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Mee absent from Burnley squad as Clarets seek third consecutive clean sheet

Ben Mee (£5.0m) is the most notable absentee from Sunday’s early kick-off at Turf Moor between Burnley and Sheffield United.

The centre-back, previously an ever-present for the Clarets, misses out with a thigh injury.

Over 5,000 FPL managers had plumped for Mee’s services ahead of the Gameweek 33 deadline. The defender hauled 15 points in Gameweek 32 as his goal secured a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace.

Kevin Long (£4.3m) deputises for the Burnley captain. Nick Pope (£5.0m) owners will be hoping that Mee’s absence doesn’t make Sean Dyche’s team easier to breach.

Jack Cork (£4.9m) is also sidelined, so Josh Brownhill (£4.8m) continues in central midfield while defender Erik Pieters (£4.2m) keeps his place on the left side of midfield.

Returning to the Burnley line-up is Jay Rodriguez (£5.7m), who missed out in GW32 through injury. That pushes Dwight McNeil back into midfield, with the £6.1m man operating from the right-hand side of Dyche’s 4-4-2.

Chris Wood (£6.1m) and Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.9m) are part of the Clarets’ 20-man matchday squad. Neither player has featured for the club since the Premier League restarted.

Sheffield United are unchanged from their 3-1 victory at home to Spurs on Thursday.

The big news from Chris Wilder’s point-of-view is that Jack O’Connell (£4.6m) returns from injury to take a place on the substitutes’ bench.

The Blades boss ruled out John Lundstram (£4.7m), John Fleck (£4.7m) and Luke Freeman (£5.0m) for ‘a couple of weeks’ in his pre-match press conference.

Burnley XI: Pope; Taylor, Tarkowski, Long, Bardsley; Pieters, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Rodriguez, Vydra.

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


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1,085 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Just realising - Man Utd’s iconic #7 shirt is effectively vacant (Alexis)

    Wondering would it be counter-productive to give it to Greenwood too early... or would it incentivise him even further

    He could follow in the footsteps of Stiles, Best, Robson, Cantona, Beckham, Ronaldo

    Seeing the 7, 9 & 10 shirts in full flow would be a thing of great beauty

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I gave it to Greenwood on Football Manager! Apparently it's being held and being used as an incentive for Sancho if he signs.

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        😆

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Sancho had to make do with 11.

    2. Differentiator
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Phil Jones has nabbed it

    3. JBG
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Think Utd are hoping to get Sancho and that he will be their new no.7.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        As much as Sancho would be a fantastic signing... (last time I checked he had 17G 17A from 30 bundy games this season - without pens)...

        I think he’ll just be too expensive, his numbers are insane, and they won’t come cheap

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

      Remember Adnan Januzaj?

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        For many are called, but few are chosen 😉

    5. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      You forgot about Michael Owen and Antonio Valencia, iconic

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Not every 7 lived up to the legend

    6. RoysCallerAnne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      My 2nd cousin wore it for a couple of years.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        What do you think about triple pool defence??

        1. RoysCallerAnne
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          I'm on WC this week and will probably double. Triple feels too much.
          (It was Ashley Grimes btw)

      2. tisza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        I'll bite. Grimes or Chris McGrath?

        1. RoysCallerAnne
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Yeah, Grimes. Remember when he slapped the ref in the back of the head 😆

          1. tisza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Had a season with us at Coventry. Huge hair 🙂

    7. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      De Gea
      AWB Lindelof Maguire Shaw
      Fernandes Matic Pogba
      Sancho Martial Rashford

      Henderson
      Dalot Bailly Tuanzebe Williams
      Fred McTominay Pereira
      James Ighalo Greenwood

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Henderson over De gea. United should cash in from de gea’s transfer fee now! De gea has lost his magic

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 6 days ago

          It's not that easy, when De Gea decided to stay he signed a new 350k a week contract, I doubt he still wants to leave unfortunately, he's (too) comfortable and no one will match those wages, especially now.

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        That forward line would be utter insanity - All still very young too

    8. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Memphis Depay

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Heavy is the head that wears The Crown

  2. Differentiator
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Congrats Pope owners on the clean sheet. Clear as day that VAR is not working at the BURSHU game given the double handball not given

    1. Glad He Ate Her
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Double congrats when he makes a penalty save

    2. RubeRx
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      VAR ref has Pope on his FPL team guaranteed

  3. NABIL - 1 season 1der
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Played Taylor and benched Stevens.

    Burnley hoollddd

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Did the same. not sure why I'm even watching, horrible.

