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Jimenez starts but Traore benched as Santo reverts to a 3-5-2 for Norwich clash

There are two matches kicking off simultaneously at 14:00 GMT this afternoon.

Both of the host teams were in UEFA Europa League action on Thursday night, with Manchester United facing Watford at Old Trafford and Wolverhampton Wanderers entertaining Norwich City at Molineux.

The headline team news comes from the West Midlands, with Adama Traore (£5.9m) suffering his second successive benching in the Premier League.

Nuno Espirito Santo has reverted to a 3-5-2 for this clash with the bottom-of-the-table Canaries, making only one change from Gameweek 26: surplus winger Pedro Neto (£5.0m) replaced by Joao Moutinho (£5.4m), who is part of a three-man central midfield.

There are starts for Raul Jimenez (£7.8m), the most-bought FPL asset of Gameweek 27, and Diogo Jota (£6.1m), who scored a hat-trick against Espanyol on Thursday evening.

Norwich’s two alterations are both enforced, with the injured Christoph Zimmermann and Sam Byram replaced by Ben Godfrey and Jamal Lewis (all £4.4m) at centre-half and left-back respectively.

Todd Cantwell (£4.8m) keeps up his ever-present record in 2020, while Emiliano Buendia (£6.0m) is again only a substitute.

Over at Old Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made two changes to the Manchester United side that beat Chelsea 2-0 on Monday.

Victor Lindelof (£5.3m) comes in for Eric Bailly (£4.9m) in a straight swap, while Brandon Williams (£4.1m) is replaced by Mason Greenwood (£4.4m) in a move that signals a change in formation from 3-4-1-2 to 4-2-3-1.

Odion Ighalo (£6.5m) is on the bench, as is Scott McTominay (£4.9m), who returns following a two-month lay-off.

Nigel Pearson’s only change from the 1-1 draw with Brighton a fortnight ago comes at right-back, with Adrian Mariappa (£4.2m replaced by Craig Dawson (£4.8m).

Ismaila Sarr (£6.2m) is only fit enough for a place among the substitutes.


Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Matic, Fernandes, Fred, James, Martial, Greenwood.

Watford XI: Foster, Masina, Cathcart, Dawson, Kabasele, Capoue, Doucoure, Hughes, Deulofeu, Pereyra, Deeney.

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI: Patricio, Doherty, Boly, Coady, Saiss, Jonny, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Neves, Jota, Jimenez.

Norwich City XI: Krul, Aarons, Hanley, Godfrey, Lewis, McLean, Tettey, Cantwell, Duda, Rupp, Pukki.

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1,419 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Traore get out of my team yah trash...

  2. ^Freedom Fighter^
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Saiss you beauty

  3. JoeSoap
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Note to self. 2 transfers never works even when free. Slow & steady wins the race.

    1. potatoace'scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I can confirm that doesn't work either.

    2. Podge
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      It’s pretty random

  4. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    18 points here with Mane(c), Salah & TAA to go. Anyone doing worse?

  5. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Took me till last gw to go 11pts ahead in my 75 a head ML.

    Took me one wk to duck it up. Somehow had Troare capt with Salah and Mane in my team.

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Ouch

      1. camarozz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Still don't know how I did it. Pure mistake. Had Salah cap all wk but must have hit something Saturday morning by mistake and games had kicked off b4 I realised it.

    2. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I know you’ll say it’s hindsight but that captain decision was just needlessly crazy

    3. Fantasy Gold
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      This is so good to hear. Thanks for the laugh 😆

  6. FOO FIGHTER
    1 month, 12 days ago

    My rank has been roasted. Down from 66k to 107k.

    Need Richarlison to eat the Arsenal defence alive as well as Salah(c) TAA and VVD to all haul tomorrow!!!

    Nightmare...

    1. BNMC
      1 month, 12 days ago

      "Richarlison to eat the Arsenal defence alive"
      Even I could do that!

  7. stupendous
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Final try. Wildcard time?

    Ryan (McGovern)
    TAA Robbo Soyuncu (Lundy Holgate)
    Mahrez KDB Salah Traore (Saka)
    Auba Ings Ayew

    1. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      -8 will do the job

    2. Nuno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Try when people aren't talking about the match that just finished.
      (-4) Auba and Mahrez out

    3. stupendous
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Cheers both

  8. teneighty
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Son + Lundstram -> Traore + Boly for a hit worked out ok but I'm worried about Adamas gametime...

    1. Nuno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Change of system today, he's always been at threat to that

      1. teneighty
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Info straight from the source, cheers! 😉

  9. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    How many Saiss will get?

    1. BNMC
      1 month, 12 days ago

      He'son 2 now

  10. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Jota 3
    Doherty & Saiss 2

    No Doherty deductions, it seems. Could of course changes.

    1. Daniel S.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Awesome

      1. Daniel S.
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Did Munday get Saiss?

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Who?

    2. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Fingers crossed

    3. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Nice.

  11. Do I Not Like Orange
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Is Traore out of favour now or just being eased back in? Was planning on bringing him in for next GW.

