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

    Pieters on bench. Was delighted when Brighton scored! Now it's just annoying

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

    Ings post

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

      He said Pope was a trap?

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

    When I caught the Newcastle score ... seeing they scored three goals, when I sold Wilson for Antonio, I will not lie, I started hyperventilating..... and now I can breathe .....

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

      Try and remember, it’s just a game.

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

        Haha, I was using a little exaggerated poetic licence but thank you for the quite correct advice.

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

      Three jammy goals and now ASM off

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

    FFS Ingsy post

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

      What did he say?

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

    Burnley looking very good, in control of the game now.

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

    Unlucky Redmond to Ings off post for 3 3 almost

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

    Ingsy owners been so unlucky over the past few

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

      Really? With half a dozen other options?

  8. Sir Alex Telles.
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    My sheep move of Ben Mee I gwtting punished. Will try play my own game.

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      best way

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

    Pope still only in 1 save

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

      Burnley actually decide to play football for once

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

        You do know how football works?

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

    How bad was Wilson injury?

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

      Hammy poss

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

        Ta

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

    5 mins to see if Antonio starts!

  12. 1zverGGadeM
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Adams goal dissallowed
    Ings was offside

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

    Ings offside.

    No Adams goal

    1. AC Yew
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Great i moved him out this week

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

    Lineups to be posted shortly, hope everyone has had a good start

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      so so kk...

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

      Thanks kap you too

  15. Bubbles1985
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Rage transfer.

    Wilson to Bamford.

    Done!

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      bit early but good move

      1. Bubbles1985
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        To be fair i have 2ft this week but Wilson has trolled me for the last few weeks! Last chance was today...

        1. Top Mark.S
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Interesting I have only owned him the last 2 weeks and he has been great

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            same here 🙂 maybe bubbles benched him ?

            1. Bubbles1985
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Yep. Benched against Everton AND captained DCL.

              Great week.

    2. Bubbles1985
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Also was a last minute captain change from Wilson to Antonio.

      So that's a positive! 😀

    3. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Should always wait till price rise time at least - never know what could happen. But good transfer if no surprises

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

    Would love an Antonio benching. Won't happen though.

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

    For the sake of my sanity, is Ings looking like scoring at all?

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

      Next game he will

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

        Thank goodness, panic over 😀

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

          😀 he hit the post and looking dangerous anyway

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

      Yep post etc

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

      Be surprised if he doesn't tbh

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

      Assist offside and hit the post all in the last 5 mins

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

        Oh, one of those games.

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

      Still time for a brace

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

      Yes

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

    Unluckiest team in the league

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

      Southampton? For sure.

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

        No, my FPL Team.

    2. Top Mark.S
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Pool say hello

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

        Not unlucky, just rubbish

        1. Top Mark.S
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          I wont waste your time with a detailed essay on our ridiculous bad luck this season.

          But I could easily do it. Dont tempt me

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

        Liverpool unlucky? Hahaha hahaha, jog on.

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

          Not seen their injury pile then?

        2. Top Mark.S
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          They cant jog on. That's one of my many points

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

        What?? lol

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

      Arsenal apparently

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

      United? I know 🙁

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

        Lol

  19. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Wilson to Kane done!

  20. ivantys
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Come on Sanchez more saves

    • Sir Alex Telles.
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Omg

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

      WEST HAM TEAM NEWS

      Starting XI: Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Bowen, Lingard, Benrahma, Antonio.

      Subs: Martin, Balbuena, Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Noble, Fornals, Diop, Fredericks, Johnson.

      FULHAM TEAM NEWS

      Starting XI: Areola, Tete, Andersen, Tosin, Robinson, Reed, Lemina, Loftus-Cheek, Decordova-Reid, Lookman, Cavaleiro.

      Subs: Rodak, Hector, Mitrovic, Ream, Bryan, Onomah, Maja, Anguissa, Aina.

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

        Thanks mate

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

        Where are those Antonio rested rumours now?

        In the bin where they deserve to be.

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

          thanks for the clarification at that time bro

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

        Lingard yesss

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

          Quality I was thinking of getting him when they announced the move

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

        Cheers Kap. Come on Captain Antonio!

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

      OMG Antonio starts despite the rumours!

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

        😆

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

        .... Big surprise

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

          Tomorrow will be with Salah again.

          Same every game.

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

            Some of the posts on this place at 10:59am! 😀

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

      Antonio (C) starts.

    • TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Antonio starts

    • PP6
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Teams as expected...

    • Dannyb
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Everyone raving about Antonio starting forgetting that Lingardinho is the main man now. Absolutey world class that young man.

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

        A great prospect

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

        @OfficialFPL

        Goal - LINGARD
        Assist - LINGARD

        Fulham 0 - 1 West Ham (2 mins)

        #FULWHU #FPL

    • pundit of punts
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      DGW 24 team -

      Martinez
      Dias - Tarkowski - Mee - Lowton
      Salah - Sterling - Bruno - Grealish - Foden
      DCL

      Button - Bamford - Mitchell - Wilson

      Thoughts? 🙂

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

        Looks good, very depending on Burnley cs though

        1. pundit of punts
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          1 cs and I’ll be happy

      2. panda07
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Foden to Gundo

        1. pundit of punts
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          For a hit?

      3. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        captain ?

        1. pundit of punts
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Sterling

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

        Are Mitchell and Wilson currently in your side or is this a wc?

        1. pundit of punts
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Not wc

          In my side

          Will wc next gw

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

        Sterling too rotation prone for my liking

    • hullcityfan
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Of course this is the week Pope stops making saves

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

      This gmwk for me is all in on Whm
      Antonio (c), Fabianski Coufal
      1:0 Fulham incoming