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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. Daniel - WC Active
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Saka SoT

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

      BAPS incoming

  2. cnewman7
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Any suggestions?
    Players with * have DGW.

    Martinez*
    Dias* Justin* Coufal*
    Salah* KDB* Son Bruno* Soucek*
    Bamford Wood*

    Steer R James* Dallas Adams

    1. cnewman7
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Note 1FT and 0.2 ITB

    2. mr messi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Adams to Antonio

    3. TNB
        1 month, 13 days ago

        May be Adams to Antonio if you still want to play a bench boost.

        I'm contemplating playing a -8 to have 10DGW 5SGW with good fixtures bench boost.

        1. TNB
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Btw I'm leading the pack on all my mini leagues

      • evilfish
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Would you start Martinez or Pope for DGW 19?

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Mart

        2. Right In The Stanchion
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Perfect time for a bench boost

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

              That's what I was building for but the Leeds/Southampton cancellation has forced me to abandon that plan.

              1. TNB
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Why?

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

                    Don't want to waste the chip if I don't have a team of double players

                    1. TNB
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        Whats your team cos I'm in a similar predicament

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

                          Martinez Pope
                          Chilwell Cancello Coufal Dallas Taylor
                          Salah KDB Bruno Grealish Soucek
                          Bamford Adams Brewster

                          1. TNB
                              1 month, 13 days ago

                              McCarthy-Martin
                              Coufal-Konsa-Taylor-Holding-Dallas
                              Kdb-Salah-Bruno-Soucek-Son
                              Bamford-Adams-DCL

                              Contemplating BB with-8
                              Martin-Adams-DCL > Martinez-Antonio-Watkins

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

                            Was going to do Brewster > Antonio with my FT and have 15 double players. Might still do that move but not BB.

                • Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Start Martinez

              2. Right In The Stanchion
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Anyone getting Foden for the DGW? He’s been the match winner last two games and should start right.

                  1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Good move imo

                  2. DARE TO BISCAN
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    I'm thinking of swapping Raphinha for him. Would make it a -12. Not sure if that's too much (would BB). City's double & fixtures look nice though... But, so do Leeds'. It's a conundrum.

                • ⭐ ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS …
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  What happened to Martinelli ?

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

                    injured in warm-up before last match

                • sergioaguero67
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Any chances of Vardy falling in price tonight?
                  Help.

                  1. marcos11
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Doubt it, I’m also watching it

                    • ivantys
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        Depends whether many of those transfers were actually FHs.

                      • Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        Probably not. Looks like the tide has changed and people are transferring him in.

                    • Dark Side Of The Loon!
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      As an Arsenal fan its unnerving to watch both Xhaka and Luiz on the pitch together. Both capable of making a couple of mistakes per game.

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

                        Any moment now

                        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          Hope not!

                      2. Right In The Stanchion
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          Xhaka could be good if he had a brain. To think we could have got Kanté instead always hurts.

                          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 13 days ago

                            Wreckless in most situations. Has the talent and decent vision. But the brain neutralizes all of that. Imagine Kante and Partey playing together!

                          2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 13 days ago

                            Reckless* Hic!

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

                        If arsenal get the first goal, I see them getting a few more. If not, losing 1-0.

                        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          Agree. Its like that Leicester game!

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

                          I think it's a 1-0 game either way..

                      4. Yes Ndidi
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        Lose one for Dias/Cancelo
                        Either:
                        Lowton (whu & liv, both away)
                        KWP (lei away)
                        Or keep both and forego MCI defence.

                        Would be for hit, but I'd expect them to cover the points.
                        TIA.

                        1. TNB
                            1 month, 13 days ago

                            How much of a hit is it? Man City defence is worth a good few gws considering fixtures so might be worth it

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

                          why is there no details beside some of the team news?

                          1. Pukki Party
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 13 days ago

                            No pressers so not updated this week

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

                          My idiot sons overflooded the toilet. Had to clean up toiletwater all over the bathroom floor. Just finished and then this shiiiit. Cant catch a break.

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

                            Hahahahahahahah

                            Best post of the day

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

                            Shiiiiit everywhere

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

                            Quite mean of someone to do that in the toilet just after you've finished mopping up

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

                            Sounds like he took a free hit

                            1. TNB
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                With Tierney, Saka and Lacca

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

                                  I have the same tripod

                            2. Right In The Stanchion
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                Don’t get too bogged down.

                            3. acidicleo
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 13 days ago

                              Sold Grealish before Villa double announcement..
                              Hope he don't punish me!!

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

                                Me too but as Villa fan hope he punishes us

                            4. Werner Bros
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 13 days ago

                              Current GW19 team. Either playing TC or no chip. Annoyingly no city atm!

                              Would love KDB but can't see a hit worth making for him atm.

                              should I just do the following move and be without City attack for now.

                              Chilwell > Cancelo

                              Martinez
                              Chilwell Dallas Coufal Balbuena Neco
                              Salah Bruno Son Rashford Riedewald
                              Vardy Bamford Watkins

                              1FT 0ITB

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

                                I would keep chilly..

