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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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1,247 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Steager
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    So
    A) Tierney and Son to Justin and Salah -4

    or

    B) Son to Mane for free.

    Any other ideas to get Salah in, rest of team:

    Mendy/Areola
    Stones/Coufal/AWB/Lowton/Tierney
    Son/Bruno/KDB/Gundo/Smith-Rowe
    Wilson/Bamford/Kane

  2. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Mitchell 8!!!!

    1. Steinburg FC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Let’s go!!!!

  3. Deeney-is-a-god
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    play kane or wilson next GW? all the other players have a double as well...

    1. Deeney-is-a-god
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      suppose I could bench boost, but would be with kane/wilson, mitchell and ESR and a non playing keeper...

  4. Lukakuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Why did Holding not hold on?

  5. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    The one good thing Laca did tonight was make him easy to sell now...

  6. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    6 matches, 8 goals.

    A week to forget.

  7. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Why am I never lucky enough to get bench points. Spent ages deliberating over Brewster or Mitchell first on bench, of course Brewster hits the post and Mitchell gets 8 points! Brewster coming in for Tierney FFS

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Pro tip: Brewster should always be 3rd on your bench

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        He's been third on my bench all season, fancied him against Newcastle and I was right, he should have scored at least one. Mitchell clean sheet was not expected away at Arsenal

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Brewster shouldnt be in your team let alone first on the bench

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Well I went with one up top as didn't want Laca or Wilson which was the right call so had to have him on the bench and he nearly scored several times

  8. TNB
      1 month, 13 days ago

      FH with +26 points from original team.

      1. JJO
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        +16 for me
        And lost transfer
        So not great really

      2. AK_FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        +5 so terrible

    • Dichio24
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      A: Kane + Soucek
      or
      B: Son + Antonio

    • JJO
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      My only good decision on freehit was getting Bryan(SHU) instead of Bernardo(Brighton) hahaha

    • Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Holding's last pass took him below 90% pass success rate

      Dropped 2 bps and 2 baps lol

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Yep, I was shouting at the tv for him to pass it short 😀

      2. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Noticed his baps disappeared. Thats a heartbreaker

    • wulfranian
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      F**k this game!Wtf is happening this season.Tierney injured and Laca blank.And all the ridiculous lucky 7 points for Mitchell.15 DGW players in my wc and now i have 11 without ManCity or Villa,Taylor injured and Balbuena lost his place.I'm at my limits.

      1. Houldsworth Hatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        We all know the risks picking Arsenal players.

        1. wulfranian
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          What are you talking about?i have 3 Man City,3 Spurs,2 ManUtd.Arsenal had the best fixture.I was unlucky that Tierney was injured and Arsenal without him is another team.

          1. Houldsworth Hatter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Calm down dude. You mentioned Tierney and Laca being injured and blanking. I replied that we all know the risks. Nothing to see just chill and enjoy life 😀

            1. wulfranian
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Still can't understand how it was a risk to get Arsenal players.

      2. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Mitchell got 8 points

        1. FPL_Motty
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Lol not helping him mate xD

    • Feanor
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      My cup opponent has 16 points for Regulion, but they captained Bruno?

      1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Captain hindsight you mean?

      2. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Link?

      3. Feanor
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Just the app being crap. It’s down to 8 on the website, so I win.

    • svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Soooo...

      FH or WC this week? Should I just take loads of hits then decide what chips to use towards the deadline?

    • pundit of punts
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Looks like I have outscored most FHers.

      That’ll do nicely. 🙂

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 13 days ago

        A real pleasure 🙂

    • Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Time for pages to fly. Anyone beat +52 on a FH?

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        64 here mate

        1. Gashead9
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          57

      2. WenzelK
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        55 including a lame sterling/kdb combo. Mitchell saving the FH.. unreal 🙂

      3. Free Hat
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Normal team had 10, now with FH 55. So +45 I will take that!

    • Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      sum up your Free Hit...

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Satisfactory

      2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Intact

      3. AK_FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Epic fail. 5 points more than my normal team of 6 players even if I made no transfers this week.

      4. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        much needed

      5. TNB
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Glad its over!

        • Dannyb
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          intact

        • DycheDycheBaby
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Average.

        • djman102
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          barely passing. They say 16 points gained on BB is minimum, so I'll pretend that's the same for FH. :p

        • Free Hat
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          +45 on orignal team. Very happy.

          But gameweek of what if for Cancelo, KDB C and Tierney owner

        • Bragazeti
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          In the bag

      6. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        45 all-out with no chip use. Suck it.

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Hahaha sorry I don't know what came over me

        2. Bragazeti
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Decent score

      7. djman102
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        How in the world can I leave 11 points on the bench in a FH blank gameweek?!?

        Watch that outscore my Bench Boost next week.

        1. Bragazeti
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Thats rough

      8. The Senate
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I guess 39 - 8 is ok for going chipless. Roll on GW 19!

        1. TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Pretty neutral I’d say which is a success!

      9. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Is LMS safety score still 33 regardless of Baps? I'm on 33 exactly thanks to stupid -8 to get Laca in

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Looks like 34 at least.

          https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

        2. Bragazeti
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Looks like its the end of the road for both of us

      10. @fpl_phenom
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Fabianski** Martinez**
        Robbo** Dias** Stones** Coufal** Strujik
        Salah** KDB** Bruno** Grealish** Coufal**
        Adams Bamford Rodrygo

        thoughts on this BB team ?

      11. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        52 on FH
        80k OR to 63k but feels like meh
        Bring on the gw19 carnage

        1. TNB
            1 month, 13 days ago

            48 on FH

            26 more than original team

            1. HMC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Decent
              I only had Dias Bruno Son playing which is why I played FH

        2. SB007
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Check this out.

          I need 4 baps to beat my opponent by least goals scored by 1!!

          1. SB007
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Bell and Mitch? Please. Cup game.

        3. Sir Alex Telles.
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          50(-4) with 10 and no chip. Disappointing.

          1. Dannyb
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            With no chip played that's a really good score?

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Think he knows.

          2. thedarkhorse
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Zzzzzz

          3. TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Very poor score this game week

        4. TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Everyone bragging about their scores...

          It’s not the absolute score this week that matters but how it compares to what you would have scored if you had / hadn’t free hit.

          1. DAZZ
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Exactly. Im happy with a 28 point + from my team had i not FH

          2. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            How could I know how well I'd have done if I FHed? Comparing my team's score to FH teams seems like a reasonable way of gauging success this week.

            1. TheDragon
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              By considering what your FH team would have been obviously

        5. Jars458
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Free hit got me 50 thanks to Mitchell. Would have scored 5 otherwise. Rank down to 959 from 957. Happy with that.

        6. Dannyb
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Didn't wanna fh this week so took a - 8, 57 with potential Bellerin baps to add, I'll gladly take that and run.

        7. Isco Disco
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          I knew it that GW18 was not a good week to play the most important FH chip.
          45 (-4) All chips left to play. Woohoo
          Bring it on DGW 19!

        8. Lukakuna
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Ended up 13 points behind my would be FH team. That's gotta be a success right?

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Yep

          2. TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Yep - I reckon 25+ is needed for free hit to be called a success