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Bamford, Bale, Aguero and Forster on the bench for Gameweek 38 matches

Patrick Bamford is on the Leeds bench for their Gameweek 38 meeting with West Bromwich Albion.

Ahead of facing the Premier League worst defence this season, Marcelo Bielsa’s number-one forward was the most-bought player for the final round of matches.

But the Leeds boss has taken the return of Leeds fans to a home top-flight game for 17 years to offer farewell starts to Gaetano Berardi and Pablo Hernandez.

The latter starts at number 10, pushing Rodrigo into Bamford’s centre-forward berth with Raphinha and Jack Harrison on the flanks of what appears to be a 3-3-3-1 formation.

As promised, Kiko Casilla starts in goal ahead of Illan Meslier while Fantasy favourite Stuart Dallas keeps his place on the right-hand side of Leeds’ second bank of three.

Ryan Mason’s two alterations are both at the back, with Matt Doherty and Davinson Sanchez in for Japhet Tanganga and Eric Dier.

Gareth Bale is benched again.

If Sergio Aguero is to sign off his Manchester City Premier League career with a goal, he will have to do it from the bench where he is named alongside Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres.

Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden appear to be either side of Gabriel Jesus while Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne look set for slightly deeper midfield roles.

Liverpool are as to be expected with Diogo Jota only fit enough for a bench role and Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah either side of Roberto Firmino in the front-three.

Crystal Palace have opted for a more robust set-up than their usual 4-4-2 set-up in what appears to be a 4-3-3 system featuring Cheikhou Kouyate, Jairo Riedewald and James McCarthy protecting a back-four of Tyrick Mitchell, James Tomkins, Gary Cahill and Joel Ward.

David Moyes has made two changes to the West Ham United side that beat West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday.

Lukasz Fabianski has passed a late fitness test on a knee injury and replaces Darren Randolph between the posts, while Jarrod Bowen comes in for Said Benrahma down the right flank.

Southampton make five alterations to the team beaten by Leeds United in Gameweek 37.

The return of Danny Ings to the starting XI is the headline news, with Ibrahima Diallo, Nathan Redmond, Takumi Minamino and Jan Bednarek also recalled.

Alex McCarthy keeps his place, with Fraser Forster only along the substitutes.

The injured Che Adams misses out, with Oriol Romeu back on the bench after three months out.

Moussa Djenepo, Theo Walcott, Nathan Tella and Jack Stephens make way.

Dean Smith has named an unchanged team, with Jack Grealish handed another start.

There’s only one tweak to Thomas Tuchel’s line-up, with the injured N’Golo Kante replaced by Mateo Kovacic.

The fit-again Kai Havertz has to make do with a place on the bench.

Arsenal have made two changes to the side that won 3-1 at Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

Martin Odegaard and Granit Xhaka are back in midfield, with Mohamed Elneny and Bukayo Saka dropped.

Brighton also make a pair of alterations.

Lewis Dunk and Leandro Trossard start, with the injured Danny Welbeck and the benched Steven Alzate missing out.

Martin Dubravka, Joe Willock and Allan Saint-Maximin are deemed fit to start for Newcastle, with Sean Longstaff in for the injured Joelinton the only change that Steve Bruce has made.

Alphonse Areola, Mario Lemina and Harrison Reed make way from Scott Parker’s first XI, with Marek Rodak, Kenny Tete and Josh Onomah brought into the fold.

Burnley are in 4-5-1 for their trip toSheffield United, featuring Chris Wood as a lone centre-forward. Ben Mee and Nick Pope both miss out due to injury, replaced by Will Norris and Jimmy Dunne.

As expected, Manchester United are heavily rotated for Gameweek 38. Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are on the bench but Luke Shaw, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani are all absent.

Gameweek 38 Line-ups

Arsenal XI: Leno, Chambers, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Xhaka, Partey, Ødegaard, Pepe, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang.

Brighton and Hove Albion XI: Sánchez, White, Webster, Dunk, Burn, Jahanbakhsh, Groß, Bissouma, Trossard, Moder, Mac Allister.

Aston Villa XI: Martinez, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Hause, McGinn, Nakamba, Grealish, Traore, El Ghazi, Watkins.

Chelsea XI: Mendy, James, Rudiger, Silva, Azpilicueta, Chilwell, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount, Werner, Pulisic.

Fulham XI: Rodak, Tete, Ream, Adarabioyo, Bryan, Anguissa, Onomah, Cavaleiro, Carvalho, Lookman, De Cordova-Reid.

Newcastle United XI: Dubravka, Krafth, Fernandez, Dummett, Murphy, Willock, S Longstaff, Shelvey, Ritchie, Almiron, Saint-Maximin.

