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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. pundit of punts
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Get 2 out of the following 3 this gw?

    A. Grealish
    B. Kane
    C. Rodriguez

    1. burnhilla
        4 months, 18 days ago


      • ppoenicke
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        B,C. Rodriguez takes free kicks and corners. He's been central to the play of a more dynamic Everton attack.

    2. burnhilla
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Who is the best X for this backline?

        Robertson - X - Justin - KWP - Mitchell

        A: Chilwell
        B: Lamptey
        C: Villa defender


      • CrouchDown
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        What would you guys do with this lot?


        Coleman* Saiss Justin*

        Salah Son Sterling Foden

        Werner DCL Watkins

        Subs: Steer, Bissouma Taylor Mitchell*

      • gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Just turned into the Leicester result. Justin clean sheet gone in injury time. For the love of god, my defenders and keepers are allergic to clean sheets. One clean sheet in five gameweeks! Absolutely ridiculous. Here lies the main problem with my season. Defence.

        1. I Must Break You
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          You and everyone else

      • FPL_trail_runner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Feel free to attempt this :

        Each season there is a dead team which is a set and forget that will come close to winning the game without any transfers, last years template team without any changes would have been world number 1 in the game until lockdown , its still a pinned tweet on twitter if you google it from March last season (Pope Lund, Robbo Taa Doher Salah Kdb Mane Jimi Ings Vardy) , then Bruno/Martial came to spoil and changes things a bit through lockdown

        Anyway here are the candidates so far. Its looking alot different than people initially thought pre season and its pushing me to be reactive and take some hits to move more towards it, the X implies we dont really know yet, the * implies it may be too early and a player who wont last*

        Robertson Digne* Konsa* X X
        Salah Son Hamez X
        Dcl Kane X

        Defence looks the hardest to predict.

        Many candidates on the outside similar to Maddison Martial Pukki Abraham this time last year who could eventually end in the team or not
        eg. Wilson , Grealish , etc

        My bet now is Werner will eventually be the longterm value option in the 3rd striker slot. He has done very poor so far, yet despite this is one double figure game from being right next to Maupay and Wilson

        Whether Man city offer any real value due to prices this year and lower attacking numbers will be a debate.

      • Hits from the Bong
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        KDB + Soucek + Podence to Bruno + JamesRod + Povedo-Campo?

      • Werner Bros
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Which option below would you go with?

        A: Davis > DCL
        B: Davies > Reguillon
        C: Davies > Chilwell
        D: Save

        McCarthy / Nyland
        TAA Justin Taylor Mitchell / Davies
        Salah Son Zaha Podence / Bissouma
        Werner Jimi / Davis

        1FT 5.0ITB

      • Tinfoil Deathstar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Current squad for next GWK:

        Trent - Robbo - Saiss - Lamptey
        Salah - Son - Rodriguez -
        DCL - Jimenez - Ings

        Subs: Podence, Burke, Mitchell

        0.4m ITB 1 FT

        I’m pretty well set up for next GWK with a lot of home fixtures, but a bit concerned with double Liverpool defence given VvD injury and whether Podence will become a rotation risk.

        A) Leave and bank FT
        B) Podence -> Barkley (I have exact funds)
        C) Trent -> 4.5 defender to bank £3m and eventually upgrade Ings and Jiminez to Kane & Werner
        D) Trent -> Chilwell and upgrade one of Ings/Jimenez to Kane