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Vardy and Ings start in Sunday’s early Gameweek 4 kick-offs

Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) starts for Leicester at home to West Ham this afternoon, with Brendan Rodgers having stated on Friday that the striker’s ongoing hip issue is nothing to worry about.

At his pre-match press conference, the Foxes chief explained:

Jonny [Evans] is fine. Thankfully he just felt it a little tight but it was more having played his first game, so he was okay.

And like I said afterwards, Jamie is absolutely fine. He has this little something in his hip which takes a few days to settle down and he’s fine, he’s okay.

Dennis [Praet], we’ll see how he is. He’s trained but we just need to see what the reaction is for that. Obviously, he came off but that wasn’t as serious as what we thought.

Dennis Praet (£5.5m) does not make the squad despite featuring in training, though Jonny Evans (£5.5m) is fit to start. James Maddison (£7.0m) is the other notable absentee from the Leicester 18, with Rodgers stating that the midfielder is sidelined due to a calf injury.

Evans is joined in a three-man central defence by Caglar Soyuncu (£5.5m) and Daniel Amartey (£4.0m). New Leicester centre-back Wesley Fofana (not yet priced) is on the bench, along with on-loan winger Cengiz Ünder (£6.0m).

Rodgers set his team up in a 5-4-1 formation away to Manchester City in Gameweek 3, though it seems likely that James Justin (£4.7m) and Timothy Castagne (£5.7m) will be operating as wing-backs from kick off today.

That will match up with West Ham’s system, which will be overseen remotely by David Moyes.

New signing Vladimir Coufal (£4.5m) appears to have already ended any hopes of Ben Johnson (£4.0m) nailing down the right wing-back role in the enforced absence of Ryan Fredericks (£4.5m).

On Coufal, stand-in West Ham boss Alan Irvine commented:

He’s certainly ready in terms of the match preparation because of the level he’s been playing at. Physically, he’s ready.

The one thing you would’ve liked was a little bit more time with the group of players so he understood the role that we’re looking for from him.

But he’s an experienced player, from the signs in the couple of training sessions he’s had with us I’d expect him to cope.

The Hammers are otherwise unchanged from their 4-0 victory at home to Wolves last weekend.

Danny Ings (£8.5m) continues his strike partnership with Che Adams (£5.9m) for Southampton, who welcome Nathan Redmond (£6.4m) back to their matchday squad following a minor injury.

Jannik Vestergaard (£4.5m) keeps his place at centre-back in an unchanged XI for Ralph Hasenhuttl, meaning Jack Stephens (£4.9m) must make do with a place on the bench.

Pre-match, the Southampton boss remarked:

Our pre-season was everything but not perfect. We did not have time to work with the players and we have had a few injuries. Those games at the beginning, not fit players. You had to find the right solutions. Tough work at the moment.

Danny Ings is working like the other guys are working. He gets in a position where he can score and when he is in the box he is very good.

I liked to play in this kind of weather when I was a player, it will be a good battle I think.

West Brom are the visitors to St. Mary’s, with Slaven Bilic make one change to the side which began the 3-3 draw at Chelsea in GW3.

Midfielder Kyle Edwards (£4.9m) replaces Darnell Furlong (£4.5m) at right wing-back.

Former Fantasy Premier League legend Branislav Ivanovic (£4.5m) is part of the Baggies’ matchday squad along with Filip Krovinovic (£5.0m), who has rejoined the club on another season-long loan.

There is no place in the 18 for Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher (£5.5m).

Leicester XI (5-4-1/3-4-3): Schmeichel; Justin, Soyuncu, Evans, Amartey, Castagne; Barnes, Tielemans, Mendy, Perez; Vardy.

West Ham XI (3-4-3): Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Balbuena; Masuaku, Soucek, Rice, Coufal; Fornals, Antonio, Bowen.

Southampton XI (4-2-2-2): A McCarthy; Bertrand, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Walker-Peters; Ward-Prowse, Romeu; Djenepo, Armstrong; Ings, Adams.

