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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. fcsaltyballs
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Pope
    Cancelo Stones Robertson
    Salah Fernandes Gundogan Raphinha
    Bamford DCL Ings

    Martinez Soucek Coufal Ferguson

    1. Soucek Coufal Ferguson >> Barnes Targett Shaw (-4) (play BB)
    2. Soucek Robertson >> Son Shaw (maybe TC Son)
    3. Soucek Bamford >> 4.2 Kane (maybe TC)

    Thanks all

    1. BeWater
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 17 days ago

      If you are thinking about a TC Kane is the best option.

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Yes just nervous of Spurs being Spurs

    2. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Replied last page: I think that's a bit of a waste of points and a chip tbh. Why not just make transfer(s) for the XI and bench the players you don't want to play like a normal week?

      1. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Referring to (1). So naturally would vote against that

        1. fcsaltyballs
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          Yeah after looking at ways to get Kane or Son it makes more sense to focus on a solid XI doesn’t it

    3. Coys96
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      3

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Thank you

    4. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Seems like you might benefit from taking a look at this https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pY6OQPf-toGsWCOfw5OJ_omCCj6IldLYYOuPYIGxZ1w/edit#gid=978674552

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Thank you sir... have you played BB or TC

        If not what are your plans?

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          I cunningly played BB in GW1 for 6 points.

          I only have 4 players for GW29, partly intentiaonlly, so I'll be ising FH then and focusing on the fixtures either side. Probably using the WC in 31 and the TC on Kane this coming week.

  2. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Anyone figured out a decent
    Bamford and Raphina replacement combo for a hit and BB with nothing ITB.
    Barnes DCL etc would be nice but leaves very little for the other spot.

    1. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Is going to DCL and say Harrison Reed worth it?

    2. sk24
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Jorginho?

    3. grooveymatt65
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      i wanna bring in dcl as well! for bamford

    4. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 17 days ago

      I probably won't sell Raphinha after today's performance, but something like Watkins and McTominay?

      1. Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Yeah that’s the point is it worth it. Raphina certainly is a class act. I put the C on him ahead of Bamford for this week. Amazing to get 2 bonus from a losing side in a 1-0 even if it could have been more.

    5. Lubic87
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Currently thinking about keeping Raph, and switching Bamford to Watkins. Will see how the next game goes. If I get DCL it would probably be a hit for Ings.

    6. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Thanks for the suggestions. Will look at the players mentioned - I already have Watkins. Its going to be DCL and a 4.5 mid or else Barnes and a 5.4 forward. But I think I fear DCL more with those fixtures.

  3. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Ings > Kane for TC DGW 26?

    Martinez,
    Dias, Cancelo, Shaw, Dallas,
    Salah, Bruno, Son, Raphinha,
    Ings, Bamford C

    Sanchez, Watkins, Gundo, Aina

    4m

    1. Abra Dubravka
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Leaning that way

  4. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Is Targett worth the extra over Konsa folks?? Didn’t realise he was 4.9 now!!

  5. Toughie
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Mane & Sane with 1 point during a dgw week, Kane triple captainers beware

    1. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      I think Liverpool might find some form

    2. noquarternt
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Always a risk of a blank every week.

      Could also do a Sanchez from a few years back.

    3. Bo “At least six chil…
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      GW37 of 2016/17

      Kane scores five to get a total of 31 points!

  6. MOZIL
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    how long until price change?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      1:30 UK time

  7. fenomeno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    a) Ings + Raphinha to DCL + Grealish
    b) Bamford to DCL

    1. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      B

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Grealish could be injured. I would be reluctant to lose Bamford

  8. jonnybhoy
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Which one? Cheers guys

    A) Antonio, Ings, Alioski and Justin to Kane, Watkins, Targett and Veltman for -8pts?
    B) Antonio, Ings and Justin to Kane, Watkins and Konsa for -4pts?
    C) Antonio, Bamford, Ings, Soucek and Justin to Kane, Watkins, DCL, ESR, and Konsa for -12pts

    Big fan of C but unsure if it's worth the -12pts

    1. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      I like B personally

      1. jonnybhoy
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Cheers done that just now and will add the other transfers on later if needs be

        1. BrockLanders
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          Good shout

    2. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Is this for a bench boost?

  9. BrockLanders
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Ings & Soucek to Kane & Jorginho -4?
    Need to do tonight or will be outpriced. Yes or no?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Jorginho?! No

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Just hold and get a cheaper bench fodder

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          This

      2. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        On pens for Chelsea. He's really all I can afford (4.7)

    2. Rep Poulette
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Make your own decision

    3. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Id do it to get Kane

    4. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Wait, and get Kane and Anguissa if need be

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Anguissa of Fulham yeah? Haven't seen much of him, bigger threat of goal than Jorginho on pens??

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          Jorginho barely plays does he? I think Werner is on penalties.

          Anguissa would have a double and is quite attacking

          1. BrockLanders
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 17 days ago

            Cheers.

          2. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 17 days ago

            Jorginho has played every game Tuchel has taken charge of and scored 2 pens, anguissa has played 45 minutes in the last 3 games.. I’m slightly tempted by Jorginho

          3. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 17 days ago

            What?

            All wrong...

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Was only temporarily as shown today

  10. faux_C
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Have 8 DGWers for next week already so probably just a -8 to get 3 more is fine, right?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Depends who they are

    2. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Yep. Same thoughts here

  11. grumpyman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Three players tonight and they all blanked. Rank rise from 77k to 66k. Very odd.

    1. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Expecting a lot of Adama captainers in the to 100k?

