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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. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Willock debut goal

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Love it mate! Love it

  2. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Willock 😀

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Looks sharp.

  3. ivantys
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Will Saints ever score another goal if they blank today vs a makeshift back 4 of Newcastle?

    • Milkman Bruno
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I bloody benched Martinez again aaargh

        1. Gizzachance
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Me to, brought in Pope

        2. EmreCan Hustle
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          I'm guessing you have Pope. Burnley haven't conceded yet.

      • Bada Bing
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Bednarek having another nightmare of a match.

      • Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Newcastle look a different side from first half of season.

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Last 2 or 3 games.

          Bruce has learnt to press!!

        2. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Shd hav sn them vs shu

        3. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          They got a new coach or assistant manager

        4. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Saint Maximum back. They’ve been garbage when he’s off the pitch.

          1. Third Eye Vision
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Nah. They were decent against Everton before he came on as a sub.

        5. Limbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Yeah. Willock and ASM back + Wilson. Look really sharp going fwd.

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Maupay close to winning pen.

        Mee poor tackle.

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Pope penalty save denied?

      • Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Mee booked

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

          Out of control, what was he thinking honestly

      • Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Mee yc lol

        1. MMN
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Mee's first yellow of the season lool. Too much pressure

          1. Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Surely got himself in FPL this week

      • AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        No penalty.

        Edge of box.

      • Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 9 days ago

        When is McNeil going to make the step up to a bigger club?

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 9 days ago

          When he’s a better player?

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

        Jeez - Mee lucky that was only a yellow.

      • Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Martinez on the bench. Anyone doing worse than me?

        1. ivantys
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Martinez and Targett on bench

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

            Bednerak is doing worse...

        2. 1zverGGadeM
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          2 chances for Ingsy for 2 minutes..
          both ruined..

        3. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          2.0 Newcastle

        4. aleksaa2
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Bednarek OG

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Really?

            Oh...

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              I'm watching Burnley v Brighton.

              Will turn over.

              1. Mr. O'Connell
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Why would you watch that?!

                1. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  This ain’t thst great either

                2. threeputt
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  we watch who is in our team

        5. LSK
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Shouldn’t have appealed his red

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            This!!

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

            😛

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

          Bednarik can't stop scoring!

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            He's the one to watch.

          2. 1zverGGadeM
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            cheeky backheel this time.
            The boy is classy.

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Wonderful skill

        7. 1zverGGadeM
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Bednarek own goal lol

        8. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Guess who I brought in... Mee, booked already!

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

          Bednarek OG 😆

        10. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Southampton beating themselves again.

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Brilliant

        11. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Bednarek. Having a nightmare weak. 2nd own goal.

        12. SH1M1
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Project Target Bednarek

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

          Bednarek... its happening again...

        14. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Alimiron G, ASM A if not OG.

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 9 days ago

            That was about as much an own goal as you can get

        15. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Bednarek down bad

        16. STEP rOVERS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Should of taken the suspension hahaha

          1. Pompel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            :-p that's harsh

        17. PP6
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Can’t blame VAR this time...

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

          Southampton to concede 9 today too?