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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. King Kun Ta
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    Martinez (Martin)
    Chilwell Robbo Coufal Justin (Ayling)
    Bruno Son* Salah Barnes Soucek
    Vardy (Bamford Adams)

    1FT & 0.8 ITB

    Son Barnes & Robbo -> KDB Foden Cancelo (-8)

    Y or N? Ta!

  2. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    Brought in Ings yesterday, ffs.

  3. TNB
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Now that thre FH demons have left us its time to indulge in

      “To BB, or not to BB, that is the question”

    • Sir Alex Telles.
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      No chips 18 + FH 19 clearly have won.

      1. Here's Tom with the We…
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Surely we won’t know until after gw19?

      2. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Might need to include GW16 & 17.

        1. Here's Tom with the We…
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          Also true.

      3. F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        I might not even FH in 19. Team looks OK aside from missing Salah and Soucek.

      4. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Absolutely not

      5. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        No chips 18 and 19 IMO!

      6. Mweene
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        My FH in 18 gained me 42 points and my normal team in 19 would pretty much be my FH19 team anyway. So no.

    • Avery
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Son dropping quite quick.
      I have him. Thinking of taking him out and replace him with someone else (up to 9.9m) for the DGW?
      Yes he has SHU (A)
      But would any of these outscore him you think?
      A. Rashford
      B. Pulisic
      C. Grealish
      D. Maddison / Barnes
      E. Mount

    • Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      envious of those who will use the FH in GW19

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        You are? I'm not. I feel like my team can compete with most of them and I have Bamford and Son still.

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          The ones that saved FH should save it for 29.

          It will be so tough if GW29 has like 4 fixtures and only MUN out of the big 6 have a game. That's when I'll really be jealous.

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Perfect team already without FH

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      I have Mitchell on my bench and I'm the only one in my ML not getting him

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Good.

    • Sir Alex Telles.
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Is it suicidal to go without Salah in the double gameweek?
      Between Ziyech and Pulisic, who is the better pick?

    • Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      20k with all chips still intact. Satisfying GW

    • ThisPostsOnFire
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Everyone callin' out us Free Hitters, but most of us used it as we have set ourselves up for next week.

      I would have had 12 points without FH I got 54; I'd call that a pretty big success, especially with all the DGW players I have for next week.

      1. Free Hat
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Indeed. Same story here. Only had 3 playing players.
        10 points to 55p.

        And 11 dgw plus full bench boost next week feels good.

      2. djman102
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Well, some of us HAD set up for next week...until United and City got blanks AND doubles and Leeds-Southampton got postponed and Adams, Fabianski, and Taylor got injured and...

      3. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Free hit was a great success for many.

        Many will have gained 25-30 points on their non free hit team and probably gained 20-3 points on non free hitters over last 2 gameweeks who have had to plan for it

        It’s not as simple as looking at absolute scores of 1 week

      4. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Yeah same. I would've been on 22 if I didn't FH. Ended with 59.

        Gaining 37 points on FH is a big win. And now I like my team so much for GW19 I'm gonna save FT haha.

      5. Boberella
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        I'm really happy I did the FH. (Even with Saka, Laca & Tierney!)
        Got 55, would have been 23.
        A few non-FH'ers in my ML got over 40 as they fielded 7-9 players, but they're looking very average for the double and I'm happy with my uplift and a lot better setup for 19 than most of them now

    • Jay Jay Okocha
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Pick one for the DGW bonanza:

      A) Kane, ESR, James -> Brewster, KDB, Stones (-4)
      B) Kane, Rashford, James -> Antonio, KDB, Dias (-4)

      Plan B leaves enough ITB to fund Grealish in 2 weeks. Any thoughts?

      1. Boberella
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        Has to be B then

    • F_Ivanovic
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      57(-4) points from 10 players and a 65k rank increase to 215k. Couldn't have asked for a better week really. Mitchell 8 pointer the highlight.

    • fedolefan
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Can we get someone to add those Holding bps please?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Still 25.

        1. @fpl_phenom
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          Leno getting a bonus?

