Dugout Discussion

Lundstram starts as Zaha returns to the Palace line-up

Premier League football returns to Bramall Lane on Sunday as Sheffield United take on Crystal Palace. Kick-off is at 14:00 BST.

Both clubs drew in Gameweek 1, with the Blades snatching a late equaliser against Bournemouth and Roy Hodgson’s side being held by ten-man Everton at Selhurst Park.

Chris Wilder has named an unchanged starting XI from the team that drew 1-1 at the Vitality Stadium, so last week’s goalscorer Billy Sharp (£6.0m) is only among the substitutes.

That also means budget FPL defender John Lundstram (£4.0m) again starts ‘out of position’ in central midfield.

The Blades will line up in a 3-5-2 shape, with David McGoldrick and FPL midfielder Callum Robinson (both £5.5m) leading the line for the hosts.

Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m) makes his first start of 2019/20 for the Eagles, joining Christian Benteke (£6.0m) up front.

Jordan Ayew (£5.0m) is the man to make way.

That is the only alteration that Roy Hodgson has made from Gameweek 1, although Jeffrey Schlupp (£5.5m) has recovered from injury to take his place among the substitutes.

Budget FPL defender Martin Kelly (£4.0m) gets his second start of the campaign at centre-half.

Palace were much better on the road than at Selhurst Park last season and indeed had the sixth-best away record in the top flight.

Only three Premier League clubs scored more goals than the Eagles on their travels (32) in 2018/19.

Fifteen of Sheffield United’s 21 clean sheets last season came in a remarkable second half of the campaign in which they conceded only 14 goals in 23 matches.

The Blades recorded a shut-out in 12 of their 23 home fixtures.

Sheffield United XI (3-5-2): Henderson, Baldock, O’Connell, Egan, Basham, Fleck, Lundstram, Norwood, Stevens, Robinson, McGoldrick.

Crystal Palace XI (4-4-2): Guaita, Ward, Kelly, Dann, Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, McArthur, Townsend, Meyer, Benteke, Zaha.

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 2

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  1. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    Go heavy at back they said, get expensive defs they said.

    😎

    1. HollywoodXI
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      Yep. Making my finger hover over the WC button...

    2. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      Oh Barkley, please spend 90 mins on the bench!

  2. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    Didn't think I would be using it this early but I've just hit the wildcard button!

    1. thepeen555
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      Do you not have a plan to use it at a certain time?

      I normally do and this week was it so I’m happy it’s working out about right

    2. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      Knee-jerk much?

      1. gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 1 hour ago

        Arguably it is yes and I've criticised others for knee-jerking. Although Pukki isn't in my new team. I had Gomez in my team as I assumed he was first choice after playing last week. Being dropped yesterday was a surprise and means he has to go. I'm also feeling uncomfortable about not having either Salah or Mane in my team. Not only are they both premiums, as a Liverpool fan, the absence of both of those in my team makes for uncomfortable viewing which I don't want. Mane looked sharp when he came on against Norwich, scored 2 against Chelsea and now a haul yesterday so seems he has started where he left off. So he is on my team which has meant quite significant re-structure due to his price meaning I don't have much option but to use the wildcard. Not ideal using it this early but rather that than a 20pt hit.

    3. Brooklyn Zoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      I was thinking the same. However with Lundstram scoring and hopefully Jota scoring/assisting a few I may hold out. Double Liv defence is the problem for me.

    4. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      What's you're WC team mate ?

  3. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    Solid Blades!

  4. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    So glad I brought in Lunstram last night for a hit...

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      >last night

  5. teriyaki 69
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    OmG Lundstram?? Negates ML rival Pukki's hattie.

  6. SoapAFC
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    We get two wildcards a season yes? When do we get a second one? And I presume they don't stack?

    1. thepeen555
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      No stacking.

      Before 31st dec and then the other after the 1st jan

    2. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      After January 1st I think? Around that time, 2nd half of season anyway

      1. SoapAFC
        1 month, 1 hour ago

        Ok thanks lads

    3. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      January

  7. Chaste
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    Vardy brace please

    1. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      Rearly scores more than a single goal

  8. Tamagotchi Massacre
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    For everyone dealing with the bitter pill of a Lundstram benching.

    At least you're not amongst the 92% of managers who don't own him. They're stuck with a stinker of a decision this week

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

      No they're not.

      1. Tamagotchi Massacre
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 hour ago

        Yes they are

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

          LEI, CHE, SOU, EVE, LIV, WAT, ARS...

          1. Tamagotchi Massacre
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 1 hour ago

            Not even relevent

            He's a 4.0 OOP that'll be 4.3 before you know it and won't drop. See AWB

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

              At 4.3m that's a 0.1 gain in value for a player who will be on the bench most weeks.

