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3pm team news: Digne returns as Zaha and Broja are benched

Following a narrow 1-0 win for a much-changed Liverpool at Newcastle, there are four more Premier League games kicking off at 3pm BST.

Southampton v Crystal Palace, Watford v Burnley and Wolverhampton Wanderers v Brighton and Hove Albion all get underway at the traditional kick-off time but the main attraction from a Fantasy Premier League (FPL) perspective is Aston Villa v Norwich City.

Three of the most-bought players of Gameweek 35 are on Villa’s books and all of them – Philippe Coutinho, Matthew Cash and Ollie Watkins – start this afternoon.

So too does Lucas Digne, who has made a remarkable return to fitness from a collarbone injury; Steven Gerrard had said only recently that the French left-back only had an “outside chance” of featuring again in 2021/22.

Teenager Tim Iroegbunam and centre-half Calum Chambers are also handed starts as Douglas Luiz, Ezri Konsa and Ashley Young drop to the bench.

Two of Dean Smith’s two changes are enforced as an injured Christoph Zimmermann misses out and Kenny McLean pulled up in the warm-up. Full-backs Max Aarons and Brandon Williams and midfielder Billy Gilmour come into the side as Dimitris Giannoulis makes way.

It’s one change apiece at St Mary’s: Romain Perraud comes in for the injured Tino Livramento for Southampton, while Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha has surprisingly been benched to allow Jeffrey Schlupp a recall.

Armando Broja is once again only a substitute.

In the six-pointer at Vicarage Road, Roy Hodgson recalls Juraj Kucka, Kiko Femenia – both of whom are back from injury – and Joao Pedro, with Jeremy Ngakia, Joshua King and Tom Cleverley dropping out.

Burnley interim boss Mike Jackson had seen fit to replace last week’s goalscorer Matej Vydra with Aaron Lennon in his one and only change but Jay Rodriguez picked up an injury in the warm-up and the Czech striker was reinstated. Maxwel Cornet is again ruled out with a knee problem.

As is the case with Digne, Ruben Neves has defied his manager’s predictions to make a playing return in Gameweek 35. He and Rayan Ait-Nouri come into the Wolves starting XI as Jonny and Raul Jimenez drop to the bench.

There are two changes for opponents Brighton too as Adam Webster and Neal Maupay drop to the bench and Solly March and Yves Bissouma come in.

GAMEWEEK 35 LINE-UPS

Aston Villa XI : Martinez, Cash, Chambers, Mings, Digne, McGinn, Iroegbunam, Ramsey, Baily Coutinho Watkins.

Subs: Olsen, Konsa, Douglas Luiz, Buendia, Traore, Young, Nakamba, Ings, Chukwuemeka.

Norwich City XI: Krul, Aarons, Byram, Hanley, Williams, Normann, Gilmour, Dowell, Lees-Melou, Rashica, Pukki.

Subs: Gunn, Gibson, Rupp, Placheta, Sorensen, Sargent, Giannoulis, Rowe.


Southampton XI: Forster, Walker-Peters, Salisu, Bednarek, Perraud, Ward-Prowse, Tella, Romeu, Redmond, Long, Adams.

Subs: Lyanco, Valery, A. Armstrong, S. Armstrong, Elyounoussi, Broja, Djenepo, Smallbone, Caballero.

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita, Guehi, Andersen, Clyne, Ward, Eze, Mateta, Gallagher, McArthur, Zaha, Ayew.

Subs: Mitchell, Tomkins, Olise, Kouyate, Zaha, Hughes, Benteke, Edouard, Butland.


Watford XI: Foster, Femenia, Kabasele, Samir, Kamara, Sissoko, Louza, Kucka, Sarr, Joao Pedro, Dennis.

Subs: Bachmann, Ngakia, Ekong, King, Masina, Sema, Gosling, Kalu, Kayembe.

Burnley XI: Pope, Roberts, Collins, Tarkowski, Taylor, McNeil, Cork, Brownhill, Lennon, Vydra, Weghorst.

Subs: Hennessey, Lowton, Barnes, Stephens, Bardsley, Long, Thomas, Costelloe.


Wolverhampton Wanderers XI: Sa, Ait-Nouri, Neves, Boly, Coady, Silva, Semedo, Hwang, Saiss, Moutinho, Dendoncker.

Subs: Ruddy, Marcal, Neto, Jimenez, Trincao, Jonny, Chiquinho, Toti, Cundle.

