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Saïss at wing-back again as £4.0m defender gets another start in Wolves’ defence

Wolves’ most popular Fantasy Premier League defender Romain Saïss (£5.2m) has been handed another outing at left wing-back.

Following the departure of Ruben Vinagre (£4.3m) and an injury to Marçal (£4.9m), the Moroccan filled in there for the 1-0 win over Fulham in Gameweek 4.

Despite Marçal making the bench on Monday night, Saïss has held off the competition a little while longer to play a more advanced role than usual.

That also means a second successive start in the back-three for £4.0m defender Max Kilman (£4.0m).

He is joined there by key men Conor Coady (£5.0m) and Willy Boly (£5.5m), while Nelson Semedo (£5.5m) starts as the right-back again.

Meanwhile, it is unchanged front-three for Nuno Espirito Santo as Raúl Jiménez (£8.5m) sits in the middle of Pedro Neto (£5.5m) and Daniel Podence (£5.6m), which means a place on the bench for Adama Traoré (£6.4m).

Neto has offered the best value of any Wolves midfield player so far this season, although he is still owned by fewer managers than the benched Ruben Neves (£5.4m), Joao Moutinho (£5.4m), Podence and Traoré.

Marcelo Bielsa keeps faith with his favoured 4-1-4-1 formation, offering a second start of the season to Rodrigo (£5.8m) after his dramatic equaliser against Manchester City.

With veteran Pablo Hernández (£5.8m) on the bench, the Spaniard is deployed in midfield alongside Mateusz Klich (£5.6m) while Patrick Bamford (£5.8m) leads the line once again.

Coming into Gameweek 5, only Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m) and Harry Kane (£10.7m) have more owners than Bamford among forwards. And of those in his position priced at £6.0m or less, none have managed as many shots on target as the Leeds man.

Leeds United XI (4-1-4-1): Meslier; Dallas, Cooper, Koch, Ayling; K Phillips; Harrison, Rodrigo, Klich, Costa; Bamford.

Wolves XI (3-4-3): Patrício; Kilman, Coady, Boly; Saïss, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Semedo; Neto, Jiménez, Podence.

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1,780 Comments Post a Comment
  1. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Let's get VAR in to get more decisions right, they said...

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      The duality

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

      VAR can't get involved outside the 18 yard box

  2. No Professionals
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Fpl biases aside, that is never a red card

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Of man

    2. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      This^

  3. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Why Wolves don’t start Traore is beyond me

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Or Neves for that matter!

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Because he's better as a sub.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Just kill the game early on, he’s so quick and strong it don’t matter if it’s vs fresh or tired legs

    3. ivantys
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Nuno's the biggest fpl troll.

      • Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        He's a donkey, useless against non tired legs

      • Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        His impact on tired legs is why.

    4. Pauntley
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Looking to replace James (Chelsea) and Podence (own Jimenez)... which combo is best?
      A) Lamptey and McGinn
      B) Walker Peters and Barkley

      1. Babelcopter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        A

      2. Hansel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        B

      3. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Not sure about Lamptey anymore. He isn’t doing the same as he did in the first couple of games. What about Soucek and Mings?

        1. Tinkermania
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Who is doing the same every week though?

    5. Londongeezaa
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Neves should have shot when he was 30 yards out. That’s his only range 🙂

    6. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Ref has Jimenez in his FPL team. Didn't give him a RC and then lets him get away with a foul.

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 6 days ago

        It was not a red card. Or any card.

    7. Jdpz
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Will Podence start next match??

      1. Babelcopter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Yes

      2. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        After Neto stinking the place out tonight, I certainly hope so.

        I’m holding for another week & then probably bring in Barkley.

    8. Nimby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      VAR a disgrace again. How was that not violent conduct?

      1. bluee
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Non jimenez owner ☝️

      2. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        As an owner, happy it wasn't. As a human, it definitely was.

        1. jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          He certainly kicked out. Didn't make contact, but still.

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

        Because anyone with a brain understands it wasn't violent

      4. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Pilates stretch into thin air is not violent conduct.

    9. Sir Alex Telles.
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Jimmy non-owners are salty feckers.

      1. Pedram
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        ban

    10. Pedram
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Kilman likely to keep his place?

    11. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      I hate Lampard. Blocking Saiss 7 pointer with James pointless cameo

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

        Same. Probably should have started him, but didn't think Wolves would get a clean sheet. Annoying.

