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Wolves restrict heavily-backed Bamford as Meslier suffers freak own goal

Wolves 1-0 Leeds

  • Goals: None
  • Own goals: Illan Meslier (£4.7m)
  • Assists: Adama Traoré (£6.0m)
  • Bonus points: Rui Patrício x3 (£5.3m), Raphinha x2 (£5.4m), Nelson Semedo (£5.2m)

MESS-LIER

Owners of Illan Meslier (£4.7m) endured a cruel evening as Leeds opened Double Gameweek 25 with a trip to Wolves.

In a relatively cagey encounter, the Whites’ goalkeeper was slowly building an impressive score, registering five saves in the opening period.

However, a dreadful piece of bad luck robbed him of what could have been a solid start to Double Gameweek 25 in the 64th minute.

Adama Traoré (£6.0m) who had mostly been kept quiet by Leeds’ full-backs, found some space in the middle for a speculative shot that struck the crossbar and went into the net off Meslier.

Before the own goal, the shot-stopper was projected a 10-point haul courtesy of a clean sheet, one save point and three bonus. After it, Meslier was down to just one point.

While there could be more joy against Southampton, it is certainly a hard start to the round for his 5.8% ownership.

WHAM BAM

It was a similar narrative for Patrick Bamford (£6.9m) who did not enjoy the best of starts to Double Gameweek 25 either.

The striker may have been backed by 80% of the top 10k for the captaincy but he endured a quiet evening at Molineux.

Wolves three-man defence smothered him while the hosts’ wing-backs and central midfielders did a solid job of cutting off his supply lines too.

As a result, Bamford only had two real moments where he looked even close to scoring.

In the middle of the second half, he was left with the scraps of a Liam Cooper (£4.3m) rebound but could not get enough power on his header to trouble Rui Patrício (£5.3m).

And then in the final 10 minutes, after Tyler Roberts (£4.6m) had played him through, Bamford unleashed a rising finish across goal and beyond Patrício, only to see it ruled out for a tight offside.

RAPH WITH THE SMOOTH

Raphinha (£5.4m) owners were also subjected to a teasing performance, the mid-priced midfielder very unlucky not to come away with a clutch of attacking returns.

In the 19th minute, he found Cooper with a free-kick delivery from the right, the centre-back unable to get adequate purchase on the ball.

Just after the interval, Luke Ayling (£4.4m) crossed into Raphinha at the near-post only for Conor Coady (£4.8m) to make a timely block.

Then between the 62nd and 70th minute, the Brazilian midfielder watched Cooper spurn three separate opportunities from corners. 

Had they fallen to Pascal Struijk (£3.9m) or Bamford, perhaps it would have been a different story.

In the closing stages of stoppage time, Raphinha’s speculative ball forward was seized upon by substitute Hélder Costa (£5.0m) who snatched at the finish despite the space in front of him.

And seconds later, Raphinha’s near-post header was turned around the post by Patrício, ensuring a match that could have produced a big haul turned out to be his first blank (in terms of attacking returns) since Gameweek 19.

Still, his high number of key passes, compared with a swathe of off-target shots opened the door for Raphinha to claim two bonus points in his first Double Gameweek 25 outing.

LINE-UP LESSONS

With Wolves lining up as an unchanged team for the first time in the league since Gameweek 8, the more interesting formation at Molineux was Leeds’.

Having tried and largely failed to ask other members of his squad to fill in for Phillips this season, Bielsa went for a different approach entirely by not directly replacing him.

“It’s not the first time (Phillips) has been absent. We have played well without him. Of course, he’s a big player but we have to adapt.” – Marcelo Bielsa

Instead, the Leeds manager moved away from the usual 4-1-4-1 shape and opted for 4-4-1-1 instead.

Mateusz Klich (£5.2m) and Jamie Shackleton (£4.8m) played as traditional central midfielders on Friday night with the extra man not behind them, but in front of them instead.

Bielsa handed that role to Roberts who sat just behind Bamford and would have come away with an assist were it not for a VAR call.

With Klich and Shackleton in the middle, Stuart Dallas (£5.0m) was returned to the left-back position after a prolonged spell in midfield. Ezgjan Alioski (£4.4m) was the man to make way, appearing only as a second-half substitute.

