Dugout Discussion

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. Al Moon Yeah
    • 5 Years
    5 days, 4 hours ago

    Woooohooooo!!! Pope, my hero! Been struggling for so long to get keeper points. Feels good owning him. Don't even need a second keeper. He'll probably get 1 saves versus Liverpool to compensate losing the cleanie!

    1. Al Moon Yeah
      • 5 Years
      5 days, 4 hours ago

      12 saves

  2. Gunners for Lyfe
    • 7 Years
    5 days, 4 hours ago

    Logged in to say Pope what a legend

    Missed out his earlier back to back hauls because of Gazza but this one feels good

  3. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 days, 4 hours ago

    Why oh why did I get Foster instead of Pope for crying out loud

    1. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      5 days, 4 hours ago

      One for Captain Hindsight. Foster had decent fixtures too

  4. Feanor
    • 11 Years
    5 days, 4 hours ago

    Pope is a religion.

    1. Al Moon Yeah
      • 5 Years
      5 days, 4 hours ago

      Too bad there too many fpl managers who are atheists!

  5. Rotation's Alter Ego
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 8 Years
    5 days, 4 hours ago

    9+ points in 6 of Pope's last 10 games. As keepers go, that's heroic.

    1. mixology
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 days, 4 hours ago

      incredible returns. I made such a mess of the gk position this year. Should've just set and forget. Just checked and pope was a 4.5 (it's been so long i thought maybe he started season at 5.0, nope!)

      And no I don't own him unfortunately

      1. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 8 Years
        5 days, 4 hours ago

        Somebody, I can't remember who, posted an excellent CA at the start of the year about the budget keepers and really talked up Henderson and Pope.

        Really been spot on, just had to pick one of them and sit with it.

        "White smoke over Turf Moor" was the title iirc

        1. mixology
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 days, 3 hours ago

          Great prediction right there. Owned pope for the first half of the season. wasn't satisfied with the returns. I always do set and forget but perhaps I was too impatient.

          Only time I got it right was De Gea's 17-18 season (172 points, but 5.5 million starting price)

  6. CRO KLOPP
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 days, 4 hours ago

    Bps
    Mee 3
    Pope 2
    Taylor 1

    1. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 days, 3 hours ago

      Ah, dang. Shouldn’t feel bad that I went for Patricio, but now I do. The last two games he’s managed 5 points more than Pat. That’s sick

  7. Nanoelektronicar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 days, 4 hours ago

    I had Patricio last week on FH. Thought that's most certain CS, why to risk.

    Switched to Pope on wildcard this week.

  8. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 10 Years
    5 days, 4 hours ago

    Damn you Pope!

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      5 days, 4 hours ago

      Should be damning Crystal Palace. Jordan Ayew is not a forward. He should be back up for Townsend or Zaha on the wing. If Palace want to progress, they would get Batshuayi asap.

  9. FDMS All Starz
    • 4 Years
    5 days, 4 hours ago

    Not sure what to do with 2FTs, thoughts on getting rid of Mane maybe due to rotation? 0itb

    Patricio
    TAA - Doherty - Aurier
    Mane - Kdb - Fernandes - Son - Richarlison
    DCL - Jimenez

    Subs: Martins - Kiko - Connolly - Simpson

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 days, 4 hours ago

      Get Pope

      1. FDMS All Starz
        • 4 Years
        5 days, 4 hours ago

        Does the GK position really need a FT used on right now? The rest of the team look ok?

        1. The Units
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 days, 3 hours ago

          If you are going to change GK having 2FT and not much else to use it on is a good time. I am holding Salah at the moment to see if this rotation does strike, or will it be reduced minutes or who knows?

          You could get Ings in? Who would you get in for Mane?

    2. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      5 days, 3 hours ago

      I wouldn't want DLC and Richarlison. You need someone like Rashford instead

  10. GARY AND JAMIE
    • 6 Years
    5 days, 4 hours ago

    Cardinal sin not getting Pope on WC

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 10 Years
      5 days, 4 hours ago

      Nicely done

      1. GARY AND JAMIE
        • 6 Years
        5 days, 4 hours ago

        I confess I got Foster father

        1. Lindelol
          • 1 Year
          5 days, 4 hours ago

          😀

        2. Hitmonlee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 days, 4 hours ago

          Lol

    2. The Point About It Is
      • 7 Years
      5 days, 4 hours ago

      Just prey that you can afford to transfer him in.

