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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. Debauchy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Phew

  2. Sid1891
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    How is the game so far?

    Not watching, cheers

    1. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Lei dominating

      1. Sid1891
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Ok cool, l will keep refreshing web

  3. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Vardy goal offside

  4. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    VARDYYY GOAL

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      offside

    2. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Lol

  5. BeWater
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Come on Vardy. Need to claw back some of those Kane points.

    • Alex_thekid
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Vardy noooooo ofside

    • Neevesy
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Vardy offside for his own party

    • Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Vardy looking good here 🙂

      1. CBonci
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        My couch isn’t big enough

    • Neevesy
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Can't see Leicester not scoring.

      1. CBonci
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Just a matter of time

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Fooook thought that was it

    • Alex_thekid
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Vardy & Justin owner should have scored 2 already cmon Vardy Party

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Vardy is inevitable

      1. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Yep

    • BeWater
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Hell of a finish from Vardy. He's looking very sharp.

      • ralfb
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        For gw 18 fh Team - kdb , Sterling or both?

        1. Riska
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I have the same dilemma. Cannot decide between them but both doesn't feel right either...

      • TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        With the amount of penalties Leicester get. It’s only fair if Newcastle get a few today.

      • Neevesy
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        If Barnes had a final ball, he would be world class.

        1. BeWater
            1 month, 26 days ago

            If KDB could finish he'd get 400 points a season.

        2. Henrik Larsson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 26 days ago

          What do you think of Son > KDB for both 18 and 19 for free? Possibly worth it if sticking the (c) on KDB. I have 7 playing 18 and don't plan to FH.

          Thinking I'll monitor KDBs minutes on the lead up to it as City will surely be heavily rotated.

        3. BeWater
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Ref looking for some BPS.

          • JaydenLFC87
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Transfer sterling or KDB for Salah?

            Can see a lot of people going with Kevin but Raheem is playing up front is he not??

            1. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Im thinking this

            2. Woy_is_back
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Both?

          • Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Can’t wait to sell Kane for Vardy. That Leeds match is not fooling me

            1. Gobigorgohome
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              this Kane to Vardy it is

            2. Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 26 days ago

              But youre letting vardy penalty jam fool u

              1. Make United Great Again
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Penalties are inevitable - Leicester & United.

            3. BeWater
                1 month, 26 days ago

                I went Vardy over Kane on my WC. I'm a Spurs fan.

              • It’s gonna Ben Mee
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                I would recommend against selling him ahead of SHU.

                1. Make United Great Again
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Vardy DGW 😉

                  1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Still think Kane will outscore him.

                    1. Make United Great Again
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Sigh. We tried to warn you 🙁

                  2. La Roja
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Kane vs SHU

                    1. Shifty
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      meh don't see it high scoring

                2. Shifty
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  i'd take 2 vardy games against anyone over a single Kane game.

                3. JONALDINHO
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Why? Don’t people realise Spurs can’t break down teams like Sheffield who park the bus? It was obvious the game against Leeds would suit them because they can sit and counter. Sheffield is a completely different game

                  1. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Mate, I don't think you've been watching Sheff Utd lately. They don't park the bus

                    1. Shifty
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      they can't* park the bus haha.

                    2. JONALDINHO
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      They’ve only conceded 5 in their last 4. Not as bad as people make out. Just the fact they can’t score

                      1. Flair
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        They've also conceded 8 in their last 5, which is certainly bad. They play a high line for some inane reason, Rashford exploited it, Son probably will too with Kane supplying him

                        1. JONALDINHO
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          Tbf they did play a high line against Soton and Utd but they seem to have played deeper after both those games. Wilder isn’t going to go to Spurs and press them. That would be ridiculous

                          1. Flair
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            1 month, 26 days ago

                            I can't say I have your faith in Wilder's competence, with Sheff Utd sitting on 1 point this season. I'll probably chose the DGW boys over Son and Kane, but I do think that the fixture is very good for them

                  2. Make United Great Again
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    This.

                  3. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    He has the double digit scores this season to prove that this isn’t true. West Ham for instance played 5-4-1 and Kane got 16.

