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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.

1,289 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    AWB donkey

    1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Yep AWB and Maguire shocking

  2. Bleh
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    United looool

  3. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Scenes as it's a Vardy Party!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Jafooli
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Ronnie > Vardy?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      I was tempted for a hit.

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Kaku, Vardy, DCL, Bamford, Nacho, Jimmy

      Pretty much anyone really - they’re all improvements

    3. CRO KLOPP
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Could it be easier than that? Take some cash also

    4. Jafooli
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Cheers all…

  5. Malcolm Tucker for England …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    #SloskjaerIn

    1. Malcolm Tucker for England …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      #FatFingerSyndrome

  6. TorresMagic™
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    • 12 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Saiss

  7. TorresMagic™
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    • 12 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Watkins yc

  8. thegaffer82
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Utd DF is a complete shambles isn’t it

    1. Jafooli
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Shaw could be on for 0pt’er again…

  9. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Vardy meant that didn’t he? What a finish

  10. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Pinball...

  11. DA Minnion (Former great)
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    United are shocking.

  12. Bleh
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Ronaldo, Jota, Dennis > Vardy, Lukaku, Raphinha worth a -8?

    1. BIGREDDOG
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Quite possibly yeah

    2. Scots Gooner
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      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Yep, 100%.

      All improvements and you'll make the hit back in week or two

      1. Bleh
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Cheers, I think so too.

  13. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Matt Cash off at 79, Villa conceded at 80

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Cash Banks Clean sheet

    2. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Had so much luck from him recently 🙂

    3. TorresMagic™
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      • 12 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Could have scored a hatty.

  14. PartyTime
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Utd are poo

    • gooberman
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      • 10 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Why did Ronaldo have to come back to the premier league! Absolute waste of money in my team.

      1. TorresMagic™
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        • 12 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Watford soon.

    • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Maguire falling about the box like a sack of spuds again nearly conceding a fourth

      He is the rotten flesh at the centre of Utd’s infected heart

      1. BIGREDDOG
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Poor form atm but I think he's a good player

    • Jafooli
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Okay Ronnie is a goner…..

    • Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Noooo … when the hell did Dias come on for 1 point to keep Livro on my bench …. Nooooooo

      Oh … now I need Jimi make no cameo …. What are the chances when there is only a goal in it … sigh.

    • Bartowski
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Imagine being a professional football manager and seeing Solskjaer retain that Man United job.

      1. Hairy Potter
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Steve Bruce with 7 wins in the last 37 games things OGS is doing a great job.

    • thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      My DF (+Salah c) has saved my ass this week.

      4 x 6 pointers from the back 4

    • OptimusBlack
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Vardyyyy is the best

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Love him

    • It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      CR7 still in 43,8% of all teams. Lots of dead teams this season?

      1. CRO KLOPP
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Or managers like Jafooli

    • MGD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Wtf why no Jimenez yet?

      Crazy…

    • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Why do I still have Shaw ffs 😀 hes got to go today before he drops in price again

    • TorresMagic™
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      • 12 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      2-2 Wolves

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      2-2 Wolves

    • lilmessipran
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Ffs 2-1 down with 10 mins and still doesn't bring on his best attacker...Lage what you upto

      1. lilmessipran
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Aged well

      2. diesel001
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Looks like he is doing the right thing.....

      3. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Hes coming on app

    • NateDog
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Early days but took first hit this season this week for Ronaldo and Gray to Toney and Foden, hoping it looks like the right move

    • TheTinman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Coady goal

    • _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Coady goal

      1. have you seen cyan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        omg so lame, I have Hwnag, Marcal and Semedo and they all amanegd to dodge points. Coady ffs, really, and Podence assist :l
        get lost wolves