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Lundstram benched again as unchanged Sheffield United face Bournemouth

While Manchester City v West Ham United has fallen victim to Storm Ciara, the Premier League’s other scheduled game on Sunday goes ahead.

Barring any late developments, Sheffield United v Bournemouth will kick off at 14:00 GMT.

The Blades are unchanged from Gameweek 25, meaning that John Lundstram (£5.0m) is benched for the third league match in a row.

Lundstram was the most-sold ‘defender’ of Gameweek 26 but is still in 43.3% of Fantasy Premier League teams overall and almost two-thirds of all top 10k squads, although his effective ownership statistics suggest a significant number of those benched him ahead of Saturday’s deadline.

Of course, with City v West Ham now postponed and not guaranteed to be rescheduled within the winter break, Lundstram could well be auto-subbed into many of those sides.

Sander Berge (£5.0m) is handed his Bramall Lane debut, while Billy Sharp (£5.6m) makes his third successive start up front.

Dean Henderson (£5.1m), George Baldock (£5.1m) and John Fleck (£5.1m), who each enjoy double-digit ownerships in the top 10,000, all start.

Eddie Howe has made only one change to his Bournemouth side, with Andrew Surman (£4.7m) replacing the suspended Jefferson Lerma (£4.8m) in midfield.

Josh King (£6.1m) and Jack Stacey (£4.3m) are among the substitutes after six-week absences.

Diego Rico (£4.3m), who still sits in almost 25% of teams within the top 10k, also starts at left-back.

The Cherries have failed to score in four of their last five away matches, while Sheffield United have kept five shut-outs on home soil this season.


Sheffield United XI: Henderson; O’Connell, Egan, Basham; Stevens, Fleck, Norwood, Berge, Baldock; McBurnie, Sharp.

Bournemouth XI: Ramsdale; Smith, Francis, Ake, Rico; Surman, Gosling, Billing; H Wilson, C Wilson, Fraser.

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2,258 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    This game really is a kick in the guts at times.

    Made the correct decision (with the information at the time was clear Lundstram had been dropped - proven in that he didn’t start) to sell Lundstram and get punished for it.

    So much luck in this game. In the top 100 in sky fantasy so time to concentrate all my time on that

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      *incorrect decision

      Corrected the typo for you.

      1. Garfield1001
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Stfu

        I’m pretty sure my fpl record smashes yours

        1. stupendous
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Do you get a medal?

          Jesus listen to yourself

        2. TheDragon
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Obviously I am joking - he only scored 7 points I have no idea why people are so angry about it. It’s no different to the Kelly / Rico random 6 pointers throughout the season)

          (It’s extremely unlikely your FPL record ‘smashes mine’ by the way)

          1. jason_ni
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Salty...

    2. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Yep.

      Why I prefer TFF. No chips, no captaincy. Just about choosing good players and having a transfer strategy.

      1. britzdubb
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        TFF sucks

    3. Hardly Athletic
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I had Lundstram as my 1st sub, and with KDB not playing I'll get John's points.

      1. Bushwhacker
        1 month, 26 days ago

        That assumes the City game won’t be rescheduled this GW.

      2. Marmalade Forest
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Did you have that earlier one in the season too when Lund scores and clean sheeted came in off the bench when someone like Aguero (C) was rested and KDB (VC) bagged 20 points?

        1. Hardly Athletic
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I had Lundstram in my starting XI that week.

  2. Trophé Mourinho
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Lundstram and O'Connell boxing with Kell Brook here if anyone interested
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPK-ikPcTQ0
    they arent bad either!

  3. Toby Lerone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Lundstram owners getting lucky

    1. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Starting him over Dunk? Not that lucky sir

    2. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Hardy - we are very unlucky he didn’t start - if he had he would have got a hattrick and Sheff Utd wouldn’t have conceded.

      Non owners very fortunate he only got 7 points when he would typically get 21 points in that sort of game

      1. FPL Pillars
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        “ he had he would have got a hattrick and Sheff Utd wouldn’t have conceded. “
        - this seems a little far fetched 🙂

      2. Toby Lerone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Must be on a windup.

      3. Bushwhacker
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Total luck. He’s been benched for weeks. Filthy casuals.

    3. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Lucky in the end, but pretty unlucky that he was benched in the first place, given Wilder's recent comments.

      1. Forza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Plus he has one of the biggest goal threats among the cheap defenders over the season. His goals don't come from nowhere.

      2. Toby Lerone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Erm he was dropped for berge so yeah lucky he came on and scored

        1. Forza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          But he was unlucky to be dropped in the first place. Wilder was clear in his praise of Lundstram ahead of today's game, which attentive people took to mean that he could well have started.

