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McCarthy returns as Walcott starts up-front for Southampton

Alex McCarthy (£4.7m) returns to the Southampton side following his period of self-isolation.

Despite just one Double Gameweek 19 fixture, the goalkeeper is still owned by 19.5% of Fantasy managers who have only seen him miss one Premier League match this season – the Gameweek 17 win over Liverpool.

McCarthy faces a Leicester side that rested Jamie Vardy (£10.2m) and James Maddison (£7.1m) in the FA Cup although the entire Saints squad were not involved in the third round due to Shrewsbury’s recent coronavirus outbreak.

Danny Ings (£8.3m) is missing due to his own period of self-isolation which means Theo Walcott (£5.8m) moves forward to start as a striker alongside the returning Che Adams (£6.0m).

With a number of long-term absentees on the flanks, Will Smallbone (£4.4m) comes in to provide width with Stuart Armstrong (£5.5m) while Ibrahima Diallo (£4.5m) is in for Oriol Romeu (£4.5m).

Leicester keep faith with Timothy Castagne (£5.7m) and James Justin (£5.0m) in the full-back positions although Ricardo Pereira (£5.9m) is back on the bench after a considerable length of absence.

Çaglar Söyüncü (£5.3m) is also among the substitutes as he continues ramping up to full match fitness, which means another start at centre-back for Jonny Evans (£5.5m) and Wesley Fofana (£5.0m).

Leicester City XI (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Castagne, Fofana, Evans, Justin; Ndidi, Tielemans; H Barnes, Maddison, Albrighton; Vardy.

Southampton XI (4-4-2): A McCarthy; Bertrand, J Stephens, Bednarek, Walker-Peters; Smallbone, I Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong; Walcott, Adams.

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1,331 Comments Post a Comment
  1. EmreCan Hustle
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    What has happened to Timo Werner? Sad to see.

    1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      When was he any other way?

      1. Ron_Swanson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Last season

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      This is the level he was generally operating at before last season tbf

      And even last season, he got 6G & 3A in 2 games vs Mainz to pad out his numbers

    3. Party time
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Gone too soon 🙁

    4. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Lampard has worked his magic.

  2. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    There's a party tonight

    1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Chilwell assist given then?

  3. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Not bad for non-owners in that Che game.

    1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Double defence on FH, BOOM

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yep. Mount 3, Rudiger 2, TSilva 1 for bonus - all very low ownership.

      1. Futile Tinkering
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I'm glad he returned after he had hit the crossbar earlier. I was very annoyed.

    3. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Sold Mount to fund KdB, bah

  4. Alisson WondHaaland
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    No Chilwell assist?

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I'm sure it'll be added very soon mate 😉

      1. smix
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Still hoping

    2. Right In The Stanchion
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Your username is bordering on very obvious racism. Change it.

    3. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Couldn’t even force 1 more save from areola in 40 minutes of play god I hate Chelsea

    4. mojoindojo
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Vardy Party!

    5. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Vardy will absolutely party

    6. matiakez
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Anyone other Barnes owners?

      1. Coys96
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I wish

        1. smix
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Yes

    7. Right In The Stanchion
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Can I have a kiss from you all? I own Mount and none of you do.

        Unlucky or just sheer quality from me?

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Mask on or off?

      • Only a Hazard of time
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        No Johnstone, no Zouma, no Romeu on my bench boost. Can't buy a bit of luck this season!

        1. Coys96
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Triple Leeds, Johnstone, Reece, Werner all on mine!

      • Coys96
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        23 from 9 *sigh*

        Werner misses sitter to top it all off

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Hopefully Rash hatties for you

      • Right In The Stanchion
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Timo Werner isn’t fit to shine the boots of Uwe Rosler.

          1. badgerboy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Few are.

        • lordkippe
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Is Areola points good for me Even though I didnt captain?

          1. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 12 days ago

            The alternative @ 4.5 was Johnstone or Meslier so just be happy with anything you get

        • Alisson WondHaaland
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Mccarthy shut them out!!

          1. Traction Engine Foot
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            And save a pen

        • Patio Kev
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Southampton 0 Leicester 9 would be wonderful tonight please, it’s about time it happened once again.

