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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. gogs67
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 2 days ago

    49 and a small green arrow so far, I'll take that!

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

      Bonus included?

      1. gogs67
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Yeh, Salah (c) and Vardy I think are the two I got
        Including bench points as well!!

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

          Nice. I've got 50 with 6 to go. Very happy with that.

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

    Walker no show brings jammy Livramento points from the bench. 😎

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Sadistic post 😛

    2. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Not jammy. That’s what benches are for!

  3. CRO KLOPP
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    No Cash,no joy

  4. JoeSoap
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Thanks Jimmy for blocking my 6 pointer on the bench

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

      Not really his fault is it?

      1. JoeSoap
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Indirectly maybe

    2. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      I’m happy for the 1pt

      (Grealish, Raph & Omba owner)

      1. JoeSoap
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Swings & roundabouts

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

    Will be nice to pick up Ronaldo for 11.0m for the fixture run from GW15!

    1. CRO KLOPP
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Yes,double up with Sancho

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

    Why is Alonso benched again ?
    Ffs now not sure if keep or sell, feels like whatever I do I get punished.

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Walking (and driving) liability.

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

        Maybe bit this gorgeous hair...

    2. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      No Rudiger = no Alonso if Chilwell is around.

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

        Problem is, I got both Rudi & MA

    3. Von Lipwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      It's more surprising he's played as much as he has. Get rid if you can't handle a minimum 50% benching

  7. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Classic 3pm KO afternoon!

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

    Replacing Maupay & Trossard (failed punt) with 14.8. Best combination?

    Current team:
    Ramsdale
    Trent Cancelo James Azpi
    Raphina Salah Trossard
    Antonio Lukaku Maupay

    Sent: Livramento, Allan, Mbuemo

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

    Traorare assist

  10. Jet5605
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Which of these two would you most want from next week?

    A - Lukaku
    B - Vardy

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Lukaku

    2. gogs67
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      I've got both and, to be honest, the only reason I keep Lukaku is fear factor over his ownership, it's certainly not for his points so far!

      1. Jet5605
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Yeah I hear you. If Lukaku didn't have Norwich at home next week then it'd be Vardy all the way for me.

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

    Thanks jimenez for the 1 point. Its like playing 90 minutes with blank and getting a yellow

  12. F4L
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Could've given Norwich another dozen 1 on 1s today and I doubt they'd scored

    1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Brighton that bad?

      1. F4L
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        yeah very open defensively today, kept getting done with balls in behind

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

    Leeds are in some deep poo at this point.

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

      No Bamford or Raphinha, didn't really expect much from them today. But they do need to start picking up points soon

    2. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Would not be a surprise if Bielsa just decides he's had enough before xmas

    3. Hairy Potter
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Raphinha and Phillips a miss. My mates who are Leeds fans keep saying Bamford over performed last season because there were no fans at the games.

  14. NateDog
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Feels weird knowing I only have 1 player left for the rest of the weekend once this game is up

  15. Von Lipwig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Just goes to show. Don't take the hit. Keep for one more week if you can. Traore on 95, unbelievable

  16. stuck in a dream 🙂
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Sanchez we go

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

      Livramento has been an incredible fodder player so far, delivered literally every single time a popular player has been benched

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

        Him and White have been massive here.

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

      Adama got an attacking return?

      The end is nigh!

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

        Goal accreditation panel to decide?

      2. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        He's just about covered the -4 I'm going to take to remove him this week

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

        and coady.. wtf

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

      6 players, 5 returned but 1 blanked, who? Mahrez (c), what was I thinking!

    • TKC07
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Ronaldo to Jesus?

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

        I'm looking at this, or Aubameyang.

    • Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Goodbye Ronaldo, goodbye Alonso, being sold TONIGHT

      1. The Reptile
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        To who though?

        1. Salah’s Sonnet
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Azpi probably and defo Antonio back in for Ronaldo, allows for huge upgrades all over the place really

    • Cok3y5murf
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Very hard captaincy next week with Salah and Lukaku facing equally bad sides

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        See how Chelsea/Lukaku look v Brentford but it’s hard to take it off Salah the form hes in

    • Pep Roulette
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Why the f is James benched? Will he be subbed in?

      1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        probably

        1. Silecro
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Last time out he stayed on the bench. Tuchel sometimes makes only 2 changes and there are a lot of potential sub-in players on the bench (mainly Mount, Havertz, Alonso, CHO, Jorginho). I can actually see James staying on the bench fairly easily

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

        How could we possibly know if he was gonna be subbed in..?

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

          Anyone got a crystal ball??

      3. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Azpi was very handy at RWB vs Saints.

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

      5-0 streak ends

    • denial
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Ronaldo to Vardy seems a pretty obvious move this week.

      1. CRO KLOPP
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Yes,and if someone asks "should I swap Ronaldo to Vardy and save some cash?", He needs to find something else to do

    • Joey Tribbiani
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      GK + D so far
      6, 6, 5, 6
      beautiful

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

        nice. Semedo ruining mine.

      2. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Yep it’s nice for a change but no explosive haul

    • Il Capitano
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Shaw 0 pointer replacing Jota 0 pointer, perfection.

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

        consistent

    • Pukkipartyy
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Dias, James, Jimi, Raph thx a lot. This game is stupid.

      1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Some have less than 11.

    • steven8991
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Maupay to
      A. Firmino
      B. Jesus
      C. Werner

    • Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      At least no Hwanger goals
      Rival has him