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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. squirrelbean
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 6 days ago

    How many saves does a GK need to get save points?

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

      3

    2. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Pope 1 save from 1 point and 3 more baps...

      1. badgerboy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        It's the Burnley keeper way.

      2. squirrelbean
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Great thanks!

  2. TheSteel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Klopp must be furious. Harry Wilson still on the bench

  3. COK3Y5MURF
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Deulefeo subbed off

    1. bryant
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      whyyyyy

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      What?

    3. Mr Frost
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      He was LW, totally useless reverse oop now.

    4. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      He is such a flakey pick.

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

      If I wasnt lazy I would dig up one of the many posts I made about how he was likely to play at most 60 min on average

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        I was about to @ you in this

    6. just a man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Easy change to Pukki at least.

  4. davies
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Those with double Liverpool defence & no City defence...

    Does the Alisson injury change anything for you, after GW2?

    1. The Duffy Dunk Shaw
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Nope

    2. Mr Frost
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      No. Adrian will do just fine.

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

        But you might need 2 transfers to get Adrian in. I will wait a week. Robbo to Laporte, Edeson to Adrian gets me £2m but is it worth it?

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

          might do it just to free up cash for KDB to Sterling

    3. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Double City and Pool def seems to be the way to go.

    4. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      No Ryan is my keeper.

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        TTA, VVD, Leporte and Zinchenko

  5. mynameisq
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    First price drop incoming, deulofeu

  6. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Deulofail

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

    Just noticed Ederson got a save point 🙂

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

    We was warned

  9. fr3d
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Seen a lot of teams with bench players from Brighton on here 😮

  10. Differential (c)
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Wood offside for the third time today.

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Channelling inner highs in. Goals are coming

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Higuain*

  11. Yank Revolution
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Mr Goldbrick, just wide!

  12. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Almost goal for Sheffield

    1. tokara
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Who almost

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Look up

    2. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      No points for almost

  13. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Xavi was reborn as John Lundstram

    1. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      xD

    2. Nightcrawler
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Harsh on lundstarm

    3. marcus2704
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I am SUCH an idiot for deciding not to pick Sterling. It was only ever going to end up one way wasn't it.

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

        Don't beat yourself up mate - long season ahead. Lots of big hitters left this week too

        1. marcus2704
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          I agree entirely, but the temptation to take hits or even WC to get him in is really starting to itch. I guess if both Kane and Auba do well this weekend it wont be so bad.

      2. Yank Revolution
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Don't be a #sadpanda!

      3. badgerboy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Nah. I was 50/50 between Sterling and Wilson or Kane and KDB up until deadline.

      4. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Take the positive from it. Your rank is probably going to be so low that the only way is up. A few green arrows should do your confidence good and you can get your season going.

    4. ElBuffalo20
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 6 days ago

      When do people normally play wild card? I have about 3 players I need to change. Not the big hitters but people like Gündogan kwp origi, don’t fancy taking a big hit

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        GW 3 is popular

      2. Polka Wakey O'Dot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Straight away...usually GW2 for most....

        1. Grand Thibauto
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Don't give him ideas

      3. Bubz
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Why did you pick them then

        1. ElBuffalo20
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 6 days ago

          I picked them for the haul on kwp and origi (which worked) Gündogan was a punt I shouldn’t have taken

      4. Grand Thibauto
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Get gundogan gw2, origi out on gw3, kwp gw4

      5. Harry Ball Bag™⚽⚽…
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        First international break

      6. dmkp
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        You can change those slowly over the coming weeks, wc not needed at all

      7. Klein
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Usually around an international break (after gw4 usually)
        -4 should fix easily.

        1. ElBuffalo20
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Yeah could get rid of 2 -4 not end of the world

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

        Don't WC for those 3. Just enjoy the Origi points and see how KWP does.
        Gundogan is a silly pick, fix that.

        1. ElBuffalo20
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Yeah it was silly

      9. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        No need to ditch kwp and origi yet.

    5. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      BREAKING: Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson is out for 4-8 weeks after suffering a calf injury during yesterday’s game against Norwich.

      Source: Post from football community on fb, not super reliable source perhaps.

      1. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Fack

      2. Yank Revolution
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Hello my new keeper, Adrian!

        1. Paul Psychic Octopus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Gonna mean 2 FTs used on goalkeepers over first 8 GWs. 4x FTs, if you use the extra 1.5m elsewhere and need to downgrade to get Alisson back later.

          1. Yank Revolution
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            I dont have Allison tho. I have Heaton. So its a straight replacement (2 total transfers: 1 in, 1 out when Al is healthy again)

      3. dmkp
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        They got that from James Pearce who is one of most reliable and informed Liverpool journos

      4. Mr Frost
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        It'll be 3-4 weeks for a calf.

    6. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Hows Wilson and Fraser doing?

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Nada

      2. Studini
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Terrible. Bournemouth are so bad, I'm think of taking Wilson out

    7. Lokako
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      This is the Pope 10 point celebration thread. Cheers we are moving up in ranks and are taking the ladder with us. Bye bye casuals see you next year

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

        Pray that I'm coming back to this at FT

      2. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        You just jinxed it dude...

      3. ChelseaGuy
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Don't jinx it now

    8. tokara
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      How is wilson playing

      1. badgerboy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Needs some service before we can answer this.

      2. Harry Ball Bag™⚽⚽…
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Missing

    9. Hits from the Bong
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Hmm Fornals and Deulofue went very badly. Hit incoming..

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

          Fornals more likely to start the easier games.

          1. Hits from the Bong
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Yeah more worried about Deul to be honest. Was always a gamble. Got Rico and Lundstram sat on my bench too

        2. Mr Frost
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          More cleanies for Bournemouth with Lerma + Billing?

          1. Would Ed Woodward
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Billing is a really good signing.

          2. Ógie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Siggy nearly scored

            1. Dakes.
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Dammit man...

          3. Differentiator
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Billing is absolutely diabolical

          4. Differential (c)
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Free kick to Southampton just outisde the box.Redmond won it.
            JwP territory.

            1. Point-one short
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Cmon Popey

          5. sambyy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Almost Digne assist

            1. Dakes.
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              🙁

          6. Respect My Authoritah
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Gray sitter

          7. mynameisq
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Digne assist to siggy cleared off the line

            1. dark91
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              This makes me sad

          8. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            I didn't even realised I'd left Heaton playing over Pope. Absolute numpty, come on Southampton

            1. Chilli Heatwave
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Heaton CS and save points, keep the faith

            2. COK3Y5MURF
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Lol

          9. TAT
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Pope is getting a massive score today, isn't he? Of course I went with Heaton, playing against Spurs…

            1. Bubz
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Not massive but decent

              1. TAT
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Ryan too, I imagine?

            2. L'Aeroplanino
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              You did not pick this team for 1 GW

              1. TAT
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Yes, but still…

          10. Our Tiny Servant
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Deulofeu not up front and not good enough to play more than 45 minutes then? 🙁

            1. ADucksBehind
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Picked up a knock