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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. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Thoughts, Kane & Zouma > Vardy & Cancelo?

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

      Looks good on paper. The only issue is Cancelo's minutes might be managed.

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Diaz?

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

          More nailed for sure. But just cannot trust Pep. Zouma if fit, will definitely play both. Kane to Vardy makes sense.

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

      Do you not have alot of value on Kane or want him back in a few weeks? I think Vardy outscores him but that's a tough one.

      Zouma has a dgw so getting rid for a hit not ideal.

    3. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Dias over Cancelo for me. He starts every game, Cancelo doesn’t

      1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        And yes to the move for free, but not for -4

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

    DCL/Taylor->Antonio/Cancelo and BB?.... Cancelo or Dias?

    Martinez Johnstone
    Stones James Coufal Dallas Taylor
    Salah Bruno Son Grealish Soucek
    DCL Kane Bamford

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

      Nice

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

      Dias nailed

    3. OptimusBlack
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      You keeping both Son & Kane
      Or may get Vardy instead of Kane

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Think it's worth a hit?

        1. OptimusBlack
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Yes

    4. W
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      team value? must be high?

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        106.2..decent but I've seen a few higher.

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

    Holding 12pts let's go!

  4. @fpl_phenom
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    any news on Leeds? the scout has Strujik starting on the team news?.... will he start... how fit is cooper?

    1. Jimmers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Phillips is suspended so Struijk set to replace him in the CDM role

      1. @fpl_phenom
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        incredible! cheers!

  5. JJO
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    You gotta be f kidding gim
    Where the f is Tierney?

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

      Rested due to tiredness

      1. JJO
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        That was a retorical question 🙂

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

          If you read back... oops 🙂

  6. 2hotty
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Best Goalie for GW19 BB already got Martinez

    1. BeWater
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Is money an issue?

        1. 2hotty
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          No

          1. BeWater
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Ederson, De Gea or Darlow.

            • BeWater
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Or Fabianski.

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

            Johnstone

          3. ivantys
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Fab/Johnstone

            • HashAttack
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Maybe Schmeichel

            • @fpl_phenom
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Fabianski

          4. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Come on Mitchell you legend

          5. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Wtf man where is Tierney

            1. BeWater
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Rested due to muscle tightness. Only time I've ever owned him.

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

              DCL to Watkins for free?

              1. STEP rOVERS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Yep considering this move ahead of Antonio

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

                Prefer Antonio or Bamford myself

              3. OptimusBlack
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Watkins or Antonio is better ?

            3. HashAttack
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Non FH, Bellerin owner ... great to see Tierney not starting, makes up for the Kane goal yesterday

            4. Deulofail
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              I've had double Arse defence for most of the season, and now only Tierney. Gonna feel weird to suddenly hope for Arsenal to lose their CS after finally getting some defensive resolve back, especially as an Arsenal fan.

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

                Things this game does to you! #COYG

            5. Ady87
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Cup opponent on FH: Tierney + Laca
              Me: Leno + Saka + 9 points

              His first sub : Holding

              How am I looking?

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

                I think you got it

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

                Do you have to ask? You win unless Holding scores

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

                Who's he /she got coming on for Tierney?

            6. Scratch
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Two decisions to make this week

              Start Martinez or DDG
              and
              Triple captain Salah or KDB

            7. Ted Bovis
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Smith Rowe starting, absolutely beautiful!

            8. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Tierney was the big I am a couple of weeks ago going about in a T shirt in the snow.
              This week he can't play cos his muscles are tired.
              Give me a break.

              1. tambourineman
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                I hate these f***ing southern fairies!

              2. totaalvoetbal
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Well said

            9. Alisson WondHaaland
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Thoughts?

              Kane + Grealish to KDB + Antonio

              Was kinda set on it until Villa v Newcastle got announced but now not sure

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

              A Sterling & Stones
              B KDB & Coufal

              1. WenzelK
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 28 days ago

                B. hate Sterling

              2. SilentLemonMan
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  B for sure

              3. Calculated Risks
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Mane and c. Taylor to kdb and stones minus 4 is a no brainer right?
                Own Salah.

              4. Trophé Mourinho
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Hope Arsenal lose in an embarssing fashion after esting Tierney, screw you Farteater

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

                  Farteater?
                  Impressive cursing!

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

                  He’s not rested.

                  He has a tight muscle. Would be daft to play him if he’s complaining of a muscle issue really, FPL aside of course!

                3. BeWater
                    3 months, 28 days ago

                    Bald fraud with hair.

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

                      Detachable lego hair

                  • Trophé Mourinho
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 28 days ago

                    all of the above plus Captain Black and Micaela Farteta

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

                  Are any Sterling owners ‘over’ yesterday yet?

                  Nope, me neither 🙁

                  Oh, and had captained KDB too just to really rub salt in the wound

                  1. Goonerly
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 28 days ago

                    Watched the pen again a couple of times today. Everytime thinking "the next time I watch it, it'll go in", but no...

                    Rotten luck

                  2. WenzelK
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 28 days ago

                    Same situation as you... Sterling owner and kdb captain.. still hate it

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

                    Stering cap, KDB vice - really all kinds of bad

                5. HashAttack
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  A) Antonio & Dallas or B) Rodrigo & Cresswell - already have Coufal & Soucek

                6. Lukakuna
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  Just need 9 points from Zaha to stay in the cup! No problem...

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

                    As long as it’s only 9! 10 and I’m out the cup lol

                7. Revival
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  In Laca we trust!

                8. Lethargio Alcantara
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  Super jammy Shaw points. Didn't even deserve this.

                9. BeWater
                    3 months, 28 days ago

                    Anyone get worse than 3 points with their bench boost last year?

                  • Rhodes your boat
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 28 days ago

                    Anyone hoping for holding goal, ceballos assist in 1-0 arsenal win?

                    1. SM001
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 28 days ago

                      I'm hoping Leno gets sent off, Lacazette misses a peno and Palace win 1-0 thru a Holding OG.

                      1. Trophé Mourinho
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 28 days ago

                        Laca hatti but Arsenal to lose due to 4 OGs from Holding, Saka and Smith-Rowe get reds for mistakenly celebrating the OG's too much

                    2. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 28 days ago

                      Well a Laca goal with a Saka assist would be fine as long as Zaha points and a palace win 😉

                  • SM001
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 28 days ago

                    LOL at everyone concerned about their teams in the upcoming gameweeks.

                  • FPL Doctor
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 28 days ago

                    R James fit for 2 games in DGW?

                  • Zolaaaaaaaaa!!!
                      3 months, 28 days ago

                      Tierney out means I have Ampadu coming in off the bench with a 9 pointer.

                      No reason for the post other then the fact feels good to get a bit of luck!

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

                      ESR with Grealish-esque socks... 🙄