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Martial fit to start for United as Traore returns to Wolves side and Lloris misses out

The final two fixtures of a truncated Gameweek 28 kick off simultaneously at 14:00 GMT.

Everton play host to Manchester United at Goodison Park, while Tottenham Hotspur face Wolverhampton Wanderers in north London.

The stand-out storyline on Merseyside is Anthony Martial‘s (£8.0m) inclusion in the United starting XI, three days after he missed out on the Red Devils’ Europa League win over Bruges with a thigh problem.

Martial wasn’t spotted at the team hotel ahead of this fixture but, not for the first time, a no-show at the Lowry didn’t translate into an absence from the United side.

Bruno Fernandes (£8.3m), the most-bought Fantasy Premier League asset of Gameweek 28, also starts today.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made only one alteration from last weekend’s win over Watford, with Scott McTominay (£4.9m) replacing the injured Daniel James (£5.8m).

Solskjaer said ahead of kick-off:

It was just a precaution on Thursday, [Martial] probably could have played. We didn’t take the risk though, knowing Odion was going to play well and there would be no problem.

[James] got a knock on Thursday but he’ll be fine for Thursday [against Derby in the FA Cup] or definitely next weekend so not too much to worry about.

Richarlison (£8.3m) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£6.3m) continue their partnership up top for the hosts but elsewhere, Carlo Ancelotti is proving increasingly difficult to second-guess.

The Italian has made five changes from the 3-2 defeat to Arsenal, with Theo Walcott (£6.2m) returning from injury and Andre Gomes (£5.2m) making his first start in over three months.

Seamus Coleman (£5.3m), Michael Keane (£5.2m) and Tom Davies (£5.3m) are also recalled, with Djibril Sidibe (£5.1m), Yerry Mina (£5.3m), Fabian Delph (£5.3m), Alex Iwobi (£5.6m) and the injured Morgan Schneiderlin (£4.4m) dropping out.

The big news from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is that Adama Traore (£5.9m) is recalled to the Wolves starting XI, with Nuno Espirito Santo changing back to a 3-4-3 for this encounter.

Leander Dendoncker (£4.4m) makes way, while Santo’s other alteration is enforced: Ruben Vinagre (£4.2m) in for Jonny (£5.4m) at wing-back.

Jose Mourinho has made four changes to his Spurs side for this afternoon’s clash.

Tanguy Ndombele (£5.8m), Toby Alderweireld (£5.3m) and Jan Vertonghen (£5.2m) are all benched, while Hugo Lloris (£5.3m) is missing from the squad altogether with a groin problem.

Paolo Gazzaniga (£4.2m) comes in for the hosts’ goalkeeper, with Eric Dier (£4.8m), Serge Aurier (£5.0m) and Dele Alli (£8.3m) also returning to the side.

Mourinho said ahead of kick-off:

Hugo Lloris doesn’t feel in a condition to play. He’s played a couple of matches with a little problem which he was able to hide, but this time it wasn’t possible.

It’s another opportunity for Paolo to play and another challenge for the team. [Lloris] is obviously a very experienced and quality keeper, but life is made of challenges and we know we will have to fight until the end of the season, and we play against a very difficult opponent, of course.


Everton XI: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Holgate, Baines, Davies, Gomes, Walcott, Calvert-Lewin, Sigurdsson, Richarlison.

Man Utd XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Matic, Fred, Fernandes, McTominay, Martial, Greenwood.

Wolves XI: Patricio, Boly, Coady, Saïss, Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Vinagre, Traoré, Jiménez, Jota.

Spurs XI: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Sanchez, Tanganga, Davies, Dier, Winks, Lo Celso, Dele, Bergwijn, Lucas.

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1,283 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FOO FIGHTER
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Can see loads of hits incoming for GW29 like 28.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        None planned here but we'll see.

    • Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Firmino Jimmy > Auba Jota for a hit?

    • Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Do you have to do anything to enter the FFS cup or is it automatic for members?

        1. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Thanks Hazz and TM

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Need to enter.

    • BNMC
        4 months, 2 days ago

        I've gotten 52 points out of DCL since buying him - at just 5.7! Has to be the transfer of the season for me.

      • Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Martial out I’m thinking

        1. FOO FIGHTER
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Ball watcher

          • Wirbelwind
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            likewise. But Can't move sideways to Fernandes without getting some funds and a -4 elsewhere - unless I go WC already

        2. Danstoke82
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          What about these moves?

          Ings + Traore > Jota + Fernandes

          Yay or Nay?

