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

    The Lookman goal

    And then the Lanzini goal

    Showreel day

    1. Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      lookman one wasnt that good

  2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Likeliness of Pickford getting suspended?

    1. seanie3
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Hope so, intentional to do damage

    2. BigBillyBass
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      53%

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

      0% imo

    4. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      0%

  3. Qaiss
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Glenn Hoddle really shouldn’t be allowed to be a pundit

    1. seanie3
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Why?

      1. Qaiss
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Once made a comment saying disabled people did something in a past life to be like that.

        Racism is totally unforgivable but discrimination and jokes about the disabled is alright apparently

        1. Bennerman
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          I thought you were on about what he says as a pundit.

          Those were some very worrying comments he came out with about that fact of having disability or impairment being some kind of penance for sins in an earlier life, wtf.

          1. Qaiss
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Exactly, a s*** manager and a s*** person as well

        2. Third Eye Vision
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Carragher spits on kids.

          1. Well you know, Triffic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Keane intentionally broke a guys leg.

          2. Qaiss
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Carragher shouldn’t have been allowed back on Sky either

    2. Bennerman
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Come on then, let's have a good reason...

    3. Well you know, Triffic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Ledley King (if you need to ask why i mentioned him it proves my point) and John Terry are allowed to be coaches....

      1. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I am confused, why shouldn't Ledley be a coach?

        1. Leonard hatred
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Arrested for a racially motivated attack whilst drunk.

          1. THFC4LIFE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Against a white man?

            1. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Middle Eastern

          2. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            I knew nothing about that. Shame, he always came across so well

          3. PompeyUpNorth!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Arrested doesn’t mean he’s guilty though. Plenty of innocent people get arrested on the say so of someone, unfortunately...

            1. Well you know, Triffic
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              He was on video saying racist slurs...

              1. PompeyUpNorth!
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Fair enough.. I know nothing about the incident, thanks..

    4. sandman58
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Where and why is this relevant??

  4. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Jimenez to Kane has to be done doesn't it

    1. Flynny
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Thats my move

      Hope Jimmy signs off in style tomorrow

      1. tiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        yes same, let's hope so!

    2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Yes

    3. F4L
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      definitely wait to see if Mourinho is going to use Kane in the EL or Vinicius.

      1. tiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I have just enough money to do a straight swap, can't afford a price rise on Kane

        1. F4L
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          don't expect a rise anytime soon, already risen this GW so threshold doubles for next rise.

    4. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Why would you do that with Jimmy’s next fixtures ?

      1. fr3d
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        You serious?

        1. Qaiss
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Kane won’t haul every week. Jimenez has been a better pick for the last 2 seasons so why are you so shocked? Just can’t see Spurs being as free flowing. Mourinho will wanna go back to shutting out games properly.

          I think he could do well but I wouldn’t take out Jimenez that’s all

          1. fr3d
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Jimenez is an awful pick this season. 8.5m with a 7 point ceiling. GL without Kane

            1. Qaiss
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              I’m not picking Kane again after what happened against Cardiff, I would rather have Salah/Mane/Auba/Sterling/Bruno/Aguero instead

            2. F_Ivanovic
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              It's been 4 games. If he does well tomorrow he'll be on par for a similar total to last season - you can't say that's bad value for 8.5m. If he blanks again tomorrow though it does start to look like a different story.

      2. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        (Rolls around laughing)

      3. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Because he's no Kane. With all these hauls and Jiminez blanks you're at a major disadvantage against the majority, the way the game usually goes...

        1. Qaiss
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Jimenez has done pretty well in the last 2 seasons. There are many other big hitters who could also haul, Jimenez is just a steady points machine.

    5. Konstaapeli
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Most likely my move.

    6. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Jimi got Newcastle coming up - got to give him that one

  5. The Mandalorian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Watkins moves like a cheap watch

    1. The Big Fella
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Or a cheap striker

    2. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Yes very quartz-like movement

  6. DA Minnion
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    How has grealish looked?

    1. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Haven't seen the lad pop out of Castagne's pocket tbh

    2. Leonard hatred
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      They're taking it in turns to hack him down to spread the yellow cards around

  7. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Lanzini to Bale after the game: "What do we think of Spurs?"

  8. Kryptonite666
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    How’s Watkins looking ? Unable to watch the game

    1. F4L
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      struggling for service, doesn't really help that both Grealish and Barkley love to hold onto the ball reducing the amount of space Watkins has to work with.

      1. Kryptonite666
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Damn, toyed between Grealish and Watkins. Hope not a bad decision.

