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Three £4.0m defenders start in Saturday’s 3pm matches

Three £4.0m defenders have earned Gameweek 1 starts, two of them coming in the same match.

As predicted from our research of pre-season, John Lundstram (£4.0m) is deployed in the central midfield trio of Sheffield United, while Diego Rico (£4.0m) starts at left wing-back for Bournemouth.

The match at the Vitality Stadium also includes a Premier League debut for Cherries goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale (£4.5m) who appears to have won the hotly contested race to start between the sticks.

Fantasy managers backing Ryan Fraser (£7.5m), Callum Wilson (£8.0m) and Josh King (£6.5m) will be happy to see them on the team sheet.

Callum Robinson (£5.5m) starts up front for Sheffield United alongside David McGoldrick (£5.5m).

Meanwhile, Martin Kelly (£4.0m) features at centre-back alongside Scott Dann (£4.5m) for Crystal Palace.

The Eagles are still without Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m), who sitds on the bench. Christian Benteke (£6.0m) and Jordan Ayew (£5.0m) lead the attack.

There are few surprises for visitors Everton as Seamus Coleman (£5.5m) holds onto his right-back berth for now and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£6.0m) starts up front with Moise Kean (£7.0m) on the bench,.

Those unfamiliar with Graham Potter’s version of Pep Roulette were given a harsh introduction to it on Saturday afternoon.

After naming an unchanged 3-4-3 line-up for the last two pre-season friendlies, which included starts for Leandro Trossard (£6.0m) in the front trio, he has gone with 3-5-2 for the trip to Watford and benched the new Belgian signing.

Glenn Murray (£6.0m) and Jurgen Locadia (£5.5m) start in the front two while Pascal Groß (£6.5m) comes into central midfield alongside Davy Pröpper (£5.0m) and Dale Stephens (£4.5m).

Dan Burn (£4.5m) joins Lewis Dunk (£4.5m) and Shane Duffy (£5.0m) in the three-man defence while Solly March (£5.0m) and Martin Montoya (£4.5m) are the wing-backs.

Hosts Watford have gone with a 4-4-2 formation but Gerard Deulofeu (£6.5m), reclassified as a forward for 2019/20, has been named on the left wing of midfield.

Troy Deeney (£6.5m) and Andre Gray (£6.0m) lead the Hornets’ line.

TEAMS IN FULL

Bournemouth XI: Ramsdale; Aké, S Cook, Mepham; Rico, Billing, Lerman, Smith; Fraser, Wilson, King.

Sheffield United XI: Henderson; O’Connell, Egan, Basham; Stevens, Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram, Baldock; Robinson, McGoldrick.

Burnley XI: Pope; Pieters, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton; McNeil, Westwood, Cork, Gudmundsson; Wood, Barnes.

Southampton XI: Gunn; Bednarek, Stephens, Vestergaard; Valery, Ward-Prowse(C), Oriol Romeu, Bertrand; Adams, Redmond; Ings.

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; van Aanholt, Dann, Kelly, Ward; Meyer, McArthur, Milivojevic, Townsend; Ayew, Benteke.

Everton XI: Pickford; Digne, Keane, Mina, Coleman; Schneiderlin, A Gomes; Bernard, Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin.

Watford XI: Foster; Kiko Femenía, Dawson, Cathcart, Holebas; Capoue, Doucouré; Hughes, Deulofeu; Deeney(C), Gray.

Brighton XI: Ryan; Duffy, Dunk(C), Burn; Montoya, Pröpper, Stephens, Groß, March; Locadia, Murray.

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  1. Sif
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    2 -0 Burnley

  2. Limbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Barnes again!

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Pieters A

  3. Differential (c)
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Barnes G again
    Pieter A

    sigh

  4. Budweiser
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Barnes again fml I had him originally but couldn't ignore Woods form

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      I didn’t even think he was gonna start after wood and rodriguez partnership was working beautifully

    2. Manani
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      don't lie. JRod and Woods was looking likely the starting duo for burnley. You would have to be a casual to have Barnes

  5. Respect My Authoritah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    2 Pieters assists

  6. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Wood these are your goals ffs

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Yeah 🙁

  7. Hazz
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    • 2 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Barnes - Peters combo at it again.

  8. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Pieters bandwagon

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
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      • 2 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Yup. Incoming, innit

    2. Business Cat
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      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      With those upcoming fixtures? Will quickly derail.

  9. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    BARNES IS IMPOSSIBLE TO IGNORE

  10. Vinyl78LP
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    My Milivojević points potential now increased 10-fold now Zaha on.

  11. Stoic
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Pieters , The Legend returns

  12. tiger
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    • 8 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Wood is for pre season...Barnes is for post

  13. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Erik Pieters bandwagon incoming

  14. Bruce Lee
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    • 1 Year
    3 months, 13 days ago

    told you lot that pieters would play

    but you lot told me about jrod

    1-1

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Don’t think, feeeeel

      1. Bruce Lee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 13 days ago

        be like water

    2. TorresMagic™
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      • 10 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      FFS got Pieters right.

      1. Bruce Lee
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        • 1 Year
        3 months, 13 days ago

        big so to ffs

  15. Magic Zico
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    • 1 Year
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Wood does offsides, Barnes does goals 🙁

  16. True Deadzoner
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    RIP Taylor

  17. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    No Eriksen good for non Kane owners..

  18. Monkey Hanger
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    No Dybala for Spurs.

  19. Budweiser
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Wood to Barnes?? Bet he gets a pen next week

  20. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    ⚽ Team News 📰
    TOT: Lloris, Alderweireld, Walker-Peters, Sánchez, Rose, Ndombele, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas Moura, Kane, Lamela
    Subs: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Georges-Kévin Nkoudou, Skipp, Dier, Eriksen, Wanyama

    AVL: Heaton, El Mohamady, Taylor, Mings, Engels, El Ghazi, McGinn, Hourihane, Trézéguet, Grealish, Wesley
    Subs: Steer, Targett, Konsa, Lansbury, Douglas Luiz, Jota, Kodjia

    1. Bruce Lee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 13 days ago

      ffs called eriksen bench

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        He barely was picked in pre season poch very clearly preferred the Sissoko Ndombele partnership

    2. De Andrade Party (jia you)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Heaton master class please 🙂

    3. Grounderz
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      FFS scared me there for a bit when I saw Jota’s name on the bench.

    4. Manani
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      what happened to Vert?

  21. FIRMINOLOOKGOAL
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    King -> Barnes for free?

  22. De Andrade Party (jia you)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Trossard close.....to some other joker on the bench 😉

    1. Lebowski85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Yeah....first transfer I'm making is him out

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Ban

      1. De Andrade Party (jia you)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        🙂

  23. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Hornets have got no sting; bunch of Flies playing around Dog Turds

  24. SkeletONv01
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    So, can KdB cover Sterling? 😛

    1. Vlad Tepes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Hard to tell but Kdb looked good imo but Sterling should score more

  25. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    My Walker - Pieters - Walker-Peters defensive trio looking good

    1. SEYPULISIC
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Nah you don't have Pieters. Link or lie.

  26. Here Comes The Son ★
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    LUCASSSS

    1. Bruce Lee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 13 days ago

      great goal

  27. Sif
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Pieters x2 assists!
    tbf one was a wind assisted clearance.

  28. Differential (c)
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Stephens & Adams Off

    Hojbjerg & Boufal On

  29. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Let’s bet, how many Robbo to Pieters transfers would happen this evening ...

  30. How Mina You
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Sheffield United look really good. Their movement off the ball is spectacular.