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Lundstram delivers as Sheffield United’s budget defenders impress

Our Gameweek 2 reviews continue with a look at Sunday’s first match.

Sheffield United’s first Premier League fixture at Bramall Lane since 2007 ended in victory for the hosts, with plenty to interest Fantasy managers who love a budget buy.

Sheffield United 1-0 Crystal Palace

  • Goal: John Lundstram (£4.0m)
  • Assist: None

There were two starting £4.0m FPL defenders at Bramall Lane on Sunday, with the less-popular asset delivering big for his owners.

Sheffield United’s John Lundstram (£4.0m), owned by less than a third of the Fantasy managers who had Martin Kelly (£4.0m) in their squads at the point of the Gameweek 2 deadline, banked a goal, a clean sheet and maximum bonus points as Sheffield United deservedly beat Crystal Palace and maintained their unbeaten start to 2019/20.

A defender in FPL, Lundstram was again deployed in his usual central midfield position as Chris Wilder named an unchanged starting XI and stuck with the 3-5-2 set-up that earned the Blades a point at Bournemouth.

The portents weren’t good early in the match as Lundstram picked up a yellow card after just seven minutes.

That was as bad as it got for the budget FPL defender and his owners, however.

Having already created a big chance that David McGoldrick (£5.5m) spurned before half-time, Lundstram showed he is no mere deep-lying midfield clogger by pouncing on the loose ball from a Luke Freeman (£5.5m) cross-shot to fire the Blades in front on 46 minutes.

Sunday might well have represented Lundstram’s high point as a Fantasy asset in 2019/20 but his spot in the Sheffield United starting XI would appear to be safe for the time being, with his place in the Blades’ midfield very much merited on his early-season performances.

Loan signing Muhamed Besic (£4.5m) may pose a long-term threat (although this is a midfielder who himself hasn’t yet proved anything in the top flight, having spent the previous 18 months on loan in the Championship with Middlesbrough) and Wilder may at some point ditch the flat three in midfield for the 3-4-1-2 he favoured last season but the balance of the Blades’ side looks ideal at present and the United boss would surely be averse to upsetting the current status quo in midfield.

An injury picked up by John Fleck (£5.0m) against the Eagles on Sunday may further lessen the competition in the engine room, although the severity of the Scotland international’s problem has yet to be determined.

Hailing Lundstram after full-time, Wilder said:

It has been a really difficult period for John. We brought in Ollie Norwood last year, who was arguably the best player in the Championship, and we played a two.

John’s more of an athletic midfield player and we’ve played with three players in the middle of the park. He’s a modern-day midfield player, he’s athletic, he’s mobile and he’s got good ability.

Everyone is delighted for him as he is such a good kid and sometimes, you just need a little bit of a break.

I said to him at the back-end of the season that if we did manage to go up, don’t start thinking: ‘that is me done’.

It was not and I always thought he had a part to play and for John now he needs to show that level of consistency. But I thought he was outstanding today.

Lundstram’s fine display both on and off the ball (no United player won more tackles) was only a small part of the Blades’ victory.

Substitute Freeman had an effective afternoon in the midfield three with Lundstram and creator-in-chief Oliver Norwood (£5.0m), while Callum Robinson (£5.5m) – who himself was withdrawn with an as-yet-undiagnosed injury in the second half – and McGoldrick pressed well from the front.

The stand-out performers were arguably the Blades’ defenders, though, with a Palace side that scored 32 goals on the road last season (only three sides netted more) barely getting a sniff.

Wing-back George Baldock and centre-half Chris Basham (both £4.5m) nullified Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m) after the Ivory Coast international had made a lively start, while Christian Benteke (£6.0m) was easily handled by the hosts’ back three.

The Eagles were perhaps the more threatening side in the opening quarter of an hour but Benteke’s fourth-minute effort was Palace’s only attempt from close range all game, with their other five speculative shots coming from 18 yards out or further.

Basham’s overlapping runs in open play again caught the eye, while Jack O’Connell‘s (£4.5m), himself not averse to a dash forward, posed a real threat at set plays, twice going close with headers from dead-ball situations.

Reacting to criticism of the Blades’ robust approach, Wilder said of his defence:

It’s still a contact sport. Players are still allowed to make contact with each other and they should be allowed to make contact. That’s part and parcel of what we do.

We did not allow them to get into any rhythm. They are an outstanding side away from home and had won seven out of their last 10 [on the road].

We got the balance and the shape of the team right. Even late on in the game, when we had to stand tough, I thought we did that. It was a good day from my point of view as the manager in terms of how we played with and without the ball.