    4. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Sour seller spotted 😀

    5. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      All skill

    6. Toby Lerone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      For the record i wildcarded and have Egan.

  4. BNMC
    1 month, 26 days ago

    I have Salah(C), TAA, Firmino, Grealish, Alli, Ings, and Cantwell off the bench left. Not sure how to feel.

    1. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      That's one hell of a bench...

  5. FreddyP3
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Reckon Saka will play this gw?

    1. BNMC
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Kola may recover in time but it seems like Arteta likes Saka. Also Tierney is back in training but I doubt he will play this week.

  6. Essan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Playing against Bournemouth, I felt I had to play Lord Lundy since even off the bench he had a chance of scoring .....

    Question now is whether that makes him more likely to start future games?

    1. Bushwhacker
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Nope

  7. Monkey Hanger
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    16.15 - not long before City kick off.

    1. BNMC
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Are you behind?

    2. Essan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      KDB, Mahrez, DSilva, BSilva, Jesus and Kun all benched ...... 😮

      1. Bushwhacker
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Maybe

  8. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Fair play to no. 7 OR
    Richarlison captain which takes huge balls at that rank
    Also owns DCL, starts Lundstram
    46 points
    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/1311023/event/26

    1. Bubz
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Lucky

      1. Harper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Rich could've scored twice to be fair, hit the bar for DCL's rebounded goal

        1. Bubz
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Can tell from his rank history that hes just having a lucky season

          1. Harper
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            That and he is Norwegian

    2. jason_ni
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Wow.. excellent stuff, hes going big for the win!

    3. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - se…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Doesn't take balls when everything is going for you and everything you touch turns to gold and to be 7th that's what must be happening for this kid

    4. Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Best season 564k lololol

    5. Bushwhacker
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Hack account IMHO.

  9. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Which is best is here?

    A. Agüero+Greenwood >> Jimenez+Ings
    B. Agüero+Mahrez >> Jimenez+Mané
    C. Agüero+Greenwood+Aurier >> Jimenez+Ings+VVD

    McCarthy
    TAA • Lunds • Aurier
    KDB • Salah • Grealish • Mahrez • Traoré
    Agüero • Vardy
    (McGov. Rico. Soy. Greenwood)

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Hard to say as we don't know about the ManCity fixture yet. I'm probably shipping Aurier, even though he has got a few 6 pointers lately.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        When we likely to find out? Or does nobody have any ideas?

        1. Pukki Party
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Crellin says next midweek or possibly 29. Most on here think next midweek comes too early. Wouldn't sell Aguero anyway if i was you, maybe Mahrez to Son and downgrade Aurier

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Aurier doesn’t downgrade to 3.5 haha

  10. Pukki Party
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Thoughts on what to do here with 2ft 0.0itb?

    McCarthy
    TAA Aurier Lundstram Fernandez
    Salah Mane Moura KDB
    Vardy Deeney

    Martin Holgate Cantwell Greenwood

  11. Jordan.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    and there sandwiched serenely between trent and robbo is a fat number 7 under the s in lundstram,i shall enjoy looking at that till friday ...mmmm

  12. MidasBoys XI
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Just need Salah to be rested and let chaos commence

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      & a Vardy hattrick

      1. MidasBoys XI
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        No no no a Firminio hatrick lol

    2. Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I´m praying for that. Ings(vc) hatty 🙂

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Not a bad choice

    3. jason_ni
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I'd reluctantly take a salah rest, if auba comes through with a Hattie haul.

  13. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    John 3:16
    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

    1. BNMC
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Son?

      1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Son>Lundstram?

    2. ZimZalabim
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      and Austin 3:16 said Ill just whoop ur a**

  14. Am sorry to say again it�…
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Anyone got any legit info on the chances Man City's game will be played this gameweek?

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      1 month, 26 days ago

      is MOTD2 on tonight? They should speculate on that I suspect

    2. jason_ni
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Noone.. if they say they do, it's all just speculation.
      Personally I feel too many moving parts for them to get it this midweek, earliest is next weekend, and even then I'd say that is a stretch.

      1. n14mul
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Can't see it being next weekend as they will no break

        1. jason_ni
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Well yeah, it would make a farce of the break, but that's already happened when the fa rescheduled the fa cup replays into it. So who knows.

        2. xuwei
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Don’t understand why they can’t do like American baseball and wait as long as possible via weather delay before cancelling. Given fixture congestion at this time of year and still a fair amount of time in the day and satellite weather on every phone - couldn’t they have waited to cancel it completely?

          1. Bushwhacker
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Should play tomorrow.

  15. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Sounds like he might start again maybe

    Wilder on Lundstram: "John can't do anything more than what he has done over the last two games. He has a decision to make: does he feel sorry for himself or does he got out and contribute for the team? And he did that for us."

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      He didn’t start?

    2. Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Yeah, might aswell start him next game if you still have him

    3. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Weren't we all saying that after similar Wilder comments last week?

    4. potatoace'scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      So basically. Drop all this contract malarkey and you'll get a starting birth again.