  9. BigBillyBass
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Is Van Dijk essential?

    1. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      In 8 months, maybe

      1. Konstaapeli
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        What? Is he out that long?

        1. Old Bull
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          6-8 usually

          1. Konstaapeli
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Confirmed? Didn't know it was taht serious. Not good for Liverpool.

    2. The Mandalorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      For Liverpool yes

  10. AdamJ91
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Best 4.5 Mid?

    1. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Bissou Bissou

    2. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Bissouma or Anguissa

  11. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Best Barnes replacement for 7.5?

    1. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Grealish?

    2. The Fed
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Grealish

  12. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Martinez is so essential. Sigh.

    1. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Got him in on wildcard.

    2. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Better than any premium keeper out there, Arsenal sold the wrong keeper

  13. Tony Martial
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Aguero or DCL??.

    1. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      DCL + the change

    2. Konstaapeli
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      DCL and spend the rest wisely

    3. BENOIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Back yourself. Kun could be a cracking differential

  14. Pukkipartyy
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Can Rashford match Bruno? I got money to bring him in or Grealish.

    1. JBG
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Yes imo.

      1. Pukkipartyy
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Wich would u go for?

        1. JBG
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          I would go for Fernandes for the pens, but Rash over Grealish is easy imo.

    2. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I would go Rashy over Grealish

      1. Pukkipartyy
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Even those fixturest?

    3. The Mandalorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      No

      1. Pukkipartyy
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        U dont think Rash is good fpl asset?

  15. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    C'mon Barnes! Let's go!

  16. Old Bull
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Best replacement for VVD?

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I'm going for Robertson

      1. Old Bull
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Can’t afford him. Only have the 6.5

    2. JBG
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Any defender... No teams are keeping CS. Go for a attacking defender, Chilwell, Castagne, Reguilon or Robbo(if you can afford him).

      1. Old Bull
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Already have the first two, so it looks like it’s going to be Reguilon but we’re all going to end up with the same defence at this rate

  17. Babelcopter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    My WC team.. Comments appreciated

    Martinez
    Lamptey Robertson Chilwell
    Salah Son Grealish Zaha Pulisic
    Kane DCL

    Steer, Balbuena, Brewster, Ferguson

    0.0 ITB

    1. Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Nice

    2. FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Get Hamez for Zaha

  18. GOTHAM City F.C.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Not watching, how's Barnes been?

  19. denial
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Best defender to get in?

    Robbo
    Chilwell
    Digne

    ?

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Saiss

      1. denial
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Got him

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Robbo

    2. The Mandalorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Digned

    3. Konstaapeli
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Robbo
      Digne
      Chilwell

      1. denial
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Ta all

  20. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    With VVD out for months City are hot favourites to be champions

    1. Firmino
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      It certainly makes the title race more interesting

  21. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Perez poor mans Mahrez

  22. BucketHead
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Ings to aguero for free??

    1. denial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Not yet

      1. BENOIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Why?

        1. denial
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Seems a bit too soon for me. But hey, I'm about 4 millionth OR!!

    2. The Mandalorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      No

    3. BucketHead
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Sorry guys I meant Ings to Kane!!

  23. The Mandalorian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    RMWCT
    Which you guys prefer, 1 or 2?

    1
    Martinez (Steer)
    Dallas Digne Creswell Chilwell 4.0
    Salah Rodriguez Son Grealish (Bissouma)
    Maupay DCL Kane

    Or

    2
    Martinez (Steer)
    Digne Creswell Chilwell 4.0 & 4.0
    Salah Rodriguez Son Grealish Havertz
    DCL Kane Brewster

    1. BucketHead
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      2

  24. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Any chance for more than 2.5 goals ?

    1. JBG
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Seems unlikely... But WH came back from 3-0 down, so who knows this season.

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I'm glad I still have my WC.. Things haven't settled yet.

        1. JBG
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Me2.

      2. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        FFS thats my last bet for money

  25. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Why do I have Barnes? Where's all that Threat they promised me?

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      This

    2. JBG
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Gone with Vardy.

    3. Slouch87
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Who promised it ?

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Stats area

        1. Slouch87
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          That's an indication not a promise.

  26. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Love to own Grealish and Rodriguez cause they have similar impressive quality

  27. MOZIL
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Werner or Wilson??

    1. Dark_Knight_braces
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Werner

  28. Dark_Knight_braces
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Is there any chance of KBD playing next GW against West Ham or should I transfer him for Bruno?

  29. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Really blatant what Leicester are doing... Castagne should have seen yellow as well there.

    Moss bottling it

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Playing for pens?

  30. Right In The Stanchion
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Watkins moves like a milk float