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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. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    New cut for Vardy.

    Just in time for the Party.

  2. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Anyone know why no Mitrovic today?

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Not just today, not featured much lately anyways.

    2. jammie26
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Hasn't started for a while has he?

      • GROBARI
          1 month, 11 days ago

          There is no Mitrovic for like 3 months now

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Fulham have been a lot better since he dropped out of the team.

        • Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          He's at mine for a footballers covid shindig.

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Unfortunately I'm not a footballer, so I have to go to another covid party 🙁

      • Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        a 0-0 would be so welcome

      • smix
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Barnesy party please !!

        1. Lord.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Sadly, all parties have been banned.

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            You can party with your household

      • Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Tasty high line from Southamptom

        😉

        1. SuperG
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Nah, King Ralph has said that Saints won’t play that way anymore.

      • Captain Kakaroto (I blame R…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        What happened to Leeds? 0.3 XG is not typical for them. Is it 2nd half syndrome for Bielisa teams?

        1. Lord.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          The pitch didn’t help.

        2. Nimby
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Maybe they're just a bunch of championship players who have been found out.

          1. SuperG
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Same thing as last year. Get tired. Same team every match.

      • Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        I benched Che for Bamford.

        Now watch Adams haul.

      • Alisson WondHaaland
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Looks like the days of 44 goals per GW are long gone With so few goals and a small pool of big-hitter options, will be quite hard to climb up the ranks significantly.

        1. Karhumies
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          FH 541 here. Plenty of CS points to go around lately.

      • GROBARI
          1 month, 11 days ago

          1-0 with a goal from Justin would be perfect

          1. Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            It wouldn't, because I decided on my WC/BB to get James instead. That went well.

        • Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Why hasn't Vardy scored yet

          1. GROBARI
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Season over?

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 11 days ago

                We'll see.

            1. Wild Rover
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Stupid interviewer never asked him

          2. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            1-1 Walcott Barnes

          3. MoSalad
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            What’s everyone’s overall rank currently before this GW?

            1. Nimby
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              68k

            2. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Worst in my history

            3. Gobigorgohome
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              500K

            4. Deulofail
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              1.9m

            5. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Appalling. 1.2 million.

            6. mojoindojo
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              201k.

            7. GROBARI
                1 month, 11 days ago

                393k

              • Jon Walter's Hatty
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Ive had 13 out of 14 green arrows and still not in top million lol

              • Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                360k

              • pundit of punts
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                499k

              • Don Kloppeone
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                114k

                Likely to be significantly lower after this shocker of a BB fail plays out 😉

              • Karhumies
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                1.2M

              • Forever In Our Shadow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                478k

              • A.J.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                734

                1. Little Red Lacazette
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Wowza. Good man.

                2. Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Mate

                3. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Ding ding

              • sunzip14
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                190k

              • Little Red Lacazette
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                17k

              • Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Bloody awful. Into top 2m now though. 😎

                1. Party time
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  🙂

              • how now brown cow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                150k.

                Not going well this week though!

              • Doctor Evil
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Was 35k now up to 15k

              • DAZZ
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                80K

              • Scots Gooner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                500k. Tough season

              • Deulofail
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Too many likes and replies on this thread. More people are going to end up seenig my rank when they sort by rating. What a mistake 🙁 Pls don't sticky this post

              • REDMOND IN SANDALS
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  200k

                • Londongeezaa
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  600k. Some high flyers in today 🙂

                • Milkman Bruno
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    A whopping 2.5m

                  • The Knights Template
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    43k

                  • Buck The Trent
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    78K

                  • chrismoo75
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    27k

                • Revival
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Benched KWP, he always gets a cleanie when I bench him like he did against Liverpool

                  1. JBG
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Let's hope it happens again.

                  2. Forever In Our Shadow
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    He see saints doing well tonight.

                • Forever In Our Shadow
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  1-1 here with two non important players scoring and no assists would be good.

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Yes please

                • Pedersen
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Ok guys, Zouma to Chillwell or Stones/Cancelo?

                  1. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    City for sure. Fixtures are amazing in 20 onwards.

                  2. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Definitely Cancelo

                  3. Karhumies
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Stones until Laporte/Ake return IMO. Cancelo if you think he won't get rotated/rested too much or if your bench can handle it. Chilwell will get the starts and is very attacking so can get assists, but Chelsea defense almost conceded vs 10 man Fulham due to outrageous defensive mistakes, so I am not convinced about their CS probability vs decent attacks until they improve a bit.

                  4. Magic Zico
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    MCI or LEI

                • smix
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Southampton have a small bone to pick then

                • Little Red Lacazette
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  This definitely was not a good BB week.

                  1. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Just wait for them to reschedule Lee-Sou for midweek...

                  2. Wild Rover
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Decent for me so far

                  3. Forever In Our Shadow
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Saw it coming. Kept all my chips. Just didn’t feel right.

                  4. Ginkapo FPL
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Because at some other point managers will have 15 DGW players in their team?

                    1. Little Red Lacazette
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      For me, that is. I'm sure it will work great for some.

                    2. Rupert The Horse
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Need them to play at least.

                  5. Karhumies
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Agreed. Too much COVID to have 15 playing for sure. Ended up using FH instead of BB close to round deadline.

                • pundit of punts
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Who would you bench this gw ?

                  KDB - Bruno - Grealish - Son - Foden
                  Kane - Wilson - Bamford

                  1. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    And so it starts...

