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3pm team news: Ronaldo starts, Jimenez injured

Three more Premier League matches get underway at the traditional 3pm kick-off time, including a juicy-looking clash between Manchester United and West Ham United.

It’s at Old Trafford where the bulk of the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) interest lies, too, with highly owned players on both sides.

Above: Players sorted by FPL ownership within the top 10,000 managers in Gameweek 23

The headline team news from the north-west is that Cristiano Ronaldo is fit enough to feature – and start – despite his manager reporting on Friday that the veteran Portuguese striker had a neck problem.

In fact, there’s only one change to the Manchester United starting XI from the side that defeated Brentford 3-1 in midweek, with Harry Maguire in for the absent Victor Lindelof at centre-half.

Bruno Fernandes is once again part of a three-man midfield.

West Ham boss David Moyes has made three changes to the side that lost to Leeds United, with Alphonse Areola starting in goal in the absence of Lucasz Fabianski. Issa Diop and Nikola Vlasic drop to the bench as Tomas Soucek and Kurt Zouma return from illness and injury respectively.

Over at Elland Road, Marcelo Bielsa has made two enforced alterations to the Leeds side compared to Gameweek 22 as Diego Llorente and Rodrigo come in for the injured Junior Firpo and Adam Forshaw.

Eddie Howe’s only change sees Joe Willock replace the benched Sean Longstaff.

The stand-out news from west London is that Raul Jimenez is absent from the Wolves squad that takes on Brentford today. Fabio Silva deputises for the Mexican in attack, while Ruben Neves returns from isolation to replace the benched Francisco Trincao.

“He felt something, so we protect him. I don’t want to create problems for him in his calf, so it’s better to protect him.” – Bruno Lage on Raul Jimenez

New signing Chiquinho is among the substitutes.

Brentford manager Thomas Frank makes two changes to the Bees side that lost 3-1 to Manchester United on Wednesday, with Kristoffer Ajer and Rico Henry recalled at the expense of Mads Bech Sorensen and Mads Roerslev.

GAMEWEEK 23 LINE-UPS

Brentford XI: Lossl, Pinnock, Jansson, Ajer, Henry, Jensen, Norgaard, Janelt, Canos, Mbeumo, Toney

Subs: Fernandez, Forss, Wissa, Ghoddos, Baptiste, Bidstrup, Sorensen, Roerslev, Stevens

Wolves XI: Sa, Kilman, Coady, Toti, Semedo, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Ait-Nouri, Silva, Podence

Subs: Ruddy, Hoever, Marcal, Jordao, Trincao, Chiquinho, Giles, Traore, Cundle


Leeds United XI: Meslier, Dallas, Struijk, Llorente, Ayling, Koch, Raphinha, Klich, Rodrigo, Harrison, James

Subs: Klaesson, Roberts, Bate, Gelhardt, Hjelde, McKinstry, McCarron, Moore, Kenneh.

Newcastle United XI: Dubravka, Trippier, Lascelles, Schar, Dummett, Willock, Shelvey, Joelinton, Fraser, Wood, Saint-Maximin.

Subs: Darlow, Clark, Lewis, Hendrick, Manquillo, Murphy, Almiron, Gayle, Longstaff.


Manchester United XI: De Gea, Maguire, Ronaldo, Greenwood, Fred, Fernandes, Varane, Dalot, Telles, Elanga, McTominay.

Subs: Henderson, Jones, Mata, Martial, Rashford, Lingard, Cavani, Matic, Van de Beek.

West Ham United XI: Areola, Cresswell, Zouma, Coufal, Fornals, Antonio, Lanzini, Dawson, Bowen, Soucek, Rice.

Subs: Randolph, Yarmolenko, Vlasic, Noble, Diop, Fredericks, Masuaku, Johnson, Kral.

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753 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Sim Simma
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Benched Toney, played Watkins

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Oh no, could he come on for a midfielder?

  2. Free Hat
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Dalot 3 bonus.
    Ive only seen him shooting the ball numerous times in the stands.

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Rival getting him from second on his bench for Keane lol all jam

    2. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Did well on defensive contributions - 4 net tackles a good boost but 6 recoveries, 6 CBIs helped especially as the other United defenders didn't do much

      1. Free Hat
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Thank you for the clarification.

  3. Shultan
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Dalot my highest points scored on the bench
    2,2,-2, 2,2

    Anyone crack double figure yet?

