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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. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Argh, Vardy...

    That goal should open things a bit more. Hopefully benefits Vardy

  2. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    😆 Maddison celebration

    1. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Good lad

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Fekin quality celebration

    2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      I know. The best part of the game so far.

    3. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      How do you get the emoji to show btw?

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        : lol : without the spaces in between.

      2. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        : lol : no spaces

    4. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Just a shame at a corner there are around 16 blokes you could throw a blanket over

    5. tuturututu
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Really undermining the spirit of the game imo

        Lots of contacts throughout matches not tu hug your teammates when you score..

    6. HD7
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Bought Maddy before the match with Ncastle.
      Most people said dont sell Grealish.
      But you have to trust yourself sometimes:)

      1. Rinseboy
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        congratulations HD7!

      2. swobe
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        nice move! Maddison is a baller

      3. tuturututu
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Me too man, we think the same!

        • KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Congrats for now, Grealish not played yet though

      4. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Maddy power.

      5. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        McCarthy clean sheet gone. Good

      6. Captain Vantastic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Soton Cs kaput 🙂

      7. Pukkipartyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        A?

      8. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Urgh so undeserved.

        Great finish though

      9. COK3Y5MURF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Jammy Maddison owners only own him because they can't afford Vardy

        1. tuturututu
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Oh is that so?

          • Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            You must love Campari.

          • Cometh The Aouar...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Don't hate. Besides I could have afforded Vardy but I ain't joining the crowd in spending hits. And by all accounts Vardy ain't done much so I'm better off!

          • thedarkhorse
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            It’s not a jammy pick, he’s a good option

        2. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Good goal by Maddy

        3. GROBARI
            3 months, 23 days ago

            No assist?

            1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Tielemans

              1. GROBARI
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  Thanks

              2. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Referee

            2. Cometh The Aouar...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Faith justified again! Thanks Maddy!!!!!

            3. tuturututu
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Maddison ya beauty!

              • Tsparkes10
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Hate owning Vardy.

                1. swobe
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  Hard to watch. His returns don't lie though

              • Traction Engine Foot
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Right McCarthy, penalty save needed

              • Karhumies
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Please don't sit back now Leicester. Open the ketchup bottle of goals and give some to Vardy as well.

              • Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Another epic VAR fail

              • milanista10
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Thanks Maddy & thanks FPL for that flag on Neto 😀

                1. Egg noodle
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  Lol same

                2. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  Thanks ref and Stockley Park

              • Egg noodle
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Maddiiisonnn

              • Deulofail
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Englands AMs: Maddisson, Grealish, Foden, Saka, Smith Rowe 😐

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  ... Mount?

                2. Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  To mention a few.

                3. Alisson WondHaaland
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  Lingard trumps them all

                  1. Bartowski
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 23 days ago

                    Still a bit young. Give him time.

                4. diesel001
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  DM and CB is the issue. Also depends on how you want to play. Is is a 4-3-3- with a Liverpool type midfield or a 4-2-3-1 with a Man Utd type midfield.

                5. CloudSky
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  Should retrain one as a goalie.

                6. tuturututu
                    3 months, 23 days ago

                    Barkley?

                  • swobe
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 23 days ago

                    It's a shame we'll be playing 3 5 2 with Rice Henderson and Mount.

                  • Drip Doctor
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 23 days ago

                    There is some talent youth playing for bayern too Jamal Musiala

                  • JONALDINHO
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 23 days ago

                    Sneaking Saka and Smith Rowe in there

                    1. Deulofail
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 23 days ago

                      😀 Why wouldn't I

                7. Londongeezaa
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  Well Soton have to press the more the game goes on.

                  We Vardy owners can only hope.

                8. Milkman Bruno
                    3 months, 23 days ago

                    Such a good/lucky save

                    1. Milkman Bruno
                        3 months, 23 days ago

                        Bertrand should be keeping that low

                      • Jon Walter's Hatty
                        • 7 Years
                        3 months, 23 days ago

                        Does a lot of those type so is it all luck?

