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Zaha and Guaita return for Palace as injury-hit Burnley field Vydra as lone striker

Gameweek 32+ continues this evening with just the one match taking place.

Burnley head south to face Crystal Palace, with kick-off at Selhurst Park at 20:00 BST.

Already without the injured Chris Wood (£6.1m) and Ashley Barnes (£6.1m), Sean Dyche has lost Jay Rodriguez (£5.7m) to the hamstring issue that forced him off against Watford last Thursday.

That means that Matej Vydra (£5.3m) is set to plough a lone furrow up front, with the teamsheet suggesting that Dwight McNeil (£6.1m) will support him from the number ten role.

Erik Pieters (£4.2m) has been brought into the side for Rodriguez, with the Dutch defender set to play ‘out of position’ on the left of midfield.

There is also a straight swap at right-back with Phil Bardsley (£4.3m) in for Matthew Lowton (£4.2m), who fails to make the matchday squad.

Much like at the Etihad in Gameweek 30+, Dyche has only been able to name seven substitutes on the bench, with two of them being goalkeepers.

Roy Hodgson has had better news on the injury front, with Wilfried Zaha (£6.7m) and Vicente Guaita (£5.0m) fit to feature in the hosts’ starting XI.

Zaha had limped off in the defeat at Liverpool last Wednesday, a game that Guaita wasn’t risked for.

Luka Milivojevic (£6.7m) and Scott Dann (£4.3m) also start after their benchings at Anfield, with Wayne Hennessey (£4.2m), Mamadou Sakho (£5.0m) and James McCarthy (£4.3m) making way.

Christian Benteke (£5.7m) has failed to recover from a muscle problem, however.

Nick Pope (£5.0m) is the only player on show this evening with an ownership of greater than 10%, although Jordan Ayew (£5.2m) isn’t far off that mark.

Over 45% of the top 10,000 Fantasy Premier League managers own the Burnley shot-stopper, making him the most popular goalkeeper within this elite group.

Both the Clarets and Palace have already hit double figures for clean sheets this season, with Hodgson’s troops having racked up four straight shut-outs before last week’s defeat at Liverpool.


Crystal Palace XI: Guaita, van Aanholt, Dann, Cahill, Ward, McArthur, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Townsend, Ayew, Zaha.

Burnley XI: Pope, Taylor, Tarkowski, Mee, Bardsley, Pieters, Cork, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil, Vydra.

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754 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Somar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    16 days, 21 hours ago

    Is it just me or Dwight Mcneil is the most wasteful player in the Premier League. He is hyped so much but I just can't help but wonder what his successful crosses/shot/pass rate is.

    1. Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      16 days, 21 hours ago

      He isn't hyped so much.

    2. sunnyh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      16 days, 21 hours ago

      Hard to put in successful crosses when you're crossing to only Vydra lol

    3. gers23
      • 8 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      Think he stands out in the Burnley team. Promising player

  2. CloudSky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    16 days, 21 hours ago

    Pope owners might aswell write in their 10-pointer. Congrats!

    1. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      16 days, 21 hours ago

      I feel sick.

    2. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      16 days, 21 hours ago

      Disgusting!

      1. CloudSky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        16 days, 20 hours ago

        Hear hear.

    3. gers23
      • 8 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      Lol he's keeping my mini league rival in the hunt

  3. Bruce Lee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    16 days, 21 hours ago

    McNeil is a good player but someone needs to give him some food

  4. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    16 days, 21 hours ago

    Wish I owned pope. Wow

  5. FPL Pillars
    • 3 Years
    16 days, 21 hours ago

    God this game will finish 0-0 with pip on max boss won’t it... 😆

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      16 days, 21 hours ago

      Pope*

    2. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      16 days, 21 hours ago

      Boss is baps, but Pope is boss... so kind of works

  6. sunnyh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    16 days, 21 hours ago

    Sorry for repost as kind of at an loss to what to do here:

    Pope - Hendo
    TAA - AWB - Doherty - Lascelles - Stephens
    Salah - KDB - Bruno - Doucoure* - Mooy
    Auba* - DCL - Jimi

    with 2FTs, im thinking Auba + Doucoure --> Rash + Pulisic or Ings + Martial?

    Ole's comments scaring me off Martial as he talks about rotation and getting Rashford goals. Any other options people see? Cheers in advance!

    1. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      Tough one. I'd prefer Martial over Rash, but Pulisic over Ings. And everyone are rotation risks. I guess Ings + Martial just edges it.

      1. sunnyh
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        16 days, 20 hours ago

        Yeah just his recent comments on Igahlo potentially rotating with Martial scares me. Would ideally want to go triple United but AWB blocking United spot

        I like Ings, he's getting huge confidence from Hasenhuttl, but also think Rash is going to pop some goals soon

  7. Bruce Lee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    16 days, 21 hours ago

    Well held from Pope on a GK level

  8. Freshy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    16 days, 21 hours ago

    Keep up the long shots Palace

  9. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    16 days, 21 hours ago

    Really kicking myself for ditching Popey on WC. Judging his potential just after the City mauling was plain silly.

    1. backstreets
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      16 days, 21 hours ago

      i did the exact same if it makes u feel better!

      1. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        16 days, 20 hours ago

        txs

  10. moment
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    16 days, 21 hours ago

    PVA lucky not to get a yellow

  11. Somar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    16 days, 21 hours ago

    Opting for Foster instead of Pope is easily the worst FPL decision I've made this season. Pope is looking to haul here.

