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

    Party pending.

  2. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Wolves are actually useless.

    1. ivantys
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Their attacks are mainly just kick and run past the defender and just cross blindly.

    2. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Ederson -vs- Allison
      Cancelo Dias Stones Laporte -vs- TAA Fabinho Kabak Robbo
      Rodri Gundo Bilva -vs- Hendo Gini Thiago
      Foden Jesus Sterling -vs- Salah Firmino Mane

      It's close, Liverpool has a lot of quality but I'm unsure about their defence, on the other side Man City has a solid team

      1. 3 A
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Hendo not Kabak

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Maddison YC

    4. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Maddy YC

    5. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Maddison YC. Balls.

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

      Kick Adama next, Justin.

    7. Sif
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Choice now seems like: Strong GW26 team with second keeper, Son, Grealish & Watkins, Bruno, Salah, 3x City etc.

      Or Kane

      1. Sif
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Bench Boost team that is

      2. ivantys
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Leeds in 25 making things tricky.

          1. Sif
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Think you have to keep Leeds (at least Bamford) given 25 & the blank 29. Too many transfers to spent to to play hokey cokey with them.

            1. ivantys
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Yeah it's stopping me from tripling Leeds. I'll keep Dallas and Bamford then switch Dallas for someone in 26.

        • TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          3 - Kilman (27)
          2 - Patrício, Coady (25)

          Söyüncü (22)
          Evans (22)
          Semedo (20)
          Justin (19)

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Justin to play 5 mins of 1-2s with Evans to get his passing % up and take all 3 bonus

            1. ivantys
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Or towers just give it to him.

            2. THFC4LIFE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Barnes to nick 3 baps with a late goal and assist

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

            Should have bench boosted

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              With Kane, Vardy and KDB out the time to bench boost was this last 2 game weeks, forgot the distraction of the doubles.

          3. Bury94
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Really could do with some Barnes points here, looks destined to finish goalless this

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

            Not sure whether to go for Riedewald > Gundo. The funds used would make getting Kane back difficult.

          5. Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Stupid from O'Mahony. Game over now.

            1. Hybrid.power
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Yep

          6. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Vardy on?

          7. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Just checked baps, what happened to Justin?

            1. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              He will jump to 3BP for sure. He always does

              1. ivantys
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  He only got BP twice when he doesn't get any attacking returns.

            2. Vazza
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Would you make these moves for free

                Mane, Brewster => Kane, ESR

                Bearing in mind that Mane has Leicester and Kane has City next...

              • BeWater
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  FFS Moutinho. How clear a chance do you want.

                • TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  LMS safety score up to 27

                  1. dark91
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    Hmmm. Might be a tricky GW for LMS this week

                • potatoace
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  This game is shockingly bad

                • Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Is Sterling starting?

                  1. TorresMagic™
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    6 mins

                • Rainer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Wolves are never scoring here.

                  1. TorresMagic™
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    No chance, Leicester 1-0 soon

                  2. BeWater
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      Best hope is Hamza Choudhury doing something stupid in the box.

                  3. DAZZ
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    Who are your essentials for DGW26?

                    1. Make United Great Again
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      Kane Son

                  4. Duke Silver ☑
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    Rockstar drip feeding team news on Twitter. Jesus on the bench.

                  5. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    Henderson at CB is fantastic news for us. Lineup rumours in the mud.

                    1. Hazz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      Interesting. The usually reliable one I wrong. He never posted with the recent BS ones either.

                    2. Sack The Glazers
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      Henderson could be playing GK, what difference does it make? You can't change your team now anyway

                  6. Bounce
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      Not sure what to do with my wildcard. I already have the template team that everyone wants.

                      1. Baps hunter
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 6 days ago

                        I know. I will save it for later use. No need to waste it.

                    • Hazz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      Soyboy outscoring Pereira again?

                      Don't bring back those memories!

                    • g40steve
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      Wolves need Jimmy’s clinical finishing

                    • camarozz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      How has Peirera looked? Brought him in this wk for Robbo

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

                        Still getting up to speed. Slightly off the pace.

                    • Rainer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      #LFC v Man City:

                      Alisson, Trent Fabinho Henderson Robertson, Wijnaldum Thiago Jones, Salah Firmino Mane

                    • dogtanion
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      Standard is awful here