          1. Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            I don't think that you could argue with that - especially if it's for free

        3. Wirbelwind
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Both Jim and Jota up front too much?

          Wonder if they'll keep it up given Europa League

          1. Hulk Smash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Good value. Plenty of options for an easy switch when Jota's streak ends.

        4. Champions united
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Vardy+ings>auba+cl

          1. Champions united
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            For (-4)

          2. Sailboats
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Im considering this for -4

        5. FOO FIGHTER
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Strange that KDB not starting tonight?

          • Dacra
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            What an uneventful week.

          • Tcheco
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Pick one:

            1. Jimenez
            2. Jota

            In for:

            A. Firmino
            B. Vardy

            1. Ha.
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              2A

          • Garfield1001
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Transfers this week were:

            Rico > Robertson
            Grealish > Fernandes
            Vardy > Jota

            Strongly considered Doherty instead of Robertson but fixture this week and OTM for Robertson made me go him. Gutted

            1. Tsparkes10
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Gutted Hahaha. Bet you are

              1. Garfield1001
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                I are you being sarcastic?

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

              Neat

              Almost went Doh too - Pereira instead.

          • Kushal
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Bought Bruno(c) and Doherty for a hit. Finally a good transfer.
            59 points.

            1FT .. Should i do
            A. Salah > Mane
            B. Martial > Barnes

          • Rolls-Royce
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            How did Jota looked in general against Spurs?

            1. Wolves Ay We
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Like Jess Pinkman as always. 😀

            2. fedolefan
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              The fact that he's scoring in "big" games where he's historically gone missing is very interesting.

            3. Holmes
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Pretty decent. Double up with Jimenez for next few weeks can be fruitful

              1. Rolls-Royce
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                I have the double up rn. Did Vardy-> Jota last moment.

          • gergin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            It is second time I watch a game where own goal is disallowed because of offside...for 35 years watching football

            1. Tcheco
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              What happened the first time

              1. gergin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                Another loved by referee team won a point.

          • bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Is 44 points likely to be enough to make the FFS Cup. I've never qualified before.

            1. Free Hat
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 2 days ago

              With the low scoring gw I like to think so yes

              1. bitm2007
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                that DCL disallowed goal might have cost me, fingers crossed.

          • Wild Rover
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Can’t see how Siggy was affecting DDG there. He was on the floor and not obstructing Dave’s movement or vision. The only reason it went in was because Dave was going the wrong way and the deflection did him. Remove Siggy and the same thing happens.

            1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              At the very least it wasn't clear and obvious so on field decision should have stood

            2. Ole Trafford
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Of course he was obstructing David’s vision? He is literally in the centre of a direct line between him and the shooter.

              1. Ole Trafford
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                If you remove Siggy he would have had a chance to at least see the deflection happening and therefore may not have been moving the wrong way?

              2. caldracula
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                On the floor, David was on his feet. Vision wasn’t obstructed at all and like WR said he dived the wrong way so was always going in.

                1. Ole Trafford
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  Of course his vision was obstructed! The ball was moving along the ground! He literally has to pull his legs up last second to avoid the ball from hitting him he is interfering with play. Simple. DDG may not have even seen the ball deflecting off of Maguire until late due to Siggys position.

                  1. Wild Rover
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    4 months, 2 days ago

                    Watch it again. No way did he bock his view of the deflection

                  2. BeaversWithAttitude
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 2 days ago

                    The ball moves along the ground all the time, lol. If Siggy could see it in time to move his feet, David could also see it. However, DDG was moving towards the original shot in and would never have recovered to meet the sudden change of direction caused by Harry's "own goal" heel.

            3. caldracula
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Agreed

            4. mynameisq
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Wow insane take, how could he not be obstructing the view when it literally rolls straight past him to the point he has to move his feet back to avoid it touching him

              Yes DDG probs doesn't save it, doesn't make it not offside

            5. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              The reason DDG moves in the first place is because Siggy is blocking his line of vision

              1. Wild Rover
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                Nonsense

            6. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              All those disagreeing are Man U fans. How about that!

              1. Ole Trafford
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                Yeah. Alongside the professional referees who viewed it.

                1. Wild Rover
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  Oh so we all think VAR is always right now?

                  1. Ole Trafford
                    • 7 Years
                    4 months, 2 days ago

                    No I don’t. I normally think you are pretty accurate in your thoughts on here also WR, however I think you are not in this situation. Of course it is all opinion based but I genuinely believe that regardless of who that happens to, going off the rules that the goal should not if stood.

