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Saiss benched and Doherty returns as Santo continues to rotate Wolves starting XI

Wolverhampton Wanderers take on Crystal Palace in Monday’s late kick-off, with play getting underway at Molineux at 20:15 BST.

Nuno Espirito Santo continues to tinker with his starting XI and has made three changes from the side that drew 1-1 against Burnley.

Romain Saiss (£4.8m), Ruben Vinagre (£4.1m) and Diogo Jota (£6.0m) are the men to drop out, with regular wing-backs Matt Doherty (£6.5m) and Jonny (£5.5m) returning along with Leander Dendoncker (£4.4m).

Saiss’s benching is a notable one from a Fantasy perspective: the Moroccan sits in just over 6% of FPL teams overall and in 35.11% of the squads in the top 10,000.

Dendoncker appears to be playing at centre-half this evening as a result of Saiss’s omission.

Doherty sits in more than one in two of the teams within the top 10,000, with Raul Jimenez (£8.1m) – starting his 36th league game of the season – boasting an ‘effective ownership’ of 50.63% among this group of leading managers.

Crystal Palace have made two changes to the side that lost 2-0 against Manchester United in Gameweek 36+, both of which are enforced through injury.

Patrick van Aanholt (£5.6m) is replaced by budget FPL defender Tyrick Mitchell (£4.0m) at left-back, with Jeffrey Schlupp (£5.4m) coming in for Luka Milivojevic (£6.4m) in midfield.

Not one of Palace’s starting players has a double-digit ownership in FPL and there is negligible interest within the top 10,000.

Jordan Ayew (£5.1m) has the highest ‘effective ownership’ among these managers – and his ‘EO’ is only 0.19%.

The Eagles are on a six-game losing streak, a sequence of results that has seen them ship 15 goals and score just twice in reply.

Wolves have kept clean sheets in eight of their last 12 games, by contrast.


Wolves XI: Patricio, Doherty, Dendoncker, Coady, Boly, Jonny, Neves, Moutinho, Traore, Jimenez, Podence.

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita, Ward, Dann, Sakho, Mitchell, McArthur, McCarthy, Schlupp, Zaha, Ayew, Townsend.

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1,538 Comments Post a Comment
  1. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    For 38+, best combo:

    1. TAA (new) Greenwood (lei) KDB (NOR)
    2. Aurier (cry) Ings (SHU) KDB (NOR)
    3. Bardsley (BHA) Jesus (NOR) Fernandes (lei)

    Cheers

    1. Garam MOSALAH
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      S

      1. Garam MOSALAH
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        *2

    2. Lucy2019
        2 months, 2 days ago

        3

    3. Deulofail
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      +1 Captain Doherty here 😎

      -1 Played Saiss for the first time since I owned him (from GW33), besides a Bench Boost, and he's bloomin' benched! I hope he doesn't come on as I have TAA first sub.

      1. Zilla
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Changed it last minute to Rashford, nice one.

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

        What happens when you bench Trent.

      3. JustPark
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Does vc count?

        1. Deulofail
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Yes!

    4. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Which option looks best on FH ?

      A. 3-5-2 with Son and Sterling
      B. 3-4-3 with KDB and Kane.

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

        A

      2. Dosh
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        A

    5. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Wolves conceding Bingo.

      What minute?

      1. DAZZ
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Hopefully they dont.

      2. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        68

      3. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        73

      4. Fred54
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        32nd minute v Leeds, GW1 next season.

      5. The Senate
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        a minute after Doherty is subbed off

      6. Greek Freak
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I only have one defender, so they won't concede just because my rivals have two.

      7. Monkey Hanger
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        90

      8. Firminoooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Inn

        88min. Doherty and Patricio owner

      9. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        84

      10. Bossworld
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        90 (+8)

      11. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        They can concede 2 after Doherty is subbed off and Saiss on

      12. The Overthinker
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        69

      13. baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        92

    6. LIARS POKER
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      4/5 of my defence this combining for a toal of 0 points Saiss, Holgate, Lascelles, Robinson. Lovely stuff.

      Didn't think it was worth bringing in another defender for a -4 given that I'm FH next week

    7. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Get Saiss on.

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

        Lol

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Both CMs with niggles...

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Dendoncker mid, Saiss CB. Make it happen...

          2. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            that 1 pointer is crucial lol, same here with holgate and lascelles injured

            1. DycheDycheBaby
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              AHH same! Lol

      2. Fred54
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Wouldn't mind that, blocks a lot of crazy TAA benchers.

        1. Deulofail
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Boooo

      3. Mr. Chimes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Need that 1 point. Bench order prevents replacement 🙂

    8. Zilla
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Was Digne birthday today, birthday theory continues!

      1. Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Whose birthday next week?

