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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. ivantys
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Barnes CS secured

    • Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Boooooring

    • Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Barnes disasterclass. Cheers.

      1. beric
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        3 points is huge

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

          Not when I don't own Kane or son

          1. beric
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Lol @ you

    • caldracula
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Guiata
      TAA Chilwell Saiss
      Salah Son Zaha Grealish
      Kane DCL Watkins

      Steele, Bissouma, Lampety, Mitchell.

      2FT 0.0 ITB

      Thinking Mitchell and Saiss > Kilman and Konsa, leaves exact money for Watkins to Antonio next week.

    • beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Back to the scorelines we all know and love then

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Barnes > Rodriguez fail!

    • McClements
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Martinez (Forster)
      Semedo/Saiss/Lamptey (Taylor/Mitchell)
      Bruyne/Son/Rodriguez/Salah/Foden
      Jimenez/DCL (Brewster)
      0.9 in bank
      2 FT

      Thoughts with 2FT?

      Thinking Semedo, Bruyne and Brewster to Chilwell, Kane, 5.9m for -4.

    • Hy liverpool
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      This is the second awful game to watch ever... The first is palace vs wolverhampton next week

      1. fr3d
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Every game with Wolves or Palace are pure torture

    • ivantys
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Grats Schmeichel owners on 10 point haul

        1. caldracula
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          There’s not many of them so wouldn’t worry.

          1. ivantys
              1 month, 1 day ago

              11% though

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

          Would be a splendid time to bust that Leicester cleanie.

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

          Bloody useless Barnes go back to the dumpster where you belong you trashman

        4. King Mo
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Can anyone watching tell me how Leicester look? Waiting on Castagne CS. Already lost one late CS today and fully expecting it to happen again 🙁

          1. ivantys
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Comfortable

          2. BobB
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Serves them right for putting this match behind a paywall

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

            JRod has a tight hamstring according to Carlo. Sounds like a reoccurring injury. No other news if he'll start next week.

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

              Rest up J-Rod.

          4. DAZZ
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Not sure i can hold triple Wolves. Podence will be benched wont he. 6.3 to spend on a MF? Any suggestions.

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

              Not sure he'll be benched. He looked good again today.

            2. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Pereira to target fulham

            3. King Mo
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Barkley, Bowen, Jorginho,

          5. AzzaroMax99
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Harvey 3 point haul XD

          6. Meinhoff
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Arteta is probably the most boring person in the world.

            1. SAY MY NAME
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              nice selection of sweaters though

          7. Niho992
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Barnes 3 points looking like haul tbf

          8. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Omg fofana has a heart shaped out in his hair cut?

            Cringe

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

              I know he should have a skull instead that would be cool af

          9. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            This Arsenal team have 0 creativity from midfield. Only Saka and Bellerin look like they might be able to make something happen.

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

              get defenders against them then

            2. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Arteta is a horrible manager

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

                Statistically correct. Their xG and xGC are both worse under Arteta than Emery.

                Did well in the FA Cup though...

            3. SAY MY NAME
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              yep, we're really reliant on balls down the sides and hoping Auba creates some magic

          10. Daniel - Go Granville
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            5 at the back anyone? 😀 😛 🙂 🙂 🙂

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

              That's how many points I get at the back most weeks.

          11. King Mo
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Vardy G
            Under A

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

              It's Vardy vs. Arsenal. It was inevitable.

            2. ALI_G
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              under?

          12. ivantys
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Crap was hoping he stays quiet so his price drops

            • Niho992
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Jamieeeeeeeeeeeeeee

            • tiger
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Vardy Partey is on!

            • Rains of Castamere
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Goollllll

            • Daniel - Go Granville
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              And Barnes is gone from my team. Thank you for nothing. 3 blanks in a row are more than enough reasons to send you to Coventry. Rant over 😉

              Now, who to get for him, Grealish or Rodriguez? Please have in mind the price difference as well, it is almost 1m.

              1. SAY MY NAME
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                i would think Grealish, looked good recently and should have had some returns, but we said the same thing about Barnes...

            • BeaversWithAttitude
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Gotta love Vardy!

            • Gobigorgohome
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              WOWWW VARDY

            • Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Big Cungiz essential