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Fit-again Vardy only among the substitutes as Barnes looks set for forward role

Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) returns from injury for the final Premier League match of the day – but the long-serving striker is only among the substitutes for Leicester City’s clash with Arsenal.

Kick-off at the Emirates is at 19:15 GMT.

Vardy is joined on the bench by Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.7m) and it appears from the teamsheets as if Harvey Barnes (£7.0m) is leading the line for the Foxes in north London.

James Maddison (£7.0m) is also handed his first Premier League start of the season, with Ayoze Perez (£6.2m) making way.

Brendan Rodgers has changed to a back three for this game, with Christian Fuchs (£4.5m) drafted into the centre of defence alongside Wesley Fofana (£5.0m) and Jonny Evans (£5.0m).

Arsenal are much changed from the midweek win over Rapid Vienna but compared to their starting XI at Manchester City last weekend, there are only two alterations.

Willian (£7.8m) isn’t fit to feature and Nicolas Pepe (£7.7m) drops to the bench, with Alexandre Lacazette (£8.5m) recalled and Thomas Partey (£5.0m) given his full Premier League debut.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.7m), Arsenal’s most-owned FPL asset, is aiming to avoid a fourth straight blank – he previously hasn’t gone more than three successive Gameweeks without an attacking return since moving to England in 2018.

All of Leicester’s midfielders, including Barnes, are owned by less than 5% of Fantasy bosses.

Their two most popular options are wing-backs James Justin (£4.8m) and Timothy Castagne (£5.8m), who each sit in more than one in five FPL squads.

Those two defenders are the only players from either side who have a double-digit “effective ownership” among the top 10,000 FPL managers.


Arsenal XI: Leno, Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney, Ceballos, Xhaka, Partey, Saka, Aubameyang, Lacazette.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel, Castagne, Fofana, Evans, Fuchs, Justin, Tielemans, Mendy, Praet, Maddison, Barnes.

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654 Comments Post a Comment
  1. leo_messi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 8 hours ago

    Have a big problem :

    A) Digne v-> Chilwell for free
    B) Digne JImenez -> Kilman Kane for -4 ???

    Can wait till tomorrow to decide ,thanks

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 hours ago

      A

    2. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 hours ago

      A

    3. Third Eye Vision
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 hours ago

      Get Kane.

  2. Obi Wan Elokobi
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 8 hours ago

    Aguero to who? Can do anyone already have Kane

    1. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 hours ago

      Keep

      1. Obi Wan Elokobi
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 8 hours ago

        Really? He’s not even going to start is he

        1. Hansel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 8 hours ago

          I thought so but maybe not, haven’t read up on him. I have Ings and do like it!

    2. ivantys
        1 month, 8 hours ago

        Would say Vardy but nobody here likes him

      • dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 hours ago

        I think Chelsea will begin to click into gear so would consider Werner for long term

        1. Utopsis
            1 month, 8 hours ago

            The first pro-Werner comment I've seen in a while... I sure hope so but continuing to keep Kane out of my team will be difficult

      • kime67
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 hours ago

        A) Digne to Robertson
        B) Digne to Chilwell
        thanks

        1. fcsaltyballs
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 hours ago

          A

        2. Utopsis
            1 month, 8 hours ago

            B

        3. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 8 hours ago

          What excuse do Leicester have for approaching this game like Burnley or Newcastle? Pathetic from Rodgers

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 8 hours ago

            Waiting for Vardy.

          2. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 8 hours ago

            They have a ton of injuries to key players including Vardy, their CBs, their defensive mids etc.

            I wouldn't be gunning to win this outright away at Arsenal either...

        4. KUN+10
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 8 hours ago

          Martinez (Steer)
          Reguilon Chilwell Saiss
          Son Salah Fernandes Jrod Kilch
          Kane Wilson

          Steer Brewster Mitchell Taylor

          No idea what to do here. 2 FT 0.8 ITB

          Any recommendations? Much appreciated.

          1. Hansel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 8 hours ago

            I like it! Maybe Wilson or Klich out or Taylor -> Lamptey/Masuaku of you don’t want to waste your transfer

        5. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 8 hours ago

          Loluiz

        6. Hansel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 8 hours ago

          A) TAA, Mitro -> 4.7, Kane
          B) Podence -> Grealish/Zaha and keep 1 FT

        7. ivantys
            1 month, 8 hours ago

            Mustafi back

          • KGFC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 8 hours ago

            Although I'm delighted with my Saiss CS, any reason he was taken off early? Just tactical or he is at risk of losing his place against Palace?

            1. Hansel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 8 hours ago

              He is not the most attacking WB, think it was tactical when trying to take the lead

              1. KGFC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 8 hours ago

                Good to know, thanks mate!

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

              I own him and think he is definitely at risk of losing his place.

            3. Lamplighters
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 8 hours ago

              I own him, which means he is likely to muck things up like the rest of them.

          • Jdpz
              1 month, 8 hours ago

              Podence to Barkley?

              1. ivantys
                  1 month, 8 hours ago

                  Might as well go for Saka since you're thinking Barkley

                • UNDERWORLD7
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 8 hours ago

                  Out of the pan.......

                • jimski
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 8 hours ago

                  I'd keep him one more week, then lose him.

              2. fc_skrald
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 8 hours ago

                Easy Mitrovic to Bamford?

                Martínez
                TAA, Saïss, Lamptey
                Son, Salah, Fernandes, Grealish
                Ings, Mitrovic, Jiménez

                Button, Burke, Mitchell, Dunne
                2 free transfer, 0.2 million in the bank

                1. Wicked Weapon
                    1 month, 7 hours ago

                    Sure. I won't take the though blame if he blanks the next 3 GW's (saying this as Bamford owner myself).

