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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. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Burnley have looked very good here. Reason for optimism as a soon to be Lowton owner. Not sure Pope will be making as many saves as expected, he's had little to do with how dominant his side are.

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      1st half they were very poor. Improved 2nd half.

  2. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Bednarek YC. Should be red

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Lol

  3. Bushwhacker
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Almiron having a laugh ; ref falls for it. The standard of officials in England is staggeringly bad.

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Come on dude that was obstruction

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        And last man, and made no attempt to go for the ball either

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 28 days ago

        That was a dive

  4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Bednarek could be off

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 28 days ago

      For what? Almiron falling over??

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        ref checked and no red

      2. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        This was a complete dive

    2. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      He wants his rest

  5. Finding Timo
      2 months, 28 days ago

      If Lookman & Ivan Cavaleiro playing up front is one of them they a consideration for DGW24?

    • Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Bednarek escapes another red after escaping another own goal

      1. 1zverGGadeM
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Schar didn't escape from Bednarek's kick on a dead ball then..
        What a woodchopper Bednarek really is..

    • MessiGOAT
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Apparently there was rumours about Antonio starting.... Thank god I stayed offline and didn't have to read that nonsense 😀

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Bednarek dodges a RC & OG...

      Quite a week...

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Puts his arm out ; Almiron literally hurls himself tp the ground then holds his neck in agony despite arm being nowhere near his neck. Disgrace.

    • Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Schar dead non shocker

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Should be Almiron yellow for dive

      1. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Lol at holding his throat when arm was across his chest 🙄

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 28 days ago

        THIS

      3. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Him holding his neck and pretending to be hurt, does not mean he wasn't obstructed and fouled

    • La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Newcastle down to 9 players it seems

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Southampton deserve that

    • CloudSky
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Kane back tomorrow apparently.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        According to?

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Random fandom FTW!

      2. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Source?

    • KINGS
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Lingardo

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Good to see Jack Wilshere playing and scoring

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Im which league?

        1. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Championship, scored for Bournemouth 🙂

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Newcastle down to 9?

      Hold your head not your leg!?

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 28 days ago

      https://mobile.twitter.com/spurslion/status/1358089158405861379

      Followed by FPL Rockstar and apparently got 3/3 previous team sheets correct...

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        If this is true, this is next level Mou trolling...

        Just sold Kane yesterday

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          He said he might be back though

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Big news for FPL.

        And Son captains prospects!!

        1. Here's Tom with the We…
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          It only says will feature. No mention he definitely starts.

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Even the bench helps

          2. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            BREAKING TEAM NEWS

            It is our understanding that @HKane will feature for @SpursOfficial tomorrow as they take on @WBA

            A huge boost for spurs.

            #TrustInTheLion #COYS #THFC #TOTWBA #WBA

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Source?

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Apologies just read the actual post lol

              2. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                @spurslion

      3. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Omg
        Not capping Son looking a bad move now
        Mark knows...

      4. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Very happy with Son (c). Wouldn’t surprise me if he’s being rushed back though. Hope he doesn’t pick up another injury

      5. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Son capitano let's go!

      6. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        If Kane starts then Son captainers are in dream land

        He is 100% beat captain of Kane starts

        ‘Involved’ implies on the bench to me though

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Big haul last time they played WBA?

          1. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Is that the definition of what makes a good captain choice? Bizarre comment

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              You said they're in dream land.

              1. TheDragon
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Yes because Son is a much much better option with Kane back obviously

                Your comment is exactly the kind of comment you complain at others for - lazy

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  Reeled right in.

                2. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  All getting touchy in lockdown.

                  At least we have football to rally around?!

        2. Utopsis
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Kane is the best captain if Kane starts

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Ralph asking Bednarek to walk off the pitch as he’d rather play 10 vs 9.

    • sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Why no subs for Southampton despite losing and against 10 or 9 man?

