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Fit-again Vardy only a substitute as injured Podence and Boly miss out

Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) makes his return from hernia surgery this afternoon but the Leicester City striker is only among the substitutes for the Foxes’ clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Kick-off at Molineux is at 14:00 GMT.

Brendan Rodgers again trusts Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.6m) to lead the line in the West Midlands and has indeed named an unchanged side from the one that defeated Fulham in midweek.

As for Wolves, Nuno Espirito Santo hinted at injury problems in Friday’s press conference and has made a pair of enforced alterations to his starting XI.

Willy Boly (£5.4m) and Daniel Podence (£5.3m) miss out with hamstring and adductor problems respectively and are replaced by Jonny (£5.4m) and Leander Dendoncker (£4.6m).

This will be Jonny’s first appearance since suffering an injury in August and his return at left-back, coupled with Boly’s absence, means that Max Kilman (£4.0m) moves over to his more favoured centre-half position.

Romain Saiss (£4.9m) is also back from injury but is only among the substitutes.

FPL’s most-popular defender starts in this fixture: James Justin (£5.2m) features in almost 30% of Fantasy squads, with his ownership figure further swelled by a 15-point haul in Gameweek 22.

Both he and James Maddison (£7.4m) were transferred in by over 200,000 FPL managers ahead of Saturday’s deadline.

Justin also has the highest effective ownership among defenders in the top 10,000 Fantasy squads.


Wolves XI: Patricio, Semedo, Kilman, Coady, Jonny, Neves, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Neto, Willian José, Traoré.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel, Justin, Soyuncu, Evans, Pereira, Choudhury, Perez, Maddison, Tielemans, Barnes, Iheanacho.

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1,141 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Van der Faart
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    0-0 or 2-1 to City. Dias and Cancelo for City and Salah for Liverpool. Please.

  2. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    A. Forster > areola and BB. WC gw 25
    B. Save ft, mini wc next gw and BB gw26
    C. Any other suggestions?

    Martinez
    Digne stones Mee
    Salah bruno Sterling gundo
    Dcl Antonio bamford

    Forster saka coufal Dallas

  3. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Played Barnes & Foden first on the bench.
    Foden playing false 9 going to be a huge gaff

  4. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    100% sure Dias on my bench will score.

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Agreed

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Let's hope so.

    3. MoSalad
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Stones on mine I hope not

    4. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      He’ll need to score a hat trick to salvage anything this GW

    5. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      He's due

  5. MoSalad
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Best mid under £8m for DGW?

    I have Gundo, just read Hamez could have a Calf injury and wasn’t convinced he would play both. Could have a 1 week punt on Lookman/Sigi maybe.

    1. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      lookman?

  6. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Since mid Oct or Nov I've been hearing that James Justin will be dropped soon...

    1. Mweene
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Anyone who's actually watched Leicester a few times and has a decent understanding of football could surely see that he's been consistently good every week and Rodgers trusts him. No chance of being dropped.

      1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        I agree with you but still don't have him. Lol

      2. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Agreed, never crossed my mind to sell him.

    2. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Thats when I sold him.

    3. dannyhesse
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Leicester's most consistent player this season and it's becoming more difficult for Rodgers to drop him. I've had him from week 1 and he's going nowhere.

  7. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Checks FPL site for score, 'king of the match James fooking Justin'!

    Throws up

    1. Jordan.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      honestly buy him hes only 5.2

  8. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Kilman and Watkins on my bench.Nice work.

    1. WE GO FOR IT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Kilman makes sense and Watkins was probably because you had a strong 8 (I'm guessing). So, no reason to beat yourself about it.

      1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        True. I played Kane ahead of him on the understanding that he might not play.

        1. WE GO FOR IT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Kane still got the return. So, that was a good call!

  9. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Anyone else own neither Justin or Cancelo?

    Just me?

    Explains a lot 😆

    1. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Raises hand

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        You’re still on a great rank mate though!