              1. Tamagotchi Massacre
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 1 hour ago

                Value is irrelevant.

                At this stage buying him at a 0.1 increase effectively knocks you down a whole .5 bracket in purchasing power for another player.

                It is a definite boon to own him already and not be faced by the conundrum.

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

                  Its no disadvantage to have him but:

                  - Will you be selling him?
                  - Will many need to buy him?
                  - The. 5 bracket it only relevant in GW1. Prices have already begun changing, people have money ITB.

                  Of course it's a bonus to have him, but for it to cause "a stinker" of a decision for managers is laughable.

                  1. Tamagotchi Massacre
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 51 mins ago

                    That's just not true. The vast majority of players remain at their initial value now and nobody is going to be making any money just yet.

                    Like it or not, 0.1 increases ARE important at this stage.

                    If it's not a headache for you then great, you don't have a headache.

                    Your first sub will presumably be a defensive player. Anyone owning Lundstram with have an attacking player, collecting defensive points also. And we saw how heavily used the benches were last year.

                    See you in a few weeks to see how this one turns out

    2. thepeen555
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      Not really it’s 4m and if they have kelly they can just transfer him in if there is no other issues

      1. TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 hour ago

        No other issues?! Everyone’s teams are a train wreck!

      2. Tamagotchi Massacre
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 hour ago

        How many managers do you imagine have no other issues in WII of a season

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      Lol

      1. Tamagotchi Massacre
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 hour ago

        Oh I see, you made yourself look silly by mocking him before he racked best part of fifteen points.

        Enjoy stubbornly digging in

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

          Only a moron would spend the coming week debating wether to bring Lundstram in.

    4. Guilty Sigurðsson ♛
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      You word it like he's essential. He's not even on my watch list.

      1. Tamagotchi Massacre
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 hour ago

        Why isn't a 4.0 OOP on your watch list? Have you read the instructions?

        1. Guilty Sigurðsson ♛
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 1 hour ago

          Look at Sheff Utd's fixtures, how many times are you gonna realistically play him?

          1. Tamagotchi Massacre
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 1 hour ago

            Quite a few times if he keeps his place in the team. He'll come off the bench for rotations, I'll use him when I've got an injury and don't want to use a FT, I'll use him in favourable fixtures.

            It's early days but I'm super glad he's in my squad

      2. Gnu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 1 hour ago

        You're not a quick learner, are you Mr 2 yo 😆

        1. Guilty Sigurðsson ♛
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 1 hour ago

          Don't be a Richard.

            1. Guilty Sigurðsson ♛
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 1 hour ago

              The irony is hilarious. Who's captain hindsight now? 🙂

              1. Gnu
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 1 hour ago

                I didn't even bother discussing your crappy comment as I don't own Moura.

                But I did fancy a Sheff utd cleanie ahead of a Spurs (non-starting as it turned out) midfielder scoring at Etihad.
                You make your decisions in this game but that was a crass comment after 10 minutes of a game.
                No hindsight here.

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

                  GNU - That's literally hindsight.

                  1. Gnu
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 1 hour ago

                    An FPL decision that was came off but he was the one making the numbnuts post because he didn't agree.

                  2. Guilty Sigurðsson ♛
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 1 hour ago

                    Think he's just realised haha. I'm happy for the convo to die here. 🙂

              2. Guilty Sigurðsson ♛
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 1 hour ago

                - Calls me out for a hindsight post
                - 4.0 defender outscores 7.5 mid
                - Links me back to my post suggesting that playing Lundstram over Moura was the correct FPL decision.
                - Hypocrite.

                1. Gnu
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 1 hour ago

                  Jog on now, you're a tiresome wee man.

            2. Tamagotchi Massacre
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 1 hour ago

              Haha

  9. andrewe63
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    It's like last season never ended.

    Lpool and Citeh looking like they'll have a titanic struggle.

    Newcastle and Palace still S Hi TEE

  10. purple lamborGhini
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    and just as a reminder Lundstram should also have had an assist if McGoldrick wasnt totally useless.

  11. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    Shades of AWB, GW1 last year.

  12. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    Will take that Henderson clean sheet all day!

  13. Garlana
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    Lundstram laughing at my entire team from 1st on the bench lol at me. Jota and Perez have a lot to do

  14. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    Lundstrom my star man so far this week, well who would have thunk it.

    Vardy and Perez left.

  15. I hate Moreno
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    Lundstram won't get more than 2 points again this season

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

      I don't think that's true, even as a salty non-owner.

