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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
      28 days, 19 hours ago

      Barnes CS secured

    • Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 19 hours ago

      Boooooring

    • Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 19 hours ago

      Barnes disasterclass. Cheers.

      1. beric
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        28 days, 19 hours ago

        3 points is huge

        1. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          28 days, 19 hours ago

          Not when I don't own Kane or son

          1. beric
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            28 days, 19 hours ago

            Lol @ you

    • caldracula
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 19 hours 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
      28 days, 19 hours ago

      Back to the scorelines we all know and love then

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 19 hours ago

      Barnes > Rodriguez fail!

    • McClements
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 19 hours 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
      28 days, 19 hours ago

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

      1. fr3d
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 19 hours ago

        Every game with Wolves or Palace are pure torture

    • ivantys
        28 days, 19 hours ago

        Grats Schmeichel owners on 10 point haul

        1. caldracula
          • 4 Years
          28 days, 19 hours ago

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

          1. ivantys
              28 days, 19 hours ago

              11% though

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 19 hours ago

          Would be a splendid time to bust that Leicester cleanie.

        3. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          28 days, 19 hours ago

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

        4. King Mo
          • 7 Years
          28 days, 19 hours 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
              28 days, 19 hours ago

              Comfortable

          2. BobB
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            28 days, 19 hours ago

            Serves them right for putting this match behind a paywall

          3. The Mandalorian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            28 days, 19 hours 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
              28 days, 19 hours ago

              Rest up J-Rod.

          4. DAZZ
            • 6 Years
            28 days, 19 hours 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
              28 days, 19 hours ago

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

            2. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              28 days, 19 hours ago

              Pereira to target fulham

            3. King Mo
              • 7 Years
              28 days, 19 hours ago

              Barkley, Bowen, Jorginho,

          5. AzzaroMax99
            • 4 Years
            28 days, 19 hours ago

            Harvey 3 point haul XD

          6. Meinhoff
            • 8 Years
            28 days, 19 hours ago

            Arteta is probably the most boring person in the world.

            1. SAY MY NAME
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 19 hours ago

              nice selection of sweaters though

          7. Niho992
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 19 hours ago

            Barnes 3 points looking like haul tbf

          8. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            28 days, 19 hours ago

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

            Cringe

            1. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              28 days, 19 hours ago

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

          9. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            28 days, 19 hours 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
              28 days, 19 hours ago

              get defenders against them then

            2. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              28 days, 19 hours ago

              Arteta is a horrible manager

              1. Giggs Boson
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                28 days, 19 hours 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
              28 days, 19 hours ago

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

          10. Daniel - Go Granville
            • 11 Years
            28 days, 19 hours ago

            5 at the back anyone? 😀 😛 🙂 🙂 🙂

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 19 hours ago

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

          11. King Mo
            • 7 Years
            28 days, 19 hours ago

            Vardy G
            Under A

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 19 hours ago

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

            2. ALI_G
              • 2 Years
              28 days, 19 hours ago

              under?

          12. ivantys
              28 days, 19 hours ago

              Crap was hoping he stays quiet so his price drops

            • Niho992
              • 2 Years
              28 days, 19 hours ago

              Jamieeeeeeeeeeeeeee

            • tiger
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              28 days, 19 hours ago

              Vardy Partey is on!

            • Rains of Castamere
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              28 days, 19 hours ago

              Goollllll

            • Daniel - Go Granville
              • 11 Years
              28 days, 19 hours 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
                28 days, 19 hours 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
              28 days, 19 hours ago

              Gotta love Vardy!

            • Gobigorgohome
              • 9 Years
              28 days, 19 hours ago

              WOWWW VARDY

            • Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              28 days, 19 hours ago

              Big Cungiz essential