        Also what’s that benchfudgery with Forster/ Martinez about?!

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

          Haha felt the urge to get in some bench points. So relieved it didn’t backfire.

    2. ivantys
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Cancelo only delivered in one week and missed 2 CS games. Hardly an issue if you owned other city defenders.

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Fear him today though...

          1. ivantys
              3 months, 4 days ago

              He's also a problem as he will get rested in the easier games, which lowers his potential hauls.

        2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          I've never had either. 15 K rank.

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Ok so maybe they aren’t the only reason lol

            I’ve dropped from 59k in GW19 to 137k currently

            Something going horribly, horribly wrong.

            Maybe I’ll outsource my decisions to you!

            1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              I've enough problems making my own.lol.

              1. Don Kloppeone
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Not at 15k you don’t!

      • Gooner Kebab
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Soucek out

        a) Sterling
        b) Hamez
        c) someone else?

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Raphinha but wait until Friday at least.

          1. Gooner Kebab
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            no love for this dgw?

            1. George Agdgdgwngo
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Hames

      • wulfrunian
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Martinez,Justin,Soucek are the most annoying fpl players of the season.

        1. Mweene
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Just get them and play them every week.

          Makes your life a lot easier.

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

          I own two of them and agree. You just have to play them every GW is the solution.

          1. wulfrunian
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            They are so consistent,every 2-3 games they had return cs+bonus.They are making a big difference this season.

        3. Jordan.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          dcl,son,kane if you havent owned like me ,pretty sure everybody has an antiplayer,you cant have them all.

      • UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Is there any point to this game anymore? Trying to navigate blanks, impossible to move up rank even when choosing the right captains, seems anything you do you get punished for, like....where is the enjoyment?

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

          Mini-leagues.

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            ML’s are hard to enjoy when kicking out EVERY week

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Rivals lucking out every GW*

          2. Utopsis
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 4 days ago

            This - play against mates who aren't very good and smash them

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

              This is fun. Shallow as you don't have any competition. But still fun.

              1. Utopsis
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Haha yeah. But I join quite a few MLs, some are more competitive than others so I get to experience the full range of emotions

                1. The Ilfordian
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  I remember being in a public minileague with some Finnish guy who came 14th

            2. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              That's less fun to me than a very hard ultra competitive OR, the challenge is the fun

              1. Utopsis
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 4 days ago

                I agree matey, I join quite a few MLs with varying levels of player ability - one of them the guy who finished top last year was 16th OR - now that one's competitive!

        2. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          It’s very competitive and way harder than a few years ago

          Enjoy the process / challenge

          And remember it’s only a game 🙂

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            I agree, but it’s just not the same anymore, far too annoying, seriously thinking of making it my last season, plus the toxicity levels on here grow each year.

            1. TheDragon
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Ye it is very annoying but that is in part because people only post about their great scores so no matter how well you do you feel disappointed.

              - spending less time on here would prob make it more enjoyable for you

              - don’t compare/ compete with others, compete with yourself eg try to average 63 points a week or something

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Aye true hard to argue with any of that

              2. Baines on Toast...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Very good points. Funny how many of the issue with this site are basically the problems with all social media - it's at that kind of scale now.

        3. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Moaning about perceived injustices seems to be the thing for many.

          Or bonus points!!

        4. Amey
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Chill
          It's a game 🙂

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Haha i know I know, still though ya get where i’m coming from

            1. Amey
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Definitely ... Hopefully you'll have a great second half of the season

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Cheers Amey

        5. Jordan.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          the only thinks that matter are private cash mini leagues and bragging rights with your mates,FPL is great..forget winning it all ,odds are youll be one of the 8 million who doesnt

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            I do concentrate more on ML’s than OR, but to make up 130 points now seems impossible

        6. Rik Waller
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          a little be over-dramatic maybe mate

        7. Firminoooo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Some times players I don’t own blanks. Then I can post « nowhere to hide for xxxx owners»

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            He he he...

