Dugout Discussion

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. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    14 days, 13 hours ago

    Looking at the dgw19 this weekend, here's my team. If all stands, just save the FT -- barring rescheduling or injury?

    McCarthy
    Coufal, Targett, Chilwell, KWP
    Salah, KDB, Brunco, Grealish, Soucek
    Bamford
    (Forster; Wilson, Kilman, DCL**)

  2. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    14 days, 13 hours ago

    You buy Saiss for the attacking threat

  3. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    14 days, 13 hours ago

    Lucas Digne... Why didn't we go for him!

    1. Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 13 hours ago

      Is FPL a team game?

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

        It's friendlier to speak like this. We are after all in this game together.

    2. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 13 hours ago

      Would have considered it for a hot second if DCL wasn't injured. He could also give up 2 or 3.

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 13 hours ago

      Mark didnt mention him

    4. gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 13 hours ago

      Probably because firstly Everton's defence are allergic to clean sheets, secondly there is no DCL to get on the end of crosses and thirdly Rodriguez takes most of the set pieces when he's on the field. So reasonable not to include an expensive Digne.

    5. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 13 hours ago

      I did, but ended up needing the £££ elsewhere.

      Thankfully Wolves have scored 😀

  4. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    14 days, 13 hours ago

    DCL goal involvement?

    1. Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 13 hours ago

      From hospital

    2. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 13 hours ago

      Uhhhhh

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 13 hours ago

      D(C)L

    4. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 13 hours ago

      he is in bed

    5. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 13 hours ago

      Behave 🙄

  5. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    14 days, 13 hours ago

    Ait-Nouri is owned by 0.1% of top 10k managers and overall managers alike.

    Fellow Ait-Nouri owners, unite!
    All 3 of us.

  6. Bounce
      14 days, 13 hours ago

      Well done to all the sheep who told me to do Digne > Stones. Should never listen to people that are petrified of breaking away from the template.

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        14 days, 13 hours ago

        You obviously followed the sheep, you sheep.

      2. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        14 days, 13 hours ago

        Whats your opinion on people who cannot take ownership for their decisions?

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          14 days, 13 hours ago

          Ownership is a myth!

      3. Badgevilla
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        14 days, 13 hours ago

        Always play your own game. Rule no 1. You're clearly the sheep.

      4. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        14 days, 13 hours ago

        I like you already

      5. Rassi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        14 days, 13 hours ago

        Looks like you got herded, deservedly.

      6. G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        14 days, 13 hours ago

        #PlayYourOwnGame

    • IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 13 hours ago

      Everton are so good. Lovely from James and Digne. Nice finish from Iwobi too. Champions League here we come

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        14 days, 13 hours ago

        Title race restarted!

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        14 days, 13 hours ago

        Not a phrase uttered too often!

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 13 hours ago

      Iwobi? It's can't be another one of those gameweeks.

      1. Keeptrying
        • 7 Years
        14 days, 13 hours ago

        Always is!

    • ivantys
        14 days, 13 hours ago

        Picking Saiss was way more casual than picking Wilson.

        1. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          14 days, 13 hours ago

          Really wasn’t

          1. ivantys
              14 days, 13 hours ago

              They've been shipping goals for free and on a FH there are 4 solid teams to pick defenders from, why would anyone pick him

          2. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            14 days, 13 hours ago

            Nah Wilson was the trap of the GW.

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              14 days, 13 hours ago

              Darlow was the trap of the GW.

              1. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                14 days, 13 hours ago

                Lets see if this works

          3. Sco
            • 7 Years
            14 days, 13 hours ago

            You lot say this about literally everyone 😆

            Waiting on Bruno to be called a casual pick soon.

            1. Keeptrying
              • 7 Years
              14 days, 13 hours ago

              Is he not?

              😉

            2. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              14 days, 13 hours ago

              Bruno is the ultimate casual pick!

            3. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              14 days, 13 hours ago

              He is though... I dont think theres a single casual who doesnt have him.

          4. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            14 days, 13 hours ago

            Nah, they are equal. I went with the latter.

            1. ivantys
                14 days, 13 hours ago

                There are no 6m+ strikers while loads of 5m+ defenders to choose from. Picking a defender from a team who can't defend is more casual.

          5. HuttonDressedasLahm
            • 11 Years
            14 days, 13 hours ago

            Yes!!
            Iwobi in all our teams right?

            1. jdp219
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              14 days, 13 hours ago

              Actually gave him and Siggy a second thought, as fleeting as that may have been.

