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Leicester back to full strength as Vardy and co return for Newcastle clash

With Burnley v Fulham postponed yesterday, the first Premier League fixture of the day sees Newcastle United entertain Leicester City at St James’ Park.

Kick-off on Tyneside is at 14:15 GMT.

After handing breathers to many of his first-team regulars in the 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace last Monday, Brendan Rodgers reverts to a full-strength side this afternoon.

There are seven changes in all, with Kasper Schmeichel (£5.5m), James Justin (£5.0m), Jonny Evans (£5.5m) and Harvey Barnes (£6.8m) the only players to keep their places.

Among the returnees are James Maddison (£7.1m) and Wesley Fofana (£5.0m), who have recovered from minor knee injuries, and Jamie Vardy (£10.2m), the most-owned player on show in today’s game.

Timothy Castagne (£5.7m), Youri Tielemans (£6.4m), Marc Albrighton (£5.3m) and Wilfred Ndidi (£4.8m) are also recalled.

Rodgers’ opposite number, Steve Bruce, has made two changes for the Foxes’ visit.

One of them is enforced as Sean Longstaff (£4.7m) comes into midfield in place of Isaac Hayden (£4.7m), who serves a one-match ban after collecting five yellow cards.

Miguel Almiron (£5.6m) replaces Jacob Murphy (£4.9m) on the wing in the Magpies’ other alteration from their goalless draw with Liverpool.

Fantasy interest in the hosts mainly centres around Callum Wilson (£6.5m), who is the only Newcastle player owned by more than 3% of managers.

Along with Wilson and Vardy, Leicester full-back Justin is the only other player on show with a double-digit ownership.

The versatile youngster is now FPL’s most-owned defender, sitting in just over 25% of squads.

Rodgers’ troops have generally been better on the road this season, with 19 of their 29 points arriving in away fixtures.

Four of Vardy’s five double-digit hauls, indeed, have come outside of Leicester.


Newcastle United XI: Darlow, Yedlin, Fernandez, Schar, Clark, Ritchie, S Longstaff, M Longstaff, Almiron, Joelinton, Wilson.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel, Justin, Fofana, Evans, Castagne, Ndidi, Tielemans, Albrighton, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy.


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1,401 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Should have played Iheanacho

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Red a NewC goal today 😉

  2. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Watching Barnes & Maddy as possible Grealish replacements?

    1. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Keep Grealish

  3. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Party is starting

  4. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Ederson
    Walker
    E. Garcia
    Jesus
    So the other one should be one of Torres Cancelo

    1. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Will be Torres

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Or what about that Doyle chap?

    2. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Torres and Doyle me thinks . Not confirmed though

  5. Chucky
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Step Up Vardy (C)!!

    1. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Didn't you have Spurs or Bruno/Salah?

  6. Sid1891
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    For DGW

    A Chilwell Son Cancelo
    B Justin Salah Stones

    Thanks

    1. Meinhoff
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      B

    2. Kun Tozser
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Salah

    3. teemccann
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Son SHU over Salah MUN and BUR? Are you crazy?

      1. Sid1891
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        This comment makes me same actually : )

        Didn’t want to loose to much value by selling Chilwell

        1. Sid1891
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Sane hahah

  7. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    I love you all

    1. Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Except for fudgy and chucky

      1. Chucky
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        😛

      2. Vertigo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Fudgy's still licking the windows.

      3. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Chucky's not nearly as bad, c'mon.

  8. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Covid City update

    Confirmed list: Walker, Jesus, Garcia, Ederson

    Rumoured list: Torres, Doyle

    1. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Cancelo is rumored too, but low probability

      1. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Sam Lee said Cancelo is fine

        1. Daniel - When to BB?
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Excellent, hope is true. Cancelo owner myself.

          That means Kun is great option if fit.

          no Torres and no Jesus

    2. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Cancelo was rumored, surely?

      1. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Debunked soon after

  9. Heavy Data
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Is it form over fixtures going in to the next game week in regards to son and sterling? Already having kane and Kdb, who would you bring in?

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Fixtures. Just make sure they have one 😉

  10. CroatianHammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    I have Lewis, a player LFC wanted this summer, but since dropped by Newkie. Anyone know why? Mind, I am selling him so in that sense it doesn't matter... but would like to know if it's just that bad game against Leeds to blame.

    1. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      He's defended horribly all season

  11. Chucky
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    logging off now,will log in at HT to check my Vardy Cappo haul...

