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

    Mane 🙂

  2. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    You guys getting Mane must be fortune tellers, how did you know lol

    1. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      He's looked sharp last few tbf

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        Wasted loads of chances though

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

      Took a hit for him

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        Nice, my hit was for Aguero, Bamford and Gundogan

    3. Milkman Bruno
      4 months, 3 days ago

      He has some record v Palace

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        Strange how they do better vs certain opponents

      2. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        I thought palace had a good record v Liverpool

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 3 days ago

          They did until we went against them, of course lol

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 3 days ago

          Mind you only 1-0, just our luck it happens to be Mane

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        Finally

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        Oops reply fail, yeah I get he’s been ok but hardly banging them in, esp for price

  3. mynameisq
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Bobby assist

  4. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Bruno -> Mane winners!!!

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

    Dammit Mané , final nail in the coffin for me 🙁

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

    Of course it’s a pen to Everton, of course

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

      SAved

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

    Bruno to Mane works nicely. Shame I didn’t captain!

    Cmon Salah and Trent

  8. Milkman Bruno
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Yuck Manè in for Bruno -4. I tossed and turned on this for so long and decided it would leave Mee too much of a benching headache so didn’t. Instead I have bloody Torres there along with Lingard

  9. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Who gets the Everton assist?

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Ederson

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

      Would’ve been Rich! Argghh

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

      No one....missed

  10. 4Rsenal_1886
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Did Son to Mane, something has gone right at least 🙂

  11. Ady87
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Coufal first sub with Dallas, Robertson & Philipps playing. Someone tell me I made the right decision?

    Bamford is going to feature isn’t he...

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

    Yes Bobby!

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

    I went KDB over mane so can’t be upset

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

      Still though

  14. Mr Ozil
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Who won Everton's penalty?

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

      Richarlison

  15. TB303
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Mane!!!!!!!!!

    1. Milkman Bruno
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Really not again??

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

    @Hazz better be happy with Bale to Mane now g

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

      I am indeed!

  17. SINGH
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    BBC say Antonio flicked ball to Fornals so why no Antonio assist?

  18. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Mane el capitain

  19. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Big Ed pen save but possible encroachment....

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

    Chelsea have to score now for top 4.

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

    Ederson penalty save damn

    1. Milkman Bruno
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Nooooooo please no

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

    Lol missed Everton pen

  23. Del Griffith
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Ederson pen save .. wow

  24. Ben White saved my life
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Teddy bear takes over the overall lead, could have an Irish winner.

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

    Crying for not doing Bruno to Mane for a hit

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

      Aw man ya should of done that

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

    Did Ederson save a pen or not ?

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Save

    2. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Yes

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

      Yep

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

      Yes

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

      Yes, VAR checked for encroachment but no retake.

    6. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Saved

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

      Yes

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

    Lol Everton

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

    Penalty saved....

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

    nice my captain scored

  30. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Anyone but Mane FFS