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Raphinha absent as Armstrong, Jimenez, Dias and Grealish are benched

Raphinha is absent for Leeds United’s clash with Southampton, one of five Premier League matches getting underway at the traditional Saturday kick-off time of 3pm.

The Brazilian was in action for his country in the early hours of Friday morning and a start always looked like being a tall order against the Saints given the swift turnaround but he has failed to even make the matchday squad today.

The injured Kalvin Phillips and Junior Firpo also make way, with Tyler Roberts, Jack Harrison and Pascal Struijk coming in.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl makes five changes to his starting XI, with Adam Armstrong a surprise omission.

Captain James Ward-Prowse begins a three-match ban and Che Adams is injured, with Kyle Walker-Peters, Theo Walcott, Nathan Tella and Armstrong all benched.

Romain Perraud, Armando Broja, Moussa Djenepo, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Ibrahima Diallo are promoted to Hasenhuttl’s line-up.

Manchester City v Burnley, Leicester City v Manchester United, Norwich City v Brighton and Hove Albion and Aston Villa v Wolverhampton Wanderers are the other top-flight games taking place this afternoon.

Pep Guardiola has sprung a few surprises with his teamsheet, with Ruben Dias and Jack Grealish benched.

Raheem Sterling gets the nod in the City attack, with Zack Steffen, Nathan Ake and Riyad Mahrez the other players who come in.

Burnley make three changes from the side that drew with Norwich last time out. Jack Cork, Erik Pieters and Maxwell Cornet replace Charlie Taylor, Aaron Lennon and Matej Vydra.

Aston Villa include Emiliano Martínez and midfielder Douglas Luiz despite their recent international commitments, while Emiliano Buendía and Axel Tuanzebe return in place of Kortney Hause and Jacob Ramsey.

Wolves make two changes from the side that beat Newcastle, with Adama Traore and Leander Dendoncker starting in place of the ill Francisco Trincao and the benched Raul Jimenez; the Mexican striker was in action for his country in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Man Utd captain Harry Maguire makes a swift return from injury to replace the sidelined Raphael Varane, while Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho also start for the Red Devils.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers makes five changes to the team that started the 2-2 Premier League draw at Crystal Palace before the international break.

Defender Jonny Evans comes in for his first league start since April, while Daniel Amartey, Ricardo Pereira, Boubakary Soumare and James Maddison also make the cut.

Ryan Bertrand, Harvey Barnes, Hamza Choudhury, Jannik Vestergaard and Ademola Lookman drop to the bench.

Brighton and Norwich are both unchanged.

GAMEWEEK 8 LINE-UPS

Aston Villa XI: Martinez, Konsa, Tuanzebe, Mings, Cash, McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Buendia, Targett, Watkins, Ings.

Subs: Sanson, Steer, Young, Nakamba, El Ghazi, Hause, Philogene-Bidace, Archer, Jacob Ramsey.

Wolves XI: Jose Sa, Kilman, Coady, Saiss, Nelson Semedo, Neves, Dendoncker, Joao Moutinho, Marcal, Traore, Hwang.

Subs: Hoever, Ait Nouri, Jimenez, Daniel Podence, Moulden, Boly, Silva, Ruddy, Cundle.


Leicester City XI: Schmeichel, Castagne, Soyuncu, Evans, Pereira, Maddison, Tielemans, Amartey, Vardy, Iheanacho, Soumare

Subs: Ward, Bertrand, Barnes, Albrighton, Perez, Choudhury, Vestergaard, Daka, Lookman

Man Utd XI: De Gea, Wan Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Matic, Fernandes, Pogba, Greenwood, Ronaldo, Sancho

Subs: Henderson, Bailly, Mata, Rashford, Lingard, Dalot, Telles, Van de Beek, McTominay


Man City XI: Steffen, Stones, Ake, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Foden, Mahrez

Subs: Carson, Walker, Dias, Gundogan, Grealish, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Palmer, Slicker

Burnley XI: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Collins, Pieters, Cork, Brownhill, Westwood, Cornet, McNeil, Wood

Subs: Hennessey, Norris, Gudmundsson, Barnes, Roberts, Lennon, Rodriguez, Bardsley, Long


Norwich XI: Krul, Aaron, Gibson, Hanley, Normann, Lees-Melou, Pukki, McLean, Sargent, Giannoulis.

Subs: Gunn, Rupp, Gilmour, Dowell, Rashica, Tzolis, Williams, Idah, Omobamidele

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

Subs: Lamptey, Connolly, MacAllister, March, Steele, Locadia, Roberts, Richards, Sarmiento


Southampton XI: McCarthy, Livramento, Bednarek, Salisu, Perraud, Romeu, Diallo, Djenepo, Elyounoussi, Broja, Redmond.

Subs: Forster, Walker-Peters, Lyanco, Valery, Tella, S. Armstrong, A. Armstrong, Long, Walcott.

Leeds XI: Meslier, Shackleton, Cooper, Llorente, Dallas, Klich, James, Roberts, Struijk, Harrison, Rodrigo.

Subs: Klaesson, Drameh, Hjelde, Cresswell, Summerville, McKinstry, Forshaw, Greenwood, Gelhardt.

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  1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    The beginning of the end for Ole

    Ronnie’s arrival has exposed a lot of his weaknesses

    1. BigRedDog
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Fingers crossed he says

      1. BigRedDog
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Stays

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Should have been 3 Ricardo

    3. Bleh
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Hopefully extends til 2030

    4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      SCENES

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        What a ball from Lindelol to be fair to him

    5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIS GAME

  2. BigRedDog
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Come on Burnley!

  3. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Ronaldo to??

    Antonio
    Toney
    Jimenez
    Other?

  4. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Rashford scores

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Ronnie assist?

      1. TheTinman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Londelof

      2. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Lindelof i think

  5. Bartowski
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Would a cardboard cut out of David Hasselhoff as Man United manager really make that much of a difference?

  6. Thanos
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Rashford :hot:

  7. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Rash G

  8. FFSbet.com
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Keep Jota or get Foden tonight?

    If Jota drop cant do it

  9. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Manchester united 2

    At Leicester

  10. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Why is Jimenez not on the pitch ffs!

    1. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Don't think its happening unfortunately

    2. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Same thought here.

      I need the 1pt this week!

  11. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Sancho dead and buried now

    1. BigRedDog
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Oh come on. He'll come good. Too good not to

      1. Lethargio Alcantara
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        he's a bang average Bundesliga player

  12. PartyTime
      1 month, 14 days ago

      2 goals & no Ronaldo involvement.

      Yuck

    • Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Vardy goal

    • Thanos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Vardy goal

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      PARTYYYYY

    • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      3-2 Vardy

    • La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Vardy!

    • sirmorbach
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      What a game!

    • Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Vardy!

    • Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Madness

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Leicester City 3.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        54 seconds between goals.

    • CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Vardy phew

    • PartyTime
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Parrtttyyy Timmeee!!!

      • Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        VARDY looooool

      • PartyTime
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Vardyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

          I looove you

          1. OptimusBlack
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Yeaaaaaaah

        • AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Villa 2
          Wolves 1

        • It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Imagine not owning Vardy

          1. gogs67
              1 month, 14 days ago

              I keep thinking of selling him......but he keeps scoring, so will hold lol!

          2. Joey Tribbiani
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            what a game!

          3. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 12 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Saiss goal

          4. TheTinman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

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