Dugout Discussion

Cavani back in United XI as Solskjaer explains absence of Martial and de Gea

After drawing a blank in the goalless draw with Chelsea at the weekend, Fantasy Premier League’s leading points-scorer and most-owned player will attempt to resume normal service at Selhurst Park.

Bruno Fernandes’ (£11.6m) sub-par record against the ‘big six’ is well documented but his output against the rest of the division is exemplary, with 26 attacking returns in 19 such games this season.

The Portugal international unsurprisingly is involved from the start against Crystal Palace this evening but there are one or two eyebrow-raising selections in Ole Gunnar Solskaer’s starting XI, most notably between the posts.

David de Gea (£5.3m) isn’t involved in the visitors’ matchday squad at all as Dean Henderson (£5.2m)makes just his third start of the season.

Anthony Martial (£8.7m) is also missing, with Solskjaer explaining ahead of kick-off:

Anthony got a knock in training on Monday in his knee, not ready for this, hopefully for the weekend but we’re not sure yet.

That’s personal reasons [why de Gea isn’t involved].

Edinson Cavani (£7.9m) returns from injury to lead the line, with Eric Bailly (£4.8m) and Nemanja Matic (£4.7m) also recalled.

Making way are Daniel James (£6.2m), Victor Lindelof (£4.8m) and Scott McTominay (£4.9m).

Crystal Palace make just the one change from their goalless draw with Fulham at the weekend.

James McCarthy (£4.3m) replaces Jairo Riedewald (£4.4m) in the engine room, while Connor Wickham (£4.4m) and Jeffrey Schlupp (£5.3m) returning from lengthy lay-offs on the bench.

Wilfried Zaha (£7.1m) isn’t involved despite a recent comeback to training.


Crystal Palace XI: Guaita, Ward, Cahill, Kouyate, van Aanholt, McCarthy, Milivojevic, Ayew, Eze, Townsend, Benteke.

Manchester United XI: Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, Matic, Bruno, Rashford, Cavani, Greenwood

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1,303 Comments Post a Comment
  1. SINGH
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Waste of BB. City Villa letting me down badly.

    1. Lukakuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I got 8 from mine, same as last season...

      1. marcos11
          2 months, 6 days ago

          10 here, McCarthy dropped and a Leeds fail

      2. SINGH
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I would have been better off using BB in the earlier DGW this season in early Jan. I got a total of 13 on my BB thanks to -1 from Thomas lol

      3. HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I got 15 and used hits to get this team. In total without BB planning I would have done better

      4. estheblessed
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        15 with Dier to play or not?!

    2. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Saved first wc to gw15 and filled team with Soton and Leeds etc and no City. Postponements came, used still BB on dgw19 and got 7p from Leeds bench.

      Played TC Bruno this week, got me 6p extra. Chips down the toilet this year. 😀

      1. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I wish they would just remove the chips tbh, apart from a WC.

        1. SINGH
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Keep TC get rid of BB and FH

        2. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          WC also in that case 😉

        3. BobbyDoesNotLook
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          I would get rid of BB at least. Or replace with something new. Have there been any interesting chips in history?

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            All out attack was revolutionary back in the day

    3. JJeyy
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Only bonus change is bissaka has lost all of his

      1. Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Aaron none bapsaka

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Hahahahahaha

        2. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Haha.

        3. 1569Tippins
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Brilliant hahaha

      2. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        What did he do?

      3. Avery
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Does he get 1 BAP??

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

      Vardy was useless, would you remove for Antonio this week even though Vardy has Brighton/SHU next 2

      1. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Yes

    5. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Rashford was an utter disgrace tonight. Didn't want to know , same as most United players.

      1. The Senate
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        1 shot out of 11 on target is simply not good enough. 11 shots should be enough to win a match against most teams.

      2. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        He did his best to channel his inner Martial tonight...

    6. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      BB is overhyped.

      1. JJeyy
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        currently on 23 with 2 left to play from mine. Good if properly planned for

        1. Lukakuna
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          True, some people didn't plan for the Barnes injury even

          1. JJeyy
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            he wouldnt be on your bench would be irrelevant

      2. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Barnes injury was just bad luck. TC was useless for Mane owners last season.

      3. Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        TC is overhyped

      4. Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Yes, the compromises made far outweigh the points. Seen a few people mentioning GW1 BB, I may try that next season.

        1. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Although having said that quite happy with 20 points thanks to Konsa and Watkins.

      5. FantasyClub
          2 months, 6 days ago

          When it doesn’t work out lol

        • Bobby
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Better than that other recent chip where you could play two defence (think it was something like that). That was a bit random

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

        Anyone else have an irrationally strong dislike of players on opposing teams walking off the pitch holding hands like best buds immediately after the final whistle? Especially after a poor performance and result.