    1. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I am considering getting rid of him if he starts in the EL on Thursday night his chances of starting next week will be 50/50 which is not ideal

    2. Nuno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Change of system today, he's always been at threat to that

  12. jayzico
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Are Liverpool now playing GW28? They're playing watford? Eh

    1. potatoace'scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      They always were playing gw28

    2. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Liverpool were always playing 28.

      Only League Cup final effected.

    3. mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      They never had the blank

      City villa arsenal Sheffield are the 28 blankers

      1. jayzico
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Cheers

    4. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      GW28 is Carabao final weekend, no other blanks.

    5. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      they have always been playing GW28, it's 31 and 34 where they could blank.

  13. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Martial hates BAPS

    1. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Like Salah, needs multiple return

    2. SH
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      He gets less bp for scoring goal as a midfielder. But he nicely cover it with one extra point for goal and often one for cs

  14. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    My GW team looks like a Binary Code 😎

    1. Chucky
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      same 😀

    2. BNMC
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Maybe some 10s in there?

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Salah 🙂

  15. ZeBestee
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    51 with 3 and C to go. Anyone worse? 😛

    1. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      if DCL scores a brace I might be.

    2. Fantasy Gold
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yawn

  16. Lateriser 12
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Bruno. Tony. Jimmy. Fill house.

    Special mention to the saints trio of McCarthy, Stephens and Long.

    If only Aguero didn't miss that pen I'd be in the top 1k.

    1. mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Well done man, if I saw a Southampton trio in any team along with Bruno and martial I'd say that was a poor manager

    2. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Nice

      Shooting back up those ranks

    3. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Well done. Always paying off.

    4. HVT
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Well played, I thought of you when I saw those United goals.
      Thoughts on bringing in Utd mids right now?

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

        Bruno looks good.

        1. HVT
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Yea getting hard to ignore.
          What about Traore?
          Keep or sell?

    5. PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Class! Long!

    6. Chucky
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      double united and triple soton... season of the casuals....

  17. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Silver lining on forgetting to sell Son before the deadline means I get Greenwood's 8 points off the bench.

    Happy days.

    1. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Greenwood is a real talent. That left foot reminds me of RVP.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Yeah looks great, proper ping on him

  18. Royal5
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Plenty will buy Jota now. Watch him go 10 games with straight blanks. Happens every season.

    1. Silecro
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      yeah,it does, but mostly in first half of the season, and he still ends up with 120+ points

      1. FPL ElasticO
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Jota is in-form right now scoring regularly in EL & also PL..... so getting him not a bad option at all.

      2. Royal5
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Had him for all those blanks both this season and last.

  19. JohnRoss
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Wonder if many people will chase Jota points now...

    Can't see NES changing things for his lineups too much when Jota has been doing so well in Europe.

    Busy schedule ahead. Pity it coincides with such nice fixtures.

  20. Holmes
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Too many Portuguese players un Wolves :0

    1. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Including the Manager and staff.

  21. HVT
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Kelly > ‘The Doc’
    11point swing
    I’ll take that!

    1. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      My last 2 transfers

      Lundstram > Stevens
      Sidibe > Doc

      1. HVT
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Class well played,
        What’s your next few?

  22. Vasqujg
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Welp Brandon Williams Traore Harvey Barnes J Perez are not looking like stone cold locks for GW 28

    A bunch of wasted trades for new owners

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I think Traore and Barnes will be fine. Probably Perez, too.

  23. Pad Randa
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Saiss over Boly - check
    Benching Stephens over Cantwell bullet dodged by Williams - check
    Aguero pen miss as the requisite blank so as not to make everything too easy - ugh
    Liverpool triple incoming, on 39 so far. Could be worse.

  24. PascalCygan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Lol at this gameweek. Benchings and blanks galore.

    It was nice being in the top 10k for a week. Back out now!

    You know when we were discussing ‘bad beats’ and assessing your decision rather than the outcome? That’s helping - I actually don’t feel as annoyed as I might have because I still feel like I made the right calls.

    Don’t know how long this calm will last, though!

  25. FPL ElasticO
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Is Jota better option than Jimenez??

    1. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Based on today's performance, yes

    2. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      No.

    3. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Not much in it

      1. Paul Psychic Octopus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        1.7m in it. If you can use the money well.

    4. Nuno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      More likely to get his minutes managed

  26. TakingTheMkhi
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Anyone who has Hayden and wondering if he will play blank GW28, read this:

    https://tbrfootball.com/newcastle-fans-claim-isaac-hayden-was-missed-in-crystal-palace-defeat/?grva_cmp_open=1

    1. RealVirg
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Ok will give him next eeek

  27. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Doherty just thrown down to 36 BPS, weird one.

    1. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      CS
      Assist
      1 Bap

      No complaints

    2. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Still double digit haul. Not bad at all.

    3. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Lol great stuff for owners like me who went for the attacking option over Saiss

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        The goal is coming!

  28. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    17(-4)

    TAA Mane Salah (c) to play.

    Top that.

    1. HashAttack
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      One of my ML players - played WC and is on 15 from 8 ... that's pretty harsh

  29. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Love the Bruno interview saying Martial needs to cop on and score from his assists 🙂

  30. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    What happend to Digne ?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Calf strain

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        (Calf strain was Stevens)

    2. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Everton defence is rotation central at the moment