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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. TheSteel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Sold fornals for willock is draft.

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      In

  2. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Fornals again

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

      Hatty?

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        2

  3. Limbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Coufap

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

    When do LIV plan to score???

    1. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Not today

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

      When Jota subs Mane.

  5. Hryszko
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Who got assist for second West Ham goal?

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

      Coufal

  6. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Couuuuufffff

  7. Milkman Bruno
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Lingard and Antonio owner. However, Shaw to Coufal with my ft 😎

  8. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Nacho back to his useless self

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

    So great having multiple games on at once

  10. Shultan
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Damn got Creswell over coufal with FY

  11. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Come on Kane (C)

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

    Mane scores

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

    OR #431 captained Fornals
    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/47626/event/38/

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

    Yep would be Coufal wouldn’t it, as always rivals win. Screw by his game, screw it real good.

  15. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    As if Mane actually scores lol

  16. Feanor
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Coufal my only scorer so far.

  17. Tcheco
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    CAPTAIN MANE

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

      Same!

  18. Yank Revolution
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Mane!! My triple cap!

    1. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Salah mine, so obviously Mane scores.

  19. Podge
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Peno Everton

  20. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Albrighton SOT

  21. MMN
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Fofana (CRY) over Coufal (CHE) in GW33 has been an absolute disaster. Don't wanna start doing the maths ...

  22. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Yey, Mane

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

    Mane goal

  24. Ben White saved my life
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Surprised Magnus played his bench boost this gw, not a great return sofar for a - 4 with 2 non starters.

  25. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Pen Everton

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

    Ah Damn mane

  27. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Mane with his 7th return in his last 8 starts, and 21st return in last 31 starts

    But he’s having a “poor season” you know, best stay away for GW38

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

    My -12:

    - DCL > Bamford 🙁
    - Bale > Mané 😐
    - Jota > Raphinha 🙂
    - Shaw > Coufal 🙂

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

      Mané 🙂 *

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

      Mane scored?

  29. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Maneeee

  30. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Mane G Bobby A....I'm in free fall