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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. ALI_G
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 13 days ago

    this is boring. Hottest bird in the Crown?

    - Princess Margaret (s1-2)
    - Princess Anne (s3-4)
    - Princess Diana (s4)
    - Queen (s1-2)

    1. RoysCallerAnne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 13 days ago

      Claire Foy 100%

      1. ALI_G
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        I'm liking Erin Doherty (Anne). She can tell me what do to 🙂

    2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 13 days ago

      First one without a doubt

      1. ALI_G
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        connoisseur's choice

    3. Ben White saved my life
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 13 days ago

      Princess Anne by a mile for me.

    4. Dele
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 13 days ago

      A

  2. pundit of punts
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 13 days ago

    These 3 spots doing my head in on my FH. Please opine -

    A. Antonio + Foden + Targett
    B. Watkins + Foden + Dawson
    C. Watkins + Soucek + Dias

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 13 days ago

      A

    2. Neevesy
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 13 days ago

      A then C then B imo

    3. SilentLemonMan
        9 months, 13 days ago

        C - city def

      • Pukki Party
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        C

      • Karhumies
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        Antonio Soucek Dias

    4. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 13 days ago

      Well hoping for Saka points is off the cards now 😀

      1. Chrisitis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        Isnt he playing like robbo now?

      2. Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        You can hope he keeps the clean sheet

    5. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 13 days ago

      Having a terrible FH score but had I kept my GW 17 team I’d be on 31 now. Rock meet hard place.

    6. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 13 days ago

      Time for Pepe convince Roy to buy him for 80m

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        Pepe / Zaha swap deal?

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 13 days ago

          Pfft. Not inspiring. Maybe if we sell Zaha immediately to get a chunk of money back on the Pepe signing

          1. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            9 months, 13 days ago

            I mean, I'm just playimg the game. Obvs this won't happen

    7. Lucky Z
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 13 days ago

      Laca goal ot Mitchell cleanie?

      1. Chrisitis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        Mitch cleanie

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        Mitchell is higher owned, so you want a Laca goal.

        1. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 13 days ago

          Behave

        2. Lucky Z
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 13 days ago

          Think same

      3. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        Definitely Laca goal

    8. Sid123
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 13 days ago

      Any help on what to do here really appreciated.

      Current team
      Martinez forster
      Dallas stones cancelo dier coufal
      Bruno rashford kdb saka smith rowe
      Bamford kane dcl

      1 free transfer - any suggested moves?

      Possible thoughts are:
      A Dcl to Antonio for free
      B Dcl + saka to Antonio and soucek -4
      C Dcl + kane + saka to salah Antonio and Watkins -8
      D Something else but what?

      1. SilentLemonMan
          9 months, 13 days ago

          Like C

          1. Sid123
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 13 days ago

            Thanks for your input

      2. JJO
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        Bring in Pva to handle fresh legs Pepe you Woy

      3. Drogo
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        Is it worth playing BB-chip with McCarthy, Raphinha, Dallas and Bamford on the bench?

        1. Geordie19
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 13 days ago

          Depends on other players you will field really to for BB

          1. Drogo
            • 9 Years
            9 months, 13 days ago

            Huh? Why is that relevant? It's the player on the bench that is affected by BB

            1. Geordie19
              • 5 Years
              9 months, 13 days ago

              I’m playing BB with 3 Leeds players. But I will have 11 of the 15 playing a double game week. If I had less then it may be worth holding

          2. Drogo
            • 9 Years
            9 months, 13 days ago

            Got a full squad of DGW-players

            1. Geordie19
              • 5 Years
              9 months, 13 days ago

              Yeah I’d say it’s good enough personally

      4. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 13 days ago

        Holding on 2 BPS, HOLD

        1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
          • 11 Years
          9 months, 13 days ago

          In tights

      5. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        Luiz' knee in Zaha's face. Ouch

        1. KUN+10
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 13 days ago

          And always plays the nice guy when he sees ref incoming

      6. KUN+10
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        David L is so dirty

      7. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        What's a good FH score this week?

        1. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 13 days ago

          100

        2. KUN+10
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 13 days ago

          I think a 50 pointer is standard

        3. JJO
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 13 days ago

          None

        4. FantasyTony
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 13 days ago

          Anything less than 70 is disappointing

      8. Captain Vantastic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        This is painful really. FH failed big time.

      9. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        Partey Time

      10. JJO
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        Cmon Roy,react

        1. Kiwivillan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 13 days ago

          *Woy, weact

      11. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        This is why I got in Tierney, garanteed cleanie!

      12. Egg noodle
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        I'm getting tired of this Mitchell BS

        1. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 13 days ago

          Mitchell non bench wonkery spotted

      13. Geordie19
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        Not the most exciting question but who you prefer for double
        McGinn or Lookman?
        Looking for a sub 5.6 midfielder- thanks all!

        1. Ode
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 13 days ago

          Lookman, easy

          1. Geordie19
            • 5 Years
            9 months, 13 days ago

            Thanks

        2. W
          • 8 Years
          9 months, 13 days ago

          Gundo?

          1. W
            • 8 Years
            9 months, 13 days ago

            But out of those probably Lookman

            1. Geordie19
              • 5 Years
              9 months, 13 days ago

              Great shout, just not sure if he’d play twice. But could go big! Thanks

      14. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        Holding got his first assist last week, a goal this week?

        Also non football, but I forgot how great A Knights Tale film is

        1. Keeptrying
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 13 days ago

          I forgot, too. Shall I watch it again?

          1. TomSaints
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            9 months, 13 days ago

            I would, great for a crappy jan night when we’re all locked down

            1. Keeptrying
              • 7 Years
              9 months, 13 days ago

              Hahaha, true 🙂

      15. KUN+10
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        I just dont get the free hitters. You had 4-5 gameweeks to prep your team for the blank, stop complaining.

      16. yanky
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        not going to BB, but are any of these transfers worth -4 pt hit? I'm bloody 0.1m short of Son > KDB!!

        a) Son Dias/Cancelo > KDB Stones
        b) Son TAA > KDB Chilwell
        c) Son James > KDB Justin
        d) Son Fabianski > KDB Areola
        e) No hit and do Son > Sterling for free???

        1. Sid123
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 13 days ago

          B or e i think others are relying on fitness a bit too much.

          1. yanky
            • 11 Years
            9 months, 13 days ago

            thanks sid, safe play is prob B but will see if im feeling risky enough for E. cheers bro!

      17. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        Get Mitchell off so the SakaLaca goal fest can begin!

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 13 days ago

          This

        2. JJO
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 13 days ago

          Thiss
          But SmithaLaca

      18. In a Rush
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        Did Dyche have a presser today? Can’t see it in the tweets, any news on Taylor?

        1. Pukki Party
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 13 days ago

          According to scout tweets he was supposed to but didn't find anything.

      19. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        This is a disaster result for me

      20. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        Legit just one goal will do Laca....

      21. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        Could be a red arrow on FH in a blank week :wow: 😆

        1. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 13 days ago

          I’m getting one. Useless team

        2. Super Saints
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 13 days ago

          I find that whenever I play a chip, WC included I do awful, mane TC captain etc

      22. ALI_G
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        Laca, Pepe and Auba all awful

      23. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        Holding almost

        1. Guru Mediation
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 13 days ago

          Bad miss really

      24. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 13 days ago

        WTF are the chances of my rival getting Mitchell clean sheet in for Tierney FFS

        1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
          • 11 Years
          9 months, 13 days ago

          Well, he must own him then place him on the bench. It's covid era so chances are high.