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

    McCarthy, Forster
    Robbo, Jmes, Coufal, Justin, Ayling
    Salah, Grealish, Bruno, Soucek, Son
    Bamford, Rodrigo, DCL

    Worth a -8, and use BB ?

    Son to KDB
    DCL to Antonio
    McCarthy to Martinez

    Cheers.

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Just the last 2

    2. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      I'd say yes, go for it.

  2. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Cant believe we have had articles devoted to bigging Aubameyang on here.

    Worst punt of the season if anyone went through with it even if he scores. Hes been shocking all season

    1. Lukakuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      "Even if he scores" Nice insurance there 😉

    2. Neevesy
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      He really has. Shadow of himself from last year.

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

        That hefty pay rise weighing him down

    3. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Laca another trap

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

      Hater!

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

      McGoldrick says hello

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Mcgoldrick costs less than half the price tho

    6. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      You speak as A Professional in your first year on here?

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Reply fail to Fudgy below

      2. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        U can do well in fpl without being on ffs

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Absolutely, but was meant to Fudgy below

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

    A Mitchell clean sheet would sum up this week for the casuals.

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      AWB clean sheet was the win for casuals.

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

        Every casual has Mitchell off the bench

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

          14 seasons of me being a casual then fudge.

        2. Dont give a fuchs
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          A worse casual has him last on bench

      2. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Lol

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

      Pros you mean

  4. Neevesy
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    50/50 on TC Salah.

    Yes or No?

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      N for me, but don't blame me if he scores 5

    2. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      No imo

    3. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      No i think salah just c is enough cuz many are going kdb

    4. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      No for me, he only has one good fixture this week. Plenty of other DGW's to come due to fixture pile-ups.

  5. FFFoxy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Do we have any news on villa players with Covid and who is/isn’t available?

    1. COVID-CASUAL
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Trezeguet only confirmed that I've seen

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

      Would you rather have salah or KDB for this week and beyond?

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Salah easily. Will end up being top fpl scorer

    3. bring back diop
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Martinez - (4)
      Dias - Rob - James - (KWP) - (Balbuena)
      Salah - Fernandes - Son - Grealish - Soucek
      Bamford - Watkins - (Brewster)

      1 FT
      3.7 itb

      A) Grealish + Balbuena --> KDB + Mitchell
      B) Son + Balbuena --> KDB + Stones
      C) Don't get KDB

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        B looks good imo

    4. chonks
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      would you consider

      son and lewis to kdb and stone for a -8

      alternatively I would be playing son and either konsa or justin

      i was all set until the leeds postponement - crazy fpl year indeed

      1. That Was Easy!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I am in the same boat, not sure what to do with Son. Thinking you want to get KDB in there, that -8 does seem worth it.

        1. chonks
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          thanks

          whatever i do it will be the wrong play

          story of this season

    5. That Was Easy!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      BB'ing this week...any reason to transfer Holding + Son to 2 DGWers, -8? Effectively -4?

      Could just go Son > Grealish or Pulisic (-4) as well, or Holding > 5.1 (-4)

      1. Third Eye Vision
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Keep Son.

        1. That Was Easy!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          How about Holding > Justin, Dawson, etc.? (-4)?

          1. Third Eye Vision
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Probably not.

    6. Henning
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Son and Taa to KDB and Dias for -4
      If i do i will have 10 dgw players.

    7. bradplum
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Very happy with my team for this week. Took a hit to get in Salah in lieu of son and Wilson but first XI is very strong

      Martínez
      Robbo AWB Stones Diaz
      Salah KDB Bruno Grealish Soucek
      Kane

      Areola Mitchell Brewster 4.3

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Looks good

    8. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Not sure now,

      Bench Boost this??

      Martinez Bamford Lacazette Smith-Rowe

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        After watching 45mins of arsenal I’d say no

      2. That Was Easy!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Why not, get it over with at this point, especially with 4 good SGW fixtures, and I assume no WC?

      3. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Used ur transfers?

        Laca out for a dgw steiler and good to go

    9. popey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Would you BB this for a -4

      Forster (almost certain not to play)
      Bamford (BHA)
      Grealish (mci NEW)
      James (ful lei)

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Get another keeper and yes

        1. popey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          thats where it gets tricky - would only have 4.4 to spend

    10. Slitherene
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Which move to take a hit for?

      A) Kane, Saka -> Salah, Brewster (Bench)
      B) Kane, Taylor -> Vardy, Cancelo/Chilwell
      C) Kane, Rashford -> Vardy, Sterling

    11. Dont give a fuchs
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Kdb, stones and brewster in for raphinha robot and Adams for -12?

      1. Fantasy Gold
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Robot?

        1. That Was Easy!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Triggerlips robot does quite well.

        2. Dont give a fuchs
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Robbo. Auto correct

        3. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Think I’d have robot over Brewster

          1. popey
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            I'd have a toaster over Brewster right now

            1. Pat Bonner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Lol

        4. Amey
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Ask after the games 🙂

    12. Right In The Stanchion
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Anyone else think KDB looked absolutely knackered last game? Not sure he starts both.

