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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. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Aston Villa just learned they won't play Liverpool every weeks

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

    How many benched is he on?

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

      Play him every week

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

    Where granville

  4. Warbling Wendy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    BAM BAM BAMFORD!

  5. Sleep Talk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    I will still refuse to get Bamford in

  6. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    bamford cant finish this xg that

    shush

  7. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Oh sod off

  8. Granville
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Lovely work Patrick. We want another.

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

      yeah we do

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

      Juuuhuuuuu well done Granny

    3. Warbling Wendy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      woop woop Granville!

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

    Bamford essential

  10. Teriyaki 69
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    If Jimmy blanks, Im getting rid for Bamford

  11. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Maupay to Bamford before next week looking an easy move to make...hold my knees 😉

  12. TheDragon
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Bamford is so useless - it’s peak FPL that he now decides to score every time he shoots.

  13. Herman Toothrot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Now for a Trezeguet goal. No assist.

  14. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Klich assist

  15. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    This season \_o_/

  16. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    WHAT A BLOODY FINISH

    hahhahhaha bamfodr can't finish pass it on

  17. Daniel - Go Granville
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Granville can actually win it this year. The FFS and CA leagues

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      No he can’t - it’s GW6

  18. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Grealish YC

  19. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    This is ridiculous from Bamford, not one person thought he could score in the prem

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

      Onenn be person did 😀

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

        One person*

  20. Hattrick Harry
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Grealish yc, clown

  21. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Bamford can’t score in the Prem

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Should've been sent off. He's a very lucky boy.

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

        Sent off? What match are you watching?

  22. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Omd Grealish yellow card

  23. Old Bull
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Can’t believe the failure of people on here to acknowledge that this season Bamford is in form.

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

      Define form

  24. Daniel - Go Granville
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    And we all went Mitro before Bamford at start. lol at us

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

      If only we got Donkey, Bamford, and Kane from the start lol

  25. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Feed the Bamford and he will score.

    No? I’ll get my coat

  26. The 12th Man
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Need this Leeds CS to go. My ML leader has triple Leeds defence. Big Leeds fan.

  27. Make America Greta Again
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Darn, knew binning Klich would backfire.

  28. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Oh, no, My Martinez and Grealish picks going down the toilet!

  29. potatoace
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Ducked out at last min to do jimi/ings > banford/kane
    This is going to hurt.

  30. ivantys
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Grealish > Zaha?