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

West Bromwich Albion XI: Johnstone; Bartley, Ajayi, O’Shea; C Townsend, Gallagher, Yokuslu, Maitland-Niles, Furlong; M Phillips; Robinson.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel, Thomas, Fofana, Soyuncu, Castagne, Ndidi, Tielemans, Maddison, Albrighton, Vardy, Iheanacho.

Tottenham Hotspur XI: Lloris, Doherty, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Winks, Alli, Kane, Son, Bergwijn.

Liverpool XI: Alisson; Robertson, N Phillips, R Williams, Alexander-Arnold; Thiago, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Mané, Firmino, Salah.

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Mitchell, Tomkins, Cahill, J Ward; McCarthy, Riedewald, Kouyaté; Zaha, Ayew, Townsend.

Manchester City XI: Ederson; Zinchenko, Stones, Dias, Walker; Mahrez, Fernandinho, De Bruyne; Foden, Jesus, Sterling.

Everton XI: Pickford; Digne, Godfrey, Keane, Holgate; Doucouré, T Davies, Allan; Sigurdsson; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.

Sheffield United XI: Ramsdale; Robinson, Egan, Basham; Stevens, Fleck, Norwood, Osborn, Baldock; Jebbison, McGoldrick.

Burnley XI: Norris; C Taylor, Dunne, Tarkowski, Lowton; McNeil, Cork, Westwood, Brownhill, Gudmundsson; Wood.

West Ham United XI: Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Bowen, Lingard, Fornals, Antonio.

Southampton XI: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Salisu, Diallo, Armstrong, Minamino, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Ings.

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI: Patrício; Saïss, Coady, Boly; Aït-Nouri, Neves, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Semedo; F Silva, A Traoré.

Manchester United XI: D Henderson; Telles, Bailly, Tuanzebe, B Williams; Matic, van de Beek; D James, Mata, A Diallo; Elanga.

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2,075 Comments Post a Comment
  1. DBossman_2000
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Lost my ML by 2 pts and Foden came off before a cs pt and extra pt past 60. He had Mane too

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Ooh so close! I think I'm waiting on a Bam bonus point to seal my ml.

  2. mr messi
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    How many bps is Bamford getting?

    1. Well you know, Triffic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      1

    2. ALI_G
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      1

    3. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Probably 2

    4. leeboy104
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Image on anewpla says 1, but click on his name and it shows 2. Should be 2.

    5. Please Answer Me
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Ranked as 4032 and now have 61 points (including bonus) what will be my new rank?

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Probably a red arrow, maybe around 4500

      2. GOTHAM City F.C.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        livefpl

      3. Bartowski
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Sergeant

      4. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 8 days ago

        More or less the same. Maybe a slight green

      5. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Top 10k average is 57 before subs.

      6. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        FPL live will give you a good idea.

        https://www.livefpl.net/

      7. EmreCan Hustle
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Around 3.4k would be my guess

    6. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Hopefully Bale is signed by a PL club this summer.

    7. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      My rival was 42 points ahead before today.

      He got 39 points today with Schmeichel OG and Azpi RC 😆

      I got 77! So close!

      If I'd captained Kane over TAA, or swapped Targett and Castagne around on the bench, we'd have drawn.

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Captaining Bale would have won it for me 😐 Dayyym

    8. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Great day of football! Really enjoyed it. Suspense till the final whistle 🙂

      When can we expect the final fpl points tally?

    9. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      2401 pts last year and finished top 2.5k. This year 2452 pts but barely got in top 30k. Season full of horrible luck but we go again next year.

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        more GWs than normal.

    10. Stand By Mee
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      69 -4 here

      Bruno and Greenwood to Mané and Raphinha worked out nicely

      I got my career best finish:

      NEW POST-SUBS 8,023 🙂

      I want to thank all of you for helping out and making this game more fun!

    11. Tomerick
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Rate my team for next season

      Pope, Sanchez
      Trent, Dias, Digne, Holding, Mitchell
      Salah, KDB, Son, Havertz, Maximin
      Kane, Pukki, Jebbison

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Unaffordable by about 10m.

        1. Tomerick
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          yOu DoNt KnOw ThE PrIcEs YeT

          1. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            It would take a major change of policy by FPL it be anywhere near unaffordable.

            1. Tomerick
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Just the kind of shake up FPL needs surely

      2. WHUFCSmith23
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Maybe go Sancho over Son as Ings keeps getting injured and Troy Parrott doesn't seem ready.

        Tottenham xg is good under Potter but they just aren't finishing their chances.

