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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. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Completely wasted my free hit and my rival hasn't used his.

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Fudgy my good man... may I ask you an honest question?

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        15

        1. Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I’m sure he’s 13.

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Typo

          2. Firminoooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            95.

        2. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Too high.

        3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          No more than 12

      2. Captain Vantastic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Virgin.

    2. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      What did you expect?

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        No reply at all 🙂

    3. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Not completely, you got 2 pts more than I without it. It could have been negative result (my brother missed deadline).

  2. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Oh god, dawning on me I’m stuck with triple arsenal after my workout, could be better just to delete my team

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Wildcard, not workout, workout enough watching this

  3. Forever In Our Shadow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Jeeeezzz. Arsenal are shyt

    1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      What's new

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      You sound surprised

  4. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    GJ Leno lad

    1. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Gooch job?

  5. UNDERWORLD7
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    How do these moves sound then gents?

    Doing excellently recently so wanna keep it going! 🙂

    Martinez
    Robertson - Dallas - Dias
    Raphinha - Salah - KDB - Bruno - Son
    Bamford - Wilson
    _______________________________
    Forster: Holding: Lindelof: Brewster

    1FT, 0.1 ITB

    How does this sound for a -4?

    Lindelof + Raphinha > Coufal/Stones + Soucek

    Just can’t decide between Coufal and Stones. Feedback a

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Feedback appreciated*

    2. SilentLemonMan
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Looks like good moves. I like the City double def for the long term

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Cheers bud, yeah I do like the thought of double city defence, and people seem to think Stones will play both games also 🙂

    3. SilentLemonMan
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Watching this is making me want to do Saka > Soucek and Holding > Coufal for a hit

        1. Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I’d happily -8 to get rid.

        2. Chrisitis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Are they really that bad?

          1. SilentLemonMan
              1 month, 14 days ago

              I was on the fence but this is convincing me to make moves

            • Baps hunter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Quite close 😉

            • Neevesy
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Not really. Saka has had a few crosses and is on set pieces. For his price he's a ddcent option.

              Holding currently on a CS after 45 minutes.

              It's standard BS comments on here, that's all it is.

              1. Chrisitis
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Thanks

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

          Arsenal making benteke look good.

        4. WE GO FOR IT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Mitchell almost A

        5. The Frenchie
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Aston villa will face Manchester City and Newcastle in this DGW19 but what was initially planned?

          It was already a DGW with City and Everton?

          1. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Yep

            1. The Frenchie
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              So Newcastle « earn » a DGW?

              1. diesel001
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Yep.

                Leeds, Southampton, Everton lose a game.

                Newcastle gain a game.

                1. The Frenchie
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Thanks bro. So many change so it’s sometimes difficult to follow. It’s clear now ;-).

              2. Brehmeren
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Correct

        6. Reeker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Martinez
          Dias - James - Robertson - Coufal
          Soucek - Son - Grealish - Salah - Fernandes
          Bamford
          (Peacock-Farrell) (DCL - Dallas - Brewster)

          1 FT - 2.3 million ITB

          What should I prioritise?

          I can do
          1. Brewster to Antonio
          2. Try and get in KDB (0.1 away from Son to KDB)
          3. Try to get in a City defender (James to Cancelo or Stones?)

          Don't like the idea of losing Salah or Fernandes for De Bruyne

        7. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Auba off and Tierney on is what is required. Auba a passenger. Shame Tierney is not available.

          1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Tierney is not even on the bench

            1. _Ninja_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              "Shame Tierney is not available." is the hint here.

        8. Mikha In A Tutu
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Bamford to Antonio
          Klich to Lookman
          Son to KDB
          Worth a -8?

          1. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            No

          2. acidicleo
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            No

          3. Neevesy
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Yes

        9. Pad Randa (The OG)
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Opta must have a direct vs. short corner conversion rate. I'm betting good money the latter is higher. But why is the former so, so, so very popular?

        10. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          SO unfair if Sharteta gets rewarded with a win here

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            String a few lucky wins together and people ignore how bad you actually still are. Ask Ole.

          2. Do I Not Like Orange
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Same with Holding/Bellerin cheapskates being rewarded over those of us who stumped for their best defender.

        11. cnewman7
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 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)

          Thought?

          1. SilentLemonMan
              1 month, 14 days ago

              C - get rid of Wood

          2. ABCDEFC
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            LEE vs SOU being postponed has ruined my BB, but still looking at using it.
            Used FH in GW18.

            McCarthy (Johnstone)
            Justin - Robbo - Coufal (Balbuena - Dallas)
            Bruno - Salah - Son - Raphinha (Soucek)
            Kane - Bamford - Adams

            Is it crazy to do this for -16 and BB?
            McCarthy, Balbuena, Son, Kane, Adams to Martinez, Stones, KDB, Antonio, Watkins

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Hmm but too much that for my liking, could work, but I’d side with no

            2. Revival
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              DGW madness

            3. Pat Bonner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              How many points do expect from bench boost?

