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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. Limbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    James Benched. Only Everton surprise - was sure he'd start ahead of Siggurdson.

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Good to see Digne / Iwobi on the flanks - that at least offers some pace.

  2. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Stones and Gundogan Owners

    I have 6 words for ya!

    1. jammie26
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Signing in FFS

      • Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Would you like a BJ?

      • teneighty
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Absolutely nowhere to hide? That's only four!

      • KUN+10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Cry me a river...thats 5

    2. JammySprat
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      1/4 starts second game and it's the one I least expected 2 games from!
      + Cancelo
      - Mee, Gundo and Stones

    3. as33
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Sterling captain go go go

    4. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Dias + Stones owners get a sgw

    5. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Need a Pope goal and assist

      1. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        This

    6. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I feel pain in my stomach 🙁 I was so close to Stones to Gundo, I even went to the transfer page and was about to commit to it, but went Raphinha instead and kept Stones...

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Which in hindsight is not that bad actually. 5 pts now and -4 saved which is 9 pts. Gundo scored 19 - 6 -9 = 4 pts

        Ok, back to being cheerful.

        Come oooooon Sterling

      2. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Well I was so so close to doing DCL and Son to Barnes and Auba (C)... I’m gutted and want this gameweek to end.

    7. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Would guess Stones back next week based on Pep saying: "I try to involve all the players - I rotate all the players. That's the only chance we have to win all the competitions. We need everyone. In these two games I will try and play as many players as possible"

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

        Good to know ... still tripling City anyone?

      2. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Yeah he was on my bench for Arsenal but he will start probably. But will Cancelo start ?

    8. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      1 meesly pathetic return from sterling is all I ask to be content with my game week

    9. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      So King Damián Emiliano Martínez Romero looks set to beat DGW Pope as long as Fulham don't get a penalty. Fulham don't score penalties.

    10. 03farmboy
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Cancelo or Dias?

      Who’s most likely to play most games??

      1. TheBiffas
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Dias

        • Pukkipartyy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Dias

        • g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Dias, had his rest now

        • KunDogan (B.D.)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Dias

      2. Saka_me_sideways
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Biggest bit of team news to come out... Pickford back in goal.
          Sterling cappers assemble!

          1. HuttonDressedasLahm
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            🙂

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Areola had two saves vs Everton and two today but no save point?

          1. Pad Randa (The OG)
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Joke, I assume.

          2. djman102
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Nope. They don't accumulate. Has to get 3 in one game for the point.

          3. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            2=0 2=0

        • Jordan.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          ederson, if you want city defence

        • Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          It's going to be a Mahrez match right?

          1. HuttonDressedasLahm
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Yep

          2. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Digne inside out.

          3. El Fenomeno R9
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Raheem time,could take penalty too

        • Pad Randa (The OG)
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          So my benching of Stones wasn't entirely misguided, after all (I'm still getting his six points in thanks to Antonio).

          1. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Why did you bench him you madman 😆

            1. Pad Randa (The OG)
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Chasing, so went with Son instead.

            2. 7shadesofsmoke
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              GRAV TWINS!!

              1. Pad Randa (The OG)
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Fresh.

        • Bury94
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          So the only double gamweeker I've ended up with is Cancelo, awesome!

          1. Bury94
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Oh and Pope

        • Royal5
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Not up to date here, where is Gundo!?

          1. Pad Randa (The OG)
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            He got hauled off in the first match of the GW, must still be suffering with that injury.

            1. Royal5
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Ffs.

          2. MoSalad
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            He’s gone for a nice holiday

          3. Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Went off the last game with a slight groin strain.

            1. Royal5
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Never knew this :/

              1. Duke Silver ☑
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Precautionary sub but no way he's going to risk him with Champions League coming up.

                1. Royal5
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  I see. Makes sense I guess..

          4. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Writing his POTY speech.

        • HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Triple CS gone in 5 minutes

          Pope Tarkowski Stones

          Screw this game!

          1. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Same but Lowton

        • el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Cancelo on the left , very promising !

          1. Nanoelektronicar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            He'll be coming inside a lot without Kdb and Gundo.

          2. MoSalad
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            He really needs some attacking returns

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

            Come on! My only player starting ...

        • A Kun & Mateta
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Happy Dias starting just to avoid Dallas - 1.

          1. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Yep, same here.

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

            Antonio owner with DCL first sub and Dallas 2nd sub 🙁

        • Daniel - When to BB?
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          When Pep did so much praise for Stones on the press i knew it he is gonna bench him

        • TheBiffas
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Stones has to go. Only starting half of the time with laporte around

            1. BDA Shadow
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              He's played 10/12 and Laporte has been available for ages...

              1. TheBiffas
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Laporte been available for 5 weeks and both of stones' benching a have been since then

            2. Salan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I don't care Man City got CS or not, only having Cancelo doesn't help a lot.

              Sterling's haul is a must.

            3. BDA Shadow
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Lovely... Stones benched means 2/6 of my "nailed" double GW options played. Not long after missing out on triple up Leeds cancelled double GW. This is how it's going for everyone, right?

              1. Pad Randa (The OG)
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Just about. A Digne goal would just put the cherry on top for me today.

              2. Tommy J
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Yep also started with 6 but only 2 are playing in these games tonight. A bit frustrating but hey ho...

                1. BDA Shadow
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  I'm expecting the next few weeks of doubles to turn out quite disappointing. We roll with it.

            4. Daniel - When to BB?
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Time for Pope penalty save

            5. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Might just go single City defense on WC with one of Cancelo/Stones

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

                Yep think that could be the way to go from here

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Which do you reckon?

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

                    Got Cancelo and with the value intact I will stick with him

              2. My heart goes Salalalalah
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                But which 2 attackers then? KdB and Gundo?

            6. fusen
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              It's quite ironic that Cancelo is now the confirmed easy pick for City.

              As a Stones and Dias owner this "double" week has been awful.

              1. Daniel - When to BB?
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                He is not actually. Dias still more nailed on

              2. Baps hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                At least we got their haul last dgw. But Cancelo starting and Stones benched after Dias not starting the first one 🙁

            7. Daniel - When to BB?
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Who else is cheering for Fulham against Newcastle for the relegation battle ?

              1. Pad Randa (The OG)
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                If I had to pick of the two, me.

            8. Esalman
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Would consider it a success to get 10 more points from Cancelo, Rich (C) and Stones.