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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. Spg76
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Southampton the Italy of the 6 Nations.

  2. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Fraser Forster for DGW, McCarthy is dreadful

    1. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Neither!

    2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Would take that.

    3. Spg76
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      McCarthy not nailed. Forster to get a chance

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

    I'm not trying to be rude or mean here and I know some will be joking but your goalkeeper that scores 2 and Martinez/Sanchez that scores 9 is just 7 points, it's not the be all and end all of your gameweek. Not a good start ofc but no need to overreact

    1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      People love to gloat.

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

        I don't mind the gloating showing off or even lolling, but I'm on here quite a bit and it's obvious which guys are offering nothing but that, only pipe up for negativity

        1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          It's human nature I'm afraid.

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Less of that common sense around here!

    3. BeWater
        3 months, 5 days ago

        This is a very sensible and logical way of thinking about it.

        1. Here's Tom with the We…
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          You’re talking far too much sense!

          Ban.

      • Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        7 points here, 7 points there. Season over.

      • Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Many brought Pope in this week due to doubles so always annoying when a transfer actually costs you points - I almost went for Pope and bench Martinez

      • TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        You lose 7 points a million times and that’s..... profit

      • Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Season over?

      • Jordan.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        i think what has magnified this problem is the fact that most weeks goalies are disregarded,clearly lots have moved to pope from or benched marti this week ,honestly fpl this season cant stop booting in the nads..

      • Fred54
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Its the entire reason we play this game, 7 pt swing is massive on player.

        1. Fpl stress
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Exactly even a grealish 94th minute yellow is agonizing

    4. Jellyfish
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      I Wilson involvement in any of the toon goals ...shocker

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

        You do know he went off injured, right?

    5. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Fraser Forster hopefully no1 by the doubles

      1. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        After everyone sells him for Pope next week?

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Steer to Pope to forster for me if McCarthy dropped and I decide to wc in 25!

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Definitely possible. Kept a CS vs. Liverpool in his only appearance this season.

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Solid keeper who got his confidence back at Celtic last season

    6. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Captain Dias next week surely? The only City man that will likely play both games

      1. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Ederson

      2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Ed

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

      Who is more likely to score second half?

      Wilson or Che Adams (and yes I know Wilson has gone off injured)

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Wilson.

      2. BeWater
          3 months, 5 days ago

          This made me laugh as a former Adams owner 🙂

      3. BeWater
          3 months, 5 days ago

          I thought the United game was an aberration but Southampton are making Newcastle look a hell of a team. Even Shelvey is getting clear chances from 10 yards out.

        • Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Connolly should be playing in the 6 nations. Great conversions.

          1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Ireland could do with him.

        • Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Soton goal

        • aleksaa2
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          What a G, JWP

        • Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Bench boost this week?

          Areola
          Cancelo Maguire Mee
          Sterling Bruno Son Gundogan
          DCL Antonio Bamford

          Martinez Raphinha Targett Coufal

          1. Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            No WC remaining. Will TC in 26.

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          OMGGG JWP

          Adams A

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            What? JWP rules!

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

          Just came back home and saw Dunk has scored! 😆 Well done owner!

          1. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Dunk is a little gem

        • SH1M1
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          ADAMS FINALLY DID SOMETHING

          1. SH1M1
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            In Typical Jammy assist fashion

        • Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          I told someone not to get jwp this week

          Apologies that man

        • MessiGOAT
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Beautiful Freekick from JWP !!!

        • Fer Fuch's Ake
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          JWP will be greatest free kick hitter of all time

        • BeaversWithAttitude
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          JWP, do your thing, baby!

        • aleksaa2
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Hendrick RC

        • Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          JWP free kick machine!

        • Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Unbelievable JWP!

        • Baines on Toast...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Burnley not out of the woods if Fulham manage to win later

        • SH1M1
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Newcastle down to 10

        • Fer Fuch's Ake
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Hendrick Red

          1. Jordan.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            knobhead play

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

          If i dont play my BB next week, I'm really struggling who i should bench out of these 3 -

          Soucek(SHU)
          Bamford(ars)
          Son(mci)

          1. MessiGOAT
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Really? Son or Bamford easy

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

              Its not that easy if you're saying 1 or the other, haha.

        • Baines on Toast...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          JWP free kicks have an XG of 1.

          1. Nanoelektronicar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            xG on target

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

          Seriously. Is there a better DFK taker in the EPL than JWP?

          1. aleksaa2
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Nope

          2. BeaversWithAttitude
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            His is an absolute phenom!

          3. DycheDycheBaby
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            No.

        • Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Gudmundsson goal

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Pieters assist

          2. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            What year is this?

        • THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Brighton cleanie wiped