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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. Paulybaby123
      1 month, 12 days ago

      8 points still lovely

    • Jdpz
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Justin

    • Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Would have been a monster start to the DGW had I not sold Mount (my differential) to fund KdB in a -4 duo swap.

      1. Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Now you tell us

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

          It’s rare that I ever have a differential come good, just have to take that one on the chin since it enabled KdB (c)

    • Il Capitano
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Justin nice, Vardy not so nice

      • Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        A Kane hatty would be a great way to start Sunday!!

        1. djman102
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Sold Kane for Vardy instead of Son for Maddison, so it's highly likely.

      • BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Justin sweeping dem bapulars right up 🙂

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

          How many is he getting? If any

          1. Cometh The Aouar...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Zwei

          2. Bookkeeper
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            2 bonus easily, created few chances in the last 15 mins

          3. GROBARI
              1 month, 12 days ago

              2

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

            Riff Raff?

        2. The Invincibles
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          If you don’t have Justin, you only have yourself to blame. He’s been so consistent all season, is great value, and has a double this week.

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

            If you don't have any player you would have yourself to blame.

          2. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Lol, not been that impressive

          3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            only yourself to blame, world number 1 doesn't have him. Nobody is essential

          4. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Can’t have them all

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

            If you don't have Pereira you only have yourself to blame. DGWer

          6. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Love these hindsight posters, only crawl out from under their rocks when it suits them...

            1. Bennerman
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Boll ox, isn't it?

            2. JIMMY764
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Usually from accounts with no linked team... funny old thing.

          7. Chrisitis
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Many 4.5 defs above him

          8. JIMMY764
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            As far as I know nobody else is managing my team, but thanks for the (no sh*t) advice lol.

        3. Milkman Bruno
            1 month, 12 days ago

            14 points from Cresswell, Soucek, Bamford and Vardy is not an ideal start to the gameweek...

          • Bookkeeper
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            not owning Kane and Son this week worries me greatly

          • GROBARI
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Justin owners unite! Love this disappointment for non Justin owners! YES!

              1. GROBARI
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  From*

                • UNDERWORLD7
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Rather have a number of defenders over him

                • londontom
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Vardy and Justin owner here, super annoyed. Could've hauled so much more.

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

                That was the most painful FPL watch this season. Don't think I can stand keeping Vardy for long

                1. BeWater
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Unfortunately got to hang onto him because the gameweek is so long. Can't do an early transfer to get him gone.

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

                      Oh yeah I meant in terms of GWs rather than days haha

                2. Peskey
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Well deserved for Justin owners after what happened in the final minutes of the Newcastle game

                  • Tsparkes10
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Just seen you also played bb and took a -12 TM... rough times 🙁

                  • UNDERWORLD7
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Justin, I absolutely hate you

                  • tuturututu
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      37 (-8) so far on BB

                      Shitty Leeds cost me a lot

                      1. JammySprat
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        From how many?

                        1. tuturututu
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Triple Leeds, Fabianski, Coufal, Soucek, Giroud, Maddison and Justin..

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

                        Justin, I absolutely love you

                        1. Debauchy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Makes my BB look a helluva lot better

                      3. Super Saints
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Justin does nothing yet out BAPS Barnes and Maddison with goals....

                        1. BeWater
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Same every game.

                          • Kellz86
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            I don’t think you understand the BPs system then

                        2. Bushwhacker
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Arguably yet another game decided by poor refereeing. What do we have to do to get decent refs into the Prem?

                        3. Mr. O'Connell
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Kane to Vardy for a hit. Hate to think what thats gonna cost once the dust settles.

                        4. Paulybaby123
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Brought in Mendy, Chilwell, Salah, and Antonio for - 12 this week. Lovely start!

                          • Cometh The Aouar...
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Today is just one day folks. Tomorrow could be a different story. So don’t feel downbeat. As I keep saying, things can change very quickly!

                            1. UNDERWORLD7
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              Certainly can, only had two players that have played today, she’d load tomorrow

                              1. UNDERWORLD7
                                • 9 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                Shed*

                              2. Cometh The Aouar...
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                All the best for tomorrow and beyond Under

                                1. UNDERWORLD7
                                  • 9 Years
                                  1 month, 12 days ago

                                  Aw cheers mate! You too!

                          • nerd_is_the_werd
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            We're gonna see a lot of this happening unfortunately.
                            1-0 wins and very little intent to score goals.
                            Just doing enough to win and preserving energy for the next game.

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

                              This could have had several more goals. Great defence / bad decisions in final third

                          • Bennyboy1907
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              If Vardy is injured and my captain does my vice get captaincy next game if Vardy don’t play

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

                                Lol no.

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

                                No. Just Vardy.

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

                                no

                              4. DGW Sane TC Fail....
                                • 10 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                no

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

                                It's not the answer you want mate

                              6. Debauchy
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                Nope sorry

                              7. Old Bull
                                • 7 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                I like your way of thinking

                            • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                              • 10 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              if you didn't pick tielemans this week you only have yourself to blame

                              1. UNDERWORLD7
                                • 9 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                ML rival casually getting him off the bench in place of DCL lol, can’t write it

                            • Muscout
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              Very happy with Bamford and JWP out for Antonio and Barnes!!

                              1. UNDERWORLD7
                                • 9 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                Why wouldn’t you be?

                                1. Muscout
                                  • 1 Year
                                  1 month, 12 days ago

                                  Which is why I said I am happy with that? Lol

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

                              Has Chilwell assist been given?

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

                                Lol no.

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

                                Twice

                            • Garfield1001
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              7 point bench boost all out. Anybody worse?

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

                                Mark has 6 atm.

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

                                Andy G got 2 points from his bench boost. He had Robinson for -2

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

                                  He has Meslier, Dallas, Robinson and Bamford

                              3. Tsparkes10
                                • 2 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                6 from me if Johnstone doesn’t play

                              4. Garfield1001
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                Not even that bothered tbh! Just glad it’s out of the way!

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

                              **** it, played aggressively and brought Zouma and Vardy in assuming we’d win or vardy has a party.

                              Epic fail

                            • BeWater
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                A Vardy blank and Justin 8 pointer is pretty hard to take but Vardy being out of the next game really would be shocking.

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

                                  Especially having seen how many breaks Fulham had

                              • Paulybaby123
                                  1 month, 12 days ago

                                  Just waiting on Saiss and Chilwell assists now 🙂

                                  1. Maeki2
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    1 month, 12 days ago

                                    Chilwell was clearly an assist