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Leicester hit by injury and unavailability as Rodgers hands debut to teenager

Premier League survival and European qualification places are on the line in this evening’s two 18:00 BST kick-offs.

Everton take on an Aston Villa side who are four points adrift of safety, while fourth plays eighth as Leicester City welcome Sheffield United to the King Power Stadium.

There is plenty of Fantasy interest in these games, too, with Jamie Vardy (£9.8m) and Lucas Digne (£5.9m) each sitting in more than 20% of the top 10,000 Fantasy Premier League sides and enjoying double-digit ownership overall.

Both players start this evening in their respective games.

Leicester are without the injured Marc Albrighton (£5.1m), James Maddison (£7.3m) and Ben Chilwell (£5.5m) for the visit of the Blades, while Caglar Soyuncu (£4.9m) begins a three-match ban.

Albrighton and Soyuncu’s absences have led to two of four changes that Brendan Rodgers has made to his starting XI following the 4-1 thrashing by Bournemouth.

Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.7m) and Christian Fuchs (£4.2m) also drop out, with Wes Morgan (£4.1m), Ryan Bennett (£4.8m), Harvey Barnes (£5.9m) and 19-year-old defender Luke Thomas handed starts.

This is Thomas’s first-team debut and he is yet to even be given a price by FPL.

Sheffield United’s team news is much more straightforward, with Chris Wilder naming an unchanged side.

John Lundstram (£4.6m) is again only a substitute, while the fit-again John Fleck (£4.7m) also makes the bench.

The most-bought FPL defender of Gameweek 36+, John Egan (£4.7m), starts again at centre-half, having plundered 31 points in his last three matches.

Dean Smith’s only change from the side that beat Crystal Palace on Sunday is an enforced one.

With Neil Taylor (£4.2m) ruled out with a hamstring injury, Matt Targett (£4.3m) returns to play at left-back in a like-for-like swap.

Carlo Ancelotti has rung the changes following the dismal 3-0 defeat at Wolves but Richarlison (£8.2m) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£6.2m) aren’t among the alterations and they start again in attack.

The injured Yerry Mina (£5.3m) is replaced by Mason Holgate (£4.3m), while Alex Iwobi (£5.6m), Bernard (£6.4m), Andre Gomes (£5.2m) and Seamus Coleman (£5.3m) also return at the expense of Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.3m), Theo Walcott (£6.2m), Leighton Baines (£4.9m) and Anthony Gordon (£4.5m).


Everton XI: Pickford; Digne, Keane, Holgate, Coleman; Bernard, Davies, Gomes, Iwobi; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.

Aston Villa XI: Reina; Elmohamady, Konsa, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Hourihane; Trezeguet, Samatta, Grealish.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel; Bennett, Morgan, Evans; Justin, Ndidi, Tielemans, Thomas; Pérez, Vardy, Barnes.

Sheffield United XI: Henderson; O’Connell, Egan, Basham; Stevens, Osborn, Norwood, Berge, Baldock; McBurnie, McGoldrick.

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1,143 Comments Post a Comment
  1. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 9 days ago

    35 from 2 players
    8 from 6 players

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Humble

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Been jammy with captains ever since 30+ - only KdB blanking in a 5-0 let me down last week

  2. GOTHAM City F.C.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Is Kane to Auba good?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Just keep Kane

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      You already have Kane, stick.

  3. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Finally, the week where big Harry gets that 15 pointer.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      That's my name. AWB going to go big for me then?

  4. Me Spurs
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Vardy owners, keeping or shipping? If so for who

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Probably keeping. Ings is the only one I'm really considering right now.

  5. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Cant wait till tomorrow freerolling with Foster. Handy point incoming

  6. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Freaking seriously... thanks a bunch Egan. Crap FH pick. Meaning Azpi is my only defender with more than 0pts

  7. Old Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    That horrible feeling when you decided to get Digne on a FH whim instead of steady AWB. It's going to be costly.

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I don't regret it that much. I needed 3 United slots.

  8. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Holgate off after 15mins. Injured again?

    1. Kno
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      yeepp 🙁

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Yes

  9. Cloudeu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    I'm on 5 with a -4, only good thing about my gameweek is that pep didn't give kdb (c) a run out!

  10. Stand By Mee
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    this is frustrating as a Digne owner. Got him for hit for Aurier. 🙁

  11. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Man U kits are so bland. What is that, dishwater white?

  12. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Woy barely got up from that knee

  13. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Rashy saving my gameweek

    Paid off big time keeping him!