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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. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Sterling owners what are you doing with the frustrating asset?
    I'm a coin flip away from captaining or selling lol

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Trouble is finding a premium that is worth anything right now.

      Kane is perhaps the closest but he's a stats monster rather than a returner - until tomorrow perhaps.

    2. Bobby
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Moving to foden or gundo for the more guaranteed starts next week. He'll probably then score a hatty

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        thinking of doing same mate but could severely bite us

    3. Mortal.Swinbat
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      I’m thinking of bringing him in for TC next week, funny eh. I think he’s a good option, he’s had his rest and is low owned. Never scored against Man Utd for City or Liverpool though sadly

      1. Bobby
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Don't you think he'll be rested second match? Pep seems to rotate every other game but tries to let then play the full 90 in that one game. If the one game is man u that's not tc material?

      2. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        No way I'd bring in Sterling if I didn't own him but GL

    4. Dichio24
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Will get rid in GW29, possible for Auba. Placeholder for KDB or Salah from GW31 and onwards.

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        tempted by Auba for 28, fully rested, decent fixture

        1. Dichio24
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Will he be fully rested, thats my issue. Arsenal play away in Europe just 3 days earlier. If Sterling is rested vs Southampton he could very well be a good option in 28 away to Fulham

  2. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Do we expect Barnes to drop, or to be protected as he's injured ?

    1. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      *as in dropping in price tonight

    2. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Pretty close, will do but maybe not tonight..

    3. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      -98.7

    4. Alisson WondHaaland
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      I think protected

    5. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Threshold is higher, but his price isn't locked. He might drop, but I hope that it won't happen tonight.

  3. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Vardy (BHA/SHU) to Antonio (LEE/MNU)

    1. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      I'm making that move. Leicester looked awful past two/three games without Maddison.

      Vardy has trolled me for the last time.

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Also free up lots of money...

        1. Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Yep, makes Barnes to Son/Bale very tempting too.

  4. CoracAld2831
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Areola
    Stones-Mee-Cancelo-Shaw
    Salah-Fernandes-Son(v)-Gundogan
    Watkins--DCL(c)

    Johnstone-Bamford-Dallas--Soucek

    Please pick one for GW27:

    A: Fernandes, Watkins --> Ward-Prowse, Kane
    B: Digne, Watkins --> Bartley, Ings
    C: Watkins, Soucek --> Adams, Ward-Prowse
    D: Stones, Cancelo --> Bertrand, Vestergaard
    E: Keep everyone and ignore SOU DGW

    1. CoracAld2831
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Top one is my current team.

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        A, does look good...

    2. SB007
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      E

    3. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      E

    4. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      D is ridiculous??

      1. CoracAld2831
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 18 days ago

        It is.

        1. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Team looks good don’t rip it up for any Southampton

          1. CoracAld2831
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Thank you.

            Thank you others as well.

    5. CoracAld2831
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Oops sorry, i actually have Digne in place of Shaw.

      It was a Last minute decision before DGW26.

    6. jimmyharte
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Ignore Sou DGW. Still bring in Kane

  5. Alisson WondHaaland
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    This is a bit of an odd situation for people wildcarding in GW 31. Ive already got 8 players for GW 29 and since I have most of the key assets covered already, Im thinking I can afford a few luxury transfers to target GW 27, 28 and 30.

    But theres hardly anyone I want. Either the fixtures are bad or the form is bad.

    The only reasonable thing I can think of is punting on Bale or switching my triple City to include KDB.

    Who are other people looking to bring in? Im struggling to find worthy assets to bring in

    1. rubberdignerapids
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 18 days ago

      KDB in for Bruno

    2. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Ha, was just looking at the basic stats (total points / form) and thinking the same. Bruno the most in form player in the game right now! Can’t recall a time there were fewer players that even appealed, let alone that seemed “essential”...

  6. SB007
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    I think WC post 29 is a trap as 30 there is decent fixtures for all. Just get Kane back in. That’s it.

    1. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      31

  7. PP6
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    FH29.

    Barnes and Bamford -> Davis/Brewster and Son? Need Son.

