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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. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Ederson owner 🙂

  2. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Who took pen?

    1. Hazz
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Siggy

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Nice. Took him out for Raphinha this week.

    2. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Siggy miss

    3. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Siggy

  3. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Wolves equaliser.

    1 1.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Semedo!

  4. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Son trips on his own feet and misses the biggest sitter of all time

  5. @ocprodigy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Benched Ederson’s penalty save. Gutted. Thought they’d play a second string defence...

    1. @ocprodigy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      And a Semedo goal. Whoops.

  6. Drogo
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    12 points behing #1 in ML, and my Siggy misses a penalty. Probably costed me the entire season.

    1. Sleepless in Settle FPL
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      sad

  7. MFC86
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Bruno to Mané crew unite ha ha lovely

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Yup... Should've capped him.

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

    OR #3 with Ederson, Coufal and Mane (c) looking good

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Amazing chief!!

  9. Lindelol
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    captain Mane yesss - please one more

  10. Babit1967
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    37 so far, going well

  11. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Played Ederson, second points for the day after Mane

  12. Podge
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Samedo

  13. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Semedo goal. Fabio Silva A

  14. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    OMG kane

    1. Hazz
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      NICE

  15. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    1st in my mine league for 37 game weeks, losing it today is heart breaking

  16. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Final day from hell.

  17. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Son assist

    1. Hazz
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      NOT NICE

    2. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      ehhhhh debatable

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Deflected but hoping

    3. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      wont be an assist

  18. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Would love love love a Coady goal

  19. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Sadly don't see this being another "Crystanbul" 🙁

  20. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Wish I had the bells to cap mane over salah.

  21. Podge
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Kane goal

  22. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Damn it Henderson cocnedes 🙁

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Sickening mate, Henderson has been awful for us

  23. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Nice Kane. Shame you couldn’t do that when I captain you, but still

  24. badgerboy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Feck off Sight you useless twerp. Been lumbered with him in my team the last few weeks.

    1. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Siggy

  25. Parsnips
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Mane and ederson owner you beauty

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Spurs equaliser now.

    • GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      finally son with an assist

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Points...

    • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Semedo scores 2 GWs after I sold him

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Typical, me too.

      2. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Last on my bench

      3. dansmusen
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        My main rival in my ML gets Semedo from the bench...FFS

    • inSane in the ManeKane
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Should be Son assist

    • Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Kane and Son nice, but ain't getting me nowhere