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Out-of-position £4.0m defender Struijk starts in midfield for Leeds

Fantasy Premier League managers have confirmation of the latest starting £4.0m defender as Pascal Struijk (£4.0m) features in midfield for Leeds United tonight.

In his pre-match press conference, Marcelo Bielsa promised the budget option would be the replacement for Kalvin Phillips (£5.0m), who is out for up to six weeks with a shoulder injury.

While most of the FPL attention will be on Jack Grealish (£7.2m) and Emiliano Martínez (£4.8m) tonight, each owned by roughly 25% of managers, it will be worth assessing Struijk’s credentials, especially with Max Kilman (£4.1m) turning heads at Wolves.

The omens initially look relatively strong for Grealish and his differential team-mates Ollie Watkins (£6.0m), Ross Barkley (£6.0m) and John McGinn (£5.5m) though.

Not only are Leeds without their key defensive midfield Phillips, club captain and first-choice centre-back Liam Cooper (£4.4m) could not overcome his groin injury.

That has forced Marcelo Bielsa to put together something of a makeshift back-four, especially with back-up centre-back Struijk playing in midfield.

The tweak sees right-back Luke Ayling (£4.5m) join Robin Koch (£4.5m) in the middle, Stuart Dallas (£4.5m) switching flanks to fill the gap there and Ezgjan Alioski (£4.4m) comes in at left-back.

The Aston Villa defence, which has kept three clean sheets from a possible four so far, remains unchanged.

That means another start for Emiliano Martínez (£4.8m), Matt Targett (£4.5m), Ezri Konsa (£4.6m), Tyrone Mings (£5.2m) and Matty Cash (£5.0m).

After five Gameweeks this season, Villa’s two centre-backs are in the top three for most points per million spent among defenders.

Aston Villa XI (4-3-3): Martínez; Targett, Mings, Konsa, Cash; Barkley, D Luiz, McGinn; Grealish, Watkins, Trézéguet.

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

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1,443 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Yankee Toffee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Bielsa.

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Genius

        1. Yankee Toffee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Legend and a scholar.

      1. Gentle_Turks
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Well he's a good manager, but he beats Aston Villa and suddenly he's Einstein?

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Not quite but close

        2. Yankee Toffee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Read the f-ing history ffs.

  2. The Yorkshire Pirlo
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    And that’s why you never bench Ayling or Dallas.

    We create so much out wide and always looking to attack, then there’s always the clean sheet potential. We had the best defence in the Championship last year, yet people still doubt.

    ALAW

    1. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Who’s the better pick?

      1. The Yorkshire Pirlo
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        I’ve got Dallas. There’s arguments for either, I see them scoring around same this season

    2. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      How about benching them when they get booked and lose to wolves?

  3. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Many may be angry taking a hit for Grealish, selling him and you guess what he's going to do next with SOU at home?

    1. Yankee Toffee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      He’s obv class. Managers should keep

      1. El Niño Yanqui
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Refs are letting Grealish get beat up physically, it making me mad.

  4. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    KDB and Brewster hatties incoming as I sold for Barkley and Kane.

    1. Utopsis
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Better not as Brewster is my 3rd sub

    2. BenDavies
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Martinez -> Meslier for a hit

      1. Gentle_Turks
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Your rivals in your mini league told me to tell you to do it.

    3. Gentle_Turks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      So, looking at what positives I can take from this game and I got this: Barkley avoided a yellow card. 🙂

    4. The Mandalorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Villa should do better against SOU next week, plenty of good fixtures to come.

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        There is hope

    5. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Feel like rage transferring Watkins out

      1. Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Me too

      2. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Hindsight is easy, but I thought watkins looked poor against liverpool...

      3. TLF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        I wouldnt, give it a day or 2 and you'll feel a lot better, nice fixture next weekend.

      4. El Niño Yanqui
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Bamford +0.1 From all the Watkins sellers

        If Maupay and Wilson blank, there will be a Bamford tidal wave

    6. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Double rise for Bamford coming up?

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Probably, a hat trick, 6 goals in total, under 6m, not a hard sell.

    7. nickybwild
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Really far behind, but does anyone know what happened to Struijk tonight?

      1. Silver_and_Gold
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Bielsa on Struijk substitution: "He got a yellow card early on, and there was a lot of agility and mobility in the middle of the park. I wanted to take him off, as a result. After the yellow, he had another foul, that was the limit."

    8. El Niño Yanqui
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Aw man!

      If Hames plays it risks my 6 points from Dallas. But the worst is a cameo 1-point

    9. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Anyone trying to be clever and getting Aguero over Kane has been absolutely crushed by that. Ouch.