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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. ivantys
      2 months, 13 days ago

      And this is why you start Bale over Ali you clown Mason

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Spurs need a 3 at the back manager to take over (3-4-3). 3 at the back will secure the defence, but a wing-back system gets the best out of Doherty and Reguilon, while also allowing Son, Kane and Bale all to start.

        1. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Good shout.

    • Hazz
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Sold Bale for Mané hahahahaha don't care!

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      OMG YES!!!

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Bale assisted himself off the post.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Even better!

    • Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Mane and Bale my differentials this week.

      I feel like that Randy Marsh at the computer gif.

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Luck

    • Bartowski
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      15 years playing, second highest points total, second lowest finishing position...

      1. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Wow. Just wow.

        1. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Tough game nowadays with 7M plus playing.

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Game has lost all fun and integrity

            1. MissouriMarten
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Slight overreaction?

          2. Bartowski
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            I should add my finishing position will be around the 150,000 mark so it's not terrible but just surprised by the points total in comparison.

    • Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Fanteam team is killing with mane bale kane

    • DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Sergio Aguero. Premier League legend.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Wonderful scorer.

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      GW1 Sheff Utd defender owners finally rewarded

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        !!

        They came through eventually.

    • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Ffs Bale

    • Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Bale too good for this tinpot club Spurs

    • jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Bale going to steal some bonus?

    • badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Come on refs blow them all up. End this nightmare season.

    • son of city
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Son off?

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Slooowww connection about 10 mins ago

        2. son of city
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Nope just not watching the game

        3. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Kane wins GB

        4. Hect.OR 98th
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Chickened out of captaining Bale this week. Damn.

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Yep

          2. dark91
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            I chickened out of TC Mane 🙁

        5. Giggs Boson
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Dammit Leicester, could have been 5 English teams in the Champion's League.

        6. dark91
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Congratulations to Liverpool on getting a CL spot and so glad Salah didn't win that golden boot with all his selfishness

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Absolute clown player

            1. Sleepless in Settle FPL
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              cost me ML ((

        7. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Chilwell yellow

        8. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          *deletes FPL account*

        9. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Nat Phillips will be part of the Liverpool squad next season and may have displaced Matip as 3rd choice defender.

          1. JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            1. Virgil
            2. Gomez
            3. Konate
            4. Matip
            5. Phillips

        10. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Would have won my ML if I’d sold Salah instead of Kane. Oh well.

          Cheers all. Over and out

        11. MMN
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          If I didn't do any transfers I would have won my mini-league. Jota Bale Son > Harrison Raph and Salah (C) lol

        12. Reeker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Is that 1 bonus points for Bamford?

          1. sminkypinky
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Might decide my ML that

            1. Reeker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Same. Well i think i won even with only 1 on transfers but i want to be sure

        13. Feanor
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          57 all up. Crap season done.

        14. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          55pts at the end and red arrow because of Dallas conceding. 🙁

        15. Bob_the_builder
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Bale staying at Spurs is what's best for parties involved.

          1. how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Disagree

            1. Bob_the_builder
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Who isn't it good for? Madrid don't want him. Spurs need him. Bale needs to be playing instead of rotting on the bench.

          2. Pukki Blinders
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            But Bale likes the golf courses in Madrid

        16. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Won my ML. Unbelievable scenes for those keeping up with it. Shirts off here.

        17. Limbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          El Ghazi points! nice.

        18. Red Devil Swede
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          3rd overall wins it?!

          1. MIGHTY JOE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Yep

        19. Lethargio Alcantara
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          oh god is tuchel embarrassed, he should just be happy he got lucky instead of yelling at the referee

          1. Lethargio Alcantara
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            * embarrassing