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The Vardy injury latest as West Ham are thumped in Double Gameweek 24 opener

Leicester City 4-1 West Ham United

  • Goals: Harvey Barnes (£5.9m), Ricardo Pereira (£6.3m), Ayoze Perez (£6.1m) x2 | Mark Noble (£5.0m)
  • Assists: Pereira, Barnes, Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.7m) x2 | Sebastien Haller (£7.0m)
  • Bonus: Perez x3, Barnes x2, Pereira x1

Jamie Vardy‘s (£10.0m) annus horribilis (no pun intended) continued at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday evening, as the well-owned Fantasy Premier League forward was forced off with a gluteal injury after just 41 minutes of Leicester City’s 4-1 win over West Ham United.

Having ended 2019 on paternity leave, Vardy missed out on the New Year’s Day win at Newcastle United because of a calf problem and then banked his one attacking return of this calendar year (an assist) in the defeat to Southampton.

A missed penalty at Burnley on Sunday preceded his first ‘one-pointer’ of the season, with Vardy now without a goal since the Gameweek 18 defeat to Manchester City.

The Leicester striker had pulled up after dutifully carrying out some defensive work for his side and, after an unsuccessful attempt to run his injury off, made way for Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.7m) just before the break.

Many of us might have feared a hamstring injury and a possible lengthy spell on the sidelines à la Harry Kane (£10.8m) but there were some encouraging comments from Brendan Rodgers after full-time, with Foxes’ head coach saying in a television interview:

It’s not his hamstring, which is good. When he kicked the ball he felt a sharpness in his glute, so hopefully over the next couple of days that will ease off and he’ll be available and fit. But I’ll speak to the medical team in the morning.

Rodgers made similar noises in his post-match press conference, stressing that he didn’t yet have a timeframe on Vardy’s return.

The good news from a Fantasy manager’s perspective is that Leicester are in FA Cup and Carabao Cup action before they take on Chelsea in Gameweek 25, so we are likely to be provided with plenty of updates from Rodgers as he faces the media on multiple occasions over the next eight days or so.

Two possible beneficiaries of a Vardy absence both banked attacking returns with their teammate off the field.

Iheanacho provided the assists for both of Ayoze Perez‘s (£6.1m) goals, and it is the Nigerian who has been fielded as a centre-forward whenever Vardy hasn’t been around this season.

Perez has also shone when Vardy has been sidelined, with the former Newcastle man racking up three double-digit hauls in Gameweeks 20, 21 and 24 – all games in which Leicester’s number nine has either missed or departed early from:

In Gameweeks 20 and 21, Perez had been fielded as a number ten in a 4-2-3-1 and as a striker in a 3-5-2 respectively.

He looked far better when playing centrally in those two games than he has done when stationed on the right and it was no surprise that he amassed 23 points in the process.

Perez was back on the right of a 4-2-3-1 for this encounter but looked threatening when cutting inside and it was interesting to note that, even in the first half, Vardy was drifting to the left flank, opening up space infield for Perez.

That’s a tactic to watch out for when the premium forward returns, although Rodgers would surely want his 17-goal hitman as close to the opposition box as possible more often than not.

Perez also turned out to be next in line for penalties with Vardy off the field, which will have irked owners of James Maddison (£7.6m).

After Iheanacho had been felled by Angelo Ogbonna (£4.5m), it was Perez who stepped up to confidently despatch the spot-kick and restore the Foxes’ two-goal cushion.

Iheanacho then teed Perez up for Leicester’s fourth with three minutes left.

Rodgers had words of praise for his back-up striker after full-time, saying:

Kelechi came in and he was very, very good. He wants to run in behind, he was powerful, his touch was good, he works ever so hard, and he always looks like he can create and score goals. I thought he came in and did very well.

The comfortable-looking scoreline belied a few nervy moments in the second half when West Ham had pegged their hosts back to 2-1.

This was yet another match without a clean sheet for Rodgers’ side, who have conceded in every game bar one of the last nine league fixtures.

Faith in Caglar Soyuncu (£5.1m) and co might have subsided even more, then, particularly as the Foxes next face Chelsea, Wolves and Manchester City in the league and then a possible blank in Gameweek 28.

READ MORE: When the Blank and Double Gameweeks could take place.

It was rather ironic that Leicester’s latest chance of a shut-out was ruined by a daft foul from Wilfred Ndidi (£5.0m), whose recent absence many of us had lamented because of the security he provides his defence.

The Nigerian, on as a substitute to replace the injured Nampalys Mendy (£4.3m) after half an hour, felled Sebastien Haller (£7.0m) in the home side’s penalty box to allow Mark Noble (£5.0m) to reduce the arrears on 49 minutes, with Kasper Schmeichel (£5.4m) comfortably beaten by the West Ham captain.

Ben Chilwell (£5.6m) returned to the side after his recent omission but it was his opposite full-back, Ricardo Pereira (£6.3m), who caught the eye.

The Portugal international hadn’t produced an attacking return since Gameweek 7 and many of his previous owners would have jumped shipped during this barren run, with some no doubt bringing in a premium Liverpool defender ahead of Double Gameweek 24.

