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

    worst defending ever seen, why stand on the post if your not gonna do your job, unreal

  2. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    Bednarek is in a match fixing ring.

    Investigate him.

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

      You going to provide the funds?

  3. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    Your turn, Ben Mee....

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

    Feck off pope

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

      Blasphemy....

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

    I'm sorry but the commentators thinking willock was shooting there is ridiculous how crap are they

  6. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    Pope trap.
    Wilson injured.
    Burnley and Toon defeats.
    Gutted

  7. Royal5
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    Double CS gone. At least I can turn off the Burnley Brighton game now.

    1. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      Ha, literally just done the same thing for same reason. Martinez on bench too, what a twonk.

  8. Baps hunter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    Has Duffy Dunk changed his name or what happened to him?

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

      DUFFYDUNK naturally...

  9. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    Knew I should’ve taken a one week punt over Mee. Played it safe. Ffs

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

    Brighton have been very good lately

  11. CRO KLOPP
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    So, Lowton is enough for next gmwk?

  12. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    Oi, what an absolute pisstake Pope!

  13. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    Liking the look of Sanchez at Brighton. Hoping they get a double in 26

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

      Need to beat Leicester, certainly have a chance the way they're playing

  14. sunzip14
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    No more action needed in both matches. If you have to bargain, maybe just a Westwood goal 🙂

  15. BrockLanders
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    Pope and Wilson owners unite in grief

  16. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    Dunk needs genuine consideration. Look at his past 6 or so games

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

      Brighton very solid. Good team had some awful luck.

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

      He is absolutely impossible to predict. He has his goal threat from corners.

  17. Gleys11
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      Has the Bednerek goal been given to the striker?
      Its what the commentators are saying.
      Or does that not apply to FPL?

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

        Absolutely no way. It was a fine back heel from the lad.

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

      Burnley might be Shane Duffy levels of a DGW trap.

      1. CRO KLOPP
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        Only captain this year 🙂

    • ‘Tis the Season
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      Come on BEN MEE waiting for the 2nd yellow!!

    • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      A lovely 1pter from Ben Mee then

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

        If you're lucky

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

        Wait for the second yellow

    • RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      I broke Pope 😀

    • Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      Yesss pope cleanie gone get inn absolutely nowhere to hide for owners

      1. Shatner's Bassoon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        This incessant 'nowhere to hide' nonsense is far and away my least favourite FFS obsession

        1. Homer21
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          They can literally hide anywhere!

    • matiakez
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      Oh jeez what a disaster bench martinez for Pope

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

        Not a bad call tbf, loads of us did it. Sometimes it just doesn't go your way

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

      We're not used to so much excitement. Usually only one game on at a time

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

      Early Pope/defender purchases was always a bit silly... poor team lets be honest

      1. Sco
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        bUt DgW...

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

        Expecting a 0-0 today was quite probable ; don’t be daft

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

          nah premature moves

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

        I mentioned earlier that it was odd to jump on Burnley for this fixture given how Brighton have improved so much recently. Joint 4th behind Man City, Man Utd and Liverpool for shots inside the box over the last 4 matches. In that same time period Burnley had conceded the most shots in the box in the league (albeit against tough opponents).

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

          yeah I had 2 FTs but I wasn't moving for a Burnley asset early...get Pope in for the double now alright for the punt

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

      Wilson of and Pope CS gone! First GW something goes my way.

    • how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      This week is shaping up to be a bit of an arse.

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

      Barnes denies Lowton bandwagon.

    • Ady87
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      Poor & Wilson owner here.

      Rivals with Martinez all season are killing me, I should have just matched them. This week owning out badly already, need a big haul from someone!

      1. Ady87
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        Pope...