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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
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 8 days ago

    Argh, Vardy...

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

  2. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 8 days ago

    😆 Maddison celebration

    1. Wild Rover
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 8 days ago

      Good lad

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 8 days ago

        Fekin quality celebration

    2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 8 days ago

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

    3. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 8 days ago

      How do you get the emoji to show btw?

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 8 days ago

        : lol : without the spaces in between.

      2. Wild Rover
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 8 days ago

        : lol : no spaces

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

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

    5. tuturututu
      8 months, 8 days ago

      Really undermining the spirit of the game imo

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

  3. HD7
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 8 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
      8 months, 8 days ago

      congratulations HD7!

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

      nice move! Maddison is a baller

    3. tuturututu
      8 months, 8 days ago

      Me too man, we think the same!

    4. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 8 days ago

      Congrats for now, Grealish not played yet though

  4. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 8 days ago

    Maddy power.

  5. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 8 days ago

    McCarthy clean sheet gone. Good

  6. Captain Vantastic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 8 days ago

    Soton Cs kaput 🙂

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

    A?

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

    Urgh so undeserved.

    Great finish though

  9. Cok3y5murf
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 8 days ago

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

    1. tuturututu
      8 months, 8 days ago

      Oh is that so?

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

      You must love Campari.

    3. Wild Guus Chase
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 8 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!

    4. thedarkhorse
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 8 days ago

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

  10. 4Rsenal_1886
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 8 days ago

    Good goal by Maddy

  11. GROBARI
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 8 days ago

    No assist?

    1. 4Rsenal_1886
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 8 days ago

      Tielemans

      1. GROBARI
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 8 days ago

        Thanks

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 8 days ago

      Referee

  12. Wild Guus Chase
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 8 days ago

    Faith justified again! Thanks Maddy!!!!!

  13. tuturututu
    8 months, 8 days ago

    Maddison ya beauty!

  14. Tsparkes10
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 8 days ago

    Hate owning Vardy.

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

      Hard to watch. His returns don't lie though

  15. Traction Engine Foot
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 8 days ago

    Right McCarthy, penalty save needed

  16. Karhumies
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 8 days ago

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

  17. Bushwhacker
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 8 days ago

    Another epic VAR fail

  18. milanista10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 8 days ago

    Thanks Maddy & thanks FPL for that flag on Neto 😀

    1. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 8 days ago

      Lol same

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 8 days ago

      Thanks ref and Stockley Park

  19. Egg noodle
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 8 days ago

    Maddiiisonnn

  20. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 8 days ago

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

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 8 days ago

      ... Mount?

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

      To mention a few.

    3. Alisson WondHaaland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 8 days ago

      Lingard trumps them all

      1. Bartowski
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 8 days ago

        Still a bit young. Give him time.

    4. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 8 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
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 8 days ago

      Should retrain one as a goalie.

    6. tuturututu
      8 months, 8 days ago

      Barkley?

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

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

    8. Drip Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 8 days ago

      There is some talent youth playing for bayern too Jamal Musiala

    9. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 8 days ago

      Sneaking Saka and Smith Rowe in there

      1. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 8 days ago

        😀 Why wouldn't I

  21. Londongeezaa
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 8 days ago

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

    We Vardy owners can only hope.

  22. Milkman Bruno
    8 months, 8 days ago

    Such a good/lucky save

    1. Milkman Bruno
      8 months, 8 days ago

      Bertrand should be keeping that low

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

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

    3. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 8 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.

  23. Wild Guus Chase
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 8 days ago

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

  24. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 8 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
      8 months, 8 days ago

      Just dropped off my Deliveroo.

  25. Egg noodle
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 8 days ago

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

  26. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 8 days ago

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

    1. Wild Guus Chase
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 8 days ago

      Chelsea for sure, and certainly more dynamic than Spurs

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 8 days ago

      They’ve been outplayed by Southampton

  27. SADIO SANÉ
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 8 days ago

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

    1. tuturututu
      8 months, 8 days ago

      Hahah in your dreams

    2. thedarkhorse
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 8 days ago

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

    3. Cok3y5murf
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 8 days ago

      True. Or Werner

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 8 days ago

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

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 8 days ago

          Not Lateriser ha

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

            lmao, leave LR out of this.

    4. Wild Guus Chase
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 8 days ago

      o/

    5. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 8 days ago

      Fish fish fish

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 8 days ago

        Yummy

  28. Lord.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 8 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
      8 months, 8 days ago

      Can you tell me what he did please?

      1. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 8 days ago

        Coughed in Vardy’s face

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

          Lovely.

      2. Lord.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 8 days ago

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

  29. thegaffer82
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 8 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
      8 months, 8 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
      8 months, 8 days ago

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

    3. CloudSky
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 8 days ago

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

    4. Carefree Crew
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 8 days ago

      C) Fixtures, value, attacking threat.

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

    5. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 8 days ago

      Shaw ok
      Stones?

  30. RECKLESS
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 8 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
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 8 days ago

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