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Fernandes starts at Brighton despite 120-minute FA Cup outing

Bruno Fernandes (£8.7m) has surprised Fantasy managers by starting for Manchester United’s trip to Brighton.

The Portuguese international played a full 120 minutes in an FA Cup win at Norwich on Saturday, suggesting that he might miss out on Gameweek 32+.

Despite having Andreas Pereira (£4.8m) and Juan Mata (£6.1m) on the bench, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Fernandes for a fourth start in all competitions since the Premier League resumed.

In light of extra-time in the FA Cup, it will be interesting to see how long the midfielder is able to last at the Amex Stadium though.

Fernandes will also be under the microscope of eagle-eyed Fantasy managers still curious about how he will cope with Paul Pogba (£8.3m) in the side.

The Frenchman made his first league start since Gameweek 7 when Sheffield United were dispatched 3-0 at Old Trafford, arguably overshadowing Ferandnes in the process.

Therefore, it will be important analyse whether or not the same will be true on the road, especially considering this is the same XI that Solskjaer named against the Blades.

That means another Premier League start for Mason Greenwood (£4.3m) on the flanks of attacking midfield, Marcus Rashford (£9.1m) on the opposite flank and Anthony Martial (£8.2m) in the centre-forward position.

The out-of-position FPL midfielder scored 10 points the last time he faced Brighton and launched himself onto the Fantasy radar with a hat-trick in Gameweek 31+.

Manchester United may not have it too easy at Brighton though. Notorious tinkerman Graham Potter has gone for an ultra-conservative formation, featuring a back-five and a trio of midfielders screening the defence.

Dan Burn (£4.5m) tucks in alongside Lewis Dunk (£4.7m) and Shane Duffy (£4.8m) at centre-back while Tariq Lamptey (£4.0m), who impressed against Leicester, could be up against Rashford.

Dale Stephens (£4.4m), Yves Bissouma (£5.0m) and Davy Pröpper (£4.8m) have been given the task of protecting the back-five, with creative players such as Aaron Mooy (£4.8m), Leandro Trossard (£5.8m) and Pascal Groß (£6.2m) on the bench.

Alexis Mac Allister (£5.5m) looks to be in a rather disconnected number 10 role just behind Aaron Connolly (£4.2m) in the lone-striker role, while Neal Maupay (£5.7m) finds himself among the substitutes.

Brighton and Hove XI (5-3-1-1): Ryan; Montoya, Burn, Duffy, Dunk, Lamptey; Bissouma, D Stephens, Pröpper; Mac Allister; Connolly.

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Lindelöf, Wan-Bissaka; Matic, Pogba; Rashford, B Fernandes, Greenwood; Martial.

FPL Lessons Learned from Gameweek 32+

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1,724 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 15 hours ago

    *BOTTOMED

    Thoughts on Auba, Barnes & Mount to Greenwood, Mane & Pulisic for -8?

    1. Printing Mane
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 days, 15 hours ago

      Yeah

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 15 hours ago

      I like it

    3. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 14 hours ago

      Cheers fam

  2. FOO FIGHTER
      6 days, 15 hours ago

      Martial to Bruno? *Evil laugh*

    • The Tinkerman
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 15 hours ago

      Rashford, Sarr, DCL > Jesus, Mahrez, Greenwood (-4)?

      1. Bruce Lee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 15 hours ago

        If you want to take a big risk and make up ground like discussed on the last page the yes

        Expect Greenwood to have inconsistent minutes

    • Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 14 hours ago

      Play Nyland or Leno to someone for a hit?

      1. The Senate
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 14 hours ago

        na way a hit for a GK. unless you can predict a pen save?

        1. 420king
          • 6 Years
          6 days, 14 hours ago

          Maybe a new GK brings back those 4 points and more over several gws though?

        2. BDA Shadow
          • 5 Years
          6 days, 10 hours ago

          Unless it's bloody Pope apparently.

    • SuperMane Returns
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 14 hours ago

      30 with 6 to go - Trent/Aurier/Son/Mane/Vardy/Nketiah. Hopefully will do OK by Thursday post matches.

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 days, 14 hours ago

        49 with 8 left to play here. On bb

      2. Uncle Gamst
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 14 hours ago

        37 with 5 to go; TAA, Aurier, Salah(c), Kdb and Nketiah...so, so

      3. Devo-McDuff
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        37 with 11 to go ... also on BB

    • Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 14 hours ago

      DDG Button
      TAA Doherty AWB Aurier Lascelles
      Salah KDB Fernandes Son Foden
      Jimenez DCL Nketiah
      2ft. Might burn transfer or do you have any ideas?

    • Kannbury
        6 days, 14 hours ago

        120 minute training session did Bruno good! 🙂

        1. SuperMane Returns
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 days, 14 hours ago

          Martial looked like the one who had played 120mins!

      • SuperMane Returns
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 14 hours ago

        How is Jay Eggersdorf doing this season?

      • La Roja
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 14 hours ago

        Bruno price prediction next season?

        I’m thinking 10.5m

        1. Devo-McDuff
          • 1 Year
          6 days, 3 hours ago

          As I don't pick United players and he is the first one to genuinely concern me in quite some time, I'm hoping for 17 mil.

      • Bobby Digital
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 13 hours ago

        Went with a maverick Son(c) this week... hope it pays off!

      • Pennywise
        • 10 Years
        6 days, 13 hours ago

        Damn Rashford captaincy paid dividends then *insert eye roll here*

      • olidooley
        • 7 Years
        6 days, 12 hours ago

        Sarr and Kiko punts a disaster
        Bruno and Pope threatening to save me

        All down to what Salah cap does probably versus Auba

      • BDA Shadow
        • 5 Years
        6 days, 10 hours ago

        Thinking Ayew+Guendouzi --> Foden+Connolly for 2 FTs.

      • baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 10 hours ago

        Pope is killing me. I have beaten top 10k average (just), but red arrow around top 20k 🙁 Or what is happening?!?