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Traore and Moutinho drop to the bench as Gameweek 26 recommences at Molineux

After an interminable wait, Gameweek 26 gets back underway this evening at Molineux.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leicester City, which is only the fourth match to be contested in this round of fixtures, kicks off at 20:00 GMT.

There is no Adama Traore (£5.8m) in the hosts’ starting XI, with the well-owned winger amongst the substitutes for only the second time in the last 23 Gameweeks.

Joao Moutinho (£5.4m) is also on the bench, which brings to an end his run of 21 Premier League starts in a row.

Pedro Neto (£5.0m) and Leander Dendoncker (£4.4m) are the men to come in for that aforementioned pair.

The Athletic’s Wolves correspondent, Tim Spiers, suggests the two unexpected benchings are fitness-related:

The taciturn Nuno Espirito Santo added ahead of kick-off:

[Traore’s shoulder] has not settled down but he’s an option. He is playing the game, also, he’s on the bench.

Normally [Moutinho is a starter] but we have other options and we decided this way.

With Wilfred Ndidi (£5.0m) still sidelined, Leicester are unchanged from their 2-2 draw with Chelsea at the beginning of the month.

Brendan Rodgers said of the Nigerian’s fitness:

It’s just too much of a risk for him, he still has that slight pain. But he’s got better as the week’s progressed and we’ll see how he is over the weekend.

Of those on show this evening, Jamie Vardy (£9.8m) is the most popular player in FPL terms – although his ownership is at its lowest since Gameweek 13.

The Leicester striker has only one attacking return to his name since Gameweek 18 and is goalless in almost two months.

Harvey Barnes (£6.0m) has registered three goals and an assist in his last three starts, with his FPL ownership quadrupling since Gameweek 23.

The reverse fixture of tonight’s game ended goalless back in August, with Ricardo Pereira (£6.3m) and Willy Boly (£4.7m) supplementing their clean sheets with maximum bonus points.

Boly has recorded shut-outs in four of his nine Premier League starts this season – Wolves have only one without him.


Wolves XI: Patrício, Coady, Boly, Saïss, Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Jonny, Jota, Neto, Jiménez.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Choudhury, Tielemans, Maddison, Perez, Vardy, Barnes.

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670 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FOO FIGHTER
      10 days, 23 hours ago

      9 points from from 4. Ayew and Perez need to go. All I need is an Auba blank 🙂 and then he will leave as well.

      Hits on their way once the GW is done.

      1. Firminoooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 days, 23 hours ago

        Stop that bragging. 6 from 4. 1 hit so 2 points.

    • Old Gregg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 23 hours ago

      Wow. Should’ve watched the Hull v Swansea game instead

    • Trophé Mourinho
        10 days, 23 hours ago

        whens Peps contract expire? Breaking it would cost him

        1. Trophé Mourinho
            10 days, 23 hours ago

            and tbh Pep has known this could happen for ages, Man City even said in their response they were expecting it. Pep knew as far back as to when he "accidentally" said he was the manager of Bayern in a press conference.
            That was a statement to City, probably explains their league position..

            1. Trophé Mourinho
                10 days, 23 hours ago

                sorry points, not position.

            2. elchilangles
              • 1 Year
              10 days, 23 hours ago

              he's got one more after this one, he will almost definitely go in the summer though and any team who takes him will pay Man City the cost to break his contract!

              1. Trophé Mourinho
                  10 days, 23 hours ago

                  yes good point. tbh if he can win anything in his time left at City he will try his hardest but I wonder what the players will feel knowing no matter how good they play, they wont get CL next season and no chance of winning the PL either...
                  I smell another upset coming soon like Norwich did

                  1. The Big Fella
                    • 3 Years
                    10 days, 23 hours ago

                    Might be more motivated to try and win it this year. They know they won't have another shot for 2 more years and they can't win the prem this year so what else have they got to lose?

                    1. Trophé Mourinho
                        10 days, 23 hours ago

                        yea they could win the CL this season, but I dont think their PL form will be great (possibly)

                        1. Trophé Mourinho
                            10 days, 22 hours ago

                            are City getting a transfer ban as well? I take it? Their defence? Laporte back I guess but its not ideal

                        2. Slouch87 Nirvana Scott Tale…
                          • 4 Years
                          10 days, 22 hours ago

                          Can't see why the ban means that he would be more motivated to win the CL.

                          1. The Big Fella
                            • 3 Years
                            10 days, 22 hours ago

                            Specsavers for you mate

                            1. Slouch87 Nirvana Scott Tale…
                              • 4 Years
                              10 days, 22 hours ago

                              WTF are you on about ? You are implying that the motivation to win it was less previously ? Utter nonsense . Reality check for you mate.

                • elchilangles
                  • 1 Year
                  10 days, 23 hours ago

                  is the FPL site not showing anything for the Wolves vs Leicester match?

                • jia you jia you
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  10 days, 20 hours ago

                  Sorry lads that I bought Jimmy and put the armband on him (he would've scored a hattie if I hadn't)!

                  1. Devo-McDuff
                    • 1 Year
                    10 days, 12 hours ago

                    Nice one mate!

                • FantasyHero
                  • 3 Years
                  10 days, 17 hours ago

                  Guys help.
                  Team:
                  McCarthy button
                  TAA lascellas egan o'Connell Stephens
                  Salah mahrez traore hayden kdb
                  Aguero wood firmino
                  2 ft
                  A. Gw 27 - aguero + mahrez to Jimmy + son ...gw 28 - wood to abraham
                  B. Gw 27 - aguero + mahrez + firmino to jimmy + ings + mane (-4)...gw 28 - wood to vardy

                  Thanks.

                  1. mirkomen77
                    • 3 Years
                    10 days, 8 hours ago

                    Wood out after 20 mins today, may reassess

                  2. baps sniffer
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    10 days, 8 hours ago

                    Wood hamstring. Start again.

                  3. FantasyHero
                    • 3 Years
                    9 days, 22 hours ago

                    Lol great