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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. fedolefan
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    It's okay Wilson. Score when no one owns you.

  2. Do I Not Like Orange
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Big credit to Mark for tipping that SHU win, persuaded me to ditch Wilson & Darlow. Much less credit for McGoldrick, obv.

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

      It was due to a pen vs 10 men.

    2. Spg76
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Mmm really? Sheff United are struggling to score. Penalty and all that...

    3. FPL.team
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      McGoldrick looked a thousand times better than Wilson tonight. Was the right choice just didn't pay off.

      1. ivantys
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Different game if 11 vs 11. Ppl tend to exaggerate whenever a team had someone sent off.

          1. FPL.team
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            They looked much better before the red too.

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

        madness prediction, look how they won the game, shocking

      3. potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Really? A desperate late pen against 10men.

    4. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Just seen that Wilson has blanked. Lovely.

    5. Mr Frost
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      15 points on my fantasy bench lol, Ampadu and Bogle.

      1. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Why would you bench great Sheffield defenders vs worst team ever?

        1. Mr Frost
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Hahaha

    6. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Non FHers with no newcastle players UNITE !!!

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Love to see it

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Nowherw to hide for wilson owners

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

        🙂

      3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Non FHer with Ampadu's 9 here!

    7. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Burnley win 1-0 would be great

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

        Chris Wood is the man

    8. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Bogle get in!

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

      I'm just glad I can see my GW17 team again

    10. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Heads spinning over picking Wilson

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

        Too obvious pick is never good.

        1. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Agreed

    11. 420king
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I see the score, I think to myself "oooh maybe finally something from Burke, but if not at least he has a CS"

      ...

    12. the_duke
        1 month, 15 days ago

        2 points gained on people with half a team

        1. Team Bobcat
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Likewise, although bloody mve cost me 4pts

      • Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Hopefully all hames go ahead now

        Cant have jammy FHers with shu benches

      • Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        dodged a bullet with that game, phew

      • Team Bobcat
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Everton will be interesting. No stikers playing. Boring at best

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

          I picked Siggy on my FH and hope you’re wrong about the bore fest...

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

        Whoop whoop.....Ramsdale 🙂

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

          please dont say you have him in your XI on free hit lol

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

            Best pick!

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

            I did 🙂

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

              no words

            2. Sean
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Great pick

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

                Cheers. It sorta enabled the rest of the team, but always thought there was a decent chance! And as a free hit team, probably my only differential.

        2. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Stopit!

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

        how have Sheff Utd got away with that, red card, wilson sitter, soft pen, Brewster cant hit a barn door, Clownsdale in goal

        1. FPL.team
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Wilson didn't have any sitters. Couple of half decent headers, apart from that they created nothing.

      • Olson
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Honestly think people who wildcarded could end up with better results over the next couple of weeks. Free hitting makes people make odd decisions

      • Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Never been happier to have 9 points on my bench. Get in 🙂

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Shd be able to cross the derby record now

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

            Derby got their one win vs. Newcastle.

        2. Mr Frost
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I have ampadu and Bogle on bench, told ya 1-0 yesterday didn't I lol. Wish I placed a bet though...

      • Jindaljain
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Want AWB goal & Bruno assist 1-0 ft

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

          Weird order. Please order something from the menu Sir !

        2. abhirup780
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Why would you want Bruno assist if you haven't captained him? His EO should be more than 100% around you.

      • The Mighty Hippo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Brewster is the most consistent striker in the league.

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

        My cup opponent didn't FH and played Ramsdale and left Lloris on bench. Rigged!

        1. Jindaljain
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Rest others won't make it against you FRee hit team

      • Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Brewster and Burke honest work with the 1 pointers

        1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Yup, Burke 1 pt this week must be considered a mini haul.

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

        Honestly if you picked McGoldrick just because Mark tipped him you should just quit FPL as you arent even playing the game at this point. Just retire and start a Mark fan club instead.

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

          picking any Sheff Utd player you should quit FPL, biggest fluke of the season, going down 1000%

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

            A team the needs to win, at home vs one of the worst teams in the league?

