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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. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Think this must be Justins eighth week of ‘borrowed time’ lol

    1. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Don't sell too late, sell him...

      Justin time!

      1. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        😆

    2. Jellyfish
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      One of my poorer moves this season was to transfer him out on my WC in GW12

      1. Brehmeren
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        He's had 2 returns in 7 since then. Not a terrible decision.

    3. ...al
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Pereira taking forever and Justin has come on very well, much better than I’d have expected anyways

  2. REDMOND IN SANDALS
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Nice high tempo. one of the better games of today

    • Jordan.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      has vardy touched it since kick off ,i dont think he has

      1. Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 19 days ago

          He never needs to really and then bang it’s a goal and 3baps 😆

        • Jordan.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          lol cleared a corner

        • Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Hope not. It’s a family show.

      2. Jellyfish
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Robbo looking likely to drop and Cancello rise likely also. Tempted to press the button on the transfer, but it’s asking for trouble....right?

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Are they allowed to high five as they pass?

        2. swobe
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          I was thinking of moving Robbo out this week to restructure my backline. What % is Robbo on atm?

          1. Jellyfish
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            -100% so right on the wire

            1. swobe
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Scary stuff. You owned since GW1?

              1. Jellyfish
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 19 days ago

                no, GW4 or there abouts

      3. Party time
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Sorry lads, no party today. Go home & stay safe

        1. Milkman Bruno
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Rebecca?

          • Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Easier opponent next week in Chelsea

          • Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Least he wont get the 10k fine

          • Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            How many hairdressers do you have waiting for you at home?

            1. Deulofail
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              For me, it's 1.
              Myself.

          • Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 19 days ago

            No! Don’t give up

          • Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Who needs to go home?

        2. Karhumies
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Very entertaining match so far. Not many shots but plenty of deep runs and attempts at long breakthrough passes.

        3. yalala
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Benched Bednarek for Ayling.....

        4. Londongeezaa
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          I got Vardy in on a FH.

          Is there much point in watching the first 80mins of this match?

        5. ...al
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          How was chilwell today?

          Had him pencilled in for Dier this week, but those city fixtures are juicy.

          Already have Stones and don’t really go for the double D, but can also afford Dias/Cancelo... so yea Chilwell, Cancelo or Dias to replace Dier?

          1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            He was disappointing. Wouldn't go down the line and whip it in, constantly looked for the pass backwards or inside. The few cross he did get in were average at best

          2. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            He didn't get an assist

          3. SuperG
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Chilly was good. Not the same rampaging as when he first started for Chelsea, but that’s endemic of Chel$ea at the moment. They all look scared.

          4. ...al
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Hmm ok I’ll try j check out motd

          5. thegaffer82
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Think you can give a City DFer a pass from your ‘no double DF’ rule.

            Cancelo for me

            1. ...al
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Those fixtures might be worth it

        6. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Evans is so good.

          Why did United let him go? Could have done a job over last 5 years

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Haven’t a clue. Been saying this for a long time.

          2. swobe
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Bad managers.

          3. ...al
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Even Smalling has flourished in Italy

            Those experienced old head defenders are absolutely brilliant for younger lads coming in

            Mad but if business

          4. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            He didn't make quite as interesting faces in training as others. They equated weird faces with determination and let the wrong guy go.

        7. Watermelons
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Gelnn Hoddle is the Grandfather Clock! Fair play Glenn!

          1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            He believes he was one in his former life

            1. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Nice

            2. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Ha. What a memory. Brilliant.

          2. SuperG
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Why spoil it you total and utter §§§§!

        8. Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          A question i ask is wtf has happened to Pulisic? Injury taken some toll on him? Shadow of last season

          1. Alisson WondHaaland
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Poor quality surrounding him. Barely gets the ball

            1. seanie3
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              nothing to do with it.. when he does get it he does nothing with it, last season alot of the time he received the ball he always made something happen, either an assist or a crazy run taking on 3 or 4 players and scoring..

          2. A.J.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            One of my poorer selections recently.

            Chilwell taking up all his room down the left isn't helping.

          3. swobe
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Fulham kept him quiet. Of Chelsea's crazily priced forwards I think he has looked the brightest just now he is squeezed up next to 3 others

            1. seanie3
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              please, fulham did not keep him quiet... he doesn't look like the player he was last season.. something not quite right..

        9. Milkman Bruno
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Time to go big at the back again? 442/532 rotation? Clean sheets have been much easier to predict lately.

            1. Deulofail
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Predicatable attacking returns due

            2. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Think so. Games look slower and the players are more tired. When Guardiola starts playing a conservative 4231 you know is time to prioritize defense.

          • svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Pogba screaming at the telly for Adams to run into Schmeichel's foot.

            1. TomSaints
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Ha I was thinking that

          • Gobigorgohome
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Leeds will concede against Southamptom anyway

          • Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Smallbone slips inside. The commentator surely knew what he was doing there.

            1. Deulofail
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              While shie didn't even notice.

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 19 days ago

                She? 🙂

                1. Deulofail
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 19 days ago

                  Yes. It was a 'that's what she didn't say' joke 😐

            2. Jon Walter's Hatty
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Commentator just said Justin...Smallbone.

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 19 days ago

                Brilliant.

            3. Just-In-Cider
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Nothing like a play on words and names

          • Gobigorgohome
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Southamptom better team ao far

            1. swobe
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              They look great!

          • Alisson WondHaaland
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Who's watching the game? How does Mccarthy look? More of a goal threat than Vardy I'd hope

          • ivantys
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Surely a vardy blank here. Dodged a bullet not capping him, and not selling saints defence which is fixture proof.

              1. swobe
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 19 days ago

                Spoke too soon!

            • Gobigorgohome
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Maddison looks so low

              1. Deulofail
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 19 days ago

                Needs to get a stiffer suspension

                1. Gobigorgohome
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 19 days ago

                  i jinxed him

              2. Nomar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 19 days ago

                Timing.

                Yes, I’m on dial up too! 😀

            • claretparrot
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              FPL aside, Leicester are a frustrating watch. So many opportunities turned down to get the ball forward, from good players too

            • diesel001
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Vardy air shot from centre of box.

            • Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Vardy misses a sitter

            • Forever In Our Shadow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Vardy swinger party.

            • diesel001
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Maddison G

            • Milkman Bruno
                3 months, 19 days ago

                Vardy swing at fresh air, should hit the back of the net. Was a foul in the build up though.

              • Gobigorgohome
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 19 days ago

                Maddison goal

              • Karhumies
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 19 days ago

                How did that go in?

                1. Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 19 days ago

                  Smallbone?

                  1. Karhumies
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 19 days ago

                    Very tight angle. McCathy was going in too low to jump or reach up and Maddison blasted it full force into top corner. Very difficult to pull off a shot like that.

              • ZimZalabim
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 19 days ago

                Maddy Party

              • svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 19 days ago

                Maddison