The cliched, Match of the Day pundit-style response to whether the Blades were good or Palace were bad was appropriate today: “it was a bit of both”.

The Eagles’ bright-ish start didn’t really amount to much and, after Benteke’s aforementioned chance, Dean Henderson (£4.5m) only had to deal with long-range efforts from Andros Townsend (£6.0m) and substitute Jeffrey Schlupp (£5.5m).

The Blades predictably targeted Zaha and, when the Ivory Coast international is muscled out of the game, Palace’s lack of threat from other areas becomes apparent.

Two blanks in front of goal aren’t enough for us to completely write off their attacking assets but Palace now face nine of last season’s top ten between Gameweeks 3 and 13 and sit bottom of our Season Ticker as a result, so there is little incentive to invest at present.

Palace weren’t shambolic at the back but presented the Blades with enough chances to win the game without Lundstram’s goal, with McGoldrick missing a sitter, Robinson blazing over, and O’Connell and Oliver McBurnie (£6.0m) going close with headed efforts in the second half.

Let’s not forget that the Eagles were without first-choice centre-halves James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho (both £5.0m) and haven’t really replaced one of 2018/19’s stand-out right-backs in Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.5m) – the difference in class between Manchester United’s summer signing and Joel Ward (£4.5m) glaringly obvious again on Sunday.

Certainly, there would be plenty to encourage owners of the Red Devils’ Fantasy assets heading into Gameweek 3.

Members’ Analysis


Sheffield United XI (3-5-2): Henderson; Basham, Egan, O’Connell; Basham, Norwood, Fleck (Freeman 29′), Lundstram, Stevens; McGoldrick (Jagielka 89′), Robinson (McBurnie 56′).

Crystal Palace XI (4-4-2): Guaita; Ward, Dann, Kelly, van Aanholt; Townsend (McCarthy 70), McArthur (Wickham 82′), Milivojevic, Meyer (Schlupp 65′); Zaha, Benteke.


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Lessons learned from Gameweek 2

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  1. southernpacific
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Current WC....

    DDG (4.0)

    VVD Laporte Digne (Lund Kelly)

    Ceballos Sterling KDB Salah Mount

    Pukki King ( 4.5)

    Would like Son in there but struggling to figure out a way? Any advice

    1. Utensilitility
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      sell sterling, kdb or salah to get him in

    2. Another Hoops
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Nice team. Maybe Jota instead of King. I would consider Salah & Mount to Mane & Maddison but that's my personal preference.

    3. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I've got the same dilemma. Currently Salah on the way out to get him in then use the cash to upgrade King to someone (maybe Firminho)

  2. MikeBravo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    I don't get why Billy Sharp doesn't get given a decent chance in the Premier League. Saints never really used him when his goals got them there, and now deja vu with the Blades. He must be peed off...

    1. Little fekirs
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Agreed Mcgoldrick didn’t exactly set the world on fire last year.

  3. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Have to say this team is mighty tempting to wildcard to.

    Pope
    VVD Digne Montoya Lundstram
    Sterling Mané KDB Trossard
    Kane(c) Pukki

    Woodman Soyuncu Greenwood Dendocker

    1. Little fekirs
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Decent but wouldn’t use your WC now. Only 2 weeks of data, could be drafting in more problems.

      A hit or two is a much better option.

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Might change tonight after United play 😉 . Think Martial and City defence may yet prove better value than KdB midterm.

      Trossard? We’ve yet to see enough from Potter to really know imo. Suspect it’ll be different each week. Might go back to him if he really does look central to Brighton

  4. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Well this me still having Salah.

    Pope
    VVD Soyuncu Digne
    Salah Sterling Martial Perez Donk
    Kane(c) King

    Button Zinc Lund Greenwood

  5. tabzy
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    On wildcard!

    Is VVD to Dunk a viable move to get KDB in? It means I have no Liverpool defense which feels like I’m walking into town with the fanciest jacket... but no underwear

    1. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Hold VVD.

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I’d hold one Liverpool defence personally on WC. They’ll be hard to get back without a hit given their price and 16/7 weeks is a long time to wait for next WC.

  6. Francescoli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Can’t remember so many wildcards being thrown about this early on in the season. Feels like WC Anonymous in here.

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Its great.

      1. Francescoli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        This place used to be a lot more measured...

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          it was bound to happen with all the big defences early in the season.

    2. Visionaries
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      It is early but you can definitely already spot the bandwagons and potential bargains

      1. Francescoli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        No doubt. Usually a hit or two will get you the bandwagons though.