                  2. Ole Trafford
                    • 7 Years
                    4 months, 2 days ago

                    In regards to VAR, I like some things an not others like most I suppose.

              2. mynameisq
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                Nope, just someone not totally blinkered

                1. Wild Rover
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  I’m not blinkered, it actually benefited me as I own Bruno and not DCL. Siggy was nowhere near the point where Maguire deflected it and no way did a lying down Siggy block the view of a stood up DDG of the deflection.

                  1. mynameisq
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 2 days ago

                    The definition says impeding, he was impeded simple. Yes he doesn't save it anyway, yes he can maybe see the ball 99% of the time but Siggy being there has impeded him, DDG certainly can't see through Siggy's boots

              3. Wild Rover
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                😀

          • Pad Randa
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            So...who's got less than 17?

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Doherty 🙁

              Expected more from him.

            2. Wild Rover
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Everyone except Sarr

          • Miniboss
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 2 days ago

            A) Mane & Ings -> Fernandes & Auba (-4)
            B) Lundstrom -> Alonso

            McCarthy Button
            TAA Soyuncu Holgate Boly Lundstrom
            Mane Salah KdB Grealish Dendoncker
            Jimenez Ings DCL

            1. Miniboss
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 2 days ago

              1ft, 1.9 itb

            2. Ole Trafford
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              A is absolute madness

            3. Red Devil Swede
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Brave to transfer Pool assets out before a home game vs Bournemouth

          • Free Hat
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 2 days ago

            7th green arrow in a row. From 280k to 100k now.
            Good gameweek compared to most scores thanks to Pope, Alli, DCL and no hits.

            1. Ole Trafford
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Well done I have hovered around the same spot for weeks on end

              1. Free Hat
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 2 days ago

                Thx. Yeah same here. Difficult moving up around 150k. Every point counts.
                But this gw 40k jump so pretty glad.
                GL next gw!

            2. bitm2007
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Well done I'm up to my highest rank of the season 26K, after what would have been my 8th green in a row if my GW25 captain switch had gone through.

              1. Free Hat
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 2 days ago

                Thx. And great rank! Hope you can squeeze into 10k end of season.

          • Ole Trafford
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Next gw would you:

            A) Play Greenwood or Lascelles

            Or

            B) Greenwood to Jota -4 by downgrading Rico who is not playing anyway

            Or

            C) Cantwell to Sarr. Issue here is that I don’t plan on using FH in 31 and Cantwell could have a game

            1. Free Hat
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Cant see Greenwood starting tbh.
              So play Lascelles or transfer Sarr for me.

              1. Ole Trafford
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                Thanks

          • Wolfman180
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            After taking a -8 to get rid of Digne, Kelly, Traore and Martial.. I really want to move Vardy, Firmino and Ings to Aub, DCL and Jota.

            Is this taking far too many hits or does it make sense to sort my team out early to get players who will actually score some points?

            1. Wolves Ay We
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Vardy and Ings have good matches, wait a week

              1. Wolfman180
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                Haha I've been 'waiting one more week' on Vardy for weeks now. Not even being in the squad was the final straw for me

            2. Wolfman180
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Just to clarify I took the -8 going into this GW, not after the deadline

          • fedolefan
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            So, is Traore injured? Can't figure out whom to get rid of first. Him or Martial.

          • Tcheco
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Jota or Jimenez?

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              I prefer the consistent one, but Jota looks sharper at the moment.

              Massively tendency to get hooked early however.

            2. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Jota
              Scores more points and is cheaper

          • FOO FIGHTER
              4 months, 2 days ago

              I have Vardy Ings and Jimenez which is template AF.

              I am pondering all 3 out for a -12.

              Do I need my head seen to?

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                What does Jimenez have to do?

                Vardy I can understand, although dropping him now definitely is asking for a clapback next GW.

                Ings... I've accepted he can and probably will score again, but the stats have dried up a little. I've moved him into Aubameyang (lots ITB)

            • Niho992
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Can City score 4 or more here what you think?

              1. FOO FIGHTER
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  No KDB, City's main creator.

                  I think Villa have a real shot at causing an upset.

              2. Rolls-Royce
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                Would 46 (-8) be enough to qualify for FFS Cup?

                1. bitm2007
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  hard to say, I'm on 44 and not sure.

                  1. Rolls-Royce
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 2 days ago

                    🙁

              3. Disturbed
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                Firmino > Auba for a hit?

              4. FPL Kakarot
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                Is a City DGW looking unliekly now for GW29?

                1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  Crellin said it was 90% likely