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

    Surely Pope got a hand to that Ayew shot?

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

      lol

  2. Bossworld
    • 1 Year
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    I still can't bring myself to figure out why I thought McCarthy and Martinez were a better wildcard option than Pope and 3.9m fodder. Suppose Burnley had a rough restart and questions over contracts/bench

  3. Freshy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    10 yards out misses the net by 20

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

    Max Meyer is allergic to having a shot on goal

  5. Dynamic Duos
    • 6 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    Palace are dreadful

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

    Think it's time to sell without a 3rd save

  7. pablospicks
    • 6 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    -9 Goal Difference and 8th in the league is a look

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

    Heard a quote the other day...

    Women don't care about your struggles, they wait at the finish line and pick the winners

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

    Pope 3rd save ffs hahah

  10. Zilla
    • 2 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    pope surely will get another cs here

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

      and 3 baps

  11. Freshy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    Needed that Pope save

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

      Salt in the wounds man

  12. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    Save point and baps

  13. Kroos Kontrol
    • 7 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    never cheered a mid-table goalkeeper save more than that

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

    Pope my papi

  15. La Roja
    • 8 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    Pope 4th dave

    1. La Roja
      • 8 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      Save*

  16. mr. inconspicuous
    • 11 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    Pope to Foster last week is probably my worst transfer this season

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

      you should keep pope and you shouldnt buy foster hehe

      1. Scott Talent
        • 4 Years
        16 days, 20 hours ago

        Mr Hindsight

  17. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    Palace going all out now to give Pope another save point.

  18. Releasebreaks
    • 2 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    OMG POPE SAVE
    POPE YOUR ARE BEAUTY, LOVE YOU

  19. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    Check out the baps on him 😉

  20. BDA Shadow
    • 5 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    So this whole DDG over Pope thing isn't going so well. Salt in the wound, I have Ayew this week... What the hell is it about these Burnley defenders that they can block near everything.

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

      Be happy he didn't get sent off

      1. BDA Shadow
        • 5 Years
        16 days, 20 hours ago

        This is the first and probably only week I've actually played him, there's no way I'm happy about not getting sent off, that would have just been the cherry on the bad luck cake.

    2. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      I went DDG over Pope too, when I owned Pope he did NOTHING

  21. Super Saints
    • 3 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    FFS when I own Pope he conceeds every game, when I sell him you know what happens

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

      Please don't go get him now then...

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

    Pope is such a pos, awful keeper who somehow gets saves gifted to him with literaly 2mph passes and lobbed headers from 20 yards out

    1. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      Feel exactly the same

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

      Potitioning is brilliant, plus he is like 8ft so all he has to do is move his arms

    3. BDA Shadow
      • 5 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      It's all about their defence, but FPL rewards the keeper for it.

  23. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    *turns off tv*

  24. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    Wow. Another pope 10 pointer... Horrible decision removing him.

  25. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    I'd do some truly heinous things for a Patrick van Aanhaul

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

      heinanus

      1. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        16 days, 20 hours ago

        I like where your head's at

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

      Lolll Hulk Smahes incoming

  26. Sarri, not Sarri
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    2 saves lol

    1. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      4 🙁

      1. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        16 days, 20 hours ago

        another 9 pointer... i hate pope lmao

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

          So Mee doesnt get 3?

      2. Sarri, not Sarri
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        16 days, 20 hours ago

        Ahh its update now, nice

  27. CRO KLOPP
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    Nick Pope and Charlie Taylor,thanks chaps

  28. AzzaroMax99
    • 3 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    Bless me Pope 😀

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      For you have sinned my Son

  29. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    Double Burnely, double wolves at the back making for my capt fail.

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

      Thanks for coming out from the sofa to tell

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      16 days, 20 hours ago

      2 bps for the big man as well

  30. Big_Andy_GAWA
    • 8 Years
    16 days, 20 hours ago

    FPL slow to update re: Pope...!!