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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. OneMan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Main competitor in my mini league has triple captained KDB, Should I be worried. Will KDB play both games ?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Be afraid, be very

    2. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Don't worry about a thing.

    3. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Have you triple captained him?

    4. Hect.OR 98th
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Of course. He has the potential to get 20+ points this week. He might not, but the potential is there.

    5. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      If you’ve captained him yourself then not that much of a biggie

      1. OneMan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Yeah I've captained him, but saving triple till later in the hope I get Salah or Bruno on a good double.

        1. Hect.OR 98th
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          You're worrying unnecessarily then.

    6. KUN+10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I woke up in the middle of the night here (US)...3 hours prior to deadline and recanted the TC chip. He will probably score double digits in both games

    7. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      He could get anywhere between 1 & 30 points

  2. KUN+10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Like Fofana’s hair style. Very creative

    1. janowsc
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Got nothing on Soy’s flow

      1. KUN+10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Got that true viking look going on

  3. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Love how many old school posters on here. This site used to be wonderful. Not that it’s bad now.

    1. Hect.OR 98th
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yep, it's good to see familiar names among all the OMG! crowd.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Spot on.

    2. Hect.OR 98th
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      ...and the people who cry every week about 'season over' because one of their players hasn't scored a hattrick in the first half of the the first fixture of the gameweek.

      1. FPL.team
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Yeah that is the most tiring and boring of all.

    3. LeicesterA
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I think once you’ve caught the FPL and FFS bug, it’s difficult to shake it, for sure!

    4. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Thanks

    5. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Totally agree. Great to see all of us old school posters around

    6. Obi Wan Elokobi
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Amazing how life takes over. Use to spend all my time here but still good to see some old posters about

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Man I used to spend some serious time on here.

  4. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Rebekah Vardy modding on here?

    1. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Coffee lover.

  5. Wild Rover
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    That’s a bad one, knee bent sideways

    1. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Maybe not

      1. swobe
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Nah he needs to be off.

    2. Milkman Bruno
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Did look bad

    3. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Smallbone has gone down.

    4. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Some people have Smallbone, some have Brownhill, I just have Matip.

    5. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Do something Vardy!!!

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        About to reach 60 mins

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          He’ll prob get subbed off lol

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            We made it!

      2. BeWater
          1 month, 14 days ago

          He is. Chasing shadows.

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Basically yeh!

      3. The Senate
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Shouldn't that be a Bertrand RC?

      4. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        SGW for Bertrand now

        1. Sanchit
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Was anyway a SGW?

        2. Camino Aleatorio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Single Game Week

          SOU is only playing this game, Leeds game postponed

      5. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Need a legit Leicester goal, so fed up with officials deciding games.

      6. Milkman Bruno
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Smallbone has to go off. Best not make it worse.

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            He's going to be red raw rubbing up against the big boys

            1. Deulofail
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Armstrong isn't helping

            2. Milkman Bruno
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Argh such a bad pas for Vardy ! Maddison wtf waited way too long!

          2. BeWater
              1 month, 14 days ago

              So many stoppages this half already. Can only mean one thing. 3 minutes of injury time.

              1. ivantys
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Sometimes they gave 4 min injury time when they took longer to check goals. Such a fraud the injury time.

              2. Isco Disco
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Come on Vardy...Please grab a goal.
                It’s a Saturday...We need a party

                1. Gudjohnsen
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Yeah I thought there would be a party tonight but...

              3. ivantys
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  KWP just get the yellow and be suspended for next game.

                • dogtanion
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Southampton seem legitimately happy with a 1-0 loss

                  1. swobe
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Ralph will be holding back the tears

                • Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Cant believe I was talked into Kane -> Vardy. BB in tatters

                  1. thegaffer82
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Ga

                  2. Bushwhacker
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    He’s gone early again!!

                • swobe
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Great to see Vardy get that second point.

                  1. Pukki Party
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Fourth for me

                    1. swobe
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      Chelsea next? Wouldn't fret

                • BeWater
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Wtf is Maddison doing. All that space to play it into.

                    1. claretparrot
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      Raging. Just got told off for my reaction to that hahaha

                    2. Adetro
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      I know. Shocking. Maddison owes me 4 points.

                  • potatoace
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Are lei players deliberately messing it up for Vardy.

                    1. ivantys
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        Surely they'd own vardy if they play fpl

                    2. Hazz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      It's a shame Vardy has to rely on players who just aren't on the same level as him.

                      1. PLerix
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        He is really dependent on the better players to do anything imo. Gold when he first gets the chance though.

                    3. Milkman Bruno
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        Really need a Vardy and Saints goal

                      • Hect.OR 98th
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        Has anyone done a recent analysis on clean sheets? Just checking the last few weeks and there have been around 5 or 6 every week. Is that more or fewer than before Christmas? Are we seeing defences tightening up, forwards being tired and less sharp, and should we be shifting funds backwards?

                        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          There seems to be less goals lately that's for sure

                        2. Adetro
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          Yeah, just checking the Form option in the transfers, defenders outscoring strikers and pretty much level pegging with midfielders. Maybe worth thinking about going 5-4-1.

                          1. Hect.OR 98th
                            • 11 Years
                            1 month, 14 days ago

                            I'm set up for 343 at the moment, but considering a move to 442 for this reason.

                        3. FPL.team
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          This might sound rude so apologies as that's not the intention but if you checked the last few games why not also the ones before Christmas too to ger your answer?

                          1. Hect.OR 98th
                            • 11 Years
                            1 month, 14 days ago

                            No problem! Simple answer: I couldn't be bothered scrolling and counting.

                            1. FPL.team
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 14 days ago

                              Fair enough at least you're honest 🙂

                              1. Hect.OR 98th
                                • 11 Years
                                1 month, 14 days ago

                                🙂

                        4. Revival
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          ironically some teams have had more time on the training ground to prepare for the games with less teams playing midweek since Christmas. The punishing schedule of playing every weekend and midweek before Christmas was leading to more goals as teams had less time to prepare for games. Teams knocked out of the FA cup will benefit by having a few days off before the next gameweek.

                      • PLerix
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        Pereira on the bench. Do you think Justin will start both this dgw?

                        1. Obi Wan Elokobi
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          Yep. Will be Castagne that suffers if either dropped

                          1. PLerix
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 14 days ago

                            Sounds good.

                        2. Lev Yashin
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          Woo ha ha

                          1. PLerix
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 14 days ago

                            Cheers.?

                        3. Pukki Party
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          He's playing now

                          1. Pukki Party
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 14 days ago

                            Oh that Pereira..

                            1. PLerix
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 14 days ago

                              Been a while for him.

                      • Ajax Hamsterdam
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        Sell pope or areola ? Pope better pick but areola has extra fixtures.

                      • BeWater
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          Justin knocking on the door of BPS as per usual.

                        • diesel001
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          Vardy getting chances

                        • Gudjohnsen
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          Sorry Vardy owners. Got him for this gw for a hit. First time owner.

                          1. Nomar
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 11 Years
                            1 month, 14 days ago

                            Did you cap him, though?

                            1. Gudjohnsen
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 14 days ago

                              Nope, Salah C

                              1. Nomar
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 11 Years
                                1 month, 14 days ago

                                Same, so my turn to apologise to you.

                        • Niho992
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          Come on Soton scoreeeee

                          1. djman102
                            • 11 Years
                            1 month, 14 days ago

                            This. Adams preferably.

                        • how now brown cow
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          Vardy's goning to score eventually here.