          6. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            14 days, 13 hours ago

            Forgot about digne ffs would have deffo picked him if I knew he was playing

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

              I would've triple captained him if I had known he would get any minutes!

          7. gooberman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            14 days, 13 hours ago

            Utd not exactly looking great at the back

            1. BenDavies
              • 8 Years
              14 days, 13 hours ago

              Luckily Burnley are terrible

            2. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              14 days, 13 hours ago

              They aren't a well managed side. Hit it up and run at it seems to be working though.

          8. Gobigorgohome
            • 9 Years
            14 days, 13 hours ago

            Bruno hurt holding his back

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              14 days, 13 hours ago

              Faking for freekicks as ever.

          9. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            14 days, 13 hours ago

            Is Bruno's EO above 100% at pretty much all rank tiers?

            1. BenDavies
              • 8 Years
              14 days, 13 hours ago

              Nope. Overall he is 84%

            2. Ragabolly
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              14 days, 13 hours ago

              Tank tier info will be ready in 5 minutes

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

                *Rank

              2. Sun Jihai
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                14 days, 13 hours ago

                Awesome work Ragabolly!

          10. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            14 days, 13 hours ago

            Bruno fail?

            1. Jindaljain
              • 6 Years
              14 days, 13 hours ago

              Lol so early

            2. Jindaljain
              • 6 Years
              14 days, 13 hours ago

              I would like to see Rashford fail

          11. 420king
            • 6 Years
            14 days, 13 hours ago

            If Villa and Leeds 2nd game is off, I can get this team for -4 (Grealish and Kane -> Salah and Antonio):

            martinez
            AWB STONES dier (dallas)
            SALAH BRUNO KDB son
            MARTIAL ANTONIO bamford
            (CAPS=DGW players)

            Is this good enough for DGW or should I play my FH instead?

          12. Sco
            • 7 Years
            14 days, 13 hours ago

            Yeah no way United are getting a CS here.

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              14 days, 13 hours ago

              It's Burnley. Plus officials.

          13. GROBARI
              14 days, 13 hours ago

              How much time will DCL be injured?

              1. IRBOX ⚽
                • 3 Years
                14 days, 13 hours ago

                90 minutes

            • sminkypinky
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              14 days, 13 hours ago

              Just noticed I’m out of the cup on the first round. Wahey! No need to check on opponents teams anymore then.

              1. BenDavies
                • 8 Years
                14 days, 13 hours ago

                Now say it without crying

                1. sminkypinky
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  14 days, 13 hours ago

                  Not bothered at all mate.

            • Jindaljain
              • 6 Years
              14 days, 13 hours ago

              Wilson scoring goals from dressing room

            • G-Whizz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 3 Years
              14 days, 13 hours ago

              GET IN!!!

            • My heart goes Salalalalah
              • 4 Years
              14 days, 13 hours ago

              Neves G

            • Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              14 days, 13 hours ago

              Neves G
              Ait A

              Everton Champions League bound!

            • Ze_Austin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              14 days, 13 hours ago

              Neves scores inside the box

              Weird

              1. Deulofail
                • 5 Years
                14 days, 13 hours ago

                Never*

                1. My heart goes Salalalalah
                  • 4 Years
                  14 days, 13 hours ago

                  LOL you legend

            • Deulofail
              • 5 Years
              14 days, 13 hours ago

              Coleman CS intact

            • ivantys
                14 days, 13 hours ago

                A completely irrelevant goal from Wolves, love to see that

                1. Dthinger
                  • 3 Years
                  14 days, 13 hours ago

                  How is it irrelevant? It wipes Everton clean sheets and gets points for Ait-nouri owners?

                  1. Yes Ndidi
                    • 1 Year
                    14 days, 13 hours ago

                    Both of them

                  2. ivantys
                      14 days, 13 hours ago

                      Yeah that 0.1% owners of Ait nouri

                2. Danno - Emre Canada
                  • 5 Years
                  14 days, 13 hours ago

                  My cup opponent has 4 playing players and I own them all, surely even I cant lose this hahah

                3. g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  14 days, 13 hours ago

                  Who’s watching the goalless game?

                  1. Bushwhacker
                    • 1 Year
                    14 days, 13 hours ago

                    Side by side browser windows in full effect!

                4. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  14 days, 13 hours ago

                  Cavani has been taken down by an elephant gun. Maguire tries to use his verbal skills to get Burnley player sent off.

                5. Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  14 days, 13 hours ago

                  DIgne and Ait Nouri essential.

                  Newcastle def casual picks