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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. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Traore assist??

    1. TheTinman
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      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I think Kilman

  2. MGD
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    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Coady you left my team this week noooo

  3. Twisted Saltergater
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    • 12 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Traore assist?? Are my eyes deceiving me??!?

    1. Twisted Saltergater
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      • 12 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Dendoncker assist ffs

  4. TorresMagic™
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    • 12 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Coady the scorer

  5. PartyTime
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Coady Goal.

      It must be a lie

    • Rainer
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      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Dirty bench points goal that...

    • DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      So many goals in the last 5 mins. And absolutely pointless.

    • TorresMagic™
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      • 12 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Coady yc it seems

      1. PartyTime
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Man hasn’t scored for ages lol. Got too excited

      2. Thanos
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        1 month, 17 days ago

        Daka has won it for Leicester

      3. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
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        • 11 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Ole getting sacked

        1. G B
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          It made sense to stick with Ole while there was progression. But that progress appears to have now halted, even gone in reverse.

          Conte in.

      4. Hazz
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        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Dendoncker asssit.

      5. diesel001
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Lage knows.....

      6. Tempestic
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Coady Goal, Traore Assist. The 2 most unthinkable things, not even in my wildest dreams

        1. TorresMagic™
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          • 12 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Only 1 happened.

          1. Tempestic
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            oh mb

      7. TheTinman
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        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Ole's boys have taken one helluva beating

      8. g40steve
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        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Ole sacking coming

        1. thegaffer82
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          One can only hope!

      9. Jafooli
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        See yah Ole…

      10. fish&chips
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Ole is a dead man walking. Awful performance

      11. BigRedDog
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Hahaha coady you legend

      12. Rainer
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        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Siuuuuuuuuuuuuu

        1. TorresMagic™
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          • 12 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Did he score?

          1. Rainer
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            • 5 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Townsend plays tomorrow.

        2. Jafooli
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          *Seeeeeyaaaaa

      13. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Traore selling in the mud. Traore faithful finally rewarded after 7 straight blanks.

        1. TheTinman
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          • 6 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          It's not his assist?

      14. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Goal at Leicester for Leicester

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          4-2 Daka

      15. tiger
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        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Ole in

      16. Ady87
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Someone tell me how United are where they are in the table because it feels like we’ve lost every game.

      17. EL tridente
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Mahrez really bad

      18. 272MK
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Went for James.

        Mbeumo 1st sub come on bro!!

        1. TorresMagic™
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          • 12 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          James likely sub

        2. TomSaints
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          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Same , let’s go!

      19. CRO KLOPP
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Salah captain next week?

        1. Ady87
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Every week.

        2. TorresMagic™
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          • 12 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          TAA

        3. Bury94
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          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Of course

        4. Lanley Staurel
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          • 11 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Good point. Got him as vice at the mo. Hmmm

      20. g40steve
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        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Livra CS

      21. TomSaints
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        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Had Armstrong came on there….

        Double saints defence for the win!!!!

      22. fish&chips
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        • 11 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Yes Jimmy!!

      23. Rainer
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        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Ronaldo hahaha