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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. Del Griffith
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    If Under is nailed he could go under the radar, defo under priced

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Hasn’t started a game has he?

    2. LSK
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Underrated

  2. ALI_G
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    my two returns this week - Castagne and Chilwell

    goes to show fixtures mean nothing

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Add Saiss and Jimenez for me and that's it

    2. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Same here

  3. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Auba has done an Ozil - rested on his big fat contract.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      No he’s been played in entirely the wrong place. All on Arteta, why beg one of the World’s best strikers to resign with you and then play him left midfield? Gutless punk.

      1. Utopsis
          1 month, 5 days ago

          It really does begger belief. I would understand if it was accommodate another top class striker, but for Lacazette / Nketiah?!

    2. COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Qaiss around? 😀

    3. Sir Alex Telles.
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      lost two cleanies at the death this week.

      1. Dthinger
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        same. Leno and Semedo

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Chilwell Castagne Saiss ... not expecting these points from them

      1. Andre W
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Meanwhile I had Robbo and Kilman expecting points but not to be. Hopeful for Lamptey tomorrow

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Exhausting GW

      2. skodaole2
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I have the perfect combo McCarthy, Castagne, Reed, Justin... on my bench

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Oh my world ... unlucky mate

          1. skodaole2
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            This GW has been so wrong that i m only glad i have 4 incl captain to play. Luck is always involved in this game but how can someone bench Rob vs SHU and play Justin vs ARS or bench Martinez vs LEE and play McCarthy vs EVE. Nicely done this week mate, enjoy the green arrow! Plan to keep all of them for next week i guess?

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Yeah sit tight and do transfers in GW8 eyeing WHU MUN ... ta!

              1. skodaole2
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Will try to avoid any distractions and save FT for the first time this season to get a half WC in GW 8 (3 transfers for -4 or 4 transfers for -8 if needed depending on who i will want badly to have)

    5. skodaole2
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Need Dier to not start tomorrow to get Castagne's points, cant find anything related to his fitness level, that would be interesting.

    6. Londongeezaa
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I’m just going to take my Saiss and Justin points and leave the room slightly embarrassed.

    7. Henning
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Zaha in for Klich or Podence?
      Have Jimenez and Saiss in the team

      1. King Mo
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Podence.

      2. Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Klich. Podence is mini-Hazard

      3. Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Podence. 65 mins 3 point merchant.

      4. Klaren
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Klich

    8. antoinehude
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Need help guys 😉

      A) Alexander-Arnold / Maupay
      B) Alexander-Arnold / Bamford
      C) Zouma / Vardy
      D) Zouma / Bruno Fernandes

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        B from those

    9. Joey Tribbiani
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Justin on the bench, oh well didn't expect that result

      • RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Is this too bold tonight? Exact money! TAA+Ings >> Chilwell+Kane(C) -4?

        McCarthy
        TAA, Saiss, Justin
        Pulisic, Salah, Rodríguez, Son, Grealish
        DCL, Ings
        (Nyland, Mitchell, Davies, Davis)

      • Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Vardy, you're 34 in January, will you start losing pace already?!

      • _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Best move here?

        A. Brewster -> Bamford
        B. Podence -> Zaha

        Martinez Forster
        Robbo Saiss Chilwell Lamptey Mitchell
        Salah Son Rodrigez Grealish Podence
        DCL Kane Brewster

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          A

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Cheers mate

        2. Utopsis
            1 month, 5 days ago

            I have pulled the trigger on A.

            Hoping Kane doesn't force me into a - 4 tomorrow

        3. Qaiss
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          2 years ago, Mesut Ozil ripped Leicester to pieces.

          Today he’s at home on 350k a week, not in the 25 man squad over the likes of Willock, because he spoke out against China torturing Uighurs in China.

          1. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 5 days ago

            He also defended Erdogan but let's forget about that lol

            1. Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 5 days ago

              And rightly so

              1. King Mo
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Yikes

              2. Fudgy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Lol

              3. Klaren
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Apart from the uneducated part or the Islamist minority no one agrees with that even in Turkey, let alone rest of Turkey or any country that has anything to do with them in foreign policy.

                He is an extremely corrupted dictator.

          2. Well you know, Triffic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            No, it's because he gets bonuses for being in the squad.

            Stop trying to make this into something that it isn't.

            1. Qaiss
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Those bonuses would be paid back with CL football which we will not get having zero creativity and instead having Willock and Elneny in there.

              1. DickFranDyke
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Willock and Elneny didn't and have hardly played...duh. Stupid comment.

                1. Qaiss
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Nah man you’re stupid. Those 2 aren’t good enough for Arsenal, Ozil is. We have zero creativity. I was talking about the 25 man squad, why are they good enough and Ozil is not.

          3. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 5 days ago

            He also played a bunch of games for Lungard and was crap

          4. Hakim Ziyech
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Yeah although I think it is because he gets bonus + he earns a lot, some players & the coach envy him for this yet they still lack creativity in midfield.

