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Mee starts for Burnley as Barnes misses out with thigh injury

Backers of Burnley clean sheets will be pleased to see Ben Mee (£5.1m) return to the starting line-up for Double Gameweek 25.

The centre-back sustained a head injury in the first of two Double Gameweek 24 matches against Crystal Palace and ended up missing the second.

Having conceded to low-scoring Fulham in Mee’s absence, the Clarets will welcome back their captain with open arms.

With Erik Pieters (£4.3m) still on the sidelines, Charlie Taylor (£4.4m) earns his second successive Premier League start since returning from his own fitness problems.

At 15.7% ownership, Nick Pope (£5.6m) is the most popular Fantasy asset at Turf Moor today, boosted by Mee coming in for Kevin Long (£4.3m).

Ashley Barnes (£6.0m) is the latest Burnley striker to suffer from injury problems, missing out with a thigh problem today which means Matej Vydra (£4.8m) and Jay Rodriguez (£5.8m) lead the line.

Mbaye Diagne (£6.0m) fronts West Bromwich Albion’s attack at Turf Moor having registered two assists and a goal in his first four Premier League outings.

Still, only 0.4% of Fantasy managers have shown any interest in him thus far, Matheus Pereira (£5.4m) the most-popular starting Baggies asset in just 1.5% of teams worldwide.

Double Gameweek 25 Line-ups

Burnley XI (4-4-2): Pope; C Taylor, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton; McNeil, Westwood, Cork, Brownhill; Rodriguez, Vydra.

West Bromwich Albion XI (4-2-3-1): Johnstone; C Townsend, Bartley, Ajayi, Furlong; Yokuslu, Gallagher; M Phillips, M Pereira, Maitland-Niles; Diagne.

Double Gameweek 25 so far…

After Leeds assets produced a disappointing start to Double Gameweek 25 in their Friday-night defeat to Wolves, Southampton continued in similar style.

While Chelsea did not tear their defence apart in quite the same way as many anticipated, Alex McCarthy (£4.5m), Jannik Vestergaard (£4.7m) and company could not get a clean sheet, the former earning a late yellow card for time-wasting too.

Danny Ings (£8.5m) was the reason Southampton conceded, giving away a second-half penalty for a foul on Mason Mount (£6.8m).

Ings disappointed at the other end of the pitch too, blanking for the fifth time in his last six matches. His Gameweek 24 strike against Wolves is still his only attacking return since Gameweek 17.

Scoutcast differential Takumi Minamino (£6.0m) was the man that came through for the Saints, having produced a superior figure for minutes per shot than Ings over the two players’ last four Premier League matches.

Nathan Redmond (£6.4m) played the Liverpool loanee through in the first-half, who stabbed home with a cool finish.

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976 Comments Post a Comment
  1. DandyDon
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Really glad I started both my Burnley defenders in the end...just I shame I played Meslier over Pope!

    1. Londongeezaa
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      The King and I?

      Nope, I’ve gone for Pope and Mee.

    2. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Pope and Lowton for me

  2. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Anyone else Freehitting in 26 and Wildcarding 30/31??

  3. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Go on Big Sam, pour some gravy all over that CS.

  4. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    It's ironic that Burnley's ground is called Turf Moor because the pitch looks awful.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      That's because it needs Moor Turf.

    2. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      How is that ironic?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        This...

      2. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Because the Turf looks absolutely shagged mate

    3. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Well it looks like a moor so...

  5. Sid1891
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Triple Burnely so far so good but silly goal will dip me right down

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Relax, cs for Burnley and lots of saving points for Pope incoming

  6. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Kane injury turned out to be just rumours?

    1. Lazaretti
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Injury is called Jose

    2. fusen
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Mou spreading rumours? He wasn't fit to play the last game according to the manager. It was unknown if he'd be fit enough to play this weekend.

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Mourinho said he had a talk with Kane and medical team so I wouldn't say it was rumours

    4. unitednations
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      what's the rumour? i brought him in yesterday:(

  7. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Will definitely hit a centenary this gw...of points on my bench since gw20 if pope keeps a cs. Very likely

    1. Max City
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      I had 36 points rotten on my bench earlier when I benched Martinez Watkins Dallas and Coufal on GW 23 ..if that could make you happier

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Haha a bit thank you 🙂

  8. Silecro
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Not trying to be Mr. Hindsight, but all of you who benched Burnley defender vs WBA at home, for which games have you brought them in the first place? MCI away?

