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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. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Fornals G. Don't know A.

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Bowen A.

  2. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Mane sitter 🙂

    1. Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Aw don’t say that. I’ve captained him.

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        It wasn't a sitter tbf. Would've been some finish had he scored.

  3. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Fornals G, Bowen A

    1. Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Useless.

  4. Salah’s Sonnet
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Nobody important for West Ham scores, typical

    1. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Lol so annoying

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        Indeed, want the season to end NOW

  5. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    G Fornals
    A Bowen

    .... OH DO ONE

    1. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Just one of many kicks in the nuts today

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      But we'll done if the person who said they were going to transfer in Fornals in fact, transferred in Fornals.

  6. Shultan
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Fornals goal

    1. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      shecond goal?

  7. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Liverpool are pish

  8. Salah’s Sonnet
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Well, the theme has been set for today, absolutely garbage.

    So glad this rubbish ends today

  9. ajay_kl +42
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    This is really turning into a depressing end to this Fpl season

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

    Mane is really poor at the moment.

  11. Cilly Bonnolly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Right, who got that one?

  12. Shark Team
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Bamford warming up
    Me with Willock first sub 🙁

  13. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    As if we’re losing 2-0 to West Ham =[

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Clearly...

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

      Glad Forster didn’t start lol

    3. MissouriMarten
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Think Saints are a better side then?

  14. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    2 top West Ham

    Goal

  15. TyroneGAA
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Oh god 2nd west ham goal

  16. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Second goal for Hammers

  17. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Coufal assist

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      YES TRANSFER SUCCESS!

  18. Sleepless in Settle FPL
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    forbal double

  19. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Gonna be a rout here

  20. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Go away Fornals

  21. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Holding goal disallowed for offside. would have been Partey assist

    1. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      My differential ;(

  22. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    It's like a massive game of roulette and we're all at the wheel....

  23. GOTHAM City F.C.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    c'mon saints get one

  24. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Benched Coufal 🙁

    1. Podge
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Me too but he’ll probably come on

  25. tbos83
    4 months, 3 days ago

    No pick team option 🙁

  26. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Oh god damn Coufal again

  27. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    So fornal is the the player getting a hatrick

  28. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Coufal assist?

    1. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Yep =D

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

      Yes

  29. Oggle22
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Jlingz and Antonio owner wtf

  30. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Two goals and no Antonio or Lingard involvement...