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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 month, 17 days ago

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

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

        Bonus included?

        1. gogs67
            1 month, 17 days ago

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

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

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

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

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

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Sadistic post 😛

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

          Not jammy. That’s what benches are for!

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

        No Cash,no joy

      4. JoeSoap
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Thanks Jimmy for blocking my 6 pointer on the bench

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

          Not really his fault is it?

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

            Indirectly maybe

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

          I’m happy for the 1pt

          (Grealish, Raph & Omba owner)

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

            Swings & roundabouts

      5. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

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

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

          Yes,double up with Sancho

      6. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 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
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Walking (and driving) liability.

          1. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Maybe bit this gorgeous hair...

        2. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          No Rudiger = no Alonso if Chilwell is around.

          1. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Problem is, I got both Rudi & MA

        3. Von Lipwig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 17 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
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Classic 3pm KO afternoon!

      8. Oooo Matron
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 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
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Traorare assist

      10. Jet5605
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 17 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
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Lukaku

        2. gogs67
            1 month, 17 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
              1 month, 17 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.

        3. jackruet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 17 days ago

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

        4. F4L
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

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

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 12 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Brighton that bad?

            1. F4L
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

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

        5. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Leeds are in some deep poo at this point.

          1. NateDog
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 17 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
            1 month, 17 days ago

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

          3. Hairy Potter
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 17 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.

        6. NateDog
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

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

        7. Von Lipwig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

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

        8. Astronaut
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Sanchez we go

          • Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 17 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
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Him and White have been massive here.

          • Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Adama got an attacking return?

            The end is nigh!

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Goal accreditation panel to decide?

            2. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

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

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

              and coady.. wtf

          • CROYDON DE BRUYNE
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

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

          • TKC07
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Ronaldo to Jesus?

            1. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              I'm looking at this, or Aubameyang.

          • Salah’s Sonnet
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Goodbye Ronaldo, goodbye Alonso, being sold TONIGHT

            1. The Reptile
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              To who though?

              1. Salah’s Sonnet
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

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

          • Cok3y5murf
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

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

            1. THFC4LIFE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 17 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
            1 month, 17 days ago

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

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 12 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              probably

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

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

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

                Anyone got a crystal ball??

            3. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Azpi was very handy at RWB vs Saints.

          • Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            5-0 streak ends

          • denial
            • 12 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Ronaldo to Vardy seems a pretty obvious move this week.

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

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

            1. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              nice. Semedo ruining mine.

            2. TomSaints
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

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

          • Il Capitano
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Shaw 0 pointer replacing Jota 0 pointer, perfection.

            1. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              consistent

          • Pukkipartyy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

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

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 12 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Some have less than 11.

          • steven8991
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Maupay to
            A. Firmino
            B. Jesus
            C. Werner

          • Freshy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            At least no Hwanger goals
            Rival has him