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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. Teriyaki 69
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    And breathe

  2. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    lol

  3. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Form is dead, fixture is dead
    What now?

    1. Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      players with good haircuts

      1. shaunyjames
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        So avoid the Leeds man bun crew yeah

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Leeds was always going to tear them up

  4. Noah’s Ark
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Mings with a YC and loss of cs in 30 seconds. No need to watch anymore. Goodnight folks.

  5. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Bumford

    1. Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      bums out ford

  6. Teriyaki 69
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Just need a grealish goal now.

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

    Is there another player as unlikeable as Grealish in the league?

    1. Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      rashford

      1. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        this was a joke im not a tory

        1. beric
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          You did the right thing by clarifying

    2. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      No, hes the worst

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

      Pogba

    4. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Sterling

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

        Don't think I've seen Sterling complain anywhere near the levels that Grealish does, nor talk back to the ref and try and get anyone near him booked.

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Ok, Grealish is worse

    5. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Yes, Nick Pope

    6. dark91
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Robertson

    7. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Bamford

    8. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Zaha, maybe.

      Personally find Pickford yappy.

  8. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Selling Rodrigo was a bad move

  9. Tsparkes10
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Sums it up this season so far hhaha, Grealish asssit and Konsa goal denied. 1 min later the cleanie is wiped 🙂

  10. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Well done Leeds defence owners

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Even if I benched?

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Me too. Attempting a jinx.

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

    Grealish still has 30 minutes to deliver something

  12. FC Hakkebøf
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Villa bandwagon is over 🙂

  13. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Dallas is a joy to watch, what a player

  14. Granville
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    I want the rest of the season to consist of Bamford goals and Bruno penalties and watch this place spontaneously combust. 😎

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

      One of those you'll get...

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        No prizes for guessing which one, either.

    2. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      You on Black Box next week rubbing this in will be fun.

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Everyone will own them soon!

  15. Right In The Stanchion
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Absolutely nothing suggested a Leeds win here.

      Villa are managed by a milkman

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

        Why? Two attacking teams with bang average defenses.

    • Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Wow Bamford is seriously highly owned

    • Noah’s Ark
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Sold Castagne and Barnes to Mings and Rodriguez for a hit. 1pointer for Mings locked in and Rodriguez may not play. Another fantastic set of transfers gw 😆

    • Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Where did the Kings YC go?

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Mings*

    • Warbling Wendy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      So glad I kept the faith with Bamford - yes he is a terrible finisher, but Leeds will make chances and he is the striker, that's enough for him to justify his price tag

      1. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        hefty price tag

    • Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Mings 😀

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

      Mings may get a Red for that

    • Right In The Stanchion
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Has Barkley even had a shot today?

      • ivantys
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Mings potential red?

          1. Africa United
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            No Bamford yellow more likely

          2. Royal5
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            You crazy?

        • Gazza2000
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Penalty?

          1. Gazza2000
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Nah

          2. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            No

        • Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Mings vs Bamford - Hell in a Cell

        • Royal5
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Lol wtf bamford. Pathetic.

        • The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Mings poor sportsmanship there

        • Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Bamford deserves to be sent off for that. Joke.

        • Utopsis
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Bamford with 4 goals in 6 for a newly promoted side, not good enough for most on here

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

              Sent off for stamp? Or penalty to Manchester United?

            2. Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              5*

              1. Utopsis
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Incredible return

            3. Ode
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Has to be Bamford yellow, that's ridiculous diving