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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. Right In The Stanchion
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Arsenals final touch is so fecking bad.

  2. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    0-0 nailed on.

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      How Now ?

    2. Doctor Evil
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Hope so Leno & Mitchell here

  3. Lallana
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    How would you get De Bruyne in this team? I only have 6 DGW players.

    Mendy
    Dallas Coufal Holding
    Son Soucek Fernandes Salah
    Vardy Bamford Kane

    Bench: Taylor, Lewis, Stephens

    1. Sco
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Son and Vardy > KDB and Antonio?

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        That would hurt losing Vardy

      2. Lallana
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Really like Vardy for the double.

        I'm tempted by Kane>Antonio and Son>KDB.

        Also simply Salah>KDB.

      3. Doctor Evil
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        This

    2. ivantys
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Have to be Kane and Son unfortunately. I'll just skip him if you want Son and Kane back.

      • Boxwoods
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Think you'd have to lose either Kane or Bruno.

        Which you probably don't really want to do.

      • Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Only easy way is lose both Kane and Son which I wouldn’t advise!

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

      ESR, looking better than Saka!

    4. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Bellerin how about you grow up you clown

      1. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Pot, kettle, black

      2. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Looking in the mirror ?

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

      i expect no goals in games like this anymore, its so drab recently with all these spread out snooze fest fixtures

    6. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 3 days ago

      I'm not sure how many games I actually enjoy when watching. It's like I'm watching them for the sake of it.

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

        You are

      2. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 3 days ago

        The change in tactics and increased miles due to the schedule seems to have caused this.

      3. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        That's why they came up with fpl

    7. BinManJack
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      what do people think about this, am i mad?

      DCL | Son | Adams > Sterling | Antonio | Watkins (-8)
      Then play BB on this:
      Martinez
      Coufal Robbo Dias Cancelo
      Salah Sterling(c) Fernandes Grealish
      Antonio Watkins
      Bench: Meslier | Justin | Soucek | Brewster

      1. acidicleo
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Sterling really??

      2. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        I wouldn’t bring in Sterling as part of a -8. Hasn’t done much to justify that

      3. Sharkytect
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Just do DCL>Antonio

        1. BinManJack
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          was thinking this but worried about my lack of City attacking assets consindering their double. KDB likely to get reduced minutes

          1. Sharkytect
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            KDB likely to get what? How often does he get rotated?

    8. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Trying to avoid taking hits to ditch premium players just because of a DGW. Are either of these options any good?!

      A) Raphinha, KWP, Adams > Foden, Stones, Brewster/ Davis (-8) - Play 4-5-1:

      Martinez (x2)
      Robbo (x2), Dias (x2), Stones (x2), Coufal (x2)
      Salah (x2), Bruno (x2), Son, Soucek (x2), Foden (x2)
      Kane
      (Forster) (Bamford, Dallas, Brewster)

      B) Same as above but with an additional -4 (total -12) to do Forster > Johnstone/ Areola and play BB

      The way I see it, Foden + Stones should be able to outscore Raph, KWP + Adams by over 8pts over two matches.
      The temptation with B) is that for the sake of another 4pts I am unlocking a minimum of 10 points from my bench.....

      Keen to hear your thoughts!
      Cheers

    9. Rushford
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Which is better?

      A) TAA + El Ghazi
      B) Cancelo + Grealish (-4)

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        B

      2. acidicleo
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        A

    10. Atimis
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Son to KDB gives me the team below.

      Thoughts ?

      Martinez
      Justin/Cancelo/Robo/Coufal
      Soucek/Bruno/KDB(c)/Salah
      Vardy/Bamford

      Martin/Dallas/Adams/Stephens

      1. acidicleo
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Go for it...

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

      Tomkins off the bar

    12. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Tierney owners were about to celebrate

    13. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      oooo Tompkins bar

    14. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      What minute does xhaka get booked for fouling zaha?

    15. KUN+10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      How is she looking fellas? Managed to get 8 DoubleGwkrs with a -4. Wouldn’t mind taking another hit if necessary. Thanks!

      Martinez
      Cancelo Diaz Holding Dier
      Son Bruno KDB Salah
      Antonio Wilson

      Steer Bamford SmithR Mitchell

    16. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Saka will be off soon. He’s being manhandled out of the game

      Time for the experience of Pepe or Willian

      1. Captain Vantastic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        You love to stir sh*t on here don't you

    17. liiusions
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Everton to be the only team to score more than 1 goal this GW? 😆 what a week

    18. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Literally end this game now, garanteed 0-0 with Tierney missing out and everyone getting Mitchell off the bench!!!!

    19. Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Wasted FH on Arsenal. Been sh*t all season

    20. Henning
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      What to do with this team?
      1. Dias and Gundogan in for Bednarek son/Barnes
      2. Taa and Son out for Dias and Kdb?

      1ft and 1.7 m in the bank
      Martinez Steer
      Taa Justin Bednarek Coufal Dallas
      Son Barnes Salah Fernandes Soucek
      Bammford Vardy Adams

    21. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Double Arsenal defence? I must be mad

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

      https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/team-news/

      would everyone agree with this leeds lineup from the scout?

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

        thoughts appreciated

    23. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Suddenly I'm stuck with triple Arsenal

    24. fedolefan
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Do we think Cavani is nailed on for both in the double? Just have the exact cash for a 7.8m forward.

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

        you couldnt say nailed on... he should start is the opinion of most utd fans...

    25. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Another Mitchell assist denied

    26. FPL Doctor
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Any suggestions? 1FT 0.2 ITB
      Players with * have DGW.

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

      Steer R James* Dallas Adams

      A) Adams to Antonio ( ? To bench)
      B) Son + Adams + Steer —> Foden + Antonio / Cavani + GK with DGW (-8)

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

      Mitchell assist denied again..

    28. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Is Vardy actually dropping tonighy or are the price changes still screwed up from free hitters?

    29. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Mitchell owners in tears