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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. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Gudmundsson G

  2. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Pieters assist 😎

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

      Well played! How longs Taylor out for?

      1. Finding Timo
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Assume when Taylor back replace peiters?

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

            I think so

      2. bench boost for every gamew…
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        The only def not considered because of Taylor..

        1. bench boost for every gamew…
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Burnley def ..

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

      3-2. 1-1

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

      Remember the casuals all getting Hendrick after GW1?

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

      Carnage

    5. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Game of the season this Toon match

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

      "Guaranteed" 0-0 now 1-1

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

      Gudmundsson Goal

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

      Pieters assist for Gud goal.

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Nooooo FFS went Mee over Pieter's

    9. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Said it would be a good game!

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

      1 CS from 6 teams this afternoon, I'm having it large!

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

      Pieters would be great if Taylor was out longer term. Fond memories Of Pieters from end of last season

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

      Blow both these games up now, refs!

    13. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Wow perfect 3pm games for non owners!

      1. Fred54
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I sold JWP in GW17. 🙁

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

          he's very hot and cold though JWP

          Will get a 10 pointer then blank for 4.5 weeks
          Many better options: Soucek, Gundo

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Unlucky, it’s so difficult with midfielders atm

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

        For sure.

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

        100%

    14. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Pope assist?

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

        Pieters

    15. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Pieters assist not given. Outrageous

      1. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Given now 😎

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

      Barnes goal, offside

    17. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Barnes goal disallowed

    18. Pedersen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Chose Pope over Martinez....

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Many did

      2. Scrumper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I transferred Martinez out for Pope.

        Second time I've sold Martinez this season, both times he punished me!

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

      What was that disallowed for? Barnes wasn’t offside?

      1. Fred54
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Wrong type of Barnes.

      2. Brimble82
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Earlier in the passage of play. Not from the cross he scored off.

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

          Cheers. Commentators not got a clue what’s going on!!

          1. Brimble82
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Seems you don’t need any cognitive ability to be a commentator anymore!

            Annoying the goal was disallowed though - I brought Lowton in this week!

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

              Lowton and Pieters have looked decent, Lowton more secure of starts so looks an option for doubles

              1. Brimble82
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                That’s what I brought him in for.
                On the face of it, the best defensive options over the next 3 GWs (23/24/25)

                Looked at Pieters - but with Taylor waiting in the wings, I’m not sure he’s nailed.

    20. Obi Wan Elokobi
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Barnes wasn’t offside? Wheres VAR

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

        Can’t work it out, was it offside in build up?

        1. Obi Wan Elokobi
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          I actually don’t know. He was about 5 yards onside

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

          Vydra offside in build up apparently

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

        Vydra was offiside

        1. Obi Wan Elokobi
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          I don’t think he was though

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

            He was off the pitch quite a bit offside

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

            Only saw the 1 replay tbf, Burnley looking likely to go on and win it

    21. Guba
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Sanchez over Martinez fail for me. Still feel it was probably the right decision but hurts nonetheless.

      1. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Yeah man, Arsenal could easily have scored

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

      Classic FPL that the Burnley defender that gets points is the one no one owns!

      Pope 23% ownership
      Mee 18%
      Lowton 7%
      Taylor 1%
      Tark 0.7%
      Pieters 0.6%

      1. hullcityfan
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        He's the only one that isn't first choice to be fair.

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

          Yeah, just it's the FPL way for the most owned one to get a YC. I have fond memories of Pieters last season getting a few assists!

      2. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        One guy in my mini league has him ... but benched him and started Lawton.

    23. Disco Stu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      No better way to start your gameweek than staring at 16 points on your bench.

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

        18 here

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

        Martinez and who?

        1. Disco Stu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Targett

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

          Watkins

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

          Wow that's unlucky.. bloody arsenal too unpredictable

      3. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        32 last week for me ... I feel your pain.

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Jeez. That's half my bench points total for the whole season.

          1. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            208 bench points is my season total before this week started.

            1. Mr. O'Connell
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Forster, Mitchell, Brewster have been a godsend in that sense.

      4. TheTruth
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Watkins, villa defender and?

        1. Disco Stu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Martinez and Targett

      5. PogChamp
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Massive bench points over the last few GWs. Never seen anything like it. I've been pretty fortunate.

        1. Disco Stu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Well, until the week any of us decide to use Bench Boost.

      6. Mile Plankton
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Same here, Martinez and Targett

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

        191 for me for the season

        1. Disco Stu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          133 for me coming into this week

        2. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          208 and counting ,,,

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

          249 here

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

      St James’ Swimming Pool.

      1. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Aye. It’s bouncing up here in the North East. Has done all week.

    25. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      St James Park about to become St James Bog

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

      Encouraging signs as a to-be Lowton owner, making plenty of runs forward

    27. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Keep those 3 baps Eric

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

      couple of random Easter eggs I was thinking about:

      - When was the last time a goalie got an assist? None this season
      - Why is the points awarded for a goalie scoring the same as a defender . It's so rare it should be like 7/8 points

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

        Alisson to Salah vs United?

        Considered defenders.

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

          Can see the case for it to be more than 6 but any GK goal is extreme luck and the game already rewards luck too heavily.

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

        Martinez was quite close to getting one a few weeks ago iirc!

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

          I can only remember Alison to Salah.

          It’s so rare, does it really matter?

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

        Martinez

      4. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Ederson to Aguero (Huddersfield at home)

    29. 1zverGGadeM
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Cmoon Danny, score a goal!