SON of CITY
              1 month, 2 days ago

              are you still asking?

          5. A-L
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            I wonder how boring playing Fantasy La Liga must be - everyone would just captain Messi every week

            1. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Bundesliga, Ligue Un, La Liga are pretty uncompetitive leagues. People say the PL is crap, but if it is so crap, why does it keep producing CL semi-finalists and EL finalists?

          6. Sharkytect
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Just pressed the cancel button on my triple captain. First time I've ever done that. Suddenly very doubtful after that performance- what have spurs really got to fight for?

            1. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Top 4 and CL. Otherwise Kane and Son might get itchy fingers and put in those transfer requests

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Kane will probably do so anyways soon.

            2. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 2 days ago

              I hope everyone else follows you.

            3. JBG
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Mourinhos job.

              1. Sharkytect
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

            4. RogDog_jimmy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Kane has been in phenomenal form and the fixtures are good. Not sure what else you’re waiting/hoping for.
              MU are a good team! Way better than Spurs

              1. Sharkytect
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                It's the cup final straight after. Worried mourinho will put all his eggs in that potential trophy basket

                1. RogDog_jimmy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Aye fair enough. Glad I don’t have any chips left to fret over to be honest.
                  Hope you make the right decision whatever it is!

          7. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Apart from the frustrating ads, I have to click post a minimum of 2 times for it to work.

            1. Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Is this from your phone or pad?

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Phone.

                1. Little Red Lacazette
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  I see, I visit this site from the laptop, so no issues with ads.

                2. The Units
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Use Duckduckgo browser it blocks ads nicely.

          8. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 2 days ago

            I’m not seeing any of these ads on mobile

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Can we swap before I go back to being broke from gambling?

          9. Alex_thekid
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Kane or Son TC or wait for a Villa dgw and TC Grealish or Ollie?? Uncertain about it now after today's performance

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              The former.

            2. RogDog_jimmy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Kane.
              MU are the clear second best team in the league with a good defense.
              No need to overreact to this game imo.

          10. Nimby
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Any other Leno owners out there who really want Arsenal to lose?

          11. Life_Ban
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Can't believe I will actually get a clean sheet from Holding!!!

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                I don’t do holding, hence my bed sheet bill.

              2. SON of CITY
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  don't jinx it.

                • RogDog_jimmy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  I feel like relying on 2 points from him is ambitious.

                • Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Clean sheets aren't really a thing this GW.

                  1. TheDragon
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    The mighty Coady 🙂

                • Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  gl 🙂

                • Baps hunter
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Congrats!!!

              3. TheDragon
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Is there any risk Son rises tonight?

                I know he is miles away on FPl statistics but worried his stats are wrong given he never dropped

                1. Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Maybe in the morning.

              4. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                would you do dcl to nacho for free? thanks

                1. Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Yes probably. But ask again tomorrow night.

                2. RogDog_jimmy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  What Rupert said. DCL gave me heartburn for weeks. But at least wait see how he goes.

              5. Nomar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                May as well WC this week and get Lingard in.

              6. PP6
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                That should’ve been Auba 🙁

                1. Life_Ban
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    Holding should have assisted that

                2. Shark
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Evening all. What are everyone's scores looking like? I am on 68 with DCL left to play here. I was hoping it's good enough to elevate my lowly rank.

                  1. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    That score is certainly in the upper eschelons