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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. Gringo Kid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    4115th position. The best ever for me.

    I need a rest, it's so stressful

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Congrats. Great rank

    2. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Great stuff Gringo

  2. Oggle22
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Holding dissalowed goal and Aguero master class cost me my ml argh well

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

      Wow, didn't know about the disallowed goal. Thankful as benched.

  3. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    The big game players all scored and all the guys named above off the bench too, final day pressure! No pressure.

    3 golden boots for Kane.

    If he goes to PSG what will KK do?

  4. Il Capitano
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Biggest win of the day was Digne not getting minus points. Should have just about stayed in the top 50k, it's been a ride.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Sometimes it's the small things that count too.

    • fr3d
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Live rank 550 🙂

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Brilliant.

      2. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Amazing! Congrats!

      3. Il Capitano
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Great stuff

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Class, true professional.

        • Limbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Nice.

      4. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        62 (-4) - a poor GW but I *may* have clung onto Top 10k!!

        NEW PRE-SUBS 9,324
        OLD 9,465
        NEW POST-SUBS 9,968 CHANGE % -5.31%

      5. JJeyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        what happened last day 2 seasons ago? Mane brace in a 2-0 win.

      6. RooneyforLife
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Smashed 80 pts , 18k RANK , pepe mane did the work

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Congrats! Pepe was a great differential pick, I’m kicking myself I went Auba over him

          1. RooneyforLife
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Was kicking myself for not picking willock but pepe did the job .

            Removed Bale for pepe ,who himself scored a brace lol

      7. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        So am I correct in saying if two people in ML end up on the same score the tiebreak is whoever made less transfers?

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

          Correct

          1. Thomas Magnum
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Ohhh interesting, there’s a draw now following Coufal losing a BP so the scramble is on to see who made less

            1. Thomas Magnum
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Oh wow so what happens if they’ve made the exact same amount of transfers!

              1. Avery
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 7 days ago

                goes to who has signed up first by the ID number I think

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

                I think lowest team id MIGHT decide who goes above who in the table... But that's a draw for all intents and purpose, should really be treated as such.

      8. Bartowski
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Crikey imagine ten or so years ago you were leaving Manchester City for Barcelona and people would think of it as a step down...

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Hopefully his wins it on Sunday to top it off.

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

        Sadioooooooo, it’s about time he stepped up!

        Hope all got the ranks they wanted before KO, good to see the back of this season, back to normal next.

      10. Pukki Blinders
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Mane TC in gw38 last season saved me and bringing in Mane gw38 saved me once again this season.

      11. rascalz
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Are the BPS for winning goals live? Will Willock get any more points added to take him into the BPS?

        • Salarrivederci
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          What is the average? Livefpl overloaded atm 🙂

          Got 60 points all out

          1. RogDog_jimmy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Top 10k / 1k average was 60 I saw.

          2. djman102
            • 12 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Saw it briefly-think it was 57 or so

        • RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Rounded off the year with my fifth red arrow in a row.

          OR 1,913

          Obviously an awesome finish but I was up at 299 before starting to struggle so it’s a little bitter sweet. Been a fun first year for me.

          1. The Ilfordian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            You’ve still had a great first season, well done. Lessons learned for even stronger next year?

            1. RogDog_jimmy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 7 days ago

              I dunno about lessons. I was conservative for most the year and it got me up there but towards the end being scared/no hits cost me.

              Main lesson is don’t get J-Rod.

              1. The Ilfordian
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Lol. He looked great at the start. Frustrating since

          2. Ain't No Holebas Girl
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Incredible rank for first year, congrats!

            1. RogDog_jimmy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Thanks! Probably the highest I’ll ever get so trying to enjoy it!

        • Drogo
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          3 points behind #1 in ML. Siggy costed me the entire season. Unless Son is given that ghost assist.

          1. Jack.Armstrong96
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Son did get given an assist

            1. Drogo
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Yea, but that deflected assist to Kane

              1. Jack.Armstrong96
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Oooh that one! Nah I don’t think that’ll be given sadly. I need it too otherwise I’ve just lost my ML on the last day

        • mr messi
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Think those Bale goals might have won me my ml!

          1. RogDog_jimmy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Nice one! congrats.

        • Crunchie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Oh no lol

          NEW PRE-SUBS 971 OLD 791
          NEW POST-SUBS 1,043 CHANGE % -31.86%

          1. RogDog_jimmy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Dang! So close.

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

            So close! Brilliant rank regardless.

        • jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          LiveFPL not working for me. Anyone know the overall and 10k averages?

          1. GOTHAM City F.C.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            56

            1. GOTHAM City F.C.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              thats 10k, forgot the overall

          2. djman102
            • 12 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Overall 43

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

            56

          4. jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Thanks! I will very happily take that. 68 w/o bonus here.

          5. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            I just checked it. I was 10.65 pts behind top 10k average, but won average.

          6. sunzip14
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            43, 57

        • andymck
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Very satisfying finishing the season at the highest OR I’ve reached in it

        • Amans94
            2 months, 7 days ago

            OR of 634, so happy with how this season went.

            1. RogDog_jimmy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Heck yeah way to go.

          • Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Red ARROW and now wife is mad for watching !!! Perfect bad end of the season. Well so be it, not let's rest lads it has been a super difficult season, glad that is over

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

            Allison didn't even need to score that goal. For Liverpool to qualify 😆

          • It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Worst ever season. By far. Finally the nightmare is over.

            1. Sgt Frank Drebin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              The next one will be more predictible

          • Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            2,223 OR. Best ever for me.

            Onto the next season.

            1. Sailboats
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Congrats

            2. RogDog_jimmy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Way to go!

          • Echoes
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 7 days ago

            FPL live not working for me rn, but think I may have won my ML by 2 points(was trailing by 18 before today). Feels amazing, especially to have won by such a small margin on the final day.

          • KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            How do people know ranks etc when livefpl is down?

            1. Avery
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Keep refreshing it comes up now and then

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                I have been for 20 minutes straight, so much so my cache is now full

              2. Deulofail
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                It's working for me, but I'm ahead of time 😉

          • Limbo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            68 a/o

            Hoping after a shite season I’ve crept into top 50k. Missed ML by 20 in the end. Bit mediocre, but it was going terribly so I’ll take it.

          • Sgt Frank Drebin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Still annoyed that Son's assist wasn't given. Clearly Kane was his intended target.

            1. Avery
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 7 days ago

              It can be given when Brunos can be taken away from last week 😉

            2. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Might be added, hold that thought

          • Sailboats
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Mane saved my season. Thank you bro