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

    Is there a chance Martinez sneaks the 3 BAPs

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

      On what basis would he, if you think there's a chance?

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

        There has been the odd late adjustment after games have finished on a given day

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

          The Bruno West Hak cameo springs to mind when Pogba got an extra BPS and overtook him

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

            *West Ham

      2. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Winning save baps still to be added....

    2. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Deserves them, best player on the pitch once again.....

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

      Members area has him still being 1 behind Watkins

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

        Cheers mate

  2. Dybala10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Benched Martinez and Watkins for Pope and Grealish.

    Not the greatest start...

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

    That grealish booking took me from dropping 10k to going up 20k! Small margins

  4. Roy Hudd
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Martinez owners some of the luckiest in the game. Undeserved points.

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

      😀

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

      Love this. More crying please.

    3. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      As a Villa fan I will agree our goal has live a charmed life, but team that defends well and has an awesome keeper often results in CSs.

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

      Those tears taste so good mmm

    5. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Why??? He has been the best keeper in the league... mind blowing is Martinez owners deciding to bench him...

    6. Dannyb
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Haha

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

      Got to love that Watkins jam

    8. Werner Brothers
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      LOL

    9. JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Lol

  5. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Can someone tell me what was the incident where Emi grabbed Laca's jersey?

    1. Here's Tom with the We…
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Someone, please??

    2. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Laca was pretending to be a football and was running into the net.....

    3. Tommy J
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      57 minutes, corner to Arsenal-swung across, Martinez holding Laca. Laca leaning in to Martinez. 6 of one and half dozen of the other. Foul went to keeper, Laca came off.

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

    Nice to be on the good side of Martinez for once!

  7. Spg76
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Got Martinez in for Johnstone. Great signing! My worst signings of the season so far were Harry Maguire, Sam Johnstone and Tielemans. Maguire and Tielemans don’t seem so bad now. Early on they were rubbish!!!

  8. The Red Devil
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Saints with a back 3 or bednarek at RB?

    1. leeboy104
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Stephens RB it seems.

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

      Martinez 58% owned but 33% EO in the top 10k.

      1. Joey Tribbiani
          2 months, 8 days ago

          😮
          great news

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

          Some of the professionals must have benched him this GW.

          1. Jafooli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            The patreon I pay $50 each month for bespoke FPL advice suggested I bench him.....

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

              Get the lawyers on the blower!

              1. Jafooli
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                They were the ones who recommended him to me.....

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

                  😛

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

              Well you get what you pay for in the information society or is the knowledge economy?

            3. JBG
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              You 50$ to someone that gives out FPL advice? And that's the advice you get? Ask for a full refund.

        • El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Casuals

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

        May have to bring in a Burnley defender rather than Pope next GW so I don't have to bench Emi!

        1. Mighty Wings
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          The answer is BB

          1. Salan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Agree. In current situation, BB in gw24 is not worse than in gw26 (based on that predicted fixtures)

        2. Keeptrying
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Mee or Tark?

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

            I was interested in Taylor but the lineup today doesn't read well.

            1. Here's Tom with the We…
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Might as well just get Lowton.

            2. Keeptrying
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              I see.

          2. Salan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Flip coin, choose one and Pope.

        3. Werner Brothers
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          I may bring both & bench emi.
          Emi sometimes look vulnerable, just look at last gw. I played him over McCarthy due to arsenal, so glad it payed off.

      3. BeWater
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Willian after 3 assists in GW1:

          Aight imma head out.

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

          Damn, I knew I should have played Targett over Cancelo. I’m trying to stick with the clean sheet odds more this season, but they were too low for Villa today

          1. tambourineman
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            The greatest trick Arteta ever pulled was convincing the world that Arsenal could attack.

        • The Ilfordian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Useless fact while we're waiting for the next match; the three lowest GW top scorers have been from Everton: Keane in GW 18 with 11 points, DCL in GW9 with 13 points; Holgate GW13 with 14 points

          1. Marvin: Phantom der Nacht
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Every packet of crisps goes out of date on a Saturday.

            1. The Ilfordian
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              What??!!! Is that true?

              1. Marvin: Phantom der Nacht
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Sure is. In the UK at least. Go and find any random bag of crisps and check it out.

        • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Hey Moyesy, feel free to give Soucek a full rest today. Watkins waiting first sub 🙁

        • Fred54
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Benching Martinez wasn't the issue.

          It was thinking Arsenal were good and would actually score!

        • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Resigned to the fact that no matter who I play at this point I’m just gonna be stuck with 9pts at first sub, unable to come on

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

            I've had a crap bench all season so this never happens to me, wonder if it is actually better to have a stronger bench and miss out on so many points?

