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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. ElChapo
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 1 day ago

    ahhhhh i was waiting for the aston villa collapse, same defence as last year bar a championship right back...

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

      In fairness Cash has been quite good for them.

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Agree

  2. ivantys
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Leeds on 26 goal attempts

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

        Crikey you're right. That's sore reading.

    • Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      My H2H opponent's team is almost identical to mine, only 2 players different.

      Who wins?

      1 - Pulisic, Chilwell (mun)
      2 - Saiss (NEW), Rodriguez (sou)

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

      6 saves for Martinez #smallmercies

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I'll take it.

      2. MidTableFantasy
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I'll take it

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

        isn't 5?

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          not updated yet

    • Pedram
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I have finally succumbed to buying Bamford, lord forgive me

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I have 2FTs and I’m tempted I’ll admit it!

        1. Pedram
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Brewster to Bamford was just to hard to resist

          1. Utopsis
              1 month, 1 day ago

              I'm considering this as well, I just fear the reduction of funding this will impose elsewhere

        2. Ohhhhh Gary Macca!
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Lol

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

        Just saw the goals. Bam Bam was like Maradona

      3. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Does Bielsa stay in that squatting position the whole match?

        1. jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Jealous of his knees. And he's 25 years older than me.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Me too!

        2. ClassiX
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Apparently there is a bucket lurking under there...

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Haha

        3. MarcusAurelius
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Sometimes he mixes it up and sits on a drinks cooler

      4. JBG
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Hope Villa go down.

        1. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          They won't.

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

        Of course as soon as I get double villa defence this happens

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Please sell

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

        8 SoT for Leeds, very bad defensive play from Villa this time.

        We need one more save for Martinez for a pt. He has 5 atm

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

          Bamford gave him an easy save 🙂

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

            Poor Bam Bam, can't score 4 goals even 🙂

        2. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Now 6

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

          6

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

            great

      7. Fred54
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        As if Barkley will get a consolation goal....

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

        Hi five Bamford causals

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

          Hi 5 minus casual ffs

        2. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Happy to be a casual tonight.

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

          *high five*

        4. wagwan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          happy to be a 'casual' tonight

        5. Ohhhhh Gary Macca!
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Not casuals, we’ve done our research. Now how Leeds play. At the price Bamford was always a long term pick for myself

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

          bam boom bam

        7. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          High five. Casual? Just cool AF. 😎

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

        Loco Bielsa = Loco Bam

      10. Right In The Stanchion
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Absolutely nothing suggested this happening.

          Villa 3 clean sheets out of 4 and scoring loads.

          1. FPL_trail_runner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Underlying data ( yes i know everyone on here hates it) was showing Villa were the most overperforming team in the league so. That is, they were getting lucky results not reflected by their performances. Ditto Leeds were the opposite.

            1. Nomar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              You said this yesterday.

              Respect.

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

          You just know when the FFS community big up a team like Villa that it is time to look the other way 😉

        • Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          If Villa score here Martinez could get a BP. Come on Grealish get a goal!

          1. ivantys
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Breaking Leeds CS is more valuable than 1 BP for Martinez.

          2. TheSteel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            No save for Marty on the last header?

          3. Gudjohnsen
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            No 6th save for Martinez?

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

            If it's possible to get a sensible view here, how have villa been tonight?

            1. dark91
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Wasteful offensively and shocking defensively

            2. JimJoshBoy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Really poor. Totally overwelmed

            3. Africa United
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Very rubbish which means next week they might explode

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

            23 shots from Leeds, only 6 on target though

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

              Sorry, 9

          6. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            If Villa score, Martinez may well get 2 baps.

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

            Ayling could nick a bonus point here

            1. FPL_trail_runner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Dont raise my hopes

              Holding with Meslier and Ayling here with no Villa.

              1. Africa United
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Meslier here hope he gets a point bonus

          8. Barnabus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Wilson > Bamford looking tempting

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

            Why do streams always become unstable at 80min mark of the game. Years and years of this.

            Do hordes of steamers just check in for the final 10mins.

            1. Nomar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              True, dat.

            2. The Mandalorian
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              The 80th minute is when the Blair witch comes out.

          10. TheSteel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Save given

          11. OrmskirkFC
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Did Bamford go undrafted in anyone else's league?

          12. ElliotJHP
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Martinez 3 pointer what a man

          13. Nomar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            The way my season has been going I had to check my team just now, even though I never made any transfers this week, to make sure I hadn't sold Bamford and forgotten I'd done it.

            1. Jainica
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              nice humble brag

          14. ivantys
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Watkins is so useless, wasting everyone's assists.

            • TheSteel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Martinez in bonus if villa score