    2. faux_C
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      You fail to mention that you captained Raph, so not really a blank.

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Yes it is

  12. Wılly
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    WC this team ? Or use 1FT

    Only 9 Doublers including Brewster and Adams

    Pope
    Tarkowski Cancelo Dallas
    Salah Sterling Bruno Son Raphinha
    Bamford Adams

    Forster - Coufal Branthwaite Brewster

  13. ALI_G
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    utterly peeved off with the Meslier OG
    that should have been a 10 pointer which no doubt by sub Martinez will now score

    I also chose great week to get Dallas as well after him scoring 58 points every week for my rival

    1. faux_C
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      It's one game out of 12. No need to be upset yet.

  14. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Attack the GW with Kane/Vardy up top!!

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Vardy especially may be a big differential this week

  15. Thomas Magnum
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Does anybody know if city are scheduled to have a DGW later on? Saving the TC this week then putting it on KDB down the line later in theory sounds like a nice option

    1. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 17 days ago

      GW27.

      After that, not likely.

    2. BeWater
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 17 days ago

      I've owned KDB a lot this year and captained him a few times. He's left so many points on the table. I'm not considering him for TC until I see him play a couple of games.

    3. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Thanks all, was hoping for a cheeky one day after game week 30 when he’s got some games in him and most people would’ve used their TC chip... oh well!

  16. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Would you wildcard this squad. 2 FTs and TC left.

    Pope Mccarthy
    Dias Stones Dallas Lowton Coufal
    Salah Fernandes Soucek Raphinha Gund
    DCL Ings Bamford

    Opinions appreciated

    1. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      No way. A 4 point hit could easily facilitate Kane

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      What's your WC Draft?

  17. Vazza
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 17 days ago

    What to do here guys?

    A. Grealish => Barnes/Maddison (free)

    B. Areola => Martinez (free)

    C. Grealish, Fodder => ESR, DCL (4pt hit)

    D. Areola, Grealish, Fodder => Martinez, ESR, DCL (8pt hit)

    Note: ESR will be a bench fodder for most weeks..

    1. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Like A

      1. Vazza
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Thanks

  18. Mooster
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Is Grealish injured?

    1. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Few murmurs that he is, but nothing confirmed

    2. Vazza
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 17 days ago

      No official confirmation yet but could be the case

    3. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Not in training pics
      A few villa players and staff transferred him out this week..

    4. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      There’s speculation as some teammates and people within the club sold him from their fpl sides

  19. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Kane + Maja
    Dcl + Watkins

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      K&M

  20. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    DGW 26 play all DGW players & bench Leeds?

    Play a Leeds & bench DGW player?

    Martinez,
    Dias, Cancelo, Shaw, Aina
    Salah, Bruno, Son, Gundo
    Kane TC, Watkins

    Sanchez, Bamford, Raphinha, Dallas

    1. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 17 days ago

      GTG

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Cheers

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Looks good, think I'll be TC Kane as well, if he's fit.

  21. jammie26
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Any news on grealish being out for the season?

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        the rumour was 4-6 weeks.

    • Tomsk
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Is it just best just to bench boost with any 15 players that you think will play at least once in a gameweek now.
        I seem to have been trying to build a Bench Boost since about GW14

      • Muscout
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Any twitter account more useful than Ben Crellin’s? The man is a gift!

        Wonder if he has an anonymous account on FFS

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          He's called Bin Smellin

        2. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          My WC would have been a mess without him looking pretty decent now.

          1. Muscout
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 17 days ago

            Same for sure

      • Vazza
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Can’t believe my luck..

        Zero points for the gameweek so far (from zero players)

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          Same. Was hoping for Mitchell to play for once

          1. Vazza
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 17 days ago

            Who’s your captain mate?

            1. Deulofail
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 17 days ago

              Ings

      • Root
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Is this worthy of a bench boost? 12 DGW + 3 decent SGW.

        Pope
        TAA Cancelo Dias Tarkowski
        Salah Son Gundogan Barkley
        DCL Watkins

        Meslier Mee Ings Raphinha

        0.2m ITB

      • Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Ive just done a test FH 29 team that I like and ended up with 14 million spare. Wtf

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          Yeah, I was hoping for a Spurs Villa blank, which would leave a lot more even in the bank

          1. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 17 days ago

            Indeed with Son and Kane out there is not much left to buy over 8 million apart from maybe Auba.

            1. Jon Walter's Hatty
              • 7 Years
              5 months, 17 days ago

              Gonna use that FH elsewhere

              1. Deulofail
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                5 months, 17 days ago

                Not sure how yours was so cheap though. Maybe no Auba? http://prntscr.com/101dp36

      • Kryptonite666
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 17 days ago

        You guys will laugh, but

        Ings + Bamford + Dallas to Vardy + DCL + Tete worth a -8 ?

        Gaining 3 extra games, will get 6 appearance points.

        1. Kryptonite666
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 17 days ago

          For bench boost team that is

        2. Root
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          Ings has a DGW next week, so that kills 1 game gain. Also if you don't have FH for BGW29 you'd need Dallas and Bamford back, so that's another -2.

          = +/- 0 extra games.

          1. Kryptonite666
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 17 days ago

            Fair. Plan to FH29. And Ings is MCI, which is basically a 2 pointer

      • tuturututu
          5 months, 17 days ago

          Triple captaining in GW26?

        • smash
          • 12 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          Who's better to hold/play during 26 Bamford or Raphinha?

        • Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          How about Grealish and Bamford
          To DCL and Barnes for a hit - exact cash. Going to BB.
          Is there some rumour of a Grealish injury?