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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. BDA Shadow
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    The joy of seeing Saka assist that goal, and the inevitable disappointment of seeing Ceballos' touch.

  2. GreennRed
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Laca

  3. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Anyone care to try and name the team that has conceded fewest goals in the last 6 home matches?

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Man U?

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Half right - it's United 🙂

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Jesus. Bielsaball!

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            😉

        2. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Got to be Sheffield then?

    2. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Ah home!
      No

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Stevenage

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Same number of goals conceded apparently

    4. Shark
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      No idea but interested to know...

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        It's a team loads are targeting next week.

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Sheffield Utd?

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            It is a United 🙂

            They also have better XGC at home than City in the last 6

            1. The Red Devil
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Wtf, Manchester United?

              1. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Different side of the pennines

    5. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      No idea?

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Greenred got it above

        Leeds

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

          Well I’ve got Dallas and Meslier

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Think you should really unlock the team and get Struijk too

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

              Nah. Happy just chatting on here.

  4. Random Name
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    why do people doubt this man.

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      People who don't watch football and just go by articles and stats.

    2. DavidBadWillie
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Lacazette could be top but doesn’t score enough.

        He gets goals against big teams but then flops for weeks.

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

          Like SHU

      • GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Because they don't have hindsight.

      • Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I mean, he's playing SHU

    3. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Martinez
      Dias Rudiger Phillips
      Salah Bruno Son Jota Gündo
      Kane Antonio

      (Fabri DCL Phillips Struijk)

      Gundo & Antonio ➡️ Lingard & Nacho for -4?

      Have exact cash will have to bench DCL (TOT) though. Thoughts?

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Looks good. Risky doing early moves but if set on them then makes sense to do it now

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Yes I know it's risky but I'll have to take a hit to get Lingard if I wait till next week also.

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Sometimes fixtures just line up nicely so go for it, good luck. I was going to do Antonio to iheanacho for a -4 this week but decided to wait - bamford played instead so 5pts down but the price moves are crazy....lost around 0.5 or 0.6 by waiting!

            1. Karan14
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Yup the price changes have been killing me last few days too. Sucks that I was considering Lingard & Nacho this week but ened up getting in Phillips & Jota. What a bummer! Just going to go for a it and hope for the best now. Cheers mate!

    4. RECKLESS
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      what are more dgws possible now after Spurs one?
      Is kane/son TC best next gw vs Everton SOU or wait?

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Week 2. Either of them.

      2. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I had a look at Ben crellin Twitter and it looks like 35 for more doubles but the teams involved aren’t great - Chelsea or city for example might get a double but they actually play each other in 35. So I’m going to use my TC on Kane or son this week

      1. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Should have, would have, could have.

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

          Wrong way round but yeah

          1. Danno - Emre Canada
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Ha yep sorry. Have should, have would, have could

    5. ZAMUNDA
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Sold DCL and went with Jesus (C) instead of Laca. Any decent captain pick would have gotten me right back to 10k.

    6. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Just wow, ML rival getting Dallas and Watkins off the bench for Cedric and KDB, unbelievable all complete luck.

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        My H2H rival has made no transfers in the last 4 GWs. Has the following playing:

        Dallas
        Coufal
        Soucek
        Watkins

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          There is no point trying, it's all luck

    7. The Red Devil
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      If DCL blanks tomorrow, would you do DCL to nacho for a hit?

      1. Pino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Im in the same boat, probably yes.

      2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I am getting him irrespective. Gundo + DCL to Son + Nacho for -4

        1. The Red Devil
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I'm certain he'll blank, slowly becoming a troll

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Yes. Kept him for this last game. Getting difficult post that.

    8. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Nacho captain next week?

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

        Son

    9. Dannyb
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Wildcard success so far, brought in Laca, Nacho, Lingard, Trent and Coady. Benched Bruno which luckily paid off. Hopefully a decent end to a miserable season so far.

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 1 day ago

        That’s super good. Bruno bench was bold.

      2. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Benching Bruno is ridiculously lucky

      3. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Well played. Benching Bruno was ballsy

    10. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Don't get Laca on WC everyone said

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Nacho has scored more this week and "knowing" that Auba has flu was impossible. So what's your problem?

      2. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        He wouldn’t have started if Auba was fit to play.

      3. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Who’s everyone?

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

        Silly you.

    11. Pilgrim62
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Any news about Neto injury?

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        He will miss the next game, I'm bench boosting with him

    12. -GK22-
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Sterling punt failed

      Sterling to son now or wait a few days?

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I did it too but kept enough itb for Salah so will likely move to that (already have Son).
        Son seems smart with the double.

      2. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Just wait until Friday

      3. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Have done it already - couldn't wait to get him out

    13. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Greenwood or Maddison for next few GWs?

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Think there’s better midfield options - both not guaranteed to play for a start

    14. Slitherene
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Is Amartey still an option?

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Taken off wasn't he? After they conceeded 4, so probably not

    15. The White Pele
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Bale to Salah for hit?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Yes

      2. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Yep

      3. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Yes definitely

    16. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Auba Bamford OUT
      Son Iheanacho IN
      Worth a hit right?

