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Injured Vardy misses out as Iheanacho starts for Foxes against unchanged Villa

Following on from an incredible finish to the Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United game, the final Premier League match of the day sees Leicester City take on Aston Villa.

Kick-off at the King Power Stadium is at 19:15 BST.

Villa are defending the only remaining 100% record in the top tier of English football and in the least surprising team news of the weekend, Dean Smith’s troops are unchanged from the side that defeated Liverpool 7-2 a fortnight ago.

Jack Grealish (£7.1m) was transferred in by just under 775,000 Fantasy Premier League managers ahead of Gameweek 5, following on from his 24-point haul against the reigning champions.

Grealish is now the most-owned FPL asset in this Villa squad, sitting in more than one in five Fantasy teams.

Leicester’s own most-popular player, Jamie Vardy (£10.1m), misses out this evening, having failed to recover from a calf injury that rendered him a doubt for Gameweek 5.

Over 500,000 Fantasy managers captained Vardy for this fixture, although that figure will no doubt be skewed by some early-season “ghost teams”.

Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.7m) gets a rare start up front in Vardy’s absence.

Brendan Rodgers’ other two changes are also enforced, with Caglar Soyuncu (£5.5m) and Daniel Amartey (£4.0m) dropping out.

Teenager Wesley Fofana (£5.0m) is handed his Premier League debut at centre-half, with Dennis Praet‘s (£5.5m) inclusion meaning that the Foxes have reverted to a back four for this encounter.

James Justin (£4.8m) and Timothy Castagne (£5.8m), both of whom have FPL ownerships in excess of 20%, start again at full-back.

Castagne is still top of the pile for points among Fantasy defenders going into this fixture.

Emiliano Martinez (£4.7m) is the now the most-owned goalkeeper in the game, having racked up successive clean sheets in his first two Villa appearances.


Leicester City XI: Schmeichel, Castagne, Evans, Fofana, Justin, Mendy, Praet, Tielemans, Pérez, Barnes, Iheanacho.

Aston Villa XI: Martínez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Barkley, Trezeguet, Watkins, Grealish.

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1,152 Comments Post a Comment
  1. bOttOmEdpOstrEpliEr.
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    I did a research on trying to find a better captain choice when having a dilemma.
    from GW1 and afterwards, among all of the double digit returns (50), 46 of them are followed by a single digit the following GW.
    after GW2, among all of the double digits (56), 52 of them are preceded by a single digit return.
    although it is the data of 5 GWs, but there is a huge difference between the numbers, which is good enough to favour the one with the previous single digit return.

    1. bOttOmEdpOstrEpliEr.
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      lets put it only on Liverpool, Mancity, Manutd, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs.
      among 21 Double digits, 19 are followed by a single digit.
      among 20 Double digits, 18 are preceded by a single digit.

    2. F_Ivanovic
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      this is just straight up gamblers fallacy

      1. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        This

        1. JOELIO8701
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          I’m not sure I agree. Gambler’s Fallacy would sure be the case if it was rolling a dice - but we’re talking about over performance and under performance so I think the above falls more under Mean Regression. I’d predict if this data is monitered for the rest of the season you’ll see something pretty similar

  2. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    If Wesley Fofana is as good at football, as his namesake is at rugby union, then Leicester will have signed a very good player.

  3. wulfranian
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Harry Legend Kane

    1. Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Kane De Bruyne

  4. fr3d
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    I was hoping for Son blank today so all of you would sell him again and I could enjoy his haul at Burnley by myself

  5. Daniel - Go Granville
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Come ooon Barnes

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Thiss!

  6. Gravless are for Kinnear
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Does anyone else get irked by pundits who failed as managers criticising other managers e.g. Neville, Souness, Keane, Scholes

    They were brilliant players and their football analysis is good. However, they failed as managers

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      It's not new. Very few of the pundits over the years have been successful managers right back to lawrenson, Hansen etc

  7. Werner Bremen
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Is it too much to go with Everton and Spurs double up?

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      No

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Nope

    3. shiraz
        1 month, 7 days ago

        If you have sufficient money, it will be a good move. I am considering that too, waiting to see how jimenez play before taking kane.

    4. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Son (c) has upped my avg (c) pts to 25.2 from 25 , 126 pts total 🙂

      1. Ohhhhh Gary Macca!
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        How do you check average (C) points lad?

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Just add all your (c) pts together mate and ÷5

          1. Ohhhhh Gary Macca!
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Maths was never a strong point lol

      2. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Nice, probably haven't even crossed 60-70pts.

      3. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        112 total points

      4. Ohhhhh Gary Macca!
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        I wonder what the average is amongst the top 10k for (C) points

    5. shiraz
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Hoping for a goal/assist from grealish, it will give me a good ending for the day.

        1. DA Minnion
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Same and wipe out justin clean sheet.

      • S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Anyone here going without Kane?

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

          With those upcoming fixtures????

        2. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          o/

        3. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Which striker do you have in mind that is better than Kane right now?

          1. S.Kuqi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Was just thinking if I could survive another gw without him

        4. Ohhhhh Gary Macca!
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Tempted to keep the 3-5-2 and have Bale and Son, Sterling, Mane, Hamez

        5. shiraz
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Currently yes, but thinking of adding him.

          • Holmes
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Not sure, him and Dominic are saving my season single handedly. Have no option but to trust them 😀

        6. Lukakwho
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Trent and Wilson > Kane and Semedo early with 2FT?

        7. waltzingmatildas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          A) James to robbo
          B) soucek to grealish
          C) Jimmy to Kane
          D) Jimmy to kun

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 7 days ago

            C

        8. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Bet there a lot of Vardy -> Kane transfers going on now.

