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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. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Trent lucky to avoid YC

  2. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Rank in free fall. Absolutely worst GW 38 in history for me

    1. Yank Revolution
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Sorry Daniel, but I'm crushing it for last two months, including this one! Better luck next year?

    2. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Same here. Let it end please.

    3. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      I may not make 20 points

      From 15k to 50k in two game weeks

  3. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Come oooooooon Crystal Palace !!!!!

  4. Salah’s Sonnet
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    PLEASE JUST END

  5. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Please sub Werner off

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Been absolute toilet.

  6. Nomar
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Of course, this is the week I play Rudiger.

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Same

    2. Yank Revolution
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Same....Holding on bench, last minute swap haunting me

  7. Parsnips
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Pepe!!!!! Get in there

  8. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Tomkins 🙁

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Walking injury these days 😐

  9. Party time
    3 months, 28 days ago

    F off auba

    1. Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      I pasted the wrong thing lol

  10. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Ali is rubbish

  11. TheSteel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Tuchel exposed

  12. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    These CSs must go

  13. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Kouyate shifts into CB and Schlupp on

  14. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Jamie Vardy.. you are a troll.

    Also wonder if anyone punted on Pepe? I was tempted, couldn’t bring myself too sadly

    1. Sleepless in Settle FPL
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      my top ML did

    2. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 28 days ago

      My ML rival did - miles ahead of him though

  15. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    So sad. I captained Pepe in FanTeam and I'm still not gonna be able to claw back the lead I have to...

  16. REDMOND IN SANDALS
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Rival caught up my 30 points ML lead with Pepe Mane(C) Coufal.. you love to see it

  17. Jimmy Boy
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Salah (c) goal and a couple of bonus could see me make up what was a 35-point gap before this GW on a ml rival!

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      COME ON LADS

  18. MissouriMarten
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Chelsea goal.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      I was on Mahrez and everyone saying he won't play so I went with the Aguero sentiment as Pep said he'd feature at least.

      1. Rains of Castamere
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        It's deflating isn't it. Sometimes just need to go with gut over groupthink

  19. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    2 1 Villa

    Chelski GOAL

    1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Off

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Noooooooo Marty needs to break Friedel record!

    3. Avery
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Yessssss

      1. Avery
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 28 days ago

        And noooooo

  20. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Bloody heck bring Kun on already!

  21. teneighty
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Pepe (C) going well so far!

    1. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Well played!

  22. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Oh well. Bring on next season

  23. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Fitting end to this pisspoor season

  24. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Werner offside

    1. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      phewww.
      not that I really believe they will hold cs

  25. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    If now only one of my differentials could be arsed to join the goal fest .....

  26. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Bugger offfff Chelsea.

    This is not a good week. Cmon a Salah ffs

  27. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Werner only scores when goals are ruled off

  28. Limbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Offside