    1. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      I played one of the two.

      1. Silecro
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Pope and Lowton here

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Think they had a DGW not too long ago.

      Many will have two City + Dallas starting.

    3. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Have lowton starting and pope on bench . Areola in goals, decided to spread the risks ...

    4. The VAR Team
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      This is not an answer to your question, but I played Lowton over Robertson

    5. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      The previous DGW obviously...

    6. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      People have Burnley defenders from last week. And have kept them for the double next week. This week the attention was on Leeds and Southampton.

  9. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    City should be made play the 1st game every GW so people know if they want their subs to score points...

    1. The VAR Team
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      HT!

    2. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Haha so true!

      I’ve got Grealish, Gundogan, Dias, Cancelo

      With DCL first sub and Lowton second.

      Do I want a Burnley clean sheet?!?!?!?!

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        All play if DCL scores later and Lowton has a CS here 😉

        1. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Of course that’s what will happen - Grealish miraculous recovery plus Gundo, Cancelo, Dias 1 point cameos

          Lowton 15 pointer, DCL hattrick

      2. Would Ed Woodward
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Definitely.

        1. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          This was always going to happen this week - such difficult bench choice

          WBA would have scored too without the red card.

          I think I probably will get Lowton off the bench thighs

          1. Would Ed Woodward
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            My bench is poor this week (Saka, Coufal, Kilman) and I have Cancelo, Gundo and Cavani starting, could be a rough one.

            1. TheDragon
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Do you think Gundo and Cancelo get 0 minutes?

              1. Would Ed Woodward
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                No idea mate, not even worth thinking about, Cancelo seems due a rest though.

  10. Tonyawesome69
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Is Pope and Soucek to 3.9 fodder and Barnes worth a - 4? Only concern is getting rid of a BGW29 player.

    Using other FT Ings to Kane

    WC30/31 FH33 TC undecided

    2FT 3.7itb
    Martinez
    Cancelo Stones Digne
    Salah Bruno Gundo Raphinha*
    DCL Bamford* Ings*
    (Pope Soucek Cresswell Holding)

    1. Sid1891
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Not worth it in my opinion

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Interesting. Not keen on LEI? What would you do with the 2nd FT? I would have 9DGW players (including Kane) plus double Leeds for 26.

        1. Sid1891
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Definitely Ings to Kane
          Will you have enough to play for Mount perhaps and play him in dgw over Bamford?
          Just a thought
          Save transfer if you can

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Not sure of mount as a fpl pick. Chelsea fixtures are not great on paper

          2. Crunchie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Ings to Kane

            1. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              That's already confirmed with one of my FTs.

  11. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Played Mcc over Pope. Rival has Pope + Tark. Of course there is a red for WBA. Hoping for lucky WBA goal (but def not gonna watch the game :D).

  12. Rolls-Royce
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    DCL feast vs WBA with no Ajayi. TC material

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Everton has great dgw fixtures, so why not

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      He only misses Brighton.

      1. Rolls-Royce
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Straight red, 3 games ban, no?

        1. Hamstergod
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          3 is only for violent conduct, 1 match standard ban

        2. JIMMY764
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Only for violent conduct + dangerous tackles

          1. Rolls-Royce
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Ah thought it was for the violent conduct. Nvm then

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      DCL TC is big ballsy.

    4. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Good shout

      1. Rolls-Royce
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        I think he also scored a hattrick in the reverse fixture

    5. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      I like DCL/ everton's double. TC is ballsy but cap could be good

  13. Jässi
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Which is the best option with the following squad?

    A) WC26, save both BB and TC for later, get players who have DGW26 and also play in BGW29
    B) TC26, WC 27, get players for BGW29
    C) TC26, use free transfers to get players for BGW29, WC after blank in 30/31 to get better squad for the last part of the season
    D) WC26, BB27

    Martinez
    Stones - Robertson - Dallas
    Salah - Fernandes - Gundogan - Foden
    Watkins - Ings - Bamford

    Bench: McCarthy, Raphinha, Coufal, Johnson

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      C

  14. Lukakuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Think WBA will score here! Burney have no experience defending against counter attacks

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      If it was anyone but WBA I might agree

      1. Lukakuna
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Palace without Zaha? 😉

    2. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Burnley are clueless when they need to build up an attack

  15. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Will be very disappointed if pope and lowton couldn’t keep the cs

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      No way WBA will score here, unless Pope takes A Meslier

  16. Danno - Emre Canada
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Greater chance of happening please... Baggies score or Sterling starts and gets a hattrick?!?!..

