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Vardy and van Aanholt suffer from festive rotation as Palace host Leicester

Festive rotation has struck Fantasy Premier League managers as early as the first match of Gameweek 16 as Crystal Palace host Leicester City.

Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) is the biggest name to fall foul of the busy schedule, named on the bench with Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.6m) handed his usual centre-forward role.

The striker, who sits behind only Harry Kane (£11.0m) for most points among forwards this season (106), is joined among the Leicester substitutes by Youri Tielemans (£6.4m) and Çaglar Söyüncü (£5.3m) returning from injury.

However, Vardy is not the only Foxes asset to miss out on Gameweek 16, James Maddison (£7.2m), Wesley Fofana (£5.0m) and Timothy Castagne (£5.7m) all missing out on the matchday squad entirely.

The central midfielder is managing an ongoing knee issue so sits out for precautionary reasons, while Fofana is in a similar position for a knock.

As a result, Harvey Barnes (£6.7m) is the most dangerous Fantasy asset to earn a start at Selhurst Park, involved in five goals this season.

James Justin‘s (£5.0m) impressive powers of recovery earn him yet another start, having already played every minute this season.

Crystal Palace have also undergone necessary Christmas rotation with Tyrick Mitchell (£3.9m) coming in for his first start since Gameweek 6, pushing Patrick van Aanholt (£5.4m) back to the bench.

The left-back is joined there by Eberechi Eze (£5.8m) while Jairo Riedewald (£4.4m) comes in for his first start since Gameweek 9.

Line-ups

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Mitchell, Tomkins, Kouyaté, Clyne; Schlupp, Riedewald, Milivojevic, A Townsend; Zaha, Benteke.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel; Thomas, Evans, Amartey, Justin; N Mendy, Choudhury; H Barnes, Praet, Pérez; Iheanacho.

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1,982 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Londongeezaa
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    If this gets worse, Fpl won’t survive this. Impossible to plan, use chips, transfers etc.

    Unfair disadvantages to teams, ruining the competitive nature of the game.

    1. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Exactly. Impossible to plan.

      1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 28 days ago

        Even "better" for us

    2. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      It is unfair yeah. Now everyone will just get 3 City in a few weeks when earlier today wouldn’t even consider that idea.

      All the people who own 3 City players right now have just been shafted hard...

    3. Syd.
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      It is 80% luck these days

    4. Von Lipwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      People have been saying all season that having a decent bench is especially important this year. This is why...

      1. Rassi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 28 days ago

        Exactly.

      2. BoleynWin
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 28 days ago

        Having 3.9 Mitchell & 4.5 Anguissa come on auto sub for Sterling at 11.4 & a city defender isn’t ideal though is it haha. Awful gameweek start

    5. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Unfair? How is it unfair?

      1. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 28 days ago

        Because everyone will get 3 Man City for the DGW now when they didn’t consider it. All the people who own 3 City have just been shafted hard.

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 28 days ago

          How is it unfair though?

          Unlucky sure? Unfair, hell no.

          I wildcarded the weekend that the premierleague was cancelled last year. Was that unfair? No. Was the free wildcards for everyone unfair? Potentially.

          One game cancelled unfair? Give it a rest

          1. Qaiss
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 28 days ago

            Yeah you wildcarding that week was the most unfair/unlucky moment in FPL history probably.

            I see what you mean. Just frustrating I guess.

          2. HashAttack
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 28 days ago

            I used TC that week last season - this week I have 3 MCI players

    6. SH1M1
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Theres going to be so many DGW's this season, FPL is suppose to be fun but so much planning will be needed lol

    7. Gnu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Jeez, grow a pair, this has happened before.

    8. Pacer.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Get a bench, don't double or triple. It's a game, any manager can adapt and make the best of it. It's pretty OTT watching managers get really petulant and hurt because the game isn't working the way they think it should. There's an opportunity to do well for managers who adapt

    9. Bossworld
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      I chose not to actively play this season because it was likely (though not guaranteed) to end with situations like this. Didn't need the stress, which sounds contrite but I know how ridiculous it can be when your weekend is 'ruined' by a late goal in a game with two teams that don't concern you personally at all.

      Still entered a team, but picked 15 players from 15 different sides and have left it well alone.

      The lack of updates/news right up until 'Project Restart' was probably the most difficult part of FPL last year, I was fortunate to still have my second wildcard but all the conjecture and rumour didn't help when you're chasing cash leagues.

  2. JIMMY764
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    Dallas, Coufal & Bissouma off the bench it is.

  3. bazbestos
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    I have KDB Sterling Stones and DCL. Season over.

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Defo, give up

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      4 of my squad too including Ederson with no back up keeper. I'm dead.

    3. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Yeah I've got KDB, Stones and DCL with a non playing defender on the bench, frustrating

  4. BrockLanders
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    Do City concede the fixture then?? 3 points to Everton

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Top of the league

  5. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    Pages are flying. Never saw something like this during games

  6. OptimusBlack
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    Whoany players did u have from City and Everton
    Just Mahrez for me

    1. ChelseaGuy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Mendy

  7. Booked4Dissent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 28 days ago

    This has completely ruined my day

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Season*

  8. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    Pool vs Toon to be cancelled then.

    1. Champions League Varane
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Don’t dare say that

  9. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    City's next game is going to be off too right?

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Newcastle played the next one

  10. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    DCL fresh against West Ham on New Years day.