      1. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        We have a paper thing squad and lots of injuries still

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Little experience on the bench

    • ivantys
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Bruce's fault for subbing out ASM lol. Qaste of a sub

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Has to keep him fit, they’re garbage with him off the field

      • La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        I started Kane, go in lad

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Same, but now probably want DCL to blank.

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Is he back?

        3. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          10 min cameo

          1. hullcityfan
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            = 2 goals

        4. Utopsis
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          I very much doubt Kane will be risked from the start against a rugged WBA with City round the corner

      • Please Answer Me
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Anyone knows who most pros captained?

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          We captained Bruno

        2. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Pros? They getting paid to play FPL? 😆

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            O. £€$

            1. Duke Silver ☑
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              I would like to be paid in Dogecoin.

        3. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Son / Antonio / Fernandes

        4. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          I went for Bruno, Salah vice

          1. Utopsis
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Same C, but I went Dallas VC for a cheeky little punt

        5. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          https://myfplanalysis.co.in/elite_ownership_captaincy

          54% Bruno
          27% Son
          14% Antonio

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Would Kane increase the Son armband ratio?

            1. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Yeah if I'd known Kane was starting I probably would have capped Son. Son's stats have been really poor without him. That being said it's not clear that 'feature' means start.

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                I'm on Son.

                I need some fortune!

        6. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Make a YouTube account = pro

        7. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Ask Fudgy

        8. BeWater
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Magnus Carlsen, Lateriser and Az all have Antonio.
            FPL general, Fabio Borges, Zophar have Bruno.
            Mark and Ben Crellin have Son.

          • Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Pros?? Hahaha

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Isn't the definition of Pro someone who touts themself for cash?

              It's an amateur past time surely!

              Or is it the knowledge economy in the 21st century?!

        9. Flynny
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Strike force of dcl, watkins and antonio

          Saving wildcard for gw30

          Who makes way for Bamford gw25?? Thanks

          1. Here's Tom with the We…
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Watkins.

            1. Flynny
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Hhmm....maybe

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Can always switch back later.

                1. Flynny
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  Yup. Ta

        10. Fantabulous KdB
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Any BUR mid for a punt next week?

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            McNeill if anyone

          2. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            McNeil?

            I’d rather use a transfer on Raphinha for his DGW though.

          3. hullcityfan
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Don't think so. Cav / Lookman from Fulham better options.

            1. Finding Timo
                2 months, 28 days ago

                I am now considering them depending on play today

            2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              None

            3. Traction Engine Foot
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Gudmundsson maybe

          4. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Though Kane might be back given how desperate Mourinho is for a result. Son(c) looking a lot better if Kane’s setting him up

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              yep definitely

            2. PogChamp
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Yeah I don't think it would be a shock to see him on the bench. That's why I haven't sold.

            3. Utopsis
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 28 days ago

              The Kane to Son set up works against teams who press high. WBA are the opposite, will sit deep so Kane more likely to haul than Son with mid/long range shots

          5. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Kane back would be great news for sin capers

          6. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Bednarek is going to smash the DGW isn't he

          7. DAZZ
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Where are the Antonio rest rumour merchants hiding now? Inazuma X1 the chief troll leading the pack gone into hidinf.

            1. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              They wanted to keep his EO below 100% 😀

          8. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Son to finally get his rest with Kane back?

            1. Here's Tom with the We…
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Haha

              Surely no one will bite??

          9. CloudSky
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Newcastle with the Bruce patented 4-4-0 formation.

            1. Mr. O'Connell
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              No way they hold on here

          10. JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            People do realise it says Kane will feature? He’s not starting. Might come off the bench for 10 mins. Even if he does Son won’t have many chances. Does far better on the counter away from home.

            1. Pat Bonner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Mourinho needs a result, he wouldn’t think twice about starting Kane if he’s not fully fit. He starts or not involved I’d guess

            2. Here's Tom with the We…
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              It says Kane will feature...translated through here, Kane starts and Son scores 4 goals.

            3. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 28 days ago

              When does Kane ever come off the bench. He’s starting