      1. jim0wheel
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        City can’t afford to drop points now

        1. That Was Easy!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          They can win games without KDB starting.

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

      8 point hit for 5 extra games.... worth it ?

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

        Pls explain

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

          If I sell

          Son Steer Balbuena

          for

          Grealish Fabianski Dias

          for -8 is it worh it?

          it gets me 5 extra matches ... (allowing for nothing unfortunate happening)

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

            8 point hit + 1 FT

            I guess you're BBing then too?

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

              yepthats the plan but want Grealish and dias long term so I think its decent

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Considering the same:

        DCL to Antonio
        Mitchell to Coufal
        Steer to Areola

        For a -8 and BB

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

        Maths alone sees you at least 2 points up, in theory...

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

          thats what im thinking and iv got dias and Grealish into my squad for their nice fixtures...

          question is do I go Dias or Cancelo ?

    14. FPL Doctor
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Is a -8 too much in order to get 13 DGW players + Bamford and Dallas?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        yes

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

        Quantify hits with players incoming. Anything can payoff

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

        see above

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

        -8 can't get you 13DGW players. It gets you the difference between what you have and what you will have. If it gets you an extra 2 fixtures, then it still depends on which players you're getting, which your selling, as well as how your team looks for the future. An even then, if you're doing it becuase you want to BB, then the value is probably less, because you might be able to fit a BB in another time with a lower cost and higher reward. In other words, it's impossible to answer a vague question like this 😉

        1. FPL Doctor
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          More detail then....

          Son + Adams + Steer to Foden + Antonio + DGWKeeper

          Will give me:

          Martinez DGWKeeper
          James Dallas Dias Coufal Justin
          Salah KDB Foden Soucek Bruno
          Antonio Bamford Wood

    15. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Palace cleanie away from going through in the cup from an impossible position

      8 players with a -4 vs a FH team

    16. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      No KDB, thoughts on these moves, then play BB

      Son, Watkins, Robbo > Foden, Vardy, Cancelo/Diaz

      Good or Bad?

      Johnson,
      Zouma, Robbo, Stones,
      Bruno, Son, Grealish, Salah
      Kane, Bamford, Watkins

      Martinez, Soucek, Coufal, Dallas

      1. AzzaroMax99
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Feels ok. For a hit or two?
        And why would you go without KDB?

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Been switching between Salah & KDB, two hits but double games

          1. AzzaroMax99
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Ok. I have similar dilemma: Son+Bamford to KDB(C)&Antonio but for a -8.
            My FT used to get Soucek. Peeps around here tell me that it is too much, just Son to KDB and cap him. Will see what to do.

    17. Pommie22
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Guys helping hand required please one from each:
        Anguissa (MANU,CHE)
        Raphinha (BHA)
        and
        Antonio (BUR,WBA)
        Bamford(BHA)
        Many thanks

      • Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Which do you prefer for 19:

        A son and Antonio
        B raphinha and Vardy

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Vardy has destroyed me this year hence looking to bring him in?

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Yes either Adams and son to Vardy and soucek or Adams and raphinha to Antonio and soucek

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

          A

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Thanks

        3. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          A

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Thanks

        4. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          A

      • Malkmus
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Gtg? 0ft, did dcl to Antonio. 2.5 itb.

        McCarthy
        Zouma- coufal- Justin
        Salah (TC) - Bruno- Son - Grealish
        Kane - Antonio- Bamford

        Subs - Dallas, strujik, Anguisa

        Ta

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Fancy a -4 for a dgw keeper?

          1. Malkmus
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            McCarthy defo out?

      • COVID-CASUAL
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Would love a 0-0 finish here. Love it.

        • T88MYE
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Is Fabianski a DGW option?

        • royals forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Pick 2 DGW19 strikers out of

          Wood
          Wilson
          Watkins

          Other striker is Firmino

          Any ideas would be welcomed

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

            Antonio?

          2. That Was Easy!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Wilson and Watkins of those.

        • beetlejuice
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Would you sell?
          A) Saka
          B) Raphina (Have Bamford too)

          Which one would you get long term?
          1) Mane (no Salah)
          2) Grealish
          3) El Ghazi
          4) Rashford (Have Fernandes)

        • Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Grealish or El Ghazi? And why?

          1. That Was Easy!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            I am going El Ghazi. Grealish chance creation is huge, but love El Ghazi's stats and watching him, he looks brimming with confidence. Also saves a lot of money.

            However if Barkley is back, Grealish may be freed up to shoot more?

          2. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Was it you earlier today bigging up el ghazi?

            Price wise and set pieces = good gamble for dgw

            If I had the $$$ I'd go grealish over him

        • Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          These changes for bench boost?

          Giroud, Brewster and Son -> Vardy, Antonio and Smith Rowe

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

          Laca nearly....touched the ball