    1. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      I am fine until Justin outscores him, since I need cup win 🙂

  12. Vazza
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Would you take an 8 point hit to give you a team for the BGW as follows

      Wan Bissaka Stones Dias
      KDB Bruno Son
      Watkins Kane
      (8 players in total)

      To put this into context, I will be making these moves

      Taylor, Balbuena, DCL => AWB, Stones, Watkins (players that I want longer term)

      Hokey Cokey Salah and KDB

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        I agree with the Hokey Cokey approach

    • Gimli son of Gloin
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Just came to brag about this week's transfer, KWP -> Kieran Tierney. 😀

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        bravo. standing clap from me

      2. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        I did Kilman to Holding and banked the other FT.

      3. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        I did Taylor to Allioski (bench)

        1. Gimli son of Gloin
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          I must get in Allioski at some stage, he's looked great the last 3/4 games

      4. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Great work

      5. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Branthwaite/Brewster/De Bruyne—-> Holding/Vardy/Soucek...

    • Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Lewis totally out of favour now? Need to move either Ampadu or Lewis out for Mitchell.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Yes. He's been rubbish.

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Welcome back Mitchell. Ampadu you may stay on for another week.

    • claretparrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Come on Vardy!

    • Muscout
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Has J Lewis been fully dropped for good now? Doesn’t look like he’s even on the bench

    • El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      All kneel and tie rainbow laces!

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 18 days ago

      What sort of ties are we expecting in BGW29? Really feel like saving my FH for that week

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

        Depends on who gets knocked out of the FA Cup next few rounds

      2. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        If you can field 7 players or above. Save it

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 18 days ago

          I can field 10 in 18, but I would have liked to use the FH in 19. If 29 is a massive blank though, that just makes the chip even more potent - if you grab a 40 pointer in a week with an average of 10 that's a massive rank rise.

      3. Dannyb
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        I can get 11 out in gw18 remarkably so I'm saving for later, toyed with fh 19 but I'd only really be adding city players, 8 point hit will see me through I reckon.

    • Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Party about to start?

      1. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Naw

      2. dark91
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Not today

    • Esalman
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Which one wins?
      A. Dias+Salah+13 points
      B. Robertson+KWP+Salah (C)

      1. Sid1891
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        A

        1. Esalman
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          That's it the cup is lost then.

          1. Sid1891
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Robbo would be the key here

      2. Dannyb
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        A all day long

      3. dark91
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Depends if Robbo scores or not

    • Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Purchased Salah at 12.2m. He’s now 12.6m. A Hokey Cokey with KDB doesn’t make sense does?

      I’d want Salah back for the double..

      1. Esalman
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Statistically no.

      2. Honourvolley
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Depends if you have your eyes on other transfers. If nothing else it makes sense to me.

        1. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Got 2 FT’s. So would be bringing doing Salah > KDB for -4

      3. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Do you’ll lose 0.2 selling value. I’d do it personally

      4. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Go for it

    • Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Vardy atleast 7 points or i may lose to bring in kdb :/

      1. puhd
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Need him to score big too

        1. puhd
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Vardy Captain

    • puhd
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      If I make a transfer, then play my FH, the squad will come back to what I had including that transfer, correct?

      1. dark91
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Nope. The transferred player won't be there

        1. puhd
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Thanks

      2. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        NO. All transfers are thrown out as soon as you play your FH. GW19 will ONLY have the players at the end of GW17.

      3. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        If I got a penny every time this question was asked on here I could buy a Tesla by now.

        Correct

        1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Incorrect I mean 🙂 it’s not including that transfer. It will be reversed to the team you had.

          1. puhd
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Thanks mate!

        2. Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          We should all change our names with the answer. 😀

    • Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      If Newcastle concede 3 or more today, It will be amazingly difficult to pick their defenders for gw18. Even Darlow could be dropped for Dubravka after the break

    • Chenku╰☆╮
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Vardy 20 points confirmed

      1. puhd
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Would make my day

    • GGMU
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      che 0 - city 0 will suit me fine today

      1. Sid1891
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        And me
        Chilwell and Cancelo owner...

    • puhd
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Leno
      Días Canceló Dier
      Grealish KDB Fernandes Saka
      Kane Laca Kane

      Good FH Team?

      1. puhd
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Sorry missing Son in midflied

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Who’s the other Kane, Wilson?

      3. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Kane is too good that you have him twice

      4. JaydenLFC87
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        This

      5. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Not tempted by any Newcastle CS points? Sheffield are shockingly dire.

      6. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Also: I’d get rid of Grealish on FH.

      7. puhd
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Lord. Second Kane is bench fodder Davis.

    • JaydenLFC87
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Is it madness to consider Sterling TC against Brighton next week? I should have 11 playing and really need to sneak up my ML

      I am using the FH chip for the double

      1. circusmonkey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Yes there will be other doubles and he is not playing good.

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Offside

    • MoSalad
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Vardy great finish there with the flag raised!