                    Lots of lineup questions this week I'm guessing...

                    1. pundit of punts
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Absolutely

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

                    Might have 2 suspended.

                    1. pundit of punts
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Will make things so much easier

                      1. Rupert The Horse
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Probably just want 1 though.

                        1. pundit of punts
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Aye

                          Don’t want Bruno to be the one

                          Wanna captain him

                          1. Rupert The Horse
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 11 days ago

                            Same.

                  3. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Bamford

                  4. Forever In Our Shadow
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    BB? 😎

                    1. pundit of punts
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Lol

                      No way

                      Saving for DGW 26

                      1. Forever In Our Shadow
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Yeah. Me too.

                  5. Nimby
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Wilson

                  6. Jon Walter's Hatty
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Kdb lol

                    1. pundit of punts
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      😛

                  7. pundit of punts
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Cheers all

                • Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Antonio and Cresswell in eases the pain of Fab starting.

                • pundit of punts
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Would be interesting to see total scores of gw 18,19,26 and 29

                  Should give us a clear idea which chip strategy won

                  1. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Bookmarked.

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

                    Probably need to include 16 and 17.

                    1. pundit of punts
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Deal

                      I got 96 in 17

                      Will only help my chances 😀

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

                        You could mention the 30 in fairness.

                        1. pundit of punts
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          😛

                • Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Anyone know where to listen to the football. BBC 5 live is news.

                  1. tambourineman
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Talksport

                    1. Rupert The Horse
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      I’m now listening live because of you. Thank you.

                • boc610
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  steve mcmanaman has to be the worst co- commentator ever. he might even be the worst co-'anything' ever

                  1. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Owen used to be really bad.

                  2. Traction Engine Foot
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    I still think Owen is worse. "To stay in the game you have to stay in the game."

                    1. Rupert The Horse
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Yeah he is bad. But a few years ago he was so bad it was funny.

                  3. Wild Rover
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    That whiny high pitched tone when he gets all indignant gets on my nerves

                  4. potatoace
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    I have no idea, my ear cannot pick up high frequencies.

                  5. Jellyfish
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Gary Neville surely just for the Torres goal

                    1. Rupert The Horse
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Wow. I love him.

                  6. Drip Doctor
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Peter Drury and McCoist combo is the best.

                  7. potatoace
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    In contrast , listening to McCoist earlier was such a nice breath of fresh air.

                • Rondon9
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Must be an all-time low EO for Salah in a DGW?

                  1. Ze_Austin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    IIRC, it's his first DGW

                    1. panda07
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      He had one last year and scored 16 points and I TC'd Mane for 1 point instead!

                      1. Milkman Bruno
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Same and Kane the year before for 1 point also. Hopefully 3rd time lucky this week

                          1. panda07
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 11 days ago

                            I feel your pain my last two TC's were Sane and Mane both for 1 pt. Lesson is don't TC anyone ending in ane

                  2. No Professionals
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    The big question.

                    Where are all these footballers getting their hair cut?

                    1. pundit of punts
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      I haven’t got a haircut at a salon for 10 months now

                      My wife is doing it for me

                      Not taking chances till covid is around

                      1. Deulofail
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Cut my own hair for 3-4 years now. I was used to looking like trash before the pandemic

                        1. pundit of punts
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Wow

                    2. mynameisq
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      From the big bum latinas they invite round

                      1. Traction Engine Foot
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        How do I get one of these?

                  3. Don Kloppeone
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Why let that run Vardy!!

                    1. Rupert The Horse
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Imagine his water bill.

                      1. Don Kloppeone
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Just wasteful. Think of the children !

                        1. Rupert The Horse
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          I can’t. I have a record.

                          1. Don Kloppeone
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 11 days ago

                            Filthy mare

                    2. Lord.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      He captained Barnes

                      1. Don Kloppeone
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        You joke....

                  4. Steve The Spud
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Another snooze fest

                  5. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    5ATB every week

                  6. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Did I just hear there’s a player called Smallbone? Ahahaha

                    1. Don Kloppeone
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Had my eldest son and I sniggering together

                      1. Rupert The Horse
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Darn tootin. Nothing like grown men chuckling at something so juvenile.

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

                      I recall it was quite amusing when he was up against Longstaff.

                      1. Rupert The Horse
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Pffffff. You just broke me. Ahaha.

                  7. Alisson WondHaaland
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    For those worrying about a bad bench boost:

                    If you had already used your free hit, how on earth were you planning to navigate DGW 26 and BGW 29 while having a good bench boost? Most teams that double in 26 will blank in 29. If you wanted a 15 man bench boost you'd be left with very little for 29.

                    All in all, being able to use your 2nd wildcard without the need to worry about a stupid bench boost chip which will probably get you no more than 15 points max has so much of an upside.

                    I'd be willing to bet someone who has to plan for a bench boost with their 2nd wildcard will come off worse overall than someone who doesnt have a bench boost. Its important to remember that there will still be 10 or so GWs after the Doubles and blanks which is a bit different to previous seasons

                    1. Jon Walter's Hatty
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      All you need for a BB is a playing bench. Its pure luck after that.

                      1. Alisson WondHaaland
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        This exactly. Its a very bad chip all in all, mostly just luck. And it does hinder your team for the weeks surrounding the boost if you prepare for it excessively

                    2. how now brown cow
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Personally I think covid rates will be lower later with more chance of getting a full playing bench. That's why I held off.