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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. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    So, the actual differentials were: Ederson, Coufal, Fornals, Rodrigo, Mata, Party

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Willock

    2. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      KdB too

      1. Stoic
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Biggest

  2. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    16 points ahead of my rival going into this gameweek, after that first half he's already 2 points ahead of me lol

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Yeah, the differentials worked

    2. Cojones of Destiny
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      well done for him but you hang in there

  3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Bruno phantom assist given in seconds

    Son cross was intended for the 6 yard box and Kane. No assist

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Yeah bollocks

    2. Party time
        2 months, 9 days ago

        #Please Mark Please

      • Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        It's been shocking this season

      • Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Never. An. Assist.

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Neither was Bruno's or Watkins but they were almost one so we're awarded

    3. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      dEUROfail League

      Pick a Euro 2020 Fantasy Team here: https://gaming.uefa.com/en/uefaeuro2020fantasyfootball/create-team

      League code: 34AGPQQP04

      Feel free to share.

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        These are the key points to know about the difference from FPL (please comment if you notice a mistake or I've missed something important):

        Limit for players from the same team:

        Group stage: 3
        Round of 16: 4
        Quarters: 5
        Semis: 6
        Final: 8

        After all matches on a single day have finished, you can:
        - Sub players into your XI from the bench if they are yet to play. (Cannot sub-out players with red cards).
        - Change your captain to another player who is yet to play (even if your original captain DOES get a red card).

        Free transfers per phase:
        Group stage: 2 per matchday
        Before round of 16: Unlimited
        Before quarter-finals: 3
        Before semi-finals: 5
        Before final: 5

        (Only one FT can be carried over to the next matchday. Hits are 4 points.)

        2 Chips are the Wilcard and "Unlimited" (which is the same as Free Hit in FPL)

        Point scoring is the same as FPL except:
        - No BPS
        - Goal scored from outside the box (+1)
        - Conceding a pen (-1)
        - When a goal is scored from a solo run or dribble, no player will be credited with the assist.
        - Players will keep scoring points throughout extra time. However, players can't score points for penalty shoot-outs.

        Check out the rules in full: https://gaming.uefa.com/en/uefaeuro2020fantasyfootball/info/EURO.FANTASY.RULES/0

        1. Cojones of Destiny
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          thx

      2. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        done

    4. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      If Watkins got an assist in that game against WBA, then surely Son should be awarded an assist too today. Exact same situation. As I say, no consistency at all.

    5. Mile Plankton
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Damn you Arsenal!

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        What's happened?

        1. I am become Marvin
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Is a reason required?

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Pepe!!!

        2. Mile Plankton
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Cost me money

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

        Agree. But why?

        1. Mile Plankton
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Needed that goal in the first half.

      3. Party time
          2 months, 9 days ago

          I give up on Arsenal. How I have Auba in my team. I would never knoe

        • DycheDycheBaby
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Stop scaremongering lol

      4. REDMOND IN SANDALS
          2 months, 9 days ago

          bamford in lets gooo

          1. The Ilfordian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            For real? My mate said HT

        • nerd_is_the_werd
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Anyone struggling to logon to LiveFPL?

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Traffic issues are to be expected. Retry in a bit.

        • Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Anyone got KDB in and captained him?

          1. Jimmy Boy
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Would have been gutted if Mane hadn't got a goal, had been wondering which one to bring in for Bruno all week

        • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Bamford stops Coufal bench points

        • keefyefc
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          If Bruno got an assist for Cavani's goal last week so should Son he touched it as many times as Bruno did

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            45 mins... More than I expected. Come on Bam Bam.

        • diesel001
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Pepe G
          Chambers A

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Differential picks spot on again. Scout bench too!

          2. Perthite
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            And then there were 8 CS teams

        • Eastman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Not giving a Son assist could cost me my ML

        • Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          I have Son and Antonio. I also transferred Bamford in instead of Raphinha and kept Digne instead of selling him for Coufal.

          Sorry guys.

        • inSane in the ManeKane
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Pepe goal

        • diesel001
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Arsenal currently in 7th place. Ahead of Spurs and on for a place in Europe (European Conference League)

          1. Forza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            "European Conference League first round entrants, you'll never sing that!"

          2. Collie01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            To be honest Arsenal could do with a year of concentrating on PL

        • AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Amazing Arsenal late goal for that lucky punter!!

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Or has the second half kicked off...
            Being distracted by 7 week olds!!

            1. Mile Plankton
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Too late dude, too late.

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

          C'mon Antonio. Even 1 goal would do the job.

        • CROYDON DE BRUYNE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          9 PL goals for Pepe, only 15 starts

        • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Mendy subbed

        • Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          What's up with Mendy?

          1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Injured

          2. KAALI_DAAL
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Injured while making that save.

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                'save'

            • sminkypinky
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Damn

          3. Collie01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Kepa on for Mendy!

            1. Milkman Bruno
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Joking surely

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

                He's not joking.

            2. JohnnyRev7
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              AGUEROOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

              Just practising for the 2nd half.

              1. keefyefc
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Or next Saturday !

                1. JohnnyRev7
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  I'm a Chelski so I think not! 😉

            3. DandyDon
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Bamford on. Need Torres to stay on the bench so I can get rare Targett points!

            4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Bamford on

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

              Chelsea double defender in tears

            6. TomSaints
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Where is agero..

              Pep is serious ******* me off with his disrespect for a premier league legend

            7. _Ninja_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Lei pen

            8. Deulofail
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Should have got Pepe last week instead of Saka. 2.6m sitting ITB

            9. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Penalty to Leicester.