Millwall 0 – 1 Crystal Palace
Goal: Meyer Assists: Zaha
£4m budget enabler, Tyrick Mitchell, made his second consecutive start at left-back for the Eagles in a 74-minute run-out this afternoon, keeping another clean sheet in the process.
It’s still important to note that Riedewald, his main competition in the position during Van Aanholt’s injury absence, started again in central midfield though.
There is still a possibility, therefore, that the latter could easily move back to replace the former should another central midfielder player regain fitness and be preferred instead.
Riedewald did start the first pre-season match over Mitchell at left-back.
Elsewhere, midfielder Zaha (£7m) continued his lively pre-season form with another assist, this time for Max Meyer (£5m).
Middlesbrough 5 – 1 Newcastle United
Other than a red card for Jamal Lascelles, no more information has been obtained at the time of publishing.
Preston North End 0 – 0 Burnley
Charlie Taylor and Phil Bardsley (both £4.5m) look to be certain starters for the Clarets in Gameweek 2 and could therefore be potential bench options for FPL managers despite no fixture in Gameweek 1.
They both offer such good value in a watertight Burnley defence and are the cheapest regular starters in their backline.
Both played for 62 minutes today before being replaced by their respective understudies, Erik Pieters and Matt Lowton.
Stoke City 3-0 Leeds United
Kiko Casilla, Luke Ayling, Jack Harrison, Helder Costa, Pablo Hernández and Patrick Bamford were the only regulars from the Whites’ usual starting line-up who started the match here with many others away on international duty.
A pinch of salt needs to be taken with this as many first teamers were missing nevertheless, a pretty poor outing.
Derby County 0 – 2 Sheffield United
Goals: Osborn, Sharp
Assists: Kean Bryan
A nice run out for Chris Basham, George Baldock (substituted on 71 minutes) and Oli Norwood in terms of regular starters. Lys Mousset came off at HT without really having much of a sniff at goal but did set up a chance for Jack Robinson who fired wide.
Oli McBurnie came on for him and had one of the best chances of the match, but couldn’t direct his header from a Norwood cross, on target.
It was a set-piece that gave the Blades the lead. Norwood’s free kick was only headed as far as Ben Osborn, just inside the box, who fired a first time volley into the bottom corner.
Then Billy Sharp did what he does best, finishing from 6 yards out from a very good low cross from former Man City man Kean Bryan, to put the game beyond doubt.
Blades looked typically solid against what was a fairly strong Derby County side and didn’t really ever look like conceding.