  12. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    16 days, 21 hours ago

    More utterly insane luck for Pope punters

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      Luck? Insane? Best keeper pick in ff two years running..

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      opportunity meets preparation you mean

    3. sunnyh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      Pope is the new Flappianski

  13. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    16 days, 21 hours ago

    Omg MacArthur absolutely wastes a beauty of a ward assist wtf

    1. Bruce Lee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      Ward owner unite?

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        16 days, 20 hours ago

        You really think we’d be watching for any other reason?

        1. Bruce Lee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          16 days, 20 hours ago

          Got Pope so I don't know how I'd feel if that went in

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            16 days, 20 hours ago

            At least it would own the libs

  14. melvinmbabazi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    Would you make any changes to this team? 1FT and 0.6 ITB

    Martinez, (Martin)
    TAA, Doherty, AWB, (J.Robinson, Ngakia*)
    Mane, KDB, Bruno, Pulisic, (Guendouzi)
    Rash, Jimi, DCL

    Thanks

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      Save

    2. KDF
      • 3 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      Bank FT.

    3. sunnyh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      easy bank

  15. Dacra
    • 5 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    Ward and Pope.

    0-0 please.

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      You shall get your wish tonight.

    2. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      It’s already banked

  16. DAZZ
    • 6 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    Wish i was getting Popes 10 pointer tonight, damn

  17. FALSE PROFIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    A question asked many times I am sure.
    Do you ever go for players simply because it spreads them over a gameweek to create interest in a game? No FPL logic but I do and I now watch games I would have never dreamed of before.

    1. ManUnitedComeBack
      • 3 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      Yes, had to make a one GW keeper punt for 32+ and chose to go for Dubravka over Pope for this very reason.

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        16 days, 20 hours ago

        Since lockdown I have done Pope Pulisic Nketiah and DCL. They are all worth a go but not always my first choice.

  18. gers23
    • 8 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    Sean Dyche is borderline genius having kept Burnley up again.

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      Amazing job and they will be above Arsenal if they win tonight

      1. gers23
        • 8 Years
        16 days, 20 hours ago

        You wonder where he will end up next. Newcastle...

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          16 days, 20 hours ago

          Is it really a transferable skill set for a big move? Not so sure

        2. Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          16 days, 20 hours ago

          not sure he the sort of high profile manager that Billionaire owners would want, but yeah he could do a decent job with them if given money to spend.

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      Desperate for him at West Ham

  19. Tomerick
    • 6 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    Is it really such shocking news that Pope is a good keeper?

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      Yes considering how poorly he performed before the lockdown

      1. Tomerick
        • 6 Years
        16 days, 20 hours ago

        In the 7 games before lockdown he hauled 5 times. 3 of those were double figures. The guys is class and a season keeper.

      2. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        16 days, 20 hours ago

        4 clean sheets in 6, 2 goals conceded...?

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          16 days, 20 hours ago

          Appalling

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            16 days, 20 hours ago

            I see what you did there

    2. Bruce Lee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      The moment you concede 5 vs Man City it is over for you

      Especially if 3 of the 5 goals were jammy

  20. Barnes Owl
    • 2 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    Anyone else listening on Amazon without crowd noise and hearing a different commentary in the background?

    1. Bruce Lee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      Yeah lol don't know how that wasn't picked up or thought of

      1. Barnes Owl
        • 2 Years
        16 days, 20 hours ago

        Yeah it's a bit odd!

  21. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    I have double Burnley defense. Really need this cleanie.

  22. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    Pope
    TAA,Doherty,Saiss,Wan-Bissaka
    Bruno,KDB,Martial
    Auba,Ings,Jiminez

    McCarthy, Lascelles,Sarr,Perez

    Thinking of doing Perez to Foden, or should I save transfer?

    1. sunnyh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      How many FTs do you have? You can do Sarr + Perez --> Foden + Pulisic?

  23. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    Pope to concede in last 10 minutes like McCarthy did?

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      The most sickening thing being McCarthy conceded with Watford having no shots on target the entire match...

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      Pope OG incoming

  24. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    Ward getting in some decent positions despite being up against 2 defenders down that flank to stop him. Dyche’s hole is chewing the seat

  25. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    no chance that Palace will score today

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      Damn that’s annoying. Will stop watching now FFS

  26. Silecro
    • 2 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    Not having Pope but Taylor 6 pointer (maybe 7) will cover it just nicely

  27. Bubz
    • 6 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    Normally I’d say congratulations Pope owners on your clean sheet as a bit of a jinx... but genuinely congratulations because there’s is zero chance Palace score a goal here

    1. Bruce Lee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      Don't doubt the creativity of Townsend and the clinical nature of Ayew

    2. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      The double bluff/jinx, well played sir

    3. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      Lol ur the guy who wud come here and moan every time burnley were playing after u sold him arent u

      Cant believe u didnt get him back 😆

      1. Bubz
        • 6 Years
        16 days, 20 hours ago

        Yeah selling Pope has probably cost me winning fpl this season 🙁

        1. GARY AND JAMIE
          • 6 Years
          16 days, 20 hours ago

          Foster over Pope was my wildcard masterstroke

  28. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    Groan... this is the most obvious 0-0 ever. Congrats Pope and CPL def owners

  29. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    I have it on good authority that there is no chance palace will score today. Well done Pope owners, especially double Burnley defence. Top picks.

  30. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    These stupid pope clean sheets are like watching a horror movie with no ending

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      Then buy him 😀

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        16 days, 20 hours ago

        I had him for his glorius run

        Sold him for DDG after restart