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Unchanged line-ups for Man United and Southampton as FPL bosses eye Fernandes

Fantasy Premier League managers can take increased encouragement from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he 2019/20 season winds to a close.

The Manchester United boss has named an unchanged side yet again, allowing the likes of Bruno Fernandes (£9.0m), Mason Greenwood (£4.9m), Anthony Martial (£8.3m) and Marcus Rashford (£9.0m) to retain their Fantasy appeal.

“We’ve had a decent amount of recovery days in between, which we won’t have the rest of the season now. We picked the short straw in that respect, but we picked the long straw at the start of this period. Didn’t feel we needed to change.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

All eyes will be on the Portuguese international tonight, as he was chosen as the overwhelming favourite for the Gameweek 35+ captaincy by this season’s current top 10,000 Fantasy managers.

56.3% of them made the decision to hand Fernandes the armband this week, at least 41.4 percentage points more than any other option.

It was Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) who finished a distant second, backed by just 14.9% of managers at that level before his blank against Burnley.

At the very least, those who captained Fernandes will be feeling somewhat protected, as he goes into this Southampton match with an effective ownership in the top 10k of 151.7%.

Meanwhile, Danny Ings (£7.4m) remains a key player on the Fantasy scene, still sitting in 28.6% of squads worldwide.

His owners can probably feel more encouraged ahead of tonight’s trip to Old Trafford than they realise, considering Ings’ and Southampton’s away record this season.

The forward has netted in every single road trip since the Premier League’s restart while the Saints have the fifth-best away record this season (27 points from 17 such matches).

Manchester United XI: De Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Lindelöf, Wan-Bissaka; Matić, Pogba; Rashford, B Fernandes, Greenwood; Martial.

Southampton XI: McCarthy; Bertrand, Bednarek, J Stephens, Walker-Peters; Redmond, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong; Ings, Adams.

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2,097 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    29 days, 17 hours ago

    Mahrez to Pulisic it is I guess :/

  2. Will J 256
      29 days, 17 hours ago

      Would you free hit for GW 36?
      This is my current team for Gameweek 36:
      Pope
      TAA, Maguire, Doherty
      Pulisic, Foden, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Bruno Fernandes
      Greenwood Ings

      1. zotter
        • 10 Years
        29 days, 17 hours ago

        Hell no

    • ZoumasBloomers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 17 hours ago

      Would you ship any of KDB, Son or Mane?

      Or Rashford to Jesus?

      1. ZoumasBloomers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 17 hours ago

        Worth saying I own Foden and no Chelsea

      2. KennyKickIt127
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 17 hours ago

        Son to Puli

        And yes Rash to Jesus looks good.... or could do Giroud?

    • J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      29 days, 17 hours ago

      Giroud captain it is!

      Some of the Antonio goals just looked ideal Giroud goals. Headers, tap ins, scraps - perfect Giroud material.

      1. Klaren
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 17 hours ago

        Antonio is a much more mobile striker than Giroud. But he is playing Norwich so not a bad option of course. Don’t expect more than 60-65 min max though.

    • KennyKickIt127
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 17 hours ago

      On a free hit for next game week and wondering which 3 Chelsea and city players to get.....

      Chelsea - I’m thinking Azpilicueta/Pulisic/Willian ....

      City - I’m alternating between Dilva/Garcia/Jesus or Dilva/Foden/Garcia

      Any other mixes worth considering, maybe Get Giroud in for Chelsea?

      Team currently is as follows:

      McCarthy Fab
      Azpi Digne Bertrand Garcia Kiko
      Willian Puli Dilva Bruno Antonio
      Vardy Jesus Ings

      1. Klaren
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 17 hours ago

        I’d get 3 City attackers, there are plenty of defenders with good CS potential and you always risk a 1 pointer with City defender. (Getting subbed off before 60 or starting on bench and coming in).