  8. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    quite a flat second half to the game week ... let’s hope Spurs & Everton light things up 🙂

    1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Wouldn't bank on it.

    2. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      More goals tomorrow I hope

  9. Alex_thekid
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Will these 4 guys get me 15 points
    Kane Dcl Son and Digne
    85 points with these 4 to play???

    1. barton fc
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Probably

    2. PastaConcerto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Did you cap any of them? Should do if they play.

      1. Alex_thekid
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        No Kdb c I WC for this gw to get in
        Kane Dcl Son Digne Martinez

    3. Bobby
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Is this a very complicated way of showing your current score?

  10. barton fc
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    At 500k bruno > son worth it to catch up points?

    Can't see many points from bruno in the next few game weeks, but he will turn it round at some point and I've got alot of value in him

    1. Dirty Harry
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      We all have value in him, tough call but hey yolo at this point.

      1. barton fc
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Honestly might flip a coin

  11. Old Bull
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Anyone considering getting Bale?

    1. Toughie
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Yes am I but part of me feels he will end up being a trap

    2. JJeyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      yes, but cant really trust him to start palace if he plays v Fulham. But Jose is not one to rotate tbh

    3. gogs67
        3 months, 18 days ago

        At some point yes, I want to triple up on Spurs attack if they continue to look good, great fixtures to come
        Might all go to pot next couple of weeks though, just have to see

      • rubberdignerapids
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 18 days ago

        already maxed out with spurs slots, otherwise would have considered him vs Son or the spurs attack triple up

      • Pino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Yes. I had Rashford the past few weeks in stead of Salah. It Bale plays again against Fulham and looks good Im getting him in for Rashford. It means I will have 3x Spurs attack for the next few GWs, but I think its worth the punt.

    4. JJeyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Crazy to get Sterling in this week?
      Think he has a good chance playing both after rest agains whu, Pep does not often rotate him

      1. Hy liverpool
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        The problem isn't if he start both games, his form is awful.

      2. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        I’m deciding between him or KDB

        1. JJeyy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Same decision for me, just cant see KDB starting both, even if he does not been good at all since returning

          1. gogs67
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Mahrez is the one going on form. When he plays he returns

              1. The Ilfordian
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Mahrez was such a nightmare to own earlier in the season I'm not sure I can face him again. But with relative secureity of starts and good form, he might be a great differential.

                1. gogs67
                    3 months, 18 days ago

                    I've not owned him yet but been watching the last few weeks and he's definitely under the radar. I wish I'd got him in instead of KDB now but I'm tempted to have both

                    1. Bushwhacker
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      Has to be due a rest.

          2. Bobby
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            I've had him for a while and he more often than not hugs the sideline. City play more through the centre with gundo now. I wouldn't bring him in

          3. Coys96
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Not at all. Could see a brace vs Southampton

        2. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Martinez
          Cancelo Shaw Dias(c)
          Gundogan Salah Son Raphinha
          Antonio Calvert-Lewin Kane

          Pope Dunk Mee Jorginho

          Anything worth a -4 or gtg?

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Nice team

            Good argument for Dunk over Shaw though.

            Is this a Bruno to Son team?

            1. MiechuPL
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              only Shaw to Dunk and perfect

          2. CoracAld2831
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Looks good. GTG.

          3. rubberdignerapids
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Nah, looking good. Assuming you did Bruno to Son

            I'd possibly start Dunk ahead of Shaw especially given how Leicester looked terrible without Maddo and Barnes

        3. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Rashford to Gundo worth it? Got Sterling already...

          1. rubberdignerapids
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Potentially- especially if for free

            1. Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Major FOMO

        4. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Kane or Antonio next week?

          Had thought it was an easy decision but not nearly so sure now. Think it may come down to Bale minutes against Fulham. If he gets something close to the full 90 tomorrow I'm doubting he gets anything other than minutes off the bench at the weekend.

          Spurs are on a really tight turn around and WH will be rested.

          1. jimmyharte
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Why is even a question haha

          2. rubberdignerapids
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Kane. Clearly.

