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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. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Need Vardy jinxes please

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Vardy is useless. Won't do anything.

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      He’s shite

    3. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Vardy only scores after 80 minutes

    4. ivantys
        2 months, 26 days ago

        why did i buy the 10.1m penalty merchant

      • The Senate
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        what a load of rubbish he is. career over

      • Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

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

    5. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Shane Long (of "caught offside" fame) incoming

      1. swobe
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        a bit too on the nose there

        1. how now brown cow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Ha. Didnt take long did it.

    6. Londongeezaa
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Vardy having a mare 🙁

      1. Londongeezaa
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

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

    7. PLerix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      McCarthy only one save, really?

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Leicester keep shooting wide or over

    8. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Just not falling for Vardy. Not his night

    9. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Vardy is hopeless. We’ll definitely equalise

    10. fedolefan
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Bloody Vardy. Why did I even bother.

      1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        He'll do something. Keep the faith.

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

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

    11. BeWater
        2 months, 26 days ago

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

      • how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Che off

        1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Too bad for Soton.

      • Breezyy
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Anyone regretting not TCing?

        1. Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Nope, plenty more double gameweeks to come this season.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            This

        2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 26 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
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Your ML rivals TC'd?

          1. Breezyy
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 26 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
              2 months, 26 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. Breezyy
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Hopefully bro!

        4. Kiwivillan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 26 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
          2 months, 26 days ago

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

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

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

      • Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Omg Barnes. 🙁

      • diesel001
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Barnes. Terrible miss.

      • how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Bednarek off the line

      • Niho992
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Score Soton pleasee

      • HM2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 26 days ago

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

        1. Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

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

          1. HM2
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 26 days ago

            cheers mate

      • Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

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

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          This

          So much this

        2. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          I was happier when I wasn't watching yeah

      • how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Madison off ayoze on.

        Hattrick incoming as usual against saints.

      • Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 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. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Joke aint it

        2. GROBARI
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Like the good old days in Italy

          • KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Spurs game will change it don’t worry

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Quietly hoping for another Southampton away show...

            2. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              2-0 Sheffield it is

          • diesel001
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Tomorrow is another day.

          • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            +66

          • FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            All the goals being saved for later in the week

          • ivantys
              2 months, 26 days ago

              spurs and arsenal will continue the 1-0s

            • Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

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

            • Revival
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

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

              1. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                yeah 3/6 see above

          • KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Come on need some more saves McCarthy!

          • potatoace
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

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

          • The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Party starting late?

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Been postponed, always next game

            2. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Usually does

          • Kiwivillan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Need Justin goal or assist and CS

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Hell no, he needs to concede pronto!

          • Drip Doctor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 26 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
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

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

              1. Drip Doctor
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 26 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
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

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

                  1. Drip Doctor
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 26 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
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 26 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
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Who are the players one should have for dgw26?

              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

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

              2. Drip Doctor
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Ben Crelin tweeted a list of possible fixtures.

          • J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Do something please Barnes !

            1. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Justin assist ok J

          • Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Need Justin off here , enough

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Need him to concede badly

              1. Debauchy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                haha , on my bb please no

          • Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

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

            1. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              RW?

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Yeah maybe over Albrighton.

              2. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                This could be interesting

            2. swobe
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Castagne and Pereira could both play wide midfield!

            3. Pompel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 26 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
                2 months, 26 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
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Yes, I really spend too much time on here 😛

          • matiakez
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Owning Barnes is not fun.

          • diesel001
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Vardy looks injured

          • SM001
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            ZZZZZzzzzzzz

          • Wild Rover
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Vardy is like King Midas in reverse

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              King Werner