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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. Gabbiadini
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Mee and Antonio to Vardy and 3.8 for free?

    1. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Thoughts anyone?

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

      I would.

    3. Carefree Crew
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Burnley & West Ham fixtures would definitely motivate me to sell.
      Vardy could be a good semi differential with everyone going Kane.
      Depends if your squad is strong enough that having a £3.8 non playing DF over a playing one is an issue.

  2. tuturututu
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Who scores more in 26?

      A) Bamford
      B )Richarlison -4

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        How much money though do you have tied up in Bamford?

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

        Why not go for DCL?

    • marcos11
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Better option?

        a) Raphinha and El Mohamady
        b) Pereira and Struijk

      • Dirty Harry
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Who makes way for Kane (no Son):

        1. DCL
        2. Bamford
        3. Ings

        1. Messiah Hazard
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Ings

        2. marcos11
            5 months, 5 days ago

            2

          • chudbond007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Ings

          • Freshy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Ings

          • RobinKerr1987
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            My same front three and subsequent quandary. I elected to ditch Ings

            1. SuperG
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 5 days ago

              Ditto. And ditto.

          • Dirty Harry
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Thanks, you beautiful humans.

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

          How does this plan sound lads

          Played WC25, Will BB26, no FH left

          McCarthy
          Cancelo Shaw Dallas
          Salah Bruno Gundo Raphinha
          Kane Ings Bam

          Martinez Barnes Rudiger Dier

          26 - Raph and Ings to Grealish/Neto and Watkins -4 (Gives me 7 GW29 players)

          27 - Salah to KDB

          2 FT until 29 to bring in GW29 players (gives me 9 GW29 players without hits)

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

            I think 7 players in gw29 is more then enough, 9 is an overkill of players most would not want long term

          2. Thomas Magnum
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Sounds good in theory, just beware of the rumors of grealish injury

        4. Messiah Hazard
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          A) Where are all the rumors of Grealish being out for the season coming from?

          B) Would you lose Sterling to Foden to free up funds for upgrading defense?

          1. Freshy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            A - ???
            B - See what KDB is up to

          2. Thomas Magnum
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            He hasn’t been pictured in training and a few players/staff around the club have sold him from their sides if you buy into that theory

            1. DK_13
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 5 days ago

              And the physio removed him from his team on 18th, and the rest did it on 19th. That's more or less conclusive

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

            The Villa physio, three members of Villa staff and Matt Targett have all transferred Grealish out.

            Sorry, but he’s inured.

        5. Carefree Crew
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Is Elmohamady nailed RB for Villa?

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

            Yes until Cash comes back

          2. Carefree Crew
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Thanks mate.

        6. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Is it worth bench boosting this?
          4.0 Bamford Dallas White
          I know there’s a fodder and no dgw players but the sgw fixtures aren’t that bad but also thinking when else will BB be played after this week as I still have my WC so will be looking to make a cheaper bench once I hit that

          1. Carefree Crew
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Don't think so.
            Guessing 4.0 is non playing GK so 0 points. Villa isn't a great fixture for Leeds players.
            Might end up only getting a Brighton clean sheet.
            Circa 10-12 points return would be my guess.
            If playing wildcard GW31, check fixtures next 5 weeks, guessing one GW might fall more kindly for you. Possibly the week before you play wildcard & punt on someone you don't have to carry?

        7. Buck The Trent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          KdB worth getting on WC as differential ?

          Assuming he passes eye test in the 2 matches leading to DGW 26

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

            I would as I’m chasing but also wouldn’t tear up my team for him either but would have to wait and see how he looks

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

            Personally, no. Be honest, this season he’s been tripe. His shooting has been so slow. Missed a glut of chances. And assists way down.

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

          Martinez Pope
          Cancelo Dias Shaw Dallas* Coufal*
          Salah Bruno Son Gundogan
          DCL Watkins Bamford*

          Only option A below enables Bamford to be taken out for Kane while keeping the others for a BB. Not pretty though. Thoughts on whether worth it to keep DCL?

          A. Bamford, Pope, Dallas > Kane, Areola/Sanchez, Struijk -4

          B. DCL out instead

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

            Missing Raph in the midfield..

          2. JollyGoodYellows
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            I have a very similar team but think DCL is definitely worth keeping for the double. I want Kane in but thinking I might have to make do with only Son.

        9. Gabbiadini
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Best fwd to trade in 10.1 or below that’s not Ings or Bamford?

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

            Vardy vs Arsenal/Burnley.. I would punt on Werner if he had decent fixtures but they are the tough

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

            Vardy dead on 10.1 last I checked

            1. Gabbiadini
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 5 days ago

              Yep. My trade thought at the top of the thread.

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

          Tempted to lose Bruno till GW30 for Barnes to allow Antonio to Kane (c)..

          1. baines is god
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            don't get why everyone's interested in Barnes, Leicester's fixtures aren't great

            1. Third Eye Vision
              • 8 Years
              5 months, 5 days ago

              Leicester looking good & Barnes in particular. Fixtures look great to me.

        11. baines is god
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          A-Kilman to Stones

          B-Kilman to Targett/Mings/Konsa

          C-Areola to Ederson

          D-JWP to Foden, Bamford to Kane and Rodriguez to Jorginho -8

          E-Bamford to Kane and Rodriguez to Jorginho -4

          1. Parsnips
              5 months, 5 days ago

              B. Don’t like the look of Jorginho

              1. baines is god
                • 9 Years
                5 months, 5 days ago

                feel by only having 2 City players I'm just missing out on points a bit

          2. Parsnips
              5 months, 5 days ago

              Martinez
              Cancelo Stones Dallas
              Salah Bruno grealish Gundo
              Bamford DCl Kane

              Pope Raphinha Coufal Holding

              Should I go Pope>Fabri and Grealish>Son for a hit this week? Or just possibly go Bamford>Watkins?