                    1. JONALDINHO
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      That was 11 weeks ago. Spurs and Mou changed their style after that to sit back after going up 1. Your living in the past mate

              • JONALDINHO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                You are a smart man

                1. Make United Great Again
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Thank you sir

              • Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Definitely

              • Sun Jihai
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Would love lower Kane ownership ahead of Sheff Utd

                1. Make United Great Again
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Vardy double gameweek due to be more explosive.

                  1. Shifty
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    2 away games too 😡

            4. Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Clark shd be in every FH team vs Shu

              Ridiculous goal threat. 6 goals in his last 18 starts in the PL

            5. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Good enough for DGW?
              Mendy
              Robertson, Dias, Coufal
              Salah, KdB, Bruno, Grealish
              Watkins, Bamford, Antonio

              I get this with -4 with 9 playing BGW. Maybe TC, who? Better replacement for Antonio?

            6. AzzaroMax99
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              On FH:

              I wanted to squeeze 2 City defs here but I’m 0.2 short. How to get Stons in or it is ok like this? Or need 0.8 for Joelinton to Wilson.

              Darlow (4.0)
              Dias Dier Shaw (Mitchel Douglas)
              Sterling Son Bruno Rash ( Burke)
              Kane Laca Joelinton

              0.0 IDB

              1. Vazza
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Looks good. What’s your team value by the way?

                  1. AzzaroMax99
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Squad - 104.4 (sell value - 102.8)

                • I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Stones might not even play so

                • Gobigorgohome
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  shaw to Stones imo

                  1. AzzaroMax99
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    0.2 short for that

                • circusmonkey
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Downgrade Shaw

                • It’s gonna Ben Mee
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Upgrade Shaw to a Newcastle defender

                  1. circusmonkey
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Yeah when I say downgrade I mean cheaper not worse.

              2. Vazza
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Repost due to lack of respons

                  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. Klip Klopp
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    a -8 is too much I think

                  2. JONALDINHO
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Just Free Hit

                  3. grumpyman
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    I’d do it. Think the Free Hit is worth more than 3/4 extra players.

                • La Roja
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Kasper Neuer

                • Klip Klopp
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  How is this for my BGW team? Do you think I need to use my free hit or will this be fine? And do I need KDB?

                  Martinez
                  Cancelo / Dias / Dier
                  Son / Fernandes
                  Kane / DCL

                  Bench: Foster, Raphina, Bamford, Coufal, Salah

                  Or is anything worth a hit?

                  0.1 itb

                • Jay Jay Okocha
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  On free hit:

                  A) Sterling, Clark, Holding, Wilson
                  B) Neto, Stones, Shaw, Kane

                • Gobigorgohome
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Kasper playing like Bravo there 😉

                • lordkippe
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  FH or not ? Current team with a game

                  Martinez

                  Maguire - Dier - Dias - Taylor

                  KDB - Fernandes - Rashford - Son - Grealish

                  DCL - Brewster

                  1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    No, just replace Taylor

                • onceuponatyne
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Imagine going from playing for Benitez to Bruce.
                  It'd be like Lewis Hamilton starting next season in a milk float.

                  1. KGFC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Well Bruce gets a lot of flak but seriously he hasn't been awful. You also need to look at the resources he got.

                    1. onceuponatyne
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      I watch every Newcastle game.
                      He's not "been awful", in that results mean he absolutely shouldn't be at risk of his job, but he has been insanely fortunate.
                      There is absolutely no gameplan, there's no evidence of training or tactical nouce. No player has progressed, many have gone backwards dramatically. He's had FAR more resources than Rafa ever did, not just numerically but also in choice of player type. Rafa was forced into loans for rejects from other clubs, while repeatedly having his best players sold from under him. Bruce has been given large quantities of money to spend.
                      His days are numbered, as it's gash football saved by miraculous luck (we beat Spurs without a shot on target at the start of the season, and it's been more of the same since).

                  2. Nikolai Volkoff
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    More like starting in a Red Bull or Ferrari cos Benitez was also conservative with his tactics.

                    1. onceuponatyne
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Benitez had far less to work with than Bruce has.