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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. Yankee Toffee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Bielsa.

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Genius

        1. Yankee Toffee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Legend and a scholar.

      1. Gentle_Turks
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Well he's a good manager, but he beats Aston Villa and suddenly he's Einstein?

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Not quite but close

        2. Yankee Toffee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Read the f-ing history ffs.

  2. The Yorkshire Pirlo
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    And that’s why you never bench Ayling or Dallas.

    We create so much out wide and always looking to attack, then there’s always the clean sheet potential. We had the best defence in the Championship last year, yet people still doubt.

    ALAW

    1. J ⚒ Gimme ur Mané
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Who’s the better pick?

      1. The Yorkshire Pirlo
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        I’ve got Dallas. There’s arguments for either, I see them scoring around same this season

    2. No Professionals
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      How about benching them when they get booked and lose to wolves?

  3. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Many may be angry taking a hit for Grealish, selling him and you guess what he's going to do next with SOU at home?

    1. Yankee Toffee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      He’s obv class. Managers should keep

      1. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Refs are letting Grealish get beat up physically, it making me mad.

  4. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    KDB and Brewster hatties incoming as I sold for Barkley and Kane.

    1. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Better not as Brewster is my 3rd sub

  5. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Martinez -> Meslier for a hit

    1. Gentle_Turks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Your rivals in your mini league told me to tell you to do it.

  6. Gentle_Turks
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    So, looking at what positives I can take from this game and I got this: Barkley avoided a yellow card. 🙂

  7. The Mandalorian
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Villa should do better against SOU next week, plenty of good fixtures to come.

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      There is hope

  8. Make United Great Again
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Feel like rage transferring Watkins out

    1. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Me too

    2. No Professionals
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Hindsight is easy, but I thought watkins looked poor against liverpool...

    3. TLF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I wouldnt, give it a day or 2 and you'll feel a lot better, nice fixture next weekend.

    4. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Bamford +0.1 From all the Watkins sellers

      If Maupay and Wilson blank, there will be a Bamford tidal wave

  9. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Double rise for Bamford coming up?

    1. No Professionals
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Probably, a hat trick, 6 goals in total, under 6m, not a hard sell.

  10. nickybwild
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Really far behind, but does anyone know what happened to Struijk tonight?

    1. Silver_and_Gold
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Bielsa on Struijk substitution: "He got a yellow card early on, and there was a lot of agility and mobility in the middle of the park. I wanted to take him off, as a result. After the yellow, he had another foul, that was the limit."

  11. Camino Aleatorio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Aw man!

    If Hames plays it risks my 6 points from Dallas. But the worst is a cameo 1-point

  12. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Anyone trying to be clever and getting Aguero over Kane has been absolutely crushed by that. Ouch.