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Vardy’s super stats, a new £4.0m defender and injuries: FPL notes on Leicester’s win

Leicester City 2-0 Sheffield United

  • Goals: Ayoze Perez (£6.0m), Demarai Gray (£5.0m)
  • Assists: Luke Thomas (£4.0m), Jamie Vardy (£9.8m)
  • Bonus: Thomas x3, Wes Morgan (£4.1m) x2, Ryan Bennett (£4.8m) x1

Leicester City saw off a strangely limp Sheffield United to set up a final-day showdown that even Sky Sports will struggle to over-hype.

What turned out to be a regulation 2-0 win came with goals from Ayoze Perez (£6.0m) and Demarai Gray (£5.0m) as the Blades’ recent recovery came to an abrupt end.

And it means that the Foxes will now entertain Manchester United in Gameweek 38+ with a Champions League spot going to the winner, unless Chelsea – just a point above both sides in the table, but with an inferior goal difference – slip up.

From a Fantasy perspective, that means three teams’ worth of exceptionally-motivated talent to tap into, and some of that was on display at the King Power Stadium yesterday evening.

The star of the show, however, didn’t even have a value in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) until hours after the match was over.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers handed a debut to 19-year-old Luke Thomas (£4.0m) at left-back, citing injuries to both Ben Chilwell (£5.5m) and Christian Fuchs (£4.2m).

The youngster promptly played a blinder, setting up Perez’s opener, keeping a clean sheet and earning himself the maximum bonus award as he brought in 12 points for his zero owners.

That figure has now risen to well over 5,000 as FPL managers move for a cheap defender with proven ability to deliver returns at both ends of the pitch. Okay, so the sample size doesn’t get much smaller than one match, but it was a dream debut for Thomas which earned him plenty of praise from Rodgers:

It was probably the hardest game he could have for his debut. I could see he could play for me quickly. He’s got a great temperament. He isn’t fazed. He understands football and you saw his pass for the goal. I thought he was outstanding in his play.

Outstanding he was, although going for Foxes defenders when their final two games involve a trip to Spurs and then that United mega-clash looks risky at best.

Perez had already been handed one chance by Thomas when the midfielder headed over the teenager’s excellent cross. He made no mistake with the second opportunity, collecting Thomas’s low ball and scoring emphatically from just inside the area.

United keeper Dean Henderson (£5.2m) could do nothing about the goal, but he more than earned his keep over the course of the match, denying a number of City players in one-on-ones.

Such was the home side’s early dominance that they’d already had nine attempts before 22 minutes had been played, with Henderson using his legs to keep out a Jamie Vardy (£9.8m) effort and repeating the trick twice more when the veteran striker released Harvey Barnes (£5.9m).

Another excellent chance fell to the influential Youri Tielemans (£6.1m), whose close-range shot was blocked after he was set up by Vardy again, before the forward burst through but watched his left-foot shot graze the outside of the post.

The only worry for Leicester fans still getting over Sunday’s capitulation against Bournemouth was that missing so many decent chances might come back to haunt them.

That scenario certainly came close to playing out when a John Egan (£4.7m) header from a corner deflected off Wes Morgan (£4.1m), forcing Kasper Schmeichel (£5.5m) into a smart save.

United boss Chris Wilder threw the kitchen sink at the game as it drifted away from his side.

He made three changes at half-time, including the bittersweet Fantasy move of replacing Sander Berge (£4.7m) with the fit-again John Lundstram (£4.6m), and even switched to a back four later on.

But his players never really got going and the Foxes were not in the mood to repeat their south coast meltdown.

They finally secured the win when Vardy broke free yet again and, just for a change, someone decided to grace the striker’s persistent creativity with a goal.

That someone was substitute Demarai Gray (£5.0m), who finished from the angle with a sweet shot back across Henderson.

It was absolutely what the Foxes deserved from a dominant display in which they had seven shots on target to Unted’s one, prompting a pleased post mortem from Rodgers:

It was our first 90-minute performance since we came back. We’ve played well in other spells in games, but we had to play well over the course of 90 minutes.

The match was also the first in which Barnes started since Gameweek 30+. Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.7m) has performed well in his stead, but Leicester look a quicker and more threatening attacking unit when Barnes is providing support for Vardy.

Not that too many managers will be tempted by Foxes assets with the schedule that they have, while Rodgers provided a post-match update on others who will definitely need selling right now:

As mentioned, that elevates the appeal of Thomas, and even the evergreen Morgan, as cut-price defensive options. But the chances of keeping clean sheets against either Spurs or Man United look slim.

As for the Blades, will the real Sheffield United please stand up?

