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Vestergaard returns as Minamino makes Southampton debut

Southampton take to the field at Newcastle with some welcome boosts following their 9-0 defeat to Manchester United.

Fresh from a horrendous defensive display, their most important centre-back, Jannik Vestergaard (£4.7m) is finally back in the starting line-up for the first time since Gameweek 14.

The Danish international has struggled with a knee problem during the winter and is sure to improve the Saints’ defensive prospects as he features alongside Jan Bednarek (£4.9m), whose one-match ban was overturned midweek.

Vestergaard’s return sees Jack Stephens (£4.6m) push out to the right-back berth where Southampton have had some problems this season. Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.7m) is still not fit enough to be involved today.

But defence is not the only area where Ralph Hasenhüttl has been handed good news as Takumi Minamino (£6.0m) is ready to feature for the first time since leaving Anfield on loan in the transfer window.

He is stationed on the flanks of midfield, with Nathan Redmond (£6.4m) on the other side, in support of centre-forward pairing Danny Ings (£8.4m) and Che Adams (£5.8m).

Newcastle’s own January loanee Joe Willock (£4.7m) also makes his Premier League debut for his new club, his arrival allowing Steve Bruce to go for a more adventurous shape than usual.

Willock sits in a number 10 role with Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.1m) and Miguel Almirón (£5.6m) either side of him in a 4-2-3-1 fronted by Callum Wilson (£6.8m).

The Magpies are somewhat short at the back though. Midfielder Isaac Hayden (£4.7m) starts alongside Fabian Schär (£4.9m) at centre-back.

Double Gameweek planners will have their eyes on the other 3pm match today as Burnley host Brighton.

As expected, the Clarets are in 4-4-2 formation with key Fantasy targets Nick Pope (£5.5m), Ben Mee (£5.0m), James Tarkowski (£5.3m) and Matt Lowton (£4.4m) all involved.

Charlie Taylor (£4.4m) is still not fit enough for a return and neither is Chris Wood (£6.2m), both players absent from today’s match-day squad, which means Erik Pieters (£4.3m) is at left-back again and Ashley Barnes (£6.0m) is paired up-front with Matej Vydra (£4.8m).

On a run of four successive clean sheets, Brighton are in 3-4-2-1 today with Dan Burn (£4.2m) and Joël Veltman (£4.3m) in the left and right wing-back roles respectively following Solly March‘s (£5.0m) injury at Anfield.

Gameweek 23 Starting Line-ups

Burnley XI (4-4-2): Pope; Pieters, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton; Gudmundsson, Cork, Westwood, McNeil; Vydra, A Barnes.

Brighton and Hove Albion XI (3-4-1-2): R Sánchez; Webster, Dunk, White; Burn, Bissouma, Groß, Veltman; Mac Allister; Maupay, Connolly.

Newcastle United XI (4-2-3-1): Darlow; Lewis, Schär, Hayden, Manquillo; Shelvey, Hendrick; Saint-Maximin, Willock, Almirón; Wilson.

Southampton XI (4-4-2): A McCarthy; Bertrand, Vestergaard, Bednarek, J Stephens; Minamino, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Redmond; Ings, Adams.

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1,274 Comments Post a Comment
  1. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Both Pope and Salah 6 returns of 9 points + to date.

    Points per million!!

  2. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Krafth yc. Just a single.

  3. BeWater
      2 months, 3 days ago

      ASM is quite fun to watch when you don't own him.

      1. Fred54
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        He was awesome before Covid, glad he's finally recovered at upt to speed.

    • how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Almiron goal

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      3-1 Newcastle

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Fog on the Tyne is all...

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Almiron G

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Almiron haul!

    • tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Oh Southampton...what a shambles they are

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        The gift that keeps on gifting...

        He passed it to him then didn't tackle.

        Bertrand.

        1. tiger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          it's comical but also tragic

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

        Shame my -4 to bring in Wilson didn't work out.

    • Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      McCarthy get some save at least before i kick u out ya clown!

    • Royal5
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Southampton are terrible

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 3 days ago

        They aren’t ; but some terrible individual errors

      2. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        McCarthy is! Newcastle's second goal was ridiculous, he just kicked it anywhere and it deflected in

    • Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Almiron goal

    • SH1M1
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      McCarthy needs dropping

    • Breezyy
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Southampton= banter fc

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Things you love to see!

        A bit of an edge from these 1 nils

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Get Forster starting for the DGWs!!!

    • Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Almiron brace

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      McCarthy ain't good enough

    • Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      9-1 incoming

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Mike Dean on at the half?

    • DycheDycheBaby
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Konsa to Mee went well aha

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

        Targett to mee here

    • deshawn7
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Benched Watkins instead of Wilson. Thanks scout picks :/

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Would have been a good pick if not for the injury given Sotons form - just unlucky

      2. Freshy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

      3. Yozzer
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        You are playing your game based on what people tell you to do? .Then moan when it goes wrong? Lesson to be learnt there my friend 🙂

      4. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        why oh why ?

    • hullcityfan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Feel sorry for Wilson owners. He was a good pick.

      1. ALI_G
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        I dont

        they've had jammy 9 pointers in games where Newcastle had about 3% possession

    • ajay_kl +42
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Got Martinez for Johnstone.

      Worth going McCarthy to Areloa for DGW?

    • gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      McCarthy in goal plus Wilson. Screw you FPL!

    • Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      you never know what can happen this season but double leeds attack seems like a great idea gw25

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Raphinha and Bamford?

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          yes, I have raphinha and will do wilson to bamford

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      135 mins.
      12 goals
      Against

      Guess the club?

      1. ALI_G
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Southampton ?

      2. ALI_G
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        great to chat

        fantastic forum this is, so much discussion

    • Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      McCarthy destorying my season

      HATE to see it

    • Il Capitano
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Can't wait to bin my keepers, no CS in 7 GWs from them

      • A Kun & Mateta
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Overall leader started Mee over Cancelo, Dias and Bilva. Maybe we've hope!

      • Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Hasenhutl doing a good job to never get into a top 6 club!

        1. Freshy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          breaking all the wrong records

        2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          The players are doing it deliberately to keep him at the club

      • SHOOTER MCGINN
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Took out Almiron at the last minute in FanTeam daily as double Newcastle attack felt too much. Glad I kept Wilson though.

      • RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        WE WANT NINE