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

    Need Bamford or Greenwood to stay rooted to the bench. Mahrez first on my bench

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

      Both stay, I get Holding... might be okay.

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

    Comon Salah, think of the Golden Boot now.
    Someone plz tell him Kane scored.

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

    Chances of bamford, Bale & greenwood coming on in 2nd half?

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

      Stretching.

      Not Greenwood at least.

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

    Top 3 9 points apart.

    18, 28 and 38 in that order on a quick look.

    As long as Greenwood stays benched but 3rd spot can win it.

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

      Half time scores.

  5. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Having seen the Spurs goal now. That isn't a Son assist in FPL. And I own Son.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Yup.

    2. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Yeah not sure what people are complaining about.

  6. 272MK
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Surely Bale Bam2 to come on now?

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

      Hope so

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

    What a surprise, worst first half possible, Son assist not given

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

      Did they even review that?

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

    That first have couldn’t have gone much better. Fifteen points behind my rival before kick off and now five ahead. Fingers crossed for more of the same second half.

    1. Milkman Bruno
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Well played

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

          So far. Nervous as f**k now.

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

        *half

      • YEAH PITCH!
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        You'll win

      • Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Lucky day

    2. Milkman Bruno
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Ederson on for a haul to ruin my ml chances. Damn you Siggy, please score Everton

      • Perthite
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Funny - just noticed my points for the season atm is the highest in 10 seasons of playing FPL - but my rank is easily my worst of the seasons.

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

        OR 3 deserves to win for taking an all out punt on Mane (c)...

        1. MMN
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          Why when Salah was statistically the better option?

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

            Because if he captained Salah he’d likely not win, as others above would’ve. So he punted, good call...

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

          But you could argue number 1 or 2 deserve it more? Having said that I am sure there is a number 6743 out there who statistically made te best decisions and truly 'deserves' it but I guess your point is he punted with the way he had to go all the way but I think that would have been an obvious move for any of us on here if the players we were chasing had Salah cap.

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

          OR1 has made loads of brave calls too but yes, it’s ballsy to back a differential to go for the win

      • keefyefc
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Pulsating first half not bothering with the tv but listening old school on radio 5 live
        Still got potentially 5 clean sheets if Bamford doesn't come on

      • Milkman Bruno
          5 months, 4 days ago

          What decides the winner in mini leagues in the event of a tie?

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

            Fist fight!

            1. Milkman Bruno
                5 months, 4 days ago

                I hope not I’d be murdered 😆

            2. Ragabolly
              • 11 Years
              5 months, 4 days ago

              # of transfers

            3. cheekumz
              • 7 Years
              5 months, 4 days ago

              fewest transfers made i believe.

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

              Rick, scissors, paper....virtually

            5. KAALI_DAAL
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 4 days ago

              A cage match

            6. Perthite
              • 11 Years
              5 months, 4 days ago

              The greater distance of the person's home town from Wembley

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

              Quality of team name

              1. Perthite
                • 11 Years
                5 months, 4 days ago

                The least number of vowels in the team name

            8. Stoic
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 4 days ago

              HIAC

          2. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            That son assist is vital to those who have him.

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 4 days ago

              And Antonio? I have both Son and Antonio. Rival has neither. And as it stands he is 5 points ahead!

              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 7 Years
                5 months, 4 days ago

                GL 🙂

                1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 4 days ago

                  Thanks!

              2. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
                • 9 Years
                5 months, 4 days ago

                I've both too.

                1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 4 days ago

                  What's happening here?

            2. Party time
                5 months, 4 days ago

                Lol. Did Son assist? Wow. At least I got a return

              • KAALI_DAAL
                • 1 Year
                5 months, 4 days ago

                Duh

            3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 4 days ago

              Will the assists get added after the games end?

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

                Not if they're not given.

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

                Never an assist. Sorry.

            4. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 4 days ago

              Too many scores to concentrate on at once here!! Haha not used to it now!!

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

                Just like old times
                I know they wont but TV companies should do this (all fixtures at the same time) 3 or 4 times a season

                1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 4 days ago

                  Yeah it is great fun mate!! Just a lot to take in today when we have been used to only one or two games on at a time!! Haha

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

              Will son get the assist?

              1. Drogo
                • 9 Years
                5 months, 4 days ago

                I wanna know as well!

              2. Podge
                • 10 Years
                5 months, 4 days ago

                Not likely

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

                Compared to Bruno’s last week got to be given

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

                NO. Why are people continuing to ask this?!?!?

              5. Jimmy Boy
                • 5 Years
                5 months, 4 days ago

                Reguilon got one added at the end of the game on Wednesday

            6. gooberman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              5 months, 4 days ago

              Still waiting for Sons assist. It looked like he was aiming for Kane so why no assist?

              1. diesel001
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 4 days ago

                If he is aiming for Kane, why has he played it low when there are a bunch of defenders in the way. He wasn't playing it to Kane. He was playing it into the six yard box and got lucky with the deflection.

                1. Bushwhacker
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 4 days ago

                  This

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

              Just forget the Son assist people, he won't get it

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

              Just saw the Kane goal. If that's Bruno instead of Son it's an assist.

              1. Bushwhacker
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 4 days ago

                He’s not aiming at anyone ; kicks the ball in low it deflects and happens to land at Kanes feet.

            9. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              5 months, 4 days ago

              OR3 bossing it so far - 38 points.

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

                I was like same... but that's pre-bonus 😮

                1. Milkman Bruno
                    5 months, 4 days ago

                    Subtle brag

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

                      It did come with a -12 so perspective 😆

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

                Would Bruno have gotten that Son assist?

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

                  100%

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

                  Of course

                3. Perthite
                  • 11 Years
                  5 months, 4 days ago

                  No - obviously it would be a penalty.

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

                  No

              3. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
                • 9 Years
                5 months, 4 days ago

                Another 45 mins and this pain is over.

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

                Kane smashed it home but that Son cross was deflected 90o.

              5. Bank$y
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 4 days ago

                Forget Son. Where’s Robertson’s assist?

                1. Nanoelektronicar
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  5 months, 4 days ago

                  Firmino touched it before Mane got it

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

                  Firmino touched it

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

                    Not only that but it was even flicked on before that too!

                3. Party time
                    5 months, 4 days ago

                    In Firmino’s pocket

                4. Don Kloppeone
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 4 days ago

                  Currently knocked out the Top 10k. Only Kane and Willock returns. Come on lads!!

                  Frustrating times!

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

                  After the absolute disgrace last GW with Bruno's phantom assist everything is possible. Pandora's box has been open

                6. Party time
                    5 months, 4 days ago

                    Come on fpl, can you give me Son & Antonio assist for my last fpl season pleasers

                    1. Party time
                        5 months, 4 days ago

                        Please Mark Please

                      • Milkman Bruno
                          5 months, 4 days ago

                          No leave it with Coufal please

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

                        What's the story with people asking for Antonio assist?

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

                        I still can't believe someone in the top 500 captained Fornals - such a random choice!
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