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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. Alex_thekid
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Imagine if that had went in lol

  2. Sir Alex Telles.
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Useless Mc Goldrick. At least he was just an enabler.

  3. raymonds
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    What is the purpose of Brrwster in football? What exactly is it that he does in a game? Could be the most useless striker in recebt years

    1. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      24 million. Lol

  4. WE GO FOR IT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Do we get points for McGoldrick as he is the commentator's MOTM? Lol, jk!

    Shame that the punt didn't work. Wouldn't have gained much Wilson anyway so it's fine!

    Hopefulyy Sterling over Son and Rashford pays off!

    1. Daniel - WC Active
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      It's not fine I brought him for -3

  5. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Wilson was so casual pick. Glad im not casual

    1. Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I hope lacazette fails

      1. ivantys
          1 month, 13 days ago

          He'll be on the bench 😀

        • Niho992
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Me too

      2. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        oh but you are

      3. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        He actually was

      4. Annie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Yet you were here asking whether to pick Cavani over him...

      5. COK3Y5MURF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Gravless are all casuals

      6. Studs Up
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Glad for you

    2. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Lol bought Ampadu 3 gws ago and sold him before last GW for AWB because value tied up in other defs

    3. onceuponatyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Never a pen, Sharp should've been off... but NUFC deserved absolutely f**k all. Bruce is a disgrace.

      1. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Said that about Bruce whole season and half before he left Villa

      2. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Always a pen. Never in doubt. Ref card without doubt though.

        1. onceuponatyne
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Subjective maybe when slowed to a frame-by-frame. Striker has a hold of him, at full speed it's never a penalty. I respect the difference of opinion though.

      3. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 13 days ago

        As a newcastle fan I knew this was coming. Avoided wilson and any defenders because despite this being a good game on paper, if you know Bruce, if its an away game he's going 5 at the back. Even if we were playing Villa's youth team Bruce would send out the same team to defend.

        Sheffield Utd were always going to be more hungry than Newcastle tonight, question was whether they could find quality to score. Probably without the Pen they still wouldnt have but hey thats how it is these days

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Commentator on my stream calling Brewster "Sheffield's jewel" lol. Some times its just laughably obvious that commentators are given instructions to be positive and big up the play and the players regardless of actual quality.

      1. badgerboy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Fools gold

      2. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Lol crazy the types they employ as commentators

      3. Lord.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Probably meant Paul Jewell

    5. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Some here asked me Ampadu who? Well, that's Ampadu "9 point" defender for me!

      1. mookie
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I call your Ampadu 9 and raise you a Ramsdale 9.

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Good one sir!

      2. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Go get 'em Loon!

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Slowly and steadily sir!

    6. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Everyone's out of Fantasy5 this week already haha

      1. Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Definitely. Thought the same

      2. Salarrivederci
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I'm on Ramsdale, AWB, Patricio, Tierney and Cancelo

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Oh wait just saw that Ramsdale got 3 saves at the end! Nice! you're still alive.

          1. Salarrivederci
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Now I'm mostly concerned about Patricio getting 3 saves against that Everton team 😉

      3. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 13 days ago

        RIP Cieran Clark

        Always a chance to go for the monthly price though

    7. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Rashford Dias over Laca Wilson going well so far

      1. Jindaljain
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Rashford blank incoming

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Not blanked away this season

          1. Jindaljain
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Cavani & martial ahead of him

      2. jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I mean not sure anyone would have recommended the second set in that equation.
        Rash dias the obvious(and more expensive picks)!

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Funny that, everyone said the latter two when I asked earlier

          1. jason_ni
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Really? Surprised, no question about the 2 in my view!

            Not convinced on laca generally, but who knows, he could haul, and rasher blanks

    8. Daniel - WC Active
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Come oooooon Rashford!!!!

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        This!!!!!