Struijk’s pairing with Cooper at centre-back ensured Luke Ayling (£4.4m) returned to right-back.

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI (3-4-3): Patrício; Saïss, Coady, Dendoncker; Jonny, Moutinho, Neves, Semedo; A Traoré, W José, Neto.

Leeds United XI (4-4-1-1): Meslier; Dallas, Cooper, Struijk, Ayling; Harrison, Klich, Shackleton (Hernández), Raphinha; Roberts; Bamford.

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1,404 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Fred54
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 9 hours ago

    Play up Pumpy.

  2. Gazwaz80
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 9 hours ago

    Play up

    1. Gazwaz80
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Goddamn it Fred 🙂

  3. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 9 hours ago

    Illan Meslier will be a world class keeper one day, hopefully

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Nah, not enough of a presence

      1. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        He is 20

        1. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          Do people keep growing after 20?

          1. Bruce Lee
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 9 hours ago

            He is 6ft 4in

            It is not hard to pack muscle on, especially for an athlete

            You probably thought the same about de Gea when he was at Atleti

            1. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 9 hours ago

              And he still has no presence

          2. Third Eye Vision
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 9 hours ago

            Sometimes, yes.

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 7 hours ago

      World class no.. serviceable yeah

  4. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 9 hours ago

    As a Leeds double def and Raphinha (C) owner that result was extremely unlucky lol

    1. StevenW
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      At least Raph has some BPS. Slight gain vs Bamf cappers

  5. RedWolf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 9 hours ago

    Worth taking a -8 to get rid of Rashford, Bamford and Martinez to get in Barnes and Kane (tc)? Have Pope as well

  6. Ruinenlust
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 9 hours ago

    Any news on Kane?

  7. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 9 hours ago

    Thoughts on the new 6ix9ine song?

    1. michaelington
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Get in the bin

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

      Lyrical masterpiece

    3. Big Ronnie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Who?!

  8. DÏLKS
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 9 hours ago

    That wasn’t a 1-0 game in a million years.

    I did also back BTTS.

    1. Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      btts?

      1. DÏLKS
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        Both teams to Score!

  9. No Professionals
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 9 hours ago

    Leeds will have a massive struggle on their hands next year, teams are working them out and they’re running out of ideas. No chance raphinha stays.

    1. Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      True, Palace and Leicester in particular have really worked them out

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        Palace couldn’t work their way out of a paper bag. Fulham beat Leicester, those results happen.

        Half of Leeds’ team isn’t up to it.

      2. The Mighty Whites
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        You do realise we just beat these two teams?

        1. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          Yes he was being sarcastic

          1. Bruce Lee
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 9 hours ago

            Thanks

    2. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Their aim is to stay in the league each season for now. You are acting as if they’re a team battling to get into Europe or something.

      1. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        Donkey business

    3. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Don't agree. Today they could've easily won and were very unlucky to lose.

      They just don't have enough quality.

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        Your second sentence seems to agree with me

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

          That’s not saying teams are working them out tho is it

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 9 hours ago

            They don’t have the quality to win on an off day. Completely rely on teams going at them.

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

              Love bielsa as he creates a team and it’s more than individual player ability. If you look at each squad ability on paper they probably be worst squad in the league

              1. Groot the Leveller
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 8 hours ago

                Looking forward to Leeds 2.0

  10. ajk1211
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 9 hours ago

    If planning to activate WC, worth doing it now to catch any price rises?

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Yes, if you're definitely set on playing it then play it now.

    2. Ruinenlust
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Obviously

    3. ajk1211
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Thanks

  11. Slitherene
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 9 hours ago

    Willing to take a hit. Suggest a transfer?

    Martinez ¦ Forster
    Maguire Cancelo Lowton
    Bruno Rashford Grealish Gundogan
    Jesus Ings Bamford
    ¦ Saka Holding Coufal

    2 FT, 5.0 ITB

    No BB 26 or FH 29

    1. StevenW
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      I would want Jesus out, maybe Jesus & Grealish for Son & ???

    2. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Get de bruyne somehow

    3. _figu
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Bamford to Kane

  12. Slurpy
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 9 hours ago

    Even with 3 leeds players I love watching them lose

  13. tom_p77
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 9 hours ago

    Best midfielder for DGW26 < 7m to bring in who doesn’t play for Man City?