  17. Chilli Heatwave
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Anyone else going to be rolling back the years and bringing in Alonso was United are out the way with?

    1. Chilli Heatwave
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      *once United

    2. fusen
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      yep. I looked at the good Chelsea run after gw 28 I think, will aim to play him from then on

    3. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Did he play welll today?

      1. fusen
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        He played as attacking as you'd expect Alonso to. If people get all giddy over Cancelo then they should also do the same for Alonso.

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Looks pretty nailed too?

      2. Chilli Heatwave
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Alonso like yes, nearly a goal and assist

    4. BobB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Ben Chilwell?

      1. Chilli Heatwave
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Think a decent bench counters the issue, enough money to cover that

    5. Kane and Ablett
        2 months, 25 days ago

        He’s top of my list right now for the following game week - definitely a Chelsea or Leicester defender coming in but Azpi and James also tempting . How did the look today as I’ll be relying on the MOTD editing for info

        1. Chilli Heatwave
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Didn’t catch much just the highlights, Alonso doing Alonso things can’t comment on the others

      • Pumpy Pro
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Enjoy the 1 point cameos

        1. Chilli Heatwave
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          But the excitement is always great 🙂

    6. Silecro
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Havent watched a lot of Bur and Wba games on tv, but this was one of the worst halves of the football i have seen in a long time

      1. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Did you really expect any different....

    7. JJO
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Does it really matter for Burnley if they have 1 player more ot less

    8. Fantabulous KdB
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Ideal WC team without BB?

      So far I have
      Martinez
      Stones Cancelo Digne
      Salah Bruno Maddison Gund
      Kane DCL Watkins

      Steele Dallas Raph Dunk

      1. Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Look good

      2. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Drop Steel to Fabri. Blocks you from bringing in good 3rd villa player like targett or Grealish(if fit) later

    9. jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Pope and Lowton owner.. keep it tight boys!!

      1. Lukakuna
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Yes, settle for a 0-0!

    10. Kryptonite666
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      So much for wildcarding for double weeks. 4 games- no returns - Bamford, Dallas, Raphinha, Ings.

      Got rid of double Burnley defence on a WC.

      1. The VAR Team
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Glad to hear the wildcards are failing 🙂

      2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Well of you ship Burnley defense before WBA you got yourself to thank.

        1. Kryptonite666
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Thanks Alec, take a look at Burnley’s fixture in the Double game week.

          1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Sure I have, but couldn't that be your transfer for the game after?

            1. Kryptonite666
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Wildcard + benchboost.

              Have other Leeds doublers to transfer who will have a single gameweek next week

    11. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Need one more Martinez masterclass now haha

    12. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Who loves a nice 0-0...Mee that's who

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        🙂

      2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Johnstone and Mee too.

    13. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Nice to see Allardyce showing solidarity with Semi Ajayi by wearing his initials on his tracksuit.

    14. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Bit slow around here today, I guess Fudgy doesn't own Ajayi

      1. Pumpy Pro
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        He will be back to get the attention he craves. If only everyone on here ignored him. He may go away

    15. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Burnley clean sheet about the bring up average by 7 pts

    16. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Burnley will still conceed, I started Pope and Mee as they are home to West Brom!

      1. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        They may well do. People never learn already celebrating a cleanie

      2. Grimes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        It's very unlikely.

    17. Boxwoods
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Pope on just the one save, then?

      (Assuming rubbish post-match reduction per last week)

      1. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Hard to make saves with fk all goal attempts.

        1. Boxwoods
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          True that. Hold that cleanie, Nick!

    18. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      If Salah rips it up later, is the for a hit worth it?

      KdB & Ings to Salah & DCL

      1. The VAR Team
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 25 days ago

        If he rips up his hammy yes