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Bissouma absent again as Brighton and Arsenal keep changes to a minimum

Brighton and Hove Albion v Arsenal is the sixth and final Premier League match to take place today.

Kick-off at a sodden Amex Stadium is at 17:30 BST.

These are two of the better Premier League defences based on the evidence of the second half of last season and the beginning of the current campaign, if we’re to conveniently ignore Arsenal’s wobble when hit by injury and illness in August.

Only Manchester City have allowed fewer big chances than Mikel Arteta’s side from Gameweeks 4-6, with two clean sheets arriving for the Gunners in that time.

Just three teams have allowed fewer of these Opta-defined gilt-edged opportunities than Albion over the whole of 2021/22, meanwhile.

Most of the FPL interest is in the two sides’ defences, with Robert Sanchez (£4.6m), Shane Duffy (£4.3m) and Ben White (£4.4m) all boasting double-digit FPL ownerships.

As of this week, Bukayo Saka (£6.3m) can say likewise – he now sits in 10.8% of FPL squads after his Gameweek 6 haul.

All four of those players start tonight and it’s all quiet on the team news front, with just one change apiece.

Both alterations are enforced, too, with the injured Danny Welbeck (£6.0m) and Granit Xhaka (£4.9m) replaced by Jakub Moder (£4.5m) and Albert Sambi Lokonga (£4.9m) respectively.

Yves Bissouma (£4.6m) misses out again.

GAMEWEEK 7 LINE-UPS

Brighton XI: Sanchez, Cucurella, Dunk, Maupay, Trossard, Gross, Lallana, Moder, Duffy, Burn, Veltman

Subs: Steele, Lamptey, Connolly, Mac Allister, March, Locadia, Roberts, Richards, Sarmiento.

Arsenal XI: Ramsdale, Tierney, White, Partey, Gabriel, Saka, Odegaard, Smith-Rowe, Aubameyang, Tomiyasu, Lokonga

Subs: Leno, Lacazette, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Pepe, Tavares, Elneny, Martinelli.

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  1. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Kane (C)
    Son
    Cancelo
    Antonio
    Benrahma

    Left tomorrow, please please please all haul.

    1. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Need son and cancelo to blank

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        That would hurt me dearly

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      22 points.

      Matip
      Salah
      Galagher
      (A)ntonio

      To go

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Not bad at all!

      2. Hulk Smash
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Antonio (c) will separate the wheat from the chaff this week

  2. Malcolm Tucker for England …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Sorry to brag, but having a monster week post wildcard.
    14 points. I am truly the Mick McCarthy of fpl

    1. Hulk Smash
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Ban. No need for this.

      1. Malcolm Tucker for England …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        😀

    2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Utter filth!!!! Haha don’t worry mate I’m on 14 too(22 -8) with only salah and Antonio captain left!!! Miserable!!

      1. Hulk Smash
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Indulge me - who did you take the hits for?

  3. jackruet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 3 days ago

    How many gameweek salah will miss due to AFCON?

  4. Echoes
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 3 days ago

    17 with 4 left to play. If they all blank, on course for my worst ever GW.

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

    Emile Smith-HAUL

  6. Hulk Smash
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Not the Lukaku form GW 8 wildcarders were promised...

    Mental to consider Vardy or even Jesus instead?

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I am considering Jesus.

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        But I won't captain Jesus.

        1. Hulk Smash
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Could captain Salah most weeks and Antonio against Spurs in 9 when Salah plays United (if that's even a bad fixture...)

    2. Alexis Nonsense
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Not mental

      Lukaku look like the same Lukaku of old, going to score goals but not much more than he did for Everton at his best

      So Vardy is a superior asset imo, huge diff to climb rank

      1. Alexis Nonsense
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        I would also point out that Ronaldo is likely the better asset of the two

        This week he was rested, but nearly matched Lukaku 😛

        Anyway Ronaldo ha scored as many as Lukaku in half the games and has better stats

  7. drughi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Ronaldo and Alonso were great buys on wildcard gw 6. Four points between them in 2 gw. Best replacements ?

    1. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Hwang and Duffy. A month long bender with the remaining cash.

      1. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Haha

    2. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I'd be tempted to hold Alonso for another week........get Hwang for Ronaldo and maybe KDB for one of your budget mids? The traditional Burnley drubbing is upon us

      1. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Old kdb back in fashion ey

  8. EmreCan Hustle
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    WC active.

    Looking for potential double risers.

    Suggestions would be helpful.