        I'm aware I probably sound like Graeme Sounness but it's how I feel about it.

        1. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          It does feel like rubbing salt into the wound when they've not shown any passion or drive during the game.

      7. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Tarkowski to Reguilon for free?

        1. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Yes, Reg looking good. Will probably get him in for Shaw.

          1. Rog.
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Why would you drop Shaw?

            1. Catastrophe
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Bad 27 fixture, no 29 fixture. No FH for 29, defence will likely be Dias, Stones, Konsa, Dallas, Reguilon

              1. Rog.
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Fair play, you’re actually convincing me there. Will probably just bench next week. Reg is definitely a decent shout, bought him in this week. Fingers crossed he’s nailed.

                1. Catastrophe
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Yeah I might still do that, was originally planning to save. If I got him i would need to bench Konsa which could backfire.

        2. Kay317
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Yes but wait until after their next game

        3. Rog.
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Yeah wait for tomorrow night

      8. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        My front 7 have still not scored a goal in either of this season's big DGWs (this one or GW18). Thank god for defenders and assists. Anybody else is in a similar position ?

      9. andres
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        what is the WC template for gw27? 🙂

        1. SINGH
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Stay away from City defence and load up on Sheffield players lol

      10. Van der Faart
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Bruno to Salah
        Barnes to Soucek (-4)?

        1. The Senate
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          if Salah was KDB maybe.

          1. Van der Faart
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Need to take a -8 in that case, 3 City already.

        2. adam wigan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          I’d rather Raphinha than Soucek if you don’t have him already

          1. Van der Faart
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Have him in yeah. Probably need to downgrade a defender a lot of money tied up in there.

      11. Alisson WondHaaland
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Bruno TCers have nowhere to hide

        1. The Senate
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          to be fair, he should have had 5-8 more points in the Chelsea game and his teammates' finishing really let him down tonight. I don't blame the people who did it but I'm glad I didn't...

      12. Kay317
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Bruno to Son
        Sterling to KdB

        What ya reckon? Could just keep sterling, he got a rest so hopefully will play both in the next double. But who knows.

        1. Rog.
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          A bit knee jerky for me. At least see how Spurs are tomorrow.

          1. Kay317
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Yea Im definitely leaving it late as money not an issue. I was planning the Bruno to Son move before tonight. Son has a game in 29 and better fixtures.
            Just wondering if sterling to KdB is a good move or I should just hold for another week.

      13. Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Feeling pretty smug with my TC Kane choice, very nearly went Bruno, although Kane probs won't start now I've said that lol!

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Kane was the best and most logical choice

        2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          He'll blank tomorrow.

          1. SINGH
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Yeah Fulham haven't conceded more than 1 goal in last couple of matches.

        3. Bobby
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          I wish I had this kind of optimism about my players and fpl in general!

      14. Vamos Los Celeste
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        The 4 players on 25 bps will get all one or 2?

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          2

          1. Vamos Los Celeste
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Good to know ! 11 baps in one game then.

        2. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          2

      15. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Who had triple palace def on BB? 45 pts lol

      16. Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Fair play to Mitchell bench boosters. Certainly didn't see 2 Palace clean sheets from those fixtures.

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          He didn’t play either match...

          1. SINGH
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Woosshh

        2. Vamos Los Celeste
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Lol

      17. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Triple bruno went well, idiotic

        1. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Unlucky. It was a good shout, he's more consistent than any other player. All comes down to luck, I was literally a coin flip between Kane and Fernandes.

      18. wulfrunian
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Except Kane these are the scorers of the amazing dgw26:
        Vydra,Iheanacho,McGoldrick,Jesus(2),Mahrez,Coady,Richarlison,Jones,Bale(2),Moura,Tielemans,Luiz ,Pépé,Lacazette.

        1. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Son, Stones, Dias and plenty of clean sheets

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

          You're missing Stones and Dias - the two everyone had one of

          1. wulfrunian
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            The two yes.And no one else from the other 15-17 scorers.

        3. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          EO of the team of the week so far:

          Guaita 0.34%
          Bartley 0.06%
          Cahill 0.00%
          Ward 0.01%
          Shaw 17.89%
          PVA 0.03%
          Bale 0.15%
          Mahrez 0.31%
          El Ghazi 0.10%
          Neves 0.10%
          Jesus 0.28%

          (Shaw will also drop out because of no Bonus, Maguire has 2.69% EO)

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Wow

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

            Expect Fulham to creep in there perhaps after the 0-0 tomorrow.

            Adariaboyo?

            1. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Yeah 0-0 definitely on the cards or 1-0 with a Kane OG
              WBA to beat Everton 1-0 with another Bartley goal too

      19. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Fernandes blank. Looks like selling him is going to work out beautifully

        1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          He was rubbish tonight.

