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Newcastle stick with back five for relegation battle with Sheffield United

Fantasy Football players selecting Callum Wilson (£6.6m) in their Free Hit teams will be disappointed to see Steve Bruce has stuck with a back five system for Newcastle’s visit to bottom of the table Sheffield United.

Kickoff at Bramall Lane is at 1800 GMT.

Wilson will be hoping to rekindle his partnership with former Bournemouth teammate Ryan Fraser (£5.6m), who returns to the starting lineup.

Karl Darlow (£5.0m) retains his position in goal for the Magpies, despite an impressive performance from Martin Dubravka (£4.8m) in the FA Cup.

The three centre backs, Federico Fernandez (£4.7m), Fabian Schar (£4.9m) and Ciaran Clark (£4.5m) will be flanked by Deandre Yedlin (£4.3m) and Paul Dummett (£4.4m) at wing-back.

Steve Bruce has selected an industrious midfield pairing of Jeff Hendrick (£4.6m) and Isaac Hayden (£4.7m) with Sean Longstaff (£4.7m) supporting the attack.

Chris Wilder has chosen to replace Lys Mousset (£5.8m) with out-of-position midfielder Oliver Burke (£4.3), who partners David McGoldrick (£5.2m) up front.

Other than that, the Blades’ lineup has a very familiar look to it, with Ethan Ampadu (£4.3m), Chris Basham (£4.6m) and Jon Egan (£4.7m) at centre-back.

Jayden Bogle (£4.3m) will be hoping to build on his promising attacking displays from wing-back, and Wilder will hope Ben Osborn (£4.8m) can offer the same kind of threat on the left.

John Fleck (£5.6m), John Lundstram (£4.9m) and Oliver Norwood (£4.6m) will be in the centre of the park for Sheff United.

Aaron Ramsdale (£4.7m) continues in goal.

Newcastle XI: Darlow; Yedlin, Fernandez, Schar, Clark, Dummett, Hendrick, Hayden, Longstaff, Fraser, Wilson

Ramsdale; Bogle, Basham, Ampadu, Egan, Osborn; Fleck, Lundstram, Norwood; McGoldrick, Burke

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1,909 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Surfeit of Lampteys
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Swear Sheff u name the same lineup every week. Clearly they don't but all the players just sort of merge into one big gloop.

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Lol. It’s called awful depth and awful signings..

      1. Marcin the Pole
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Out of interest, why does Brewster not get a game? Splashed so much money on him and he can't get in the team ahead of a pair of pretty woeful forwards.

        1. Epic ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Brewster is awful. Possibly their worst forward and that says something.

        2. Reeker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          He does nothing every game he plays.

        3. Corgzzzz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          He is way to lazy for SHU style of football

        4. Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Not been good enough when given his chance. Weird one, especially since he didn’t even play in the cup

      2. Surfeit of Lampteys
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Aye bad luck mate. Injuries to o connell and then Berge seem pretty terminal.

    2. Saka_me_sideways
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I think exactly the same of Burnley lol.

      • Tony Moon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Love it! Sheffield = gloop! Lol

    3. jayzico
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Would have loved to have the balls to get Cavani. Time will tell I suppose.

      1. waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Would have loved the utd striker who starts....didn't know which would so I steered clear.

    4. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Imagine the site doesn't update until after the GW19 deadline

      1. mookie
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I wouldn't be surprised.

    5. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      81 mins and game is still updating

    6. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Brewster against a tired back 5

      1. Corgzzzz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Please let this be true...........

      2. popey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        more like a back 7 with Bruce holding on for his precious 0-0

    7. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Wilson will score his hat-trick before the game is updated!

      1. Big Mac 24
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        haha

      2. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Yes. 🙂

      3. Shatner's Bassoon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Points voided. SHU cleanie given.

      4. dshv
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Yes please

    8. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      The year was 2024. The Uk was on it's 23rd Lockdown. The Fpl site was still being updated...

    9. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I’m getting worried I’ll miss out on my Wilson points when he scores a hattrick in the first 10 mins and the game is still updating

    10. Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Game still updating?

    11. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Wilson owner here very much regretting his selection. Shef United will stay crap one more week right?

      1. Neevesy
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Why are you regretting it? The game hasn't even started!!

        Presume you will in the 'Wilson fail' camp at 3 minutes past kick off

    12. FDMS All Starz
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      If Wilson scores and the game is still updating do we get the points lol

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        No, sorry.

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          We riot

    13. Luton_Fan
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Should i want my 1st sub mcgoldrick to score?

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Yes ofc.

      2. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        in this week - absolutely!!

      3. Marcin the Pole
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Yeah. Low ish ownership and you never know if he could come on, in this season of all seasons.

      4. Saïss doesn't mat…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        There's many of us in this boat, I see...

      5. Wılly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Not unless you are playing Newcastle defenders

    14. Del Griffith
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Looks like the FPL server cant handle the FH calculations

    15. the_duke
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Odds on Wilson scoring before the game updates?

        1. Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          two hundred rupees

        2. F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          0 because he won't score.

      • ALI_G
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        this lack of FPL update has ruined my teatime / spying on rivals

        1. Daniel - WC Active
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          yeah, i really enjoy time with my fpl bus team

        2. Railwayman
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          This 😀 Was keen to see my ML and who used which chip.

        3. Saïss doesn't mat…
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          The game has close to 8m users now. It's not 2015 anymore

      • Marcin the Pole
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Have we ever reached the first kick off without the game updating before?

        1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I think we've come close. But no, dont think so.

          1. Cilly Bonnolly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            I’m pretty sure we have. No idea when but I seem to remember that being a thing.

        2. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Think there was one last season, but can’t remember

      • Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I’ve just smashed my phone up waiting now on laptop any update yet ?

        1. Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          you need to smash the laptop for it to work

        2. Daniel - WC Active
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          i got up from the bed in order to get a charger for my macbook. yeah, that desperate

      • Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        5 minutes till FanTeam updates

      • Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Updated

        ?

        1. sunzip14
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          lol

        2. sunzip14
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Yes

          ?

      • Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        pythons out

        oh what? not this time? ok sorry

      • _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Game updated now lads, sorry it took so long I forgot to press enter.

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Scary

      • Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        We’re living history

      • Zilla
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Updated

      • Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        UPDATED!

      • Jordan.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        updated

      • Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Update, this is not a drill, I repeat, this is not a drill!

      • Eddie - Back to Square Owen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Phew

      • Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Updated

      • IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Finally

      • Vertigo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Up. Like Ron Jeremy.