        1. Tomerick
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          I didn’t play Saiss for the clean sheet. Was hoping for attacking returns. Nearly paid off but will take the cleanie.

        2. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Exactly the same here

      2. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Did Lampard pick James for you ?

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

          It was a rather pointless cameo tbf

        2. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Wow don't take this so seriously

      3. Dont give a fuchs
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        If James would have played full 90, he would still have got one point

        1. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Not necessarily

      4. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Deserves

      5. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Same. So annoying. Oh well. I get Semedo's CS at least.

    12. DycheDycheBaby
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      No red card because the player did not roll around or make anything of it. Jimi is a lucky boy

      1. Sir Alex Telles.
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Jimmy non-owners are salty AF. Nothing in that.

        1. DycheDycheBaby
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Nah he kicked him in the privates. Come on

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Surely he would have had to have made SOME contact for that to occur. Only Lamela does it without.

    13. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Neves greedy

    14. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      With Kane and Son this week's hot property, who will be the next 'must have' picks?

      I think it will be Bruno.

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 6 days ago

        United looked awful for 80 minutes against a Newcastle team that didn't even try.

        1. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Yet he can't stop scoring points. In FPL you pick individual players, not teams.

    15. E25
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Mitro + Reed out for DCL + Barkley (-4)

      Yay or Nay?

      1. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Yeah

      2. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Yes

    16. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Score Leeeddddsss

      1. Coys96
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        THIS

    17. Free Hat
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Cant believe im saying this, but Traore looks slow...

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Too much time sitting on the bench

      2. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        He's running underwater

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

        Too much roids

    18. M00N
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      If the Leeds player had rolled about on the floor like he'd been shot I think Jimi would have been sent off.

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 6 days ago

        He didn't touch him, so it would have been hard . . he wasn't even aware of Jimi's pilates stretch.

    19. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      A. Mings
      B. Saiss

    20. Babelcopter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Saiss owners deserve something! We have been so unlucky!

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

        ...

      2. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        CS?

      3. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        You're getting a clean sheet which is 1 in 500 these days

      4. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        a CS and potential Bap not good enough?

      5. E25
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        You have a CS...

      6. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        We have 7 points.

    21. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      VAR is useless

    22. Big_Bear
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Anyone else feel like they've been lucky this season. Normally I'm the other way round. But my team isn't very good and I'm not 'pulling up trees' but in top 300k and looking at my squad I think there's been as many bad choices as good ones - https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/3013283/history

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

        Complete opposite. Mostly good picks. Just dodged most of the big points for weeks in a row.

        Finally got Kane & Son right this week. Defence still atrocious.

        1. Big_Bear
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Thats how I normally am. Obviously I should be grateful I'm lucky but its the opposite to my usual start.
          I've used my FT on the dullest transfer of Davies to Chilwell. Just become a bit muh at this game.

      2. Hect.OR 98th
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        I've been unlucky. Made choices that on paper looked good, my team looks solid every week but have been languishing at 4.9m OR. Got 64 this week though, which will help a bit.

      3. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        My experiences with Son this season have been the opposite of lucky 🙁

        1. Big_Bear
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          I just sheeped and got him after his haul. I dont really deserve the praise of his points this week. Kane has been a good pick but my defence started as B.Davies, Shaw and I had Jiminez as my captain for 2 points last week.

    23. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      FT 0-1

    24. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      0-1 FT

    25. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Yus! Nice end to week. Saiss and Jimmy! Could have been so much more Saiss. Still noice

    26. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Leeds never looked like scoring tonight. Lots of possession but Wolves looked comfortable and assured defensively.

      Leeds will have problems breaking down Villa too.

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Leeds can look amazing in spells but just can’t keep the pace up and run out of steam. Plus relying on bamford for goals isn’t going to end well

    27. LOLarov
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Jimmy possibly move to 3 baps for winning goal? Or locked at 2?

      1. Tinkermania
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Looks like Killman has a good lead.

    28. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Not many would be predicting a Wolves cs after 15 minutes!

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        See above.

        For all their possession they never truly troubled Patrício.

        Kilman was brilliant tonight. If he was nailed on he’d be gold dust.

    29. Meinhoff
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Saiss + Jimmy thanks boys

    30. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Classic Wolves performance.