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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. jason_ni
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Correct article picture selected.

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

      Patrick-rolled Bamfraud.

  2. All about the galacticos
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    top of the last

    1. brianutd-why always we? 20
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Not

      1. All about the galacticos
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        darn it! was last chance to be top of anything

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

          Sorry, not sorry.

        2. brianutd-why always we? 20
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          V good

  3. brianutd-why always we? 20
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Bring it on

  4. fr3d
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    At least there were no surprises except Bamford

  5. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Good start. Max wins and Lewis down in 7th.

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

      He was fuming on that radio chat!

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Good. Looks like we may finally have a decent driver's championship this season.

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

          True, more competiveness can only be a good thing.

    2. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Leclerc not starting was annoying though. But a very good result for Verstappen and Sainz nonetheless. F1 is exciting this year thankfully

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Yeah, was gutted for him in his home grand prix too. He only has himself to blame though 🙁

  6. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Bamford will surely come on right?

    1. brianutd-why always we? 20
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Cameo

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Word up

    2. Werner Brothers
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Hope not. Got willock 1st sub.
      Waa thinking about rodrigo. Shame doesn't have gut to get him

    3. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Yes Hernandez only going to play 55/60 minutes

    4. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Will very likely come on around 60 mins

    5. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Maybe even in the first half if bielsa takes off Hernandez early

  7. Lucky Z
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Is there any simulcast link for today's games?

  8. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Have a feeling not having Dallas will bite me good.

    1. Milkman Bruno
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I hope so 😉 sorry

    2. b91jh
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      On a differential galore with Amad, Cresswell, ASM and Wood in my team. Wish me luck.

      1. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Amad is brave even with the rumours. Cresswell and Wood are great. ASM just needs to get some on target. Good luck

        1. b91jh
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Amad's touch and movement is really smooth, just need some experience and composure to be the next Foden.

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

        Heck yeah that’s super fun.
        Good luck!

      3. Werner Brothers
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Was thinking amad but go with adama... Home advantage plus nuno farewell.
        Amad could be gold

    3. Milkman Bruno
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I need West Ham to trounce Southampton with no Soucek involvement pleeeaaassseee

      • AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Have fun everyone...

        FPL and EPL has been a welcome distraction in lockdown.

        1. Tango74
            2 months, 8 days ago

            I agree, its been fun

            Hopefully next year people wont blame PEP for team

            If you pick City players then its your own fault,

        2. fr3d
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Greenwood and Bruno 52% EO combined lol so many casuals in the top 10k

          1. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            78.2% in top 10k have never been there before.

          2. Mr. O'Connell
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            They'll be laughing when they get a 15 pointer from ESR off their benches.

        3. Mr. O'Connell
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Really think Villa get a result against Chelsea. Top 4 battle gonna be up and down today.

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Villa players up for England squad selection too.

          2. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            What does Emi need to be highest scoring FPL goalkeeper ever?

            1. The Ilfordian
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Just checking, I think it’s 5 points ? Friedel with 187 in 2002/03. Might have misread it though

        4. Werner Bros
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Who wins here? We started the gameweek on the same points (I'm now 4 ahead cos of the hit)

          Me:
          Mendy TAA Holding Mane Raphinha Watkins

          Him:
          Meslier Castagne Robertson Greenwood Pulisic Bamford (-4)

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

            you.

          2. Halftime Lemon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Looks good for you seeing as 3 of his ain't starting

        5. waltzingmatildas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          What game is everyone watching? Salah captain but think Leeds could be a good one

          1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Palace - with Salah (C) 😀

          2. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Leeds or City,

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

          Which team wins the league? Team A is currently leading by 23 points

          A) Pickford
          Mitchell TAA Dallas
          Mane Salah(c) Lingard Raphinha
          Kane Bamford Nacho

          B) Alison
          TAA Dallas Alioski
          Son Salah Lingard Mahrez
          Antonio(c) Kane Nacho

        7. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          COYP!!

          1. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            All my hopes are on Tyrick to stop Salah

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

          Who wins ML?

          Me (+9)
          Mendy
          TAA Fofana Holding
          Lingard Mane Mo Raphina Greenwood
          Nacho Kane
          (Forster DCL Shaw Ward)

          Him
          Meslier
          Dallas Robertson Philips
          Lingard Son Mo Raphina
          Nacho Kane DCL
          (Leno ASM Holding Coady)

          1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            You just I think. Will be close.

            1. Gentle_Turks
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Yeah I reckon it's gonna be squeaky bum time...

        9. Party time
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Which game are you guys following? Think I’m gonna watch the Arsenal game. Need Auba differential to explode

            1. Jafooli
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              SHU vs BUR

          • Sleepless in Settle FPL
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Pep is cruel and hate Kun very much, it's a useless game and Kun not starting, criminal

            1. Sleepless in Settle FPL
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              cannt wait to read Kun autobiography

            2. FFSbet.com
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              He will come in at 93:20

              1. Sleepless in Settle FPL
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                2 goals to break Rooney record, poor Kun

            3. Halftime Lemon
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Would he even be able to play 90?

          • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            52 points ahead and still not confident.
            He has Kane Mane Mahrez Dallas Wood .
            I have none of these.

            1. Gentle_Turks
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Nah, you should be ok.

              1. Gentle_Turks
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Can you answer me above?

          • diesel001
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Salah hat-trick of goals please.

            1. Scholes Out Forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              You spelt Mane wrong

            2. Duke Silver ☑
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              *points.

              That'll do.

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

              What’s your OR Diesel?

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

                Just inside the Top 15k. Top 10k is out of reach, but only 10pts ahead of ML rival for first place. They have Kane(c) and I have Salah(c) so hoping for Salah to haul.

                1. Jafooli
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  Best of luck for the ML....very decent season @ 15k

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

              Very specific. No sarky comments have a chance

          • FFSbet.com
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Cmon Firmino Top10k: 3.2% !!!

          • Scratch
            • 12 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Mini-league has just 11 points in it

            Martinez, Vestergaard, Digne, Foden, Salah, Mane, Antonio
            vs
            Alisson, Dias, Dallas(c) Greenwood, Wood, Nacho

          • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Here we go.

          • Jafooli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Bingo

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

            Who wins?
            A. Fabianski, Dawson, Greenwood, JWP, Harrison
            B. (no GK), Holding, Son, Lingard, Willock

          • Wild Guus Chase
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Quite the choice of viewing this afternoon! Think I'm going to watch Leicester v Spurs!

          • Milkman Bruno
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Best of luck today everyone. I think I can speak for most when I say this season has been a struggle both normally and fpl wise. I for one can’t wait to step away from it and enjoy the summer. Whatever about having a bad season, I just didn’t enjoy it this year. Normally you would have good and bad weeks but this year felt like always bad 😆
              Hopefully next year will be better for everyone and if you did manage to enjoy this season and do well in fpl then fair play to you and I hope you finish strong. Take care

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

              Can't believe Salah hasn't scored yet!

              1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Fail.