After some impressive recent performances, they were decidedly average against Leicester and Wilder wasn’t about to spare his players’ blushes with his assessment:

We were way off of it. We have taken some enormous steps forward this season, but the goalkeeper kept us in the game, we never deserved anything form the game – off it from the first minute to the 90th, no excuse from us. Technically very poor, physically out-fought.

Matches against Everton and Southampton will round out a phenomenal first season back in the top-flight for Wilder and his men; fixtures that should be productive for those Fantasy managers invested in a backline with 13 clean sheets to their name – only three teams have managed more.

Inconsistency is the worry, though. This is a side that can beat Spurs, Wolves and Chelsea at home, while struggling on the road against the likes of Man United, Newcastle and even Aston Villa.

Based on that recent evidence, Monday’s visit from Everton looks promising, next Sunday’s trip to Southampton troubling.


Leicester City (3-4-2-1): Schmeichel; Bennett, Morgan, Evans; Justin, Ndidi, Tielemans, Thomas; Pérez (Choudhury 71), Barnes (Gray 76); Vardy.

Sheffield United XI (3-5-2): Henderson; O’Connell, Egan, Basham (Sharp 59); Stevens, Osborn (Fleck 45), Norwood, Berge (Lundstram 45), Baldock; McBurnie, McGoldrick (Mousset 45).

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Above: Players involved in Leicester City v Sheffield United sorted by chances created

The bonus point allocation from last night’s match produced an interesting sub-plot.

The (small) contingent of managers with Leicester defender James Justin (£4.7m) in their teams looked like they were sitting on two, and maybe even three, extra points as the match wound down.

By the time the bonus awards were added, their man had none.

The reason for that was star debutant Thomas wasn’t even in the FPL system until well after his 12-point match had finished.

Only Vardy created more chances than the youngster, and his assist and clean sheet certainly merited the maximum bonus award.

But it was still hard on Justin’s owners.

Above: Players involved in Leicester City v Sheffield United sorted by big chances

Then again, Vardy’s 29.4% fan club arguably had even more reason to feel aggrieved at the designation of the extra points.

As well as leading the way with five chances created, he was also involved in all six big chances the Foxes had against Sheffield United.

One of them led to Gray’s goal, three others were fluffed by his teammates and Vardy himself had the other two.

It was that profligacy which ruined Vardy’s bonus point chances – scant reward for a truly influential performance that, on another day, could have resulted in a huge haul.

Above: Leicester City’s chances created map in Gameweek 36+ (assists in green)

While nominally playing as the central striker, Vardy did most of his best work on the left flank – as did the team as a whole.

A look at the areas in which they created their chances shows just how threatening they were down United’s right side, with seven of the side’s 12 chances coming from that area – including both of the assists.

Creativity was clearly not an issue on the day – just a lack of a clinical edge in front of goal.

The six big chances the Foxes forged was way above their season average of 2.4 per game, although the total of 88 they’ve managed this campaign is bettered by just three teams, who all happen to be above them in the league table.

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804 Comments Post a Comment
  1. sthelenslad92
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Which GW is better for using FH do you think, this week or next week?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Next - should have a better idea of which City players to get in

    2. jomikijiq
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      when desired FH team differs more from your original

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Depends on your current team.

  2. El Presidente
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 12 days ago

    I know the popular move this GW is for the Burnley assets, but it just feels wrong to burn a transfer on a Burnley player with 2 games to go...

    1. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 12 days ago

      If you have a better move to do (e.g. you're not happy with your midfield), then do it!

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      I keep thinking Tarkowski is definitely going to get a 15 pointer and I must get him but realistically it is pretty hard to predict when defenders are going to score.

      1. KDF
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        I hope so as I've moved Las for Tarkowski

      2. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        his xG is pretty low and hasnt had a shot in a while. He is Burnley's preferred target in the box during set pieces sooooo

        I think its a medium floor, high ceiling kind of move

        Expect 6 points, ecstasy if he gets 15, cry if he gets 2

    3. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      why is it wrong is the question you should ask yourself? look at who they are playing is one way to start

  3. Mayor of Flair
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Burnley or SHU defender for the last 2?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Burn

      1. Mayor of Flair
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Bardsley, Pieters or Long?

        Or does it matter?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Pieters of those - should whip in a few crosses for Wood

    2. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Im trying to get both haha

    3. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Tarkowski

  4. Stoichkov#8
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Play one:

    a) Foden
    b) Greenwood

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      toss up - id go with greenwood

    2. Mayor of Flair
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Greenwood

    3. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      greenwood for sure

  5. MESSINHO
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    DDG
    TAA -Doherty - Saiss
    Mane - KdB - Mahrez - Bruno - Pulisic
    Vardy - Greenwood

    Subs: Martin - Nketiah - Holgate - Lascelles

    2 FT, 0.3 ITB. Will use FH on GW38.

    A) Vardy + Nketiah -> Wood + Ings (Bench Pulisic)
    B) Pulisic + Nketiah -> Ings + Dendo (Bench Dendo)
    C) Pulisic + Vardy + Greenwood -> Martial + Wood + Ings (-4)

    Appreciate any help guys, thanks.

