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Cooper back for Leeds as Rodrigo enters self-isolation

Liam Cooper (£4.4m) makes a much-anticipated return to Leeds United’s defence for their Gameweek 7 meeting with Leicester City.

The centre-back returns to the heart of the back-four, allowing Luke Ayling (£ to resume right-back duties and pushing Stuart Dallas (£4.5m) to left-back once more.

However, Leeds will miss Rodrigo (£5.8m) in the middle of the park as the club revealed in their team news bulletin that the player is self-isolating “having been in close contact with a person who has subsequently tested positive for coronavirus”.

They have confirmed the Spaniard is now isolating in line with government guidelines, although no specific date was given for the positive test and, therefore, end of the isolation period.

Pablo Hernández (£5.8m) replaces Rodrigo in midfield, while most of the attention is likely to be on Patrick Bamford (£6.0m) tonight.

Only Ben Chilwell (£5.9m) earned more new owners than the Leeds forward for Gameweek 7, although just 34.7% of his FPL points have come at Elland Road this season.

Indeed, the former Chelsea man has blanked twice from three matches there since earning promotion to the Premier League.

By contrast, Jamie Vardy (£10.0m), still owned by 17% of Fantasy managers, has netted in every single away league match in 2020/21, averaging 12.3 points per game on the road.

Harvey Barnes (£6.9m) and Dennis Praet (£5.5m) support him from attacking midfield in a 3-4-2-1 formation while James Maddison (£7.0m) drops to the bench.

Jonny Evans (£5.5m) does not feature, so Brendan Rodgers is forced into a makeshift back-three of Christian Fuchs (£4.5m), Luke Thomas (£4.3m) and Wesley Fofana (£5.0m) while James Justin (£4.8m) and Marc Albrighton (£5.3m) are the left and right wing-backs respectively.

Leeds United XI: Meslier; Dallas, Cooper, Koch, Ayling; Shackleton; Harrison, Hernández, Klich, Costa; Bamford.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel; Fuchs, L Thomas, Fofana; Justin, N Mendy, Tielemans, Albrighton; H Barnes, Praet; Vardy.

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990 Comments Post a Comment
  1. CroatianHammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Smooth with the rough? Scored just 39 points and dropped round 500K.

    LMS cutoff is 38 (an inch is as good as a mile), and in the FFS HU league I was facing off against someone sitting at 180K, but who had Pickford, J-Rod, and Puli, but only one playing sub (Dale Stephens). Wound up on 35 points.

    That's 5-2 for me, and all set for another promotion... silver linings in abundance!

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      FFS HU league seems fun. May have to join next year.

      1. CroatianHammer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        It definitely adds another dimension to the game, keeps you here on the site even if you're crashing big time...

        LMS target was just updated though... 41... that's me out.

    2. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 19 days ago

      A bit early to talk about promotion No?

      1. CroatianHammer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Look, if my team wants to sports harder than the others, who am I to complain?

        1. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Ah ah fair enough

  2. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Barnes bap yesss

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Now gtfo off my team

  3. ivantys
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Bamford double rise ahead of a tough run is such a joke.

    • Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Depressing night with no players today ... at least a small GW7 green arrow as consolation. Exhausted 😆

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        That's why I put Podence on the bench for J-Rod lol.

    • Tony Martial
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Nooo Barnes gets a bap lol

    • Tony Martial
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Ings and Pulisic ➡️ Vardy and Ziyech?

      1. BeWater
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Yes.

        • El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Chasing points

        • Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Yes for GW7

      2. Granville
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        6 hatricks this season and only DCL has followed it up with a goal in the following gameweek.

        1. Ógie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Not good news for managers that like to jump on bandwagons.

      3. Teahupo'o
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        No Che or WH in mid/attack. Pulisic to Ziyech or Bowen?

      4. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Every week I get fisted by FPL but I keep coming back for more! Benching Robbo next GW so he will definitely score!

        Martinez
        Lamptey Justin KWP
        Salah Son(C) Grealish Zaha
        Kane Jimi DCL
        Steer Robbo Stephens Mitchell

        1. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Is getting fisted a bad thing in this context? Just checking...

        2. stu92
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 19 days ago

          I was considering benching also, but if you’re happy to take the hit I’ll start him!

        3. BeWater
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Imagine not owning DCL and Grealish and watching them get 16 points with injury time goals/assists! I'm still waiting for a half decent gameweek.

            Your team looks decent going into next week. Always wary of benching someone like Robertson but your 3 defenders look ok.

            1. BobbyDoesNotLook
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Same here without DCL and Grealish. Rival also had Dallas starting and Lamptey from bench - obviously I had Dier and Justin playing against those joke goals and would have been a likely double cs without those goals. 30+p swing.

              Some ok choices but always when I do good, for example Podence goal or Adams assist, there is a Bamford hattrick or Wilson 2+0 or DCL injury time goal or Grealish 1+1 on injury time. Easily the roughest start so far for the seasons that I played "seriously".

              1. BeWater
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  I also don't own Bamford while the person I always try and beat every year has DCL, Grealish and Bamford. Just got to keep remembering it's a very long season and there are lots of options this year.

          • stu92
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Planning ahead for after International break, thoughts?

            Salah / Son / Jrod / _____ / Soucek
            _____ / DCL / Adams

            A) Kane & Barkley
            B) Werner & Grealish
            C) Wilson & KDB

            1. BeWater
                2 months, 19 days ago

                C looks good from gameweek 10 onwards.

            2. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              New season low rank for me at 2m
              This season has been a strange one, can't remember getting it so wrong at the start before

              1. Hulk Smash
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Count yourself lucky, that's my highest rank of the season so far and ironically I think my decision making has been better this year than most.

              2. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Lool feel for down at us 3 million bud

            3. HMC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Just to go with the script of this season. All 7 of Vardys goals have been away from home

            4. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Vardy has no right playing how he does, at his age. What a great player.

              1. Ógie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                A Premier League all time great without a doubt.

                Not much of a sign of him slowing down either.

              2. BobbyDoesNotLook
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                I love that guy. Hard working, lot of passion, still at Leicester, still Red Bull, old af fast af, no nonsense, just does the right thinks etc.

            5. n-doggg
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              A. James
              B. Bellerin

              1. St Pauli Walnuts
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Easily B

            6. Here Comes The Son ★
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Those with Sterling are you keeping him? He free's up so much money but I have that Villa / Liverpool game in the back of my mind. Probably wont happen but City could easily bend them over again. The moves I'm thinking of are Sterling, Jimenez & Brewster > Ziyech, Vardy & Wilson (-4)

            7. JOELIO8701
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              “Bamford essential”. lol.

              1. clodhopper
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                I had him last week lol

            8. The Reptile
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              JWP rising tonight - is he worth getting with Ings likely to be out next wk? Can't see any mention of him on here