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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. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    24 days, 4 hours ago

    If Neto is out who to bring in for him? I'm fancy A, have Lingard and Jota.

    A. Mount
    B. Maddison
    C. Bowen
    D. Someone else?

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

      Son

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        24 days, 4 hours ago

        I have Bruno Son Jota Lingard Neto*

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          24 days, 4 hours ago

          Moura?

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

          I’d be looking at a Chelsea mid.

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            24 days, 3 hours ago

            Cup semi final and same general programme as City.

    2. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      24 days, 4 hours ago

      D sounds good!!!

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      24 days, 3 hours ago

      Mount might be dicey in cup semi final week. Maddison too for that matter but Leicester don't have so many options are need to get back on track.

      Greenwood is the other name in that bracket assuming you're dodging Leeds. With Martial out go he picture he should be solid for starts.

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        24 days, 3 hours ago

        Thanks but Greenwood didn't start today.... Maddi clearly struggling, not a good price bracket is it

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          24 days, 3 hours ago

          It's tricky

          Think Maddison is most likely if you look at run of fixtures. Palace in 33 is especially juicy. But he came back really slowly last time so not exactly guaranteed.

          Can you not hold transfer and BB? Life might look rather different the other side when we know about CL and FA cup. City might have nothing left to play for bar the PL! Gundo back time.

          1. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            24 days, 3 hours ago

            I set my team up for BB with my WC this week and just look at the fixtures, it would be a shame to not BB as I made sacrifices on my WC for such a strong bench?

            Lloris
            TAA Castagne Shaw Rudiger
            Bruno Son Jota Lingard
            Kane Iheanacho
            Leno DCL Coufal Neto*

            1. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              24 days, 3 hours ago

              I can see it's irritating and maybe it's worth just getting BB done - but 34 works almost as well I'd say on that set up. But by then of course you may have more injuries.

              1. Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                24 days, 3 hours ago

                34 is very close isn't it, it's just that United Pool game. To be honest I desperately want rid, it's cost me quite dearly and all my chips have flunked anyway so not expecting anything.

  2. Nomar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    24 days, 4 hours ago

    On WC.

    A) Leno and Targett

    Or

    B) Martinez and Holding?

    1. JabariParkersEyelid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      24 days, 3 hours ago

      B all day

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      24 days, 3 hours ago

      B

    3. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      24 days, 3 hours ago

      The choice with Emi in it. I was thinking, if by some miracle he saved Trents shot yesterday, he would have got 7pts. Without a clean sheet. Incredible man.

  3. JabariParkersEyelid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    24 days, 4 hours ago

    So the template has done okay then. Rank halved from 50 to 25k.

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      24 days, 3 hours ago

      Arise!

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      24 days, 3 hours ago

      Yup ... halved my rank too ...so I say aye!

    3. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      24 days, 3 hours ago

      After a horrendous start to the GW on WC, have dipped back into top 50k after today

    4. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      24 days, 3 hours ago

      54k after autosubs 🙁

    5. Kane and Ablett
        24 days, 3 hours ago

        Wave as you pass me, my rank has doubled to 38k before autosubs and I don’t have Dallas coming in...silly me anti Liverpool and Nacho bias

    6. Punty McPuntface
      • 4 Years
      24 days, 3 hours ago

      GW35 still looking to be the best gw to play the FH chip?

      1. JabariParkersEyelid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        24 days, 3 hours ago

        Yeah 100% if you still have it.

      2. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        24 days, 3 hours ago

        If it pans out to e a DGW probably, But it will then be followed by a BGW36 probably, so I suppose the FH could be played then also. GW33 is alo an option, loading up on Liverpool, Leicester, ManU and Brighton, but most will be covered well already.

        1. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          24 days, 3 hours ago

          Was thinking of fh33 aswell but decided to take few hits to cover the main players.

