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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. BeWater
      2 months, 26 days ago

      I've owned Vardy only the last 3 games this season. 1, 5, 2, injured. To think he's the reason I don't own KDB.

    • Differentiator
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Need last minute heartbreaker for Justin owners

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

        no pls.

      2. Londongeezaa
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        You got it

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

        That already happened last week. Lightning does not hit twice ! 😉

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

      Vardy is hurt - he tried.

      He needs a game’s rest

      Well deserved

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

        Hurt ? My mate has triple captained him and is second in our mini league, I'm 3th 🙂

    • The Invincibles
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Justin up to 3 baps!

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Absolute joke

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

          Why?

    • fcsaltyballs
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Vardy should retire, doesn’t have the fitness anymore

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

      Kane > Vardy transfers be like:

      https://youtu.be/BUbjmLrp9dc

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

        Thats me...

    • The Tinkerman
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      C Vardy looking great...

    • Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Glad I did -4 to get Vardy. At least consistent in failures.

    • Pumpy Pro
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Bye bye Vardy. Come again soon..

      Now Justin.....concede dammit

    • Cometh The Aouar...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Was Maddy being taken off precautionary/tactical?

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

      damn , hold

    • Milkman Bruno
        2 months, 26 days ago

        The only player I didn’t want to do well was Justin

        1. Pumpy Pro
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          This. Always come from nowhere late to steal baps.

        2. BeWater
            2 months, 26 days ago

            His points are a killer.

          • UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Such an annoying player

        3. Jordan.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          utter shite from vardy ,cannot believe that tonight

        4. Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Vardy party busted. Will be in court along with his Missus next week

        5. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          We want the old PL back. Why every match has 1 goal ffs!

          1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            66 reasons

        6. Cometh The Aouar...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          We all know what happened the last time Justin was in possession of juicy points don’t we? Hold on this time please Justin!!

        7. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Justin owners behind the sofa. Clinging on to the CS

          1. Cheltnamshire LaLaLa
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            This is me right now

          2. Kiwivillan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            True facts

        8. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Have never wanted a team more to concede than Leicester, just effin score SOT!

        9. djman102
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Vardy should have had a brace. Now he may need one!

        10. WenzelK
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Vardy, Ziyech, Bamford, Raphina and Soucek... 2 points each.. What a pathetic start to this DGW. Gutted.

        11. londontom
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          I have Vardy and Justin, very very very frustrated. Since when doesn't Vardy score those chances? Would've been a 12 point goal.

        12. denial
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          What a disaster so far. Really should have done simple kane to Antonio, Son to KDB. Can never get a tune out of Vardy

        13. ZeBestee
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Vardy looks knackered. Cant see another start for the double.

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

          This GW just goes from dire to worse!

        15. Milkman Bruno
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Barnes goal Tielmans assist

          • ZAMUNDA
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            That Vardy G - Justin A chance earlier would have meant 11 more points at least

          • diesel001
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Barnes G
            Tielemans A

          • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Is Vardy injured or not ?

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

              Little niggle. Looked tired af

          • Wild Rover
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Harvey!,

          • Granville
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Dammit. Justin wont get the bonus now.

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Yes!