        1. Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Kane's next Tuesday. Does that count?

      2. SuperMane Returns
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Was also Solly March's today too, but he got a big fat 1.

    9. thepuntmaster
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Anyone considering Firmino on FH for 38+? Newcastle away seems like exactly the game he might haul in?

      1. Zilla
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Firmino
        Haul

        Pick one

      2. Fred54
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Man said Firmino.

      3. Greek Freak
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        No. If I'm going to be disappointed by my forwards, I'd rather get my money's worth of disappointment and go for Auba, Kane and Jesus.

      4. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Could go well with Three-O Walcott in a differentials FH team

      5. SuperMane Returns
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Firm no for me.

      6. DycheDycheBaby
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        The clue is in the name. FIRM_NO

    10. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Anyone strangely considering Dawson for 38?

      1. waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I was, and got laughed at!

        1. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Not a bad option imo, you changed your mind?

          1. waltzingmatildas
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Not too sure, option is still there if I don't go robbo/taa

          2. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 2 days ago

            rule of thumb around here with picks like that is, the more people who laugh at you the better your pick does. Its soemthign you cant really ask people, its a gut feeling.

            1. waltzingmatildas
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Yeah true. Season is over for me in mls so might as well have some fun!

              1. Trophé Mourinho
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Might join you, altho not sure what im doing yet. As you said I'd like TAA tbh but not idea how

    11. JustPark
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Sakho doesn't look pleased.

    12. arkom
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Saiss should stay on bench.. They change forwards and mids I guess!

      1. Hitmonlee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I hope so FFS

        Probably not though

    13. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Pretty sure Zaha could have aditioned for the role of Joker with the faces he pulls.

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

        *auditioned*

    14. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Burnley got a pen for a similar Doherty ‘handball’ last GW.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Lucky onwers

    15. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Doherty tied for max bonus 🙂 Cleanie please!

    16. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Please Wolves, no last minute conceding

    17. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Saiss to come on for Doherty in 61st min and Wolves to concede 5 goals?

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

        Not with Patrico making 20 saves!

      2. The Overthinker
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Yes please

    18. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Jimmy nearly

    19. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Wonder what minute wolves will lose clean sheet =[

    20. Amey
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Shoes on sale !!
      Diving shoes !!

    21. SuperMane Returns
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Zaha has more pairs of boots than Doherty points at the end of this match.

    22. fridge
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      KDB & Jiminez > Dilva & Auba/ Jesus?

      Looking for differentials against person above me in mini league

    23. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Palace please score.

      1. The Overthinker
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Please

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          PLEASE

    24. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Looking for some early transfer suggestions .Thanks

      1ft 2.5itb
      Pope
      TAA Doherty Aurier
      Martial (c) KDB Bruno Sterling Foden
      Ings Jimenez

      Martinez Wood Taylor Saiss

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

        KDB > Salah

      2. Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Foden > D.Silva

    25. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      oherty (38)
      Podence (30)
      Boly (24)

      Cling on to them baps my beautiful son

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

        This

    26. SuperMane Returns
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Doc HOLLLLLD!

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

      Is it safe to assume Saiss has been rested and is back in the XI next week?

      1. The Overthinker
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        He leaves my team next week anyways

      2. stu92
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        He's on the bench so wouldn't have thought it was an injury tonight.

    28. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Its 60 mins, stop count bapos and saying hold, wtf

      1. Monkey Hanger
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Agree. Wish fpl live didn't add them until game is finished also.

        1. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 2 days ago

          I dont look tbh, but hard to escape the constant comments

    29. Chandler Bing
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Sub Doc off Nuno. Gotta keep him fresh for that goal against Chelsea.

    30. stu92
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Best striker combo for GW38? On a FH so can change as much as needed, 0.5-1.0 ITB depending on selection.

      Pope
      TAA - Pieters - Laporte
      Salah - KDB - Bruno - Dilva
      Ings - _____ - _____
      (3.9 - Guendouzi - 3.9 - 3.8)

      A) Aubameyang, Greenwood
      B) Vardy, Wood
      C) Jesus, Wood/Greenwood

      If I go with C, I'd need to drop either Laporte or Dilva. Who would you choose and who would you replace with?

    31. Vazza
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Saiss warming up..

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          !!!!

        2. TwiggsJameson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Time to get him on....