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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. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Kane and Son combos are backkk

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      dont think thats an assist

      1. HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        HAS TO BE

      2. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Hmm not sure. Attempted pullback but got a deflection so maybe not given

  2. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Salah going to miss out on the golden boot now

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Plenty of time

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Nah, no chance

  3. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Good lads, Harry and Son

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      He's a final day goal king!!

  4. Mile Plankton
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    I am on 11 atm

  5. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Two nil Leeds

  6. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Leeds goal

  7. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Damn Kane goal.

    Maybe a son assist

  8. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Leeds goal

  9. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Leeds 2-0

  10. fcsaltyballs
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Will that be a Son A ??

    1. TB303
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      No

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

    TAA to move to CB ?

  12. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Salah missing golden boot. Do something

  13. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Never a Son assist

  14. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Kalvin Philips 😆

    1. ajay_kl +42
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Duck this, I am going to the shops

  15. Milkman Bruno
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I really need the city cs wiped. If Ederson hauls that could lose me the league

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      No Son assait as per FPL Twitter... so far.

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

        Deflected cross but I thought it was

    • Rains of Castamere
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Son assist surely, cut back was initially heading for Kane anyway

    • Skloppy Kops
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Leeds assist?

    • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Cmon Dallas get a goal

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      No assist for Son. Given to Bruno.

      1. Cilly Bonnolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        😆

      2. sinik
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        fresh material

        1. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Had to go one last time before the end.

      3. NateDogsCats
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Never gets old

      4. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Ederson hauls

        1. Milkman Bruno
            2 months, 11 days ago

            No no please

        2. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Won't be Son assist, I own him and rival doesn't

          Took captaincy off Kane this week

        3. Eastman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Has to be a Son assist surely

          1. JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Never.

        4. MIGHTY JOE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Leeds assist?

          1. CloudSky
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Hernandez

        5. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          K. Philips goal

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Hernandez assist.

          2. UNDERWORLD7
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Yep would be

          3. KAALI_DAAL
              2 months, 11 days ago

              The Liverpool lad that i have in my team?

          4. MMN
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            I have Raph, Harrison and Bamford. Thought I had the attack covered lol.

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Lol same with Dallas instead of Raph. Absolute joke of a season

          5. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Come on Leicester

          6. Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            I reqly hope Martinez not to ruin my season and Chelsea's season 🙁

          7. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            OMG traore

          8. Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Traore goal