Brighton and Hove Albion XI: Sanchez, Cucurella, Dunk, Bissouma, Mac Allister, Trossard, Mwepu, Welbeck, March, Caicedo, Veltman.

Subs: Steele, Lamptey, Webster, Maupay, Gros, Lallana, Alzate, Duffy, Ferguson.

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564 Comments Post a Comment
  1. fantasyfog
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Best week for free hit...36 or 37??

    1. Krafty Werks
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Totally team dependent!!

  2. Cheeto__Bandito
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Watching the game, watkins is the far better pick than coutinho, he also created a big chance for Ings.

    1. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Thanks for this.

      Watkins and Cash new owner here

      1. Cheeto__Bandito
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 25 days ago

        that with digne seems the best combo

        1. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          James to Laporte or Digne next week 😉

  3. RogDog_jimmy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 25 days ago

    So far my -12 is kinda working?

    Sancho > Jota (5)
    Havertz > Zaha (6)
    Schar > Cash (6)

    Bruno > KDB(c) … 🙁

    Maybe KDB gets a run and a goal.
    Maybe he doesn’t and Kane(vc) comes good.

  4. tbos83
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Absolutely brutal day. 5 from 4.

  5. JBG
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Matip or Laporte?

    Already have Cancelo and TAA.

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Maldini

      1. JBG
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Soooo.. Laporte? Seeing how he also is a left footed CB that can play LB.

    2. noissimbus
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Matip for me. But Laporte basically guaranteed minutes.

      • Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Think Zinchenko could be a decent option at 5m - only behind TAA and James for mins per xA this season

        1. JBG
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Yeah but isn't he a rotational risk?

          1. Hits from the Bong
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Walker maybe out for season

            1. JBG
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Yeah was actually considering Walker, but he's still not back.

    3. jonnybhoy
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      7 points from 4. Going great this gameweek lol

      1. tbos83
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 25 days ago

        That's good

    4. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Schar, Mateta & Werner to Cash, Watkins & Eddie (-8) looking good so far..

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 13 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Well done.

        1. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Thanks man.

          Capped Son too, only Weghorst (coming on for TAA) spoiling the party a bit

    5. TorresMagic™
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 13 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      LMS safety score currently 21 with autosubs.

      https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

      1. 1-1 at Newcastle
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Feels quite high?

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 13 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Actually it's 14. 😳

    6. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Looks like Burnley are here to stay. More chance Leeds gets relegated now and Everton still in there too

      1. The 12th Man
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        We need 12 points and hope Leeds lose their next 3.

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 13 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Trillion : 1

    7. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      It's one of those days where if you didn't have any players playing you're doing great haha.

      8 points from 2 and didn't cap Salah. I'm relatively flying!

      1. NateDog
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 25 days ago

        4 from 2 so far (one being Burn in for TAA), hoping KDB comes on for a bit as Broja's my only other sub but definitely feeling lucky. Although I didn't think Villa would stroll Norwich anyway so I wasn't overly worried about that

      2. Pukki Party
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        5 from 2 here and it's decent i think

      3. Hits from the Bong
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        13 from 6 here. Nearest rival has 32 from 5 somehow

    8. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Will Brownhill finally become a 5.0 midfielder?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Never did anything when I owned him at 4.5

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        This was the form I was hoping for when I had him in GW1 only for him to get 1,1,1,2,2,1,0 etc.!

    9. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Weghorst subbed off at 59 minutes is probably equal to the disappointment of Pele not winning 3 WCs in a row, the bloody fraud.

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 13 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        May as well be on the bench in future.

        1. NorCal Villan
            1 month, 25 days ago

            On the bench?

            He should BE the bench

        2. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          I'm getting his points this week for TAA. Last week his 5 points got stuck second on bench as I got Martinelli's 1 point for Schar.

          Bigger fraud to me

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Ramsey clean sheet feeling like a haul

      3. DMP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        So, Coutinho will haul vs. Liverpool and take them away from the title race with Gerard.

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Naa

        2. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          7-2 all over again? Enough fairy tale already.

      4. Free Hat
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Well at least Sa is consistent in his points.

      5. EL tridente
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Dias or Laporte for 36?

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Lapoorte

        2. noissimbus
            1 month, 25 days ago

            It's a toss up really. Both similar in stats. Dias may be more assured of minutes simply because he's just back from injury. City don't really have much backup so they'll both play a lot.

        3. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Got a feeling that James is saving one last mega haul this season for GW38 at home to Watford

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 13 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            120 EO

          2. NABIL - FPL otai
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            FH38 is the answer

            1. Bobby Digital
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Dis my plan toi

              1. Bobby Digital
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 25 days ago

                *too

          3. noissimbus
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Could happen. They could also play kids in that dead rubber just to see who can make the step up and replace the wantaways.

