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Meslier, Rashford, Ings benched as fans return to Premier League grounds

End-of-season rotation continues to ramp up as fans return to Premier League grounds.

Leeds, Manchester United and Southampton each boast at least one important Fantasy asset on the bench while Fulham come to Old Trafford with a very shuffled pack.

Illan Meslier (£4.8m) is among the substitutes at St. Mary’s Stadium tonight with Kiko Casilla (£4.1m) handed a first start since the Gameweek 19 defeat to Brighton.

He is joined there by Pascal Struijk (£4.0m) who ends a run of five successive starts to allow Liam Cooper (£4.3m) to return to the team for the first time since his Gameweek 31 sending off at Manchester City.

The club captain appears to be set for a night in a back-three alongside Diego Llorente (£4.4m) and Luke Ayling (£4.4m) with Stuart Dallas (£5.4m) and Ezgjan Alioski (£4.3m) either side of Kalvin Phillips (£4.9m) in a 3-3-3-1 formation.

Rodrigo (£5.7m) comes in for Mateusz Klich (£5.2m) play at number 10 with Jack Harrison (£5.5m) and Raphinha (£5.5m) either side of him and Patrick Bamford (£6.5m) leading the line.

As ever, Southampton are in their 4-2-2-2 formation with Che Adams (£5.7m) and Nathan Tella (£4.3m) leading the attack in Danny Ings‘ (£8.4m) absence.

Theo Walcott (£5.8m) celebrates his permanent switch to Saints by starting on the flanks with Moussa Djenepo (£5.4m) while Oriol Romeu (£4.5m) failing his late fitness test means another central-midfield outing for Stuart Armstrong (£5.5m) next to James Ward-Prowse (£5.9m).

Marcus Rashford (£9.6m) is Manchester United’s big-name benching as they host Fulham.

Paul Pogba (£7.6m) and Mason Greenwood (£7.3m) are on the left and right flanks of attacking midfield respectively tonight while Edinson Cavani (£8.0m) leads the line in front of Bruno Fernandes (£11.4m).

Axel Tuanzebe (£4.1m) makes a second league start from a possible three alongside Victor Lindelöf (£4.8m) while Luke Shaw (£5.5m) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.7m) are in their usual full-back roles.

Fulham come to Old Trafford with a rather second-string appearance as Joachim Andersen (£4.5m), Ola Aina (£4.4m) and Kenny Tete (£4.3m) on the bench.

Tim Ream (£4.2m) is handed the captaincy in his first start since Gameweek 6 and looks like one of just three recognised defenders alongside Joe Bryan (£4.5m) and Tosin Adarabioyo (£4.5m).

Gameweek 37 Line-ups

Manchester United XI: De Gea; Shaw, Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka; Fred, McTominay; Pogba, B Fernandes, Greenwood; Cavani.

Fulham XI: Areola; J Bryan, Adarabioyo, Ream; Lookman, Reed, Anguissa, Lemina, De Cordova-Reid; Cavaleiro, Carvalho.

Southampton XI: McCarthy; Salisu, Vestergaard, J Stephens, Walker-Peters; Djenepo, Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Walcott; Tella, Adams.

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

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  1. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Can Soton score

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Hope not

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      No.

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

    C'mon JWP, do something!

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

    Bamford hoovering up those baps 😎

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Pre CS

  4. Shark Team
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Ings has a goal for sure when he comes on

  5. tbos83
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Is Bam going to get hooked again?

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Non-existant. . .

    • Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Bamford useless again. he's gonna get hooked before 60 min I reckon unless things change.

      1. DannyDrinkVodka
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        replaced by whom?

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

          This, though.

        2. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Poveda.

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

        So busy hoping Dallas stays quiet and Leeds concede that I forgot I own Bamford. Get in the game, Patty!

      3. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Rodrigo started

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Poveda is a really nice talent. I reckon he could get a run out.

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            I wouldn’t mind, I benched for Reggie

      4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        It's what he does - run up to Leicester he was shite, worst striker in the world, a joke, hooked early in the previous game for being SO BAD - then 15 points

        Run up to Fulham he was rubbish, a disgrace (but but his performances were so baaaaad man - plus Bielsa subbed him off early previous game) then 11 points

        Run up to Spurs he was a laughing stock, only idiots had him plus Bielsa subbed him off early previous game - 9 points

        Run up to Southampton - are poeple still considering Bamford, I don’t get it? Plus Bielsa subbed him off early & Rodrigo will definitely take his place now etc etc

        Its just Bamford doing Bamford things

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          It’s that little star next to his name on the team sheet

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Bruno is shooting on sight, heart in mouth every time

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Yeah, that save earlier had my attention!

      2. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Yeah I've accepted he's gonna score today. Or FPL will give him a phantom assist and 3 baps.

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          They removed one ; which is rather awkward given how far Cavani was offside.

    • The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Bruno negative bps

      1. Corgzzzz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Bruno to be awarded assist

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Not without a touch he’s not

          1. THFC4LIFE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Sky showed a replay looked like he touched it with his studs, don’t own him btw

            1. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              I haven’t seen one that looked close, but not in UK so no sky

    • Salarrivederci
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      So every site except FPL has Bruno Assist?
      Video refs confirmed Bruno touched the ball - therefore Bruno assist.
      Surely FPL have to follow those?

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        No touch

      2. Burger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        It'll come, you can dry your tears.

      3. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Fpl assists don’t follow pl assists, no congruency there at all

      4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Bruno didn't touch the ball though

        1. Burger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Controversial.

      5. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        They’ll give in due to his ownership.

      6. Custard Gannet
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        The BBC have it as de Gea

        1. Brimble82
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          As do Sky Sports.

      7. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        i mean he didnt touch it but ok.

