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

    Worst possible result

  2. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Best defender for 4.9?

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

      Vestergaard under the radar ... but the fixtures unless you don't believe fixtures this season 😉

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Already have McCarthy

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

          Dallas or find 0.1 for Creswell GW8

    2. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      I have Maitland Niles

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        What? Why?

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

      KWP Justin Lamptey Ayling Dallas Cresswell?

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Cheers mate! Creswell is 5.0 though.

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

          How on earth did he rise in price already

          1. Slouch87
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Maybe because a lot of people bought him ?

    4. DickFranDyke
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Why do we have to pick your team every week. FFS

    5. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Get on Cresswell early.

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

    How the hell did Wolves bottle that clean sheet

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

      Saiss taken out

  4. ivantys
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Vardy dropping to 9.9 isn't possible now 🙁

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

      Am I ridiculous for benching Justin v Arsenal? Literally everyone else in my two mini leagues started him

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

        I benched him. I think I might start doing the exact opposite of what logic dictates is sensible from now on.

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

      My team for next week looks good ... I am so scared 😆

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Haha

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

          Thx for the vision of Castagne CS 😉

    • Danno - Emre Canada
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Was I correct in playing Pickford iver McCarthy, hardly an exciting question but still bumming me. I swapped last minute when I thought Rodriguez would play.

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

        Why do you have pickford in your team?

        1. Danno - Emre Canada
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Ha yep good question. I’ve had far too many fires to put out than my GK

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

            You have to sell ASAP, he is not worth it. Everton’s defence is sht

      2. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Sell sell sell.

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

      Sold Vardy, benched Justin, 13 points down the drain!

      1. Fred54
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Good decision, can't be doing with points and looking like a casual.

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

      Oooops just realised I sold Vardy for a hit for Kane and benched Justing which leaves me 17 points down currently, haven't captained Kane either so I'm mightily screwed, FPL is messed up