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Barnes

  14. vincentwsho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 9 hours ago

    Dias or Cancelo on a WC?

  15. DV8R
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 9 hours ago

    I can't believe I'm going to BB with triple Leeds next week

  16. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 9 hours ago

    Wasted my WC for sure

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Say the thing though

      1. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        lmaooooo, it is like a famous person saying a phrase

        love u fudge x

    2. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Great book

    3. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Season over??

  17. Coys96
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 9 hours ago

    https://fplreview.com/season-review/#points_table

    What's everyone luck on here?

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      I don’t care, fpl is a skill game

        1. Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          I feel he was being very sarcastic above, but still funny

    2. HaveYassineChikhaoui
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        94.8% in luck hahaha

        1. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          Lol 12% here

      • jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        75%...how is this even worked out lol.

        1. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          Odds of players doing well pre-match and delta xGI in the game

          1. jason_ni
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 9 hours ago

            Lol.. this reminds me im much more of an eye test player than a stats one!

      • Athletico Underachieving
          4 months, 8 hours ago

          A week or two ago when I did it I was -14%. My main rival in my ML last year who is having a shocker this year was -55% ha

      • RamboRN
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        Dcl Bamford ings
        Who makes way for kane? Have money itb to do any of them.

        1. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          Ings

      • jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        Rap cappers the winners so far then!

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          4 pts hardly a haul.

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

            Any sort of return in saints game and it’s a massive score

          2. jason_ni
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 9 hours ago

            2 points more than Bamford.. hence the winners so far!

        2. drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          I dont think they feel like that though, 4 points from that display is atleast 10 points less what they should have got

      • Ruinenlust
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        Any news on Kane injury?

        1. DV8R
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          What injury?

      • Gandalf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        Need a very cheap defender for the DGW at 4.1 or less - is Mitchell the best bet or any others to consider?

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

          A chance Mitchell gets his spot back I guess
          They always seem much worse defensively when he doesn't play

      • potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        Nice to see at least McManaman is taking the "no hairdressers" rule seriously

      • THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        Think I’m gonna BB this week, would mean a -8 to do these moves, what you think?

        Holding Coufal Antonio to Dier Targett Maja

        WC in 27 most likely

      • Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        I have 2 FT for GW26 but want to play my WC. What happens to those 2 FT if press the button?

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          You lose 1

          1. Cometh The Aouar...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 9 hours ago

            Cheers

        2. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          One of them goes to the big fantasy game in the sky

          1. Cometh The Aouar...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 9 hours ago

            Haha

      • TeddiPonza
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        Team:

        Martinez
        Dias Stones Tark Digne
        Bruno Salah Son Gundo
        DCL Bamford
        (Raphinha Coufal Antonio)
        Best move?

        A. Antonio to Watkins, TC Salah, Son or Bruno
        B. Son and Bamford for Kane (TC) and Barnes -4
        C. Kane (TC) and 3.8m def for Digne and Bamford

      • vincentwsho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        On a WC... which would you prefer?

        A) Cancelo + Konsa
        B) Dias + Targett

        1. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          Dias & Konsa

        2. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          A

      • Make Arrows Green Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        A regular reminder that

        1. Make Arrows Green Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          the mid-priced midfielder was
          not very unlucky not to come away with a clutch of attacking returns.

          The mid-priced midfielder very unlucky not to come away with an attacking return despite a clutch of chances.

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 9 hours ago

            Also not a fan of 'a handbag of chances'.

            1. Make Arrows Green Again
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 9 hours ago

              That's my main complaint to be fair.

      • Forza Papac
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        Does anyone listen to the football cliches podcast with Adam Hurrey? There's definitely scope for a fantasy football offshoot with the same premise.

      • Finding Timo
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          If grealish out does this make sense bam & grealish to Barnes & kane (Tc)?

        • drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          No need to wildcard this lot right ?

          Johnstone*
          Cancelo* Dias* Lowton*
          Salah* Grealish* Bruno* Gundogan*
          DCL* Kane(TC)* Bamford

          mccarthy raphinha cresswell coufal

          1. Danstoke82
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 9 hours ago

            No way. Looks great