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Harrison absent with coronavirus as Raphinha and Bamford start

Gameweek 5 gets underway on Tyneside this evening as Newcastle United play host to Leeds United.

Kick-off is at 20:00 BST.

Raphinha and Patrick Bamford, both of whom were the subject of some internet-fuelled injury rumours during the week, start for the visitors this evening.

Marcelo Bielsa has made two changes from the side that lost to Liverpool, both of which are enforced.

Daniel James makes his first start for Leeds since his summer move from Manchester United, replacing Jack Harrison. The outgoing winger has tested positive for Covid-19.

Mateusz Klich comes in for the injured Diego Llorente, meanwhile, with Luke Ayling seemingly set to move over to centre-half in the absence of Pascal Struijk and Robin Koch.

Steve Bruce makes one change from the 4-1 defeat at Manchester United last weekend.

Goalkeeper Karl Darlow, who missed the start of the season after suffering from the after-effects of Covid-19, replaces Freddie Woodman, who injured himself in training during the week.

GAMEWEEK 5 LINE-UPS

Newcastle United XI: Darlow, Clark, Lascelles, Hayden, Ritchie, Manquillo, Almiron, Willock, Longstaff, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin

Subs: Gillespie, Schar, Lewis, Hendrick, Krafth, Fernandez, Fraser, Murphy, Gayle

Leeds United XI: Meslier, Ayling, Klich, Cooper, Firpo, Phillips, Raphinha, Dallas, James, Rodrigo, Bamford.

Subs: Klaesson, Roberts, Cresswell, Summerville, McCarron, Shackleton, Greenwood, Kenneth

1,458 Comments Post a Comment
  1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    I can't watch this without raph..should have taken the hit and gone for Ben to raph. Horrible watch as raph non owner

    1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I WC raph and Bamford out

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Why would u do this?

        1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          To get Jota and to enable Lukaku, Ronaldo, Salah, TAA,

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

            This is the issue with having all 3, fingers crossed one of them can make up the points.

            1. Super Saints
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Or he could just have Raph over Jota

  2. Weak Become Heros
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Thats why Raph is 6.5m.

  3. The Train Driver
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    This game is all I hoped it would be.

    1. The Train Driver
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Leeds scoring the first goal a huge part of it.

  4. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Bad enough not putting Raph in due to speculation now hes basically unmarked for 90

  5. Threat Level Midnight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Raph can't finish to save his life

  6. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    ASM taken the bonus lead.

    Have leads gone of the boil in this game?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      *Leeds*

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      they've certainly lost the lead

    3. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      No, they’ve had the best chances and should just have scored

  7. F4L
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Raph pissing away all his BPS points 😐

  8. SADIO SANÉ
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    I'd take him off for that

  9. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Newcastle pretty much playing 6 at the back, hitting on the counter and still look like they're playing with only 9 men

    1. Weak Become Heros
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Play 6 at the back but still so open, its a joke. Definitely a team to target.

    2. Scholes Out For Summer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Lascelles just stared at Raphinha at the end for a solid 5 seconds and stood beside the goalie instead of closing him down

      they can play 10 at the back but that defending is shocking

    3. Do I Not Like Orange
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Good to have reliable whipping boys to target fpr captaincy. Benitez used to be annoyingly competent at parking the bus in such games. Bruce in!

  10. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Raphinha could be on a hatty right now.... Aarrgh.

  11. Pino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Liverpool future top 3:

    Raphina - Jota - Saint Maximin

    1. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Yikes...

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      No. No thank you.

  12. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    These two teams have no defense at all. This explains their current rankings in league table.

    1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Nobody ever seems to mention Leeds are pretty much playing with 1 fit centre half since they came up. Every week there's another shyt show. If it's not a suspension it's injuries but it's relentless.

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

        Boo hoo. Maybe they should buy one instead of the aquatic dolphin diving James?

        1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          GFY man. Boo hoo? Grow up. I'm stating a fact not looking for sympathy. Do on back to bebo with your kiddie mates

  13. Weak Become Heros
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Benrahma finishes that chance.

  14. Uppercut Panda - A legend i…
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Raphinha i am expecting 15+ points from you today... bro

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Going to be some 2nd half

  15. Dynamic Duos
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Raphina scored owners a goal , just to remind you , doh

  16. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Raphinha keeping his ownership low, attaboy. After all, he's just "lively" with "no end product" eh 😉

  17. REDMOND IN SANDALS
      2 months, 13 days ago

      No jammy Ayling CS points is a W. Leeds defense is terrible.

    • F4L
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Kalvin Phillips has the most thankless task of any midfielder in the league, has to do all the defensive work for Leeds in the middle of the park

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Yeah, he’s absolute quality

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Has a lovely Gareth Southgate photo collection apparently.

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

        He quite slow imo

    • Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      This is agonising as a Leeds attacker non-owner.

      How Steve Bruce hasn’t had a heart attack, I don’t know.

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

        He has one an hour but doesn’t let them get to him 😉

      2. Gunneryank
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I have no Leeds and i find it quite entertaining. Raph scoring isn't that scary is it?

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

            Not really..

            Raph 16%
            Bam 17% ownership

            1. have you seen cyan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              hows raph only 16%, mad

          2. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            More than one attacking returns might be!

          3. Shah G
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            I agree, same here... I just need Gray and Raul to almost match them and its all good.. Great game end to end..

      3. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Standard Raph game. Literally has an 8 point ceiling.

        1. Khark
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          He can continue to get 8points for me at 6.5 no bother

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            For sure. Id rather just not watch his performances knowing how many points he leaves on the pitch.

            1. I Member
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              He's currently on 8 points with 45 minutes to play. Bit silly to suggest that's his ceiling.

              1. Mr. O'Connell
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                I reckon he ends up on less than he's on now

                1. Mr. O'Connell
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  ...

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

          Classic half time jinx.

      4. Forza Papac
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Anyone got a link to Ben Fosters team?

          1. Scots Gooner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            LOL

          2. Forza Papac
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Haha very good

      5. Gunneryank
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Serious question: why would you want Leeds defenders? For the potential of an attacking return?

          1. Pedersen
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Someone still lives in the past of Dallas success

          2. Plant Based FPLer
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            4.5.

            And rotation.

          3. F4L
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            tbf missing both first choice CBs

        • Game of Throw_ins
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Firpo has been wasteful.

        • bso
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Manquillo or Williams?

        • Bobby Digital
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Glad I went Sá over Meslier...

          1. I Member
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Don't understand the Meslier hype at all. Leeds are awful defensively.

        • The Train Driver
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          It's a pity some games only last 90 min...

        • jimmyharte
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          How i didnt get a goal or an assist from that last play from Firpo is a sham. Horrific from him and Raphinha there..

          1. I Member
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            What did Firpo do wrong? Good ball to Raphinha.

            1. Hulk Smash
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              He cleared the south stand!

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

              But missed a sitter in the second phase.

            3. jimmyharte
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              He bloody balooned it over 2 seconds after that where he should of scored easily. Carra was laughing his head off

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

              Skied it

        • F4L
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Darlow left that near post open as well, Raph 🙁

        • Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I think they just said there have already been more shots on target in this game than any game this season.

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Do not get defenders from Leeds or Newcastle is the hidden message.

        • Khark
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          If this finishes 4-4 in the second half im not even shocked

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

            2-2