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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. NABIL - 1 season 1der
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Go villa!

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

    Good luck everyone!

    1. Jack Burton
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      You too mate

  3. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Harrison and Grealish hat trick please!

    1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      And Martinez clean sheet

      1. Catastrophe
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Martinez to be taken off for a rest, Steer on, Harrison hattrick?

        1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          i'll take it

  4. Coys96
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    So, who we got tonight?

    Watkins & Martinez for me

    1. Catastrophe
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Barkley & Martinez

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

        Can see a Barkley goal

        1. Catastrophe
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Ruddy hope so! Grealish I bet

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

            Both will get something imo

            1. Catastrophe
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Low scoring game IMO. Either that or a 4-3 thriller!

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

                Honestly no idea tbh. Think Villa will score at least 1 though, and my money would be on Barkley to get that, given no Phillips

      2. baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Those two here

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

      Grealish

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

        + Martinez

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

          nice

    3. NABIL - 1 season 1der
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Emi Jack Barkley

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

        Could be huge.

        1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Hopefully

    4. popey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Martinez, Grealish and Watkins

      plus a Villa fan

      what could go wrong

      1. Dash4
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Martinez, Grealish and Watkins,
          Plus a Leeds fan
          What could possibly go right??

          1. popey
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            those games aren't fun... GL to your FPL team 🙂

    5. Catastrophe
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Good luck all. Come on Villa!

    6. liverpool01
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Ings or Jimenez out?

      Need to get Dcl tonight b4 price rise.

    7. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Lets, go!. Keep that CS Martinez.

    8. Catastrophe
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Just realised the game is on bt sport BOX OFFICE! urgh.

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        The box office seems to have got the best time slots. Not sure that was in the spirit of this.

    9. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Lmao Munday and his baits

    10. Joey Tribbiani
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Second 0-0 of the season, pls

      • NABIL - 1 season 1der
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Have a penalty kick Villa

        Let's settle this once and for all

      • Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Like the Livescore app. How did OR 1 get that far ahead of me?

      • Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Confession time, I brought in Jared Bowen.

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Maybe it works out

        2. bigwig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Do you feel better now your dirty little secret is out?

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Yup

            1. bigwig
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              It’s maverick. Hope it works out for you. I heard mark Sutherns mention getting him in, he’s often ahead of the curve

              1. Ginkapo FPL
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Ha. City and Liverpool are prime fixtures obviously...

                I dont have high hopes

        3. NABIL - 1 season 1der
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Lovely

        4. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          🙂 lol

      • Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Adding a Ronaldo Inter kit to my 90s Serie A football collection. Which should I get:

        A) Umbro Ronaldo 10 (97/98)
        B) Nike Ronaldo 9 (98/99)

        1. ElliotJHP
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          A surely

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Why surely? That UEFA cup final?

      • Big_Bear
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        I'm wanting to transfer Willian straight out before he drops.

        Grealish, Zaha or Barkley?

        1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          One of Jack or Ross. Wait for 90 minutes

          1. Big_Bear
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Cheers will do 🙂

            Leaning towards Barkley unless Grealish goes mental.

      • noone
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Is Struijk a regular starter?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Could be for 6 weeks while Phillips is out

        2. PlumaPiedra
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          The article gives you the answer you seek.

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            *Back it down a notch?

            1. PlumaPiedra
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Back what down?

      • Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Any decent apps for streaming if one didn't want to pay 14.95?

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

          Search for Live football HD TV on Play Store

          1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Surely can't be this easy? Bless you.

        2. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Search live player on App Store

          1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Ta!

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

        G'wan Leeds

        1. DA Minnion
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Plus 1.

      • Sean
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Mini league rival: Castagne, Mitchell, Sterling, Wilson
        Me: Robbo, JRod, Grealish, DCL

        Who wins?

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          him

        2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Don't know

        3. dark91
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Up to Sterling tonl decide the winner

          1. dark91
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            To*

          2. Sean
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Yea agreed, hopefully Grealish will return to put the pressure on!

      • The Reptile
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Reguilion rising tonight--is he worth getting for 5.5 ahead of say Saiss or Konte, Cresswell etc?
        I was thinking of casing in on Justin for him

        1. baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          I strongly doubt it. Having 3 Spurs when fixtures change is not ideal.

      • DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Fantasy football a lot harder this season .As a Leeds fan I never had to worry about who I had in my team. Have grealish and Martinez and don't want them doing anything tonight.

      • Matt Sk
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        After last season when I threw the bench boost away in gw 1, this year I was like I wait till my team is sorted out. Now is gw 6 and my team still isnt sorted out haha

      • The Reptile
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Cashing

      • wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Kane with 49.62% and Salah with 35.46% in top10k.Interesting.

        1. wulfranian
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Kane with 139.96% EO!

          1. Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            how does that work ? have 80% of top 10k ownership triple captained him ?

            1. wulfranian
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Effective ownership is ->
              (2 x the percentage of top 10k managers who have captained a player)
              +
              (percentage of top 10k managers who have started but not captained a player)

              1. Bram
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                +3x triple captains

              2. Hotdogs for Tea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                I must admit I don’t understand this

                1. Bram
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Captain a player you essentially have 2 of them.
                  Triple captain a player you essentially have 3 of them.

                  e.g. of 10 people 8 own Kane of which 4 captain him (so an extra 4 Kane scores) and 3 triple captain him (so an extra 2 Kane scores).
                  Thus from the 10 people you have Kane's score 8+4+2 =14 times.
                  So effective ownership is 140%.

                  1. Bram
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    sry 1 triple cap

      • Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Captaincy next week gonna be painful: Salah or Kane

        1. Hybrid.power
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Or Son

          1. Ógie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Or Bale

        2. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Easy if you only own one of them

      • Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Oh dear never realised there was a game tonight what a fool haha just as well I captained Salah

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 6 days ago

          No worries Alex

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Kept kdb so hopefully he ll play. On the plus side have 2 ft for next gw. Just can't believe I missed a deadline ....

            1. Pep bites Kun
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              The Friday deadlines catch a lot 🙂

      • Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Just 32 more weeks to resist kane

        1. DA Minnion
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          You'll never do it.

        2. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Do you want a six weeks clean chip?

      • farmerfat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        70k green arrow before the game week starts. Might as well enjoy it while it lasts. 🙂

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          92K for me - but then I'm starting form oblivion. My team lacks Salah so this will be the last vestige of a green I see over the weekend ..... just hoping for damage limitation.

      • Niho992
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Hey guys are you paying to watch tonight game ?

        1. DA Minnion
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          No way.

      • DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Up 7000 places already. Nice.