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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. sunzip14
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Started Forster ahead of DDG thinking Southampton had a better chance of CS and just in case McCarthy was dropped after last week. Lol

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Forster could come on at HT at this rate!

      1. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Won't be surprised

    2. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      nervous 45 more mins

    3. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      The 9-0, red cards didn't really show how bad Southampton are now....strange thing to say.

  2. Al Moon Yeah
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    A shame Callum Wilson couldn't capitalize on this weak Southampton defence.

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      sure is very unlucky ;(

  3. Adetro
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Wilson's gone awol

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQaJ5L8f0BY

    1. Kingmasson
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Thanks for that. When you are nearly 50 every second counts you know. And I’ll never get those 18 back

      1. Punty McPuntface
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Hahahahaha

  4. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Surely Bamford is the perfect TC candidate for 25. Talisman, on pens, gets tons of chances. Leeds a relentlessly attacking side vs two very exploitable teams in Wolves and Southampton. If one is BBing in 26 it seems best to take the opportunity gifted.

    1. ivantys
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Yeah I'm considering him too.

      • Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Problem is for BB 26 i must WC 25

        Already have 5 DGWers for next week and triple whu so WC 24 is outta question

      • ajay_kl +42
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Idk if he is worth a TC but definitely C. Will throw in Dallas or Raphinha to join him

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Definitely capping, just weighing up the use of waiting for a better TC opportunity or just take the fantastic opportunity waiting right here.

          1. ajay_kl +42
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            You are right, if Bruno for example was facing those fixtures we would think twice and throw him the TC

            1. ajay_kl +42
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Wouldn't*

      • Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        captain maybe but will wait a bit longer for tc.

      • jomikijiq
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        If BB26 then maybe. But KDB in DGW27 is better imo

      • AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Suspect it will be tight at the Molineux but as you say Leeds are wide open so could be any score.

    2. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      2FTs
      Martinez to Pope confirmed before sleep... hopefully I won't wake up to a Pope RC tomorrow morning 😉

      1. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Couldn't wake up and confirm the transfer in the morning?

        1. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          FPL on the edge is always more fun

          1. sunzip14
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Can't disagree! 1 am here but still awake despite no players playing. Maybe I should go to sleep as well 🙂

    3. Finding Timo
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Is there a strong risk mcarthy now gets dropped?!

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

          I'm getting worried

        2. Il Capitano
            3 months, 7 days ago

            If Forster plays well in the cup midweek there's probably a chance

            1. Finding Timo
                3 months, 7 days ago

                I guess we then go Forster or Meslier DGW25?

                1. Il Capitano
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Might just look at SGW keepers for GW25 if those are the options

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

              Even Joelinton might score today 😆

            3. Freshy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Can we short sell the Saints for the dgw

            4. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              My cup opponent has Bednarek 😆

              1. Pep Roulette
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                OG cancelled

              2. sunzip14
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                And his opponent has this 😉

                Pope trap.
                Wilson injured.
                Burnley and Toon defeats.
                Gutted

              3. TheDragon
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Own goal has been overturned

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

              Must say life is much better in the Martinez tent weeing out!

            6. afcblegend
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              It's pretty crazy that the #1 player in the world is 63 points above 2nd place.

              Benched all 3 City players for this gameweek as well - knows something we don't

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

                Surprised he benched the City players especially as they've been so good for him. His lead might be at its maximum, this gw might trigger the slide.

              2. Sun Jihai
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                They've been very good in their decision. I think it was madness to bench Cancelo over Mee though.

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

                  Like so many he has underestimated Brighton.

                  1. Sun Jihai
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Also I think you almost can view Cancelo as a midfielder at this point when he can get so advanced

            7. Del Griffith
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Southampton are hoping they stay up on 29 points, they dont look like getting any more.

              1. afcblegend
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                couple more draws all they need, doubt the drop line will be above 30 this year

            8. MessiGOAT
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Guaita to Pope done for free transfer .. just saying.

              1. 1justlookin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                I done that this week.

                He replaced Martinez. :-/

                1. MessiGOAT
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Not Martineez man unlucky
                  Was so closeto doing it but couldn't handle -4 again so I just did it now

                  1. 1justlookin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    I gad 2 free transfers wuth nothing else pressing.

