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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. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    4.5 rotating defenders working well

  2. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Spurs playing European football this mid-week folks?

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      yea Thursday

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Ahh wondering risk for Kane, planning early transfer

        1. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Its possible Vinicius starts, not sure

          1. Houldsworth Hatter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Yeh I’m hoping Kane and Son kept for league!

  3. Wag the Drog
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    ASM and Pereira my 3rd and 4th midfielders because I won TAA and Robbo. Would you wildcard this team to get in some better attackers?

    McCarthy
    Konsa-Robbo-TAA
    Salah-Bruno-ASM-Pereira
    Maupay-DCL-Kane
    (Justin, Taylor, Bissouma, Steer)

    1. Wag the Drog
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I have* TAA and Robbo

    2. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Wouldn’t wildcard that. How much in bank and how many FTs?

      1. Wag the Drog
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        0 FT, 0.5 itb

        1. Houldsworth Hatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Like Zico says, bin TAA and Pereira and upgrade mid.

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      No, if you don't want LIV def double up release fund from one of them and get Rodriguez

    4. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Nah no WC needed I think.

      ASM + TAA > Semedo + Rodriguez/Grealish should do just fine.

      1. Wag the Drog
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        cheers.

  4. Houldsworth Hatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Martínez
    Robertson Mitchell Lamptey
    Salah(c) Son Rodríguez Bruno Klich
    Kane DCL

    Steer Brewster Konsa Taylor

    Did VVD to Robertson with my FT. Presume nothing needs a hit?

    Good to go or play Konsa over Mitchell?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Unless injuries, stick GTG

      1. Houldsworth Hatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Thanks pal