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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
    2 months, 13 days ago

    OMG kdb

    1. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Assist?

    2. Nikolai Volkoff
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Some random dude G

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

    Man Utd goal?

    1. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      the other man

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

        Flash score also has Utd...

        1. GOTHAM City F.C.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          ah ya, my bad

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

    5-3-2 next season locked in.

  4. Debauchy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    KDB G

    1. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Damn...better than Mane then

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

    I'm watching Aston Villa v Chelsea.

    Villa up for it but will do well to match Chelsea over the 90 mins

  6. inSane in the ManeKane
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Mahrez a

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

    Goal Manchester City

    Goal Manchester United

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

    Anyone watching the Liverpool game ? How are things looking?

    1. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      PALACE bossing 100%

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

      CP all over pool. CP should have scored 1 or 2

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

      Palace missed the easiest chance of the season

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

      Palace getting chances, Townsend just missed a big chance

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

    Burnley have to get the first goal of the gameweek. 17th minute

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

      Oh

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

    Inspired Fernandes to KDB =D

  11. FantasyHero
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Kdb!!!

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

    KDB explodes

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

      With one goal?

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

    Townsend sitter v pool

    1. BeaversWithAttitude
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Lol, wasn't a sitter, mate.

  14. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    What a miss Townsend, TAA's fault

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

    Liverpool are just so bad at home

  16. Milkman Bruno
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Very sorry for the person I advised against KdB. I really didn’t see him starting.

    • sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Plz be Mahrez assist

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

        It is

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

        Yes

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

      Bloody KDB

    • Champions League Varane
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Taking Mahrez out for F.Torres might be one of the worst decisions of the season at this rate

    • Wild Guus Chase
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      If he stays fit, KDB going to be one of the superstars at the Euros this summer. Nice goal, great build up.

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

        He’s guaranteed to be if fit

    • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Townsend so close!

    • HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      OMG KLOPPO...what bs is this

    • Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Townsend misses 1 on 1

    • Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Sort your lives out Liverpool FFS

    • Shultan
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Utd game Daniel James
      wolves cleaning gone

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Townsend woeful finish.

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

      Mahrez first on bench. Chances of Greenwood or Bamford not coming on?

    • UNDERWORLD7
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Yep that’s it Mahrez, you go and do well now you absolute fraud

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

      OMG elanga

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

      Vardy diving