            9. BeWater
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Jackie Weaver coming in to mediate the Southampton HT team talk.

                1. TheDragon
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Only the chair can decide on a point of order

                  1. BeWater
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      Read the standing orders. READ AND UNDERSTAND THEM!!!!!!

                2. Sun Jihai
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  The only Almiron owner in the top 10k benched him in favour of Wilson - unlucky!
                  https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/2930396/event/23/

                  1. DK_13
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    How on earth do you find all this?

                    1. Sun Jihai
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      LiveFPL of course - amazing site!

                3. FPL_Hazards
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Nothing from Callum yet?

                  1. Nightcrawler
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Wils NONE

                  2. Rainer
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    1 point and an early ice bath.

                  3. TheDragon
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    You’ll be waiting a while

                  4. ALI_G
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    he got one point

                    enjoy

                  5. ALI_G
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    thanks for the great chat

                4. CrouchDown
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  McCarthy getting dropped would be so annoying

                  1. TheDragon
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Why? That’d be great for owners

                    0 is better than his usual minus points

                  2. SH1M1
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Seems inevitable at this point

                  3. sunzip14
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Would be gold if Forster replaced him. Not just in the second half, as I have started him ahead of DDG.

                5. 1justlookin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Would you play your BB next week if you had these subs or would you just wait til the DGW to play it?

                  Forster
                  Mee (cpl, FUL)
                  Coufal(SHU)
                  Bamford(ars)

                  1. Kabayan
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Nope, i want second playing GK if BB

                    1. 1justlookin
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      Which is why i shouldn't have sold Martinez for Pope.

                  2. Mr. O'Connell
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Be tempted to get it out the way, Forster might even nick McCarthys place. FTM.

                6. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  2 goals in 2 games for Bednarek, surely he’s close to essential at this rate

                  1. Pep Roulette
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    OG overturned

                  2. CRO KLOPP
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Only one unfortunaly

                7. Mr. O'Connell
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  6 hours til Bruno blank confirmed

                  1. Firminoooo
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Just hope he gets a CS point. 6 points from my captain is a haul this season.

                    1. Mr. O'Connell
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      You and me both. Fingers crossed for that magical 3 pointer.

                  2. Ajax Hamsterdam
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    better not !

                8. jammie26
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Benched Martinez and Watkins, this is going well so far.

                  • ALI_G
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    don't understand why so many swapped Mart for Pope this week

                    why not swap second keeper for Pope and BB next week - surely cash not an issue with so many premiums not firing

                    1. TheDragon
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      Easy to say with hindsight

                      Presumably they thought Burnley more chance of CS than Villa

                      1. ALI_G
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 7 days ago

                        Well Martinez also has doubles coming up and been in great form seems a silly player to lose

                        1. TheDragon
                          • 3 Years
                          3 months, 7 days ago

                          Agreed (I’m a Martinez owner / starter) but I can see some logic in why people did it

                    2. Pukki Blinders
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      5.5 for Pope is an overpriced joke anyway

                      1. ajay_kl +42
                        • 10 Years
                        3 months, 7 days ago

                        I have mee for 4.9 and feel that is overpriced

                    3. dogtanion
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      Probably related to fixtures and form which are two pretty big things in fpl

                      1. ALI_G
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 7 days ago

                        Martinez has got great fixtures and form

                        What on earth are you talking about?

                    4. HuttonDressedasLahm
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      I sold my second Keeper and benched Sanchez 😆

                    5. CRO KLOPP
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      Benching him was the problem,not selling

                      1. 1justlookin
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        3 months, 7 days ago

                        Selling is the problem if you were to play BB next week.

                        1. CRO KLOPP
                          • 3 Years
                          3 months, 7 days ago

                          He said,most People sold,I said,most people bench

                          1. Crunchie
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            3 months, 7 days ago

                            I benched

                    6. 1justlookin
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      I really should have done this.

                      I had 2 free transfers with nothing else pressing, i never even thought of playing my BB until now.

                      So annoying!

                    7. Mr. O'Connell
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      Cash may be an issue shortly
                      People already used BB
                      Long term rotating the 2 best (and quite expensive) keepers would be a nightmare

                    8. CRO KLOPP
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      I benched Martinez for Fabianski,double with Coufal,to maybe gain some OR,why not?

