Dugout Discussion

Martial benched as Matic named at centre-back for Man United

Jose Mourinho has named an interesting Manchester United side to face Southampton this evening.

The biggest Fantasy story from the team news was that Anthony Martial (£7.6m) was named on the bench.

After a run of six goals in five games going into Gameweek 13, he blanked against Crystal Palace and has now lost his place. Both Marcus Rashford (£6.7m) and Romelu Lukaku (£10.7m) were named in the side.

Central midfielder Nemanja Matic (£5.0m) has been deployed at centre-back as the problems continue in that area of the pitch.

Chris Smalling (£5.7m) and Eric Bailly (£5.1m) have been ruled out through injury, joining Victor Lindelöf in the physio room.

Meanwhile, Marcos Rojo (£4.9m) was declared fit but could only make the bench. He returned to training this week and was not considered in the right state to start the match.

“Chris Smalling has a pain in his foot so he is not available to play. Eric Bailly has a pain in his back so he is not available to play. Marcos Rojo trained yesterday for the first time with the group after a long absence and he is not ready to play. He’s ready to help but he is not ready to start.” – Jose Mourinho

After impressing in cameos so far this season, Michael Obafemi (£5.0m) comes into the Southampton side for the first time. He starts up front as Manolo Gabbiadini (£5.6m) drops to the bench.

There is also a Premier League debut for right-back Yan Valery, who is not yet on Fantasy Premier League.

After scoring a brace against Fulham, Stuart Armstrong (£5.1m) gets his third start in a row.

Southampton XI: McCarthy, Cedric, Yoshida, Vestergaard, Stephens, Lemina, Valery, Redmond, Højbjerg, Armstrong, Obafemi

Manchester United XI: De Gea, Shaw, Matic, Jones, Young, McTominay, Fellaini, Herrera, Pogba, Rashford, Lukaku

Become a Member and access our data

Memberships for the 2018/19 campaign are now available for the price of just £15.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 130+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.


1,210 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Demigod Mendy
    • 1 Year
    15 days, 1 hour ago

    Harry Kane is now claiming the assist.

    1. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 1 hour ago

      Probably gets it too.

    2. Amey
      15 days, 1 hour ago

      Best one 😀

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      15 days, 1 hour ago


  2. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    15 days, 1 hour ago

    Wilson worth holding now?
    Keeps delivering and great fixture mid week.

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      15 days, 1 hour ago

      Yep - he's a genuinely good player - same with Fraser - and they're bringing home serious amount of bacon for their price tags

      Hopefully they get a couple of double figures v Huddersfield

      Hold until injured or end of season looks like, whichever comes first

    2. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 1 hour ago

      y on earth would u sell him.Those selling him this week were clearly kneejerking

    3. Demigod Mendy
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 1 hour ago

      I'm keeping him

  3. Zilla
    • 1 Year
    15 days, 1 hour ago

    night robbery from fpl towers

  4. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    15 days, 1 hour ago

    Free wildcard petition for sane owners sign here

    1. socho
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 9 mins ago


  5. KGFC
    • 2 Years
    15 days, 1 hour ago

    Decent day today but tomorrow comes the hiding-behind-the-sofa part with no Haz or Salah! Hope they both have a quite night **fingers crossed**

  6. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    15 days, 1 hour ago

    Feel my GW points totals beginning to stagger, but my team is not in a terrible enough spot to WC.

    Any ideas what you do with this, and 2 FTs?

    Alonso / Robertson / Laporte / AWB
    Salah / Hazard / Richalison / Fraser
    Aguero / Arnautovic

    Patricio // Barkley / Doherty / Success

    - Fraser annoying me as he isn't Wilson
    - Barkely trash
    - Aguero fitness. (Kane vs ARS FWD?)
    - Want City MIDs (rotation + CHE?)
    - Patricio waste of funds
    - F. Anderson looks great

  7. socho
    • 1 Year
    15 days, 5 mins ago

    It's already hard enough to pick the right players in the game, it is even harder to pick the right captain. There is already enough variance and Bonus Points do not really make always sense, so it is to simplify the assist rule.