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

    Another week, another James Justin haul

    1. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Don't get it, looking at the game would say Castagne and Fofana should both be ahead of him on baps.

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Least favourite fpl player of the season. It was once DCL, but he's overtaken him now.

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

      Doherty red card vibes

    4. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      1 point haul - This aged well

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

        Hard to legislate for the brilliance of Andy carrol when I made this post

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

    Hope Justin keeps the 3 BP after the second goal

  3. ivantys
      3 months, 18 days ago

      This is the game where Stones will make some clumsy mistakes and then give Pep and excuse to drop him.

      1. Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Not just that but Pep has dropped him for “lesser” games in the past, check Burnley at home for the 5-0

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

          Ake and Laporte not in the squad makes Stones look pretty safe

    • BeWater
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Justin just won't go away.

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

          He is great. Loved owning him this season

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

        It feels bad having to watch a football match hoping for a 0-0 draw.
        Specially when it's between two great sides like Chelsea and ManCity.
        *Chilwell & Dias owner

      • BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Come on Newcastle, let's get a consolation goal...off Joelinton's shinpad will do.

        1. The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Hard that since he's been subbed out...

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

        Needs NewC goal!

      • Plant Based Footballer
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Would we have been surprised if after falling down there Wilson rolled over into the box?

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

          No because that’s what he does

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

        Vardy off crossbar but offside.

        1. Cometh The Aouar...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          The manager formerly known as TorresMagic?

      • Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Be good to finally see Chelsea’s front three ...

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

        Ben Dinnery
        @BenDinnery
        ·
        20s
        Ederson, Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake are not in the matchday squad. Meanwhile, Gabriel Jesus, Eric Garcia and Kyle Walker are still self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19. Laporte is also missing due to a hamstring issue.

        1. The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Laporte hammy makes Stones a better pick than Dias then (because of price).

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

            Nice

        2. The Road to Turfdom
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          First three - are these omissions definitely Covid then? (Please excuse if stupid Q)

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

            I want to know that too. Sounds ambiguous.

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

            First two are COVID. Ake isn't fully fit, apparently.

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

        Hold Justin!

      • Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        @OfficialFPL
        SCOUT: James Justin goes into today's game as #FPL's most-owned defender, sitting in more than one in four Fantasy squads.

        On 9 points at the moment!

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Worst case possible

        2. The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Carroll to save the day.

          1. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Lol

          2. Patio Kev
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            That did the trick....

        3. Shatner's Bassoon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          48% EO at my tier (100k-200k). Crazy!

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

        I think Vardy needs a proper rest, now when the game is won 😉

      • DandyDon
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Head in hands moment there - vardy captain and Justin owner. Very close to going in. Probably saved any var pain. Looked level to me

      • Rolls-Royce
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        All my rivals and their dogs have Justin. Nice.

      • TimoTime
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Please Newcastle, score a dodgy goal and wipe the increasingly annoying Justin cleanie... 😀

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

        Please score, Newcastle.

      • Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        James Justin unappreciation post

      • Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Thank you for the goal and cleanie Maddy. Well played lad. Don’t think you’ll hold on to the 3 bps now but well done!

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

        Ziyech Werner Pulisic is what every Chelsea fan has wanted to see.

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

        Soy boy on for Madi. Lei shutting up shop.

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

        Another red arrow from this game even as a Vardy owner. This hellish season just wont end.

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        come on carroll you big lump, take that cleansheet

        1. Rolls-Royce
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Yes BEMBA

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

          Huge

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

        Yes cleanie gone

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

          Whoa my stream is late...

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

        Justin yellow

      • Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Justin YC

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

        Justin YC

      • Fantasydreamer
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        If I want man united defender for blank and double - has to be AWB for a definite starter? (With maguire 1 yellow off a suspension)

      • Saka_me_sideways
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Never been so happy to see a yellow card lol