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Cooper return sees Struijk drop to Leeds bench for Yorkshire derby

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has made just one change to his side for the Gameweek 30 meeting with Sheffield United.

Captain Liam Cooper (£4.3m) returns to the starting XI for the first time since Gameweek 27, named alongside Diego Llorente (£4.4m) at centre-back.

With Kalvin Phillips (£4.9m) reestablished in midfield following a positive international break, there is no place in the team for Pascal Struijk (£4.0m).

The budget defender drops to the bench for the first time since Gameweek 14, having only missed the Gameweek 27 defeat at West Ham through injury.

That will be of some disappointment to Struijk’s 5.6% ownership considering Leeds’ latest opponents Sheffield United are the Premier League’s worst goal-scoring side on the road this season.

In 14 away matches, they have found the net just six times, working out at 0.4 per game.

Stuart Dallas (£5.1m) will be relishing this afternoon’s encounter though, considering more time on the bench for Mateusz Klich (£5.2m) should make for another outing at central midfield alongside Tyler Roberts (£4.6m).

The 13 goals conceded by Sheffield United in their last six matches has put some of the Fantasy focus on Raphinha (£5.7m) and Patrick Bamford (£6.7m) this afternoon.

They are the differential captains among the top 10,000 Fantasy managers for Gameweek 30, earning the backing of 3.6% and 3.2% at that level respectively.

Gameweek 30 Line-ups

Leeds United XI: Meslier; Alioski, Cooper, Llorente, Ayling; K Phillips; Harrison, Dallas, Roberts, Raphinha; Bamford.

Sheffield United XI: Ramsdale; Stevens, Jagielka, Bogle; Osborn, Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram, Baldock; McBurnie, McGoldrick.

Gameweek 30 so far…

West Bromwich Albion executed a shock win at Stamford Bridge in the lunch-time kick-off, making a mockery of recent claims about the Chelsea defence.

Matheus Pereira (£5.3m) and Callum Robinson (£5.2m) both found the net twice in a shock 5-2 win, Thomas Tuchel’s first Premier League defeat after a streak of two goals conceded in 10 matches.

The Baggies were helped by a sending off for Thiago Silva (£5.6m) in the first half but were arguably the better side throughout.

There was mixed emotions for those invested in Chelsea, whose line-ups are increasingly becoming as hard to predict as Manchester City’s.

Antonio Rüdiger (£4.7m) was benched for the second time in three Gameweeks and remained there for the duration while Mason Mount (£ was also among the substitutes, although the midfielder came on to grab a second-half goal.

While Marcos Alonso (£5.7m) beat the Tuchel Tombola as predicted, he ended the afternoon with just three points.

He did add plenty of attacking threat, hitting the post twice and coming away with an assist but he lost two points due to the number of goals Chelsea conceded.

Provisional bonus points

  • 3 – Matheus Pereira
  • 2 – Callum Robinson
  • 1 – Mbaye Diagne

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767 Comments Post a Comment
  1. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Just seen highlights of the Chelsea game. That twerp Werner. Why could he not have taken the shot himself from Alonso's pass instead of passing to Mount. So annoying!

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      He’s as garbage as Sterling

    2. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Because he had to help out the mount owners

    3. JohnnyRev7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Total lack of confidence in front of goal. After his miss against Macedonia he's been vilified in the German press, so I guess he played safe.

      I also own Alonso.

  2. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Not sure I envy wildcarders

    May as well pick names out the hat

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Think I may go with a differential 11 lol

  3. DycheDycheBaby
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Why such a pointless goal argh!

  4. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Raphinia denied a goal by Jagielka

  5. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Harrison hauling .... grrrrrrr.

  6. Mr. O'Connell
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Raphinha assist with his presence

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      If only you got points for that.

  7. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    What a terrible OG...

  8. DycheDycheBaby
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    If only that ball reached Raph *sigh*. Thanks a lot Jagielka!

  9. Chandler Bing
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Who assisted the OG?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Harrison.

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Harrison

  10. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Lovely

  11. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Jagielka needs to retire

  12. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Dallas close

  13. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Oh f me bamford, do something

  14. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Dallas clips the bar ..... NOOOOOOOOO

  15. Redranger
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Dallas off the cross bar 🙁

  16. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Oops! Poor Phil!

  17. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Harrison didnt read the script. It was meant to be Raphinha getting the points.

  18. Thomas Magnum
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Is there a player on a PL team right now that has been in the league for longer than Jagielka? Has to be him or Noble at this point right

    1. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Think so yeah

    2. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Milner surely comes close

      1. Lucky Z
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Milner made debut 4 years earlier than Jagielka

  19. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    This is a miserable game for me fpl wise but listening to ally macoyst is softening the blow

  20. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Game opening up. Come on Raphinha.

  21. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Commentators ahead of pictures is very irritating

    1. gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Yeah Im finding the same. Slightly out of synch.

  22. Debauchy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    We're ready for you Pep

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Nobody’s ever ready for The Pep!

      1. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I am , whatever comes I take

  23. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    What an annoying game this is looking like being as a Dallas owner. Clean sheet gone to what will probably be Sheff Utds only shot on goal all game and now he hits the bar.

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Same thing that happened in the BGW against Fulham

      1. gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Its happened to me so many times this season with defenders. Teams looking zero threat all game but still somehow get a goal out of nothing. Just infuriating.

        1. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          I think that’s just football mate

          1. gooberman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Yeah. Its the reason why I dont have defenders who offer no attacking threat. Clean sheets are always in hope rather than expectation regardless of the team they play for.

  24. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Alioski WTF

  25. Sack The Glazers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    15 minutes before the city lineup and no angst about it yet? what's wrong

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Calm before the storm lad

    2. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Screaming and gnashings of teeth , let us have it Pep

  26. Werner Brothers
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Bambam nowhere to see.

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Will make it easier to sell him for Iheanacho on WC it seems after this performance unless one relies on his away returns

  27. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Bamford wastes Raphinha assist.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      (Great tackle btw.)

  28. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Don’t have to worry about Pep’s selection for the first time this season, Dias 2nd sub

    1. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Guaranteed Cancelo hattrick- sold him for Azpi yesterday. Dias assists sitting on the bench

    2. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      What if Dias plays... and keeps a CS?

    3. Fintroy
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Same as, such a nice feeling - got rid all of City players apart from Gundo (on my bench) and won't pick City players again.

    4. GROBARI
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I am sorry but Bamford is bad football player.

      • Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        This is pain for Dallas Raph and Bamford owners.

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Add the captaincy into the mix and this has been massively frustrating