    1. moment
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      I've only received points from Digne, but they're very welcome.

    2. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      14

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      DDG, Bowen, Antonio, King, Dennis (C) = 10 lol... Woo

  4. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Terrible!

    Scorer EO
    Sargent 0.00%
    Buendía 0.08%
    Toney 1.59%
    Neves 0.00%
    Moutinho 0.00%
    Shelvey 0.00%
    Rashford 0.37%

    Rodri to be the only scorer in the City game...

    1. Steve McCroskey
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      I'm putting a bet on first scorer

  5. AIRMILES
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    7 points after 7/12 played. Anyone done worse than that?

    1. have you seen cyan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      3 from 4

  6. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    LMS safety score currently 2

    https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

  7. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Those extra 4 points from king looking essential if the game actually gets played

  8. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    OR#59
    7 points outfield
    22 points on bench...
    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/32340/event/23/

    1. Qaiss
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      23 points on the bench here

    2. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      18 pts on the bench - 3x6

    3. BECKS TO THE FUTURE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 23 days ago

      That name tho. Bonus points for that.

  9. Sailboats
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    From the way things are going, we’ll probably see City lose 1-0 to a Cancelo own goal

    1. OLD Rafiki
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 23 days ago

      cap

  10. JBG
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Would really love 0-0 in this last match haha.. (non city attacker owner).

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Would really love a KDB hat-trick in this last match haha..
      (KDB owner).

  11. HurriKane
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Never starting Foster again 😉

    Gw10 Starts Foster-no cs and Ramsdale haul

    Starts Foster- ddg cs and he probably concedes vs Burnley

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Bet you benched him for the GW11 penalty save 11 pointer too!

      1. HurriKane
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Haha spot on. What a troll

        Love the cycling gk channel though

    2. House Frey Wedding Planner
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Exactly the same 🙁

  12. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Finally double figure returns for me from kingC Antonio Bowen cr7 raph.. 12 from 5 here.

  13. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Bilva is definitely going to score now that I finally had a chance to not start him.

    1. Gunneryank
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Honest question, why wouldn't you want to start him? Never owned him so i don't know how his owners feel.

        1. BobbyDoesNotLook
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          He has been DM with 0xGI for past all games I have owned him. Would you play Rodri over Ronaldo, Bowen or Bruno?

    2. Not again Shirley
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      I think just forget this GW and move on. Just a shame the next GW so long away as like to forget as soon as possible after bad one (which this has been (and I’m looking at you here Mr Dennis).

      1. Gunneryank
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Not for me. I have Dennis and Ron and Antonio, and I'm still encouraged. There's still a lot of football left and players that could return. Not even mad at Dennis yesterday.

      2. Gunneryank
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Wolves and Bees has actually turned into a proper football match. Nice.

        • La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Traore what a goal

          1. La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Never assist

          2. La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Var rules out lol

        • Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Sa 1 pointer

        • tomasjj
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          The forward conundrum continues as I struggle to pick one or two forwards in my squad.
          Right now I have Ronaldo and Dennis and Fodder. Ron is a placeholder for Salah. Vardy was my guy earlier.

          I guess I could have gone for Kane, but with Salah and KDB that is not a possibility.
          a) Downgrading KDB to Foden and get Kane could be it?
          b) Just go with Watkins and or Antonio?
          c) Another solution?

          I aim for a 442 or even 451.

          1. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            I have DCL, Dennis and Pedro now. Might even downgrade to DCL to Broja and get Robbo.

        • 2OLEgend
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 23 days ago

          A) WC
          B) Don`t WC

          Current team:
          de Gea (Foster)
          Tierney, Cancelo, TAA (Dawson*, Livra*)
          Jota*, B.Silva*, Bowen, Raph*, Maddison
          Watkins, Ronaldo*, (Dennis*)

          WC team:
          DDG (Foster)
          Cancelo, TAA, Robertson* (Tierney, Williams*)
          Foden*, Salah*, Bowen, Bruno*, Maddison*
          Watkins, (Broja*, Fodder)

          1. tomasjj
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            I wouldn't. Team is good. Just make gradual changes.

        • BeaversWithAttitude
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          D'oh!

        • have you seen cyan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          this could be one of the worst gws ever