  11. Von Lipwig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    People have been saying all season that having a decent bench is especially important this year. This is why

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Correct 0/

  12. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    Man City given quite an easy ride. Only missing 7 players through Covid. With their squad can easily field a strong team still.

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Yeah but other players might be testing positive in the next 24/48hrs....and then transmit to Everton players etc?

    2. Von Lipwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      haha, this

      1. Mr. Funny Name
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 28 days ago

        Haha not this

        It’s not about city not being able to field a team. It’s about preventing a possible out break amongst the Everton camp

  13. Garlana
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    I take it there was no news about the cancelled fixture before the deadline today?

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Nope

    2. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Weird as the statement says they had cases on christmas day testing

    3. COUFAL SO GOOD
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Yea

  14. Pukki Party
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    Anguissas time to shine then

  15. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    Someone tell me why Palace had to play their games without Zaha but teams like Newcastle and City are rewarded for terrible measures to prevent spread? Pathetic from PL. They should punish the teams that have mass outbreaks by awarding 3-0 win to the other team and just get on with it.

    1. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      And at some point there was a rule that teams should play if they can field 11+3 subs, what happened with that?

      1. Brosstan
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 28 days ago

        That was the initial rule but they set another precedent when they allowed Newcastle to postpone their game.

    2. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Depends on how many get it

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 28 days ago

        Walker and Jesus must have just been the start

  16. HippY
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    The amount of people burning their second WC asap is gonna be huge

  17. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 28 days ago

    Hope City get a DGW in 18 not 19

    1. Lukakuna
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      18 yes please
      19 no thank you

  18. Stupendous
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    Imagine punting on Nacho this week! Yikes.

  19. Chucky
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    CITY MATCH CAMCELLED? Wow

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Yeah match camcelled......

      1. Chucky
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 28 days ago

        😉

  20. UTFB
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    This is not the season for having a bench full of fodder. Having 14 or 15 starters in your squad is going to become a must

  21. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    Just done KDB, Dias, Cancelo, DCL, Holgate —> Son, Chilwell, Robbo, Adams, Saiss for a -16

  22. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    Isn't this exciting?

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      No

    2. Must.Go.Faster.
      8 months, 28 days ago

      No, One less game to watch.

  23. Aidan269
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    Glad I didn't go KDB to Son for a hit

  24. Manchester City Vs Everton postponed
    Rotation's Alter Ego
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    Already mentioned above and all over, but for the sake of those arriving late Manchester City Vs Everton has been postponed following an outbreak at City.

    No further information regarding when it will be rescheduled or if it will impact other games has been provided.

    The Athletic report that "a number" of positive tests were reported, in addition to 4 positive tests reported on Christmas that included Walker and Jesus.

    https://twitter.com/ManCity/status/1343587668853198848

    1. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Dallas in for Cancelo for me

    2. Chucky
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Season defining cancellation!!
      Which other games are at risk of getting cancelled? Many many thanks...

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 28 days ago

        All games might get cancelled....

    3. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Complete joke

    4. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      I sold KDB. No worries

    5. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Feck me for not bringing in Cancelo last week and pausing on KDB/Brewster > Vardy/Soucek this week!

    6. MissouriMarten
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      FFS, double City defence plus DCL and a weak bench.

    7. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Nice that they reported this after deadline (*no salt here*)

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 28 days ago

        The clubs and premier league priority isn't a game of fantasy football.

        I suspect the Amazon element of the TV money was more pressing to them.

    8. Alberto Tomba
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Those who put all their eggs in one basket will be punished the most here; double or treble ups from any given team resulting in possibly 3-5 missing if just one game is postponed, and not having playing bench members - this season is what FPL benches exist for after all.
      Trebling up for City assets in advance of their two games in hand will consequently be a risky strategy too.

    9. IRBOX ⚽
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      What an absolute joke. Why wasn’t this information readily available before the deadline? FPL cannot be played under these conditions

      1. Corned Beef Kelly Osbourne
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 28 days ago

        wtf haha

      2. fedolefan
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 28 days ago

        Looks like we're gearing up to asterisk another season then.

      3. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 28 days ago

        Things can move fast in a pandemic.

        Games used to be postponed by the English weather in January to March.

  25. One Wheels Enough
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    Remember the days when games got postponed due to weather... It was advisable to have a strong bench in the winter back then.

    What's changed?

    1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Global warming or something

    2. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Better groundsmen

    3. Every Dog Has Its Day
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      greta scored a 90' min winner against climate change

  26. GenerationalTalent
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    Brought in Son and Adams for Grealish and Calvert-Lewin... going good so far

    1. BIG TONES
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Grealish out is a mistake imo

      1. GenerationalTalent
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 28 days ago

        I don’t have much value in him, and I’m only gonna get him back around gw20. I’m only missing him for away to Chelsea and Utd pretty much

        1. BIG TONES
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 28 days ago

          Fair enough! GL

          1. GenerationalTalent
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 28 days ago

            Thanks man. We all need it this season haha

  27. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    Mitchell third on bench... he just might make it now

    1. Tired and weary
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      Same. No doubt Vardy will ruin that haha

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      I think Everton agreed because they didn't have Digne Richarlison and Hames and would have rested DCL anyway

  28. BIG TONES
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    Feel for managers who own 3 or 4 players in the cancelled match. Unlucky 🙁

  29. Neves say Neves
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    these pages are flyyying