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Pope and stevens playing, be happy to get 8 points I think

  4. Lindelol
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Without Mee CS looks unlikely 🙁

    1. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      You rate yourself too highly

      1. Tempestic
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Ha.

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Kevin Long is a Irish international, not a bad replacement.

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        4m legend

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

        hmm

    3. Lindelol
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Haha

  5. MadFinCha
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Any thoughts on what I could do to improve here. I have 0.0m in the bank and 2 free transfers??

    Rashford and Guendouzi to Greenwood and Willian?

    Pope Button
    TAA Doherty Maguire Lascelles Kiko
    KDB Salah Fernandes Guendouzi Hayden
    Rashford Jiminez DCL..

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      That or Foden.

    2. puhd
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Greenwood and Pulisic?

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      You don't have to ask every 5 minutes.

      Come up with some ideas. Run through some options.

      1. RoysCallerAnne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        23 times in 4 days 😆 😆 😆

  6. sandman58
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 6 days ago

    A) Vardy & Son
    B) Kane & Martial
    Already have Bruno & Rashford

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      B

    2. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      B

    3. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      B

    4. Cahill
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      b

    5. sandman58
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Thanks guys
      That's a landslide lol

  7. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Is Lascelles injured?

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

      no

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

      yes

    3. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Hope not, I've got Nketiah's 1 point coming on if he doesn't play

    4. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Yellow flag

  8. RamaJama
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Seems like Burnley gets away with it this week too

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      65 minutes left.

      1. RamaJama
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Burnley has taken over the game now after a good shu start

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I’m sure they’ll concede so you don’t have to be upset

  9. Collie01
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    This is going to be a 0-0 isn't it?

    1. Glad He Ate Her
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Written in the stars

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Yep, Burnley with no Barnes or Wood and Sheffield look toothless without Fleck or Lundstram in midfield

    3. AC Yew
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Started both Henderson and Stevens so that would be the dream!

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Same. Don’t know why I’m torturing myself by watching it.

  10. Jinswick
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Alonso gotta go?

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Easy switch to Dave

    2. Cahill
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      yep

  11. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Be interesting to see if Ole would have the balls to play Henderson over De Gea next season. Don't think he'll do it but he should

    1. Cahill
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      dave will never sit on the bench - henderson only number if dave leaves imo

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

    Deenay best forward option for watford ?

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Why bother.

    2. Cahill
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      dont waste it

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Watford started to play better yesterday as soon as Deeney was subbed.

    4. Twisted Saltergater
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      He’s a dinosaur

  13. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Pieters oop a 4.2m nice

    1. Cahill
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      was hoping taylor would be oop...oops

  14. Glad He Ate Her
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Interesting..
    Rashford + Pulisic costs the same as Greenwood + Sterling

    1. Cahill
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      pulisic literally looks like hes morphing into hazard...some talent

      1. Glad He Ate Her
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Literal Captain America

        1. The Units
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          He will break.

          1. The Units
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Has no shield

  15. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 6 days ago

    I got Pope in FH, likely now to concede 3+ goals 🙁

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Thanks

    2. Nomar
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I do hope so. Unlikely though.

  16. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Could really do with this being 1-1...

    Rivals all have pope, one has hendo..

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      1 nil to Burnley as I have pope and Taylor.

      1. Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Hopefully not hahaha

    2. Ragabolly
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Rival bench boosted with both Hendo and Pope 😀

  17. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Burnley don't seem to enjoy these early kick-offs at home. Always look shaky defensively in them and takes them a while to get settled in. Was the same earlier this season against Aston Villa where Villa were all over them. Was the same last season vs Chelsea and Watford too IIRC.

  18. Glad He Ate Her
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Have you bought your years worth of Tylenol for next season?
    Salah - 13
    KDB - 12.5
    Mane - 12.5
    Bruno - 12.5
    TAA- 8
    The headache

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Interesting grav :scary:

    2. Nomar
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Are you just guessing at this?

      1. Glad He Ate Her
        1 month, 6 days ago

        I'd bet my 1st edition Charizard that those player prices are accurate +/- 0.5

    3. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      KdB will cost more than Salah

    4. Bubz
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Bruno wont be that much

      1. Glad He Ate Her
        1 month, 6 days ago

        1. Form
        2. Utd player

    5. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Is your name a Hannibal Lecter thing or a bedroom move?