            1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Not for your sanity lol.

              I’ve only had a good bench post-BB19, meaning too strong a front 8. Need to rectify soon. Before that I similarly just had one playing sub + Mitchell

        • hullcityfan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Pope 10 pointer to beat Martinez 9?

          1. aleksaa2
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Yes, but next gw

            1. Salan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Next week, Pope will get 20+ pts

              1. aleksaa2
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                I hope so, I'm thinking of captaining him

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

            You know Maupay is going to score.

            1. Here's Tom with the We…
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Then we’ll get a whole thread on owners, rather having a ft than an extra point.

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

          Why on earth is Watkins getting 3 BAPS for messing up another finish that luckily deflected in while Martinez played a worldy?

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

            Watkins was actually very good.

            1. ‘Tis the Season
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              He deserved them

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

            Watkins jam is resembling early season Bamford peak jam

          3. Fred54
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Watkins showed exactly why owning and selling him were viable options.

        • Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Let's go Wilson!

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

            Boooooo

        • Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Fellow Martinez nin owners its okay

          WE MOVE!

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Down the rankings?

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

              Love to see it!

            2. El Presidente
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Ah ah ah

          2. Dannyb
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            You almost spelt nine right.

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

          those who benched aston villa defender/martinez not the worst call, their expected goals conceded were around worst in the league last 4

          Plus arsenal looked good until RC against wolves

          1. PompeyUpNorth!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            I benched Martinez, but until I know what Pope gets I ain’t whinging n whining yet.. even if Pope gets 2 it was still the right decision beforehand, so hey ho eh..

        • Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Need a miracle from Pope now.....

          1. The Ilfordian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            He should be fine. He’s already blessed Mee

          2. PompeyUpNorth!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            I wouldn’t say a miracle. It’s not nailed but a cleanie n bonus is quite likely tbh.

        • ivantys
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Vestegaard at RB looks like a good option

            1. leeboy104
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Should be Stephens RB.

                1. ivantys
                    2 months, 8 days ago

                    I checked google and livescore both show him at RB though. If he can assist and still go up for corner he's such a good option lol.

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

                Martinez 9 points - benched by 43% of owners
                Targett 7 points - benched by 78% of owners
                Watkins 9 points - benched by 27% of owners
                Grealish 2 points - benched by 0% of owners

                1. Party time
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  Nicee

                2. Fred54
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  Stones G, Gundo A would be huge this GW. Plenty benched both.

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

                  Sweet

                4. Jafooli
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  😮 😆

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

                  Bonus chart: Soucek GW points vs. % of players benching him: https://i.imgur.com/d3e4wdJ.png
                  Blank incoming 😀

                6. El Presidente
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  I doubt it's 0%... in one of my ML 2 benched him..

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

                    This is top 10k statistics

              • Pep Roulette
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                BB this week? Probably TC in GW26.

                Martinez Targett Raphinha Coufal

                1. JBG
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  Do it

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

                  Strong

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

                  BB in gw24 is very tempting

                  I even think it is better than gw26

                4. Pep Roulette
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  Cheers fam

              • Finding Timo
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  Jack grealish isn’t now banned for next game is he?

                  1. aleksaa2
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 8 days ago

                    No, he isn't

                  2. Werner Brothers
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 8 days ago

                    No. The threshold was up to 10 yc

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

                    No

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

                    No.

                    Only up to and including the 19th league game.

                    1. Finding Timo
                        2 months, 8 days ago

                        Ok cheers all phew!

                  5. DGW Sane TC Fail....
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 8 days ago

                    First error of the season picked Antonio as captain and didn't save it ..Sterling from last week as captain. not the best 🙁

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

                      Sterling brace?

                      1. DGW Sane TC Fail....
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 8 days ago

                        His record verses Liverpool is poor ..***goes to see Zambian witch doctor*****

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

                      No one else to blame

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

                    Would you BB with Martinez Bamford Dallas Coufal?

                    Pope
                    Cancelo Stones Mee
                    Salah Bruno Son Grealish Gundogan
                    DCL Antonio

                    1. leeboy104
                        2 months, 8 days ago

                        I'm not and I have pretty much the same squad. Not liking Leeds' fixture enough.

                      • Mighty Wings
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 8 days ago

                        Yes probably

                    2. money face bandwagon
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 8 days ago

                      7 points from targett off the bench for taylor

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

                      Anyone fancy a Minamino the punt?

                      1. Fred54
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 8 days ago

                        That's not very nice, he's new.