    2. teriyaki 69
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      Sour grapes. Say that again without crying.

    3. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      I'll gladly take my 14 points and run

    4. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      Glad I was here for his 14pts then.

    5. Double Treble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      He nearly get two assists in his first game like mini KDB.

      He is KDC

      and Zinchenko is KDD

    6. thepeen555
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      At 4m who cares. He will likely be on the bench for most anyway. That’s all part and parcel of the game

    7. PUMPKINHEAD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      Never mind. Annoying but hardly a great tactical move. Punts pay off, lot of luck in FPL and this is how it goes. It won't be the last time

    8. MITHRRANDIRR
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      Salty.

      He got 1 bonus even in a 1-1 draw. He's the most creative player for his team.

    9. I hate Moreno
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      Who says I didn't start him?

    10. clodhopper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      Thats funny lol

  16. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    Going to trade Guilbert for Emerson or Man Utd def next week, however that means Lund on bench... Not so sure anymore...

  17. _sidney_will
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    Could Pukki triple rise? Ceballos double rise? Lundstram double rise? I’m gonna WC and need 0.1m to get Martial

    1. thepeen555
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      Yeah it’s already 6.7 that’s a double rise inside 3 days

  18. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    I hope Jota throws up all night and stays home.

    1. thepeen555
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      Lund first on bench yeah? Lol

  19. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    JOC doesn’t cover Lundstram 🙁 relived to get a CS there tho well down owners. Leicester at home up next who really struggled to break down Wolves’ 352. Another cleanie coming up

    1. KANE-O-MANIA
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      Got Lundstram played him this week & next week will do the same??

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

        He does look very good FPL wise when he plays I am quite jealous

        1. KANE-O-MANIA
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 1 hour ago

          He could be better than AWB a bps magnet

    2. clodhopper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      Played him last week this week and will play him next week too great midfielder always in space lovely passer of the ball and as david dickenson said cheap as chips

    3. Coolbean
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      Certainly not. The overlapping CBs is no longer a thing with the 5-3-2 system instead of the 5-2-1-2. The two side CMs (Fleck and Lundstram) are the ones doing the overlapping now.

  20. Pad Randa
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    The flip side to a Lund haul is that those of us who own him _and_ Rico will likely see a drop in value for the latter, making it harder to swap him out for someone else on WC unless you go early.

    1. timmyotool
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      Think Rico is gone for good from the team then?

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 1 hour ago

        Yeh. I'm using one of my 2FT to dump him for Lundy.

  21. GreenPL
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    Gutted about Lundstram but I have Henderson and O'connell. Benched Zinc too. Happy days.

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

      Nice double up

      1. GreenPL
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 1 hour ago

        Thanks. Had double Everton defence as well and they were the only teams to CS. Giant green arrow.

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

          You are a very blessed individual long may it continue x

          1. GreenPL
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 1 hour ago

            lol. Back to the normal 300k in a few weeks no doubt.

  22. KANE-O-MANIA
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    How is this team looking for GW3??

    Pope
    Robertson/ VVD/ Digne/ Lundstram
    Salah/ Sterling/ Trossard/ Perez
    Kane(c)/ Pukki

    Bench:: Button/ Dendo/ Greenwood/ Kelly

    1. Croaker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      Gtg

  23. Jealous Viper
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    Have to feel a little smug after playin Lundstram over Shaw and Deulofeu 🙂

    1. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      Well done!

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      Very nice call over Deu

    3. Gnu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      Hope you get a well done from Nostradamus Sigurdsson know it all fella on here.

    4. Rock n Grohl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      Well played.

  24. cravencottage
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    Is this crazy?
    Auba, Wilson, Perez > Pukki, Jota, Sterling?

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      No

    2. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      Makes sense to me

  25. Giggs Boson.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    Time for The Foxes to maul The Pensioners.

    C'mon Perez.

    1. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      Sounds good to me. 😀

  26. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    Did anyone lolled at Lundstram benchers? Just asking for a friend

  27. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    OR 142k before today...Lundstram 14 points...new rank 28k 🙂

  28. TONY123
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    Would you pull the trigger on this with 2 FT?

    Salah, Robertson, Robinson > Mané, Lundstram, De Bruyne (-4)

    1. Siggy in the Middle
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago

      You're just chasing points getting Lundstram in.

      1. clodhopper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 hour ago

        Chasing points is the point of the game look like good moves could pay off well

  29. Tactical Focus
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    Played Lundstram over Diop so was straight forward decision to be fair

  30. Siggy in the Middle
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    As a United fan and Perez owner I want to see Chelsea get kicked to the curb by Perez and co.