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Why not Pulisic + Vardy --> Ings/Wood/Jimi + Martial (c)

      1. MESSINHO
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        I already have 3 Man Utd players...

    2. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Can you afford DDG + Pulisic -> Martinez + Martial? Rather than dropping Greenwood to free up the Utd spot.

      1. MESSINHO
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Yes I can, that's a great idea tbh, thanks. The only problem is that I fancy Ings vs Bou.

        1. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Unfortunately I don't see a way to get both Martial and Ings without a hit. I think your current forwards will be fine, they could both score.

  6. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Super tempted to do this for GW37 BB:

    AWB + Lascelles + Pulisic --> Tarkowski + Egan + Martial (c) -8

    Bench is: Henderson - Dilva - Foden - Stephens

    Too maverick?

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Anyone? 🙁

    2. KDF
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      It doesn't look too bad, depends on what you're trying to achieve.

      The -8 will probably pay for itself

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      You have 3 United already?

  7. Athletic Nasherbo
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Willian > Son FT?

    Means I’ll have to get Dilva -4 next week by downgrading Doherty > 4.4m def

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      you're chasing mate - Leicester is much much better than Newcastle

      1. Athletic Nasherbo
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Not sure, Sheffield United were so poor...

        Palace final game too!

        Would be for GW38: Doherty + Foden > 4.4 + Dilva (-4)

    2. Mayor of Flair
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      No

    3. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Don't like the hit. I'd probably just get Dilva now if you think he'll start 37, or play Willian and then do Willian -> Dilva for 38 otherwise.

    4. JustPark
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Willian > Dilva surely?

  8. OptimusBlack
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Who is the best ?
    A- DCL + Saka > Ings + Douglas Luiz
    B- DCL> Wood
    A Cost -4 PTS
    B give me 1 M

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      B all day

  9. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Who scores more:

    A) Maguire (WHU)
    b) Pieters (nor)

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Slabby

    2. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 12 days ago

      B, not really expecting a Utd CS.

  10. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Better option for this defence?

    A. Aurier > Tark
    B. Taylor > Dunk/ pieters

    Schmeichel Martin
    Taa Doherty aurier Taylor ngakia

  11. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Best defender for the last 2 weeks?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Tark

    2. jomikijiq
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Digne

  12. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    A. Martial and JRod
    B. Mahrez and Greenwood

  13. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    With a team consisting of the likes of:

    Button
    Lascelles
    El Mohamady
    Connolly

    What would you do with BB? Takes hits now for 37 or lessen the hits and sort for and play BB in 38?

    Could maybe even keep El Mohamady as looks like he has won his place back?

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      I think you've gotta play in 38 mate. 2 out of 4 arent going to play so id use those FTs to sort that out. Downgrade some of your starters and upgrade your bench into some differentials?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Yeah sounds like a good plan.
        Which differentials would you have your eye on, any position really

        1. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          defence: Egan (GW37), Tierney, Dawson (38 only),
          Midfield: Armstrong, McNeil, Antonio
          Strikers: Wood, JRod, not too many here, just keep Connolly

          Let me know your thoughts on my BB above!! Also debating BB37 or 38

  14. Mr. Mystic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    0.7 ITB, 1FT, playing FH in GW38 so may as well use it... suggestions?

    Pope
    TAA Doherty Aurier (Taylor, Lasc)
    Mane KDB Bruno Martial (Pulisic)
    Jimenez Jesus Greenwood

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Kdb for David Silva

  15. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Greenwood to Wood or save my transfer?

  16. FantasyHero
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Play willian
    Or
    Take a hit to do foden to armstrong or dilva and play that? (Don't have ings)

  17. Jet5605
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Hey guys, 1 FT and 2.6 ITB. Was planning to play BB in GW37 due to better fixtures but you can see my bench isn't so hot. Lascelles injured, Holgate a doubt and Masina has City. I can do Lascelles > Tarkowski for free this week but should I play BB in 37 or 38 after which I can use another FT but worse fixtures?

    Patricio
    Azpi / Boly / Masina
    KDB / Sterling / Bruno / Martial / Willian
    Jesus / Greenwood

    Martinez / Nketiah / Holgate / Lascelles

  18. Bartowski
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Do we think Foden might start against Watford?