      8. DandyDon
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        We will see at HT I guess. Looked a touch to me initially.

      9. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        If he didn't touch it Cavani is yards offside which makes it all a bit embarassing.

        1. Weeb Kakashi
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Was that a goal kick though?

          1. Salarrivederci
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Open play

          2. Milkman Bruno
              2 months, 18 days ago

              No open play

        2. Salan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          What means every site? Come on.

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

          Prove that video refs confirmed the touch

        4. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 18 days ago

          He didn't touch the ball. What he did was a foul for a straight red card, maybe that will come as well...

      10. Burger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        How are Leeds looking?

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Like Southampton. And Southampton are playing like Leeds. It's all very weird.

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

        Just give the assist already so it’s not a captaincy blank

      12. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Who are your punts for the last gw?

      13. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Bamford over Antonio will be costly for many of us

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Don’t think the majority would have done such a thing

        2. DandyDon
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Yea poor game

      14. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Bored Man U fans about to set off home for London.

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Isn't it an early game so the trains will still be running after?

          1. JohnnyRev7
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            To London yes, but then they have to catch their train connections to Surrey and Berkshire.

      15. Reeker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        I think everyone can agree on one thing. The VAR officials did not take enough time to check to see if he touched the ball.

        1. Milkman Bruno
            2 months, 18 days ago

            I’m sure we will get more angles at HT but if Bruno did not touch it then the officials have gotten it wrong yet again

          • Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            The VAR refs just assumed he touched it. They werent checking the touch, they were checking to see if Cavani was onside when the ball was close to Bruno

            1. Deulofail
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              That or they weren't sure enough to overturn the on-field decision (even though they probably should have been).

          • Corgzzzz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            VAR has been introduced to ruin the greatest game on earth....

        2. Ben White saved my life
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          A test for fpl towers moral courage, let's hope they give the assist to De Gea.

          1. Burger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Does Mark own Bruno or De Gea? There's your answer.

            1. Amsterhammer
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Yawn.

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

            Giving DDG the assist confirms awful referring, again...

            1. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Yes but that is what happened...

          3. Milkman Bruno
              2 months, 18 days ago

              “Fpl moral courage” 😆

              1. Ben White saved my life
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                My tongue is in my cheek! Still sore after Terry claimed a phantom goal some years ago.

                1. Milkman Bruno
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    I remember that!

                    1. Ben White saved my life
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      Milf-man Terry!

              2. Bushwhacker
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Cavani is yards offside then . . .

            • Burger
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Time for Bamford to come off and for Leeds to smash Saints in the 2nd half.

            • Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              McTominay would be a good centre back, he's already better than all of United's other ones

              1. Catastrophe
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Too important in CDM!

              2. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Outstanding player

            • ajay_kl +42
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              I need Greenwood, Bamford and DCl to haul to win my cash league.

              I have lost then

              1. Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Not much chance of that mate

              2. Little Red Lacazette
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Not looking good.

            • Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              OMG Shaw miss

            • Herman Toothrot
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Looking at Bamfords heat map, Leeds could do with bringing on a striker.

            • The Train Driver
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Bruno assist given on every app/site bar FPL.

              1. Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                At least FPL are telling the truth

              2. Weeb Kakashi
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Which app? I use one football and its showing DDG

                1. AMBELLINA PRISE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  So that's two because sofascore has the same.

              3. Herman Toothrot
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Nope

              4. AMBELLINA PRISE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Sofascore has it as a DDG assist. Why you lying brotha?

              5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                ??????

                BBC - DDG
                Sky Sports - DDG
                Opta - DDG
                One football - DDG
                Sofascore - DDG

                You sir, appear to be talking squarely out of your anus?

              6. jtreble
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Please stop making stuff up.

              7. The Train Driver
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Fotmob and livescore last time I checked.

            • gooberman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Shocking first half from Leeds. Constantly giving the ball away and inviting pressure.

            • Party time
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Why has Bruno assist not been added?

                1. Duke Silver ☑
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  PL are photoshopping one of his studs as having touched the ball. They're not the best on Photoshop though.

              • JustSomeGuy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 18 days ago

                So, Bruno off at half time to rest? Sounds good, right?

              • RAFA THE GAFFA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Crazy that they’ll give that to Bruno

                1. jason_ni
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Well, if he didn't touch the ball, then it should be offside!

                  1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    But he didn’t touch the ball. Just give it to any random player then in that case

                  2. Super Saints
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    We can't change that it was offside but you can't just give assists to players because people want them

                    1. jason_ni
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      So just var doing var things then?

                      Tbh I only saw the replay once, and it wasn't clear from the angle I saw.

                2. Bushwhacker
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  If they don't they have to chalk the goal off surely?

                  1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Would be fairer than giving Bruno the assist

              • Duke Silver ☑
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Think Pep would risk a KdB start against Everton?

              • jason_ni
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Has it been explained how ddg is given the assist? As if bruno no touched it, then cavani was offside from ddg pass?

                Or is it still to be confirmed?

                1. beric
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  yeah it shouldn't have been a goal, but either way bruno didn't touch it so no assist

                2. Party time
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Bruno touched the ball for goodness sake

                    1. Twisted Saltergater
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 12 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      Bruno didnt touch the ball for goodness sake

                3. Daniel Jebbison
                  • 12 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Poor Henderson owners

                  1. Super Saints
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Haha you are one!

                4. Rik Waller
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  The VAR man obviously bottled it and didn't wanna take the goal away from the fans. And I respect him for it. VAR kills the vibes.

                  1. beric
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    he's a dirty coward and should be sacked

                  2. Twisted Saltergater
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 12 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Perhaps filed under ‘not an obvious error’.