              1. Here's Tom with the We…
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Son and Kane out as part of a -16? Wow!

            4. djman102
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              If you're a gambler by nature. You're buying extra tickets to the lottery basically. I personally don't think in general the new players will outscore the old by more than 16 points.

            5. kennethrhcp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Too many hits

            6. Scots Gooner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Yes, thats crazy

            7. ABCDEFC
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              The only thinking I have behind this is that getting 5 DGW players is an extra 2 points each, so it comes down to a -6, with 5 players having an extra game.

          3. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Got 0-1 Zaha (89 mins) written all over this!

            1. Here's Tom with the We…
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Not sure Arsenal will keep it down to 1.

          4. DARE TO BISCAN
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Am I going too far (-12)?
            DCL, Raphinha, Dallas, Kane > Antonio, Foden, Diaz/Cancelo, Vardy
            Was all set up for a tasty benchboost DGW

          5. MMN
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            1 FT 1.2m ITB. Any suggestions? Would you take a hit or two and BB?

            Potentially Zaha & Kane > Bruno & Watkins/Antonio or Zaha & Son to Soucek & Bruno ...

            McCarthy
            Zouma*, Cancelo*, Stones*, Robbo*
            KDB*, Son, El Ghazi*
            Kane, Wilson*, Bamford

            Forster, Holding, ESR, Zaha

          6. Adetro
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Is anyone playing their Triple Cap this weekend, or is it too much of a risk, all things considered?

            1. Doggy daddy
                1 month, 14 days ago

                I might.
                Playing chips is highlight of my year

              • Pat Bonner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Considering kdb but can see a fixture pile up later in season so will probably hold it

              • james 101
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Maybe on Salah

              • Baps hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Don't trust anyone atm. KdB and Salah have form issues, Bruno has 4 yellows and TC Rashford vs Liv doesn't sound sound.

            2. acidicleo
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              How did arsenal manage to con lot of seasoned fpl players??

              1. Nightcrawler
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Cant believe someone was advocating aubameyang

                Anyone who has watched him this season wouldnt even think about it

              2. S.Kuqi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Was about to ask the same. Got two of them. Happy to keep Holding but Lacazette...

            3. Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 14 days ago

              The arsenal attack is just atrocious

              Just bang average players. No amount of tactics can make them score regularly

              Anyone who sratrted their mids or fwds Free hit or Not is getting deservedly punished

            4. OneDennisBergkamp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              KDB or Kane for rest of season?

              1. Duke Silver ☑
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                KdB

              2. yanky
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                silly if you commit to just one but KDB i guess

                1. OneDennisBergkamp
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  general question to see whos preferred, am not saying its what im doing for the rest of the season..

              3. Park the bus
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Mate there’s 20 game weeks left chill

                1. OneDennisBergkamp
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  general question to see whos preferred, am not saying its what im doing for the rest of the season..

            5. yanky
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              not going to BB, but are any of these transfers worth -4 pt hit? I'm bloody 0.1m short of Son > KDB!!

              a) Son Raphinha > KDB Saka (could bench Saka and play James instead)
              b) Son Dias/Cancelo > KDB Stones
              c) Son TAA > KDB Chilwell
              d) Son James > KDB Justin
              e) Son Fabianski > KDB Areola

              1. kennethrhcp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Just raph to foden/mahrez and pray kdb doesnt do wreck?

                1. yanky
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  no kdb is bold but i did think about son > sterling for free LOL too crazy??

              2. SilentLemonMan
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  I like D

              3. Chrisitis
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                How bad is WBA?
                Arsenal had 21 goal attempts and 12 SOT.

              4. Pringle
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                McCarthy and Martinez as a rotation pair? Or are you all dumping McCarthy and thinking Martinez as the only playing gk?

                1. Park the bus
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  I would only have 1 of those 2.

              5. Kiwivillan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Want to play BB so looking at McCarthy you GK with DGW. Fabianski should be back?

              6. Az
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                FPL BlackBox is live in 10 mins

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxzR4cxKst0

                1. Salarrivederci
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Nice! 🙂

                2. yanky
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  sterling staying in the garbage? nows the time to back him over kdb az, itll backfire if you dont double down!!

              7. Park the bus
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Anyone able to explain how Mitchell is only on 7 bps after that first half despite creating a big chance and another chance ?

                1. _Ninja_
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Big chance created os 3, key pass is 1.

                  He'll score anyway.

                2. FPL_Motty
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Yeah seems weird. Arsenal players all getting more baps, I guess because of passing for passing sake? Not actually doing anything with it. Baps system never makes sense

                3. Sun Jihai
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Wow and Bellerin bossing the bps when no-one has him, classic

              8. acidicleo
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Guys.
                A) cancelo /dias - minus 4
                B) stones - no hit

                1. kennethrhcp
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  B