                2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 8 hours ago

                  Just a few more minutes now until Castagnes CS joins Chilwells points on my bench. What a GW.

                  1. LSK
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 8 hours ago

                    Must have an expensive defence to bench those two!

                  2. ivantys
                      1 month, 8 hours ago

                      Good strength in depth!

                  3. Tony Martial
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 8 hours ago

                    Aguero and Pulisic ➡️ Ings and KDB?? -4.

                    1. Neves say Neves
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 8 hours ago

                      I’m keeping Puli. Defo wouldn’t sell for a hit

                  4. fcsaltyballs
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 8 hours ago

                    Time to sell Saiss or will he still start?

                    1. Hazz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 8 hours ago

                      Don't sell don't buy

                    2. Neves say Neves
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 8 hours ago

                      75% sure he’ll keep his place

                    3. TorresMagic™
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 8 hours ago

                      Only Nuno knows.

                    4. El Niño Yanqui
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 7 hours ago

                      He is playing out of position and looking ridiculous

                      He goes back to Center Back

                      Or let Kilman do the clown show on the wing

                  5. Neves say Neves
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 8 hours ago

                    How’s Saka looking? Is he worth a punt on a WC?

                    1. ivantys
                        1 month, 8 hours ago

                        More lively than Auba

                    2. camarozz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 8 hours ago

                      Just watching Misery on Netflix (watched it yrs ago)

                      Bit thick driving a Mustang out in that weather wasn't he

                      1. Del Griffith
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 8 hours ago

                        Kathy Bates is one scary bird in that movie

                        1. camarozz
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 8 hours ago

                          She is. Very good

                      2. Gudjohnsen
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 8 hours ago

                        Hahahahahahahah

                    3. Bubz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 8 hours ago

                      Adams to Watkins for a hit last week has gone fabulously

                      1. Neves say Neves
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 8 hours ago

                        Oof

                      2. Hazz
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 8 hours ago

                        Mr xG

                      3. TorresMagic™
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 8 hours ago

                        Watkins to Kane for free is decent so far.

                      4. Camzy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 8 hours ago

                        I did the same move in FanTeam. Awful.

                      5. BeWater
                          1 month, 8 hours ago

                          Two weeks ago I did Adams, Werner and Barnes to Brewster, Kane and Son. 17 Adams points in GW5 and 6. Two for Mitrovic who is about as useful as a trap door on a canoe.

                        • baps hunter
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 8 hours ago

                          Jimenez to Kane for -4 here... We now the result already.

                      6. Fudgy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 8 hours ago

                        As a Barnes owner I just want him subbed off at this point. It's making me sick watching him.

                        1. Hazz
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 8 hours ago

                          Don't worry, Vardy is on now.

                          1. Fudgy
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 8 hours ago

                            30 minutes to save my season

                      7. fcsaltyballs
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 8 hours ago

                        Martinez
                        Robertson Chilwell Saiss
                        Salah Son James Grealish Sterling
                        DCL Watkins

                        Forster Dallas Brewster Ferguson

                        2 FT, 0.0 itb

                        1. Watkins >> Bamford
                        2. Sterling Watkins >> Foden Kane
                        3. Sterling >> KDB

                        Thanks

                        1. Wicked Weapon
                            1 month, 7 hours ago

                            1. If you want to keep things simple.

                            2. If you expect Kane and Son to get monster hauls week in week out (which is unlikely despite how hard to believe it seems atm).

                            3. If you fancy KDB without Jesus and an out of sorts Aguero.

                        2. Sharkytect
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 8 hours ago

                          Got here late- have I missed all the Vardy Partey jokes?

                          1. DA Minnion
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 8 hours ago

                            No

                        3. Gudjohnsen
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 8 hours ago

                          5-3-2 the way to go?

                          1. Giggs Boson
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 8 hours ago

                            Yeah, goals just don't exist this season. All about the clean sheets.

                            1. baps hunter
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 8 hours ago

                              They disappeared this week.

                        4. Toplad
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 8 hours ago

                          Which option:

                          A) Bissouma, Bamford
                          B) Trossard, Brewster

                          Thanks in advance !

                        5. Londongeezaa
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 8 hours ago

                          How is Bellerin still on the pitch? Disgraceful

                          1. Fudgy
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 8 hours ago

                            Absolutely disgusting

                        6. ReindeerHotdog
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          1 month, 8 hours ago

                          Says it all when you're happy to see your attacking defender taken off at 60 mins to guarantee clean sheet points.

                          It really has been that kind of week.

                          1. Danno - Emre Canada
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 8 hours ago

                            Who’s that?

                        7. Jdpz
                            1 month, 8 hours ago

                            What does Tierney look like?

                          • Del Griffith
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 8 hours ago

                            Justin and James CS points winking at me on the bench. Any chance Kane doesn't play tomorrow? no thought not

                            1. Jdpz
                                1 month, 8 hours ago

                                xd no

                            2. Gobigorgohome
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 8 hours ago

                              Time to go 5 at the back

                            3. ivantys
                                1 month, 8 hours ago

                                Good to see the league's defending has been back to normal and no more stupid score lines.

                              • Jdpz
                                  1 month, 8 hours ago

                                  What is the chance of Tierney coming down?

                                  1. Rains of Castamere
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 5 Years
                                    1 month, 8 hours ago

                                    With covid?

                                • SM001
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 8 hours ago

                                  I think it's time to ditch Auba me thinks. And possibly KDB.