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Adams benched once again as unchanged Southampton take on West Brom

Two Premier League matches round off Gameweek 31 on Monday evening, the first of which sees West Bromwich Albion take on Southampton.

Kick-off at the Hawthorns is at 18:00 BST.

The team news is straightforward, with just one change between the two sides.

It’s Sam Allardyce who makes the sole alteration, with Callum Robinson (£5.2m) – who came off the bench to score twice in the Gameweek 30 win over Chelsea – in for the benched Semi Ajayi (£4.8m).

That will of course mean a system change, with the Baggies moving away the five-at-the-back set-up that they initially employed at Stamford Bridge.

Defender Dara O’Shea (£4.2m) has recovered from an ankle problem to reclaim his spot at centre-half, while Kieran Gibbs (£4.3m) is among the substitutes after a lengthy spell out.

Ralph Hasenhuttl has named exactly the same starting XI as he did in the comeback win over Burnley last weekend.

Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.7m) had been an injury doubt for this encounter but has recovered from a minor leg compliant to feature.

Che Adams (£5.8m) is only on the bench, with Fantasy Premier League (FPL) midfielder Nathan Redmond (£6.4m) again lining up ‘out of position’ alongside Danny Ings (£8.4m).

With Alex McCarthy (£4.4m) yet again benched, the most-owned player on show in tonight’s fixture is James Ward-Prowse (£5.9m).

The ever-present Saint is in 9.6% of FPL squads, although that figure drops to just over 3% among the top 10,000 managers.

Fraser Forster (£4.0m) sits in almost one-third of the squads in the top 10k, although is bench fodder for the bulk of these Fantasy bosses.

West Brom netted as many goals in last week’s victory over Chelsea as they had in their previous 10 Premier League games combined. Indeed, the Baggies have failed to score in six of their nine home league games under Allardyce.


West Bromwich Albion XI: Johnstone, Furlong, O’Shea, Bartley, Townsend, Phillips, Yokuslu, Maitland-Niles, Pereira, Robinson, Diagne.

Southampton XI: Forster, Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand, Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Diallo, Walcott, Redmond, Ings.


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488 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Stand By Mee
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    You´ll hate me but I actually got Johnstone on my WC 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      FU! I mean congrats.

    2. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Well deserved in that case

  2. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Who played Johnstone?

    1. son of city
        3 months, 23 days ago

        \o/

      • Rassi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        o/

    2. gibson1314
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Got Johnson on the bench and Ward-Prowse kept Dallas on the bench. Could not have gone worse for me.

    3. Spg76
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Son mentally effected by cheating. It can only be Kane(c), Son(v).

      1. Biggsy
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Probably likely PTSD. Being on the end of a horrible challenge like he was can always affect you mentally

    4. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Any Brighton fans about? Want to allay my fears on Webster?

      I took him on WC as from the Brighton games I’ve seen he seems to be one of your better players. Is it a given that he comes back into the starting team next week? I presume him on bench tonight is just caution on his return?

      1. Hazz
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        He was never 100% nailed in the first place.

        1. In Bale We Trust
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Bar one game, he’s played literally every one he’s been fit for?

          1. Hazz
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Why are you asking the question then.

            1. In Bale We Trust
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Because I’m wondering if a Brighton fan or someone with more knowledge than myself might have some insight into the state of the current Brighton back line. How the replacements have been doing, etc.

              He clearly was nailed before he was injured so I don’t know why you posted that.

              1. Hazz
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                He has genuinely missed games last season too (small snapshot since he got injured).

                I'm not making it up. My Uni was literally across the road from the Amex lol, hence still keep tabs.

          2. Hazz
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Fans saying he should be start this week & next. Yet still on the bench. Very possible he's still not totally fit, or Potter doesn't want to change things up.

            https://www.northstandchat.com/showthread.php?386527-Webster-out-for-the-rest-of-the-season&p=9816398&viewfull=1#post9816398

            1. In Bale We Trust
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Cheers, thanks mate.

    5. The Mandalorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Dallas Autosub has kicked in and killed my rank, thanks DCL.

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        And? Will you roll over or come back next week? Sometimes you get luck and sometimes you don't. But if you just want to win without competing; this is not your game

    6. fenomeno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Watkins to Nacho worth a -4?

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Yep.

        Probably.

    7. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Oh well.

      Got the draw part right, just not the score.

    8. Silecro
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Struggling to believe i got 0-0 with Dunk and Digne from this match