Pereira was a joy to watch on the ball, teeing up the equally impressive Harvey Barnes (£5.9m) for the Foxes’ opener and then being returned the favour when thumping Leicester into a 2-0 lead on the stroke of half-time.

Paying tribute to Barnes, Rodgers said:

Outstanding. Arguably his best game since I’ve been here. Getting better all the time, I think the goal against Burnley has given him confidence.

He’s improving, he’s developing, he’s got power, he’s got speed, he can go either way and, like I say, he’s getting goals and creating goals.

Anyone who invested in the West Ham defence was left disappointed, with all bar goalkeeper Darren Randolph (£4.5m) – who salvaged a save point from this mess – scoring zero or worse.

Few will be expecting much in the way of defensive returns against Liverpool next Wednesday, either.

Haller and Noble at least rewarded their owners with an attacking return apiece, although the West Ham striker did little else of note and didn’t register a single shot of his own.

Far more impressive was the fit-again Michail Antonio (£6.9m), who was thrown on at half-time and who caused the Leicester backline real problems on his introduction up front.

David Moyes’ side also posed a threat or two at set plays, with their penalty award stemming from a half-cleared free-kick.

Few will be interested in West Ham’s assets once Double Gameweek 24 is out of the way, though.

A home match against struggling Brighton a week on Saturday obviously appeals but the Hammers are then rooted to the bottom of our Season Ticker through Gameweeks 26-32, taking on seven clubs who are all currently in the top half of the Premier League table.

Reflecting on the game, Moyes said:

I thought the first-half performance was really poor, I was hoping we might scrape through to half-time at 1-0 and see if I could do something about it.

We did improve, we got better in the second half, they rallied and the introduction of Michail Antonio gave us something different.

First half we couldn’t get the ball forward, or keep it, have any attacks whatsoever but I thought second half we did much better.

It was more to do with the defending in the second half. While we’re at 2-1 I thought we started to get a bit open, chased the game a little bit, getting picked off easy, when I thought we should have waited and bided our time and take us closer to the finishing line.

Robert Snodgrass (£5.2m), the second-most-bought West Ham asset of Gameweek 24 behind Noble, failed to make it out for the second half, although it wasn’t clear if his withdrawal was linked to an early knock or purely tactical.

Leicester City XI (4-1-4-1): Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Mendy (Ndidi 34′); Perez, Maddison, Tielemans, Barnes (Morgan 83′); Vardy (Iheanacho 44′).

West Ham United XI (3-4-2-1): Randolph; Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Zabaleta, Rice, Noble, Masuaku (Antonio 46;); Snodgrass (Fornals 46′), Lanzini; Haller.

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897 Comments Post a Comment
  1. XABI 15
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    predictions for tonight? i think 2-1 liverpool

    Salah, Mane (Firmino TAA assists)
    Jimenez

    1. lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      0-6 - Salah double hat trick

      1. Neo-Viper
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        this. would be a dreamland

    2. Differential (c)
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Nah, TAA cleanie and Max BP 🙂

    3. XABI 15
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      serious answers please 🙂

      1. Differential (c)
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Probably 3-1 Pool. On a serious note. No problem.

    4. TaiwanHC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      4-4

      Salah 4 goals with with 4 assists from Firmino.
      Jimenez 4 goals with no assists.

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        You've got no Pool defender then.

        1. TaiwanHC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          I do, TAA. But he's EO in the top 10k is 100% so doesn't matter.

    5. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      1-0
      Jimenez
      Salah misses penalty

      1. Differential (c)
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Would be f***ING typical xD

    6. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      2-1 LIV sounds about right.

    7. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      I'm thinking 2-1 as well, as long as Salah gets one I'll be happy,

    8. Pep Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      I'd love Liverpool to keep another clean sheet and there is every chance but I think it will be another tight encounter like the one we saw at Anfield. I'm going 1 nil again. I'd like Salah to get it if that's the case.

      No doubts it will finish 2-1 to Liverpool with a Mane brace 😀

    9. antis0cial
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      3-1 Liverpool

    10. wulfranian
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      1-3,Neves and 2 goals from Mane,1 from Henderson.

    11. ritzyd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      0-2 - If possible no Mane involvement would be grand please

    12. JamieNumber4
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      5-1 (Salah * 4, Mane * 1)
      Assists: Salah, Mane, Hendo * 2, Matip

  2. Differential (c)
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    Brendan Rodgers has inquired about the availability of Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard. The fee they will offer is reportedly £15m
    https://twitter.com/SaintsfcViews/status/1220295620201734149?s=20

    Only Brendan Rodgers would analyze Vestergaard in that 0-9 victory and think "I think I'll bid £15m for that bloke getting battered." Incredible, I'd take the money and run.

    1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Tbf he has Wes Morgan as back up

      1. Differential (c)
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Premier League winner, mate. Quality.

        1. Zim0
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 15 hours ago

          Tom Cleverly is a Premier League winner. What's your point?

