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Injury latest as Tierney misses Arsenal’s Blank Gameweek 18 fixture

Kieran Tierney (£5.4m) has left his Fantasy Premier League owners with Blank Gameweek 18 frustration as he missed out on Arsenal’s Thursday-night meeting with Crystal Palace.

Fresh from an 18-point haul against West Bromwich Albion, the left-back was the most-selected defender by managers playing their Free Hit for this midweek round of fixtures (53.7%).

However, Mikel Arteta has taken the decision to leave Tierney out of his Arsenal squad to face the Eagles as a precaution due to “muscle tightness”.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.6m) comes in to the replace the Scottish international on the left-side of defence, allowing Hector Bellerín (£5.1m) to hold onto his right-back berth.

Tierney is not the only Arsenal defender to miss out due to muscle issues, as Pablo Mari (£4.4m) has also been rested for the same reason.

That means starts at centre-back for David Luiz (£5.4m) and Rob Holding (£4.5m), the latter now featuring from the beginning in 11 of the last 12 Premier League matches. Meanwhile, Gabriel (£5.0m) makes a return from self-isolation on Arsenal’s bench.

The Gunners line up in much more predictable fashion higher up the pitch, with Emile Smith Rowe (£4.5m) handed a fourth-straight start at number 10.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.3m) and Bukayo Saka (£5.3m) flank the budget midfielder behind Alexandre Lacazette (£8.3m) who has four goals in his last three Premier League appearances.

Tyrick Mitchell (£3.9m) is one of the main Fantasy interests in Crystal Palace’s team, owned by 16.1% of managers worldwide.

And Free Hitters were also a big fan of the Eagles’ left-back, Tierney and João Cancelo (£5.8m) the only defenders selected by more managers using that chip for Blank Gameweek 18.

Wilfried Zaha (£7.4m) has blanked in five of the last six Gameweeks but remains in 19.9% of Fantasy teams.

Arsenal v Crystal Palace – Starting Line-ups

Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Leno; Maitland-Niles, Holding, D Luiz, Bellerín; Xhaka, Ceballos; Aubameyang, Smith Rowe, Saka; Lacazette.

Crystal Palace (4-4-2): Guaita; Mitchell, Kouyaté, Tomkins, Ward; Eze, McArthur, Milivojevic, Townsend; Benteke, Zaha.

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  1. SHOOTER MCGINN
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Emile Smith Rowe let's go

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Coming on for Tierney

      1. SHOOTER MCGINN
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Yep

        1. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Same... feels ok 🙂

  2. Pad Randa (The OG)
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Oh, lovely. So now I'm left hoping Lacazette and Saka don't hall lest it screw up my Tierney replacement (Mitchell).

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Mitchell can get points from attack or get subbed after 60 and a CS.

      1. Pad Randa (The OG)
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        He can. And I can win the lottery tomorrow, as well 🙂

        1. Pad Randa (The OG)
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Of course, the more likely outcome is 2-1 to CPL with ESR scoring for Arsenal.

    2. KGJ United
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Hope for nothing, expect nothing.
      Be surprised if you get something.

      That's how I got through gameweeks.

  3. Galza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Tears-ny... 😮

  4. Yank Revolution
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Let's go ESR!!!

  5. royals forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    In your opinion what is the best 9.5 DF/MF combo for this team for next few GWs

    Martinez Johnstone

    Cancelo Coufal Dallas James xxxxxxxx

    KDB Fernandes Mane Soucek xxxxxxx

    Watkins Firmino Wilson

    2FTs No WC or FH

    Any ideas would be welcomed

    1. Buck The Trent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Grealish ?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        9.5 for 2 spots.

        1. Here's Tom with the We…
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Holding and Lookman?

    2. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Neves, Cavaleiro, Lookman plus fodder?

  6. Buck The Trent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Can’t afford Salah, best option then ?

    A Mane
    B Sterling

    *Probably will captain KDB

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Mane

    2. Studs Up
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Mane

    3. ivantys
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Rashford +2m

        1. Studs Up
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          That's not what he asked

          1. ivantys
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Does it matter if both are bad options?

        2. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Mane, have to be off your not to bring sterling in

        3. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Got to be Mane imo. Mane is quite close to matching Salah with stats

      • Lallana
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Kane>Antonio
        Son>KDB [-4]

        worth it?

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          No not for me

        2. The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          A popular move

        3. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          No

      • Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        A few more opinions solicited:

        A) A fit again R. James
        B) Creswell in a defensive double up with Coufal

        Thanks!

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          I would go B, cressy is nailed

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Think so too. But I am always scared to double up. Which other team is an option. Have Stones. Max budget 5.4

      • Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        No Tierney, no Partey tonight then!

      • SomeoneKnows
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Don't be shy and cast your votes!