    5. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      More like impact sub again. He did the job today, that’s all he can do. Wilder is right about that. What else is there to say?

    6. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I’d be ok with him just scoring from the bench again tbh

    7. Monkey Hanger
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Wilder knows what to say to get the best out off his players. Lundstram to stay as impact sub.

  16. n14mul
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Crap weekend for points! My ML rival has Richarlson so enough said about that. He also sold mahrez and had no city this gw which I thought would come back to bite him.....What did I know.

    Only consolation is that my KDB replacement is Lundy.

    Anyone else having and awful time?

    1. n14mul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Also to add I have holgate who was amazing with his 4 mins...thank you uncle carlo

  17. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Starting Lund for owners was obvious

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      stop it

    2. Jordan.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      was for me ,soy vs traore or jimi, or williams who cant get past tubby shaw...

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Obvious cameo 1 point and yes sometimes you get lucky like today

      1. Greek Freak
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I didn't really expect more than 1 point, but then again I didn't really expect more than 2 from either Taylor or Rico, so I started Lundstram on the off-chance I get lucky since there was little downside.

    4. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Your face is so kissable

    5. jason_ni
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Choice of lundy, rico, willams dendo for me, between those I went lundy of the chance he started, based on what wilder had.said, as well as not really fancying any of the other options..

    6. Bushwhacker
      1 month, 26 days ago

      All casuals did. (Am I doing this right)

  18. Aftermath
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Egan getting a bonus point?

    1. potatoace'scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      1.

      1. Aftermath
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Nice!!! Clean sheet for Egan I'll take it

  19. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Well, trollers of this morning you won! Enjoy your no-city game and I hope the best for you!

  20. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Was going to lose Lund but Holgate didnt start and had terrible fixtures. Holgate out priority? Newcastle defender in?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Holgate will get rotated, manager trusts all 3 cb's.

  21. Super Saints
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Selling Lundstram because he has been dropped while all my rivals kept him sums up my season nicely

  22. Bookkeeper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    surely Lundstram pinches 1 bap?

    1. potatoace'scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      No

    2. JustPark
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Thought he get some sort of winning goal bps? Not enough?

      1. potatoace'scott talent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Not enough still.

  23. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    No Kun

  24. JustPark
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Mixed feeling. Ditched Lundy for Egan.

    1. BNMC
      1 month, 26 days ago

      At least you didn't get Enda

      1. Woy_is_back
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        oh enda oh endaaaaaaaaaa 😉

    2. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Won’t matter soon anyway, fixtures stiffen up a bit after 29. Egan is a sure starter so don’t need to sweat on the lineups.

  25. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Winter break = lots of punishment

    1. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Lots of time to think and hear to people gloating before the GW is over. Not a fan.

  26. ElBuffalo20
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Saw Lundstram was benched today so sold him for Gomez , comes on and scores , hope that wasn’t a mistake

    1. jason_ni
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      You sold him today, before the game.. he wasnt dropping in price, have some patience! At least to the end of the.match!!

  27. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Will we get a City treble GW then

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Kun treble captain - for a treble benching

    2. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Anyone who still has TC chip in dreamland.

      1. potatoace'scott talent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Not really. 3 games in 1 week, with the title already lost and CL in full swing. Sounds like a nightmare. Plus klopp has already set the precedent this year for starting an u19 squad.

        1. jason_ni
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Yea... no way kun plays 3 in a row unless sterling and jesus injured.
          I could look at laporte or ederson tho.

          1. potatoace'scott talent
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Ederson would be gold , you'd hope.

  28. Miniboss
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 26 days ago

    My man Lundstram, steady provider since gw1

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Steady, really?

      1. Miniboss
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Don’t say you sold him or benched

    2. Trophé Mourinho
      1 month, 26 days ago

      same, legend he is

  29. Trophé Mourinho
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Losing Lundstram may have seemed the rigth call on paper, but equally starting and keeping him was not a bad call either.
    He has been amazing for Blades this season, his starting place was/is under threat, if he wants to retain that spot he has to fight for it. Lunds getting an attacking return and stepping up is not surprising at all, did people expect him to just roll over?
    At the end of the day its only 7 points, not the end of the world whatever you did, there will still be contention for his place and maybe in the long term he does lose it. I will be starting Lunds every week personally

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      He won’t score off the bench every week

    2. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Wilder doesn’t rotate his midfielders, so I don’t think that he was or is in contention to start.

      Based on his attacking return per minutes, without the CS potential, for me he isn’t a fpl asset worth owning.

    3. Miniboss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Indeed, will hold him as he’ll prove to be a super sub against tired legs.

  30. BNMC
    1 month, 26 days ago

    I am currently 73 points behind my ML leader. He's already used his FH and WC; hoping to come close to him when the blanks and doubles come around.