Dugout Discussion

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.

LESSONS LEARNED FROM FPL GAMEWEEK 7

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. A FREE trial is now available during December.

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

990 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Sean
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    An early kick in the nuts for my Dallas Bamford combo

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Exactly this 🙁

  2. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Is it good or bad as an owner to see Luke Ayling in the opposition box 10 seconds before that goal was scored?

    1. Troll hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      I don't know if Leeds defenders can be trusted.

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Pretty much expecting the odd attacking return now

  3. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Damn that Harvey Barnes 😆

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      More Leeds defence out there, not all bad.

  4. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Now hoping for an equalizer by Jamie Shackleton (unassisted), and that's it

    1. Big_Bear
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      This.

  5. Sco
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    That right there perfectly sums up Harvey Barnes. One on one with the keeper, heavy touch, tackled.

  6. Big_Bear
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    My 11 points vs Bamford, Dallas and Justin. What percentage chance have I got for mini league MOTM. 25%?

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      you will know in 90 mins

      1. Big_Bear
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        100% correct.

    2. Honourvolley
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Id say around that. Maybe a tad higher but not much more. Good luck!

      1. Big_Bear
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Cheers. It was 3 points + Mitrovic. So to be fair on Mitrovic he's done enough to mean there has to be a return from the 3 and if Leeds score I could get away with an assist.

        1. Honourvolley
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Had to be Dallas to score didn't it. This one could be close considering his booking! 11 v 10 to you as it stands I think...

    3. Sean
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Higher

  7. df34
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Once again Sky showing replays when the live action is on. It's so annoying. Essentially missed the goal there. Regardless they keep showing endless replays of pointless chances when the game is on !!!!!

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Just the international coverage not Sky?

  8. df34
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Wrecks my head.

  9. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Looks like Barnes will be very involved

  10. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Sold Harvey Barnes this week of course.

    1. Sco
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      For who?

      1. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        You don't want to know.....

        (Foden)

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Ouch

        2. Sco
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Damn. Sensible move though, just unfortunate.

          1. Collie01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Thanks, Barnes has looked terrible lately. Thought he might have been rotated for this match actually and I was playing Ayling, so made sense on paper I guess.

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      I sold Barnes a days or so before the Rodriguez injury was announced. Got Podence off the bench this week so more or less parity so far - but those transfers add up!

    3. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      I feel for you, every player I sell scores serious points as does every player I bench

  11. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Vardy looking very sharp here

    1. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Razor sharp, looks fully fit again

  12. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 23 days ago

    LOL Barnes is terribleee

    Taking whatever he can get here then shipping

  13. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Ayling to Coufal.. Can’t stand Leeds anymore...

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Never have..

    2. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Balbeuna even cheaper

    3. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Yep, West Ham far more reliable /s

  14. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Harvey due a hatty

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      This

  15. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Leeds having a mare here

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      They are not very good at defending. Always end to end stuff in their games, very entertaining!

  16. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Need Justin to score at least 10 points

  17. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Why didn't Foden start against Sheffield United and doesn't that mean he'll also be benched against Liverpool?

    1. BeWater
        2 months, 23 days ago

        I think he was a bit under the weather.

      • Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Just avoid. Was a good pick with Gundogan and BSilva out.

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      0-1 already, final score prediction LEE v LEI?

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        0-4
        Barnes hat-trick

      2. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        0-3

    3. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Barnes let's go!

    4. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Barnes walks like he thinks he's well hard

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Reminds me of Barkley

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Both Sagittareans too 😕

    5. Manani
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      which to ditch first? Podence or Barnes? Or keep both for 1 more week? (will use my FT on Saiss instead)
      Was all set to sell one of them, or both, but now not so sure

      1. The Road to Turfdom
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Same dilemma - was tempted by Bowen but not sure anymore

    6. Sco
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Crazy how overrated Leeds are.

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        How come. Mid table team coming straigh from championship is really good

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        They will finish mid table which is what most people think.

    7. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      I could watch leeds play all day

      End to end

    8. Troll hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Barnes looks like essential. Should I ditch Barkley for him for a hit?

      1. Sco
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        No 😆

        1. Troll hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Really 😉

      2. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        What the hell are you talking about?

      3. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        After 15 minutes of one game?

        1. Troll hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Just a parody of questions often on this site, my friend.

    9. puhd
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Mitchel outfor which Chelsea defender?

      1. Sco
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Terry.

        1. Sco
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Chilwell really.

          1. puhd
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            He looks like the best pick so far

      2. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        See how CL goes.

        1. puhd
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Thanks

    10. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Bamford back to being Bamford.

      1. puhd
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        He’s loathed here but he’s given more points than many others

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          He’s a great pick tbf. Has just been over delivering.

    11. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Leeds looking Championship quality

    12. umerlfc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Can Kane's price rise tonight?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        It could easily.

    13. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Where was this Leicester the last time we all owned one of their assets at West Ham at home?!

    14. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Bamford is a bit of a tap in merchant isn't he. Can't really do anything when he gets the ball..

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Someone didn’t see the Villa game.

      2. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Not really no.

      3. The Fed
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        He was playing like peak Messi last gameweek, and his goals were world class. Far from tap ins.