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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
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Shar on pens wtf

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

      No ASM?

  2. Nikolai Volkoff
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Ritchie pen

    1. Nikolai Volkoff
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Schar pen

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

    Mixed bag today

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

    Martinez and Gundogan letting me down from having 11 returns

  5. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Goal WBA

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Leeds CS gone

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

      No !!!!!!!!!!!

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

    West Brom get their goal.

  7. jonnybhoy
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Leeds conceed

  8. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Leeds CS gone

  9. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    West Ham scores 3 times without any Antonio or Lingard involvement. Just a few more minutes left of this nightmare. Thank f#%k!

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

      antonio off 20min ago mate

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        Still played 69 minutes without achieving sh*t

  10. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Goal West Brom

  11. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Nooooooo

  12. Bartowski
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Liverpool finishing third when you consider where they were is ridiculous.

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

      Bigger achievement than winning the title imo

  13. jason_ni
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Kane owner.. no way should that not be a hand ball...

  14. Red Devil Swede
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Plan Bench Boost chip better than to play it on the last GW.

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

    Damn. Dallas CS mad bonus gone.

  16. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Thanks Philips...awful

  17. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Wish I've done Son to Mane 🙁 as planned

    1. denial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Yep. Me too. But still would've capped Salah

  18. denial
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    That WBA goal going to break hearts I think

    1. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Double Leeds Def down the toilet

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

    Why let Brom score?

    1. Slouch87
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      As drivel goes this is right up there.

    2. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Ask from Phillips

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

    ASM assist? Anything? Please? Desperate

  21. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Leeds CS goneeee yessss

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

      Leave

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

    Need Southampton, Fulham goals

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

    Oh bugger off West Brom ffs!

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Pathetic from Philips ... needless ...

  24. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Absolutely disgusting gameweek

    1. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Whole season has been crud.

  25. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Nacho goal disallowed

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

      Offside

  26. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    OR3 is killing it. Almost on 100 points

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

      Ok

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

    Boo

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

    Chill, Dallas like 100% ownership anyway

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Hey not me

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        My condolences

  29. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    OMFG that Iheanacho goal would have won me my mini league

  30. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Score Soton!!!