            • fcsaltyballs
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 5 days ago

              Pope
              Cancelo Stones Robertson
              Salah Fernandes Gundogan Raphinha
              Bamford DCL Ings

              Martinez Soucek Coufal Ferguson

              1. Soucek Robertson >> Son Shaw
              2. Soucek Bamford >> 4.2mid Kane

              It’s risky but I need to make the move now otherwise I’m priced out...

              Thanks all

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

                If you have used BB already I would go for 2.

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

                  Not used BB yet, but if I BB I can’t have Son or Kane, soooo what do you reckon?

            • JollyGoodYellows
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 5 days ago

              Anyway of getting Kane into this squad? Also not sure whether to use TC or BB in 26 bearing in mind I've already used FH

              2FTs 1.0itb

              Martinez Pope
              Dias Stones Digne AWB Dallas
              Salah Bruno Son Gundo Raphinha
              Bamford Watkins DCL

              1. SuperG
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 5 days ago

                Not 100% sure on the maths, but how about: Salah —-> Barnes and Watkins —-> Kane

                If Grealish is out, Watkins isn’t as attractive.

                1. JollyGoodYellows
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 5 days ago

                  Cheers. My only problem with that is Watkins plays in 29, so taking him out would leave me a player down.

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

                Bruno out till GW30 for Barnes would be my preference

            • Atletico Junior
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              5 months, 5 days ago

              Have exact money to do Sterling —> KDB, would you risk it?

              1. Kay317
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 5 days ago

                Yes

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

                2FT plus one or two hits is all you need, save your wc

              2. Soto Ayam
                • 1 Year
                5 months, 5 days ago

                No.

            • Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              5 months, 5 days ago

              Son triple captain looks lovely

            • PogChamp
              • 9 Years
              5 months, 5 days ago

              DGWs are such a disappointment. Feel like I dodged a bullet only having 2 Leeds.

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

                I wouldn’t go near their defence..

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

              Jorginho is clearly in penalties and is playing every minute for Tuchel.. Is he worth it for a bench boost to enable Vardy/Kane/Calvert-Lewin triple up?

              1. Fit_to_drop
                • 1 Year
                5 months, 5 days ago

                I think he is underpriced. Yes.

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

                Go for it, he looks a really good enabler

            • Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 5 days ago

              It’s a bit strange having 10 double game week players in 26 and still needing to WC, but the money is in all the wrong places and I need Kane & Son ... probably means about 7 or 8 changes

              Don’t think the WC will give a huge advantage in GW 26 because most will have lots of double game week players, just perhaps not the ones they would prefer

              Going to challenge the template though, which is always good

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

                It is having Son and Kane and still having Salah and Bruno is where it gets difficult.

                1. Hotdogs for Tea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 5 days ago

                  and soon to be KDB maybe ... that is why I need to get back to a strong 11 and a budget but playing bench ... the bench boost team in 26 is quite tricky to pull together

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

              Go for it or this could really backfire?

              Grealish and Bamford
              To Barnes and DCL for -4

              Luckily this can wait as DCL is close to a drop and Bamford is close to a rise.

              Leaving a bench for BB of
              McCarthy Raphinha Soyuncu Holgate

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

                Worth a punt

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

                  I think it might be - Grealish injury rumours to boot. But there may be nothing to that.
                  Someone suggested I go Barnes over Grealish on WC but did I listen?
                  Tbf it was all a bit rushed.

            • Muscout
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 5 days ago

              Ings will surely go up 0.1 at least before 26 right?

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

                No, he's being sold more than bought now.

              2. More Cowbell
                • 11 Years
                5 months, 5 days ago

                Not necessarily, no Sou double in 26. Many will transfer out for Kane

            • fish&chips
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              5 months, 5 days ago

              Martinez*
              Dias*, cancelo*, digne*, mee*,
              Fernandes*, rashford*, gundo*, lookman*
              Ings, bamford

              Pope*, raphinia, antonio,

              1. fish&chips
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                5 months, 5 days ago

                Post fail... should I WC this? Final player is coufal. Could field 11 doubles with a -4 but could also pick up spurs, villa, Leicester, Chelsea and liverpool assets with the WC

            • Stupendous
              • 8 Years
              5 months, 5 days ago

              Pope Chilwell and Ings
              To
              Areola TAA and Vardy?

              For a hit. For BB! And fixtures and nailedness all combined!

              Martinez first choice keeper too

              1. Fit_to_drop
                • 1 Year
                5 months, 5 days ago

                Not sure about Trent

                1. Stupendous
                  • 8 Years
                  5 months, 5 days ago

                  Reckon he goes bezerk in this DGW mate. Robbo 2nd choice

            • fcsaltyballs
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 5 days ago

              Slim pickings but best option 4.2

              1. Alzate
              2. Burke

              Thanks

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

              This is how team looks like setting up (-4 for Kane). Used BB but this gives 11 double players - does it look good enough - or take another -4 to get Son for Sterling

              Martinez
              Cancelo Konsa Shaw
              Salah Sterling Bruno Gundogan
              Kane Watkins Bamford

              Forster Raphinha Dallas Coufal

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

              Early thoughts but how does this sound?? Ings, Grealish and Digne to Kane, Son and Konsa??

            • Subzero (-4)
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 5 days ago

              I can only get one of Gundogan or DCL for dgw 26. Which one is more of a priority? Can get both but it would require a -8

              Thanks in advance.

              1. mixology
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                5 months, 5 days ago

                Definitely monitor this GW. Not sure Gundo will even start and may be a risk to start both in the DGW.