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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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1,419 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rassi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Bruno assist/non-assist blah blah. Guess people's opinions are based mostly on whether they own Bruno or not.

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

      A few people are being honest but yeah I agree haha

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

      I thought it would be chalked off 100%

      Var lazy on the obvious ones and work OT when not needed

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

      SofaScore tells me that De Gea got the assist.
      I trust SofaScore.

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

        Sofa and flashscore as well

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

      Mostly yes but we can't just give assists to players who didn't assist just because var messed up

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

      Goal shouldn’t stand as Bruno didn’t touch the ball but it’s United...

      And as it’s Bruno, he’ll probably get the assist later.

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

      Bruno has to get the assist because the goal stands.

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

        Don’t see how that’s correlated. If they make a mistake and allow a goal, the FF points stand as called, which was no touch

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

          They haven’t called it have they? Says tbc on the FPL Twitter. My point is unfortunately FPL may have to honour the Fernandes assist because that’s what the officials have clearly called. Clear offside if he doesn’t touch it.

          For the record, I don’t think he touched it. Goal should not have stood.

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

    Can start crying now about Bruno captain fail ? Or is it too early ?

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Too late, should have started after that non-assist

    2. tom220222
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      too late mate, getting the assist

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

    United have been pretty low scoring all season against the bottom 3

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

    If Mark says it's not a Bruno assist then it's not!

    Happy days!

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

      Not even seen the United goal (putting kids to bed) but if Opta have not seen a touch from Bruno it’s done and dusted. It’s not an FPL thing.

    2. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      100%

  5. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    I need that assist so badly.

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

      There is no assist because he didn't touch the ball

  6. BrockLanders
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Where's all Raphinas points?

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

      You'll get that sweet, sweet CS point soon.

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Transferred to next season

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Lol

  7. Jebiga
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    FPL wants loosing players

  8. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Call me old fashioned but I like my assisters to touch the ball. What next making a funny face to put off a defender counts?

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

      With VAR I like my goalscorers to be onside.

  9. Yank Revolution
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Ok, he didnt touch it.

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

      Did we think he did?

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Nope.

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

    Yo, 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.

    And I own Bruno but hate VAR and love those crowd reactions.

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

    That angle from behind Bruno... clear touch 😮

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

      Link?

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

        Specsavers.com.

    2. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Lol

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

      He was closer to touching cloth

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

      Are you watching lol everyone confirming he didn't touch it, slow motions show clearly no touch

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

      NBC did their entire halftime on it being a bad decision.

      PGMOL said that there was no clear evidence that he did not get a touch so they couldn’t overturn

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

      Kiddin' are for real?
      I can't find an angle that confirm me in him touching/not touching it.
      That said FPL probably can't show us an angle in which (with 100% security) Bruno does not touch the ball - therefore I think they should follow the VAR refs decision.

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

    If they followed the rules that is offside and no goal.

    1. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Yeah. Bizarre it wasnt

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

      Crystal clear

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

    The slow motions literally confirm he didn't touch it

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

      Does it? I think there's no way to say if there was no touch, or if there was a very, very
      slight touch.

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

        I think it's completely clear he doesn't touch it, speed and motion of ball, position of foot as ball passes, from one angle you can almost see daylight between his foot and the ball.

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

          Out of interest are you a non bruno owner?

          I think I'm pretty impartial, and there is no way of knowing. A slight brush won't change the dot that souness was infatuated by.

    2. Tango74
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Did not touch it. Should of been disallowed but that’s VAR for u . We move on

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

      Just watched the slowmo, its pretty much impossible to say one way or the other.

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

        Exactly. Premier league gives that as an assist - favouring attacking team for a change - what will FPL do? Surely they go with League decision

      2. Yank Revolution
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Wrong. He didnt touch it and it was clear as day.

    4. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Cavani is onside when DDG plays it

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

        false

      2. Hy liverpool
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Lol

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

        Err wrong.

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

        Haha WTF?

        1. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Just setting the hook

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

            Gonna eat for a week in that one

      5. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        No . Off by a mile.

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

        hahahahaha

    5. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Bruno owner here for practically the whole season but that is not a assist

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

        Fair play mate

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

        Not your captain right?

    6. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Shouldn't have been a goal if Bruno didn't touch it which he didn't.

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

        But VAR said it was inconclusive (which is why they gave the goal)

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

          VAR wasnt checking if Bruno touched it or not, they were checking if CAvani was onside on the assumption that Bruno touched it, which he clearly didnt

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

            Var did check it, thats what its for, and they deemed it was inconclusive to determine that he didn't touch the ball.

    7. smix
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      What’s happening Leeds ! Raph for a hit mega fail

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

      Sky presenter now confirms Bruno assist, surely it’ll be given in Sky Fantasy too?

      Lots of pressure on FPL.

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

        Souness confirms no Bruno touch and he is the law.

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

          The discrepancies just show how close it was, some say it was,some say it wasn't, Like I've said, no really way of knowing.

      2. Hy liverpool
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Can they ask bruno and he just do like kane did

    9. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Wow Bruno didn't touch it hahaha

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

      I agree with VAR personnel. Could have easily brushed that - inconclusive!

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

      Please Ole make a half time sub Rashford in Greenwood out. Give equal chance to both in front of the fans to prove that they are worthy a start in EL final

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

        Rashy needs all the rest he can get he's been plaing with injections all season

    12. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Epic fail from Bruno to back heel the ball!
      The nerve of Bruno owners to even claim that as an assist!

      1. G00LI0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Defo assist

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

        Rival has Cavani (C) and no Bruno
        I have Bruno (C) and no Cavani

        If Bruno does not get that assist I'll be mad.

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

      Never an assist. He clearly doesn’t touch it (Bruno owner)

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

      Jimmy just said Edison is "touching himself"

    15. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Very similar to KDB Dilva last season

    16. Jebiga
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      According to Sky Sports, VAR decided that Fernandes had indeed got a touch on the ball with his back-heel flick, thus making Cavani onside when he wouldn't have been otherwise.

      https://www.givemesport.com/1693489-man-utd-vs-fulham-edinson-cavanis-wonder-goal-subject-to-var-controversy

      1. G00LI0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Assist incoming

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

        That’s wrong they decided that there was no clear evidence to overturn the ruling on the field.

        It would have been confirmed had they had a clear evidence of a touch

    17. smix
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      VAR was enamoured by the goal ! Clearly no Bruno touch there

    18. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Assist given . Yes

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

        Needed that.

    19. Rochdale_Cowboy
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Bruno owners adding a lot of Salt to Cavanis Chips