            1. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Not so sure actually

              Waiting on tomorrow of course. But this was a very different Palace defence tonight - same outlook as last 2 seasons. The Burnley game isn't a guide if you saw it. Spurs will not get anything like the same space. That performance by Burnley was similar to the Southampton one against Spurs early season.

              Still take Spurs to win of course but suspect a fairly narrow result. I can see more goals in the Leeds WH match being plausible.

              Role of Bale key to me right now.

        5. ryacoo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Worth selling Bruno even if it means losing 0.6? (would buy him back GW30)

          1. Egg noodle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            I'm selling him for a 0.4 loss

          2. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Keep selling, I'll rack up the points 😛

          3. rubberdignerapids
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Sold him for KDB and lost 0.5...going for the jugular and have quite a lot of TV built elsewhere to bring him back in GW30

        6. MiechuPL
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Have Stones and Foden. Buy Cancelo oraz Gundo?

          1. rubberdignerapids
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Gundo slightly more nailed over the next 2

        7. rubberdignerapids
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Shaw to Targett (or anyone up to 5.0) worthy of a hit?
          If not, should I start Burn or Shaw?

          Current team:

          Martinez (Fabri)
          Burn, Cancelo, Reguillon (Shaw, Struijk)
          KDB(c), Salah, Son, Gundo, Raphinha
          Kane, Watkins (DCL)

          0 itb

          1. CoracAld2831
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Shaw to Dunk, maybe?

            But Shaw to Targett sound good tbh.

            1. CoracAld2831
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 18 days ago

              *sounds

        8. CoracAld2831
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Team:

          Johnstone
          Stones-Dallas-Cancelo
          Salah-Fernandes-Son(c)-Gundogan
          Watkins(v)-Bamford-DCL

          Areola-Digne-Mee--Soucek

          1: GTG
          2: Fernandes, Watkins --> Raphinha, Kane (-4)
          3: Other

          1. rubberdignerapids
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 18 days ago

            3: Fernandes to Bale

            1. CoracAld2831
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Hmm...

              That could actually work brilliantly potentially.

              Thank you.

        9. PP6
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Pls help me out
          FH29 .9 ITB 1FT

          Martinez Areola
          Stones Dias Elmo Ricardo Shaw
          Bruno Salah Gundogan Barnes Raphina
          Bamford DCL Kane.

          1. rubberdignerapids
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Bruno to Son this gw, bench Barnes and switch him out next week...possibly for Grealish/similar with the extra funds

            1. Steiger
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              This

          2. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            I have similar issues. Bruno to Son is in my plans, but I would like to bench DCL and ditch Barnes now for a starter, but everyone is getting Lingard (trap?) and my previous idea to get Avl player is gone after today.

        10. Blue&White85
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Have Dias & Gundogan already and got 0.3 ITB and 1 FT.

          A. Shaw to Stones
          B. Save & play Coufal

          1. rubberdignerapids
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 18 days ago

            B

        11. Johan Queef
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Bruno punishes me so often for owning and not capping him. This week I TC him and what happens...?

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            It happens, although there were much better options than Bruno to be fair.

            1. Egg noodle
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Like my captain DCL? 🙂

        12. Messiah Hazard
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Areola, Son and Kane (c) - Can I please get 8 points from these tomorrow for my first triple digit score of the season...

          1. Messiah Hazard
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Oh wait, I have Keane as well.

        13. Ibralicious
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Should I pull the trigger on Rashford -> Son for a FT?

          1. FantasyClub
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Yes

              1. Ibralicious
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Cheers, though didn't realize a new post was out

          2. CoracAld2831
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Current team for DGW27:

            Johnstone
            Stones-Dallas-Cancelo
            Salah-Fernandes-Son(c)-Gundogan
            Watkins(v)-Bamford-DCL

            Areola-Digne-Mee--Soucek
            ________________

            Just want a second opinion, please choose one:

            1: Fernandes --> Bale (suggested by a user here)
            2: Fernandes, Watkins --> Raphinha, Kane (-4)
            3: Digne, Watkins --> Dias, Antonio (-4)
            4: Keep Fernandes, Watkins and Digne and save a FT
            5: Other, what?