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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
    2 months, 26 days ago

    What has happened to Timo Werner? Sad to see.

    1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      When was he any other way?

      1. Ron_Swanson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Last season

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 26 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
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Gone too soon 🙁

    4. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Lampard has worked his magic.

  2. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    There's a party tonight

    1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Chilwell assist given then?

  3. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Not bad for non-owners in that Che game.

    1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Double defence on FH, BOOM

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

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

      1. Futile Tinkering
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

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

    3. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Sold Mount to fund KdB, bah

  4. Alisson WondHaaland
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    No Chilwell assist?

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

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

      1. smix
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Still hoping

    2. Right In The Stanchion
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 26 days ago

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

  5. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 26 days ago

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

  6. mojoindojo
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Vardy Party!

  7. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Vardy will absolutely party

  8. matiakez
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Anyone other Barnes owners?

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      I wish

      1. smix
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Yes

  9. Right In The Stanchion
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 26 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
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Mask on or off?

  10. Only a Hazard of time
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

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

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

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

  11. Coys96
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    23 from 9 *sigh*

    Werner misses sitter to top it all off

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Hopefully Rash hatties for you

  12. Right In The Stanchion
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 26 days ago

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

    1. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Few are.

  13. lordkippe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

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

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 26 days ago

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

  14. Alisson WondHaaland
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Mccarthy shut them out!!

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      And save a pen

  15. Patio Kev
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

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

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      With 8 goals from Vardy

      1. Patio Kev
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

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

  16. smix
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Barnes 2G, 1A please

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      That was a beautiful day.

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Lovely memories

  17. Athletico Underachieving
      2 months, 26 days ago

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

      1. Kellz86
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 26 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
      2 months, 26 days ago

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

      1. Patio Kev
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

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

        1. MoSalad
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          More likely to be a 0-0

    • Maddamotha
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 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
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Clear as day it wasn't an assist

        1. Maddamotha
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 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
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Not even close to this one.

            1. Maddamotha
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 26 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
          2 months, 26 days ago

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

          1. Maddamotha
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 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
        2 months, 26 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
      2 months, 26 days ago

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

      1. BDA Shadow
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

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

    • Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

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

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

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

        1. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Stunned

        2. STEP rOVERS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Game Changer

    • Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 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
      2 months, 26 days ago

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

      1. F4L
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Brace incoming

    • Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 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
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Any chance leeds v Southampton this gameweek?

      1. MoSalad
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

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

    • james 101
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Score predictions?

      1. F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

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

      2. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 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
      2 months, 26 days ago

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

    • F_Ivanovic
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 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
      2 months, 26 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
        2 months, 26 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
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Agreed

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 26 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
        2 months, 26 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
          2 months, 26 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
            2 months, 26 days ago

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

          2. BDA Shadow
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 26 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.