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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. Kryptonite666
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 8 days ago

    How have Burnley looked ? Is Pope enough for the double ? Mee + Pope an overkill you reckon ?

    1. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Need more HAUL candidates from Burnley...Gudmunsson?

      1. Kryptonite666
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I wouldn’t trust Burnley’s attack

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Pope and perhaps Pieters for potential attacking points against Fulham?

    3. zdrojo187
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      McNeil maybe...?

    4. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      I think I'll just stick with using 1FT on Burnley and get Pope

  2. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Where’s the Kane rumours coming from all of a sudden?

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Twitter

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Looks like it has some reasonable credibility

    2. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      What's the rumour?

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Kane’s back involved tomorrow

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 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. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          @spurslion

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Thanks all

      3. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Cheers lads. Started him in case he was back

        1. PogChamp
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          I bottled it. 1st sub.

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

      We living in Twitter world where anything and everything is true 😀

  3. ivantys
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Newcastle's next game could be a thrashing, just no idea which Chelsea attacker will haul lol.

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Mount

    • Ibra
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      6 points from 4 players and 16 points from 2 players on bench? Is that good this gw?

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Minamino ain't the most switched on, telling the Newcastle player's where he is going to pass it then looking surprised when it gets intercepted!

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

        Ha I saw that. Funny really

    • TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Not feeling the saints equaliser. Only 5 points for Adams, very nervous about benching DCL now

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Bednarek

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Benching DCL is madness

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Not when you have 7 other attackers and think DCL is the weakest... on paper anyway

    • Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Wtf happened to the own goal for Bednarek? Needed that for my rival

      I'm guessing simple answer is it wasn't an own goal

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

        I think your rival took enough punishment last week.

        1. Stupendous
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Benched him

      2. Mile Plankton
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        It really looked like an own goal, but I saw the situation only once.

    • Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      People are underestimating how much Mourinho needs a result tomorrow, Kane will start if he’s involved. Just can’t see him putting him on the bench for a 10min cameo

      1. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Probable at HT

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Kane is a 90 minute man. Won’t come off the bench.

      3. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Surely more likely on the bench to come on if needed

        If there is ever a game they would hope they could win without him it’s WBA at home

      4. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        And what he said about Son before the Man Utd game - he likes playing injury mind games

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

        Mourinho will grind Kane's ankles to dust before he gets sacked in April and forces Kane to miss the euros.

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Exactly. Ankles will be getting strapped up!!

        2. Baines on Toast...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Kane has done this to himself many times before Mourinho. Never should’ve played the Champions League final.

      6. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Yeah, if he wasn't going to start not sure if he's even be on the bench. Jose to play him till he drops

      7. Brimble82
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I’ve started him on the off chance that he plays.

        But that said... I also started him the previous two weeks Because I don’t trust Jose a single percent.

    • Mile Plankton
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Come on Sanchez, please get some baps.

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      How is Ings still blanking....

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Limping

    • TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Fair play Newcastle. This is how you defend with 10 men and grind out a result. Third goal before half time was a killer

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

        9 men

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

        9 men 😀

      3. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Jammiest win you’ll see this season

    • La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Pieters 😎

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I paid the extra for mee 🙁

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

      FT: 1-1

    • Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Fpl cup opponent with soucek(c), Ogbonna and Fabianski

      I have Cresswell, Antonio and Soucek

      Not sure what to hope for apart from antonio goals!

    • mgilbert86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Captonio going to save my GW

      1. dshv
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        ANTONIO HATT TRICK WITH ARMBAND PRAYER

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Love to see that Pope blank.

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

        Makes up for it next GW

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Except everyone will have him nxt gw!

          Oh yes we will

      2. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        OH YES WE DO LOVE TO SEE IT!

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

          Your captain failing probably loses more points than a Martinez CS...

    • HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Bought Pope so I could bench Sanchez
      Konsa also on bench

      I rule!

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Ouch

      2. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I benched Stones and Robbo. Can only result in bad news.

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

        Konsa should have been sent off. Just bad luck.

    • Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Almiron should have been sent off for simulation twice now

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Haha look below

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Pope with a single save - what happened?!

      1. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Burnley actually played football

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Almiron should be off for two dives

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Yup

    • hullcityfan
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Pope outscores Mee, get in!!!!

      1. Jimmy Boy
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Pope outscores me entire team so far

    • dshv
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Robertson to

      1. Mee
      2. Digne

    • fedolefan
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Sanchez 5 pointer. He's no Martinez but okay. Was quietly hoping for a 7 pointer when the baps were closer.

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

        Yep my first keeper returns in 19 weeks

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Perfect 3pm games for non-owners.

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

      Good start by Scotland. Hopefully an entertaining match.

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Burnley (2.14) 1-1 (0.62) Brighton

      1. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Dayum

      2. Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Brilliant, this is the opposite of how those teams usually work

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Grandstand game up next.

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Antonio's EO does drop off outside the top 10k (where it is 97%). For example between 100k and 200k his EO is 78% 🙂

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

        Long 90 mins coming as a non-owner

      2. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Main rival has captained him!

    • Sterling Malory
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      For DGW 24? 2FT

      Mitchell > Lowton
      Maddison > JRod

      Areola
      Lowton Stones Cancelo Shaw
      Gundo JRod Salah Bruno
      DCL Antonio
      Martinez Son Bamford Dallas

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      West Ham clean sheet garanteed, sold KWP for Mee and which meant benching Coufal

      1. Mile Plankton
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Sold Ogbona for Tarkowski

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        No team has conceded more chances in their left zone in the last 6 gameweeks than Fulham 🙂