      1. Glad He Ate Her
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Say it real slow and what does it sound like?

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Glaaaad heee aaate herrrrr

        2. The Units
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Russell Crowe

    6. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Greenwood 7m too

  19. Dont give a fuchs
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Planning to use BB in GW36+

    How is this team? Suggestions are most welcome.

    Pope Henderson
    Azpi Saiss Walker Garcia Holgate
    Pulisic Martial Salah Fernandes KDB
    Greenwood Ings Vardy

  20. Firmino
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    A) Rashford, Foden
    B) Greenwood, Kane

  21. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Burnley are a disgrace to premier league

    Playing route 1 football when youre trying to avoid relegation amkes perfect sense but when there is no pressure on u..

    1. Glad He Ate Her
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Found the non Pope owner

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Owned him all season

    2. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      It’s called Sean Dyche style

  22. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Salah owners: How many points should he get for you to not be disappointed?

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      13

    2. I hate Moreno
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Double figures

    3. Firmino
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      More than Mane

    4. Glad He Ate Her
      1 month, 6 days ago

      15

    5. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Double Digits will be just right 🙂

    6. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      164

    7. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      52

    8. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      12 or more

    9. Nomar
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      At least 10. That’s just to stay within slingshot distance of my ML leader.

    10. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Big risk of disappointment this evening by the looks of it

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Well Fernandes got 15 so it needs to be close to that or everyone who captained Salah will be very disappointed

        1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Yup switched from Bruno to Salah last minute. I’m mentally preparing for the worst.

    11. Gunner Boy
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      13 to 17

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

      He usually needs 2 attacking returns for bonus, so that.

    13. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Minimum 12

  23. TheDragon
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Burnley are never going to concede ever again are they

    1. dvdguy
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Stoke 2.0

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Stoke never really kept many ckean sheets

      2. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Bolton were the original.

        Stoke were Bolton 2.0

        Burnley are Bolton 3.0 or Stoke 2.0

    2. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I really need a Burnley win to nil, unlikely.

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        DDG over Pope is ruining me - not least as I have to waste a transfer getting rid of him to get Greenwood in

      2. Nomar
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Very likely. My ML leader has him. Nothing is going wrong for him right now.

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 6 days ago

          I have double Burnley defence with Stevens benched.

          1. TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Oooh - good luck mate.

            I think you’ll be okay here though

  24. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    How much game time do you all think Pep will give Garcia in the coming GW's?

    Cheap way into City def if he gets enough game time.

  25. jimmyabs1987
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    2 FT any ideas?

    Pope,
    TAA, Doherty, Saiss, Fernandez, fodder
    KDB, Foden, Salah, Martial, Fernandes
    DCL, Rashford, Jiminez

    I’m thinking DCL to Greenwood and Rash to Kane?

    Issue is I want to play all 5 of my mids nearly every game now so do I need a 3rd striker but Greenwood is a bargain anyway?

  26. skeeb14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Vardy is first on my bench, with De Bruyne Mahrez and Foden all starting in my mid-5 later today. Do you think I’ll get Vardy’s 13 off the bench or no?

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Wow, Vardy on the bench. You must a have a really strong team.

    2. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I'd say there's a decent chance one of KDB or Foden gets a full rest, especially if City are winning comfortably. Pep will Pep though...

  27. Champ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    I always work on the basis that my defenders won't have a clean sheet until the final whistle is blown. That way I'm never disappointed. Never nice to see the points going up on FPL in the second half and then having them cruelly removed.

    1. RoysCallerAnne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I always work on the basis that I'll finish top 1k. It's not usually disappointment, more disbelief when I don't get it. I think my opinion of myself is rather inflated.

  28. Bubz
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Taylor isn’t very good for bps is he

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Got a nice one last week. 7 points from him is amazing.

  29. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    OMG Tarkowski

  30. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Oh for goodness sake Pope is going to keep another clean sheet isn’t he?!

    Nevermind I’ll put him in next week to put a stop with it like I did with Saiss/Wolves

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Timing lol