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3pm team news: Mount, Havertz and Coutinho all benched

With no lunchtime fixture, the Saturday 3pm matches unusually kick off Gameweek 36 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL).

There are four of them in all: Brentford v Southampton, Burnley v Aston Villa, Chelsea v Wolverhampton Wanderers and Crystal Palace v Watford.

There’s a bit of carnage caused by rotation and previously undeclared injuries across these fixtures.

The out-of-form Philippe Coutinho is benched for the first time he made his Aston Villa debut, with the Brazilian among four players who drop out of Steven Gerrard’s starting XI.

Leon Bailey and Jacob Ramsey are injured while Tim Iroegbunam is on the bench, so Ezri Konsa, Douglas Luiz, Emiliano Buendía and Danny Ings are brought into the side.

Burnley’s only alteration sees Ashley Barnes come in for Matej Vydra, who – along with Jay Rodriguez – is absent entirely.

There’s more teamsheet misery for some FPL managers at Stamford Bridge, where Mason Mount and Kai Havertz drop to the bench.

Jorginho is injured, too, so Romelu Lukaku, Christian Pulisic and Mateo Kovacic are recalled.

The injured Nelson Semedo and the benched Fabio Silva and Hwang Hee-chan make way for Wolves, with Pedro Neto, Raul Jimenez and Jonny coming into the team.

Across London, Patrick Vieira makes five changes to the side that beat Southampton last week. Jack Butland, Michael Olise, Will Hughes, Odsonne Edouard and Wilfried Zaha are all recalled, with Vicente Guaita not involved in the hosts’ matchday squad at all.

Roy Hodgson has made four changes to his team on his return to Selhurst Park, with Craig Cathcart, Tom Cleverley, Edo Kayembe and Josh King the players handed a chance to impress.

Three of the four to drop out are injured: Imran Louza (knee), Jarej Kucka (knee) and Joao Pedro (groin).

In the Saturday afternoon fixture that few FPL managers will care about, Brentford’s Thomas Frank recalls Mathias Jensen and Yoane Wissa at the expense of Vitaly Janelt and Mads Roerslev.

Adam Armstrong, Stuart Armstrong, Armando Broja and Ibrahima Diallo replace Oriol Romeu, Che Adams, Shane Long and Nathan Tella for the visitors.

GAMEWEEK 35 LINE-UPS

Brentford XI: Raya, Jensen, Ajer, Jansson, Bech Sorensen, Henry, Wissa, Norgaard, Eriksen, Toney, Mbeumo.

Subs: Lossl, Dasilva, Jeanvier, Fosu-Henry, Baptiste, Janelt, Roerslev, Stevens, Jay Young.

Southampton XI: Forster, Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Salisu, Perraud, Redmond, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, S Armstrong, A Armstrong, Broja.

Subs: McCarthy, Lyanco, Romeu, Long, Adams, Tella, Elyounoussi, Valery, Dibling.


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

Subs: Lowton, Hennessey, Stephens, Cornet, Pieters, Bardsley, Long, Thomas, Costelloe.

Aston Villa XI: Martinez, Chambers, Konsa, Mings, Cash, Douglas Luiz, McGinn, Digne, Ings, Buendia, Watkins.

Subs: Sanson, Traore, Young, Nakamba, Coutinho, Olsen, Chukwuemeka, Iroegbunam, Feeney.


Chelsea XI: Mendy, Rudiger, Silva, Azpilicueta, Alonso, James, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Pulisic, Werner, Lukaku.

Subs: Kepa, Christensen, Chalobah, Saul, Barkley, Mount, Ziyech, Havertz, Sarr.

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI: Sa, Boly, Coady, Saiss, Ait-Nouri, Jonny, Neves, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Neto, Jimenez.

Subs: Ruddy, Hoever, Marcal, Trincao, Silva, Chiquinho, Toti, Hwang, Cundle.


Crystal Palace XI: Butland, Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Ward, Olise, Gallagher, Hughes, Eze, Zaha, Edouard.

Subs: Matthews, Mitchell, Milivojevic, Tomkins, Kouyate, Ayew, Mateta, Schlupp, Benteke.

Watford XI: Foster, Kiko, Samir, Cathcart, Kamara, Sissoko, Cleverley, Kayembe, Sarr, Dennis, King.

Subs: Bachmann, Ngakia, Etebo, Ekong, Masina, Sema, Gosling, Kabasele, Kalu.

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942 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Nomar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Coutinho, I think, has now officially been my worse signing ever in FPL.

    1. OLEgend
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Already regretting last min decision to keep him instead of a hit for Maddison

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

      It's dias over chilwell on my first WC this season... Chilwell outscored him by 45 pts.

    3. Shark
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Can't believe I got burnt by Werner twice this season here. Then dropped him and kept Mount this week. Hoping Mount comes on and scores

  2. JariL
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    I've always believed that an interesting measure for a successful FPL season is beating everyone who started the game in GW2 or later. The best GW2 starting player was ranked at 13,8k ahead of this GW. The best GW3 starting player was ranked at 60k.

  3. Ruinenlust
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Yeah Coutinho ain’t getting back in this side lol

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

      Wanted to transfer him out, but figured it was more important to get rid of Jay Rodriguez. So I kept Couts and bought in Jao Pedro.