            Wenger spoke about it 2 weeks ago. In summary, Arteta is a simp while Özil is too good for Arsenal

        4. Iceball
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Very unsure who to sell or buy. Guess I just wait few days with those ft. Was about to sell Jomenez but he ticks over. Maybe Saiss to Kilman for cash.

          1. Giggs Boson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Same.

            I have 2FTs, so I can afford to make an early transfer, just not sure yet.

            We might as well wait until after the European games and the pressers. Something might happen...

        5. jonnybhoy
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          TAA, Podence + Jiminez to Konsa, Zaha and Kane for -4pts?

        6. AgentRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          The players who I thought were the weakest links in my team this week (Justin, McCarthy, Wilson) have been basically the only ones to return anything for me (+Saiss). Incredibly hard to predict things at the moment.

        7. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Sorry repost folks -
          Early thoughts for next week here chaps, Digne red card thrown a spanner in the works around my Getting Kane plans, so best option here......
          A- Son(C) and Ings
          Or
          B- Kane(C) and Son(VC) -4
          Thankyou folks!!

          1. Sloane426
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Justin > Kilman or save FT?

        8. nkhoughton
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          1ft 1.7itb

          Pickford
          Saiss Chilwell Kilmen
          Salah Rodriguez Klich Sterling Zaha
          DCL Kane

          Nyland Mitchell Justin Davis

          A) Davis to Bamford
          B) Sterling to Son
          C) Pickford to Martinez/meslier

          1. jonnybhoy
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Save the transfer

        9. Jordan.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          26 all out mcarthy,chilwell,justin benched aaaaarrrrrrggggghhhh goodnight ....

        10. Del Griffith
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Leicester still on course to do a Leicester, anything goes this season

          1. ivantys
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Maddison's back now, anything can happen

          2. HollywoodXI
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Oh course I benched Justin

          3. Naby K8a
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Big Sam to Arsenal?

            1. Qaiss
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              We’re already playing like he’s here..

              1. Naby K8a
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                If you're going to embrace Big Sam's style why not go all in and hire the man himself?

                1. Klaren
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  To be fair, he’d have kept that CS and get a point.

          4. HippY
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            This is a strange GW for sure.

            Sat on 33 points, my Everton triple scored 1 between all three, and somehow I could still come out smelling of roses with 3 left to play (Ryan/Son/Kane(C))

          5. FC Hakkebøf
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Hi FFS community. What transfer(s) do you guys prefer?

            Martinez
            TAA Chilwell Saiss
            Salah Son Pulisic Grealish
            Kane DCL Maupay
            _____
            Forster Lamptey Stephens 3.9

            2 FT 0.4 itb

            A) Maupay (TOT) -> Watkins/Bamford/Mitrovic (one week punt before getting Antonio)
            B) Maupay + Grealish -> Bamford + Hamez
            C) Stephens to Bissouma (thought the former would be nailed)
            D) Something else

            1. Dexters Laboratory
                1 month, 5 days ago

                D) Bruno? E) TAA to Robertson F) 3.9 to Kilman
                .. wouldn't mind being in your position and trying to figure out how to get rid of a FT

            2. Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Jiminez to bamford done.

              5m itb and stii a ft left now

              1. HippY
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                I'm not a huge fan of that move tbh. Jimi has some okay fixtures and he's still getting returns

                1. Nightcrawler
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Allows barnes to mane or kdb tho

                  1. Nightcrawler
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    Also jomi cant hurt me with single figit hauls and prove fiff is 2 big

                    1. Nightcrawler
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 5 days ago

                      Huh

                      Jimmy cant hurt me with single digit hauls and price diff is too big

            3. Sir Alex Telles.
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              what was the reaction like when wolves lost their cleanie today???

              1. Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Just smug Saiss fans cheering and depressed Semado owners like myself, at least owning jimi softened the blow

                1. Giggs Boson
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  lol semedo peasants got rekt by saiss geniuses noob

                  1. Hakim Ziyech
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    Got both Semedo & Saïss. Semedo is average at best... Can’t remember the name of the fella here that calls him class, Semedo can’t even trap a ball ffs

            4. nerd_is_the_werd
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Sure the answer is obvious: Is Zouma nailed to start?

            5. Sir Alex Telles.
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              ML leader had Zaha, Bumford, Castagne, Ings, Ayling with Son and Kane to go. Tell me how you compete with that kind of luck?

              1. Utopsis
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Why is it luck?

                  1. Sir Alex Telles.
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    Grealish goal cleared off the line by Ayling, he transfered out Hamez for Zaha and got Ayling in for Mitchel, Castagne getting a cleanie now and Everton getting a RC to the delight of ings.

                    1. Utopsis
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        Doesn't mean it's luck though does it - he probably had reasons for each transfer that made perfect sense to him that have paid off.

                    2. Bushwhacker
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 5 days ago

                      Its all luck ; unless you have the Marty McFly almanac