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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, 9 days ago

    Guilbert for AV?

    1. Grounderz
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Not sure on adult video, though.

    2. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

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

  2. How Mina You
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 9 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, 9 days ago

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

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

      Wow, congrats! Great score

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

      That's a good score.

    3. Amey
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Awesome score

    4. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

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

      1. Amey
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Wow

      2. Guru Mediation
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Triple captain though yes?

      3. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Spunked your 3XC though.

    5. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Sad boi hours. 81 pre baps if things hold here

    6. Dacra
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      74 with 3 here..

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Same (pre-bonus).

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

      Well played.

    8. Unliklinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

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

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

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

    9. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Nice work

    10. The Legend Squad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

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

    11. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      73 with 4 to play....

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Kane, KWP, Perez & Dendoncker

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

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

    13. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Too many played 3XC

    14. pjomara
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      It was single captain of Salah

  4. Pedram
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Hope i'm not jinxing it but Ryan > Pope

    1. Bruce Lee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      ?

      1. Pedram
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Ryan got 2 BAPS

  5. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 9 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, 9 days ago

      Well, maybe Kelly on 1 now.

    2. Amey
      1 month, 9 days ago

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

  6. True Deadzoner
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Lundstram on 1 bonus

    1. Podge
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Wha ?

  7. Vitamin C
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 9 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, 9 days ago

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

      I call shenanigans.

  8. bryant
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    sharp with 3 baps as a sub

  9. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Stuff you all. Class from the lads 😀

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

      😆

    2. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      GG

    3. Yank Revolution
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Good job by your boys.

    4. Bam Bam Bigelow
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

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

  10. Galza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

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

    1. Yank Revolution
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Oh hell yeah

  11. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

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

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

    As it stands Montoya on 2 BAPS

  13. TheTinman
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Montoya baps 😎

  14. Pepe Le Pukki
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    A Greenwood brace is on the cards.

    Trossard owner.

    1. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      This would be lovely 🙂

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

    Blow it up ref, please.

  16. Coldplay
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

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

  17. moment
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Clean sheet points for everyone

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Not Rico owners.

  18. Unai Emery
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

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

    1. Yank Revolution
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Lets hope so!

    2. Kabayan
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Saved by Montoya 🙂

      1. Amey
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Thisssssss

  19. Gravy_Davey
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Wait Wilson assist showing? Did I miss something?

    1. Tiki-Taka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      his shot was rebounded for their goal apparently

      1. Gravy_Davey
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Ah, didn’t think rebounds counted. Thanks

    2. Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Yep, Wilson got an assist.

  20. Bam Bam Bigelow
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Cry - Eve was a very predicatble 0-0

  21. Budweiser
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 9 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

  22. Eytexi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 9 days ago

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

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Nice well done. 66 with 6 to go here !

  23. lordkippe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

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

    1. bryant
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      if kane is ur captain ur still in decent shape

    2. Podge
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Yep

  24. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Montoya has a tonne of deductions. Not getting bonus

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Yeah thought so. Cheers!

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

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

  26. Sif
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Pope just missing out on BAPs by 2

  27. rodog
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 9 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)

  28. Respect My Authoritah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

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

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

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

  29. DAZZ
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Any chance Digne sneaks into the baps?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Nah, way off.

    2. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      No