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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. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    No vert and Eriksen benched

  2. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Lamela 😎

    1. PUMPKINHEAD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Could be a genius move...it is Lamela though.. injured or subbed off for being utter shite is as likely

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Booo

  3. In Like Flynn.
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Andone 3rd on my bench. 🙂

  4. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    No eriksen? Hmm

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      On his way to Madrid. Not needed now Lo Celso is in. Winks will get more game time too.

  5. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Oof Gilbert not even in the squad.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      *Guilbert

    2. Bruce Lee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 29 days ago

      oh sugar

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      lel

  6. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Spurs: Lloris (C), Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Ndombele, Lamela, Lucas, Kane.

  7. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Lamela, Moura start

    1. rrcmc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      No Erikson
      They / he are both seriously trying to off-load

  8. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Kean on

  9. Respect My Authoritah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    No Targett or Guillbert in starting lineup

    1. True Deadzoner
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      haha

    2. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      I'm guessing this is part of a bus parking strategy...no attacking fullbacks needed

  10. Bubz
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Where is Lucas playing?

    1. Sif
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      White Hart Lane...
      Sorry :p

  11. The Big Fella
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    If I'd gone with Barnes, Wood would've scored a brace

  12. Here Comes The Son ★
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Brighton attacking genes

  13. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Brighton 3-0 blimey

  14. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Maupay goal

    1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Any assist?

      1. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Dunk

        1. luke
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Oh nice!

      2. La Roja
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Duffy or dunk

  15. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Maupay goal on debut

    1. Would Ed Woodward
        3 months, 29 days ago

        We said he'd be good, hopefully he gets a starting spot nailed.

    2. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Maupay 0-3

    3. dmkp
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Guilbert, lol

    4. Sarri, not Sarri
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      King out
      Barnes in

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Tempts dunnit. Though I don’t have King

    5. Would Ed Woodward
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Brighton G, Maupay.

      • Lovren an elevator
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Anyone know where vertonghen has gone?

      • Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Another non-goal involvement from Wood

      • Respect My Authoritah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        3-0 Burnley

      • Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Cmon Siggy...

      • Differential (c)
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Gudmondsson G

        I'm done, good night

        1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          How’s Che Adams getting along? 🙂

      • BigBillyBass
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Watford are the pits. So glad I avoided

      • sambyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Looks like Everton will concede any minute now.

        1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Plz no

      • The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Du k over Montoya was the right call after all

      • The Casual One
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Dunk assist

      • Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        There is no way Bournemouth keep a clean sheet here.

      • diesel001
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Graham Potter showing that tactical nous that got him that win over Arsenal with Ostersund