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Taylor returns but Pieters and Mee miss out as Burnley face unchanged Fulham

The four teams with two fixtures in Gameweek 24 round off their double-headers this evening, with Burnley v Fulham first up.

Kick-off at Turf Moor is at 18:00 GMT.

The Clarets can put 11 points between themselves and 18th-place Fulham with a win this evening, while Scott Parker’s side can cut the deficit to safety to four points if they emerge victorious from Lancashire.

The Cottagers are unsurprisingly unchanged from Sunday’s win over Everton, a match in which Josh Maja (£5.5m) scored twice on his full debut for the west London side.

Burnley captain Ben Mee (£5.1m) misses out because of the Premier League’s concussion protocol, with Kevin Long (£4.3m) starting at centre-half in his absence.

Charlie Taylor (£4.4m) comes in at left-back for Erik Pieters (£4.3m) in Sean Dyche’s other alteration from the 3-0 win at Crystal Palace.

Mee was the most-bought FPL defender of Gameweek 25, with over 350,000 managers transferring him into their sides.

Dyche was again adamant that his influential defender was “fine” despite his unavailability tonight, saying:

Ben Mee is fine but the rules state that he can’t play. We have had so many injuries all season, this is not new territory for the players. They all know who they are and who is playing.

Fulham haven’t lost any of their last nine Premier League matches against clubs outside the current top four, keeping clean sheets in five of those games.

The Clarets also traditionally prosper against the also-rans: only one of their last eight matches against the bottom-half teams has ended in defeat.


Burnley XI: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Long, Taylor, Gudmundsson, Westwood, Cork, McNeil, Barnes, Rodriguez.

Fulham: Areola, Tete, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Aina, Loftus-Cheek, Reed, Lemina, Lookman, Maja, Reid.

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1,123 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bushwhacker
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Sean "no five subs" Dyche complaining about his team being stripped to the bones . . . . reap what you sow idiot.

    1. Jimmers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      It's the small squad he has, not the 5 subs that's his issue

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Exactly !
        He's a genius for doing such great job at Burnley

        1. ‘Tis the Season
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Well said Amy

      2. Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        it's not really a small squad when you have four strikers, nine defenders etc.

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          See my comment below.

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      What did he do wrong ?
      Why is he an idiot ?
      Why 5 subs would solve his problems & won't help bigger clubs more than small clubs with small size of good players squad ?

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Because the state of league with all the injuries we have is largely down to Dyche and a bunch of idiots who have no respect for players or there well being.

        1. St Pauli Walnuts
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Klopp constantly moans about this yet plays key players in dead rubbers and keeps them on for full 90 when games are won long before.

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      His issue is that his subs are shite. If he had a better squad it'd favour Burnely as much as it favours the bigger clubs.

      1. Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        his squad isn't too bad, it certainly isn't small.

    4. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      A 5 sub rule wouldn't change the fact they have a small squad with the lowest transfer spend and probably lowest wage bill in the league though. His issue is presumably that 5 subs favours the richest clubs.

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        It favors the health of players.

  2. DK_13
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    On a WC
    A)ederson + rudiger
    B)Sanchez+ cancelo

    European games starting, not sure if dias is nailed or not

    1. DK_13
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Cancelo*

  3. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Dortmund being torn apart

    1. Threat Level Midnight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Score?

      1. Hy liverpool
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Sevilla 1 dortmund 0

        1. Threat Level Midnight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Dortmund XG is insane, quite expect a few goals for them here. We shall see

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Season-ending, scoreboard-smashing 1-0.

  4. sergioaguero67
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Which teams are expected to play twice in DGW 26?

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Sunderland portsmouth wigan

      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Jossy’s Giants
        The Average Joes
        Harchester Utd

  5. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Are FPL towers right?

    Was it only 2 saves and not 3?

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      First time I see a save robbed 🙁

  6. IRBOX ⚽
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    As expected, Martinez outscore Pope. Happy days

    1. Threat Level Midnight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Imagine posting this after it happened. LOL dire

      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Hahaha

      2. IRBOX ⚽
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2021/02/12/the-merits-of-a-gameweek-26-wildcard-and-what-my-new-fpl-squad-could-look-like/

        Posted before it happened but ok champ.. made yourself look rather silly there

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Random luck wins out . . .you had a 50/50 chance and you took a gamble . . . don't gloat like an ponce.

  7. fedolefan
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Rich and Raz, you shameful diabolical picks, just show some fight and get me some points.

  8. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Come on Sterling .... remind us how good you can be ... turn my disappointing game week on its head!

  9. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Everton are wasting their time here. Should just forfeit tbh.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      But then how will Sterling, Dias and Co. stop accumulating points to ruin your season?

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      They have had a week from hell

      1. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        They were tired after a 120 minute game against Spurs.

    3. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Like Coventry shouldn’t have turned up for the 87 cup final.
      Like the Crazy gang shouldn’t have turned up for the 88 cup final.
      Like Wigan shouldn’t have turned up for the 2013 cup final.

  10. Drumandbaines123
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Everton pressing high

    • Stand By Mee
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Pope had 3 saves and now has 2? 🙁

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        If you think about it logically, he never ever had 3 saves in the first place.

    • Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Pope lost his last(?) save and save point. Stones benched, Cancelo (I don't have) starting on the left. No Gündo is no news.

      Small green arrow will become red.

    • fusen
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Anyone else have the City trio of Gundo, Stones, Dias?

      double gameweek and a grand total of 3 appearances altogether 😀

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        o/

      2. tambourineman
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Got them 3 + Mee and DCL (on bench).

      3. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        No. 38 +6 thus far

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      rodri is the new gundogan

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Behave

    • BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      I thought for long that Sancho must be German or at least not English since he is young talent playing in BL. Why would promising English player leave PL, or why other promising English players are not leaving England? I dont remember any other similar cases.

    • tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Fodders G

    • DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      FODEN!!

    • My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Sterling cappers 18 points. Happy?

      1. Towsor44
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        No, but I'd settle for the 1 point for clean sheet at this point!

        1. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Nope LOL

      2. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        If it ends like this then not really, no
        4.5ppg avg below par
        Would’ve hoped for 24 minimum

    • Towsor44
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Richi goal Digne Assist

    • Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Foden, Digne and Richarlison 😀

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Owner?

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Yep!

          1. My heart goes Salalalalah
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Champ