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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. Bennyboy1907
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Is Vardy injured

      1. BeWater
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Hobbled off at the end and didn't look happy. Need to see what they say in the post match interviews.

        • Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Clutching his hammy a bit apparently. Didn't look very happy.

        • Peskey
            3 months, 2 days ago

            I think the next game comes too early for him

          • Maeki2
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 2 days ago

            He just wanted to delay game really

        • JJeyy
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Matt Targett's FPL - 50383
          transferred himself and Grealish out.

          Wow, does he know something we don't?

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

            Lol that's jokes...

          2. TomSaints
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            That’s good knowledge, nothing we can do

          3. KAMARA-COPY
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Both might have covid

          4. The Senate
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            he actually might FFS

          5. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Wow...

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

            Yeah if that's his real account then I don't like the looks of that.

          7. Muscout
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Loving the detective work! Positives of this site

          8. swobe
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            haha, nick off

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

            Would've been lovely to know. Does he have Martinez?

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

              he doesn't. Mendy and McCarthy

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

            FYI, Conor Hourihane kept Grealish
            https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/4667259/event/19

          11. Jink
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            He might be totally unaware of DGW’s and made the transfers purely because they have City away next. Hopefully lol.

          12. Firminoooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            If Grealish is out my BB is a disaster.

          13. Jink
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Tom Heaton has captained Grealish, don’t panick!

          14. Chrisitis
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Look at his transfer in gw9 Martinez out before Brighton homw
            Mccarthy in -4
            Benched Mccarthy
            Just dont take him seriosly

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

            Heaton has captained Grealish

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

              Yeah I think Matt Targett is just really bad at FPL tbh 😆

            2. Jink
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Just seen Heaton has Grealish as perma-captain

        • Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Don’t regret bb tbh, just regret not putting a few quid on Brighton to beat Leeds to nil like I meant to :(. Atleast it’s out the way... and got Bruno, Stones and Dias on my bench anyways so lol it was a success 😉

        • Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Haha Maddison complely dobbs in Perreira for not social distancing when celebrating earlier

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            I think it was more aimed at Snodgrass who jumped on Pereira

        • Bookkeeper
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          any word from Allardyce on Johnstone playing on Tuesday, i read earlier that he trained with the team?

        • Firminoooo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Small green with Coufal, Soucek, Antonio, Bamford, Johnstone and Chilwell today. Still 24 to go.

        • JIMMY764
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          It’s a dangerous game checking live rank throughout this long dgw lol.

          Think I’ll check it this time next week!

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Yes try to ignore it until the end

        • UpAndAway
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Was Zouma rested or just dropped?

          1. JIMMY764
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Not sure. Worth having a look at Franks comments and see how you interpret them.

            Said something pre-match about Rudiger having a good personality, then made comments about how the tight fixture schedule influenced his team selection today. Don’t quote me, worth looking it up mate.

            1. UpAndAway
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Cheers. I guess we'll see if he plays vs Southampton. Disappointing as they kept a CS.

        • Chrisitis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Top 10k how many players played?
          Livefpl only shows sgw players

        • Gemma817
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Justin and Vardy owner here.. Man that Justin pass to Vardy which Vardy should've buried really does bother me.. But still 10 pts from the duo, nice return.. Hope Vardy is fit for Chelsea. He was very frustratingly wasteful today

            1. Chrisitis
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              And Mee spoiling coufal/antonio double earlier

              1. Gemma817
                  3 months, 2 days ago

                  Been happening way too often now.. Last week I was on FH, had kdb as (c) and sterling too.. that pen miss by sterling deprived me of 14 pts min excluding bps