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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. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Really impressed with Villa 4 wins in the opening 4.
    12-2 in goal difference.
    It’s their 8th straight game without a loss.

    1. Ode
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Who would’ve thought

  2. ivantys
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Had vardy cap, actually happy he didn't play, think he would have blanked lol.

    • Z
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      So many bonus pts for me today 😉

    • Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Barkley to lose any baps?

      Loves giving ball away

      1. Balls of Steel
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Yes think so

    • TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Kun time

    • villian-ty
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Whats happened to villa?

      1. seanie3
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        John Terry working his magic as defensive coach

      2. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Players are drinking the jamba juice.

        1. Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          i think this could be it

      3. Balls of Steel
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Fright of relegation last season

      4. villian-ty
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Must be a fluke

      5. Ser Davos
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Think, like Everton, the lack of fans with big expectations is helping their cause

    • Rinseboy
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Best Barnes replacement up to 7.6?
      Already got Grealish!

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Barkley 🙂

        1. Rinseboy
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          ha good fixtures to be fair! but do I want double Villa attack?!!

        2. villa_til_i_die
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          This!

          1. Ibralicious
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            No bias of course!

        3. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Weren't you Barkley's biggest detractor just a few weeks ago?

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Lol I still am, he's just doing phase one of his annual trap now

    • Meinhoff
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      One more save and Martinez would have had double digits 🙁

      1. Pumpy Pro
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Glad he didn't then

        1. Ibralicious
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Love to see all the non-owners hate on him when he's practically hauling every week haha

      2. Party time
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Doesn’t matter. Points in the bag

      3. Ode
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        9 is alot more than expected

    • Right In The Stanchion
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Sitting on 88 with Ayling and Bamford, can I reach the century?

      • My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Python's out...

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          It says it is anywhere.

          1. My heart goes Salalalalah
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            It's ugly head pops up at the worst of times

      • Chhana
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        81 pts without Son and Kane... Saiss and Jimi to go

        1. Ibralicious
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Could've been a lot better with Son and Kane... shame

          1. Chhana
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            can't have them all.. right 🙂

        2. Free Hat
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Thats great. Rashford c and werner?

          1. Chhana
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            No Rashford either.... Werner (C)

          2. Chhana
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            only Justin and Mitchell without returns....

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Another disgusting week

        1. nerd_is_the_werd
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Disgusting in a good way I hope.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Yeah, just don’t understand what is happening

        2. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          I mean you must be closing in on no.1

          Amazing start!

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Cheers, still way off no.1

        3. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Wow top 1k surely?

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            0.1k

          2. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Just over 1k according to the live rank fpl

        4. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Same. I’m having a shocker!!!!

      • Party time
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Grealish is so overrated

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Good opinion m9

        2. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Irl or FPL terms?

          1. Party time
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Generally

        3. Ode
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Southgate spotted

        4. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Really isnt. I used to think that until i watched villa games last season

          1. Party time
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            He is probably good at winning fouls & getting the odd goal/ assist

        5. DARE TO BISCAN
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Nah, just needs to pass/shoot earlier. Think Sounds said something along that line last season. Most fouled player, because he dwells on the ball.

          1. DARE TO BISCAN
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Sounds? Really, phone? Souness.

      • TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Could Martínez steak 3 bps?

        Barkley 1 ahead plus winning goal but usually loses the ball a lot

        1. Balls of Steel
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Yep

      • TimoTime
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Finally a good week - 75 (-4) with Saiss, Podence and Jimi to play

      • Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        How did Grealish play guys?

        1. ktk_interista
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Terrible decision making and very selfish

          1. Wild Rover
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Kicked all over the park too

            1. ktk_interista
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 21 days ago

              Well that happens every week. He is a bit like Hazard in that. But he had the chance to square to Watkins ona couple of times and decided to dribble instead and lost the ball. One time it was 3 on 2 attack.

        2. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Very involved, more creative than likely to score. Was a bit frustrating he's so good at dribbling that he doesn't just shoot and keeps dribbling

        3. Akshay9971
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Really well

      • Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Crazy, every player my ML rival has transferred in this season has returned immediately, granted McGinn hasn't hauled but that's so frustrating as I have Justin

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Same. My rival did Foden >> Barkley

      • jimmyabs1987
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        81 with Jimi and Saiss left

        1. Pumpy Pro
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Cheers

        2. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Nice one. On 83 with Semedo and Dallas left here

          1. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Ha, on 77 with Semedo and Dallas left.

        3. fr3d
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          That's 83 with Saiss left, nice

        4. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          84 with Semedo, somehow only 6 points ahead of pre wildcard team but happy

        5. Chhana
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          same score and same player left

      • Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Just Chris wood to get the brace he’s due to cap this gw off

      • Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Barkley a better FPL pick than Grealish?

        1. Akshay9971
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          No in my opinion. Grealish gets into positions. Barkley cant keep scoring worldlies all year round.

      • Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Time to ship Castagne out? Seems like a 5.8 one-point merchant O.o

      • Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        This might be one of the most evenly contested gameweeks in history. Every single match felt like it would be fair as a draw. Only Man Utd managed to win comfortably and only late on. Tomorrow we have two more games that also look super close.

        1. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          But then you look at some of the games. Palace 1 shot through dubious penalty

          West Ham draw an all time huge collapse

          Saints lucky v Chelsea

          Fulham miss penalty

          Pretty remarkable they ended up draws!

      • aborg
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Happy getting Mings on my WC

      • Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Sitting on 52 points with Podence & Saiss left. Salah (C) over Kane & Son.

        I HATE THIS GAME.

      • Dele
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Martinez Max BAPS?

        1. Z
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          2 bonus

        2. Akshay9971
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          2 pointer I guess

      • Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Glad went with Barkley over Grealish.

        1. Ibralicious
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Will only pay off this week

      • Z
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        What is worts at all....so far i have 81pts....and i lost 23 pts coz two of my guys missed penalty (Bruno and Mitro) and Sanchez made OG

      • jam sandwich
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        84 + Saiss to go, is this around average?

        1. Z
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Same here....81 wo bonus 🙂

        2. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Under average mate. Better luck next week

        3. Rinseboy
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          you bell end

        4. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Well below average

        5. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 21 days ago

          I guess. Im on 82 with only jimmy left

        6. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          LOL

        7. Ibralicious
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Seems about average, probably slightly below

      • El Magico5
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Watkins, grealish, or Barkley in next...thinking Barkley

      • Paulybaby123
          4 months, 21 days ago

          88 pts after 36 point hit. Now with a team and plan I like. All good 🙂