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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. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Bloody Jota cameo

    1. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Missed that . 1 minute!!

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Really...

        Funny.

    2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Yeah he blocked me getting Dunk’s one point second sub!! With Greenwood no show!! Haha

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Dawson cleanie for me. Ah well. Huge red to end the season. This is the way.

  2. Cojones of Destiny
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Q: so if Chelsea wins UCL do they go thru qualification?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      We're already qualified.

  3. RoysCallerAnne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Ha!

    Brodge is a perma-tanned, mini-clapping, media soundbite uttering, note taking FRAUD.

    Enjoy Slovakia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

  4. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Where is EURO fantasy?

      1. HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        thanks got my dose

    1. JustSomeGuy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      On the UEFA website and App.

  5. Reeker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    I think I might of won my mini league by one transfer if Bamford gets that 1 bonus point

  6. Buck The Trent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Top 10k average?

    1. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      56

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Get in, smashed it

  7. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Okay, how did that -12 go?

    - Bale > Mané 😆
    - Jota > Raphinha 🙂
    - DCL > Bamford 🙂
    - Shaw > Coufal 🙂

    Technically that's broken even & not much more (Holding would have played if didn't make the Shaw move).

    Made the final day more interesting though!

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Nice lol

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Wow solid

    3. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Cool.
      I also did Bale to Mane(c)
      It’s the Greenwood not transfer for me but managed to get el Ghazi off the bench

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        El Ghazi was a nice bonus. I was very tempted by the Mané (C) but wanted to cheer on ALL my players, hence Salah.

        Nice pick!

    4. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Nice one Hazz, final rank?

  8. gogs67
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Great end to the season for me, think I was only a few hundred off 10K, and that's with leaving Bale on the bench today for Nacho!!! Ah well

    • Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Manchester United unbeaten away this season!

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Props to their B team. 2 games, a win and a loss.

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        The only unbeaten record in the Prem.

    • Hryszko
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      75 points all out, hope that’s enough to take me from 14k to be within the top 10k, really really hope!

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Should be good enough.

        1. Hryszko
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Hope so, can’t check as livefpl is back!

    • grumpyman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Dropped out of top 30k in the final 10 mins. Was close to my first top 10k with 6 game weeks left but injuries and red cards screwed my run-in.

      Looking forward to a break from the madness now.

    • JJeyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Season ended on a red to 7k, not top5k but i'll take it.

      1. LegendMoon
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        What’s your total score, can’t access live fpl to get rank , cheers

        1. JJeyy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          around 2500 i think

          1. LegendMoon
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Cheers

    • HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      76(-8)68
      What a crazy finish (of course).

      All week it’s been “should I sell Greenwood for Wilock, Pepe, Foden or just hold”....hmmm
      Held him and got El Ghazi off the bench
      Last minute Bale to Mane(C) instead cause we all know he loves scoring against Palace.

      Harry pips Mo for the golden boot.
      Poor Leicester

    • Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Right, onto Euro fantasy then 😆

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        No please need at least a weeks break after this heartbreak

    • Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Have just missed on top 10k by a couple of hundred places. Bit gutted ...

    • ZoumasBloomers
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      How accurate is live FPL? Live rank 1018.. hoping for an approx +-19 place accuracy margin

      1. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Can’t even access the site!

        Usually spot on though.

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Why has Coufal just had a bap taken away from him, assist and clean sheet FFS he was on two a second ago, that would have won my my league!?!?

      1. Forza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Dispossessions maybe

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Mark manipulating again

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

        That’s just lost me a money league. Need some transparency here

    • jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Livefpl not working. Hows everyone doing for an average? I am currently on 65 from 10 post baps (no keeper)

      1. GOTHAM City F.C.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        74(-4) from 10

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

        74ish (-4) rogue changes to bps taking place

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

        85

        1. jonnybhoy
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Some result that

      4. jonnybhoy
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Ohh dear Im not doing great

    • Guru Mediation
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Haha dropped out of 10k!
      8k>11k and lost my mini league lead by 3 points. Just a game innit 🙂

      Thanks everyone for all your comments and help throughout the season and looking forward to doing it all again next season.

      1. Keeptrying
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Unlucky! Hope you will get top 10k next season!

        1. Guru Mediation
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          I'll keep trying that's for sure 😉

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

        Oh so unlucky. Hard season though!

    • Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Very similar teams but 86.5 pts in Fan Team and 55 pts in FPL. WOW, how that happened? I care about FPL more!!!

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Points for winning and playing 90 mins is one factor

    • Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Mane you absolute dream

    • tbos83
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Having been in top 100k for half the season, today I dropped out. Ah well, it's been a ride.

      • Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Thank you everyone for your tips.

        NEW PRE-SUBS 970 OLD 791
        NEW POST-SUBS CALCULATING.. CHANGE % -22.63%

        Praying for Top 1k finish 🙂

        1. Guru Mediation
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Congrats

          1. Crunchie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Thanks

        2. Keeptrying
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Wow, well done!

      • tricpic
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Looks like Michael Coone has won it with a Mane (c) punt.

      • Flynny
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        7th consecutive season top 100k

        Snuck in at 99,300!

      • Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        If Arsenal's first half of the season was the same as their second half (in terms of points and goal difference), they'd have come second in the PL.

      • Dreams
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Benched Bale ffs.

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Oh god. Commiserations.

          1. Dreams
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Cheers Deulo. Glad this mad season is finally over.

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          I sold... for Mané. Mixed feelings!

      • Yank Revolution
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Was 130 k before today, looks like I'll finish inside top 80 k...triple cap Mane the savior.

      • ZoumasBloomers
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        A Fofana over Targett decision today costing my first top 1k finish.. stings like hell

      • blauriecon
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Since Everton finished 4th in 04-05 only Leicester in 15-16 has been a non-top 6 team occupying the top 4 positions.
        Man United 5-5-1-1-4
        Man City 5-3-2-1-5
        Chelsea 4-3-4-2-3
        Liverpool 1-3-3-3-6
        Arsenal 0-1-4-6-5
        Tottenham 0-1-2-3-10