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Logical move. Vardy attacking stats without pens is really low

        9. ZeBestee
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Is this worth a -8?

          Werner + Foden + Jimenez 》》》 Kane + Hames + Bamford

          1. waltzingmatildas
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Not for a - 8

          2. Tonyawesome69
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Probably no unless you can go better than Bamford

            1. ZeBestee
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Cant go better. Have Mane and Salah, + TAA eating up most of my value.

        10. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Is Jiménez to Kane a move to make before priced out- Jiménez might fall tonight- or stick with Jiménez for decent fixtures?

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Go Kane, ceiling is way higher than Jimenez

          2. waltzingmatildas
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Considering the same, but have cash in the bank so I don't need to hurry. But probably would do it if I were you

        11. DA Minnion
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Wilson to Maupay for free?
          Yes or no?

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Not for me. He is a bit like last seasons DCL. Seems to get chances but is a poor finisher

        12. DontPiqueTooSoon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 7 days ago

          KDB & Wilson -> Kane & Grealish for -4

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Yes

          2. GoonerSteve
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            I'm considering the exact same move

            1. DontPiqueTooSoon
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Yeh. Wilson has served me well but Kane looks a level above this season

              1. DontPiqueTooSoon
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Feel I can survive without KDB for time being until City get their mojo back.

        13. COK3Y5MURF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Captained Watkins like a madman

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 7 days ago

            GL

          2. DA Minnion
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Very interested to see how he does tonight.And villa as a whole after last game.

          3. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Could work well.

          4. potatoace
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            At least you'll have an excuse if it fails

        14. King Kohli
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          If you had to leave out one of these, who would you leave out?

          A. Kane
          B. Son
          C. James Rodriguez

          Have DCL already if it matters.

          Can get any two of these for free

          1. ZeBestee
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            C

          2. Tonyawesome69
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 7 days ago

            I would take the hit to bring in all 4. Probably leave out C

        15. You've got red on you.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          b much higher on RMT but what say you?

          a) Kane + Grealish/Rodriguez + Trossard

          b) Sterling + Rodriguez + Watkins

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 7 days ago

            I prefer A but Sterling could be a good differential

        16. wulfranian
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Come on Barnes you deserve a goal!

        17. potatoace
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          FFS , first half:
          Tot are on fire, its theirs to lose this year.

          Tot, second half:
          challenge accepted.

          1. how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            They were complacent from the off second half.

            Poor choice of subs too as ndombele can hold the ball better than winks.

            Comical attempt to see out a game though. Again.

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

              I love the interviewer with Mou, on the subject of the comeback.
              "so, what exactly did you tell them at half time?"

              1. how now brown cow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Begrudgingly I have to give west ham some credit too.

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

                  Its just one of those things. WHm are no pushover this season.

        18. ZeBestee
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Who is the best Spurs attacking option considering Bale starts next gw?

          1) Kane
          2) Son
          3) Bale

          1. Silent Friend
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            3

          2. how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Bale is way behind the others at the minute. Cant see why anyone would pick him over the cheaper son.

            Kane would be my choice but either/ both of the others.

            1. ZeBestee
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              I think Bale will do well, he came on and got himself in a great position to score with that chance. And given his pedigree, he may be the one to get after Kane.

              1. how now brown cow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                May be in time.but for next.week surely not.

                His work rate is going to be nowhere near the other 2 or lucas for a few weeks and that will influence mourinho.

          3. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            It's got to be Kane, the pens just put him ahead of Son

        19. Silent Friend
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Miss the game, how was Maupay playing?

          1. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            To be fair he did ok and could have scored

          2. potatoace
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Had lots of shots

        20. Catastrophe
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Time to make way for Kane! Help greatly appreciated!

          A) Wilson, Digne, Saiss, Jorginho/Klich
          B) Grealish, Digne, Saiss, X
          C) Rodriguez, Digne, Lamptey, X (-4)
          D) Rodriguez, Saiss, Bellerin, X (-4)
          E) Wilson, Grealish, Dallas, X (-4)

          X = Rotate Brewster/Bissouma/Justin/Mitchell

          Currently thinking A or B.

          Cheers!

        21. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          If kdb still out, kdb to
          A sterling ( have foden)
          B Bruno
          C son ( have kane )

          Thanks

          1. waltzingmatildas
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            C

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Cheers

        22. Babelcopter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Two horrible decisions this week. Salah (c) Son (v) and didn’t play wc. Completely overlooked Kane. Trusted Jimenez.

          Feels like season over for me. Don’t know what to do right now. Panic WC or trust TAA and get Kane in for -4/-8. I have KDB also.. So if he is out -8 is even more necessary.

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Your season cannot be over this early. Salah c was the right choice imo. Post your team if you don't mind.

            1. Babelcopter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Any advice?

              McCarthy
              TAA Chilwell Saiss
              Salah Son Podence KDB
              maupay DCL Jimmy
              (Steer, Justin Bissouma Ferguson)

              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Money ? Ft ?

                1. Babelcopter
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  1ft 0.4 itb

                  1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 7 days ago

                    Team looks fine to be honest. I wouldn't lose taa b4 the nest couple of fixtures. Just replace kdb if he is out .( Bruno ?). Jimmy will score you points imo.

              2. Ohhhhh Gary Macca!
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                WC

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

          Barkley wagon getting into gear tonight

          1. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            This one might not have dodgy wheels!

        24. RED_ARMY
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Anybody else captained Salah ahead of Son and Kane?

          1. Babelcopter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Yep! Feeling sick

            1. Babelcopter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 7 days ago

              No Kane so it feels even worse

            2. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              I did and I don't regret it.

        25. Apwilkin
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 7 days ago

          KDB to? (Assuming he is still out next week)

          A - Son (have Kane)
          B - Pulisic
          C - Sterling
          D - Rashford or Bruno