                      • svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
                        • 11 Years
                        3 months, 23 days ago

                        Schmeichel is such a stable GK. I know he's got good defenses in front of him during his time at Leicester, but the club and him seems like a perfect fit.

                    2. Cometh The Aouar...
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 23 days ago

                      Take Maddy off at 70 mins pls Brenda if it's a comfy lead. Need him for Chelski

                    3. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 23 days ago

                      Hope Son delivers now ffs... all his potential replacements in my squad from this week (Maddison, Mount...) delivering so far

                      1. Rupert The Horse
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        3 months, 23 days ago

                        Just dropped off my Deliveroo.

                    4. Egg noodle
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 23 days ago

                      Ideally I'd like every single player to fail this GW. Except my Salah TC

                    5. JONALDINHO
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 23 days ago

                      Imagine this Leicester team with Soyuncu too. Far better than Spurs and Chelsea

                      1. Cometh The Aouar...
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        3 months, 23 days ago

                        Chelsea for sure, and certainly more dynamic than Spurs

                      2. Bushwhacker
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 23 days ago

                        They’ve been outplayed by Southampton

                    6. SADIO SANÉ
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 23 days ago

                      Nice goal for non-Leicester owners that, no-one playing seriously actually owns Maddison

                      1. tuturututu
                          3 months, 23 days ago

                          Hahah in your dreams

                        • thedarkhorse
                          • 7 Years
                          3 months, 23 days ago

                          I’d imagine some have him - he’s a decent pick

                        • COK3Y5MURF
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          3 months, 23 days ago

                          True. Or Werner

                          1. SADIO SANÉ
                            • 5 Years
                            3 months, 23 days ago

                            Surely everyone has realised how wrong they were about Timo by now

                            1. HMC
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              3 months, 23 days ago

                              Not Lateriser ha

                              1. swobe
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                3 months, 23 days ago

                                lmao, leave LR out of this.

                        • Cometh The Aouar...
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          3 months, 23 days ago

                          o/

                        • Rupert The Horse
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          3 months, 23 days ago

                          Fish fish fish

                          1. SADIO SANÉ
                            • 5 Years
                            3 months, 23 days ago

                            Yummy

                      2. Lord.
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        3 months, 23 days ago

                        Loving the Covid compliant celebration. We should call it the Maddison from now on.

                        1. Rupert The Horse
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          3 months, 23 days ago

                          Can you tell me what he did please?

                          1. JONALDINHO
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            3 months, 23 days ago

                            Coughed in Vardy’s face

                            1. Rupert The Horse
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              3 months, 23 days ago

                              Lovely.

                          2. Lord.
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            3 months, 23 days ago

                            a mixture of pretend handshakes and an impression of King Kanute.

                      3. thegaffer82
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 23 days ago

                        Think I’m gunna sell Justin proactively before the inevitable happens. Only player I’ve owned since GW1 so it’s going to be an emotional farewell... but anyway...

                        Justin > 5.2 to spend

                        A) Shaw
                        B) Coufal
                        C) R. James

                        1. diesel001
                          • 4 Years
                          3 months, 23 days ago

                          Plan to do this myself. Been great for me. You never read about him on here though. Probably going to go Chelsea defence.

                        2. tuturututu
                            3 months, 23 days ago

                            I am thinking that too, Shaw might be a nice option

                          • CloudSky
                            • 4 Years
                            3 months, 23 days ago

                            Why sell? Gonna keep playing at LB now I'd imagine with Castagne dropping out.

                          • Carefree Crew
                            • 2 Years
                            3 months, 23 days ago

                            C) Fixtures, value, attacking threat.

                            FYI Shaw I'd on 4 yellow cards I think.

                          • HMC
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            3 months, 23 days ago

                            Shaw ok
                            Stones?

                        3. RECKLESS
                          • 8 Years
                          3 months, 23 days ago

                          What would own long term
                          1) Robertson + Son + Soucek
                          2) 4.9mn defender + Son + Grealish
                          Robertson although mixed playings for title challenging team, whereas AVL are mediicre but with great matches for their talisman

                          1. HMC
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            3 months, 23 days ago

                            Grealish has the doubles but love is blind and I’d find it hard to part with Robbo myself!