            A meaningful existence is all we can strive for!

        8. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          It just sounds like you aren't enjoying it because you're not doing well? Which is well, normal i guess? Minus the overreacting to doing poorly part

        9. Gandalf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Not impossible to move up ranks, having the template, getting ahead of the game on new template picks, making good sub and captain choices generally enables regular increases

      • balint84
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Captain Sterling or POPE?

        1. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Sterling

          Pope could be brilliant but hoping for clean sheets isn’t for me

          1. Mweene
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Calvert-Lewin. At least you know he'll start against Fulham.

        2. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Watch the game, whoever from City looks the liveliest them.

        3. ivantys
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Palace and Fulham don't shoot the ball, he's not getting saves in those games.

        4. Joey Tribbiani
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Why is Justin so annoying, was happy with his 6 points, turns out gets 3 bonus again....

            1. Gooner Kebab
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              What a player 🙂 just kidding

            2. ivantys
                3 months, 4 days ago

                I bet he will be on 3 too even if Vardy scores that 😀

              • Athletico Underachieving
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Not even in them with 5 mins to go. So irritating

              • La Roja
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                B*oody Justin

                1. TheDragon
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Wha has he been fighting with?

              • Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Salah v Zinchenko. I only who my moneys on, enjoy your haul Salah

              • DannyDrinkVodka
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Robertson>Digne, Antonio>DCL for 2 FT?

              • Stormbringer22
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 4 days ago

                I now refuse to get Justin in out of spite, no other reason

                1. Amey
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Me too

              • EWH2020
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                I've played FPL for around 12 years. Never finished outside top 100k. Currently ranked about 700k. It's been a stinker from start to finish.

                I am not aware that I am doing anything different to any other season. This season nothing seems to be going right, I base all decisions on form/fixtures. I feel like "form" has been the killer. Seemingly out of form players coming good etc.

                The leader of my ML has never finished in the top 1million and is currently ranked 10k.

                Anyone else having a rotten season? Is this an anomaly for traditionally "good" FPL players to be having a rubbish time?

                1. TheDragon
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  It’s a game played by 8m people - negative variance can happen even to the best.

                  It’s very very hard not to have the odd bad season anymore no matter how good you are

                2. EWH2020
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  For me the biggest killer has been bench points.

                  I benched every single Podence and Soucek haul

                  1. Lethargio Alcantara
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Bench points are a key aspect of this season. I have achieved much better results in previous years when playing with just a Starting XI without a playing bench. This year my team is much stronger in depth, but I am missing out on bench points week after week.

                3. mynameisq
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  There's posts like this every single season

                4. Salan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  I understand your feeling and situation. I've played FPL from start, 8 times finishing top 10k. Even I am now sitting at 140k, it's getting harder and harder to have a 'good' rank nowadays. Not only this special season, it's also more and more managers get the 'template' team.

                  Good luck.

                5. UNDERWORLD7
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Should revert back to normal once Covid is over

              • Kannbury
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Couple of goals each for Trent and Cancelo, not too much to ask for 🙂

                  1. Lazaretti
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    No it's not too much but add 3 goals fir Gundogan and Salah

                  2. Old Man
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    1-1 with goals from Thiago and Zinchenko will do just fine.

                • Nightcrawler
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Gundo Cancelo Salah owners WE MOVE!

                  1. Mr. O'Connell
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    ...nowhere in the rankings. Grey arrow confirmed.

                • AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Gundogan is out by the looks...

                  1. AC/DC AFC
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    My bad, he looked in real pain.

                • Lethargio Alcantara
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Thiago is such a disgrace.
                  - from a Liverpool supporter.

                • sminkypinky
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Gundo?

                • elchilangles
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  as a Gundo owner but Liverpool fan I have mixed feelings about that penalty, but more happy than not!

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

                  I’m still in shock from that miss