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Ricardo Pereira continues in midfield for Leicester as Saka, Aubameyang on Arsenal bench

After starting at right-midfield in Gameweek 25 as Leicester beat Aston Villa 2-1, Ricardo Pereira (£5.9m) is again playing ‘out of position’ in the first of Leicester City’s Double Gameweek 26 fixtures.

With James Maddison (£7.3m) sidelined for this weekend at least, Brendan Rodgers has possibly gone for a slight change of shape as Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.6m) looks set to partner Jamie Vardy (£10.2m) up front.

Over one million FPL managers paid out for the services of Harvey Barnes (£6.9m) ahead of DGW26. The England hopeful starts in his customary left-wing position.

With Pereira playing further forward, Luke Thomas (£4.2m) earns a second consecutive league start at left-back.

The defender will not be facing Bukayo Saka (£5.2m) from the first whistle, however. After admitting on Thursday that the winger is fatigued, Mikel Arteta has duly handed Saka a rest.

He drops to the Gunners’ bench alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.3m), Hector Bellerin (£5.1m) and Thomas Partey (£4.9m).

“We’ve had some problems in the last 48 hours to recover players – players with some muscular issues. We had to freshen up. The reality is that there are other players who are fighting for chances and they deserve the chance to play.” – Mikel Arteta

They are also joined by Rob Holding (£4.4m), who makes his return to the squad after suffering a concussion in the Gameweek 25 defeat to Manchester City.

Kieran Tierney (£5.2m) continues at left-back after making his injury return in the Europa League this week.

Tyrick Mitchell (£3.9m) is the major absentee from an FPL perspective as Crystal Palace welcome Fulham to Selhurst Park.

Having started in Gameweek 25, the left-back drops to the bench with Patrick van Aanholt (£5.4m) favoured by Roy Hodgson for the Eagles’ first DGW26 tie.

Scott Parker is also fond of a full-back switch, with right-sided defender Kenny Tete (£4.3m) returning to the Cottagers’ XI. That leaves Antonee Robinson (£4.4m) on the bench, as the versatile Ola Aina (£4.5m) switches to left-back.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (£5.5m) returns to the Fulham matchday squad but has not displaced Josh Maja (£5.5m) up front. Parker’s men also have another match this gameweek, with Spurs visiting Craven Cottage on Thursday.

Leicester City XI (4-4-2): Schmeichel; Thomas, Soyuncu, Evans, Castagne; Barnes, Ndidi, Tielemans, R Pereira; Iheanacho, Vardy.

Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Leno; Tierney, Mari, David Luiz, Cedric; Xhaka, Elneny; Willian, Smith Rowe, Pepe; Lacazette.

Crystal Palace XI (4-4-2): Guaita; Van Aanholt, Cahill, Kouyaté, Ward; Eze, Riedewald, Milivojevic, Townsend; Ayew, Benteke.

Fulham XI (4-2-3-1): Areola; Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Tete; Reed, Anguissa; Lookman, Loftus-Cheek, De Cordova-Reid; Maja.

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  1. YoungPretender
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 6 days ago

    Gutted for Barnes. Great player, hope it's nothing too serious.

    1. mwa1t
        5 months, 6 days ago

        Looked pretty bad unfortunately

        1. YoungPretender
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 6 days ago

          Yeah never a good sign when stretchered off in a cast. That being said, he didnt look in too much pain when being lifted off. Fingers crossed for him.

          1. mwa1t
              5 months, 6 days ago

              Yeah was odd that he didn’t seem in too much pain, hopefully a good sign

        2. Old Bull
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 6 days ago

          If it’s serious it could knock back his England chances

      • GROBARI
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 6 days ago

        Can moderators just delete idiotic comments "i lIkE tO sEe iT" on a players injuries which can be ACL. So pissed rn

        1. mwa1t
            5 months, 6 days ago

            I haven’t seen any tbh?

            1. GROBARI
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 6 days ago

              I saw 2 of them

          • Patson Dabaka
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 6 days ago

            Agreed mate but don't feed the trolls

          • mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 6 days ago

            I haven't seen anyone saying that tbh, I've seen people gloating and trolling Barnes owners but not the injury

          • Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 6 days ago

            Have not seen that particular comment.

