Dugout Discussion

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.

Become a Member and get unrestricted access to our data and articles

Full-year memberships are now available for the price of £19.99. Monthly subscriptions also cost just £2.99.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 150+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our brand NEW Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT

1,443 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Sam-not-so-wise
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 1 day ago

    link to game?

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

        How do I sub players in and out?

      2. Sam-not-so-wise
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        that will have me glued to my seat

    1. F_Ivanovic
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      google watch prem games live

      1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Apt name

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

          game*

          1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Nein

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

        Virus link

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

    Harrison was another I sold on WC for Podence. Regretting that move too.

  3. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    The attacker I own hasnt scored in the first 45 of a 90 minute match that's been quite open? Time to overreact.

  4. Nice to Finally Michu
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Well done at the end of that half to stop the break by Dallas

  5. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    1st half summary please? Not watching.

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

      Leeds dominated for the first 15 or so. Villa came into it, Grealish had a shot cleared off the line. Villa threatened a bit more, Leeds ended with a few chances that Bamford missed.

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Exciting
      Should have had 2 goals at least

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        How’s jack been?

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Good
          Had a goal declined with inches to cross by Ayling

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

      End to end stuff. Both bad in the final 3rd.

    4. Joey Tribbiani
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Pretty even

      • Deulofail
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        No sign of Ozil yet

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Haha

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

        Leeds all drive but not finish
        Villa holding there own, goal denied on the line

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

      Hope I don't regret not wildcarding and bringing in Martinez and Targett

    6. JustSomeGuy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      How's Grealish looking?

      1. Rolls-Royce
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        sexy as ever

      2. Hattrick Harry
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Hair is bit awkward today, can’t score empty net, otherwise ok

      3. Joey Tribbiani
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Bit less gel in his hair than usual

          1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            *Moroccon oil

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

          Like a cheating diver 🙂

      4. ivantys
          1 month, 1 day ago

          With Bamford and Rodrigo as your forwards, no wonder leeds are struggling to score goals

        • Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Feels bad when you play Saiss and you bench Kilman because one's pts follow the other's

        • Bookkeeper
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I wimped out of doing Podence > Henderson. Think the latter is going to get good attacking points this season.

          1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Liverpool's Henderson? You definitely made the right call.

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

              we can come back to this in few weeks...

              1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                3 goals 5 assists last season? I'll be grand.

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

          WATKINS DO SOMETHING.

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

          I'm hitting Martinez and a Villa Def in. They'll keep massive amounts of cleans

          1. F4L
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            ? They've looked very open this half, none of the midfield three are sitting, and neither of the wingers are tracking back.

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

              They are about to keep a 4th CS out of 5 and that 1 was against pool. Stats don't seem to matter to villa

              1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                About to? There's 45 mind left ourlad.

              2. F4L
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                its too small a sample size. The two worst offences in the league, one of which had 10 men for 80 minutes, and then a Vardy-less Leicester. It's been great for those that got Martinez GW 2, but I bet Mendy/Guaita will have better PPG between now and the end of the season.

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

          (Former) #8 OR forgetting to hit WC. Oh dear!

          https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/780039/event/6

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

            -56 hahahahaha

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

            Oh dear

          3. BenDavies
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Oh my word that has to hurt

          4. Jdpz
              1 month, 1 day ago

              omg

            • FantasyHero
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              I just noticed this too
              Wtf
              Likely forgot to hit WC button.
              Sucks for him

            • Meinhoff
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              He also got Batshuayi

            • Stormbringer22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Oh no...

          5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            get out of my team grealish

            1. Gobigorgohome
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              this

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

              I’d like you to take a deep breath

            3. Fantasy Gold
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Are those knees jerking Bemba?

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

            If Villa keep another bloody clean sheet...

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

              I’ll love it

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

                Will love it more when it goes pop.

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

              You'll get martinez?

            3. Over Midwicket
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              They will 100%. CS banked. They have the best defence in the league

          7. F4L
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Villa not pressing a newly promoted side on the ball at home is concerning.

          8. Ibralicious
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Yupp this ones a guaranteed 0-0, both sides lack quality going forward and defenses will hold solid.

            Congratulations on the Martinez/Dallas/Ayling CS points!

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

              Sickening

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

              Bit harsh on Villa

          9. Bookkeeper
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Watkins really is a championship level player

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

              One game wonder against very poor side?!?

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

            Grealish such a busy player and involved with everything. If only he was surrounded by better players.

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

              I think a better striker will go a long way to fix things

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

                They just bought Watkins tbf

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

                  I know. They messed up 😆

            2. Bookkeeper
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              if only he knew when to pass and when to shoot 😉

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

                He should probably pass earlier

            3. F4L
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              He hogs the ball so much though. Watkins likes space to work with to use his turn of pace, but by the time the ball gets to him he's got 2/3 defenders in the close vicinity.

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

                Very true

          11. shiraz
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Watkins need to pull up his sock during the break. Fluffed too many chances that grealish had put on the plate for him. Took his time waltzing through when he can just shoot.

              1. F4L
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Don't see it that way. Grealish beats two men, then holds onto the ball for 2/3 seconds, so by the time the ball gets to Watkins the defenders are back in position.

            • Rolls-Royce
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Bamford back to being wasteful. I would be hella annoyed if I had him.

              1. Kindness
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 15 hours ago

                You reckon?

            • nerd_is_the_werd
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Amazingly, Alisson is expected to be back next gameweek.
              Should I put him back in goal instead of my supposed backup keeper Martinez (AVL)?

              Last time this happened, I missed out on a clean sheet bonus in GW3.

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

                Obviously yes, if he plays he plays... if not you get martinez from the bench

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

              Benched ayling and have grealish and Watkins I see where this is going

            • Chucky
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Grealish to pulisic done.. good riddance...

              1. Vazza
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Well done mate. Read my comment below.

                • Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Silly

              2. Vazza
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  All I’m hearing is that Grealish is good at going down on the floor.. I mean what the hell!! I didn’t invest 7.2 million of my precious FPL currency on such a useless asset!!

                • Forza Papac
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Not watching the game because I have principles. How's it going? Grealish done anything?

                  1. Vazza
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Read my comment above

                    • SHOWSTOPPERRR
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Missed a chance..cleared on the goal line by ayling

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

                      Lol

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

                    Matty Cash caught my eye, might be Justin replacement should Leicester player loose his place to Fuchs.

                    1. Firmino
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Targett is cheaper

                  3. SHOWSTOPPERRR
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    As a grealish and Martinez owner I can see s total of 3 or 4 points coming..

                  4. Kryptonite666
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    How is Watkins looking ?

                    1. Rolls-Royce
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Good hold up play. Needs support uptop

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

                      with impaired vision

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

                    How many are paying tonight?

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

                      O/

                      10€ per month to see all the games

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

                        Nice. Where do you live?