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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. Differentiator
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Norwood 100% useless at crossing

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

    Nobody concede nobody concede nobody concede pls pls pls

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

    RICO ON FOR A BAP KLAXON!

    1. GanonTEK
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Siggy 8.0m
      Rico 4.0m and on for 4 more points dammit XD 1st sub for me!

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

      Jinxed it.

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

    C’mon

  5. JustPark
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Might ditch Digne. Awful team.

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

      Close to returns today...

    2. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      He should be one of the highest scoring Ds at the end of the season.

    3. jaybradlights
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      I have no idea where this Everton team are going to finish this season, and at this stage I don't want anything to do with them from a FPL perspective

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

    at least Villa fans are in meltdown on twitter over no Guilbert

    1. Hairy Potter
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      It'll probably be Steve Bruce's fault.

  7. Amey
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Trossard & Guilbert in my team ....
    Hopefully Trossard stays on bench
    Montoya 6 pointer coming in

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

      Lucky hey 😉

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Over ??

    2. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Bad but lucky start bro

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Trossard benching was out of nothing.
        Might have to move him on

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

      I have Trossard and Guilbert too

      Chose them over McGinn and Lundstram, so frustrating!

  8. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    There must be something wrong with Guilbert to not even be on the bench, fellow owners don't panic

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

      maybe an injury?

      fortunate he is on my bench, but one to monitor for next gw

      1. Paul Psychic Octopus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        BBC report says Villa only missing the injured James Chester.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          But why would he be excluded altogether?

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Cheers mate

    3. BigBillyBass
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 29 days ago

      He’s too attacking to play against a top 6 side away from home. He’ll start at home against a lesser team I’m sure

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Isn't Elmohamady just as attacking though?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Cheers, wonder the reasoning

      2. BigBillyBass
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 29 days ago

        This tells us nothing

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

    blow the whistle ref what ya playing at?

  10. BigBillyBass
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Barnes essential?

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

      wait 3 games

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Wood turn next gw
      (Hopeful grumpy owner 😀 )

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

        This

      2. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Aye, hope so

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

      Oh yes without question

  11. Captain Kakaroto (I blame R…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    How come Eriksen benched?

    1. Drip Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Linked with a move away.

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

      Poor attitude and wanted to leave

    3. PDM
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Has to be down to the transfer speculation. May be that way until the Euro window shuts.

    4. Podge
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Oldness

    5. JustPark
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Finally. Someone that knows how to spell his name.

    6. Would Ed Woodward
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Wants to go to Real but they don't seem to actually want him.

  12. Not A Troll
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Anybody else thinking of taking Sterling out? He didn’t look good today and I see more goals/assists in Ashley Westwood.

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

      Could be shrewd

    2. bryant
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      schneiderlin a far better option

    3. Game Over
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      yeah he got lucky, swapping for Origi

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

    Imagine Rico outscoring Trent lol 🙁 😆

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

      Bournemouth CS busted.

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

        Jinx successful

    2. CRO KLOPP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Him and Robbo combined

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

      Nice jinx

  14. Lemongrab
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    How has Che Adams looked?

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

      underwhelming

      1. Lemongrab
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Hmmmm

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

          My opinion and the Saints forum where I'm enjoying some schadenfreude

  15. moment
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    SHU score

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

      Scorer?

      1. moment
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Sharp

  16. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    1-1 United

  17. Yank Revolution
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    G Sheffield United!

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

    Oh ffs Rico

    1. wildebeest123
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 29 days ago

      you get what you pay for, I guess

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

    Ah Rico man i’m Sorry guys

  20. Gravy_Davey
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Get in there 3rd Pope save

  21. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    VAR check

  22. Guy Demel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Need a wood brace, and Wilson assisting a Fraser goal to save my season.

  23. Hairy Potter
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Billy Sharp's circus!

  24. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Let's goooooo, get a 2nd lad

  25. dark91
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    You can shut up now with all those oh I benched Rico non sense

  26. Trophé Mourinho
    3 months, 29 days ago

    bournemouth are an atrocious team

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

      Consistent to the last season

  27. Lalrota
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Everton defence seriously got me thinking.
    Might ditch Coleman next week. Dont see many cs coming their way.

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

      why not?

      they have 1 today

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

        Don’t do it

  28. DV8R
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Ricoh-no

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

    nice no jammy Rico points

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

      lavley

  30. Chenku╰☆╮
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Bournemouth CS.. yeah right.