      3. Babit1967
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Think I’d prefer Foden/Mahrez to KDB as prob be much cheaper

    12. JAYPEE
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Who’s getting the bonus points in the Leeds game?

    13. Dreams
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      2399 points. 88k rank. Time to take my mind off the game till next season.

      1. justaguy9
          2 months, 8 days ago

          2266 points. 520k

        • Guba
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Exactly the same overall rank! Looking forward to a break too.

      2. WHUFCSmith23
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 8 days ago

        This was the first season I actually tried to do well in fpl. It wasn't enough for a top 10k finish, ended up with an ugly red arrow this week and around the 16k mark but for the first time I won my work mini league.

        I've learned so many things this season, and this site has helped immensely. Well played to everyone.

        Cant wait to see the debates over Pukki or Sarr, Sancho or Mane

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Good rank all the same and well done in ml. How have the availability of ffs stats helped you out? Have they made a marked difference in your season?

          1. WHUFCSmith23
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 8 days ago

            I would say the season ticker has been the biggest aid. The player stats help making transfer decisions but only after i had identified players with the eye test. I'm not too in love with player stats as they can be false.

            An example would be Cancelo, his stats looked great but watching the games you could see that his shooting was poor and his crosses were too deep to have assist potential.

            I will make sure I look deeper into stats that I feel can aid next season. Touches in the box is a great stat

            1. Pep bites Kun
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Good examples. Stats are something you need to refine to or influence for your own game. Don't want to dwell on this ..

              Again, well done!

      3. HEADSY
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        2.9m in gw24 and bottom of my ML after a dreadful season......

        Wildcarded in gw24 and ended up winning my ML today breaking into the top 500k. 11 pts behind the leader we had 8 of the same players apart from I brought in mane and captained him.

      4. justaguy9
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Had the c on mane all week. Overt thinking made me put it on taa. Lose 11 points. Cost me a top 500k finish. Worst fpl season comes to an end

          1. Tomerick
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Should be more subtle in your thinking next season and less overt.

        • Salarrivederci
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          BB already activated for GW1 next season. Can't be bothered preppin' that chip and 15 players for a DGW next season!

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            I lost 39 points playing that chip outside the doubles this season. It looked like a valid play, but I reckon I was a bit trigger happy. I'll be more patient next season.

        • son of city
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Just wanted to say that It has been a pleasure suffering this 2020/21 season with you guys, always felt motivated the game weeks which I've felt down while reading your comments, advice and curses.THANK YOU.

          • Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Martinez fell short of matching the GK points record due to a silly YC. 1 off.

          • Samwise the Brave
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Need a Willock bonus point for a mini league...any chance?

          • Ragabolly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            My friends at FFS, congrats on ending the season and I hope you've had fun with the game this season 🙂

            Just wanted to say sorry for LiveFPL being overloaded this past hour, it was expected and I am actually surprised the site was up and running until minute 80' or so. The traffic is going down at the moment, so you should be able to get in. All OR's are final pending bonus recalculations.

            Thank you for your support!

            1. djman102
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Thank you for all the work you do on that site! Always enjoy keeping up with OR and MLs with it.

            2. Pep bites Kun
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Great site mate. You've played a blinder! 🙂

            3. A-L
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Thanks Ragabolly, your site is amazing and absolutely essential for me!

          • shuddahaddum
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Thanks for all the work on site.

          • justaguy9
              2 months, 8 days ago

              As i look back, made the biggest ever blunder playing a wc in gw 2. Sold Son 4 goals, mane 2 goals, ings 2 goals etc. On wc. Had i stuck to my gw1 team for gw2 i would have had atleast 40 to 50 points more.
              Could never really recover from there. Did improve from a low if 4.1m in gw 13 to 520k at the end. Still disappointing

            • son of city
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Salah (c) was a trickster move all along. Lol

                1. Traction Engine Foot
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  He's been unbelievably frustrating all season.

              • 8ball
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Anyone know the cutoff score for top 10k? Livefpl seems to be down

                1. A-L
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  I’m on 2491 points and that’s an agonising rank of 10,073

                2. Pep bites Kun
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  Just busy - popular site - keep trying

                3. Reeker
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  2492 it says on livefpl right now

              • Pep bites Kun
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                When can we expect the final scores in - how long does it usually take? Not being impatient. I reckon there's +/- 1 pt in my ml 🙂

              • Reeker
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Won by 1 transfer in my mini league despite stupidly playing Rudiger over Coufal

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

                Sutherns really does have a Midas touch

              • Crunchie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Thanks for the season gents for advice and banter.

                1 point off top 1k 🙁