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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. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Rashford doing anything ?

    1. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Had a good chance, great touch but poor shot. Linking up fairly well with Shaw on the wing.

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Find lots of space.

    3. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      He started a program to help kids get lunch.

      Oh, you mean football? No he doesn’t do that anymore.

  2. Drumandbaines123
      3 months, 20 days ago

      I know people say "you get what you pay for this season" but I don't feel that is the case with Wan-Bissaka and Shaw. As an AWB owner I feel I made the wrong decision as Shaw just has so much more attacking and BAP potential. At the time I thought Telles would be sharing game time with Shaw but that just hasn't materialised. So I do feel slightly short-changed with the more expensive AWB right now.

      1. TheBiffas
          3 months, 20 days ago

          I'm in the same situation but I do think AWB is great for reliable starts

        • estheblessed
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          It's the something that's missing from AWB game... The creativity. I think with Cavani in the box he may try and get some crosses in.

      2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Been saying it for a few years now but this palace side is difficult to watch

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 20 days ago

          So's this United team.

        2. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          They're in there with Wolves and Burnley in terms of watchability.

        3. how now brown cow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          They always just do enough though dont they?

        4. Rassi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          It's Hodgson's trademark.

        5. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Actually we've been fairly watchable this season at times - much more so than last season. This last run where RH has pulled in the drawbridge entirely is another matter of course.

          No arguing about the general trend mind you. The lightning counter which was always our saving grace has all but disappeared,

          Old legs all over the park mostly and the lowest spend for 3 years on the trot doesn't help

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Better team tonight thus far.

            1. Threat Level Midnight
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Wrong

            2. Pep Roulette
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Do you even watch games kid?

          2. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Exactly this, oldest squad in the league - really need a refresh of young talent. At least Mitchell and Eze going in the right direction - and our u18s flying top of the league has some very promising talent. 🙂

            1. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Yeah I think he’s massively overachieving with the roster; haven’t invested well at all

      3. Fuddled FC
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Which option?

        a) Lingard & White/4.4
        b) Soucek & Targett

        1. estheblessed
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          A

        2. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          B

      4. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Fernandes Fail, Epic Fail

        1. estheblessed
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Only 30 mins dude

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Overdue a pen.

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Need Diving Dan on.

          2. Camino Aleatorio
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            The CHO handball was my best chance this whole week.

            He looks like chicken fried garbage today

            Double blank, here we come

      5. Londongeezaa
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        So in keeping with the disaster DGW thusfar, at what point can we expect a Palace goal?

        1. how now brown cow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          No chance

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Palace wouldn’t score here if they played all night.

        3. Kaneyonero
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Maybe a Fernandes OG

        4. Bragazeti
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Not tonight

      6. Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Fernandes continuing where he left off giving away terrible passes and fouls

          1. Milkman Bruno
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Man needs a rest

            • Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 20 days ago

              How is he NEVER booked. That's about four hacks tonight . . .

              1. Mr. O'Connell
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                8/1 to get a card in play. He's made about 4 fouls already.

            • Bragazeti
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Saving it all for the derby

          2. Nas
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Hope this is one of those games where bruno looks terrible and ends up coming away with a double digit haul.

          3. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Fell asleep.

            Did I miss anything?

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Nope.

            2. Camino Aleatorio
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              You missed Bruno slouching around the the field, doing nothing

          4. Daniel Jebbison
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            I think 4 at the back is becoming a must. I sold Shaw last minute in order to include Barnes. Probably was ok call, couldn't predict the injury, but now considering switching to back 4. Anyone else following me ?

            Or maybe 5 at the back

            1. Nas
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Nothing is ever a must

            2. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Very much so - provided that is City regain their defensive mojo.

          5. TheBiffas
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Bring on the fernandes captain fail attention seeking comments

              1. Mr. O'Connell
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                If I can get 2 clean sheets out of him, tripled. 18 points. Not to be sniffed at.

                1. Roy Hudd
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  18 points is dreadful for a TC in a double gameweek but I understand you trying to see positives

                  1. Camino Aleatorio
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    I've gotten a 3 before.

                    Mane with a fake injury during a DGW. So he could go rehab in Ibiza.

            • Kay317
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Thinking of ditching DCL... First thought was Antonio as has Leeds next and a game in 29. Then I realised I have enough for ings who has a double next week....is that just a pointless move as one of the games is city and he's just not scoring at the moment?
              Already have kane and Watkins.

              1. Daniel Jebbison
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Keep. We might get double in gw 28

                1. Kay317
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  How likely is that? Can always switch him to a playing forward for 29 I guess. Just don't trust him to get me anything at the moment.

              2. MoSalad
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                I’m doing the same DCL to Antonio, he’ll probably outscore Ings tbh.

                1. Kay317
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Antonio looks great and Leeds love to concede. Can see him getting a brace.

              3. Nas
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Id rather get Antonio out of that bunch

            • Daniel Jebbison
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Anyone selling Bruno?

              1. Kay317
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Think I am. For son.

              2. Warby84
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Already sold last week

            • Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              OMG Ramsdale on 3 bonus

              1. Daniel Jebbison
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Deserved

            • Rep Poulette
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Fred yellow incoming

            • Stand By Mee
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              I took a -8 to play my BB and get... 8pts 🙂

              At least it payed for my hits. Better to look at the full half of the glass.