            1. GROBARI
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 6 days ago

              I answered some dude who said that,you can see in my history comments whatever it is called

              1. Party time
                  5 months, 6 days ago

                  Please share a link. Did he refer to the Barnes injury too??

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

              This. Rival brought in and I decided to play in conservative way and take no hits and got lucky. Gutted for Barnes.

          • 2OLEgend
              5 months, 6 days ago

              Raphinha to Barnes for a -4 went well. Hate this game sometimes.

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

                Ditto, Lingz looks an option if bad for Harvey?

            • Releasebreaks
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 6 days ago

              Spent almost 3 weeks planning for great BB, then your players start to get injury.

              1. Revival
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                5 months, 6 days ago

                or just don't play in the first game of their DGW

              2. JJO
                • 8 Years
                5 months, 6 days ago

                +1
                Prepared fir last BB gw,Leeds game got cancelled
                Now prepared for next gw BB Barnes injured and probably few more will with my luck

            • Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 6 days ago

              Hoping for the best for Harvey Barnes.

            • Nomar
              • 11 Years
              5 months, 6 days ago

              Palace are awful.

            • DropkickMurphys
                5 months, 6 days ago

                This head injury thing seems like will be exploited by players in a terrible way. To prevent opponent getting momentum etc...

                1. mwa1t
                    5 months, 6 days ago

                    Very irritating, what can you do about it?

                    1. Toby Lerone
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      5 months, 6 days ago

                      Need refs to be stronger. When players go down like they've been shot, this needs repercussions. Conning the ref should come with a retrospective yellow card

                      1. DropkickMurphys
                          5 months, 6 days ago

                          Yeah I agree. It’s been really long time since I’ve seen a yellow card for any kind of conning for any foul. This encourages them to keep doing it and it has even become the norm now. If you get kicked but don’t fall, they know they won’t even get a foul.

                  • The Tinkerman
                    • 5 Years
                    5 months, 6 days ago

                    Leicester season is over, again. Destroyed by injuries, again. Top 4 would be a hell of an achievement from this position.

                    1. Tabasco
                      • 10 Years
                      5 months, 6 days ago

                      Very unlucky with injuries but they've been outplayed today

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

                      Key players, Ndidi, Pereira, Maddy, Barnes & Vards.

                  • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                    • 9 Years
                    5 months, 6 days ago

                    Can't wait to do Barnes>J. Lingz for the Leeds game. I would have taken out Bruno instead.

                    1. DandyDon
                      • 2 Years
                      5 months, 6 days ago

                      not a bad shout.

                    2. YoungPretender
                      • 6 Years
                      5 months, 6 days ago

                      Looks the natural transfer.

                    3. mwa1t
                        5 months, 6 days ago

                        Good shout that. Better than finding a route to Son?

                      • Hazz
                        • 4 Years
                        5 months, 6 days ago

                        Yeah that's actually a great shout. Has looked good & Lingard likes to run at players.

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

                      With Bale, Lucas and Ndombele all playing not every goal will be between Son and Kane like earlier in the season. If Spurs can’t score more than 1 goal a game then they’re done as assets

                      1. Mr. O'Connell
                        • 9 Years
                        5 months, 6 days ago

                        I bet you it's still all Kane and Son

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

                        They've been involved in 2 out of 3 in the first half.

                    5. smash
                      • 12 Years
                      5 months, 6 days ago

                      Would you think Holding has lost his place in this Arsenal team now? had him already saved for GW29, know he had concussion recently, any chace hes just not match fit?

                      1. Tabasco
                        • 10 Years
                        5 months, 6 days ago

                        Think he's being rested

                        1. Keeptrying
                          • 7 Years
                          5 months, 6 days ago

                          Been rested quite often recently

                          1. Tabasco
                            • 10 Years
                            5 months, 6 days ago

                            Not really just rotated a bit; still wouldn't pick him for FPL

                          2. smash
                            • 12 Years
                            5 months, 6 days ago

                            Hmmm I'll keep him on the off chance to play 29 then, seems better than Mari though

                            cheers.

                    6. Spg76
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      5 months, 6 days ago

                      Bale, Son and Kane in the same 11? Lets see because that looked a bit unbalanced earlier in the season. I suppose it’s whether Bale is really is back or not.

