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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. PocketZola
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Manchester City announced on Christmas Day that Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker had tested positive, along with two staff members

  2. Tsparkes10
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    All I need is Soucek to score and Firmino and cavani to blank and I’m happy 🙂

  3. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Lol Guiata, has he got his customary yellow yet?

  4. BIG TONES
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Can see Leicester kick on and win it now

  5. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 15 days ago

    This FPL GW will go down in history.

    1. Pitch Perfect
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Think we can all agree with that. I think they may even review the rules/chips if covid is gonna be with us for good!

    2. Alnair
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      It's the timing too, it all kicked off just after the deadline

  6. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Grab the winner Mitchell

  7. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Only COVID can stop the monster that is Ruben Dias

    1. PocketZola
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      and a kyle walker party

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Any player causing a cancellation due to covid breach could be seriously fined

  8. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Chelsea City doesn't look like happening.

  9. Holmes
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Declaration of war!

  10. fedolefan
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Brewdog coming in for KDB. Lets go !!!

  11. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Today Grealish will demonstrate super clear and simple, so that Frank understands, why Zouma always should start.

    1. BIG TONES
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Yeah agree. Chris and Rudiger are tosh

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Rudiger is not too bad - has a goal in him. Can't say the same about Christensen.

  12. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Anyone who has more than 2 Chelsea, Man City, Everton players has been screwed.

  13. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Mitchell is very good.

    Woy needs to stick PVA on the left wing/mid.

  14. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Is the liverpool game off too? Why were people saying that? Was it a joke?

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Because Newcastle played Man City last GW (2 days ago) so Newcastle players may have Covid and spread it to Liverpool players.

  15. casual69
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    assuming newcastle players are all ok for the game to go ahead with l'pool?

  16. hammersp2000
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Getting ahead of myself here, but aye need to do something today because of prices so For a BB wk19 team would you go :-

    Mane, soucek adams
    Vardy soucek maddison
    Vardy, pulisic, anguissa

    Bear in mind I already have JWP and salah, but no Leicester or Chelsea

    Cheers

  17. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    wildcard plans in tatters

    1. PocketZola
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Big Sam says hello and get ready for a relegation fight

    2. Alnair
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Not yet, it ain't over yet!

  18. djman102
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    For those hoping for a City DGW 19, it's not likely.

    PL set up GW 18/19 to give each team a mini winter break. They'll want to protect that for every team if possible.

    City have midweeks free during the Champions' League round of 16 (which are spread over 4 midweeks). Historically, they tend to reschedule their postponed games during these midweeks, hence the rumor of DGW 24 and 27.

    Ben Crellin has pointed out that if United make it to the finals of all their cups, they will have more postponements than midweeks available (since the Europa League does not have the same spread the Champions' League does). If the PL hasn't rescheduled BUR-MUN during the winter break, they aren't likely to reschedule MCI-AVL there.

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 15 days ago

      24 and 27 would be excellent.

    2. Lord.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      But City are likely to rack up additional postponements due to the Cups

      1. djman102
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        FA Cup QF can be rescheduled to GW26.

        FA Cup SF has a free midweek afterward, so would likely just fall there.

        I think there is one additional midweek free (need to check Ben Crellin's spreadsheet to confirm) if they make the Carabao Cup final.

        1. Lord.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          GW26 is earmarked for FA Cup QF rescheduling. City have every chance of reaching the semifinals and final, so that would take up the slots in GW32 and 37. City will clock up another blank in GW33 if they reach the EFL Cup Final, and they still have their GW1 fixture to fit in. They need to catch up wherever they can.

    3. Peskey
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Didn’t people say that about city vs west ham last season?

        They eventually played it during the winter break

        1. djman102
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Fair point-I had forgotten about that. I think the difference is that the break was 2 weeks (between games) but only 1 week this year.

          That said, they could still put United's and (one of) City's postponed fixtures in GW18/19. My guess is they either do both or neither one, possibly depending on postponement of the City-Chelsea fixture Jan 3.

    4. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      So much punishment for those who stuck with KDB

      1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Honestly 🙁

      2. Al Moon Yeah
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        That's me right here! KDB underperforms. Dias own goal vs Westbrom of all teams. What a season I'm having!

    5. Orion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      What about Citys next game against Chelsea? Canceled yet?

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Could be

      2. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Not yet but probably will be

    6. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      How much are people affected by this postponement?

      KDB DCL out, Coufal Mitchell coming in for me. Sad

      1. JIMMY764
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Dias KDB DCL out, Dallas Coufal Bissouma in.

        1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Painful holding onto KDB 🙁 could’ve sold for Kane with 2FT.

          At least I still have 2FT now instead

      2. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        KDB DCL out, Coufal Bissouma coming in for me.

      3. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Brewster in for KDB.

        No-one in for Cancelo as DCL/Ferguson my other bench players.

        No hit, so just trying to see if not taking the hit for Vardy/Soucek would have paid off lol.

      4. Dont give a fuchs
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Kdb dcl out targett and Brewster coming in

      5. Basil1977
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        DCL and Dias out KWP and Angussia in (not sure on the spelling)

      6. Custard Gannet
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 15 days ago

        KDB, Stones and Matip out.
        Bobby Reid, Bissouma and Lewis to the rescue...

      7. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Dias out, nobody in.

      8. JonBoy
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        DCL already on the bench. That's it.

      9. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        DCL out, Soucek on

      10. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Zouma & Stones > Dallas & Coufal

      11. F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        KDB, Dias and DCL for me. Mitchell + Holding coming in for 2 of them. Depends if Stephens get a surprise game (he did get a run out last game) for me to get any other points from the bench

      12. Silecro
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Dias out, Bednarek in. Coufal also 2nd on bench, could have been worse.

    7. Dire Souffle
        3 months, 15 days ago

        I’ve suddenly got a good feeling about an Anguissa hat trick against Spurs.

      • Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 15 days ago

          No Maddison to take

        • Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Leic dangerous FK

        • Alnair
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Chilwell owners will be in tears, Villa definitely winning this one

          1. unclesbasement
              3 months, 15 days ago

              after the start to this gameweek im just happy he's playing

            • PocketZola
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 15 days ago

              Then frank will be gone

          2. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            Vardy wants it

            1. Rolls-Royce
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 15 days ago

              Rebekha is waiting

              1. PocketZola
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 15 days ago

                The baby needs a bottle

          3. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            Waiting on a Martinez CS and penalty save now please. 1-0 Villa win without Grealish

            1. Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 15 days ago

              Watkins 3 golazos

              1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 15 days ago

                Pleez no

          4. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            Row Z

          5. Wizard of Ozil
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            Damn, was hoping for a Guaita haul and Mitchel clean sheet from bench. gonna be a piss poor gameweek with 2 Man City and DCL missing.

            1. Sir Alex Telles.
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 15 days ago

              Who do you have on bench.

          6. Jdpz
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 15 days ago

            Why play it? Why plan transfers and devise strategies if we can expect everything at any moment?

            1. PocketZola
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 15 days ago

              Embrace the chaos

            2. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 15 days ago

              We’re all FPL junkie fiends.

            3. Lord.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 15 days ago

              You can still be unlucky, but if your planning didn’t allow for the likelihood of rotation and Covid you only have yourself to blame.