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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. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Not starting Digne was a good shout.

  2. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Leeds Utd GOAL

  3. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Goal leeds

  4. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Should have done Bruno to KDB(TC) 🙂

  5. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Going to enjoy Pickford’s minus points today ffs

  6. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Who punted on KDB on here?

    1. HashAttack
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Part of a -8 (with Bamford and Auba)

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      The only way I could afford it was with Rodrigo who wasn't starting by most accounts!!

  7. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Vardy G

  8. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    OMG vardy

  9. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Leeds goal?

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Rodrigo

  10. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Party G

  11. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Come on Lloris, save this

  12. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Vardy G

  13. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Rodrigo goal

    1. son of city
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Time to feast

  14. son of city
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Bloody hell

  15. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Leicester penalty GOAL

  16. Wild Guus Chase
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Vardy is having a party later! Woop! Good to see him score again 🙂

  17. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Rodrigo goal

  18. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Goals galore...best league in England

    1. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      😆

  19. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Trent close

  20. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Rival has Vardy I have Bamford

  21. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Any assist for Rodrigo?

  22. Hryszko
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Raphina assist

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Noice.

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Yey

    3. Milkman Bruno
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Yessss Rapha

  23. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    This could be 7 or 8 here

    Everton are shocking. Kun could bag a hatful second half

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Hope so!!

  24. KAALI_DAAL
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 27 days ago

    My stream is lagging so much godamnit

    1. Bartowski
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      You need to press further down the shaft.

  25. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Don’t know how anyone could prefer this all games at once shite to the one by one approach

    Everyone is totally blind to who’s actually playing well/badly etc

    They better keep the drip feed of games for next season

    1. Milkman Bruno
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Love Bixing day, New Year’s Day and final season day games all at once. It’s great! Only 3gws in the season. Drip feeding one game at a time is annoying.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Boxing Day has never been all games at once for years - it’s been 4 sequential televised games, plus one or two the following day - that I could handle

        This is just nonsense - impossible to take anything from other than who scored/assisted etc

        1. Benjustjamin
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Watch MOTD like being back in the good ol' days

        2. Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 27 days ago

          It was once upon a time. I wouldn’t like it every week but it is nice for 2 or 3 game weeks

    2. have you seen cyan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Drip feed is awful

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Far far better IMO - massive improvement over games on at the same time

    3. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Yeah why do people like this...

      I understand the need for this for the last game week, but this would be horrible week in week out

    4. Benjustjamin
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Troll or loser?

  26. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    De Bruyne on 100 pts when no one has him

  27. son of city
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Rodrigo you BEAUTY!!!!!!

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      You got him?

  28. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    I did consider KDB but no way was going there with Pep

  29. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Do people still own kdb and vardy?

    1. Lucky Z
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Yes I have Vardy from DGWs

  30. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Vardy is ripping spurs to shreds