    • HashAttack
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      55(-16) - transfers cost me 4 points but KDB over Bruno captain gave me 4 points back
      Big plus is that I have added KDB, AWB and Soucek to my team

    • Free Hat
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Now if Mitchell would get 10 points next gw, that would even be better thank you.

    • Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Soooo I think it's clear I should bench my Arsenal mids next game. What do you think?

      Martinez
      TAA Cancelo Stones Tierney*
      KDB(c) Bruno Son*
      Antonio(v) Martial Bamford*

      McCarthy* | Saka*, Smith Rowe*, Mitchell*

      0FTs. 1.6 ITB.
      * = SGW

    • aidmata
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      I know pages are flying but any help here would be appreciated - absolutely lost as to what to do. Had originally planned to BB but think that's out the window now.

      McCarthy Areola

      Robertson Coufal Balbuena Lowton Dallas

      Rafinha Rashford Bruno Soucek Salah

      Adams Bamford Kane

      Got 0ITB...

      1. Mweene
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Get Man City players basically.

        1. aidmata
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          Robertson and Balbuena to Cancelo and Dias for -4? Getting KDB in is going to cause an absolute mess so might have to do without

      2. Boberella
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        Get a Man City Def and maybe DGW Foden instead of SGW Raphinha?

    • Fer Fuch's Ake
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Which option will yield highest score?
      A- Stones DGW (cp, avl)(-4)
      B- Bamford (Brighton)

    • REDMOND IN SANDALS
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        51(-4). All 4 chips intact. i was shiting my self for not having Kane(>100 EO), Tierney, Saka, Lacazette. feel ecstatic !

        1. HashAttack
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          It was a shame Kane scored, especially as he outscored all the other main players - 55(-16) for me

      • @fpl_phenom
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        livepool utd score prediction?

        1. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          3-1 united

          1. @fpl_phenom
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            nice

        2. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          3-1 Liverpool

          1. @fpl_phenom
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            dislike this

        3. El Lobito 10
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          0-1 Utd. 94th minute Bruno penalty! Would be hilarious

          1. @fpl_phenom
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            ha ha ha ... klopps head will explode

      • Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        A. Tierney/Wilson —-> Chilwell/Antonio
        B. Tierney/Lacazette—-> Robertson/Antonio

        Both -8

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          B. Wilson has a DGW.

          1. Boberella
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            This

      • TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        I’m pretty happy with 38-8

        Transfers more than paid fir themselves and set me up for dgw. The FH team I drafted got 55 so wouldn’t have been worth it.

        KDB penalty is still hurting

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          I would say 25 points would definitely have been worth it... But I guess if you bought a bunch of City players that improves your GW19 it could well be good.

          1. TomSaints
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            Fernandes, Cancelo and De Gea in.

            I’d say a good FH is 30+ , but i managed 50+ difference in last 2 seasons.

            With the number of delayed fixtures. I can just wanted to save

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              Don't believe you can make 50+ in a blank GW. Maybe score 50+ but not more than if you had prepared decently for a blank.

      • @fpl_phenom
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        will Strujik start

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          No. Llorente and Cooper are back fit.

          1. @fpl_phenom
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            who pays CDM though with phillips suspended?

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              Shackleton.

              Last time Struijk did it he got taken off before half time because they feared a red card.

              1. @fpl_phenom
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 4 hours ago

                yes actually thats right... damn was hoping hed get a game ...

                cheers

      • CorAndo__x
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Thinking of getting rid of Son for a DGW'er any recommendations?

        • @fpl_phenom
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          thoughts on Grealish for the dgw...

          firstly has been spotted in training etc...

          think id gamble on the 4 yellow cards...

        • @fpl_phenom
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Cancelo or Dias ?

          1. Lallana
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            Dias safer. Cancelo more explosive.

            I like Cancelo. Might as well go for it and better long-term.

        • Lallana
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          You guys keeping both Kane/Son for the DGW?

          1. zman575
              3 months, 54 mins ago

              nope getting rid of both for salah and antonio. looking at martial to either vardy or sterling too