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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. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    2 mins

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

      Until Alonso owners are celebrating?

  2. OptimusBlack
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Ronaldo goal coming

    1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Not a hope

    2. Thanos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 17 days ago

      😆

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

    United sending nothing into Ronaldo all game...

    He's starving!

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

      AWB has a chance to pick him out but it's AWB...

    2. have you seen cyan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Get Marcus on the case he will get him a good lunch

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

    CR7 having an off day

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

    This Brighton CS is a disgrace

  6. Astronaut
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Sanchez hold that cs with your life....

    • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      ⚽ Team News 📰
      CHELSEA : Mendy, Azpilicueta, Sarr, Christensen, Chalobah, Chilwell, Kovacic, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Werner, Lukaku
      Subs: Arrizabalaga, Alonso, Jorginho, Saul, Barkley, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, James, Havertz

      BRENTFORD : Raya, Henry, Pinnock, Jansson, Zanka, Canos, Norgaard, Onyeka, Jensen, Mbeumo, Toney
      Subs: Fernanfez, Thompson, Goode, Forss, Ghoddos, Ajer, Bidstrup, Roerslev, Maghoma

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

        So that's Alonso, James, Raph, Jota, Jimmy and Gilmour benched. Good.

    • sirmorbach
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Wolves are really bad, aren't they?

      1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Yes

      2. Skloppy Kops
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        System is good, but too many useless players, who just run like headless chicken

    • Echoes
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Can you do a goal please KDB

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

        Hallelujah!!!

    • Grounderz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      James and Alonso on the bench.

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

        Sigh and Mount too

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

      F**k off Alonso!

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

      Amartey looks done here. Handy 2 points for some this GW!

    • La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Alonso and James benched

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

      Goal Manchester City

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

      This is where Ronaldo benefits from that rest Ole gave him 2 weeks ago....right?

    • Mr Ozil
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Why is Mount benched again !!!

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

        Been awful this season.

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

          I take it back...

          Foden over Mount!

      2. Geriatric Unathletic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        FFS 🙁

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

        I just bought him in... hopefully starts against Norwich

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

      Get in Tuchel 🙂

    • tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      KDB G

    • BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      No Alonso ffs

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

      Moaning over with kdb goal

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

      Yay Christensen starts but pretty doubtful on any CS chance with that defence!

    • La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Kdb goal

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

      Mcginn goal

    • Jafooli
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Chelsea defence is just a total no go area….

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

        Unless you get Mendy

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

          Azpi looks safe

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

      Villa 2 nil

    • BobB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Tuchel doesn't fancy James

    • DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Nolonso

    • Cilly Bonnolly
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      No Alonso means I might be going 3rd sub deep if Jimenez doesn’t come on now.

      1. Milkman Bruno
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Yeah it means I’ll have 10 men only. Alonso, Raphina and Jota no shows with Bissouma third on bench. Need a cameo from Alonso

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

          I'm 6th sub deep mate

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

        Mahrez A

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

          You sure?

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

            I've seen it 5 times and I'm not!

        2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Definite no assist FFS

          it’s not even doubtful

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

        Dias cameo..