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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. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Which players have you sold so far this season? Incredible to think I've already sold the below!

    Son
    Vardy
    Wilson
    Auba
    Bruno

    1. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Youve only sold 5 players?

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Oh no I sold my keeper for Martinez too but think that's about it

    2. Al Moon Yeah
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Auba only out of thise

    3. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Players with instant hauls outside WC3

      Mitro, Son, Werner

    4. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Sold Wilson and Auba, and Son too but that was only that one week Jose lied to us

    5. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      I sold James Rodriguez for KDB (c) when James got his 18 pointer 🙁 and KDB got 2 pts i was wounded

    6. Big_Bear
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Auba
      Jesus (subbed him in injured and straight out)
      Shaw
      Davies
      Willian
      Saiss (this week)

    7. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Yep I’ve sold all them plus many more, I need to learn from my mistakes.

  2. Al Moon Yeah
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    In line with my "instant punishment from the player I sold every week" it's Harvey Barnes to Mane. Sometimes you just have to laugh.

    1. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Barnes to Zaha.... - 4

      1. Al Moon Yeah
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Ouch!

  3. Parsnips
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Should I take a hit and go Saiss > Coufal and Barkley > Grealish??

      1. Sco
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        No.

        1. Parsnips
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Why not?

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Might be a trap again but think Im keeping Barnes for one more 😆 . Leicester are a completely different beast with Vardy back to fitness, he just creates so much space for the other attackers with his constant runs.

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 25 days ago

          So casual. Love it.

        2. Sco
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Definitely a trap. This is all on Leeds. They're shambolic at the back.

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Pity Villa didn't make use of it.

        3. DAZZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          They just have so much space against Leeds. They wont get it every week. West Ham managed to shackle them because West Ham are a tight unit.

      3. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Appears to be a lot of hate for Leeds here tonight, not sure why?

        1. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          They've been found out.

      4. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Wtf kind of backwards header was that? 😆

      5. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Bumford living up to his name missing a sitter 2 mins in

      6. Chucky
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Brosstan in heaven...

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Season saved 😎

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            *week

      7. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Bamford, Dallas as my GW-saving hopes working well 😆

      8. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Why the hell do Leeds keep giving it away??

      9. BeaversWithAttitude
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Come on Barnes, keep up! Vardy legging it, Barnes 10 years younger and nowhere near...

      10. FPL_trail_runner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 25 days ago

        I avoid hits

        However i feel like this -8 is worth it this week alone, and also longer term. Y / N

        Saiss, Robbo, TAA, Antonio to Chilwell, PVA, Coufal and Kane (c)

        Also gives me money to do Son to Rashford (c) week 9.

        Thoughts?

      11. tiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Tele Man

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Hey Mr. Tielemans, gimme your banana...

      12. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Leeds looking like a Championship side.

        1. Slouch87
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          What does a Championship side look like ?

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Bournemouth

          2. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Slow and naive.

      13. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Ayling scores points exclusively when rooted to my bench it seems

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          I just bought him in for Lamptey this week, what a treat

      14. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Carey’s movement is so good

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Carey? lol

      15. DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Vardy is extremely dangerous!! Could be in for a big haul here

      16. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Watching Leeds makes me think that Crystal Palace will do well against them.

        Palace will sit deep, invite Leeds on, and let Zaha and Eze use their pace to hit them on the counter.

      17. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Another Vardy assist.

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Nope.

      18. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Mental season continues, who’d have thought this was the Leeds who played Villa last week

        1. FPL_trail_runner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Double leeds defence is all or nothing this year

          I could end up with 0 points 2nite

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            The inconsistency of virtually all the teams is becoming silly

      19. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Vardy looks a great option for the upcoming gameweeks!

      20. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Leics doing a Leeds on Leeds?

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Only reason i kept barnes

        2. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Leicester doing an away day Leicester on Leeds. Love to counter attack when away from home

      21. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Leicester dismantled Southampton, another high pressing team. Perhaps this was quite predictable.

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Only reason i kept barnes

      22. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Kudos if anyone still has Vardy / Barnes

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          What about Dallas? Lol

      23. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Leicester look like they are in the same mood they were in that night when they whooped Southampton 9-0.

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          I definitely want some Leicester in after the next couple. Pereira, Castagne, better defense, Vardy hopefully on form.

          Should be pretty decent..

        2. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Yes, but Bielsa should be able to react. Teams that have fast counter attacking players may haul against them. Son and Rashford for example?

          1. Ógie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Yeah they do look like they could be caught on the hop with how aggressively they attack teams themselves.

            Maybe there might be something to targeting em.

      24. Fred54
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        The scoreline is hardly a suprise if you aware of Leeds hilarious def stats.

      25. n-doggg
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        This is going to be a big score

      26. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Kane to Vardy swap from GW10 under consideration

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Both

      27. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Cant wait for leeds vs Southampton

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Ings(c)

      28. DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        This could get very ugly.. Leeds centre back pairing hate no answer to Vardy as I predicted.