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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. ZoumasBloomers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Fofana letting me down for one final gameweek. God I hate him.

  2. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Toon goal...

  3. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Salah so selfish

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      He sells shellfish on the seashore....

    2. Supertrooper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Incredible, simple cross to mane for an open goal.

  4. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    He keeps on Willocking...next season I will get him.

    1. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      He'll be back rotting on Arsenal's bench.

  5. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    HE'S DONE IT AGAIN

  6. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Willock G

  7. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Willockinho

  8. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    7 goals in 7. WTF Willock.

  9. ZoumasBloomers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Pickford and Fofana losing their clean sheets already.. not quite the start I was hoping for here. Martinez racking up simple saves too.

    1. MissouriMarten
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      I guess it beats having Meslier and Forster, like me!

  10. 4Rsenal_1886
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Willock to break Vardy’s consecutive goal record!

  11. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Salah you fool.

    Joe Willock though.... baller!!!

  12. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Willock is the new Lingard

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Genuinely. I so wish I’d replaced Jota with him rather than going for Raphinha

  13. dark91
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Why not pass Salaaaah!!!!!

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      He wants the golden booth not like Kane

      1. dark91
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        And did he get it?
        He may lose both the boot and UCL

    2. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Top scorer?

  14. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Wilcock or Messi? Who is better?

  15. MIGHTY JOE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Wow willock

  16. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Martinez ready for a haul

  17. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    F off Willock you absolute useless lucky hack

  18. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Please not Willock

  19. djman102
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Arsenal should look at this Willock guy. Could be a good fit for them.

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Nah. Let him go to Newcastle. Sign a backup LB first.

      Leno
      Bellerin Holding Mari Tierney
      Partey Elneny
      Saka ESR Martinelli
      Auba

      Ryan
      Soares Chambers Gabriel ?????
      Xhaka AMN
      Pepe Ceballos Willian
      Lacazette

  20. HashAttack
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Please stay of the bench Bamford C - (Willock 1st sub, Salah VC)

  21. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Let me guess, no ASM involvement (Rolls eyes)

    What’s that 8 goals nothing now

  22. The Ilfordian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Martinez haul?

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Yes yes yes. On my bench though

      1. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Yes me too! Nervously watching Sanchez!

  23. Sleepless in Settle FPL
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    stpid salah,, just pass to mane ffs

    1. Podge
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Never

  24. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Mount huge miss

  25. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Sheffield goal??

    1. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Misprint?

  26. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    OMG mcgoldrick

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Only Sheffield United player who can hold his head high this year.

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Goldie 🙂

  27. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Arsenal climbed two places by not scoring a goal....that been their strategy all season?

  28. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    SHU goal.

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      DMcG

  29. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    7 in 7 for Willock

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Unreal

    2. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Absolute joke

    3. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 25 days ago

      1st toon player since Alan Shearer to do this

  30. Milkman Bruno
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Torres over Willock last game week just because I had the extra cash is infuriating