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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. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Guilbert for AV?

    1. Grounderz
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Not sure on adult video, though.

    2. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Ask Kiwivilan next time you see him. Might be a while though.

  2. How Mina You
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    The height difference between Billing and Fraser is some image.

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      56 with 5 to play, seems decent but not compared to many scores on here.

  3. pjomara
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    85 pts so far with 3 to play and still don't even get a green arrow!

    1. just a man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Wow, congrats! Great score

    2. Nomar
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      That's a good score.

    3. Amey
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Awesome score

      • Dr. Rog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        pff 95 with Martial & Perez to play
        Kelly 8 on the bench 😛

        1. Amey
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Wow

          • Guru Mediation
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Triple captain though yes?

          • g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Spunked your 3XC though.

        2. Dakes.
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Sad boi hours. 81 pre baps if things hold here

        3. Dacra
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          74 with 3 here..

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Same (pre-bonus).

        4. Skull And Gnomes 9
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Well played.

        5. Unliklinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          77 with Auba, Moura and Heaton to go. Happy Montoya owner here!

          1. luke
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            75 +naps + Kean + Aubameyang + 1 other to play

        6. Business Cat
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Nice work

        7. The Legend Squad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          80 with Kane, Perez and Barkley to go... chuffed with that!

        8. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          73 with 4 to play....

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Kane, KWP, Perez & Dendoncker

        9. R2G2
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Damn & here I was celebrating a 76 with 2 to go

        10. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Too many played 3XC

        11. pjomara
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          It was single captain of Salah

      • Pedram
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Hope i'm not jinxing it but Ryan > Pope

        1. Bruce Lee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          ?

          1. Pedram
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Ryan got 2 BAPS

      • Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Bench looking rosy.

        Montoya on 2 BAPs (might have dispossesions, don't know).

        Kelly on 2 BAPs.

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Well, maybe Kelly on 1 now.

        2. Amey
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Montoya on For 2 😮
            Trossard coming on ??
            I'm going to get 8 for Montoya 😀

        3. True Deadzoner
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Lundstram on 1 bonus

          1. Podge
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Wha ?

        4. Vitamin C
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          That was outstanding.Today morning i ousted Pope to get Fabianski.You can laugh at me as much as you want.

          1. Critical Observer
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Why would you have done that, what with neither one having played yet?

            I call shenanigans.

        5. bryant
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          sharp with 3 baps as a sub

        6. Tsparkes10
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Stuff you all. Class from the lads 😀

          1. Skull And Gnomes 9
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            😆

          2. Dakes.
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            GG

          3. Yank Revolution
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Good job by your boys.

          4. Bam Bam Bigelow
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Well played. Sheff Utd will have a few weaker PL worried about their survival chances

        7. Galza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Looks like Montoya has come from no where to grab 2 bonus... 😉

          1. Yank Revolution
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Oh hell yeah

        8. The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Who plays Watford next? *Looking up* Oh, Everton... Nevermind..

        9. DV8R
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          As it stands Montoya on 2 BAPS

        10. TheTinman
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Montoya baps 😎

        11. Pepe Le Pukki
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          A Greenwood brace is on the cards.

          Trossard owner.

          1. Business Cat
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            This would be lovely 🙂

        12. Licky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Blow it up ref, please.

        13. Coldplay
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Have Dunk last on the bench. Where do I hit my head?

        14. moment
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Clean sheet points for everyone

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Not Rico owners.

        15. Unai Emery
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Trossard owners, don't worry! Tomorrow Dendondcker will save us.

          1. Yank Revolution
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Lets hope so!

          2. Kabayan
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Saved by Montoya 🙂

            1. Amey
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Thisssssss

          3. Gravy_Davey
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Wait Wilson assist showing? Did I miss something?

            1. Tiki-Taka
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              his shot was rebounded for their goal apparently

              1. Gravy_Davey
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Ah, didn’t think rebounds counted. Thanks

            2. Eytexi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Yep, Wilson got an assist.

          4. Bam Bam Bigelow
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Cry - Eve was a very predicatble 0-0

          5. Budweiser
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Shame about the Rico cleanie but at least Trossard stayed on the bench so I can welcome Montoya. Be interesting to hear from Brighton fans on what to do with Trossard

          6. Eytexi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 10 days ago

            88 points all out. Time to hide behind the sofa.

            1. Ask Yourself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Nice well done. 66 with 6 to go here !

          7. lordkippe
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            49 with KWP, Kane & Martial left. That is really bad, isnt it ?

            1. bryant
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              if kane is ur captain ur still in decent shape

            2. Podge
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Yep

          8. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Montoya has a tonne of deductions. Not getting bonus

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Yeah thought so. Cheers!

          9. Licky
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            2 cleanies and an assist, I'll take that.

          10. Sif
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Pope just missing out on BAPs by 2

          11. rodog
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Hey guys - what do you suggest:

            Either 442 - Maguire as 4th defender (starting) and Dendoncker as 5th mid (on bench)

            OR 352 - Lundstram/Kelly/Rico as 4th defender (on bench) and 6.0 mid as 5th mid (starting)

          12. Respect My Authoritah
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Excellent stuff. Big Tommy Heaton up next, rack up those saves

            1. Ask Yourself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              This. Can’t believe Ryan and pope got 7+

          13. DAZZ
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Any chance Digne sneaks into the baps?

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Nah, way off.

            2. Weasel Boy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              No