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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. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    27 shots by Leeds. Wow.

  2. FPL_trail_runner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Ideal start to the week all things considered

    13 from 2.

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

      Nice

  3. The_Fish
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    James to Ayling gone well for me.

    Not sure what the fuss is about with Villa attackers.

    1. Seanigula
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      They had one good game and people got a bit over excited

  4. LOLarov
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    In a head to head for £1 a point at end of season.

    He brought in Grealish and took out bamford for DCL.

    You love to see it

  5. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    This result really dents Aston Villa’s title chances.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      LOL

    2. Yankee Toffee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Dbl lol

  6. Sir Alex Telles.
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Watkins owners who are you shipping him for?

    1. JimJoshBoy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Bamford easy choice. Or Antonio

  7. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    -1 from 1

  8. slavkob
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Villa is rubbish

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

    Well done Dallas your beauty

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      I have him last on bench. 🙁

  10. Yankee Toffee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    The Spanish announcer just called him Marco Bamford by accident. The color commentator called him terrible lol

    1. Deulofail
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      😮

    2. Fantasy Gold
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      What has colour got to do with anything?

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

        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_commentator

        If you mean race or culture, absolutely nothing. Be color blind. Talking sport here m8.

        1. Fantasy Gold
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Ahhh I see. My bad.

    3. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      sad

  11. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    1pt from 2 players any good?

  12. Gentle_Turks
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Villa bandwagon over.

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Still good.

      Every team has nights like this.

  13. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Extremely kneejerk here, but admittedly thought about it before this game and have 2FTs...

    Keinan Davis > Bamford?

    1. baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Look at their fixtures before that move

  14. Nomar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    First GW this season that I haven't made a transfer, and a Bamford owner and starter.

    Happy days.

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Enjoy!

  15. LOLarov
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Martínez still chipping in 3 points after conceding 3

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Set and forget

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      I'll take that.

    3. FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Him and Meslier are this years Pope and Henderson

      Having any other keeper outside of this two now makes no sense.

  16. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Beat the champion 7-2 then beaten 0-3 by a promoted team ... nice story

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      That's why they play the games, Zico.

  17. Liegitty
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Hehe, bamford over watkins finally paying off >)

  18. Railwayman
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    72K net sales for Bamford before this GW, so many tears tonight...

    1. Utopsis
        1 month, 7 days ago

        The amount of tears this season would fill a well, from players who sold Bamford, Son, Vardy, Wilson, Adams, Bruno right before mega-hauls

      • Utopsis
          1 month, 7 days ago

          And Werner!

      • shiraz
          1 month, 7 days ago

          My h2h opponent have bamford and martinez while i have grealish. It is 1-20 against me, can't see how i can make a comeback

        • Right In The Stanchion
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Fantasy football doesn’t matter. Fantasy football doesn’t matter. Fantasy football doesn’t matter. Fantasy football doesn’t matter.

            Sold Bamford, Benched Ayling.

            Not going to let it ruin my weekend.

            1. Utopsis
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Oof...

            2. FPL_trail_runner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Leeds are in the top 3 now, albeit with an extra game played

              Have already played Liverpool , Man city , Wolves and now Villa away

              As i have said since week 1, they are massively underpriced and you need 3 players in your team ( have had 2 myself since the game opened) and may finally get Bamford since his value in that attacking unit despite the 5 misses per game will be value.

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                You don't need 3 Leeds players in your team, let's be realistic. Points are spread.

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

                I sold both Harrison + Ayling on my WC and now have none. My worry is that the points would be too split up in attack so favoured Podence slightly over Harrison. And for Ayling I went for KWP as I thought there was slightly more attacking threat.

            3. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              No BAPs for Dallas, Dahell?

            4. Niho992
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Any chance to Ayling grab BAPS ?

            5. Hattrick Harry
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Shots 12-27 Leeds total dominance as expected, Hello Leeds fan here - thanks for points from Ayling, Klich and Bamford

            6. Hryszko
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Leeds to finish top 10, guaranteed.

              1. FPL_trail_runner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Maybe even top 8*

                * This is not based on tonights result. Predicted them to be this years Wolves.

            7. Do I Not Like Orange
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Surely nobody still has Bamford.

              1. villa_til_i_die
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Double pain tonight, villa stuffed and Bamford first on the bench!

                1. Do I Not Like Orange
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  Ouch!

              2. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Ummm ... 😉

            8. JONALDINHO
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Dallas, Martinez and Grealish here. Quite the disappointment

            9. Sir Alex Telles.
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Is 70 pts too much of a gap to chase?

              1. baps hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Nope...

            10. Trophé Mourinho
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Im sorry but this Villa result is hilarious, at the end of the day it is Villa after all. If something seems to good to be true, it normally is

            11. Mweene
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Took a -8 this week to get Kane so Bamford doing a good job of helping me overcome that.

              Great price for a striker in that team.