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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. DA Minnion
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    And it gets worse.

  2. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Maxim G

  3. Luka does it again
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    YESS!!

  4. Coys96
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    OMFG

  5. La Roja
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    No Egan and JOC doubtful, Rashford captain?

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Bruno.

    2. STRANGER INGS
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      And hendo too

  6. Qaiss
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    And Egan owners really laughed at Luiz owners? Lol

    - Egan owner

  7. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Enda fail

  8. KGFC
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    🙁

  9. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Ugh. Meltdown 🙁

  10. Fred54
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Yeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!!!!

  11. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    ASM OMG

  12. dansmusen
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Changed from Basham to Egan on the FT and i really don´t know way ??

    1. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Egan is better at attacking.

      1. Railwayman
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        "Better" with just 1 assist this season. That story is made up by the Scouts really, he is worse then Lundy, Baldock and Stevens in attack...

        1. Forza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I'd show you the stats tables if you had membership. It's about attacking threat in the future, not attacking returns in the past. Lundstram and Stevens definitely have better attacking threat, but Egan carries far more goal threat than Baldock and Basham for the third Sheffield slot.

          When comparing defenders who don't score or assist a lot (i.e. Egan/Basham/Baldock), looking at total goals/assists can be more reductive than looking at shots taken/chances created. Egan had a way better xGI than Basham and while he had a slightly worse xGI than Baldock, his xG was way better.

  13. tm245
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Not the finest ten minutes for those defenders.

  14. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Lund owner and a United fan

    LETS GO ASM

  15. Zilla
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Lol

  16. Bun Rab L4D3
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    St Maximim G 1-0
    Ritchie A

  17. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    O M G

  18. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Lundatram haul your ass on.

  19. KGFC
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Lundy will surely come on

  20. Lev Yashin
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Stevens

    Woo Ha Ha

  21. Rainer
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Stevens doesn’t want his fellow Irishman missing out on CS points. Top guy!

  22. BoomXhakaLaca1
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    4 of us still in contention in our mini league and all four of us have egan.... Be graaaaand

  23. Sun Jihai
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Stevens assist for the goal!

  24. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Pop goes the Double Gameweek double treble cleansheet dream

    So is that now:

    No O’Connell
    No Egan
    No Henderson
    Two days quicker turnaround

    For Old Trafford?

    Utd will probably still find a way to balls it up

  25. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    At least no clean sheet

    Makes owning egan slightly less painful

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      The luck

  26. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Stevens assist

    1. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      ???

  27. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Egan you total muppet, ughhh

  28. Fred54
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Not gonna lie, celebrated that like it was a WC winner golden goal.

  29. Little Red Lacazette
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Grrrrr.

  30. L'Aeroplanino
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Lundstram time