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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. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    All I want is a 0-0 draw!

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Sorry

    2. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Barkley dynamite imminent

    3. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Oh dear

    4. Yank Revolution
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Ick

  2. wulfranian
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Today Villa could go top of the league.

  3. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Bus captain for next gw?

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Kane

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Salah

    3. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Salah

    4. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Cheers all. A pretty tricky gw

    5. The Sociologist
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Kane

    6. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Mo

    7. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Kane

  4. Infected by ebolasie
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Is a GW 9/10 WC a no brainer (if you still have it)?

    - City: good run from GW 10
    - Spurs: bad run from GW 9
    - Wolves: bad run from GW 10
    - Leicester: good short run from GW 10

    Liverpool and Arsenal also have decent fixtures from around GW 12

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      That was the initial plan!

      1. Infected by ebolasie
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        My initial plan was an early WC but having pulled through the first few weeks this looks like the best option

    2. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I guess. I think this time in gw16 u get new wildcard so might as well

    3. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Save until FPL allow a 0-0-7-4 formation

      1. Infected by ebolasie
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Haha

    4. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Yep, it was mooted at the start of the season - Could be a game-changer, if on form

  5. Will J 256
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Should of gone Dallas over Ayling considering ayling may play at CB while Phillips is out!

  6. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    30k green arrow before a balls been kicked, must of been a fair few hits flying around

    1. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Mine's 100K. Must be miles behind you in the ranks then

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        480k before this week

        1. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          2.7m 😀

    2. Joey Tribbiani
        1 month, 5 days ago

        30k red for me, -4 taken

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          What moves did you make?

          1. Joey Tribbiani
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Kinda risky ones, thats all im gonna say, if they work I might reveal them 😀

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 5 days ago

                That's the spirit 😛

        2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          67k here!

      • Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Brought in Kane this week and now I can't even enjoy having him in my team since I have capped Salah, and Kane's EO is 140%... 😀

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Isn’t that top 10k EO?

          1. Stormbringer22
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Is it? I am not sure

        2. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          That’s only in the top 10k

        3. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Oh, cool. Thanks chaps!

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

          so that means nearly everyone in the top 10k has triple captained him ?

          1. Stormbringer22
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 5 days ago

            No, they have captained him. Triple captain would be in excess of 200%

          2. THFC4LIFE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            100% is just owning, 200% is captain, 300% is triple captain.

            Kane is 140% so roughly 40% of top10k have captained him

            I think I’m right anyway lol

            1. Stormbringer22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 5 days ago

              You are indeed correct

              1. Third Eye Vision
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Those numbers don’t stack up. If his ownership (top10k) is less than 50%, his EO can’t be 140%

            2. Eat my goal!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Owned by 89%, capped by 51% (top 10k)

              1. Third Eye Vision
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Okay. That works.

                1. Third Eye Vision
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Is anyone here affected by what’s happening in the top 10 k?

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

              So, as an owner do I actually want him to score points ? or will I drop rank because I haven’t captained him (assuming I am in top 10k)

              1. Eat my goal!
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                61% EO overall

                However later in the season the top 10k will also be illustrative of the top 100-200k so actually it will matter

                Right now the pack is still quite tight so you’ll probably still gain with Kane point providing the rest of your team also performs

                Most of the current top 10k will fade off into lower ranks - same every year

      • Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Carlo Ancelotti talks about JRod injury status and cuddles reporter.

        https://youtu.be/kwYi5hpkUco

      • nibby
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Can anyone help me with links to stream Villa game?

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Search live player on App Store, works on iOS

          1. nibby
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Thanks, but don't have iOS

        2. Ron_Swanson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Usagoals dot net

      • Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        McCarthy, Digne, Kilman, Mitchell, Townsend, J. Rodriguez
        Vs
        Martinez, TAA, Dallas, Lamptey, Foden, Podence

        Which one wins?

        1. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          A

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

          no idea, impossible to say

      • Robin Cook
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Is there a stream to watch Villa - Leeds online?

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Can't say on here mate.

        2. Ron_Swanson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Usagoals dot net

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

        where can I watch this apart from BT?

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Google

        2. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Just tested a few mentioned no video on ios

      • DandyDon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Missed the deadline by a mile tonight. Bloody work. Oh well relived to see Rodriguez may now play some part. Was going to bring in Grealish and Kane for him and Jiminez for a -4. Please don’t score Grealish! Kane always lets us down against Burnley last few years as well

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

          Missed the deadline too haha feel like an absolute fool 🙂

        2. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          I think its a good thing you didnt make that move. Rodrigues and Jimmi can outscore Grealish and Kane -4

      • Niho992
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Just noticed that Ayling will be centre back ffs

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

        Martinez to be the hero tonight

        1. Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Let’s hope so

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          To non-owners

      • Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Why is this GWs highest scorer at 0.3% captaincy in the top 10k?

        1. Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          ?

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Mane

            1. Forever In Our Shadow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Great differential if you Capt him

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 5 days ago

                I did, let's see what happens

                1. Zim0
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Hattrick! But only if u pray Kane get hattrick too 😛

                  1. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    Deal!

                    1. Zim0
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 5 days ago

                      Its done. Double hattricks incoming!

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

                  Me too! Hoping for the best

                  1. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    Ah, you went through with it!

          2. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            I think he talking about Mane 😛

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

        Any reason as to why a human being would pay 15 Quid to watch a single game?

        1. Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Only if I was there in person. Not a hope at home. Money grabbing b*stards

        2. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          It's pricey I agree. The marketing peeps reckon it's cheap vs a meal out or equivalent to other forms of entertainment. It's not fair that you pay all overhead forever - the same way as you're still paying standing charges for utilities. As a subscriber you own nothing; only as an investor/owner you gain

      • Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Im so far behind in every league I’m in that I don’t even have any rival’s team to check when the game resets.

        Sad times, homies.

        1. Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          It will come good. Stay positive.

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

          GREALISH

          I depend on you.

      • ivantys
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Bamford fails

        • Chucky
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Grealish grab a goal asap..

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

          Is Ayling playing as a CB ?

          1. Collie01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Yes unfortunately

          2. Africa United
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Yea

        • Joey Tribbiani
            1 month, 5 days ago

            This Philips injury quite unfortunate for us Ayling owners, with Struijk going midfield, Ayling LCB

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

              Goal incoming from FKs and corners

          • Babit1967
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Out of my first 11 Sterling is the second least owned player, crazy to see m, hopefully a good differential there

          • Tony Martial
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Oh how I desperately need a Villa clean sheet.

            Can’t see it happening tho!

          • mirkomen77
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Jimi or Ings out for Kane?

            1. BrockLanders
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Ings

            2. Forever In Our Shadow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Bit late. But Ings

          • Africa United
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Grealesh down oh no 🙁

            1. Africa United
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Back again 🙂

            2. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Spends half his life on the floor

          • Zim0
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Why does everyone try to kill Grealish

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Is it the hair?

            2. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Oppositions best player wearing those stupid socks and looks lightweight (isnt) he’s always going to get booted

          • Niho992
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Grealish is such a diver ffs. English Neymar

            1. BrockLanders
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Yep. Most fouled = Most dives

          • Gobigorgohome
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            one more foul and Strujik RED 😉

          • Stram Dunk
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Red for Struijk incoming...