          Probably gw35 aswell for me

          1. Pompel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            24 days, 3 hours ago

            My original plan was FH in BGW29, but then I thought it would be low scoring and I had decent over, so changed my mind to FH33, but with DGW35 rumours I'm still undecided. Hoping we get some clarity before GW33 deadline

      3. Life_Ban
          24 days, 3 hours ago

          Jesus I was going to FH33 then realised I hardly have any players that are blanking any way.

      4. bso
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        24 days, 3 hours ago

        Worth bringing in Son for Jota or Mount both with good match ups?

        1. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          24 days, 3 hours ago

          Prepare for trouble, and make it double....

        2. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          24 days, 3 hours ago

          Not sure mounting anybody not from your household bubble is in line with current COVID restrictions

        3. Zen Arcade
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          24 days, 3 hours ago

          Depends how you think Son will do.

      5. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        24 days, 3 hours ago

        Anyone fancy Moura punt?

        1. jimbe4mXL
            24 days, 3 hours ago

            Me, think ill do Gundo > Moura. Playing BB and i want players who will actually play.

          • Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            24 days, 3 hours ago

            I am considering it. But that schedule means he could be rested. And he costs 4 pts more for me than Reguillon. Yet, he could become Maddison week later... ...hmm...

          • Biggsy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            24 days, 3 hours ago

            Got him on my WC this week, although benched his assist in favour of Vydra

        2. G00LI0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          24 days, 3 hours ago

          Next week the best triple captain option left?

          1. Utopsis
            • 1 Year
            24 days, 3 hours ago

            Still Kane. Always Kane.

          2. The White Pele
            • 3 Years
            24 days, 3 hours ago

            not Bale.

          3. Biggsy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            24 days, 3 hours ago

            If you mean in terms of weeks, yes. You could look at permutations but none I've seen suggest a juicer triple Captain than Kane

        3. trinzoo
          • 6 Years
          24 days, 3 hours ago

          Chances Cedric gets some minutes?

        4. Life_Ban
            24 days, 3 hours ago

            Hold Holding just another min for CS mark!

            Only purchased this week and CS already!!!

            1. Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              24 days, 3 hours ago

              Still 30 mins to go ...

              1. Life_Ban
                  24 days, 3 hours ago

                  None of my other defenders have given me a clean sheet:

                  Dias, Amartey, Shaw and Phillips

                  1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    24 days, 3 hours ago

                    Holding hadn’t given you a clean sheet either ... not yet anyway ... hopefully when the final whistle goes he can deliver that for you.

            2. Gabhini Gupini
              • 7 Years
              24 days, 3 hours ago

              why didn't Sanchez start today? I got him for the dgw 32. Now I am unsure. What to do?

              1. Cheeto__Bandito
                  24 days, 3 hours ago

                  because he is an awful player and cost them at newcastle

              2. Cheeto__Bandito
                  24 days, 3 hours ago

                  Have not had Bruno for the last 3 games, and he's managed just one assist. Overpriced pen merchant imo

                  1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    24 days, 3 hours ago

                    Highest scorer in whole game.

                    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      24 days, 3 hours ago

                      Dipped a bit but I’ll be holding for now.

                    2. Baps hunter
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      24 days, 3 hours ago

                      Not "in form" when Pogba plays.

                      1. RogDog_jimmy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        24 days, 3 hours ago

                        This is what I’m thinking about - Pogba slowed him down earlier in the season and if he continues to play the Bruno out makes more sense to me.

                    3. Cheeto__Bandito
                        24 days, 3 hours ago

                        Cresswell was highest scoring defender a few weeks ago, since then 0,1,0

                    4. fr3d
                      • 3 Years
                      24 days, 3 hours ago

                      Cheers Cheeto Bandito love the analysis but I hate to break it to you that there's more than 3 gameweeks in a season

                  2. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    24 days, 3 hours ago

                    Holding up to 2 BPS, HOLD

                  3. RAMZES666
                    • 3 Years
                    24 days, 3 hours ago

                    Any viable defenders to bring in for Cresswell?
                    Curently have Stones Cancelo Dunk Dallas (benching for Lvp game)

                    1. Honourvolley
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      24 days, 3 hours ago

                      Coady or Regulion for the DGW

                    2. Traction Engine Foot
                      • 3 Years
                      24 days, 3 hours ago

                      I'm looking at holding, coady and Phillips. If you can afford it get TAA.

