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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, 8 days ago

    Damn it Dallas why CS lost last minute

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

      See that goal...Philips could handle easy pass

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Because Philips is an idiot

    3. Do I Not Like Orange
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Cost me my ML

  2. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Level on points with my ML rival

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      :O

      Come on Fudgy, what are the differentials???

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I've done less transfers

      2. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 8 days ago

        U gotta see click my link and team

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

      You're ahead on transfers then 😮

  3. Ady87
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Think I’ve won my ML, not a particularly impressive one, top 5 inside 60k OR, nice cash pot though. Unless Willock gets 2 in injury time that is.

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

    Azpi red

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      That has probably won me my ML.

  5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Son subbed

  6. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Can Leicester equalise?

  7. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Son off

  8. Lethargio Alcantara
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Tuchel is such a .... totally undeserved for them to enter the CL

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      He has been poor today, but his performances since Lampard got sacked suggest they should be in the CL.

    2. I am become Marvin
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Every position in the league is deserved.

    3. Slouch87
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Why is it ?

    4. ivantys
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Beaten Liverpool, City and Leicester, and Lampard was in charge for like half a season.

    5. son of city
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I have nothing to say.........

      • Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Haaaa tell me I'm not cursed, Son today....

        1. Slouch87
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          It's all in your imagination.

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            This.

            All 11 players won't return every week!!

        2. son of city
            2 months, 8 days ago

            You don't say.....

        3. Nikolai Volkoff
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          TOON finish season 12th. Great work Steve Bruce

          1. Planet Jo
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            +1

        4. Planet Jo
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          That idiot Phillips just lost me 12 pts.

        5. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Why robson kanu whyyyy???

        6. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Rival has killed me by getting in Mane 🙁

          1. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Same, the most obvious move paying off again, incredibly lucky, don't think he's scored two in a very very long term

        7. Jack Burton
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Last couple of gameweeks have been brutal Greenwood instead of Willock then chickened out of Shaw to Phillips then Bruno to Mane, then my last 50/50 was mount instead of Pepe dropped out of 10000k sigh

        8. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          I am killing it. inFan Team this gw with mane

        9. Rains of Castamere
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Azpi Mendy and Dallas

          I hate FPL

          1. son of city
              2 months, 8 days ago

              It's over

          2. Collie01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Robbo CS banked

          3. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Remind me not to get Everton players next season.

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

            Bale goal

          5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            OMG bale.

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Oh MY god

          6. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Soy boy assist

          7. TomSaints
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            About 80 points and Aguero (c) success so got to be happy. Missed out on top 100k and lost mini league by 4 points.

            See you next year

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              It’s been a dreadful season

          8. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Bale G

          9. JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Robbo 8 pointer. Soothing the pain of not having Mane

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              It’s soothing nothing and you know it

          10. Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Chelsea CL confirmed CL

          11. Paul Psychic Octopus
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            I think most neutral football fans are really sorry for Leicester. Deserved better.

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

              I am a neutral and not sorry for them. They did this to themselves tbh. Besides, EL suits them better as CL would be a huge load on them

              1. KAALI_DAAL
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  True. They suit well to Europa.

              2. Zladan
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                They didn’t deserve it if they didn’t get the points for it.

                Chelsea Liverpool United City all better this season.

            2. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              2-4 Tottenham Hotspur!!!!

            3. Forza Papac
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              BALLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Hate him

              2. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Came good.

                Like Sergio.

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

              Trying to catch 42 points in my ML.

              My rival has Schmeichel OG and Azpi RC in his team haha

              I'm gonna get about 72 points to his 44 or something. Suprisingly close! Come on Aguero!