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Who’s your other strikers? I’m not in a rush to lose bamford

        1. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Kane Watkins
          But I can bench Watkins while he has easy gw33 fixture and DGW35, after this I'm gonna jump back on Bamford

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Makes sense. Like the moves and worth a hit

    17. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      G2G next week?

      Martinez
      TAA Coady Rudiger
      Salah Bruno Son Maddison Raph
      Kane (TC) Nacho

      Forster Bamford Konsa Struijk

      Thanks!

      1. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Bamford over Raphinha

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Doesn't Raph look more lively?

          1. Qaiss
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            He does, but they could just get a cheap penalty.

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              True that.

    18. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Whats teh news on Antonio? Hold or transfer out? Already have Kane & Watkins upfront.

      1. ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Might bring Bamford back in or bandwagon of the week Nacho

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Don’t think anything confirm with Antonio but I’ll very likely get iheanacho for him this week. Was going to do it for a -4 but decided to play bamford instead....iheanacho needed to beat 8pts so that 2nd goal was annoying! Think that move is a no brainer with the fixtures

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

          Nacho was last weeks or even the week befores bandwagon. Now it’s just stubbornness.

    19. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Owning Nacho, JLingz and Laca has been fun today..

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        And Son!! Ha

        1. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Congrats - jlingz and Iheanacho was enough fun for me

      2. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Amazing! All popular on here but not massive ownership in top 10k

      3. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Top stuff!

    20. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Next gameweek is madness isn’t it?

      There are FA cup games involving prem teams after the GW deadline?!

      Good bench required

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        My bench boost is going to go up in flames isn't it

      2. ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Crazy crazy times, what a time to be alive

    21. Dannyb
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Neto and Sterling to Son and Bowen - 4? On bb this week.

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        If Neto is out then yep. Same boat as you,

        Bowen Maddison or Mount though!?

        1. Dannyb
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I like Bowen, especially with Antonio a doubt.

          1. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            I already have Lingard and Coufal though whereas I have no Chelsea attack.

    22. Slitherene
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Should I BB this team?

      Areola ¦ Sanchez
      Alonso Shaw Coady
      Bruno Son Lingard Salah
      Kane Iheanacho Richarlison
      | Saka Diop Phillips

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Pretty similar situation. But my plan was to WC to get Bruno. And now I am having second thoughts.

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Sorry, nope.

          1. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Wait for dgw.

    23. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Lo Celso: 1 goal and 1 assist in 592 minutes

      Bale: 5 goals and 2 assists in 562 minutes

      Serves you right, Mou.

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        That’s exactly how football works

        1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Scoring goals is a pretty important part of it, yes.

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Just play 11 strikers then is what you’re saying

            1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Play attacking players not allergic to scoring goals.

      2. Dannyb
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Mourinho is far too stubborn and arrogant now, he's his own worst enemy, that and his absolute dinosaur tactics.

      3. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        He should play Bale centre mid. Great plan.

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          He could even replace lloris? His goals assist stats are awful

          1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Controversial opinion: I think Bale should be ahead of Lo Celso AND Lloris on the right wing position.

            1. Pat Bonner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              That’s great except moura played in that position today

        2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Lo Celso is a centre mid?

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Yes

      4. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        In fairness, sagging aside, it's baffling what's happening to Bale. If he's fit enough to be on the bench he's surely fit enough to get more gametime. Was he just a trophy loan deal by Levy and Mourinho unhappy that Bale is there? I heard Tanganga talk about Bale saying he's well liked by the rest of the team.

        1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          It's really weird. From the looks of it Mou and Levy seem vexed eversince Bale stated that his intention is to return to Madrid after the loan i.e. nothing controversial as it's exactly what the contract stated.

    24. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      A) Digne to Reguilon + Gundo to Jesse -4
      B) Gundo to Jesse, Raphinha to Moura -8 (DCL to Davis/Vydra)

      Hmmm... Stupid question that answers itself after having written it 😉 But after having written it, I'm going to send it!

    25. Echoes
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Rank dropping like a stone last few GWs. From 88k in 27 to almost close to 300k now. Desperate times call for similar measures and so on... Already on a -4. And one of them is a major punt in Vardy, if you can call him that. Could be a season decider for me. And the other is the obvious move of bringing in Lionel Lingardinho. Might take another -4 if feel it could be worth it. Time to have some fun! Happy Sunday evening folks!

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Why are you getting Vardy?

          1. Echoes
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Though I agree he's not been upto his regular standards, he's actually not been as bad as being made out by most. He was obviously really fatigued around the GW16 period, after which he missed a few games through injury. And is only just getting back into the groove now(produced attacking returns in 3 and blanked in 5 since coming back in GW24). Not great, but not the worst either.
              All things said, like I said, it's a punt at the end of the day tho. Need a major captain worthy differential to push me back into the 100k is all. And I feel Nacho now occupying defenders will open up spaces for Vardy a bit more. And I'm also counting on Maddison to help Vardy back to his scoring best.

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

            Have you been drinking more than me? Or smoking something?!?

            1. Echoes
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Glenfiddich half bottles down and feeling fine. What you been upto mate?

          3. boc610
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            that moment when Cresswell owners who didn't see the match realise he actually played and they aren't getting those Dallas points

            1. Dannyb
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Mwahahahaha

          4. Firminoooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Please do something Saka.

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

              Try cradling

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

              Hoping for yc, og or rc?