        Just remarking that there seems to be a lot more than usual for this time of year.

    3. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Always seems more than it actually is, as you don't hear from the people not WCing.

      1. Francescoli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Valid.

    4. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      It always happens, doesn’t it? If not GW2, then certainly GW3.

  7. Little fekirs
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Son captain sounds good.

    1. Utensilitility
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I prefer to captain a guaranteed starting player

      1. Little fekirs
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Son nailed when fit.

  8. The Man Pastore
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Hope Jota scores today

    1. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Me too

    2. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Or doesn't show up at all so Lundstram subs in.

      1. Visionaries
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Haha, wishful thinking

      2. Rasping Drive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        So much this.

    3. xHaTr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Desperate for some goals from him as well

  9. yakirh
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    How is it looking?

    Heaton
    VVD AWB Digne Montoya
    Salah Sterling Martial Perez Mount
    (K)ane

    Bench: Cathcart and fodders

    1. Utensilitility
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      awful bench.

      1. yakirh
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        I dont think I need more than 1 playing sub until first wildcard

        Thoughts on the starting eleven?

        1. Utensilitility
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 2 months ago

          it's ok I suppose

  10. Vj_04
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Mane or Salah?

  11. bigbudgie
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Ryan Button
    Robbo VVD Digne Maguire Rico
    Salah Sterling Siggy Perez Dendonker
    Wilson King Greenwood

    2FT guys and gals, price changes have priced me out of all the popular moves in two, would have liked to get KDB TBH but no easy way now. What looks better? Also think patience with the likes of Siggy and Perez will pay off

    A) Robbo/Wilson > Lundstrum/Kane - would mean playing Lundstrum or Dendonker every week
    B) Siggy/VVD > KDB/4.5 who plays every week
    C) Wilson/Perez > Pukki/Martial

    1. Mr. Mystic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Nice to see someone with similar team and similar situation with Siggy...

      Would have liked KBD also, but going to wait a few weeks with Everton’s fixtures

  12. Vj_04
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 2 months ago

    A)Mane, Kane
    B)Salah, son

    1. Visionaries
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      A

    2. Little fekirs
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      A if that 0.5 isn’t super important.

    3. Four Hit Wonder
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      A defo

    4. liverpool01
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      B

    5. Basil1977
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      B

  13. Bartowski
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Is there any real threat to James's place in the Man U team?

    Who played for them on the right last season?

    1. Little fekirs
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Lingard and Periera were preferred V Chelsea. Definitely not nailed.

    2. Visionaries
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I think for the moment he will be an impact sub. As the season wears on I imagine he take that position on the right

      1. Bartowski
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Yeah you're probably right. I guess we'll wait and see if he starts tonight.

  14. Four Hit Wonder
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    I got 6.5m ITB after doing the first part of a double whammy. The second part can be:

    a) McGinn --> Mane (got Sterling, KDB, Ceballos, Dendy) - this is the original plan
    b) Pukki --> Aguero / Kane / Auba (got Rashford)
    c) Greenwood --> Aguero / Kane / Auba (would bench either Maitland-Niles in 3-4-3 or Ceballos in 4-3-3)

    I do need Mane as the intention was to replace Salah, but do b) and especially c) have any merit?

    Please don't talk about me shipping Salah. That's done and over.

    1. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Whay on earth would you want to sell Pukki?

      Of course C has merit if you choose Kane since Spurs’ upcoming hime fixtures are mint.

      1. Four Hit Wonder
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        To bank 0.1m 🙂

        1. Four Hit Wonder
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          And let other people sell in panic when he blanks for the first time.

          1. Rasping Drive
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            Hmm. Not sure he’s gonna blank against that Chelsea defence tbh.

    2. Basil1977
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      a for me

  15. Basil1977
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    current team, i have 2ft and no money in the bank.
    ryan, button,
    taa, vvd, digne, zinchenko, rico
    salah, kdb, siggy, barkley, dendonker
    kane, king, greenwood

    rico, barkley, king to lundstram, ceballos, pukki for -4?
    or am i just chasing last weeks points?
    can anyone else think of another move?

    1. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I would just do Rico to Lundstrom and roll the other trade.

      1. Basil1977
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Barkley not playing is an issue

        1. Rasping Drive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          Ah yes, you’re right, I stand corrected. I think Four Hit Wonder’s suggestion makes sense in that case.

    2. Four Hit Wonder
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      The move makes sense, it's not chasing points. Though Rico isn't a priority, unless you want to catch Lundstram price rise. You shouldn't take hits to replace one 4.0m player with another.

      Barkley & King --> Ceballos & Pukki for free makes perfect sense.

