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Lundstram benched as Fleck returns for Blades’ second Gameweek 30+ fixture

John Lundstram (£4.9m) is only among the substitutes as Sheffield United get set to contest their second fixture of Double Gameweek 30+.

The Blades are away at Newcastle United this afternoon, with kick-off on Tyneside at 14:00 BST.

Lundstram drops to the bench to accommodate John Fleck‘s (£5.0m) return, with the Scotland international having recovered from the injury that forced his non-involvement against Aston Villa on Wednesday.

That is the only change Chris Wilder has made to his starting XI, with John O’Connell (£4.7m) still not fit.

That means there is another start for budget defender Jack Robinson (£4.0m), who supplemented his clean sheet with two bonus points at Villa Park in midweek.

Oliver McBurnie (£5.7m) and Billy Sharp (£5.6m) start up front yet again, while Dean Henderson (£5.3m) is between the posts.

The on-loan goalkeeper won’t be eligible to face his parent club, Manchester United, in Gameweek 31+, however.

Steve Bruce has also only made one change to his starting XI, despite three months having passed by since the 1-0 win over Southampton.

Joelinton (£5.5m) for Dwight Gayle (£5.0m) is the Magpies’ only alteration.

There is another ‘out of position’ start for Matt Ritchie (£5.3m) on the right wing, meanwhile.

This fixture doesn’t scream ‘goalfest’ on paper.

Only Liverpool have conceded fewer goals on the road than Wilder’s side this season.

And no club has conceded on fewer occasions than Newcastle on home soil in 2019/20.

No team has scored fewer goals on their own turf than Bruce’s troops, either.


Newcastle United XI: Dubravka; Manquillo, Fernandez, Lascelles, Rose; Shelvey, Hayden; Ritchie, Almiron, Saint-Maximin; Joelinton.

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

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1,479 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Imagine getting salty when people point out that tripling up on SHU was asking for trouble.

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      They got a CS, that’s decent enough for a return

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 2 days ago

      13,7,5

      Would have taken it at the start

    3. PL Ball
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      They already got a CS first game and those with Deano as one of the 3 did even better.

      Not a resounding result but definitely not a fail.

    4. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      It wasn't asking for trouble, 1 CS matches or beats most SGW defenders. But for a red card it could easily have been 2 CS.

      1 CS was what I was after and anything else a bonus, jobs a good 'n.

  2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    NoBoDy iN tHe LeAgUe HaS cOnCeDeD LeSs aT hOmE tHaN nEwCaStLe

    wHaT iS gOiNg oN?!?!

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Dubravka is beast!!! 😎

    2. Vazza
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Newcastle defenders are waiting for us to put them in our teams before they start conceding and getting RCs..

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Players I have left

      Salah(c), Mane, TAA, Grealish, Targett and Mings.

      Points, plenty of points please!!!

    4. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Time for another punt to pay off, McGinn!

    5. Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Chelsea look weak and rusty. Willian looms not interested.

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

      Assist El Gazi