    Sa - Ramsdale
    Cancelo - Rudiger - Azpi - Duffy - Livramento
    Townsend - ESR - Salah - Benrahma - Raphinha
    Jimenez - Antonio - Hwang

    7.8m in the bank 🙂

    I know Raphinha, Benrahma, and Antonio may not rise. But I don't want to remove them yet.

    Thanks.

    1. Al Moon Yeah
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Antonio may rise if he scores this week. Let's make some money this international break before spending it on some useless premiums. Might be tempted by KDB and Mane now.

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        KDB is interesting. But haven't seen much from him yet. That City attack is a minefield. Rotation risk and point sharing.

    2. Hulk Smash
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      It's such a popular week to WC that there may not be (m)any double risers.

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        That's true.
        But I would like to have the right players just in case.

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Very rarely works out the double riser on IB strategy
      Most that do you probably want to keep anyway e.g. Cancelo has a decent chance if he rises tonight

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Cheers.

  9. 824545201
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Ever since people here absolutely ridiculed and laught at my HT about Arsenal defensive options being very underrated, they have 3 clean sheets in 4 and posted some really good defensive stats with lots more good fixtures coming.

    1. Ron_Swanson
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      who laught?

    2. Weak Become Heros
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Ramsdale looks good on WC.

    3. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Say something clever and we'll laugh again. Maybe that'll reveal another bandwagon.

    4. Hulk Smash
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Link it. Name and shame the naysayers.

  10. Ron_Swanson
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    which midfielder for £5.7m or less is the best choice?

    1. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      ESR

    2. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Luiz

    3. 824545201
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Gallagher.

    4. Weak Become Heros
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      ESR?

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

      ESR for the 3-pointers

    6. Ron_Swanson
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I thought there would be more Townsend and Doucoure respondents here

      1. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Happy with Doucoure and 2 home games coming

  11. Athletic Nasherbo
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Charlie Taylor 9 pointer on my bench. Needed an excuse to play him and thought Shaw would be out…

    Wildcard active anyway, finally can get rid of Shaw and Varane.

  12. Will1988
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 3 days ago

    2FT, 0.2 ITB, don't think i need to wildcard or worry about CHE,MCI def

    Sanchez
    TAA,White,Livramento
    Salah,Fernandes,Benrahma,ESR
    Vardy,Antonio,Jimenez

    Bachmann,Brownhill,Mitchell,Ayling

    Fernandes-Grealish,Antonio-Lukaku was on the cards

    Any ideas?

    1. Will1988
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Bachmann-Ramsdale?

    2. Hulk Smash
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I would absolutely worry about City defence, and Chelsea's too with the fixtures they've got. Southampton are nifty at getting results against the big boys.

  13. Weak Become Heros
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    If you were to take 2 chelsea defenders on WC, 1 gamble, 1 safe, who would you pick?

    Currently on Chillwell and Azpi.

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Alonso and James

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

      Christensen and James

    3. RAMZES666
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Azpi is nowhere safe once James returns.
      Rudiger and one of Chilwell/James

      1. Cok3y5murf
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Misinformed comment. Azpi has started one PL game more than Rudiger since Tuchel joined

      2. Pegboy
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Azpi always plays. Whether RCB or RWB

    4. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Rudi and James (pending James news)

    5. Hulk Smash
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Chilwell and Rudiger

  14. RAMZES666
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Paid the extra 0.4m for Tierney over Ben White.
    Loves to fly down the wing they said.
    Attacking full back and with assist potential they said.
    Yet everytime i check the BPS he is among the lowest and his underlying stats are abysmal except for the Brentford game.

    So Tierney > Cancelo next week?
    I have money ITB for Tomiyasu.

  15. asr
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Ramsdale (Foster)
    Cancelo Alonso Rudiger (Duffy Livramento)
    Salah Benrahma Raphinha ESR (Brownhill)
    Ronaldo Lukaku Antonio

    Have no idea what to do with Alonso, guess I will try and avoid any knee jerk reaction and wait to see what happens after the IB, tbh just tempted to do Alonso > Tierney and rid myself of the whole Chelsea LWB headache and spread the extra cash

    1. RAMZES666
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      As someone who had Tierney since week 4, don't...

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Get TAA

  16. Hryszko
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Didn’t watch the Chelsea match earlier, how did Lukaku look? Original plan was to take a -4 and do Cr7 & Marcal > Lukaku & Cancelo.. but debating giving Cr7 another week?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      He has blanked 4 out of 6 GW's played.

      Need I say more?

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

      Like prime Andy Carroll

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Did he got injured ?