                    9. Sun Jihai
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      Surprised Ville did it but he couldn't afford to switch his second GW
                      https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/617620/event/23

                      I think also the fact that many saved a FT last week and had 2 this week encouraged more switching (to not burn the FT)

                    10. Werder Bremner
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      Reading through the posts I've been thinking exactly this. Saves a transfer getting Martinez back as well

                    11. Crunchie
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      I did that too, i guess its the pressure of playing your new signings 2ft had to do something. shame i was 279 2 weeks ago

                  • Pep Roulette
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Bamford TC in GW25? Soton & Wolves!

                  • Finding Timo
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      Already have pope & was going to get mee but is 1 Burnley Enough for DGW24 now?

                      1. Pépé Pig
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 7 days ago

                        Think it's prob still a good shout. Depends who he'd come in for

                        1. Finding Timo
                            3 months, 7 days ago

                            Holding ?

                        2. Pépé Pig
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 7 days ago

                          Yeah he's worth playing over Holding for sure. Don't think arsenal will keep a clean sheet against leeds

                          1. Finding Timo
                              3 months, 7 days ago

                              Ok cheers I have 2 FT

                        3. Pépé Pig
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 7 days ago

                          Is Pope still only one 1 save?

                          1. Pépé Pig
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            3 months, 7 days ago

                            On

                          2. HuttonDressedasLahm
                            • 11 Years
                            3 months, 7 days ago

                            Sorry, I bought him, so he’s broken

                        4. HuttonDressedasLahm
                          • 11 Years
                          3 months, 7 days ago

                          Time to admit I suck at this game
                          Sold Jesus 2 weeks ago
                          Bought Richarlison over DCL
                          Benched Sanchez last 2 weeks for Johnstone
                          This week, did Johnstone to Pope and benched Sanchez
                          🙄

                          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                            • 6 Years
                            3 months, 7 days ago

                            just bad luck it will turn around i m sure

                          2. Ajax Hamsterdam
                            • 6 Years
                            3 months, 7 days ago

                            sanchez benching made total sense

                        5. PP6
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 7 days ago

                          Even further reason why I won’t do Forster to Pope as he might start some games now

                          1. sunzip14
                            • 4 Years
                            3 months, 7 days ago

                            Will delay the decision until the next pressers, at least. Doubt we will have any hints though!

                        6. Baines on Toast...
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          3 months, 7 days ago

                          At least it is clear that keeping Wilson was the right decision. But Antonio is going to destroy me now.

                        7. jason_ni
                          • 5 Years
                          3 months, 7 days ago

                          Gameweek going well.

                          Saka 2 pointer.
                          Pope transfer in (martinez on bench)
                          Wilson 3 goals scored, no involvement and does his hammy.

                          Gotta love it when its this good.

                          1. BeWater
                              3 months, 7 days ago

                              Ah mate, that's a nightmare start.

                            • ALI_G
                              • 3 Years
                              3 months, 7 days ago

                              I'll do my captain hindsight:

                              at the 5.5m price, Soucek and Gundo much better than Saka.
                              Villa been very solid most of the season
                              Villa beat Arsenal 2-0 at Emirates
                              Arsenal not very good 🙂
                              Villa good

                              Wilson was incredibly bad luck tbf

                              1. jason_ni
                                • 5 Years
                                3 months, 7 days ago

                                Yeah, i already have gundo( and had soucek until he was the one sold for salah)
                                And Pope was bought for ddg, hindsight is 20 20 lol.

                                Cs incoming for utd now!

                          2. Ajax Hamsterdam
                            • 6 Years
                            3 months, 7 days ago

                            would you lose soucek to an everton mid ? siggy possibly ?

                            1. BeWater
                                3 months, 7 days ago

                                No I don't think so.

                                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                                  • 6 Years
                                  3 months, 7 days ago

                                  cheers

                              • ALI_G
                                • 3 Years
                                3 months, 7 days ago

                                you must be joking

                                Soucek is gold

                                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                                  • 6 Years
                                  3 months, 7 days ago

                                  thanks Ali

                                  1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                                    • 6 Years
                                    3 months, 7 days ago

                                    was thinking about dgw thats why 🙂