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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. MissouriMarten
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Villa goal.

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

    Bruno gets assist for not touching the ball

    Son doesn't get assist for crossing it to Kane

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

      crossing to Sanchez

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

    Rudoger CS lost

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

    Big boy Kane in da house

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

      Big boy?

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

        He’s big alright lol

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

      Did you leave captaincy on him? I've had it on him for a while but took it off this week

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

        Yeah I did, one mini blessing at least

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

          Fair play mate, I wanted to but tried to block rival with Salah cap but he captained mane of course

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

            Annoying

  5. sunzip14
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Villa Goal

  6. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Chelsea breakthrough GOAL

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Breaking down...

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Apologies I'd switched to Anfield from Villa Park.

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

    Phillips G

    No not that one 🙁

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

    Chelsea will have to win in the final

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

    Traoré G

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

      Think Grealish A

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

        Targett

  10. Shark Team
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Willock Targett on the bench that sums up my season, Martinez also on my bench Villa C's possible

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

    Oh no....

  12. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    SON assist missing...FPL towers wake up

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Not on yet!

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

      Son tried to pass to Arry might got a touch but still assy

  13. Avery
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Robertson slipped on a banana skin

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

    Martinez assist by any chance?

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

      Targett

  15. Bartowski
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Come on Leicester!

  16. Hryszko
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Why oh why can’t Chelsea keep a clean sheet!!! Rudiger & Mendy clean gone

    1. MissouriMarten
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Mendy has the 2nd most clean sheets after Ederson.

  17. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Leicester or Chelsea - who would your money be on?

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

      leicester

  18. Babit1967
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Could martinez and Sanchez both keep cleanies? on Bb would be glorious

  19. dark91
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    What a touch by Traore

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

    Nobody has Fornals

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Am sure someone somewhere tripled him

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

      Saw a post earlier that someone in the top 500 captained him.

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

    Robbo could be nursing an injury.

  22. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Leicester are favourites to beat Spurs for sure

  23. Feanor
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Glad I didn’t take a 4 point hit to get in a midfielder now. Targett coming off my bench.

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

    Needed goal in first half on every match for 2k €.
    Thanks Arsenal.

    1. Clintymints
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Never bet on arsenal

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      How much did you stake?

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

        2€

  25. Clintymints
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Has to be a Son assist after Watkins got that assist.

    Especially after Bruno imaginary assist last week, at least Son touched the ball

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

      Sorry bru but I have him

  26. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Chelsea cs wiped, -loving that!
    Now if only Liverpool could hold ...

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

    Chelsea not many options. Can't really trust Ziyech given how poor he has been in the PL. Perhaps Havertz on for Pulisic.

  28. ZoumasBloomers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Spent all morning trying to work out whether to bench Fofana or Targett.

    Don’t even need to say which I went for

  29. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    OR3 winning FPL

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

    That’s a hilarious goal v Chelsea