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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. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Barnes great block

  2. Mile Plankton
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Think my GW is over.
    Benched Martinez and Targett, played Wilson.

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

    No where to hide now for Martinez benchers

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      No where to hide for no where to hiders.

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      There’s plenty of places. Why do people say this, they’re at home on their couches ... cupboards, wardrobes, entire empty rooms more than likely.

    3. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Last week?!?

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

      They shoulded be spanked by Martinez big hand.

      1. CRO KLOPP
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Soucek should spank you

        1. CRO KLOPP
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          2 times

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Yep. It was a bad decision. Every time I've benched him I've lost out. Luckily, I've only done it twice including this week.

  4. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    PL have awarded goal to Almiron, so not Bednarek OG

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      No. Way.

    2. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Yep, own goal reversed

    3. Gleys11
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Thats what I heard. Hope its true

    4. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      My luck has really turned in the last week.

    5. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      I'll take happiness in little things like benching Pieters this morning because of Brighton's form

    6. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Bednarek wants to break his record set last GW.

      1. ‘Tis the Season
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Lol gotta feel for the fella

    7. Kaneyonero
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      What happened to Wilson?

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

        Hammy.

    8. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Wanted to do Salah to Dunk but you all laughed!

    9. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Hahahahahahahahah

      Started Mee this gw

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        And benched Martinez

    10. TwiggsJameson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      My projected rank has gone up during these two matches 🙂

    11. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Benching Martinez over Pope this GW will pay off next GW ?

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

        Next GW is irrelevant to this weeks lost points.

      2. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        If you start Martinez 🙂

    12. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      You Just LOVE to see burnley cleanie gone

      OH YES YOU DO!

      1. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        We move

      2. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Great timing, love it! Now we can enjoy the double CS next week by bringing Lowton/Pope in

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          For sure...we shall FEAST

    13. michaelington
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      I take it I’m not the only one to play Pope and bench Martinez. Fuming.

      1. ‘Tis the Season
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        One of the biggest moves made this week bud

      2. Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I was this close to buying Pope for Forster and doing that exact move. Then I thought of the nightmare of rotating the best 2 keepers in the game (who aren't exactly cheap either).

      3. CRO KLOPP
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I played Fabianski,so still hope,of course Fulham Will score one

    14. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      NEVER BENCH MARTINEZ

      hope this helps

    15. Del Griffith
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      FPL has many ways to hurt, guess it was inevitable Burnley would concede

    16. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      FPL having pity on Bednarek

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        This has to be a joke. He backheeled it past the keeper!!

    17. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Martinez to Pope fail ffs

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        It's treason then.

      2. Herman Toothrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Have both.

        Played Pope which on paper seemed sensible.

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

        Big big time

    18. BeWater
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Made sense to bring Pope in this week for me. I would have ended up burning a transfer otherwise. Having brought him in it made sense to play him over Martinez. Sometimes it just doesn't work out.

        1. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          True

        2. Gun gun
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Lol joke

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

          Yup. Sad but we march on.

          Pope's penalty save will take the sting out of things.

          1. BeWater
              3 months, 5 days ago

              He'll head in the equaliser at the back post in the 96th minute.

        4. hullcityfan
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Pope 1st save...

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

          Penalty save and assist for Pope incoming.

          1. 2OLEgend
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Lol

            • Al Moon Yeah
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              You're a glass full kind of guy, huh?

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

            I can't be the only one that went Mee instead of Dunk because of DGW. I really hate DWGs.

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

            ASM 2 assists then! My GW1 team in heaven!

            1. Royal5
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Auba captain?

              1. Sun Jihai
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                I think so - can't believe how hyped he was in GW1 😀

                1. Royal5
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Crazy. Surely one of the biggest fpl flops this season. Was nailed in every single team.

                  1. Royal5
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    Werner #2

            2. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 5 days ago

              That has to be overturned. Utter mockery.

          4. Bookkeeper
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Pope owners could still get max bonus if he saves penalty!

            1. 2OLEgend
                3 months, 5 days ago

                Lol. No hope

            2. 2OLEgend
                3 months, 5 days ago

                To all of you who told me to do DDG->Pope and play Pope over Martinez. Thanks alot. You basicly advised me to destroyed my GW before it even started. Get lost

                1. sunzip14
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Another one, lol

                  1. 2OLEgend
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      What's your problem mate?

                      1. sunzip14
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 5 days ago

                        Nothing. It's you who are having a problem mate!

                  2. Bushwhacker
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    Narrators voice “a 2 pt goalkeeper will not ruin your gameweek” ; DDG will likely score the same

                    1. 2OLEgend
                        3 months, 5 days ago

                        Well, I would have played Martinez if I didnt get Pope. And 7 pts is alot in the top 2k

                    2. Kabayan
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      That's their opinions, in the end it's your decision.

                    3. BremerHB
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      Follow your gut. Nobody else to blame.

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

                      That was the plan, ten of us got together and decided we should destroy 20legend's game week.

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

                      I feel so sorry for you. Maybe don’t ask if you can’t handle it?

                    6. tinear
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      Lmao. It’s your team, your decision. Nobody force you to do it. Accept and embrace.

                    7. OReiMessi
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      Get wrecked trashbag

                    8. bench boost for every gamew…
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      Are they in charge of your team? You dont like to do your own judgements?

                    9. 2OLEgend
                        3 months, 5 days ago

                        Hehe, I'm sorry. I can see no one got my joke

                        1. Here's Tom with the We…
                          • 9 Years
                          3 months, 5 days ago

                          When a transfer doesn’t work out, everyone else’s fault.

                          When it works, fantasy genius.

                    10. Flair
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      For those who don't own any players from these teams, likely the best case scenario. Wilson 1 pointer, Burnley/Soton CS wipeout

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

                      After a review, Miguel Almirón has been awarded Newcastle's second goal, which means another assist for Allan Saint-Maximin.

                      #FPL #FantasyPL #FFScout #GW23

                      1. Bushwhacker
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 5 days ago

                        I give up. Don’t have any skin in the game but that is as clear an own goal as you’ll see.

                      2. Jordan.
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        3 months, 5 days ago

                        what a curious decision that is

                    12. Gudjohnsen
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      Burnley defence was a trap after all.

                    13. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      Anyone still going with Burnley assets in double?

                      1. sunzip14
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 5 days ago

                        Yes. Expected Brighton to score this gw.

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

                        Yes.

                      3. Flair
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 months, 5 days ago

                        Definitely. Figured Brighton will score, wouldn't be surprised if Fulham do too but Palace should be a CS.

                        1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                          • 8 Years
                          3 months, 5 days ago

                          I doubt it if Eze and Zaha will be on the pitch.

                      4. mynameisq
                        • 7 Years
                        3 months, 5 days ago

                        Pope captain

                    14. Pompel
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      Martinez haul and Burnley cs wiped - couldn't be happier after deliberating all yesterday whether to bring in Mee or Pope. For once I kept my knees strapped