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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. LIARS POKER
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Anyone else get Lascelles and Holgate on their wildcard after the restart? It's been pretty much just no-shows and 1 pointers

    1. Greek Freak
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I've got Lascelles. Now I've got to either get a new defender or play Kiko vs. Man City!

    2. Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Unfortunate but yes. Luckily have mainly had on the bench. for my Doherty 2 points instead.

    3. Pulp Minion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Yeah, mostly been on my bench though

    4. matiakez
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I think i sold Egan for Holgate after Egans red. That's gone well..

    5. Gav's Gunners
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I got Holgate, Taylor, Aurier and Nketiah on my WC after the break. Going from bad to worse. BB still to play aswell

    6. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Yep, sold holgate though

  2. JoeSoap
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    FH looked a good idea now. 8 from 6 players.

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      😮

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      holy cr@p batman, that is tough going.

    3. JoeSoap
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Need Bruno 2 go mad as captain.

  3. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Sweet finish from Perez

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Guy can't score when he's in our teams 😀

    2. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      4 months and a global pandemic too late.

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Pandemics are alwyas global

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Lol

        2. Fred54
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Why are you wasting your time with me, go work on a cure!

        3. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Not necessarily

        4. Amey
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Tell that to Everton through and through right now 😀

        5. potatoace
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Not correct actually.
          Pandemics can be categorised at national level also.

          1. cheekumz
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Not correct actually... A pandemic cannot be national, that would be an epidemic or if it's truly national more accurately an endemic. Pandemics by definition span more than one country or continent (however not necessarily global). Sorry to be that guy ;P

            1. potatoace
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Not true. A pandmic is defined by the rate of infection over distance. It does not necessarily have to cross political country borders to be categorised as pandemic

      2. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        😀

  4. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    I was considering Thomas all week but then couldnt bring him in because the useless blankets at FPL Towers didnt add him to the game. Truly painful to be a level above everyone else.

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      What will he be? Def or Midf? 4.5?

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      It's so lonely at the top.

    3. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Does anyone at fpl towers believe in stakeholder management, or read this site?

  5. Champions united
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Worst GW for def

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I'm saying that since restart every GW

      1. BNMC
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 7 days ago

        There was a phase when there were so many CS's

    2. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Azpi says Hi.

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Lol
        I have ALONSO

  6. Differentiator
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Thomas the Tank engine

  7. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Only way Vardy looks like scoring here is through a penalty.

    He is occupying the defenders and that is allowing Perez and Barnes to pick up the scraps and get the shots.

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Agree sadly

  8. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Free Hit success. Would've been playing both Henderson and Stevens.

    Phew.

  9. Right In The Stanchion
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Can’t believe Everton paid £30m+ for Iwobi

      1. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        They thought he was going to do a Serge Gnabry and be better when he left Arsenal. Turns out he is actually just crap.

      2. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        I think they paid over 50

        1. Overated Mou
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Geez
          Wouldnt even sign him for free

        2. Overated Mou
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          I think its because he is Jay jay okocha’s nephew

      3. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Arsenal did well to sell him and ox for 70+ but didnt invest that money well

        At least pepe still has hope as he is new. Ox and iwobi are just bang average

        1. Overated Mou
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Ox is way better than iwobi imo

          1. Leaf
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            They’re both no good

            1. Overated Mou
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              At least ox has more threat in him though

        2. Leaf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Pepe was the only one they invested in

          1. Overated Mou
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            I think pepe will do good given the right manager and style of play

      4. Overated Mou
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        I thought im the only one that think so
        I just dont get it too
        Seriously
        No offense though

      5. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        They got big windows at the Emirates, saw Everton coming!

    • Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Just catching up, what happened to Holgate? Briefly thought I might actually have 3 defenders for next week.

      1. ClassiX
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        He pulled up after about 15 minutes - couldn't continue.

        1. Rotation's Alter Ego
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Oh great. Cheers!

      2. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Its mind boggling really... Everton is 11th in the table do you really need to start an injured player???...wtf

    • SomeoneKnows
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Pope (Martinez)
      TAA, Saiss, Pieters (Lascelles*, Holgate*)
      KDB, Salah, Fernandes, Martial, Pulisic
      Vardy, Rashford (Connolly)

      Given that both Lascelles and Holgate appear to be injured, should I use my FT to improve my bench or do Vardy > Jesus ?

      Other transfer ideas are also welcomed

      1. Gangsters Allardyce
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Go for Jesus

    • yer old da
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Best 4.6m or less defender for 1 week only? Already have Pope in goal.

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        It’s still probably Pieters.

      2. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Double up. Get Pieters.

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Don't we think depleted squad would make them weak ?
          It's Norwich yeah ..

          He's on shortlist for me too actually so thinking

      3. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Negotiate a discount on Tarkowski?

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Chelsea agent ?

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Wes Morgan is so dominating in the air.

      He’ll get his England call up yet!

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        He's Norwegian.

        1. Gunner Boy
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Jamaican

          1. Fred54
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            No, he wanted to go.

          2. Forza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Jamaican me confused with all these nationalities.

        2. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Ur thinking of zaha

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Don't be daft. Zaha is Welsh.

            1. Deulofail
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Wilfred in a Welsh accent is so hearable

              1. Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Meanwhile in Pontypandy...
                "Norman Price!"
                "Wilfred Zaha!"
                "Come in this second before I call Fireman Sam!"

    • LIARS POKER
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Anyone else have a worst defence than mine this week? Double wolves still hurts

      Patricio (2) Saiss (2) TAA (0) Holgate (1) with Lascelles (0) and Robinson (0) on the bench

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        No, it's impossible. That is the very worst of defensive returns possible.