West Brom XI (3-4-3): Johnstone; O’Shea, Bartley, Ajayi; C Townsend, Sawyers, Livermore, Edwards; Diangana, C Robinson, M Pereira.

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  1. Says
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Is it possible to make a full team of Peireras, James' and Mendys?

    1. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Lol.

      1. Says
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I checked, the answer is no, you can field a goalie, 3 defenders and 5 midfielders. no forwards though

    2. Cocomelon
        1 month, 27 days ago

        And Antonio’s maybe?

      • puhd
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Why on earth

        1. Says
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          If you have a better strategy for this crazy year I'm all ears

      • Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Mendy(CHE)
        Pereira(LEI) James(CHE) Mendy(MCI)
        James(EVE) Pereira(WBA) Mendy(LEI) James(MUN)

        Can't think of any strikers 😆

        1. Says
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Pereira (MUN) in midfield also

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            ah, missed that one.

            I think we can say Pereira, Mendy and James' parents are very disciplined and make their kids track back.

    3. Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Come ooooonnn Barnes, score mate, score

    4. puhd
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Vinagre out for Ayling or Dallas, and Soucek out for Jorginho looks like my next two moves

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Jorginho probably won’t start much more

        1. Big_Andy_GAWA
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Is he not linked with Arsenal?!

        2. puhd
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Oh darn, true, Puli is back

    5. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Justin owners deserve further punishment, a yellow perhaps or concede a pen

      1. Atimis
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        lol?

    6. Atimis
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Know these ain’t exciting but some early thoughts?

      A) Vinagre Foden to Lamptey Trossard
      B) Bavies Vinagre to Lamptey Dallas

      1. puhd
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        B

    7. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Ings (c) fail, season over... Going out of LMS for sure this week

      1. puhd
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Come on mate, cheer up

    8. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Been a while since there was a penalty

    9. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Let's Go, McCarthy son. Another little save before the 90 and C.S. kept intact, big man... 😉 😀

    10. Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Schmeichel saves it

    11. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      ROMEU GOAL
      ARMSTRONG ASSIST

    12. NULL-X-VOID
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      how in the world does Lei has still 2 shots attempted, West Ham Def amazing and Lei forward being revealed

    13. Bam Bam Bigelow
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      GW1 team is smashing it. Auba & Martial returns to come...

      1. Phlajo
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Still own both, and Auba C 🙂 Please make this happen

    14. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I thought West Ham would do well but not this well, fair play to them

    15. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Cant wait to ditch Adams after today game

    16. shearer9
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Got exact money for Podence -> Bruno. Got to be done.

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Why? Look at those respective fixtures

    17. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Ings you useless man... Even Romeu has scored

    18. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      4.5 Mids scoring worldies all over the shop this GW

      1. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        4 3 3 ?

    19. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Lol sou goal and it's romeu. Casuals in heaven

    20. Zilla
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      So Romeu can do something other than a YC after all

      1. Totti
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        who got the assist?

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Armstrong

    21. Free Hat
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      When Podence+Saiss starting is the highlight of your GW so far.

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Right there with you

    22. Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Come on Justin scoreee!!!

    23. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Romeu and Bissouma are must haves

    24. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I'd like to return the wildcard, this one is defective

    25. Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Every 4.5m midfielder started scoring even

      1. Bam Bam Bigelow
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Burke next?

    26. The Fed
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Barnes advanced, but I feel like they could play another 90 mins and he wouldnt score

    27. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Romeu second on my bench 😆

      1. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Absurd player to own in the first place.

        1. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Meh not really. Very few 4.5 mids were nailed before the season started.

    28. SM001
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      It's gonna be a llooooooonngg season...

    29. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Podence starts.

      1. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Internet explorer?

    30. The Mandalorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Some people won't be happy until all Liverpool players have Covid19.

    31. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      WTF is going on in the PL this season?