    3. Basil1977
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Thank you for the replies guys

    4. Four Hit Wonder
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Alternatively, if you're so serious about Lundstram - play him. Ship one of your four main defenders for him. Use the extra 1.5-3.0m to upgrade Siggy to Pepe or something.

      1. Basil1977
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Happy to keep Siggy at the moment due to fixtures, Wanted to shift Rico and Barkley due to playing time. Wanted to get a piece of the Pukki party!!

  16. BradtheLAD
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    What to do with this team? Got 2 Ft and 0itb.

    Pope Heaton
    VVD Robbo Digne Rico diop
    Salah Sterling Pérez Lucas Moura dendoncker
    Vardy King Greenwood

  17. OBAMA
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    keep trent or robbo?

    1. Four Hit Wonder
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Of the two I'd keep TAA, though I own VVD only.

      TAA always looks more likely to get an offensive return. He can get a good FK anytime, while with Robbo you need the team performing well. He's more dependant on other players, he makes assists when they're in position. TAA can make it rain on his own, he's got Pirlo vision. Robbo is a really stubborn workhorse.

      At least that's how I see them.

      1. Fiffo1892
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 2 months ago

        As a LFC fan I tend to disagree. This season in the 4 games so far it seems like Salah would be on some of the right-sided FKs as well as left-sided corners. Robbo is more involved offensively too - look at their comparison stats in the Members area for a proof. Also Robbo has had shots on target in both PL games and was unlucky not to score, while TAA has had the better crosses in these two games.
        But yeah, Robbo is more nailed on as Gomez has already played some minutes at the right back, even though these were not in PL games.

    2. Basil1977
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      robbo is the safe choice plays every game, taa is more likely to get benched, but is more likely to haul. tough call if you have a playing bench i would go for taa

  18. cnewman7
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    What do to with 2 FTs?

    Ryan (Button)
    Coleman Robertson Cathcart (Lundstram, Diop)
    McGinn Salah Sterling Perez Trossard
    Wilson Kane (Greenwood)

    Thinking of just downgrading Wilson --> Pukki, rolling free TF and keeping the $$

    Thoughts?

    1. Paddy Gooner
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I would. I have Wilson and Pukki. Gonna get rid of Wilson GW5 though.

  19. Paddy Gooner
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    I need to take a -4 as I have 2 defenders who don't play. Taylor and Guilbert. So I'm thinking of replacing Guilbert with

    A: Mina or
    B: Keane

    ...any suggestions?

    1. Basil1977
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Mina out of these 2 due to be being great in the air, so is a threat at set pieces.

      1. Paddy Gooner
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Thanks Basil. Love this site.

  20. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Captaining Pukki vs Chelsea is very tempting, but city will probably get like 40+ goals vs Bournemouth so I guess Sterling it is :/

  21. farmerfat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Wilson Fraser and TAA > > > Jota KDB & Zinchenko. (-4)
    Happy with this move, wild card not needed.
    Thoughts?

  22. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Milivojevic to one of Lanzini or Ndombele?
    Will the latter be impacted by Son?
    Other suggestions welcome
    Looking for next 4 GW with good fixtures every week midfielder max 7m (not opposed to freeing up funds either)
    Have Salah kdb Pérez McGinn also
    TIA

    1. RyanKent14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I’ve went with Lanzini, looks a good pick

  23. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Vardy and Perez out, Pukki and KDB in with only -4 hit is very tempting.

    My WC is still in tact

  24. RyanKent14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 2 months ago

    How’s my team looking? Will change kwp to Aurier if he takes the place back

    Ryan (Button)
    Kwp zinch dunk (Lund) (Kelly)
    Mane Sterling kdb Maddison Lanzini
    Kane Jota (Greenwood)

    On my wc, I’m I good to go?

  25. jai1212
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Zaha/Maitland Niles to Mount/AWB for -4?

  26. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    How's this for a -4?

    Pope, Button
    Van Dijk, Zinchenko, Lundstram, Kelly, Rico
    Salah, Sterling, De Bruyne, Perez, Dendoncker
    Kane, Pukki, Greenwood

  27. Mr. Mystic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Siggy owners, what are your thoughts? I’m losing patience...

    1. Bookkeeper
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      keeping and be patient.

  28. Kingy81
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    What is the best 4.5 defender coverage

    Is it Dunk or Montoya or is there another option ?

    [first time question for the scoutcast ]

  29. rowdog24
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    TAA, Sig, Wilson >>> Souyuncu, De Bruyne, Rashford (-4)

    Yay or nay?