      1. GARY AND JAMIE
        • 6 Years
        5 days, 4 hours ago

        Both 4,9 its staring me in the face

  11. Lindelol
    • 1 Year
    5 days, 4 hours ago

    Finally managed to get a good rank of 5.9k - I wish I had not moved out Ings this week for Rashford. Hope Rashford scores now.

  12. sovietrockettes
    • 1 Year
    5 days, 4 hours ago

    Pope+Taylor double up feels good

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 4 hours ago

      Oh yes

    2. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 8 Years
      5 days, 3 hours ago

      Nice!! Nervous towards end of that game, I'm sure...!!!

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 days, 3 hours ago

        As always

  13. DandyDon
    • 1 Year
    5 days, 4 hours ago

    Can’t believe going Patrício over Pope has cost me about 7 points In 2 games. He’s got Sheffield next which is probably an easier clean sheet right now.

    1. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      5 days, 4 hours ago

      Try going Foster if you want a proper moan

  14. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 days, 4 hours ago

    Pope is such a legend. That 3rd save came in clutch.

    1. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 8 Years
      5 days, 3 hours ago

      ...and don't forget the 4th in order to secure the two bonus!!

  15. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    5 days, 4 hours ago

    Pope owners didnt deserve those points

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 4 hours ago

      Too much salt spoils things

  16. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
    • 2 Years
    5 days, 4 hours ago

    Crystal Palace is just a lonely old man's greenhouse with a load of smashed windows and wilting Rhubarb.

  17. Releasebreaks
    • 2 Years
    5 days, 4 hours ago

    Before owning Pope was horror movie every gw, then i joined him and is amazing getting is points every gw.
    Wow what a good feeling, Thanks POPE

  18. nerd_is_the_werd
      5 days, 4 hours ago

      Sir Pope deserves another knighthood.

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 days, 4 hours ago

        Pope crew out in force tonight

    • ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 days, 4 hours ago

      Last 3 GW's: Henderson (13pts), Pope (10pts), Pope (9pts) - can't really complain about that as far as Keeper points go.

    • Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 4 hours ago

      Pope helping my arrow stay green. Bless you my child. 17pts with 8 to play inc (S)alah.

      17 points separating me from the ‘Business Class Lounge’ of the Top 10k.

      Come on Mo - just a brace will do to show them you’re champion material!

    • Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 4 hours ago

      Will any Leicester games be cancelled?

      1. Fred54
        • 5 Years
        5 days, 4 hours ago

        No Premier League grounds are considered 'bio secure', so not affected by Covid outbreaks.

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 days, 3 hours ago

          This tested weekly, no external contact, basically a bubble

    • FDMS All Starz
      • 4 Years
      5 days, 4 hours ago

      Thoughts on the following for free next week?

      Richarlison & DCL —> Foden & Jesus/Rashford

    • Chucky
      • 6 Years
      5 days, 4 hours ago

      Pope saves my GW yet again... 😀

    • pablospicks
      • 6 Years
      5 days, 4 hours ago

      Cant wait for Martinez to lash it in the net whilst Pope looks on from the bench

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        5 days, 3 hours ago

        This.

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      5 days, 4 hours ago

      Need a biggie from Kane (C) and Son on Thursday with Ings, Wolves defense and Pope killing my rank.

      COME ON SPURS!

      1. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        5 days, 4 hours ago

        You'll be disappointed. It is always the way in FPL.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          5 days, 3 hours ago

          Would be the other way round if I owned Ings, Wolves def and Pope.
          Kane and Son would be banging them in lol

    • Vazza
        5 days, 4 hours ago

        Who is better -

        A. Mahrez
        B. Son

        Thanks 🙂

        1. The Point About It Is
          • 7 Years
          5 days, 3 hours ago

          A

      • Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 days, 3 hours ago

        If Auba fails this game week is done...

        1. Fred54
          • 5 Years
          5 days, 3 hours ago

          If.

          Cute.

        2. diesel001
          • 3 Years
          5 days, 3 hours ago

          He won't. Brace or better incoming.

      • Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        5 days, 3 hours ago

        I really need to perform tomorrow!

        Who has me captain?

        1. Lindelol
          • 1 Year
          5 days, 3 hours ago

          o/

      • HD7
        • 3 Years
        5 days, 3 hours ago

        Shouldnt have listened to the Pope negative comments after the City match :/

        1. thomashl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 days, 3 hours ago

          Haha same here...

      • FPL_DON
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 days, 3 hours ago

        Pope non owners, take solace in the fact that Watford and palace have the worst two attacks in the league next they have.....