  3. Neo-Viper
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    Soy and Vardy to DCL and who?

    1. XABI 15
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      lascelles

  4. BinManJack
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    is the below too reactionary?

    Vardy | Abraham > Martinelli | Aguero

    1. antis0cial
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Waiting game, if Auba is off to Barcelona Martinelli is a bargain. Vardy could well be fit though and still a good option if he is.

  5. HD7
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    I know there is time until next GW but...
    Right order of starters and bench?

    Kasper
    TAA Dunk Lund
    KDB Fleck Salah Mane Hayden
    Aguero DCL

    Subs: Button, Kelly, Ings, Stephens

  6. Differential (c)
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    Aubameyang has given the 'OK' to Barcelona to sign him. Barcelona will try it, but know it's going to be complicated. [md]
    https://twitter.com/barcacentre/status/1220252300444303360?s=20

    Martinelli looking more and more appealing withe every passing day.

    1. tisza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      want to bring him but if he's angling for a move and doesn't get it how does he react?

      1. Differential (c)
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Man seems professional enough, don't think he'll have a tantrum.

    2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Now there's a Vardy replacement. Loadsa cash left 🙂

      1. antis0cial
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Yeah Auba leaving would be great for fpl, Martinelli looks a real prospect.

    3. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      No chance Auba leaves imho.

    4. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Surely Arsenal will invest in a replacement in this transfer window, if he does leave.

  7. Strchld
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    Which one is probably bigger blank GW, 28 or that one later? Navigating when to use FH.

    1. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      GW31 could have as many as 16 team blanking, GW28 will only be 4, or less if games are moved to midweek.

      1. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        ... it’s going to be chaos. Don’t enjoy this aspect of FPL.

        1. bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          Agreed, you can't plan in advance for it with any certainty.

    2. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      FH is probably best saved for GW34, when their are also likely to be blanks (8 max) and other teams with DGW's

  8. StayoutheSpiceZone
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    I know there are a lot of pages on here, but have I missed something about Mane getting a rest? I saw something yesterday. Was it just scaremongering?

    1. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Scaremongering. The usual idiots.

      1. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 hours ago

        I rest my case.

    2. Differential (c)
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Just bluffs I imagine.

    3. Orion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      No chance he’ll be rested

      1. StayoutheSpiceZone
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Ok thanks guys. Good luck all!

    4. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Last seen on the pub together with Salah and TAA.

  9. bigdip
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    GK: BUTTON, Ryan
    DEF: GOMEZ, KELLY, Targett, TAA, Lundy
    MID: RICHARLISON, MARTIAL, Mane, Son, Grealish
    FWD: VARDY, DCL (Ings)
    (1 FT, 1.0mn ITB)

    A) Rich & Vardy to Fleck/Perez and Aguero for -4hit?
    B) Rich & Vardy to KDB and Jimenez/Deeney/Martinelli for -4 hit?
    C) WC (draft team below)

    WC Team
    GK: POPE Ryan
    DEF: LASCELLES, STEPHENS, Targett, TAA Lundy
    MID: KDB, FLECK, Mane, Son, Grealish
    FWD: AUBA, WOOD Ings

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Certainly an upgrade

      1. bigdip
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        A, B or C?

    2. Pukkipartyy
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 hours ago

      Maybe C, but have used bench boost ?

  10. RUUD!
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    When is the league cup final, will that mean City and either Leicester or Villa will blank in 28?

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Midweek
      Yes, them and their opponents

    2. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      postponed fixtures can be moved to midweek, if the teams don't have FC replays.

  11. NUFCAndrew
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    Have the exact funds to do Vardy > Auba, pull the trigger before the inevitable drop?

    1. antis0cial
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      With Vardy injury possibly not being bad and Auba possibly off to Barcelona, it's risky.

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Not sure, if you believe Ars and Arteta do it.

      1. NUFCAndrew
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        I do but potential transfer talk is scary

  12. Stram Dunk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    How this team looks?

    Ryan
    TAA VVD Lascelles Lund
    Traore Salah KDB Son
    DCL Vardy

    Button Ings Williams Cantwell

    1. Pukkipartyy
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Looks solid, but dont know about Vardy.
      Im thinking Vardy -> Aguero/Auba.

  13. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    This nightmare will end with Salah(TC) missing his penalty.

    1. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      sending off would be worse, 3 x a negative score plus no opportunity to redeem himself against WHU.

    2. Skalla
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Can Randolph save it instead please? Will make playing him over Henderson feel a bit better 🙂

      1. Skalla
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        *against WH of course, he can miss vs Wolves tonight that is ok (for me)

  14. bigdip
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    GK: Ryan ( Button)
    DEF: Gomez,Targett, TAA, (Lundy, Kelly)
    MID: RICHARLISON, Martial, Mane, Son, Grealish
    FWD: VARDY, DCL (Ings)
    (1 FT, 1.0mn ITB)

    A) Rich & Vardy to Fleck/Perez and Aguero for -4hit?
    B) Rich & Vardy to KDB and Jimenez/Deeney/Martinelli for -4 hit?

  15. Dare Do The Punt
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    The transfer window will have closed before the next FPL deadline starts won't it?

    Could make Lacazette very appealing if Auba is sold

    1. Zim0
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Why? He already plays and gets nothing