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Pieters at right-back as Burnley reveal Bardsley’s self-isolation

Burnley have confirmed the absence of Phil Bardsley (£4.5m) from their Gameweek 5 trip to West Bromwich is because of a positive coronavirus test.

That means a start at right-back for left-sided defender Erik Pieters (£4.4m) as the former Manchester United man self-isolates in line with the latest government advice.

The rest of Burnley’s back-four is as expected, featuring Charlie Taylor (£4.5m) on the left and James Tarkowski (£5.4m) paired with Kevin Long (£4.5m) in the middle.

Sean Dyche will be pleased to have something closer to his first-choice midfield and front-lines at the Hawthorns.

Chris Wood (£6.4m) and Ashley Barnes (£6.0m) start up-front together for the second match in a row while the flanks are staffed by Dwight McNeil (£5.9m) and Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.4m), allowing Josh Brownhill (£5.0m) to move back into the middle.

That tweak sees popular budget midfielder Dale Stephens (£4.4m) drop out of the starting XI, joined on the bench by Jay Rodriguez (£5.9m).

Slaven Bilic has made six changes to his West Bromwich Albion team, including handing a debut to Karlan Grant, who is yet to be priced by FPL.

Callum Robinson (£5.5m) comes through his injury flag for a lack of match fitness to be at least named on the bench. He found the net twice in the Baggies’ last home match.

Meanwhile, FPL fan favourite Branislav Ivanovic (£4.5m) finally makes his West Brom debut at centre-back, joined in a return to a back-four by Ahmed Hegazi (£4.3m) with Conor Townsend (£4.5m) and Darnell Furlong (£4.5m) on the flanks of defence.

The Baggies’ top-scoring FPL asset so far this season Matheus Pereira (£6.0m) is handed a central berth in attacking midfield on Monday night with Grady Diangana (£5.5m) and Filip Krovinovic (£5.0m) providing the width.

West Bromwich Albion XI: Johnstone; C Townsend, Hegazi, Ivanovic, Furlong; Livermore, Gallagher; Diangana, M Pereira, Krovinovic; Grant.

Burnley XI: Pope; C Taylor, K Long, Tarkowski, Pieters; McNeil, Westwood, Brownhill, Gudmundsson; Wood, A Barnes.

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492 Comments Post a Comment
  1. El Fenomeno R9
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    How is this looking?
    just enough for Bamford > Kane (-4) tonight

    Martinez
    Chilwell - Justin - Lamptey (Ayling - Mitchell)
    Salah - Son - Bruno - Hamez - Grealish
    Kane - DCL (Brewster)

    1. Klip Klopp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Solid team man. Is that a wildcard?

      Can you comment on mine below?

      1. El Fenomeno R9
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        No WC GW2

    2. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Excellent team.

    3. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Lovely.

  2. Klip Klopp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Can I get some feedback on this WC team please:

    Martinez
    Targett / Digne / Reguilon
    Salah / Son / Barkley / Rodriguez
    Kane / DCL / Werner

    Bench: forster, balbuena, kilman, Stephens

    I can either have Grealish + 5m defender or Digne + Barkley

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Looks good, just dont like the Villa double up at the back. Lamptey maybe as part of a rotation?

      1. Klip Klopp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        What are your thoughts of Barkley over Grealish?

        1. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          personally I would probably go McGinn but its apples and oranges. Either over Grealish is fine imo if the saved money is well utilised

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Bench is terrible ; defense is OK ; rest of the team is strong. Given the lack of clean sheets until this dross today probably no harm.

      1. Klip Klopp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        How would you improve the defence? You're right about the bench being dreadful LOL

    3. MidTableFantasy
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Don't fall for the Barkley trap, get Podence or one of the Leeds mids
      Rest looks good

    4. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Looks ok,maybe go with Grealish and try to get Lamptey + Ayling/Dallas rotation

    5. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Not sure on the double - triple up on Villa and Everton. They won't keep this streak going forever and if both have a bad game in one week that's over half your team played.

  3. CONNERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Hi all,

    A couple of quick Q's if you don't mind:

    Do you think Bale is likely to start the next few?

    If so, is a triple-up of Son, Kane & Bale viable with those next 3 fixtures?

    Cheers

    1. Klip Klopp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I think he is likely yo play but I wouldnt say start, especially with how packed Spurs schedule is this season. See how he slots in to the team before tripling up.

      Can you give me some feedback on my wildcard team above

    2. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Thanks

  4. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    LEE WOL score prediction?

    1. Fantasy Gold
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      2-2

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      2 all

    3. JBG
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      1-3

      Podence, Coady and Jimenez goals

    4. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Scrappy game incoming, Klich pen. 2-2

    5. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      1-1

    6. Stram Dunk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 5 days ago

      2:4

  5. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Burnley are a disgrace

    Hope they get releagted. It was okay when they were new and survival was priority. Dyche just taking the piss now

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

      Point at Hawthorns is pretty decent TBF. Chelsea had to work a lot harder for their point when they visited.

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Both teams are a disgrace. By far the worst game of football this season, Championship teams playing Championship football.

  6. ivantys
      1 month, 5 days ago

      All the whipping boys are conceding less now... Not sure who's gonna be in my list now.

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        It was whipping boy vs whipping boy in both matches what did u expect

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          It was whipping boys vs team that just dont whip

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        You talking MUN?