        1. grumpyman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Last week a ML rival had Söyüncü, TAA, Evans and Schmeichel for a grand total of -4 points!

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            ouch! That isn't even a bad defence.

      2. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Not much better: Patty, Saiss, VVD Laporte. So Egan's off my bench. Not going well.
        Mind you through my whole squad only Willian on 3 points scored over 2. And I took a hit 🙁

      3. Mr. Chimes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 7 days ago

        I have the same thing only Egan instead of Lascelles.

    • Gunner Boy
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Current defenders:

      TAA Alonso Lascelles* Simpson* Saiis

      For next GW: which is better?

      A- Sell Alonso to anyone?
      B- Sell Lascelles?

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        B

      2. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Lascelles. Guy is 100% out. At least Alonso has a chance of playing and you can bench him.

    • FDMS All Starz
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Thoughts on Vydra as an option vs Norwich next GW with Rodríguez out?

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Wood or none for me

      2. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Thought Jrod was fine and only taken off as a precaution?

        1. FDMS All Starz
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Not sure, with such a short turn around I’m not sure if he will start again...might be wrong

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Brought in Justin last week for the Bournemouth match.

      Free Hit him out this week. He's tacking up the BAPs already oh dear!

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        That is some bench 😉

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          My team this week? Yes, although hopefully not required.

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Yes.
            Taa Doherty Greenwood Patri

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Free Hit, had funds. Made the decision at 19.14 - not much time to think too much about alternatives!

              1. Amey
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Yeah
                I have 3 of them in my 11 😀

    • Right In The Stanchion
        3 months, 7 days ago

        My Richarlison (c) punt looking like a massive fail at the moment.this game is dead

      • Champions united
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        mcarthy/ederson
        TAA digne egan saiss aurier
        antonio kdb willian bruno,martial
        ings, green, Jesus

        37-TC martial
        38 FH

        Any suggestions

        1. Saint Channon
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          I was considering Willian to D Silva,but I might sort my defence instead.

          1. Saint Channon
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Very similar team by the way

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        If playing BB would you sell El Mohamady or leave him in?

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Hit ?
          No
          Free
          Yes

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Will be taking hits to sort out Button & Lascelles so yes

            1. Rt505
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Also playing BB with Lascelles. Do you think he’s out? I think he had a chance of making it and the fixture is ok

              1. Amey
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                He's operated if I'm not wrong

              2. Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                He's out out.

                1. Rt505
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Thanks. Pieters or Lamptey in then for me

            2. Amey
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              GL 🙂

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Cheers mate, gonna need it, had awful luck recently

                1. Amey
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Same here

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Digne drifting in and shooting from pen spot. Dangerous!

      • Bartowski
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Thinking about it, it would still be really funny if Man U miss out on the Champions League again.

        1. diesel001
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          OGS sacked if that happens. Easy fixtures and couldn't deliver while others around them slipped up.

          1. Bartowski
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Nah he's at the wheel.

          2. Right In The Stanchion
              3 months, 7 days ago

              OGS owes Bruno his life

          3. Right In The Stanchion
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Just for all the London based Man Utd fans I know.

              I have a friend who grew up next door to Highbury and he still supported Man U for the glory

            • TONY123
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Even if they finish 5th, they can still qualify through the Europa League.

              1. Fred54
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                ?? World of difference that.

                1. TONY123
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  What do you mean?

                  1. Fred54
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Qualifying directly into the UCL is very different to having to win the Europa (which is hardly a given) and use a whole season again. Not to mention the financial disparity.

                    1. TONY123
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      It surely won't be easy but United look like the best team left in the competition. I don't get the second part of your statement, they are finishing the EL in August and could therefore qualify for next season.

              2. Bartowski
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Nah destined to lose to a Lukaku goal when play Inter in the final.

                1. TONY123
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Sanchez assist and Ashley Young with a last minute goal-line clearance. Lovely.

          4. Freshy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            How has DLC looked?
            Coming on for KDB for me

            1. diesel001
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Donkey. But even a Donkey has its day. See Giroud earlier this GW.

            2. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Overheard effort over in the 1st min, decent link up, nothing dangerous since.

            3. FDMS All Starz
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Same as the other games he has played after lockdown, bang average

          5. FDMS All Starz
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            If Jesus plays 90mins vs arsenal do we really think he starts vs Watford?

          6. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            I think Wood and Tarkoski may repay a -4. You dig?

            1. Rover
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Yes.

              1. Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                cheers

          7. Rolls-Royce
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Well be funny if Leicester and United make through the top 4 and Chelsea misses out.

          8. Naby K8a
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Hennessey. 6 nil Utd

            1. Rolls-Royce
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Should've kept the armband on Tony.

            2. diesel001
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              As long as Rashford don't get the goals I am happy with that.

          9. shirtless
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Great afternoons cricket . Sibley now faced 221 deliveries!

          10. diesel001
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            A Villa goal would be sweet.

            1. Fred54
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Think we've used our quota for month already.

            2. Stimps
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              A villa own goal assisted by Digne you mean

          11. Aaa
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Any ideas on how I get a reasonable bench boost for 38 with this mob? Thinking need minimum 8 point hit:

            Pope/Button
            Azpi/Mendy/Doherty/Lascelles/Taylor
            Mane/KDB/Fernandes/Pulisic/Saint M
            Rashford/VardyGreenwood

            0.3itb

            4 flagged and a non playing keeper at the min!