          1. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            With 8 goals from Vardy

            1. Patio Kev
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              All 9 would be better, a unique hatrick of hatricks.

        • smix
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Barnes 2G, 1A please

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            That was a beautiful day.

          2. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Lovely memories

        • Athletico Underachieving
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Areola in for BB, opted for Maddison over Mount. Absolutely vintage outcome.

            1. Kellz86
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              I actually had Mount on WC wk 17, then City got their fixtures rearranged and I dropped him to fund KdB

          • Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 12 days ago

            So sick of jammy bednarek owners 3-0 vardy hatrick please

            1. Patio Kev
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              3 x Vardy Hatricks would be nicer. There are goals in this game.

              1. MoSalad
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                More likely to be a 0-0

          • Maddamotha
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Shouldnt Chilwell get an assist for that? Seen multiple situations like that and assist is given in FPL

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Clear as day it wasn't an assist

              1. Maddamotha
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Like when VVD headed the ball in the post, then Pickford, then out in the box, then assist given? Many FPL assists are not real assists

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Not even close to this one.

                  1. Maddamotha
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    True. VVD’s was way worse. Neither was an assist tbh, but if the rules are not consistent its not good.

              2. smix
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Hoping for it. Grey area if it was a cross or shot

                1. Maddamotha
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  If not given now probably wont be. A shot and a rebound is an assist, but an actual try of an assist is rebounded by keeper is not....

            2. BDA Shadow
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              If it was on target or if the "deflection" from the keeper didn't significantly change the path of the ball.

          • F4L
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            I wish Azpi well for his long recovery ahead from his broken leg.

            1. BDA Shadow
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              What are you on about, that was such an aggressive tackle.

          • Lindelol
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            So only a CS for Chilly 🙁
            Not even a bap?

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              You can check on https://fantasy.premierleague.com

              1. Ze_Austin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Stunned

              2. STEP rOVERS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Game Changer

          • Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Need Vardy to go absolutely crazy and get a couple of goals at least to vindicate the start to my BB!

          • Bram
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Vardy EO 34% - expected higher - C'MON JAMIE LAD!!!

            1. F4L
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Brace incoming

          • Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Trossard post
            Werner miss
            Antonio G
            Chelsea + West Ham CS
            Wolves and West Brom terrible defending

            A predictable day so far, except Leeds

          • rokonto
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Any chance leeds v Southampton this gameweek?

            1. MoSalad
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Would save the BB, don’t see it happening though.

          • james 101
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Score predictions?

            1. F_Ivanovic
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              2-1 Leicester... Vardy goal and assist.

            2. Scots Gooner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Probably 1 - 1

              Redmond and Evans

              Whatever helps the least managers as possible is most likely. Its the way this season has gone.

          • MoSalad
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            1-1 Ndidi & Diallo to score no assists, perfect Saturday night.

          • F_Ivanovic
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Mount was very likely going to be in my FH team (needed an asset around that price) but don't regret not using the FH (yet) - would also have had soucek who blanked - still all depends on how Salah does tomorrow as he's the one I've had to go without.

          • Scots Gooner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            As someone who captained Vardy vs Fulham GW10, I thinks it's fair to say I'm owed a hattrick tonight.

            1. F_Ivanovic
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              nobody is owed anything but i hope you get it as an owner as well for the 1st time this season

            2. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Agreed

          • Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 12 days ago

            I for one am SHOCKED that Werner missed a 1 on 1, likes he's been doing for the past... 6 months

            1. BDA Shadow
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              I was trying to hold back complaining about the lack of service from his good runs, Kova messed up a simple through ball and he had another open run right after that. Before I could compose myself he finally got the perfect ball, I jumped off the couch in excitement, and he bloody missed by a mile.

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 12 days ago

                He's fast tracking his way to Sterling on the list of biggest FPL trolls for me

                1. badgerboy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Trolls need to do something once in a while to sucker people in.

                2. BDA Shadow
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  I was so close to taking Kane out for a hit for him. Thank god a didn't. Speaking of Sterling, he was the mid I brought in for free instead of Salah+hit so hopefully he doesn't troll me.