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

    Justin already on 40488 transfers out

  2. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 18 days ago

    10.2 million for a forward that can’t even get a single shot off against Newcastle?

    That’s Mr. overpriced Jamie Vardy for you...

    1. Third Eye Vision
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      I read on the BBC feed that he’d smashed one against the crossbar.

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Was offside so didn’t count

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

        He also put one in the back of the net, but was offside.

        And he also set up his teammates 2/3 times but they completely wasted the chances.

        Points are coming.

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Points aren’t coming, they’re starting to dry up as expected. The jammy pens aren’t coming for Vardy anymore

    2. ivantys
        3 months, 18 days ago

        What about the pool players who can't even score any goal against newcastle?

      • Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Such a crap pick only a matter of time before even penalties dry up

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

          Robbed of a penalty today, third time robbed in as many game weeks. If anything there should hvae been tons more penalties for him.

        2. Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          People have been saying this for the last 5 years.

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

        his ppg is over 7

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Thanks to all the jammy pens. Leicester is killing the penalty awarded count

      • Third Eye Vision
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        I’m deffo getting him in for the double.

      • Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        He's a fantastic player if you consider where his early career ran - you just don't like him and it's reflected in your comments.

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Never said he wasn’t a good player, just think he’s overpriced on fpl is all

    3. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      As a Chelsea fan I will take a Stones goal and Chelsea 2-1 win

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

        As a City fan I will take a Dias quadruple hat-trick and City 12-0 win

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

          I'm at least trying to be realistic!

          1. Cilly Bonnolly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            What he said but with a triple Dias hat trick because I’m not greedy.

    4. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Do we expect Chelsea front 3 to get more goals scored or more hamstring injuries tonight?

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

        Hopefully they click tonight.

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Looking forward to seeing the fromt three for once!

    5. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Pulisic to score.

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

        definitely. Werner too.

        I see a 2:1 win for Chelsea and Cancelo contributing for the City goal

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

        0-0. Both teams to be more cautious than usual and play out a stalemate.

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

      Ziyech for the DGW?

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Yes

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

        Wait and see if he hurts himself again.

    7. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Have Cancelo and Edouard Mendy, need a 0-0 but which CS is more important?

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Cancelo

      2. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Mendy

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

        Man City defenders has quite low ownership so that one.

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

        Man City looking very poor up front, and with no Ederson, I see a comfortable Chelsea win 3-0

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

      Why people are so much posting how happy they are for JustinGate, why put salt on people's wounds?

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

        because of the insane rank boosts we all received as a result. deserves a celebration

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

          aham

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

          This. I went up 60K places after that goal went in.

          1. jimmyabs1987
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Yes I went down about 60k places and am now out the cup

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

        Because you kept posting about needing Justin to outscore Vardy to beat your cup opponent every 2 minutes.

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

          and anyway, although he may have Martinez coming in, you still have Cancelo to play. Sto stop your whinging!

      3. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        What else are they supposed to do? It's the equivalent of gaining points

      4. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Chicken counters.

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

        Because I live of the sweet tears of Justin owners.

      6. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Reverse humblebrag

    9. Free Hat
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      You cant have them all and fairly happy with my defence so far,

      But not owning Justin and (any) Sou defender this season has been some frustrating watching 😀

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

      Stones 8 pointer please and thank you. This game will be 0-0 or 0-1 imo

    11. Londongeezaa
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      As a Zouma and Cancelo owner this game will be a strange watch.

      Hard to enjoy a game when you’re hoping for a 0-0

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Take a 1-0 with one scoring?

        1. Londongeezaa
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          True 🙂

    12. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Chilwell a massive differential

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

        24% TSB is a differential these days?

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Majority are dead teams.
          Less than 20 in higher ranks.

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

            Still not looking at a differential %

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

          17% in top 10k
          19% where I am ranked

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

            That's not really differential numbers. Not even below 10%.

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

              He is for me, besides everyone in my ML sold him. DGW around the corner.

      2. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Shame he is playing city.

    13. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      2-1 win for City, KDB brace and Cancelo OG.

      Let’s be avenue

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Rather boulevard

    14. michaelington
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      How many years since Carrolls last Newcastle goal?

      1. Dthinger
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        I think the announcer said 2010

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

          Thanks, sky don't seem to be mentioning it at all

      2. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        10

      3. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        About as prolific as he has always been. What a useless waste of air he has been.

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

          He was gold in the first season in prem before his move. I remember owning him for his hat trick. Good times.

          1. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Always promised everything and delivered very little.

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

      Thanks Carroll. Justin CS and 3 bonus would have destroyed my OR, on 30p this GW.

    16. Bobby
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      is there actually a source link to the mcarthy rumours?

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

        A comment on SaintsWeb fan forum

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

        Check his wife’s twitter

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

          its got to the point where im now googling his wifes name so I can follow her on twitter (though tbf I do this with lots of players' wives so...)

          1. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Just players. 😀

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

            Is that you, Frank?

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

          https://mobile.twitter.com/HBRach_x

          Can’t see anything on there.

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

            wow theres some captivating stuff on there...hoping for more feedback from that M&S visit posted soon...

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

        No

    17. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 18 days ago

      More points off 2 defenders this week than my entire defence managed in game weeks 1-4, truly the worst start ever

    18. Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Kept the faith with KDB, please please reward that faith. Also own Stones so a cleanie would be lovely.

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

        anyone who has kept the faith with KDB through the last month deserves a haul today

    19. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      3-0 to City. Dias goal and two Chelsea OGs

    20. sovietrockettes
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      For once I was feeling confident of picking up Soucek's points first off the bench.......alas.....both Stones and Cancelo are starting!!

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

      As much as l want goal fest owning Cancello and Chilwell makes me nervous and feel of 4 pointer coming

    22. Jamie_GAWA
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Best FPL insight Twitter accounts to follow? Currently following Ben Crellin

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

        Yikes

        1. Jamie_GAWA
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          ?

    23. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Anyone got Ziyech in their team?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Unlikely here

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

        Ghost teams

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

      0-0 or Chilwell and Dias goal would make my blood red arrow more pink.

    25. The Frenchie
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Is the 0.6 difference between Coufal (4,7) and Cresswell (5,3) worth it?

    26. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      A Dias 10 minute brace will be the best start to this game

    27. Siva Mohan
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Werner brace incoming..

    28. jimmyabs1987
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      My cup opponent has 62 points with bonus. I have 55

      He has Chilwell, Havertz!?, Torres and Zouma to play with holding on his bench with 10 points! (I hope havertz comes on!)

      I have Cancelo, Robertson and Salah

      1. jimmyabs1987
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        And Adams, do I have a chance?

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

          Definitely

          1. jimmyabs1987
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            No I don’t, Torres isn’t in squad , there is his 10 points! I hate bench points

    29. TyroneGAA
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Great to see all 3 of my city players starting .. 6 points banked lol