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

    Man City really not playing well

  2. Cok3y5murf
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Where are the goals? Need a Maguire in every game

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      😀

  3. DannyDrinkVodka
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Desperate for Norwich to wipe the Brighton clean sheet…..what will it take?!!

    1. F4L
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      being able to score open goals...

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      a goal

    3. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Pukki party!

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

      A winger that can pass?

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

      Just one goal

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

      Normann 🙂

    7. Thanos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Don't think you're getting your prayer answered today

  4. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Heart frequently in mouth as Cancelo captainer 😐

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

      I thought that you were a casual player

    2. PartyTime
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Haha

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

      Pep to hook Cancelo for Walker at HT just for the FPL LOLs.

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

        Stop it.

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

      Here was that Traore run

      https://i.imgur.com/hKu1Daf.mp4

      1. Cilly Bonnolly
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        If he could finish he’d be a player.

      2. BeWater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        If you wanted to sum up Traore, no amount of words could come close to that clip.

    5. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Every time I buy into Man City attack they turn poo

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

        Same

      2. Firminoooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Same….even captained Mahrez over Salah last minute before deadline. Feel like a clown.

    6. PartyTime
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I really think Brentford will spank Chelsea tonight

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

          As long as Brian feasts, I’m good with that.

          1. PartyTime
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Need Raya to score a hat trick

          2. Salah’s Sonnet
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Spank haha!

            1. PartyTime
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Not spank per se. Maybe only 3-1

          3. dshv
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Why city is just 1:0, how the match is going ?

            1. Firminoooo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Because I brought in Cancelo, Foden and Mahrez(C).

          4. Grounderz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Need Adam Armstrong to rescue Southampton.

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Rescue? They're in control.

              1. Grounderz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                They couldn't be settling for a point? Is that their ambition? Get some goals and win the game.

              2. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                No you need Armstrong to get points for yourself lol

          5. Zilla
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Some cleanies need wiping here

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

              Indeed, let’s start with Brighton if you please …

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

                Couldn't agree more!

          6. F4L
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Getting bored of players being punished for trying to stay on their feet, Foden last GW, Maupay this GW. Refs need to start giving them

            1. The Knights Template
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Angry more like it.

          7. Camzy
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            I think Mo perma (c) needs serious consideration when he's in this type of form. I'm gonna need to see a strong Lukaku performance today to hand him the armband even though it's Norwich at home.

            1. dlrowssoB
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Take a braver person than me

            2. Mo Mane
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Reply: I have Captained him 7 weeks out of 8 and the only one I didn't I got same points, but he is now definitely Set and Forget Captain, you can't bet against him...

            3. Cilly Bonnolly
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Salah’s probably got a better fixture anyway.

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

              Its no brainer if you want to gain something from Salah,his EO is 100 pct plus every week

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

              If Lukaku can walk vs Norwich he's captain over Salah next GW, no doubt!

            6. Grounderz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Salah owners (including myself) are gonna to get found out at some point with a 2 pointer.

              1. Mo Mane
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Yes he will, but can you bet against that odd week here and there, it will take a brave person to do so...

                1. Grounderz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  Don't deny it. Just saying 2 pointer is unavoidable, unless you're suggesting his haul streak will continue for the next 30 GWs, then it takes a braver person to move the armband off him.

                  1. Mo Mane
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    unavoidable, that is betting against him lol.....I know what you mean..

            7. TomSaints
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              It’s so boring though haha

              Had I’d done it I’d be top 10k though….

            8. Cok3y5murf
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              It's tough because they both have plum fixtures next week

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

              It is a classic massive form over the easiest fixture of the season debate 🙂

              1. Mo Mane
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                8 games, 7 goals in 7 different games and 5 assists and 5 cleans sheets, don't think he cares who the opposition is TBH..

            10. FOO FIGHTER
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Salah is supreme.

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

              Is it posible that Lukaku get rest vs Nor? It is the best fixture to do so. Werner upfront. Like Dias today

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

            This doesn't mean anything really but...
            https://instagram.com/stories/chelseafc/2685807664284408766?utm_medium=share_sheet

            1. Harry the Hack
              • 12 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              can you post what it says for those of us who don't bother posting pictures of our kids, pets and food? It wants me to sign up to view

              1. Bartowski
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Its a Squid Game reference with some Chelsea players. Presumably Hazz thinks Alonso starts cos he's in the picture.

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  I don't think that. Man City posted a similar graphic today with Grealish, Gundogan and Walker.

                  Just stirring 😉

                2. Harry the Hack
                  • 12 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  oh ok. was it funny? it sounds like it was funny
                  which player had the tough honeycomb to trace?

                  1. Hazz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    Are you okay?

                    1. Harry the Hack
                      • 12 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      I'm great. Thanks for checking in.

                  2. Bartowski
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    It wasn't funny.

                    1. Harry the Hack
                      • 12 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      oh ok. thank u

              2. Mo Mane
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Yes, that's why I ignore these posts, sure there just people trying to get followers...LOL

                1. Bartowski
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  Its the official Chelsea instagram he's linked to not his own.

          9. Mo Mane
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            have Captained him 7 weeks out of 8 and the only one I didn't I got same points, but he is now definitely Set and Forget Captain, you can't bet against him...

            1. The Knights Template
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Lundstram?

          10. Bertonian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Yeah same here

            Salah on fire
            Lukaku firing blanks
            Man U defence all over the shop

            1. Bertonian
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Reply fail CAMZY

          11. FOO FIGHTER
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Just over 30 minutes and then scenes with Tuchel roulette.

            1. F4L
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              even worse I doubt the ball would've even gone in without the block

            2. Thanos
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 8 days ago

              WTF!!!

              Not watching that game but how did he not score that!!???

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

              Looks offside 😉

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

              who was on the ball?

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

                Simone Zaza

          12. No Need
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Surely not long till Jack gets a crack

            1. Bartowski
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Needs to get up that hill first.

          13. Dacra
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Get Jiminez on. Want to have 11 please.

            1. The Knights Template
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Nice polite manners will always work.

          14. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Any leaked Chelsea line ups?

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Does not matter now.

            2. Thanos
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Kaku benched 😉

              Just kidding before everyone gets their pitchfork out 😛

          15. TomSaints
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            I’d love to see:
            1-0 Villa
            3-2 united
            5-0 city
            1-0 Norwich
            2-0 Saints

            Let’s go

            1. JONALDINHO
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Leicester win, Brighton cleanie wiped and Mahrez goal please.

              1. Milkman Bruno
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 8 days ago

                I really want the opposite of this

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

              Forgot Villa were even playing and due to the lack of notifications on my phone it must be 0-0

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

            Plenty of chances for Greenwood & Nacho!

          17. Royal5
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Nacho is very selfish. Not good for Vardy owners.

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

            Southampton 1 nil up.

            1. Liberate HK - antichinazi
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              I got Broja over Armstrong on WC.

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

                Most on here have played the wild card it seems.

          19. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            BROJA

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

            Armstrongs replacement scores...

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              He just got injured lol

            2. Grounderz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Sad.

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

              Does arsmstrlng get 2p sharing for that goal

          21. Pep Roulette
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Broja scores, Redmond assists! Not good for Armstrong,n

          22. Firminoooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Mahrez(C) will blank 100%. I give up.

          23. TomSaints
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Armstrong is going to come on and block Livramento