            Ramsdale at 4.7 was the obvious FH keeper IMO.

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

              their defence just took a point off the champions, all logic says they can keep a CS against the worst team in the league, i've never heard such b*llocks

              your telling me you have free reign on a pick and hes a better pick than Leno, Darlow, even Pickford & Guatia

              those who pick with no logic i guarantee their ranks are terrible

              1. FPL.team
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Goodness me you need to calm down. Just because people got something right over you, let it be.

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

                  i don't care they got it right, i am just shocked at how so many on here complain about stuff all the time and then go and make that sort of pick, no wonder they are always complaining if they make picks like that one!

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

                There is a saving on Ramsdale which could be spent elsewhere,

                It’s all balances.

                Ramsdale owners probably have Lacca not Wilson

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

                  All GKs i just named are 0.3m more max

              3. Mouldmaster
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                I’m telling you that in a FH week when you want to maximise the value on the pitch, you need to spend budget sensibly.

                Ramsdale was the cheapest keeper with the best odds of a clean sheet. Better than Darlow, Pope, Patricio and Guaita.

                Better teams have better fullbacks to choose from.

                It’s a one week pick, vs Steve Bruce away in a cold night in Sheffield. Sounds like you are just a little bitter mate. Perhaps some positive thoughts towards your own rank will help. Peace

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

                  my ranks fine, because i dont make decisions like that all season

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

                    Try it! Live a little - it’s fun 🙂

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

            Not really. Sheff Utd defensive stats have impressed. Always was going to be a 0-0, 1-0 or 0-1 type game IMO.

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

          What if they picked him because of RMT tool? Same or else?

        3. Amey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          This is not a troll post. It's true 😆

        4. Arctic monkeys
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Now that's a post I like from you

        5. Kane and Ablett
            1 month, 15 days ago

            IMHO They offered value defensively if you’re free hitting - at home against Steve Bruce , it was just a one night stand you don’t tell your mates about

          • FPL.team
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            I didn't get McGoldrick but damn this place has got salty. How is this a hot topic?

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Not sure who green'd it. A hot topic has a title vs a sticky.

              1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                How about “Fool’s McGoldrick”??

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

            I dream that Mark himself hulked this

          • HuttonDressedasLahm
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            I got Brewster (on bench) and no Newcastle

            I thought they’d do well to

          • DK_13
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Why watch blackbox(or any podcast) if following anything they do make us sheep?
            The only reason I watch it is they put in hours, I put in 2 hours watching that compilation and implementing it if I like it

        6. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          That Yorkshire Tea ad is quality 😆

        7. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Salah is a real differential with only 8% effective ownership in top 10K this week.

          1. THFC4LIFE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            0% effective this week

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

          Glad I didn’t have Wilson stinking up my beautiful wildcard team in the end

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

            Same here, Steve!

        9. fedolefan
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Can't wait for the Wilson hatty in GW20 against Leeds when no one owns him.

        10. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          FH chip was well worth it just so I don’t own Newcastle players next GW.

          1. G-Whizz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            😆

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              🙂

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

          Who do you want the FPL 'Scout' to tweet about next?

          @OfficialFPL 2h
          SCOUT: Sheff Utd last kept a clean sheet against Chelsea in GW35+ back in July
          They've conceded in each of their 20 #PL matches since
          Callum Wilson owners = Smirking face
          #FPL #SHUNEW

          @OfficialFPL 2h
          SCOUT: Karl Darlow (£5.0m) faces a Sheff Utd side who have failed to score in each of the last three Gameweeks
          The Blades have managed just eight goals all season
          #FPL #SHUNEW

          1. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Any positive Rashford tweets?

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

              No, but they've just locked in the Bruno blank

              @OfficialFPL
              SCOUT: In 14 #PL away matches since joining Man Utd, Bruno Fernandes averages over 10 points per game
              #FPL #BURMUN

              1. G-Whizz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                😆

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

            Maguire

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

            Pope

        12. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          And I will say it again...Ampaduuuuuu!