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

    No goals? Boring

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

      Will be soon!

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

      Fibre broadband?

  2. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Where do we think the first goal is scored?

    1. COUFAL SO GOOD
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Elland Road

    2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      City.

    3. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Lei tot

    4. JJO
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Jebinson 🙂

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

      England

    6. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Salah

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

      King power

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

      West Ham

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

    No goals yet, bit of a let down....

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Season over

    2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Worst GW ever

    3. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Everybody gets clean sheets

    4. COUFAL SO GOOD
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Is that you Chucky?

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

        Chucky’s in prison...doing a 5 stretch

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

    Is Bamford on yet?

  5. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Somebody random score.

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

      As is tradition. Zinchenko or some random will score first.

      1. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Reece James please

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

      Someone like Semi Ajayi you mean?

  6. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Zaha close

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

    Jafooli and Bemba living in different basements, same house, confirmed.

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

    PALACE very close

  9. REDMOND IN SANDALS
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Bamford hit masterclass

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

      Cooper yellow

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

      Will Saka come off the bench you reckon? Have JWP as 1st sub

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

        I think so

    • dark91
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Zaha very selfish but thanks for not passing 😀

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

      Palace looking dangerous

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Yep they would do

    • Sleepless in Settle FPL
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Thiago not good enough at EPL

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

        Awful

    • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Palace bossing it

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

      Townsend close

    • TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Townsend close

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

      Leeds goal.

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

        Wiped.

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

          Offside from Jack Harrison!

      2. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Bamford celebrating ?

    • Ben White saved my life
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Lovely, I'm up 1k in rank already after a hit!

    • Nomar
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Salah TC fail.

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Dude 5 mins in......

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

          Getting it in early to save time.

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

      Leeds goal...

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

        Disallowed. M

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

        Wiped

    • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Come on Palace, do it for Roy!

    • son of city
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Rodrigo playing. Beautiful!!!!!!!!!

      • 420king
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Disallowed?

      • Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Harrison disallowed goal - bruh!

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

          Spewing...

        2. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Yep, I own him, just typical

        3. TheSteel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Season over

        4. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Gutted ... what a start that would have been.

      • dark91
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Very strange decisions/transfers by the 1st and 2nd overall. Looks like the 3rd placed guy will surprise them and win it

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

        All teams on the beach.....

      • Burger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        The differential goal I needed, wiped. This better not be the theme this afternoon.

      • Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        All games still 0-0 what an absolute joke

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

          10 mins in joker!!

      • Nikolai Volkoff
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Leicester 5-0 (Iheanacho hat trick) to pip Liverpool

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

          Not sure Liverpool will even win based on early minutes