  17. FFSbet.com
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Uff 8(-4)= 4 points with Lukaku(C) disaster GW...80k > 250k

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

      Must have some players to come with a score that low?

      1. FFSbet.com
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Salah,Jota,Cancelo,Antonio,Toney not too optimistic

  18. Milkman Bruno
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Didn’t realise Southampton have not won yet this season. I had it in my head they were doing well after scalps from the Manchester clubs

    • SHOWSTOPPERRR
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      At last.. Some relief after that 0-0 had Sanchez and white fst on my bench. Started taa though. Is he gonna feature to ruin this :-). Am on 15 (-4) with white from the bench to come and salah Jota toney benrahma.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        No Trent is definitely out

    • Oooo Matron
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Should I WC this team?

      Foster
      Rudiger TAA Veltman
      Salah Greenwood Benrahma Sarr
      Maupay Ronaldo Antonio

      Subs: Semedo, Allan, Livramento

      1. Pegboy
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        I had similar (probably a worse bench than you) and I've pushed the button.

    • drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Kane for a gw 8 punt before going Lukaku in gw 9 ?

      1. Al Moon Yeah
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        The way things are going may not be such a bad idea.

      2. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        I would say that is one bad idea onto another bad idea.

      3. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        See how they look tomorrow

      4. GreennRed
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        See how he goes tomorrow and for England.

    • Al Moon Yeah
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Will Sanchez ever get a save point this season?

      1. GreennRed
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        More importantly and hopefully for you he'll get plenty of CS.

    • Robman
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      45 with Salah, Benrahma and Rice to go, Finally a good GW and a big green arrow. Faith in Jiminez (C) paid off - very happy. Bit late for a tip I guess, but Hee-Chan Hwang (5.5) is awesome. I'd researched him a while ago when he wasn't starting and went the safe route with Jimenez, but if I hadn't I'd be all over him. 2 classy finishes and at 5.5 with Wolves fixtures, he's a no-brainer.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Is he nailed though

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Nice score indeed by the way

        2. Hulk Smash
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          He's scored 3x as many goals as Wolves' next highest scorer in only 250 minutes. He must be nailed for the time being at least.

        3. GreennRed
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Looks to be and South Korean international. The StepSon 😉

      2. GreennRed
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Nice one Roberto. Was checking Hwang thinking where's the catch?

        1. Robman
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          I watched the full game on live stream, Jiminez happily gave him great assists for both his goals and made his job pretty easy, but he still finished both opportunities he got and just looked like a natural finisher to me. I'm sure he must be a starter on current form, he brings a lot to a Wolves team that just could not finish since the beginning of the season. If Wolves had a bit more creative midfield, I'd even consider a Wolves striker double-up.

        2. Robman
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          thanks GreennRed

    • FFFoxy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Ramsdale should’ve had a save point for sure. That cross come shot is too in between to write it off. It looked like it was going in and he’s saved it

      1. GreennRed
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        When he took it off Maupay?

    • Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Transfers were Traore and Williams for White and Raph. Got to be happy to clear out two dropped players

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Yes. 10 points there. That's 70% of the total GW score of most here

    • FFSbet.com
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Have Alonso and have crazy idea to get Chilwell too,sounds stupid but they are both too attacking and on some corners,set pieces.

      Or get James?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Pick one and stick I think

      2. GreennRed
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Rudiger or Azpilicueta. Alonso and Chilwell will nearly never play together for Chelsea.

      3. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Quite a big use of funds for a guaranteed LWB
        You also have the cameo risk, although Tuchel doesn't bring on Alonso much

    • Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I did my transfers already (before gw has ended and before IB ended).
      Not happy with my team first -4 of season - decided to play fixtures and price/falls drops)

      Williams out for Cancelo
      Greenwood out for ESR -4 (Rashford in mix soon for rotation)

      Plan to likely get Reece James in for Coady gw9 and maybe Raphinha in for Sarr gw10
      (Leeds face Norwich then. I have a .3 leeway until then)

    • Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Saw second half Leeds v Watford on tv - Leeds wasted loads of chances. Watford were beyond poor, hardly any shots.
      Kilich looks like a good 5.5 option very involved.

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Sarr bandwagon derailed.

        1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          You would not even know he was playing he was that quiet, Liverpool will hammer Watford I think.

    • FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      FPLstatistics looks extremely busy.

      Salah, Lukaku, Rudiger, Cancelo and Ramsdale have hit the threshold.

      1. Pegboy
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        There will be a fair few wildcarders among that (myself included)

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Lots of WCs
        I think last night there was about 8 predicted and only 3 did