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 6 days ago

            United as a whole have been rubbish for a while now, Bruno just brings out his class and bails them out. Sold him to fund a BB and Kane and with his double blank it leaves me in a fantastic position. Playing the fixtures with him, City (A) next for ideally another 2 pointer.

      20. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Martinez 12
        Dias 12
        AWB 12
        Digne 6 with a game to go. Give it to me baby.

        1. adam wigan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Hopefully digne gives a hat trick of assists to DCL who I’ve triple captained!

        2. One of Those Days
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 6 days ago

          ...uh huh uh huh

        3. bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Martinez 12
          Dias 12
          AWB 12
          Stones 10

          You need 4 to beat me. Shame about the rest of my team, should have played 5-3-2

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Challenge accepted.

          2. jason_ni
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Replace stones with cancelo..I feel robbed!
            Especially after waiting so long for the dias goal, thought it was my week to make some gain on the stones users..

        4. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Martinez 12
          Dias 12
          Shaw 12
          Stones 10

          Bruno ×3 18

          Annoying to say the least.

        5. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Definitely a week for the defenders!

          Martinez

          Shaw
          Dias
          Stones
          Keane
          Konsa

          1. Catastrophe
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Unfortunately Sanchez on BB instead of Areola.

        6. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Martinez 12
          Dias 12
          Stones 10
          Shaw 12

          Defence all out. I’ll take it 😀

        7. Avery
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Does AWB get +1 BAP?

      21. jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Cash ml motm comes down to

        Me) +2 points
        Rival) Areola

        Could do a 4-0 to spurs!!

      22. gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I'm thinking of doing the unthinkable and selling Bruno. At least for now anyway. 2 tough fixtures and then a blank. I need to make something happen.

        1. Keeptrying
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          I am contemplating the same. Would lose 0.5 though.
          So getting him back would be more complicated.
          How about you?

          1. gooberman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            I would lose 0.6 but at this stage of the season that wouldn't concern me.

        2. SINGH
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Get rid of Salah. Bruno is main threat for United

          1. gooberman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Already have. I feel that of all the premiums, only Bruno justifies his price but there is potentially scope to lose him for a few games to try something different and move away from the template.

      23. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Annoying DDG didn’t play that would have been a nice 15 pointer!! Highlight of the night however is my boys 6th win in a row!!! A wonderful performance too!!! 3-1 away at QPR!!

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          The might Barnsley?

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Mighty

            1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Indeed mate!!!!

      24. El Fenomeno R9
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        What a DGW and BB,only Dias scored.

        Need Salah(C) to save me

        1. bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Know the feeling none of my mids or forwards have scored this GW or in DGW18.

      25. Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Is this a good strategy after the blank gw29?

        WC GW30 with autopick
        Bench boost GW31
        Free hit GW38 with autopick
        Captains all decided by random number generator

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          It could work.

        2. bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          BB GW29.

      26. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        No chip, 76 (-4) with captain Kane, Son and DCL still to play.

        Thought I'd get huge red arrows this week with TC, BB abound.

      27. vincentwsho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Who to start this week?

        A) DCL (che)
        B) Digne (che)
        C) Luke Thomas (bha)

        1. Rinseboy
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          A

      28. Rinseboy
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Early thoughts on how to line up this week?
        Would you swap anyone from the starting 11? Thanks

        Martiinez
        Dallas Pereira Regullion Dias
        Gundo KDB Bruno Raph
        Kane Watkins
        DCL Digne Barnes

      29. tbos83
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Shameless brag but am on 101pts and up to 55k rank (started week at 110k). Captain (Salah) still to play. Enjoying my jam.

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Well played!

            Do you only have Salah left?

            There’s quite a few ppl with 6 or more left to play so you better hope for some blanks 😉

            1. tbos83
                2 months, 6 days ago

                No, got 5 left - DCL, Digne, Areola, Son and Salah

                1. Don Kloppeone
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Nice! Monster score on its way!

                  1. tbos83
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Hoping so!

                2. fedolefan
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Yeah, I don't think this is true at all. The top 10K which is what he is close to just has ~4.5 effective players left.

                  1. Don Kloppeone
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    Yeh on average it’s true. Just meant I’d seen quite a few on here with 6-8 players left (incl c/Tc)

                    But anyway he has 5 to play so it’s all good

              • Jon Snow
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Currently down from 18k to 44k. Looking like we'll end on the same points

              • Mr. O'Connell
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                We've swapped positions.

                1. tbos83
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    I really thought I was having a bad one then got lucky with Guiata and Maguire. I guess Bruno blanking helped rank-wise too.

                2. jason_ni
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  86 with son, salah, dcl and kane(tc)..
                  Hoping for a rank surge tomorrow!

                  1. tbos83
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Good luck to you