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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. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Ffs Justin is just so good

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Can't believe I sold him weeks ago because Pereira was 'due back.'

    2. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Justin, Ndidi, Castagne. Those three are good at pressing and winning it back.

  2. The Senate
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Vardy best be on fire against Chelsea

    1. claretparrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      He'll be on the treatment table. Infuriating

  3. ivantys
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Is Justin even relevant this GW? Do ppl really start him over DGWers?

      1. BeWater
          1 month, 16 days ago

          He is a DGWer.

        • Herman Toothrot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Deary me

        • swobe
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          V relevant. Could be on for two cleansheets with Chelsea misfiring.

        • Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Got two games

        • Kiwivillan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          He has DGW

        • how now brown cow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Nice work

        • Congressman
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          He has a DGW.

      2. Milkman Bruno
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Perez should have squared!!

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Yes but offside anyway

            1. Milkman Bruno
                1 month, 16 days ago

                True but regardless should have squared.

              • claretparrot
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Haha don't think he actually was, was he!?

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Perez was from the initial pass I think

            2. claretparrot
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              He was onside too

          2. matiakez
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Not great to be on a red arrow before kane and son have even played

          3. CloudSky
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Justin with that 25% ownership. Disgusting.

          4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            vardy injured

          5. STEP rOVERS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Vardy broken

          6. Milkman Bruno
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Vardy subbed off and LIMPING by the looks of it

            • how now brown cow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Vardy limping off

            • Duke Silver ☑
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Just as well he was offside 😆

            • Londongeezaa
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Vardy 2 points from 2 games. What a waste.

            • CloudSky
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Vardy limping.

            • Il Capitano
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Vardy trolling me to death

              • ivantys
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Iheanacho on his 100th sub appearance of his career lol.

                • potatoace
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  And now he's injured.

                • Gudjohnsen
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Vardy limping

                • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  vardy pointing to his leg

                • Steve The Spud
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Epic vardy fail, such a bad and stupid decision

                  1. dogtanion
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    He really should have had a brace..which makes it worse

                • Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Oh ffs.

                • Debauchy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Vardy party over

                • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Ruh-oh Vardy

                • MoSalad
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Shame for Vardy if he’s injured

                • Tsparkes10
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Vardy blank and possibly injury, Johnstone no show and triple Leeds Bb. Welcome to FPL 🙂

                • HD7
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Doesnt Mccarthy have more than two saves?

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    I thought that but think they have been crosses and deflections

                  2. Traction Engine Foot
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    FPL hate giving him saves

                • Free Hat
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Hard watch for Vardy owners.

                  And that looked onside as well.

                  1. claretparrot
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Definitely. Defender's foot playing him on. Vardy's missed one big chance and another goodish chance, but otherwise let down completely by the service

                • Milkman Bruno
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Just heard a stat from the commentator. Vardy had more shots today without scoring than any other game in his career ha.

                  • Gudjohnsen
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Single game week players the real winners tomorrow.

                    Kane and Son hauls coming

                    1. KAMARA-COPY
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      AMEN

                  • KAMARA-COPY
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    vardy done for the double gameweek

                  • Weasel Boy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    14 -4 from 5.
                    Horrible start to DGW.