          4. Muscout
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Broja to Pukki today to beat price fall?
            And then Weg to Dennis for -4?

            Will BB36 giving me ‘15’ Doublers and then FH37

            Ramsdale
            James Alonso Cancelo
            Salah Havertz Kul Saka
            Kane Weg Broja

            Foster Raph White Coady 0.4itb

            1. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Only if priced out, not a GW for early moves with European games

            2. TorresMagic™
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 13 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Won't be anywhere near 15 Doublers.

              1. Muscout
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 25 days ago

                Yep will prob have to take some extra hits to replace Chelsea

                1. Dynamic Duos
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 25 days ago

                  Don't Chelsea have a double?

                  1. Muscout
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 25 days ago

                    Rotation risks

                    1. Big_Andy_GAWA
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 25 days ago

                      Need rid of him as well.

          5. Isco Disco
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Real Madrid crowned La Liga Champions 21-22! What a day to be a Madridista to see my club winning their 34th La Liga title.
            Hats off to Carlo, Legend KB9 and the entire Madrid team for winning the 34th La Liga title.
            Hala Madrid!!!

            1. noissimbus
                1 month, 25 days ago

                Let's see them do the treble!

              • MightyGar
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 25 days ago

                Congratulations!

            2. SHOWSTOPPERRR
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              13-(4) from 5. Cr7 and raph to Watkins sonC. But no city players 🙁

            3. Isco Disco
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              This La Liga win is a Great morale booster ahead of the crucial semifinal game with Man City! Bring it on!
              I’ve a very good feeling that Real will win the game at the magical Bernebeu to make it through the UCL finals.
              Vamos!

              1. noissimbus
                  1 month, 25 days ago

                  With home advantage and valuable experience in favour of Real, seems an uphill task for City. Might have rested KDB for nothing. 😉

              2. FantasyClub
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 25 days ago

                Ramsey could’ve hauled big. Missed a couple of massive chances. Frustrating

              3. RogDog_jimmy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 25 days ago

                I’m pretty set in FH36 even though I have all doublers. Think Robbo rests one. And of course the Chelsea guys too. Jota likely doesn’t get both.

                Cash, Zaha and double Spurs makes me feel good about no FH37

                Schmeichel *
                TAA*, Robertson *, James*, Alonso*, Cash*
                Jota*, KDB*, Kulusevski *, Saka*
                Kane*

                Foster*, Zaha, Broja, Greenwood*
                1ft 0.7itb

              4. Big_Andy_GAWA
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 25 days ago

                Anyone watching the snooks?? Incredible comeback by Mark Williams!!! Trump was 1/100 at 12-5 up...

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 25 days ago

                  Not atm - first to 17 is it?

              5. Finding Timo
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 25 days ago

                Best budget forward a) Dennis b) pukki c) Nketiah or d) other? Thanks

                1. noissimbus
                    1 month, 25 days ago

                    If fodder, the cheapest is best.
                    If for BB36, Pukki is most guaranteed minutes + both oppos are focused in Europe at the moment.

                    1. Finding Timo
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 25 days ago

                      Thanks it’s for BB to replace Broja and That’s a great point about Norwich’s games

                2. Hits from the Bong
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 25 days ago

                  Which Man City defender has the best chance of playing both games in 36? Going to risk losing Robbo I think

                  1. sulldaddy
                    • 12 Years
                    1 month, 25 days ago

                    Laporte,

                    then Dias maybe then Cancelo.

                    But roulette of course.

                    1. noissimbus
                        1 month, 25 days ago

                        IF City goes out of CL semis, there won't be much roulette as they'll fully focus on the PL + defensive injuries.

                  2. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 25 days ago

                    For next week I have 1FT and the following DGWers:

                    Trent
                    Robbo
                    Cancelo
                    Salah
                    Son
                    Kulusevski
                    Gordon
                    Ramsey
                    Kane
                    Hwang*
                    Amartey*

                    Plus Toney, Schar, Dubravka and Bachmann (Fodder)

                    Toney and/or Dubravka can be swapped for DGW players for free or one hit.

                    I have FH chip, so what do I do? Surely it’s not worth using it with the above roster right?

                    Thanks for your opinions.

                    1. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 25 days ago

                      *DGW players but not nailed or desired

                  3. Dynamic Duos
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 25 days ago

                    Judd clears up here and final frame decider