        1. KennyKickIt127
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          29 days, 17 hours ago

          Good point, so Dilva/Foden and Jesus? .... I just think Sterling or KDB getting benched although I can afford them

          1. Klaren
            • 2 Years
            29 days, 17 hours ago

            I doubt Sterling will be benched as he was already benched last game before Newcastle and apparently he believes he has a chance to go for golden boot. But there is always a chance of course.

            Dilva and Foden are both very likely to start so good choices, Jesus is good but I’m not sure if he’ll start.

            1. Klaren
              • 2 Years
              29 days, 17 hours ago

              Sorry not before Newcastle, against* Newcastle

              1. KennyKickIt127
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                29 days, 17 hours ago

                Yeah, I could be persuaded to get sterling in but I don’t have space to have all 3 Dilva/Foden and Sterling unless I kick out one of Willian or Pulisic and get Giroud in for the Chelsea triple up

    • Oringer7
        29 days, 17 hours ago

        Chasing 20ish points in a tight league 40 ish separating 5 teams. Thinking of rolling the dice this GW, 0 itb

        DDG (Button)

        Aurier (Lascelles if Aurier doesn’t play), TAA, Doherty (Robinson)

        KDB Bruno Willian Foden Saka

        Vardy Rash DCL

        Thinking of TAA + Saka > Boly + Pulisic (-4)

        Triple Captain Pulisic, saving FH for Gw 38

        Thoughts?

      • Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 17 hours ago

        Pulisic and Jesus in for Auba and Duda for -4?

      • fylde2022
        • 5 Years
        29 days, 17 hours ago

        Chasing top 2. Very close.

        Am I GTG?

        Patricio
        TAA Doherty Egan
        Antonio(c) Dilva Bruno Martial Pulisic
        Vardy Rashford

        Leno, Mings, Basham, Nketiah

        1. jamiejoe
          • 4 Years
          29 days, 16 hours ago

          Yes... Free Hit team?

          1. fylde2022
            • 5 Years
            29 days, 15 hours ago

            No

      • Newsman70
        • 7 Years
        29 days, 8 hours ago

        Leading my cash league by 12 points and the person in second is closing fast.
        My team
        Patricio Martin
        Azpilicueta Aurier Docherty Diop Lascelles
        Salah Fernandes William Foden KDB
        Rashford Greenwood Jiminez

        His team
        Martinez Martin
        Saiss Aurier Robinson Docherty Lampti
        KDB Martial Fernandes Mahrez Gendouzi
        Jesus Rashford Vardy

        Thinking of free hitting this week to outscore him. Was going to block his team in GW 37 but now my lead is so little im going to go for the points.

        Free hit team 1.3 in the bank
        McCarthy Martin
        Azpilicueta Docherty Digne Cresswell Robinson
        Martial Sterling Antonio Foden William
        Jesus Ings Vardy

        Any thoughts most appreciated!

        1. Kaiser123
            29 days, 8 hours ago

            Benching headache there. Probably bench Vardy there. At least if Sterling doesn't play should be good. I fancy Wolves cleanie, so good. Team is fine.

            1. Newsman70
              • 7 Years
              29 days, 8 hours ago

              You think I shouldnt free hit and that the team I have already is fine?

          • maratus
            • 6 Years
            29 days, 8 hours ago

            I dont understand. Why would you pick full team of quality players, you cant field them anyway?
            I would pick 3x bench players with quality team. Greenwood is good example for bench player.

            1. maratus
              • 6 Years
              29 days, 8 hours ago

              Ok, i might have read wrong , that there is Robertson instead of Robinson.
              So i guess you go with 343 and Foden in the bench?

              1. Newsman70
                • 7 Years
                29 days, 8 hours ago

                Its Robinson but I would start Azpilicueta Docherty Digne. Could go with some Pool cover I guess.

        2. frenchfries
          • 3 Years
          29 days, 6 hours ago

          On FH

          DDG
          Azpilicueta Digne TAA
          Sterling Pulisic DSilva Fernandes Martial
          ..... Jesus

          Ings or Giroud for the last spot?