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

                                chilwell->cancelo could bite, but the team looks good. can't see -4 worth it with your mids

                              3. Werner Bros
                                • 5 Years
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                It could bite but fixtures and form in City's favour!

                                Are you saying you would save and go without City then?

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

                                  nah, you need City. have fun

                              4. UNDERWORLD7
                                • 9 Years
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                You can’t see KDB being worth a hit? If not for him then who ever? He’s defo worth a hit to bring in with two easy fixtures

                                1. Werner Bros
                                  • 5 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Not that he's not worth it. Rather I can't see how to do it with my budget and players. Need suggestions.

                            5. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 13 days ago

                              So is there any chance of an extra Spurs fixture being brought into this DGW?

                              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                Don't think so

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

                                surely not this late ?

                              3. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                                • 2 Years
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                Apparently only if soton lose to Shrewsbury then it may happen

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

                              Will appreciate you help guys- which bunch you prefer as a part of BB team?
                              1) Antonio - Mane - ASR - Dier for -8
                              2) Brewster- Salah - Souchek -Dier for -8
                              3) Brewster - Salah - ASR/Rice - Cancelo/Chilwell for -8
                              4) Antonio - Sterling - Saka - Shaw/4.8def for -4

                              Rest of the team is:
                              Johnstone Martinez
                              Dallas* Stones Coufal Justin XXX
                              Son* KdB Bruno XXX XXX
                              Laca* Bamford* XXX

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

                                who are the players going out? Not in love with Brewster one game as part of BB

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

                                  Players I have now are Brewster, Sterling, Saka and Dier

                            7. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              1 month, 13 days ago

                              Tekkers wastes a Mitchell assist

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

                              Benteke wasting a mitchell assist.

                              1. Auntie Niemi
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  But taking a leno clean sheet and saka point.I'll stick with the 0-0 for now.

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

                                Thank god Benteke's playing

                                1. Forever In Our Shadow
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 7 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Sure is. A decent striker would have buried that.

                              3. Wild Rover
                                • 10 Years
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                Has Laca touched the ball yet?

                                1. Here's Tom with the We…
                                  • 9 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Don’t think so

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

                                Is there any chance Forster plays for Soton on Saturday.

                                Considering BB now that Villa have DGW and James is fit

                                1. UNDERWORLD7
                                  • 9 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Can’t see it, McCarthy now fit and will play

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

                                    this is my assumption too

                                2. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Small chance. McCarthy back training this week

                              5. konrad.sygula95
                                • 3 Years
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                Hi guys
                                would you do Son and DCL to Kdb and Antonio on -4?

                                Martinez
                                Dier/Justin/Cancelo
                                Son/Fernandes/Salah/Grealish
                                Watkins/DCL/Bamford

                                Bench: Forster/KWP/Anguissa/Taylor
                                1ft 2.2 itb

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

                                  looks good. Who are gonna C?

                                2. ivantys
                                    1 month, 13 days ago

                                    Yeah

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

                                  Looking to get in CHE defence, only have the funds for:

                                  A) TSilva (safe bet)
                                  B) RJames (better long term, but risk he doesn’t play both DGW games)

                                  Help 🙁

                                  1. UNDERWORLD7
                                    • 9 Years
                                    1 month, 13 days ago

                                    I’d just avoid, they ain’t keeping cleanies at all

                                  2. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                                    • 2 Years
                                    1 month, 13 days ago

                                    Chilwell the only def from CHE worth considering at the moment. Better options in that price range

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

                                      Need a defender up to 5.7m

                                      Dallas Cancelo Dias Coufal other back line.

                                      Can’t be MCI or WHU.

                                      What other options would you suggest?

                                  3. acidicleo
                                    • 4 Years
                                    1 month, 13 days ago

                                    The only 2 Chelsea players I would consider are James and Chilly..

                                4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                                  • 10 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Arsenal have been shocking

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

                                    never trust arsenal MF/F

                                5. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 10 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Bellerin denies Laca a goal

                                6. Duke Silver ☑
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 6 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Zaha gets wound up over everything. Dude has some issues.

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

                                    Might be the reason he's still in CP

                                7. Wild Rover
                                  • 10 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Bellerend 😡

                                8. Bookkeeper
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Can't see Palace score here, would have been a good game for Tierney.

                                  1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                                    • 10 Years
                                    1 month, 13 days ago

                                    They have looked the most dangerous team?

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

                                      For the last 10 mins, yeah

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

                                      must be watching the game with your Zaha goggles

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

                                  great interception Bellerin you numpty! going straight to lacazette

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

                                  Wilfried "Big Baby" Zaha... Throwing his daily tantrum

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

                                    fairly sick of that every game... ridiculous at this stage

                                11. Brehmeren
                                  • 10 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Not watching the game. Any chance of a massive brawl breaking out resulting in a handful of red cards?

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

                                    Not If they are taking the new-covid measures by the FA seriously