More Mahrez goals, Saka fitness latest

More Mahrez goals, Saka fitness latest

In this, the second of a two-part double-header, we spherical up the important thing Fantasy Premier League (FPL) speaking factors from the weekend’s FA Cup motion.

Here, we deal with Arsenal, Leicester City, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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Just days after coming off the bench to attain the very important winner at Stamford Bridge, Man City winger Riyad Mahrez (£7.5m) haunted Chelsea once more by scoring twice in a 4-0 FA Cup victory.

A high-quality free-kick was later adopted up by a profitable spot

-kick, taking the Algerian as much as six targets and two assists from his final seven outings.

Head coach Pep Guardiola liked the efficiency, saying his ranges have gone up in current weeks.

The high quality from Riyad is all the things. He likes to play soccer, helped us to play the sport, he performed actually good and at 0-0 that may occur. He performed an impressive recreation enjoying wider. Good recreation.

“He by no means misplaced the love [for football]. But if Riyad is sitting right here I’d say to him: the way in which Riyad is coaching and enjoying proper now – even once we have been in Abu Dhabi once we skilled for just a few days – it was completely not the identical. I used to be utterly truthful.

“When they play on this method they usually complain, I can say ‘yeah, you might be proper, you need to play’. But earlier than, he can’t play as a result of he’s not enjoying on the stage he’s enjoying now. Sometimes I’ve to allow them to see in their very own mirror who they’re.”

So might he be an alternate route into their Double Gameweek 20 midfield? FPL managers might not need to sacrifice Mohamed Salah (£12.9m) for Kevin De Bruyne (£12.5m) and the extra explosive Mahrez is there for £5m much less.

It’s a very unhealthy time to be predicting Pep’s line-ups however it’s fascinating to notice that – since becoming a member of in 2018/19 – Mahrez has began all 5 journeys to Spurs however not one of the 5 at residence.

Unfortunately, after Saturday’s Manchester derby, the champions might be internet hosting Spurs.

Phil Foden (£8.2m) and Kyle Walker (£4.8m) saved their locations from Gameweek 19 and were much improved, boosting hopes for homeowners that they may have a big half to play within the upcoming doubles.


The twentieth and closing Premier League crew in FA Cup third-round motion have been Arsenal, who finally noticed off Oxford United 3-0 on Monday night time.

A brace for Eddie Nketiah (£6.5m) saved up his high-quality report within the absence of Gabriel Jesus (£7.9m), with Gabriel Martinelli helping the ahead’s second strike.

“He confirmed nice composure. He is a good finisher and the timing of his runs as properly. The choice making to attend to the final second reveals his high quality. It’s not solely that – his understanding, his work price I believe is getting higher and higher. And I’m actually proud of him.

“The drawback is we have now just one! And to go for that many months til Jesus is again just isn’t straightforward. But we have now to get essentially the most out of the gamers that we have now in the mean time and if we are able to have some reinforcements – nice.” – Mikel Arteta on Eddie Nketiah

Of be aware to Martinelli was the primary look in months for the fit-again Emile Smith Rowe (£5.6m), who was the Brazilian’s positional rival for a lot of 2021/22.

“It’s good. It’s been 4 months since he performed so I believe it was an ideal recreation to provide him some minutes, to get off the blocks and now he must begin to get out there and begin to play on the highest stage as a result of we’re going to want him.” – Mikel Arteta on Emile Smith Rowe

There was a scare for homeowners of Bukayo Saka (£8.1m) when the midfielder was compelled off after 75 minutes however his supervisor assuaged fears of an absence after full-time.

“He is okay. He’s high-quality.” – Mikel Arteta on Bukayo Saka


Changes made to beginning XI Who saved their place?
Arsenal 7 Gabriel, Saka, Martinelli, Nketiah
Leicester 8 Tielemans, Perez, Vardy
Man City 7 Walker, Foden, Bernardo, Rodri
Man United 4 De Gea, Shaw, Casemiro, Eriksen, Fernandes, Rashford, Martial
Newcastle 8 Botman, Longstaff, Joelinton
Nott’m Forest 11
Southampton 5 Bazunu, Salisu, Lyanco, Perraud, Ward-Prowse, Adams
Tottenham 7 Skipp, Gil, Kane, Son
West Ham 4 Fabianski, Dawson, Aguerd, Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Paqueta
Wolves 9 Collins, Neves


Four groups will play twice in Gameweek 20, together with Manchester United. It’s a superb time for fashionable right-back Diogo Dalot (£4.7m) to return from his hamstring damage, though the re-emergence of Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£4.3m) is a menace to his FPL enchantment.

Up till Gameweek 15, Dalot had began all league video games for Erik ten Hag, but the three post-World Cup encounters have seen Wan-Bissaka step in and gather three clear sheets.

Speaking after he featured in Friday’s 3-1 cup win, Dalot says he embraces the problem.

“I study so much with Aaron, I’m certain he learns so much with me as properly. I believe that is good and wholesome competitors that we have now. I believe on this squad we have now at the least two gamers for every place, a variety of gamers that may play different roles, so I believe this dynamic makes us stronger, makes us higher.

“I believe we have now good complications to provide to the supervisor and I believe it is a good drawback for him. We simply have to provide our greatest when we have now the alternatives to play, not take that as a right as a result of I believe at this membership, the calls for are so excessive.”

It will push extra managers in the direction of in-form Luke Shaw (£5.1m), who appears barely extra prone to keep away from rotations proper now.


Having rolled over Crystal Palace within the second half of their Gameweek 19 match, Antonio Conte was in a position to change seven of his first eight gamers in opposition to Portsmouth however needed to follow Harry Kane (£11.6m), Son Heung-min (£11.6m) and Bryan Gil (£5.0m) because the entrance three.

That’s as a result of Dejan Kulusevski (£7.9m) and Richarlison (£8.4m) have been once more absent with their muscle and hamstring accidents. Much-maligned Gil continued his current upturn in kind when grabbing an help at Palace and, at this value, might tempt some managers for Double Gameweek 20.

Yet it appears like Kulusevski has a strong chance of facing Arsenal on Sunday.

“Well, not for all of the gamers we’re so assured however we’re assured we’ll recuperate somebody.” – Spurs assistant boss Cristian Stellini on the potential for injured gamers returning for the north London derby

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The pre-season prospects of Nottingham Forest full-back Neco Williams (£4.0m) have dampened with only one league begin from the final doable six. Things have gotten worse over the weekend, as his poor efficiency at Blackpool ended with taking a blow to the nostril that compelled his withdrawal.

Elsewhere, Newcastle United have been lastly in a position to welcome again report signing Alexander Isak (£6.6m). The Swedish worldwide had solely made three appearances earlier than a thigh damage of virtually 4 months. He performed the primary half at Sheffield Wednesday and, whereas rusty, his availability might quickly have an effect on the game-time of Callum Wilson (£7.2m).

“Hopefully, Saturday will do him good and he’ll be concerned versus Leicester [Carabao Cup quarter-final]. We need him match and out there as shortly as doable. I felt that 45 minutes was his most. A little bit of a cliche however he can be like a brand new signing as a result of we haven’t had him for a protracted time frame.” – Eddie Howe

Finally, low cost full-back Hugo Bueno (£3.9m) was rested for the draw at Anfield, suggesting his run in Julen Lopetegui’s beginning XI will proceed right into a promising fixture run that begins from Gameweek 23.

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