        A) Salah > KDB
        B) Bednarek > Cresswell
        C) DCL > Antonio
        D) Son + DCL > KDB + Antonio (-4)

        Martinez (Forster)
        Cancelo, Stones, Dallas (Bednark,Douglas)
        Salah, Bruno, Son, Grealish, Soucek
        Kane, Bamford (DCL)

        1. jammie26
            2 months, 28 days ago

            C

          • KGJ United
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            D if you're going to captain KDB

            the only thing is that Antonio is not 100%.

        2. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Imagine the Smith Rowe wagon if he hauls tonight

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Terrorist have hijacked my imagination

          2. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Don't mind him getting the price hike 🙂 So long as people aren't selling Saka to get him

        3. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          So what's the feeling on Antonio for double gw?

          Worth the risk?

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            I feel he won't get full minutes

          2. ivantys
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Worth it, he's so cheap

            • Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Depends who you’re losing, easy swap from Adams or someone like that. I think it’s really risky considering his fitness

            • BeWater
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Definitely worth a punt for 6.2. Especially for me as the alternative was Adams.

            • Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              What are the odds on Luiz to give away a penalty that Leno saves?

              1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                High!

            • manu4life99
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Who scores more dgw19?

              A)
              Salah(MUN BUR)
              Laca(NEW)

              B)
              Rashford(liv ful)
              Vardy(SOU CHE)

              1. BeWater
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  B

              2. thegaffer82
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Anyone who was planning on TC in 19...

                Still going through with it?
                Still KDB for the armband?

                1. Runaway
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  I believe we will have better chances to use it, I will keep it. KDB minutes can be managed, Salah not in form, Bruno fixture not great..

              3. NateDogsCats
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  What's the biggest haul you've gotten from a single match in FPL? Anyone have KDB and Bernardo in the 8-0 v Watford? Or Grealish and Watkins against Liverpool this season? Vardy and Perez against Soton last season?

                  1. jammie26
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      I had grealish and watkins in the liverpool game, also captaind salah who scored twice from memory. Points galore that night!

                    • Nightcrawler
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Villa 3-3 qpr 2015
                      Benteke austin(c) phillips

                      Or maybe soton sunderland 8-0. Tadic pelle and bertrand

                      1. Jon Walter's Hatty
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        I went OR2 after that 3-3 that year...was a Tuesday night.

                    • Runaway
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      More than 80 from Salah (TC), Mane, Robbo against Huddersfield

                    • Jon Walter's Hatty
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      My user name gives my best haul away...

                  2. Deulofail
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    I have Mitchell coming on for Tierney 😐

                    On another note, it's a real deflating feeling to see Luiz in the team ahead of Gabriel and Mari, even if there are good reasons for it.

                    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      The feeling is mutual!

                      1. Deulofail
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        Luiz is deflated to see me in my desk chair?

                        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 28 days ago

                          Haha, maybe! Talking about myself though!

                    2. kennethrhcp
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      I really thought saliba was gonna be a star straight away aswell

                      1. Deulofail
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        Same. He looks really good. I assumed the reasons for him being sidelined we more personal, too, but it seems he was simply deemed not good enough yet as soon as he arrived, and that was that.

                  3. zotter
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    For 19 ...

                    A. Kdb. Rodrigo. Bamford -4 (already own Bamford)
                    B. Sterling. Antonio. Bamford -4
                    C. Cancelo. Foden. Vardy -8

                    Will captain (or triple captain) Salah regardless

                    1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      C is the aggressive move. A the safe one

                      1. zotter
                        • 11 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        Actually tempted by B though !

                    2. ivantys
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        Would choose B cos I like the Antonio pick over Rodrigo.

                    3. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Anyone considering Kane to Vardy for a hit?

                      1. Gudjohnsen
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        Why for a hit?

                        Vardy is cheaper

                        1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 28 days ago

                          Already prioritising son to Salah with FT

                      2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        I am doing it.

                        1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 28 days ago

                          What is your planned transfers and are you BB?

                          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            No BB. Doing Kane + Ampadu to Vardy + James/ Cresswell for -4

                            1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
                              • 2 Years
                              2 months, 28 days ago

                              Looks good. I would go with Cresswell.

                              1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 28 days ago

                                Ok. Thanks. Even if you have Coufal? What is your transfer plan?

                                1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
                                  • 2 Years
                                  2 months, 28 days ago

                                  Balbuena, Son and Kane to Cresswell, Salah and Vardy (-8) or Balbuena and Son to 4.8def and Salah (-4)

                                  Martinez
                                  Coufal Cancelo Stones Balbuena**
                                  Bruno KDB Soucek Son*
                                  Kane* Bamford*
                                  (Johnstone Raphinha* Rodrigo* Holding*)

                                2. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
                                  • 2 Years
                                  2 months, 28 days ago

                                  I would have double WHU def if I take the - 8

                                  1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                                    • 4 Years
                                    2 months, 28 days ago

                                    Kane + Balbuena to Vardy + Cresswell possible?

