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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. dark91
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Should be a yc for Bamford

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

      Deffo

  2. ivantys
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Bamford steps on Mings and pretends to be injured.

    • el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Looking at replay got 2 things on my mind :
      - cant blame Mings for his reaction
      - Man Utd would (and had last season) get a pen for that

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

        I thought the ref was about to call for Fernandes.

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

        Absolutely can blame mings, not a dive, player was clearly hurt, he could cause serious injury picking someone up like that.

        Bamford said ball don’t lie

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

        There was the one penalty when Fernandes left the ball behind him and just jumped towards a defender

    • RECKLESS
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Gw 12 DCl out Bamford in. Looks a super transfer unless Dcl becomes fixture proof

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

      Mings picked up Bam by one hand

      1. BeaversWithAttitude
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Lmao

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

      wow

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

      2-0

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

      Bamford two

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

      PATRICK BAMFOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORD

    • BeaversWithAttitude
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Lol, Tyrone. So gentle.

    • KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Wow... that’s a strike

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

      Bamford WTF

    • Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Bam Bam delivers again. Granville in heaven 🙂 I did consider him to be fair

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Absolutely no one on here considered him

        1. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          I did instead of antonio

      2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        I Sold Bamford for a -4 genius!

        Got Aguero in

    • Fred54
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Oh FFS.

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

      Paddy effin Bamford

    • TONY123
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Time to sell our Villa assets again

    • Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Pahaha. God fpl is annoying

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

        *brill

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Absolutely everyone on here rinsing Bamford before the season started

    • Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      FFS..

    • Hattrick Harry
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      King Bamford embarrassing Villa defense

    • ivantys
        1 month, 2 days ago

        wtf that 25% ownership on bamford

      • Royal5
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Wow

      • Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Lad shouldn't be on the pitch.

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

        ML leader has Bamford and I was behind 50 pts lol

        1. stu92
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Same lol

      • stu92
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Glad I went heavy on Villa with the WC.

      • Silent Friend
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Foul and diving, not YC WTF???

        1. Silent Friend
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          VAR is fking useless

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

        DREAMLAND

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Who the hell has Bamford

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

            Bet

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

            Me.

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

        BAMFORDDDDD ffs

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

        Tyrone Mings has a real attitude problem, he's always come across as a massive bell piece and his actions their only build the case against him.

      • Firmino
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Casuals win again

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

          You are a casual 😉