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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. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    Minamino goal

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

    Wow Minamino!

  3. Stand By Mee
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    Bednarek going after his own record of negative points!

  4. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    Bednarek must have been next on the witch doctors list

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

      How many can he get today?

      Minus 5?

  5. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    A week of debutants

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

    Another debutant goal

    Minimino

    1. Jordan.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      bertie assist

  7. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    Game on!

  8. Limbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    Fiat Minamino GS

  9. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    Why, if Bednarek's RC was overturned, does he still have -7 from last GW?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      Really?

    2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      It doesn't work like that

      1. ClassiX
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        I know it doesn't - but basically the PL is saying it wasn't a RC and sending off, therefore surely the FPL points should be restated.

        1. Cilly Bonnolly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          If you know it doesn’t work like that, why are you wondering why it isn’t working like that?

          1. ClassiX
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            I'm not wondering why it isn't working like that, I wondering why it shouldn't work like that...

    3. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      This is actually a good point. Should be adjusted, but can’t because GW was closed? Algorithms and all that....

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        No use wasting so much time and effort giving back points to both his owners.

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Ha, true....

        2. ClassiX
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          😆
          However - there'd be alot of noise about this if it were, say, KDB before a DGW v WBA & SHU...

    4. Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      cus its funny

  10. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    *frantically checking all deadline day transfers

  11. ivantys
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      3 goals and no involvement for Wilson and Ings ffs

    • 1zverGGadeM
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      3 goals already and No Ings, Adams, Wilson contributions

    • threeputt
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      miniminot

    • FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      Bednarek -7 last gw and -2 this gw for now
      Lol jks

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      Minamino for the DGW?

      1. ivantys
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          They have 3 DGWs back to back lol.

        • Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Tempting

        • BrockLanders
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          This

        • Milkman Bruno
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            Coll kids have him already 😎

            1. Milkman Bruno
                3 months, 4 hours ago

                And can spell *cool 😎

              • g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 4 hours ago

                You did reply when I asked a few days ago, well done.
                I did not make any changes this week,

          • Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            There is no point playing matches like Bur v Bri just call it 0-0 and save everyone the time

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              Unfair to Brighton

            2. Lindelol
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              Important for deciding save points

            3. ivantys
                3 months, 4 hours ago

                They are good for the league as both beat pool 😀

            4. Lindelol
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              The look at klopp face right now

              1. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 4 hours ago

                Hey we have ... checks notes .... double checks notes ... “Origi and Shaqiri”

            5. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              Wilson down

            6. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              Did the African witch doctor go after Bednarek following his Salah curse?

              1. aleksaa2
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 4 hours ago

                I don't think you need a curse for Bednarek

              2. Original - Wolves Ay We
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 4 hours ago

                Was probably told to put the curse to bed and misunderstood what he was being told. 😀

            7. threeputt
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              anybody else wishing for red & yellow cards galore with no players in these 2 games ?

            8. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              Wilson faking an injury?

              1. Jimmers
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 4 hours ago

                Wilson doesn't fake......

            9. _Ninja_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              Is pieters drunk?

            10. Jordan.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              wilson might be broken here

              1. Mr. O'Connell
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 4 hours ago

                Just a bit of timewasting

                1. Wild Rover
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 4 hours ago

                  Except he’s off

                  1. Mr. O'Connell
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 4 hours ago

                    S***. Thought he looked a bit too happy to be injured. my bad.

                  2. Jordan.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 4 hours ago

                    yeah,feck ,i hate it when they go down like that,its usually a bad sign.

            11. greggles
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              Bednarek 3rd on bench again. Anxious couple of days ahead!

              1. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 4 hours ago

                That would be some most unfortunate jam

            12. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              Bednarek probably wishes his red was never rescinded....

              1. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 4 hours ago

                This joke is two pages old

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 4 hours ago

                  Only just seen it

            13. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              Pope conceded yet?

              1. Original - Wolves Ay We
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 4 hours ago

                Yes

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 4 hours ago

                  Lovely

              2. Mighty Wings
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 4 hours ago

                Japs

            14. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              Wilson 1 pointer locked in.

            15. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              Wilson crocked

              1. ZimZalabim
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 4 hours ago

                what happened ?

              2. ALI_G
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 4 hours ago

                think he got injured

            16. Freshy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              Almirón goal
              Bednarek saved

              1. Wild Rover
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 4 hours ago

                Erm, no

                1. Gleys11
                    3 months, 4 hours ago

                    Thats what they are saying on the commentary.
                    But then again im watching in Asia

              2. _Ninja_
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 4 hours ago

                Brighton goal

                1. _Ninja_
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 4 hours ago

                  Dunk