                                    1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
                                      • 2 Years
                                      2 months, 28 days ago

                                      Yup already have 3.3itb but I think I need to bring in Salah

                      3. thegaffer82
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        Nope. Kane will no doubt bag a goal or so against Sheff Utd.

                        Which means Vardys gunna have to really go some to make up the handicap you’ve given him

                        1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 28 days ago

                          Vardy also has good fixtures after 19 compared to Kane so can easily cover the hit

                          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            My thought too!

                    4. thegaffer82
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Only got Holding & Mitchell...

                      A 0-0 too much to ask for?
                      With Holding & Mitchell tied for the 3 baps?

                      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        The exact players I have

                        1. thegaffer82
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 28 days ago

                          Well, in that case, good luck to you fine Sir!

                          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            Good luck to you too sir!

                    5. BeWater
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        Come on Laca, get a hatrick in 3-4 loss.

                        Spurs fan.

                        1. Gudjohnsen
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 28 days ago

                          This

                      • RAFA THE GAFFA
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        Pre match quickly... ? 🙂

                        A. Son >> KDB
                        B. Adams/DCL >> Antonio
                        D. Both for -4

                        Johnstone*
                        Robbo*, Dias*, Lowton*, Coufal*
                        Salah*, Bruno*, Soucek*, Son, Raphina
                        Bamford
                        (McCarthy, Dallas, Adams, DCL!)

                        1. Gudjohnsen
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 28 days ago

                          D

                          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            Thank you. Not sure what happened to C 🙂

                      • ivantys
                          2 months, 28 days ago

                          Ironic now all the Tierney owners hoping for arsenal to concede.

                          1. BeWater
                              2 months, 28 days ago

                              What is ironic about FPL managers wanting their players to succeed and everyone they don't to fail miserably?!

                            • Here's Tom with the We…
                              • 9 Years
                              2 months, 28 days ago

                              Not really

                            • kennethrhcp
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              2 months, 28 days ago

                              Is that irony?

                            • Iceball
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              2 months, 28 days ago

                              Of course, then Clark 2 pointer doesnt hurt as much

                              1. ivantys
                                  2 months, 28 days ago

                                  What if AMN assists or scores from his side? 😀

                            • Jon Walter's Hatty
                              • 7 Years
                              2 months, 28 days ago

                              Come on Laca give me an issue about selling you next week..

                            • Gudjohnsen
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 28 days ago

                              A. Kane to Vardy for free
                              B. Son to Salah for a hit

                              Feel one of Kane and Son is enough this gw.

                              1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
                                • 2 Years
                                2 months, 28 days ago

                                If I was to keep one then it would be Son but I would transfer him out for KDB or Salah so prob B

                            • Pedram
                              • 7 Years
                              2 months, 28 days ago

                              Holding and Lacazette owners hands up

                              1. Burger
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                2 months, 28 days ago

                                Another hand up for Leno trio owners 😀

                            • Krafty Werks
                              • 6 Years
                              2 months, 28 days ago

                              Who wins DGW 19 :

                              A - Bamford vs Brighton.
                              B - Foden vs Palace & Villa -4.

                              Ta.

                              1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
                                • 2 Years
                                2 months, 28 days ago

                                Tough one. I like both option but I think Foden is nailed and could get some good points in both games

                                1. Utopsis
                                  • 1 Year
                                  2 months, 28 days ago

                                  Foden is absolutely not nailed

                              2. SilentLemonMan
                                  2 months, 28 days ago

                                  Bamford. Guaranteed to start in Bielsa ball

                              3. Gudjohnsen
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 28 days ago

                                Saka vs. Smith-Rowe will be interesting.

                                I went for the more expensive one.

                                Now I regret not getting the cheaper one.

                                1. Jon Walter's Hatty
                                  • 7 Years
                                  2 months, 28 days ago

                                  Holding v Tierney got won by the cheaper one too

                              4. Shatner's Bassoon
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 10 Years
                                2 months, 28 days ago

                                Saka > Soucek for free
                                No brainer?

                                1. BeWater
                                    2 months, 28 days ago

                                    I would. If ever there is a GW to own Soucek it's this one.

                                  • Gudjohnsen
                                    • 4 Years
                                    2 months, 28 days ago

                                    Yeah if you got no other moves to make.

                                  • Deulofail
                                    • 5 Years
                                    2 months, 28 days ago

                                    Is there no one else you can sell for Soucek, or another priority transfer to make? You might want Saka back again, or both.

                                    1. Shatner's Bassoon
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 10 Years
                                      2 months, 28 days ago

                                      I do want both. I want 6 mids is what I want! But Salah, Bruno, KDB, Son and Soucek/Saka looks more likely for the next couple of GWs.

                                  • Sun Jihai
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 9 Years
                                    2 months, 28 days ago

                                    I had mentally penciled this transfer in
                                    But Newcastle genuinely look awful and Saka has been looking great
                                    Feel like it could be one of those cases of overlooking a great SGW fixture because of a DGW