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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. Egg noodle
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    Need Vardy jinxes please

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      Vardy is useless. Won't do anything.

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      He’s shite

    3. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      Vardy only scores after 80 minutes

    4. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 11 days ago

      why did i buy the 10.1m penalty merchant

    5. The Senate
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      what a load of rubbish he is. career over

    6. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      Vardy won't do anything. He's a massive troll

  2. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    Shane Long (of "caught offside" fame) incoming

    1. swobe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      a bit too on the nose there

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 11 days ago

        Ha. Didnt take long did it.

  3. Londongeezaa
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    Vardy having a mare 🙁

    1. Londongeezaa
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      Confidence is shot. Off the pace. Scared to shoot.

  4. PLerix
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    McCarthy only one save, really?

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      Leicester keep shooting wide or over

  5. Wild Rover
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    Just not falling for Vardy. Not his night

  6. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    Vardy is hopeless. We’ll definitely equalise

  7. fedolefan
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    Bloody Vardy. Why did I even bother.

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

      He'll do something. Keep the faith.

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      Ref will step up for a second time soon ...

  8. BeWater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 11 days ago

    As a Vardy owner and non Justin owner this would not be a great final result.

  9. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    Che off

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

      Too bad for Soton.

  10. Champions League Varane
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    Anyone regretting not TCing?

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      Nope, plenty more double gameweeks to come this season.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 11 days ago

        This

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

      Yeah, kind of when I see how many in my MLs doing KdB. I went BB with Johnstone being one of them.

    3. swobe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      Your ML rivals TC'd?

      1. Champions League Varane
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 11 days ago

        A few, but I still have BB left and I’ve got to use that in a double too so I’ve no idea when I’ll play it now

        1. swobe
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 11 days ago

          Think you'll be fine mate. There'll be a big DGW where you can use BB and your TC could be well placed in one of the Covid rescheduled doubles.

          1. Champions League Varane
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 11 days ago

            Hopefully bro!

    4. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      My BB looking good so far. I went without Salah and ML leader above TCed him so hoping for Salah blank

    5. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      Nope, waiting for the Spurs double, should be a tasty one too

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 11 days ago

        I would be disappointed if you didn't wait to TC Kane. haha

  11. Wild Rover
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    Omg Barnes. 🙁

  12. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    Barnes. Terrible miss.

  13. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    Bednarek off the line

  14. Niho992
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    Score Soton pleasee

  15. HM2
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 11 days ago

    Trivial question: how do you set a profile picture on here?

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      Go to Gravatar.com and use the same email address you used to sign up on here

      1. HM2
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 11 days ago

        cheers mate

  16. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 11 days ago

    F off vardy, always looks like the worst player in the world when you own him

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      This

      So much this

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      I was happier when I wasn't watching yeah

  17. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    Madison off ayoze on.

    Hattrick incoming as usual against saints.

  18. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    What's going on with the last four games, will this continue?
    LEE-BHA 0-1
    WHU-BUR 1-0
    FUL-CHE 0-1
    LEI-SOU 1-0 (live)

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      Joke aint it

    2. GROBARI
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 11 days ago

      Like the good old days in Italy

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      Spurs game will change it don’t worry

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 11 days ago

        Quietly hoping for another Southampton away show...

      2. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 11 days ago

        2-0 Sheffield it is

    4. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      Tomorrow is another day.

    5. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      +66

    6. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      All the goals being saved for later in the week

    7. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 11 days ago

      spurs and arsenal will continue the 1-0s

    8. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      And 3 out of 6 in BGW18 ended 1-0/0-1

    9. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      Already a Lack of goals in gameweek 18 so no surprise it's continued

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 11 days ago

        yeah 3/6 see above

  19. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    Come on need some more saves McCarthy!

  20. potatoace
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    Its 15mins to go and mcmanaman's finally reached screeching mode

  21. The Train Driver
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    Party starting late?

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      Been postponed, always next game

    2. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      Usually does

  22. Kiwivillan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    Need Justin goal or assist and CS

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      Hell no, he needs to concede pronto!

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

    Thoughts?

    IF you played our BB this week, but still have the FH to cover the blank gw. Is there any reason to not wildcard now? most are saving it for that dgw, but chances are, if you wc now, your team will have a large number of players who will have a dgw in 26 anyway.

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      If your team looks good then I would delay WC as much as possible

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

        I mean, its not bad, but i have money tied up in my bench now which could be used elsewhere. It just makes sense to me to WC now. Saving for the dgw only makes sense if you still have a BB.

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 11 days ago

          Maybe lose money gradually from your bench . Post your team if you want 🙂

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

            I just think people who take this game seriously will coast to gw25 with my 1 or 2 differentials, and then all WC to pretty much the same team. Difficult to make up ground in that sense.

    2. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      I need to look into strategies. BB this week and still have WC TC FH

    3. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      Who are the players one should have for dgw26?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 11 days ago

        Ben crellin would know. Wild guess is Fulham villa and spurs probably

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

        Ben Crelin tweeted a list of possible fixtures.

  24. J ⚒ Gimme ur Mané
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    Do something please Barnes !

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

      Justin assist ok J

  25. Debauchy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    Need Justin off here , enough

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      Need him to concede badly

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

        haha , on my bb please no

  26. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    I don't know if Pereira can get back in this team. Justin and Castagne are superb fullbacks.

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      RW?

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 11 days ago

        Yeah maybe over Albrighton.

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 11 days ago

        This could be interesting

    2. swobe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      Castagne and Pereira could both play wide midfield!

    3. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      Selling Justin as I thought Pereira would soon be back was one of my biggest mistakes this season

      1. ALI_G
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 11 days ago

        it's the problem with too much info

        casual player would hold without knowing about Pereira
        people like us on here try and be clever and end up losing out

        1. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 11 days ago

          Yes, I really spend too much time on here 😛

  27. matiakez
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    Owning Barnes is not fun.

  28. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    Vardy looks injured

  29. SM001
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    ZZZZZzzzzzzz

  30. Wild Rover
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 11 days ago

    Vardy is like King Midas in reverse

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 11 days ago

      King Werner