                  4. pingissimus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    24 days, 3 hours ago

                    Think I might break TC Kane next week just for the fun of it.

                    Pretty sure I have it in my power. A fairly impressive 15 captain blanks in last 18 matches (not game weeks)

                    2
                    6
                    7
                    1
                    2
                    2
                    3
                    3
                    6
                    2
                    6
                    0
                    2
                    2
                    3
                    2
                    1
                    3

                    1. Flair
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      24 days, 3 hours ago

                      Won't happen, my cap record has been excellent - cancels your jinxing out 😛

                  5. stu92
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    24 days, 3 hours ago

                    Thoughts on this? Had planned originally to wildcard for GW33 when Spurs and City blank.

                    Martinez
                    TAA Cancelo Azpilicueta Coufal
                    Bruno Gundo Son Jota
                    Kane Antonio
                    (Sanchez Raphinha Bamford Targett)

                    A) Sanchez to Lloris for the double
                    B) Raph to Lingard, bench Cancelo/Azpi
                    C) both for a -4
                    D) Wildcard now, with only Kane/Son/KDB for Spurs/City coverage

                    1. Biggsy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      24 days, 3 hours ago

                      I'd probably wait. Can't see many upsides to doing it now.
                      Wouldn't do A - spurs can't defend. B looks good.

                  6. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                    • 7 Years
                    24 days, 3 hours ago

                    Happy Pubmas Eve, everyone!

                  7. AC/DC AFC
                    • 5 Years
                    24 days, 3 hours ago

                    2 nil

                  8. Firminoooo
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    24 days, 3 hours ago

                    What happend? Just putting my kids to bed and now Saka is off.

                  9. Nanoelektronicar
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    24 days, 3 hours ago

                    HOLDing!

                    1. AC/DC AFC
                      • 5 Years
                      24 days, 3 hours ago

                      Brilliant

                    2. Nanoelektronicar
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      24 days, 3 hours ago

                      It's Martineli, but I am calling for a CS here !

                      1. Nanoelektronicar
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        24 days, 3 hours ago

                        just misfortune post, sorry all

                      2. RogDog_jimmy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        24 days, 3 hours ago

                        Jeez don’t do that!

                        1. Nanoelektronicar
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          24 days, 3 hours ago

                          Sorry, sorry

                    3. AC/DC AFC
                      • 5 Years
                      24 days, 3 hours ago

                      Liar

                      1. Nanoelektronicar
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        24 days, 3 hours ago

                        Apologize

                        1. AC/DC AFC
                          • 5 Years
                          24 days, 2 hours ago

                          No probs

                  10. TomSaints
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    24 days, 3 hours ago

                    Of course saka is subbed early.

                    Horrible week

                    1. RogDog_jimmy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      24 days, 3 hours ago

                      And injured it seems. Rough.

                    2. TomSaints
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      24 days, 3 hours ago

                      Oh he’s injured. Poor bloke

                      1. AMBELLINA PRISE
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        24 days, 3 hours ago

                        It's Arteta's fault

                  11. EWH2020
                    • 7 Years
                    24 days, 3 hours ago

                    DCL, Bamford, Gundo

                    to

                    Son, Keinan Davis, Nacho

                    -8?

                    1. Little Red Lacazette
                      • 4 Years
                      24 days, 3 hours ago

                      Just Son + Nacho for -4?

                      1. Baps hunter
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        24 days, 3 hours ago

                        He can't afford (I guess).

                      2. Biggsy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        24 days, 3 hours ago

                        Because he's taking the other -4 just has a good feeling about the lowest priced striker in the game?

                    2. RogDog_jimmy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      24 days, 3 hours ago

                      Seems excessive. Wait see DCL tomorrow.
                      Bamford returned against MC and Liverpool ain’t been defending great.