              1. The Knights Template
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Half full of piss!

              2. Warby84
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Same with Jorginho to come..

              3. KUN+10
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Look at the bright side...now you have 15 starters for benching nightmares

              4. circusmonkey
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                You should have read my community article.

            • Daniel Jebbison
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Come ooooon Palace. PVA screamer would be nice

            • Gudjohnsen
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              My only hope is a Kane hatrick tomorrow along with a DCL and Salah brace.

              1. Free Hat
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                That would be lovely

              2. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                That's 3!

              3. The Knights Template
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Go back to sleep.

            • goblin140
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              For those with FH available... planning to use it in BGW29 or BGW33?

              I can field 9 without hits in 29 which looks enough + I see better fixtures in BGW33 (triple LIV vs NEW, triple United vs Leeds) and therefore strongly considering 33.

              1. DK_13
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Irrespective of GW 33 fixtures, if you already have 9, FH is a waste that week

                1. goblin140
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Have 6 + 3 FT

                  1. AC/DC AFC
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Depends how it twists your team shape with those transfers too.

                  2. DK_13
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    If you got the highest EO players mostly covered that week, you are good to go. Spurs villa bri defence and leeds I guess

                2. Milkman Bruno
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Yeah I agree

                  • Daniel Jebbison
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Go for 37 then

                    1. goblin140
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      37 looks very good too

                3. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Isn't there an end of season double on the cards?

              2. Milkman Bruno
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  The man has made at least 5 fouls in that half 😆

                • Daniel Jebbison
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Don't worry lads, Everton and Spurs players will save us

                  1. The Suspended One
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Digne goal incoming

                    1. Daniel Jebbison
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      For sure

                • Pep Roulette
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Damn! Bamford & DCL are in more teams than Salah! Why am I surprised though?

                  1. The Suspended One
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    I’m playing h2h against a Salah TC, has me worried about tomorrow

                    1. Daniel Jebbison
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      He always scores against us

                      1. The Suspended One
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        Right...?

                • Rainer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Fog getting dangerous now, imagine in another hour...

                  Abandonment not far away.

                  1. mynameisq
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Dull and void

                  2. Bushwhacker
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    NOW PLEASE! Nobody will actually notice.

                • pingissimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Kane necessary next week?

                  1. The Suspended One
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    This week..

                    1. pingissimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      Sadly yes 🙁

                • The Suspended One
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  AWB assist Cavani goal denied by Joel Wardinho

                • Hulk Smash
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Nearly AWB assist for Cavani. Great defending by Ward.

                • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Well in Wardinho

                • Free Hat
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Always have this feeling when I watch the games I get less fpl points...

                  Still watchinh though.

                  1. The Suspended One
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Watched pot

                    1. Hulk Smash
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      Stop copying all my comments seconds before I post them please.

                      1. The Suspended One
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        LOL

                    2. how now brown cow
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      That proverb is clearly not true.

                      Fake news.

                      1. The Suspended One
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        The proverb of fake news? From Saint Trumpeous XI

                        1. how now brown cow
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          3 months, 20 days ago

                          A watched pot does boil.

                          I mean not if you are not watching it on the cooker....

                          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                            • 11 Years
                            3 months, 20 days ago

                            What if it’s an induction hob

                  2. mynameisq
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Same lol, I usually just skip games where I've got a captain playing and check the score at the end

                    1. Free Hat
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      Haha, no that are the games I must watch 😀
                      Id rather skip the ones where you re hoping for a CS or a rival blank.

                  3. Hulk Smash
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    It's psychological because you spend the entire 90 minutes watching a pot waiting for it to boil.

                    1. Free Hat
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      Nice analogy.
                      Too bad it doesnt boil after 5minutes every time.

                  4. The Knights Template
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Please switch off.

                    1. Free Hat
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      I will upgrade my watching skills for some fpl points instead

                • KUN+10
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Year after year, the excitement builds up tremendously before a DGW, only
                  to be left in tears. I still love it. Thoughts on these moves?

                  Barnes, Alonso to Reguilon, Foden for a -4?
                  Im trying to fill up that third City spot, I can also go back to defense double up. Currently have Cancelo.

                  Thanks!!

                  1. AC/DC AFC
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    I'm on Mahrez and I'd go KDB or Gundo plus a defender if you can splash the cash!

                    1. KUN+10
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      Getting KDB requires major surgery, at least a -8 or shipping Bruno/Salah

                  2. Hulk Smash
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Nay

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

                      Huh?

                  3. The Knights Template
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    I've just loved owning Foden this DGW.

                    1. The Suspended One
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      I sold Cancelo planning to get him in but aborted after CL. He’s going to come good the minute you sell him

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

                    Seems like people never get discouraged by Foden.

                  5. Daniel Jebbison
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Keep Alonso, soon he plays against Leeds

                    1. KUN+10
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      I really want to

                  6. KUN+10
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    So Foden is a No then. May go with -8 and get KDB (c). Thanks all

                • TheDragon
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Crystal Palace keeping 2 clean sheet when I’ve bench boosted with Mitchell (who has randomly missed both games) is classic FPL

                  So much rage

                  1. KUN+10
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Mitchell was never a reliable starter.

                  2. The Knights Template
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Pipe down or I shall slay thee, Dragon-whiner!

                  3. The Suspended One
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    I told everyone who would listen that he wouldn’t play both