      Yep, it’s been one of those seasons!

    2. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      I'd be surprised. Ings, Watkins and Buendia have been fantastic in all phases of play.

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

      The thing is as well, Villa are at the stage now where they really have to decide if they're gonna pay £30m+ for him or not and I don't think they will. If not then Gerrard is best off playing the likes of Ings and Buendia in preparation for next season and if they're playing well with this lineup then it's even harder to justify playing Coutinho

  4. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Well ffs. Bench boost didn't save

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Could be a godsend

      1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Still have bb and fh left. Have to bb in 38 now

        1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Bull

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          BB37 and FH38 looks better?

    2. RedRo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Send them an email and see if they can fix?

      1. RedRo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Maybe wait to see how many points you’d have got 1st though

    3. Fish up a tree
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      What was the bench?

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

    Chelsea are awful.

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

      Probably too much to hope that they finish 5th?

    2. mixology
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Defensive owners, don't watch!

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      We've never won when Boehly has been present at a match 😆

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

      Those 2 disallowed goals would have been given if they were LiVARpool

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

        And what about everton and brendford games? Var was the reason too?

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

          VAR is the only reason Pool have a trophy this season lol

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

            What does that have to do with everton and Brentford games or chelsea are being aweful?

    5. Monty the Magpie
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Seems only five minutes ago certain pro pundits were encouraging others to take 12 point hits to bring them.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Week before last they were essential.

    6. Dammit_182
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      0-0 today would suit everyone just fine

  6. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Ait-Nouri big waste, so much space for Wolves counters.

    1. dabber7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      How has James looked Rainer?

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Quiet but at RWB so that's good for him. Alonso on every set piece isn't.

        1. dabber7
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Many thanks

  7. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Afternoon, Jafooli.

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

      😮

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

    Ofcourse I brought in Watkins

    1. Dammit_182
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      He’s got 45 vs a very open Burnley

  9. Shark Team
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Idk for sure but I think James after the last tackle is struggling to run

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

    Thanks for the upvotes my friend.

  11. Differentiator
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    WegWORST

    1. Fish up a tree
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      You’re flogging a dead Weghorst

  12. PartyTime
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Watford should just begin their pre season break already. What a rubbish team

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        This is true but not very surprising.

    • Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Wolves goal too much to ask?

      1. Mweene
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        They've missed some big chances.

    • JJO
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Ofcourse Buendia get goal and assist in half an hour
      Would be typical if Coutinho get 1 point this dgw when i hold him through who knows how many gws and prices drops just to have him this gw on BB

    • Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Chelsea has to put Mount back into the pitch after break.

    • Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Have Foster ever saved a penalty?

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Yep, this season too. At Arsenal i think

    • Jafooli
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Everyone on the beach already?

    • dansmusen
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      My BB did not register. Have Pickford/Gordon/Cancelo/Maddison on bech and -12. I want to die.

      1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Ditto man

    • Jafooli
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Plus oner in da house…

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        +1 in for a -4?

    • Kodap
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Reckon Coutinho comes on second half?

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Yeah. Don't think Ings has a full 90 in him just yet.

      2. Trent Robbo 66✅
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Yes for watkins

    • Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Do something Werner you useless German sausage!

      1. Monty the Magpie
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Wernerschnitzel.

      2. Da Kril
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        I think being a shy, fragile little girl is a big handicap for Werner, really...

      3. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        You've helped make my mind up about dinner.

        Sausage and spuds. Cheers!

    • Mr Arsenal
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      If Chelsea don’t win this game, they have to play their strongest side against Leeds or they’re in danger of finishing 5th.

      That would be the biggest meltdown since Leicester two years ago..

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

        They’re 5 points ahead of Spurs with 4 games to go. Spurs have to play Pool and Ars. There’s very little chance of Chelsea finishing 5th.

        1. Trent Robbo 66✅
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          What if they lose all 4 games

        2. Mr Arsenal
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Spurs will likely win their last two and could nick points off Pool and Arsenal.

          Chelsea could defo slip against Leeds and AV.

      2. Fish up a tree
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 25 days ago

        One more win & a draw is all they probably need & they have Watford still to play!

      3. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        I’m not sure they’ll be panicking yet particularly if Spurs lose to Pool. They’ve got Leicester and Watford last two matches and must think they can get past Leeds without putting their strongest team out which should get them the 3 points they’d need along the way

    • Captain Beefheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Brought Guaita in on a WC for BB 37 and now he's not in the squad, anyone know what's going on, injured?

    • Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Get some baps Alonsooooo. Want 3 bonuspoints.

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

        Off at HT

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

        You'll get 2pts in total and like it!

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

          Ooh I overestimated, sorry mate 🙁

      3. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Oops

      4. Firminoooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        GW from hell incoming.

    • Cheeto__Bandito
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      ALONSO OFF at HT

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

        No way.

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      On the plus side Foster had got a save point...

    • fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Alonso off....lolz

      1. fish&chips
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Mount, havertz, alonso going well

      2. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        You and me, mate. Face palm!

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

        Why, any injury?

    • PartyTime
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Damn. Alonso owners in the …

      • ZimZalabim
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        is he injured ?

      • Holmes
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Hehehehe