    9. Silecro
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I'm so happy that Wilson goes out of my team without even needing to use a transfer

      1. PLerix
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        This

    10. Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Fully deserved. Advised everyone to avoid Wilson and Newcastle defenders. Ramsdale on my bench worked 🙂 get the F in

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I got Ampadu in for tthis game. Worked out well!

        1. Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Lovely mate

      2. Rash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Fair play, deserved win.

      3. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I picked him

      4. Carefree Crew
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Congrats TSparkes. 🙂
        As a non free hitter, pleased you were right mate.

    11. Spg76
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Mixed bag!!! Ditched double Newcastle defense last minute for Lloris and Stones. Chose Wilson over Saka(1st on bench).

    12. Olson
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Can't begrudge SHU being desperate to celebrate but what don't the players and understand in 'You are on thin ice... referees will remind you of your responsibility (re unnecessary contact handshaking and hugging etc)'.

      It's beyond belief. They've been clearly warned and every single one of them has just gone and broke the recommendations, again

      1. Olson
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Both managers, all the coaching staff. FFS guys

      2. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Saw a report that elite football is getting closer and closer to the brink with the amount of cases increasing. Can't keep disobeying the rules forever.

        1. Olson
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          They've basically had it made explicit that if people can keep producing images of them not following recommendations it will not be possible to justify it

    13. PLerix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      First win for SU, first time I own a Newcastle player. And not just one.

    14. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Wilson 60% top 10 wow

      Almost all FHers i guess

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Yep, pathetic

      2. Team Bobcat
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I imaging he was a one week punt. Newcastle in serious trouble now

    15. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Do people really own McGoldrick just because Mark did it? The sheep levels are off the charts...

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        One of the worst picks I’ve ever seen

      2. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Same goes for Wilson, sheep

      3. HashAttack
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Had him the last few weeks, but sold him this week 🙂

      4. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        No worse than >60% of people using FH bringing in Wilson

        1. jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Wilson at 6.2, on a fh was a solid choice.
          Cheap, decent fixture.

          Easy to say other wise once the game is done.

    16. Cruyff Turn
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Ramsdale delivering when needed... let me enjoy this one. juhuuuuuuuu

      1. Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Bravo juhuuuuu

      2. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        He’s on my bench for jinxing reasons 🙂 get in

    17. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      This game is the reason why we all play this game.
      Absolute nailbiter!

    18. The Tinkerman
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      About to find out whether not it was a disaster to ditch Wan Bissaka and a back 4 in favour of Wilson in a 343...

      1. Auntie Niemi
          1 month, 13 days ago

          As you're worried about ditching bissaka we're still recovering from lindelof shocker.

      2. Muscout
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Why on earth did I think Wilson would haul against Sheffield

        1. Spg76
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Because Sheff Utd are rubbish!!

        2. Jindaljain
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          If lacazette & Rashford fails then you were right

        3. ivantys
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Blame Fraser

          • potatoace
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Could have been different if they had 11 men.

        4. Daniel - WC Active
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          If Teke delivers it will be painful

        5. Jersey Boy
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Well at least I won’t have to see Wilson in my team again for the rest of the season

        6. hogree
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Ramsdale FHers unite?

        7. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          OR #125 in a good place
          https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/791756/event/18

          12 BGW players with no chips or hits (no hits this season at all)
          9 points from 1 player so far (Ampadu)

          1. HashAttack
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Did well to get Leno, Holding and Saka in on WC in gw16 - already got 46 points from the 3 of them over the last 2 weeks

          2. jason_ni
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Wow.. he's looking good!

        8. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Anyone else having trouble to start over on live fpl planner?

          1. Ragabolly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Sorry site is always overloaded with data downloads after the first update. Should work now

        9. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          We've all been a victim of the Wilson trap at some point. It's like a rite of passage.

          1. Kiwivillan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Loads of Villa fans wanted to sign him. I said junk buy for 100k 5 year deal he got with Newcastle

        10. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          @NUFC First and only Derby County win in the Premier League 2007/08 was against: Newcastle United

          First and only Sheffield United win in the Premier League 2020/21 is against: Newcastle United