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

    Some more of this and exactly the current scoreline is how I want it to end!

  2. Right In The Stanchion
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Please don’t make me regret benching Ayling.

      Come on villa

    • Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Went Foden over Grealish/Barkley. I need a bigger sofa tonight!

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Grealish will blank again as I brought him in last week

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

          Please take him out

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

      Strujk owners what we do now?

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

        Sold Mitchel for him on wc

        1. Vazza
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Don’t worry, Mitchell won’t play many games going fwd

        2. Collie01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Move him from 2nd to 3rd on bench

      2. Vazza
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Is Barkley a poor man’s Grealish or is Barkley actually the real deal?

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

            Poorman for me. He's a troll like Zaha

            1. Von Lipwig
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              wait for it......

            2. Paul Psychic Octopus
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              We need to go back to the likes of Zigic to find the real trolls.

          2. baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            First until he scores

        • ivantys
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Too bad that goal line clearance doesn't even give Ayling any BPS.

          • Silent Friend
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Meslier looks small but he is actually 1.97m )

          • Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Bamford is such a poor finisher

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

              He is poor full stop.

              1. Pedram
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                He's definitely not poor

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

                I think he makes a decent living

                1. james 101
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Indecent?

            2. ivantys
                1 month, 2 days ago

                His conversion rate was so rubbish even in championship

              • james 101
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                My first sub

              • Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                I'm starting to realise that the Leeds attackers are expected to do some much chasing and closing down that they don't have the composure to finish chances.

                It's crazy the amount of closing down they're asked to do. Most strikers try and preserve their energy for the chances they get.

              • Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 2 days ago

                I'm pretty shocked he's still starting now Rodrigo is there.

            3. Vazza
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Can we have some goals please???

              • Ibralicious
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Looks like a 0-0 here, Leeds don't even look close to conceding. I should have started Dallas! O.o

                1. 7shadesofsmoke
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  what you talking bout willis?

                  grealish had one cleared off the line already

                  1. Ibralicious
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    Exactly, Leeds defense will stand ground no matter what

                  2. Ibralicious
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    The scoreline will tell the story

                2. Jake.l_8
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  ??

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

                The Struijk bandwagon lasted 21 minutes.

                Oof.

              • Paul Psychic Octopus
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                The moment I got Watkins 0-0 was locked in.

              • Collie01
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                This is turning into a bit of a basketball match again. Leeds with a sort of 2-2-6 formation with the ball.

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

                0-0 would be just fine

              • Bubz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Double Villa attack, benched Ayling... know how this ends!

                1. ivantys
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    1-0 Leeds Ayling scoring the winner

                    1. Twisted Saltergater
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      Ayling tackled himself earlier.

                    2. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      bookmarked

                2. Vazza
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    Which team looks more likely to score?

                    1. JBG
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      Villa

                    2. james 101
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      Sounds like the correct answer is “no”.

                    3. Collie01
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      Villa imo.

                    4. Fred54
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      Derby County.

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

                      First Leeds then Grealish

                      1. Bushwhacker
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 2 days ago

                        If he can stay on his feet long enough.

                  • RECKLESS
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    Which Astonvilla player shot was cleared off the line by Ayling?

                    1. Pépé Pig
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      Grealish

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

                      Grealish

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

                      Grealish

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

                      JG

                    5. Fred54
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      According the the BBC Live text it was Bamford.

                      (Was Grealish)

                    6. RECKLESS
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      ffs!! I have him :/ But as he is only 7mn I will give him some weeks

                  • Hulk Smash
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    At least 3 goals nailed on for the second half once these sides start to tire

                  • ivantys
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      Watkins kept wasting Grealish assists.

                      1. Bushwhacker
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 2 days ago

                        Watkins is a waste. Of space largely.

                    • Meinhoff
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      Never heard of this Cash guy, but he is a terrific player.

                      1. Twisted Saltergater
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 2 days ago

                        Agreed, looks really good.

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

                      Everyone with Salah captain https://www.livefpl.net/leagues/581 including Ronka and Magnus and Kane EO is 134%? I don't get it how

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

                        Tons of casuals will have captained Kane after last week

                      2. baps hunter
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 2 days ago

                        Top 10k owners have Kane.

                      3. Granville
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 2 days ago

                        Ahem, you missed out someone.

                      4. doher.ty
                          1 month, 2 days ago

                          I captained Kane over Salah for this very reason. Knew most would C Salah and want to make up some ground (hopefully) maybe others in the same boat as me.

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

                          that is top 10k EO

                      5. Weasel Boy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 2 days ago

                        Barkley seems to be playing deeper.

                        1. ivantys
                            1 month, 2 days ago

                            He has about 1 shot a game, his quota is up this game.

                        2. Pep Roulette
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 2 days ago

                          Looks like Rodrigo is spending too much time with Bamford

                          1. Silent Friend
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 2 days ago

                            haha

                        3. doher.ty
                            1 month, 2 days ago

                            Well this article didn't age well

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

                            Cash was a good buy from Forest

                          • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 2 days ago

                            villa looking rubbish

                          • RECKLESS
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 2 days ago

                            Was Struijk so bad? Just started following match since last 5.mins and he is already subbed lol. Suprisingky good match! Credit to Leeds! What a blessing to see such an entertaining promoted side 🙂

                            1. Bushwhacker
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 2 days ago

                              Was about to get sent off ; on final warning and with Grealish diving when a blade of grass crossed his boot he was a liability.

                          • F_Ivanovic
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 2 days ago

                            Ayling is so freaking good. Regretting getting rid on my WC.

                            1. Collie01
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 2 days ago

                              Good player but playing CB reduces his FPL appeal unfortunately

                            2. Twisted Saltergater
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 11 Years
                              1 month, 2 days ago

                              He's looked shaky at CB, tbh.

                          • Collie01
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 2 days ago

                            Leeds allowing Villa so many touches in the box.

                            Leeds look a team that could concede 7 or 8 in a match later in the season.

                            1. Bushwhacker
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 2 days ago

                              All fine as long as Villa players continue to decide not to shoot.

                          • Sun Jihai
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 2 days ago

                            Revenge of the transferred out this GW

                            - TAA haul
                            - KDB to start and haul
                            - Kane and Grealish blank