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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. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Apologies for breaking Grealish guys

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Pretty sure that was me

      1. Gazza2000
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Cheers to the both of you 😉

    2. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      You broke the whole team, cheers

  2. BenDavies
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Just 1 (ONE) Grealish goal please.

  3. Daniel - Go Granville
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Lads with triple Villa what are you doing now?

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

      Standing on the window ledge. 😀

    2. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Feeling pretty good about benching 2 of them ;p

  4. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    I Sold Bamford for a -4 genius!

    Got Aguero in

    1. Sam-not-so-wise
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      you must have missed my comments... Bamford and Aguero are both essentials

      1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I wouldn't mind but I nearly did not do the transfer.
        Was on the fence.

  5. Nice to Finally Michu
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Bamford top 10 EO?

    1. Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      50

      1. Nice to Finally Michu
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Holy smokes

        1. Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          high?

  6. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    villa in the mud, you love to see it

  7. Bartowski
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Cool. Cool, cool, cool.

    Sold Bamford this week.

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Nooooo

      1. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        why selling bam bam?

        1. Bartowski
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Wanted Kane.

  8. Sir Alex Telles.
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    I must be cursed at this game. Now a Grealish YC surely?

    1. Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      you have bamford too?

  9. Ha.
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    The gameweek starts for real tomorrow, right?

  10. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Another Rodrigo assist ?

    1. Nice to Finally Michu
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Klich for the second i think

    2. Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      klich

  11. Daniel - Go Granville
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    all those rmt in gw 1 with mitro instead of bam bam 😀

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

    Martinez racking up the saves

  13. PL Ball
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Bamford with 5 goals in 6.

    Reminded me of Andy. And then right on cue with his tweet ha:)

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

    I’ll take my Ayling clean sheet. Screw you Watkins

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

    I can think Villa coming back to a 2-2

    1. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Impossible

  16. slavkob
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Once again thank you to all of you who were super excited for Grealish and Villa assets. A couple of days ago people would think Villa will win the EPL based on your comments.

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      meaning ? people arent allowed an opinion?

  17. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    3 players gone 🙁

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

    Dallas SOT

  19. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    At least Martinez is getting some saves. I'll take the consolation points here.

    Grealish pretty unlucky so far. Should have had two goals by now.

  20. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    3-0 lol

  21. Daniel - Go Granville
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Bam Bam does it again !!!

  22. Daniel - Go Granville
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Unreal.

  23. Warbling Wendy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Dean Smith has done literally nothing to rectify the overloads Leeds keep getting on the left hand side. Would Biesla do nothing if that was happening against his team? Hell no. Different levels of tactical management.

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

    Bring the hattie

  25. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    PATRICK WOAH

    HE CAME FROM AFRICA

  26. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Holy Moly

  27. Daniel - Go Granville
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Scenes

  28. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Leeds doing Villa what Villa did to Pool 🙄

  29. Bushwhacker
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Reckon the call's gone out for Grealish's Mum to come pick him up. He'll be crying soon.

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

    People on this forum get very excited. Triple Villa..