    • Munny Man
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Just wondering what defenders people have their eyes on for the next several matches?
      I’ve got Doherty stinking the place up, so need to find a replacement. My defence needs some surgery.
      Currently have, TAA, Doherty, KWP, Taylor, Douglas
      Thanks.

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Semedo/Regulion/Chilwell?

        1. Munny Man
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          I like your thinking. Solid choices!

        2. Fred54
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Reece James owner?

          1. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            No. Team linked.

          2. Munny Man
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            No sir. Did he get benched last match?

    • TONY123
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Is Watkins worth a punt over the next few?

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Judging by yesterday? No.

      2. ivantys
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Not playing pool every week.

      3. Atletico Junior
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Imagine having an OOP 5.5M mid starting for last year’s 7th place team

        1. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Podence?

          1. Atletico Junior
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Yup

        2. Klaren
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Isn’t he playing RW?

          1. Atletico Junior
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            think he starts up front in a 3-5-2

            1. Klaren
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              https://mobile.twitter.com/Wolves/status/1318250562786414593

              RW in 3-4-3 according to this but either way very happy that he starts as a Podence owner.

      4. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I know this gets thrown around a lott but i genuinely think nobody serious playing this game has Pope

        1. JBG
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          I think Burnleys start to the season and Popes price might have scared people away.

        2. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          I don't think anyone has a 5m goalkeeper given the lack of clean sheets.

        3. Klaren
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          If it’s someone who WC’d recently, they might have given this was pretty much a guaranteed +10 points for Pope.

        4. Jordan.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          except the bloke i played in a h2h this week who made 3 transfers on a w/c and has pope and patricio and played pope ,sometimes this game can drive you nuts..

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

          I bought him in for game week on a wild card 3 & played him for 2 points
          Played him again in game week 4 for 1 point
          I played him again tonight back to his old form .
          Price is a bit of a concern
          Before everybody transfers him in Spurs & Chelsea next (both at home)
          I've also got Martinez to cover that

      5. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Remember when people paid a lot of money to go and see that? It was very strange times.

      6. CloudSky
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Burnley and West Brom play the first 0:0 of the season and all is again normal in the world.

        1. CloudSky
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          With a Pope 11-pointer too. All is well.

      7. Saka_me_sideways
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Trust West Brom and Burnley to conjure up the first 0-0 of the season

        • Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Crap - really needed that cleansheet wiped. Ah well

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Who has west brom or Burnley defenders?

            1. Houldsworth Hatter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              I have Taylor. Yellow today but his cleanie sees me all out on 88 which is great given I took a16 point hit and my previous side would be on 47 with Jiménez to play.

        • some witty pun
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Podence seems to be starting more than I expected. My Podence -> Grealish FT plan for next GW may be put on hold, hmmm

        • DA Minnion
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          That result cost me 6000 places.

        • The Red Devil
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Charlie Taylor get in
          PS- of course Burnley got the first goalless game of the season

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Glued to my first sub 🙁 if only Lamptey’s shot had gone in rather than the goal line clearance lol

        • Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Rodriguez to rise?

          Can do barnes to hames for free tonight

          Yes or no?

          1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Yes

          2. Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            I did just that this morning. Barnes will go down soon too.

          3. Nimby
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Do it.

          4. Dreaming of glory
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Do u even need to ask

        • ZeBestee
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Choose 1;

          1).Rodrigo
          2) Watkins
          3) any other forward who is 6.1 max

          1. Atletico Junior
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            2.

        • DA Minnion
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Was that game pay per view. Hope not.

          1. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            It was.

          2. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 5 days ago

            If you pay to watch West Brom or Burnley . . . on TV . . . can I interest you in this bridge?

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

              Wayne?

          3. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            They should pay you to watch such a game.

          4. The Senate
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Pay per view aka push actual Sky subscribers towards pirate streams

        • Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Podence and Jimenez rout pls 🙂

        • Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Get out of my team wood you cumbersome oaf

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

            Missed so manu chances, should have had at least 2

          2. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Not very good player in not very good team stinker shocker!

        • Chucky
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Thank you taylor 😀 first CS points of the week...

          1. Jdpz
              1 month, 5 days ago

              +1

          2. Baines on Toast...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            May yet regret starting Brewster over Podence

          3. Jordan.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            get lost dyche with your crap team and tactics ,look forward to seeing your silly face when youve been relegated ,such a crap team year after year #rantover

            1. Scholes Out Forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              this was the best result for everyone's sanity what do you mean....

              Imagine if Perreira or Wood scored a brace or something and the game finished 3-3 everyone would lose their mind and WC teams would have west brom players....

          4. Noah’s Ark
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            So early and so many games to play but if I don’t make my moves tonight I will be priced out...

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Go for it

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

              What moves?

              1. Noah’s Ark
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                I want to get in Rodriguez. Looks unbelievable each week. Castagne and Barnes to Mings and Rodriguez. Exact money.

            3. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Same here I'll go for it ...

          5. Right In The Stanchion
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Only 1 home win in 9 games this GW.

              So many draws.

              Come on Ayling and Bamford

            • Eat my goal!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Az mocked for all his draw predictions!

            • mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              8 new players or staff have tested positive and will have to self isolate from the latest batch of testing

            • Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              What a surprise, started with Johnstone, conceeded 11 in 3, ditch on WC, keeps clean sheet.

              Take one punt on WC, Pereira, blank blank in two great fixtures after 3 returns in 2 games.

              1. Eat my goal!
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                The dud is stuck in my team!