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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. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    I captained Vardy so many times this season, 0 returns

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Same, we seem to have had the same bad luck with the same group of players.
      Like they say it’s all about timing

  2. Differentiator
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    As much as I like Leicester that is a blatant cheating play from Vardy

    1. Sir Ledley
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Indeed. Not even suggested by the blind commentators. Hardly surprising knowing how biased one of them is

  3. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Watkins please take it

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Please no

    2. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      El Ghazi

  4. fr3d
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Bruno to Mane this week was the most obvious transfer of the season

  5. Milkman Bruno
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Argh Mendy could have redeemed with a penalty save

    • Party time
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Kane gonna get the golden boot?

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Yep, Salah is a bottler

      • Hazz
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Chelsea you idiots.

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          This!!

          Going to have to win the Champions League final.

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        OMG el ghazi

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          What’s so OMG about that?

      • AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Villa penalty....

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Goal!!!!!

      • diesel001
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        El Ghazi G
        Traore A

      • Mike2795647
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Villa 2nd goal

      • Red Devil Swede
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Chelsea win CL final please then

      • TheSteel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Chelolsea

      • AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        3 nil Manchester City!!

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Wel who’s scored?!!

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Aguero????

          1. FantasyHero
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Not even on the pitch mate lol

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        El Ghazi G

      • CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Tuchel will be gone by January

      • Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Put Torres on... my god

      • Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Foden yes!

        1. Collie01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Sterling assist

      • Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Traore assist
        El Ghazi Goal

      • FantasyHero
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Foden!!

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

        Fak Werner bring Tammy in !!! At least he can score

      • BobB
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Hope City tear Chelsea a new one next week

        1. MissouriMarten
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          It's a shame they can't both lose. Greedy traitors.

      • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Nice one Villa

      • Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        You think Greenwood gets minutes? El G 2nd on my bench…

        1. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Yeah I reckon he'll come on

      • TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Pep you moron you’re 3-0 up in a pointless game and you still won’t play Aguero.

        Hope you lose champions league final

      • Milkman Bruno
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Torres on please!

        • ivantys
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Kane greedy af

          • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Tuchel is doing an incredible job with Chelsea, they will surely be challenging for the league next year if they keep playing like this...

            Wait... is it still ok to say this?

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

            Watkins get your goal...Chelsi is done now

          • Giggs Boson
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Hoping we get 5 English teams in the Champion's League next season. Need Chelsea to finish 5th and win the Final.