                    3. Biggsy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      24 days, 3 hours ago

                      Punty. Should technically get you 6 points (Son 2x2pts and Nacho 2pts) so could be a -2 and you'd fancy at least one return.
                      Anyway to just bring in Lucas Moura and Nacho for -4?

                  12. fusen
                    • 9 Years
                    24 days, 3 hours ago

                    As a Holding owner I'm tempted to bet £5 on Sheffield to score, would return £25

                    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      24 days, 3 hours ago

                      Haha ... think even Arsenal are okay against this lot.

                    2. RogDog_jimmy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      24 days, 3 hours ago

                      What’s a Holding OG payout?

                    3. Baps hunter
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      24 days, 3 hours ago

                      I have won all those (similar) bets this season 🙁

                  13. Little Red Lacazette
                    • 4 Years
                    24 days, 3 hours ago

                    Pepe finally decides to show up.

                  14. Dammit_182
                      24 days, 3 hours ago

                      Come on Leno...one more save.....

                    • Eh, just one more thing ...
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      24 days, 3 hours ago

                      Really now, when will this Arsenal cleanie be wiped?

                      1. Super Saints
                        • 4 Years
                        24 days, 3 hours ago

                        Very very soon

                      2. GreennRed
                        • 9 Years
                        24 days, 3 hours ago

                        Not tonight.

                      3. Life_Ban
                          24 days, 3 hours ago

                          I own Holding

                      4. Super Saints
                        • 4 Years
                        24 days, 3 hours ago

                        Really hope I can make the top 10k, been stuck in the 30's for a while, will it be green or red with 52 points this week?

                        1. Baps hunter
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          24 days, 3 hours ago

                          Does it matter? No significant change.

                          1. Super Saints
                            • 4 Years
                            23 days, 17 hours ago

                            57 after BAPS took me from 35k to 26k and I have DCL to play, not insignificant in my opinion.

                        2. Nanoelektronicar
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          24 days, 3 hours ago

                          I think green, safety at 39k is 44 points.

                          1. Super Saints
                            • 4 Years
                            24 days, 3 hours ago

                            Ah ok thank you.

                        3. Biggsy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          24 days, 3 hours ago

                          69 pre-subs is currently taking me from 34k to 16k so make of that what you will (or use LiveFPL and actually find out the size of your green arrow)

                          1. Super Saints
                            • 4 Years
                            24 days, 3 hours ago

                            Nice one, thanks mate.

                        4. Fudgy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          24 days, 3 hours ago

                          im stuck in the 40s

                          1. Super Saints
                            • 4 Years
                            24 days, 3 hours ago

                            Dunk goal and you're into the 50's and top 20k, good luck

                      5. Baps hunter
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        24 days, 3 hours ago

                        Odds for Brewster to score?

                        1. AC/DC AFC
                          • 5 Years
                          24 days, 3 hours ago

                          V high

                        2. Super Saints
                          • 4 Years
                          24 days, 3 hours ago

                          Has he scored this season?

                      6. Eh, just one more thing ...
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        24 days, 3 hours ago

                        Laca goal

                        1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          24 days, 3 hours ago

                          Zip 3

                        2. GreennRed
                          • 9 Years
                          24 days, 3 hours ago

                          Class assist.

                          1. Life_Ban
                              24 days, 3 hours ago

                              This it was Thomas Partey actually

                        3. AC/DC AFC
                          • 5 Years
                          24 days, 3 hours ago

                          0 3 Arsenal

                          1. AC/DC AFC
                            • 5 Years
                            24 days, 3 hours ago

                            Brilliant through ball...

                            1. AC/DC AFC
                              • 5 Years
                              24 days, 3 hours ago

                              Thomas Party

                        4. Qaiss
                          • 5 Years
                          24 days, 3 hours ago

                          Auba captainers so unlucky... This would have been a big haul for him...

                          1. Baps hunter
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            24 days, 3 hours ago

                            Flu... ...they say...