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

                      Guaita looking essential.

                      1. fr3d
                        • 3 Years
                        5 months, 6 days ago

                        Brosstan flying

                    8. Niho992
                      • 2 Years
                      5 months, 6 days ago

                      Barnes bloody idiot. Ultimate troll.

                      1. Toby Lerone
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        5 months, 6 days ago

                        Can't help getting injured lol

                        1. Niho992
                          • 2 Years
                          5 months, 6 days ago

                          He is idiot. Cant even run properly.

                      2. Keeptrying
                        • 7 Years
                        5 months, 6 days ago

                        Weird comment.
                        Difference between playing badly and getting injured.

                    9. Sterling Malory
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      5 months, 6 days ago

                      Bringing Barnes in for a hit, was the right move for many. Don't listen to the trolls on here.

                      1. _Ninja_
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        5 months, 6 days ago

                        I would have probably done Raph to Barnes if I had the funds.

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

                          0/

                          1. _Ninja_
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            5 months, 6 days ago

                            Ah thats unlucky mate.

                    10. Salan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      5 months, 6 days ago

                      Whatever ways you use, eye test? statistics? form? fixtures?

                      You should pick Barnes in this dgw26. But you never can count on luck.

                      1. FPL Pillars
                        • 5 Years
                        5 months, 6 days ago

                        FPL is the ultimate troll sometimes. It’s only a game though, wish the player a speedy recovery.

                    11. fr3d
                      • 3 Years
                      5 months, 6 days ago

                      Is Holding dropped or rested?

                      1. marcos11
                          5 months, 6 days ago

                          Rested l would say but there is a rotation risk there

                      2. Alisson WondHaaland
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        5 months, 6 days ago

                        Ouch. Unfortunate Barnes and Aina owners

                      3. Revival
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        5 months, 6 days ago

                        Auba and Saka not needed off the bench today then.

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

                          Better without them? 😮

                          1. Revival
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            5 months, 6 days ago

                            Laca is the greatest mind!

                      4. Toby Lerone
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        5 months, 6 days ago

                        Can't help but feel Leicester / Rogers deserve this beating. They got complacent midweek and have probably lost momentum due to Europa League disaster. Silly

                        1. Alisson WondHaaland
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          5 months, 6 days ago

                          Wouldnt say its disaster, they should be focusing on the league

                        2. Old Man
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          5 months, 6 days ago

                          Rubbish. If he'd played his full team on Thursday they'd be knackered today. We already have two of our most influential players out injured (Maddison & Justin). Vardy is getting older and he played on Thursday - does he look in sparkling form today? Get real - it's not easy for a club of our size to fight on 3 fronts.

                          1. The Tinkerman
                            • 5 Years
                            5 months, 6 days ago

                            Do you agree our season is over? This feels worse than Bournemouth last year to me. Shredded by the injuries, and left rueing not signing reinforcements in January (again).

                            1. Rotation's Alter Ego
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • Has Moderation Rights
                              • 10 Years
                              5 months, 6 days ago

                              Evans now as well. Europe looking a tough ask.

                              1. The Tinkerman
                                • 5 Years
                                5 months, 6 days ago

                                It is ridiculous. Though we also had silly number of injuries earlier in the season and managed to keep it up on three fronts. But we aren’t Liverpool, so you won’t hear it being moaned about so much on Sky 😀

                          2. Toby Lerone
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            5 months, 6 days ago

                            Well momentum is a big thing in football. Can't wait for you to bottle it

                            1. The Tinkerman
                              • 5 Years
                              5 months, 6 days ago

                              You are currently watching it happen

                      5. Baron Penguin (FKA Hadebayo…
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        5 months, 6 days ago

                        At least I didn’t TC Barnes like I did with Mané last year. Still frustrating though, how many people’s hits this week included him?

                      6. Ruinenlust
                        • 3 Years
                        5 months, 6 days ago

                        Barnes and Aina bandwagoners in shambles

                      7. Calculated Risks
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        5 months, 6 days ago

                        Spent the whole week debating whether to do Madds to Barnes for minus 4 and bit 5 mins before deadline. Would've played Dallas so about 5 points lost.
                        So Barnes to Lingard for me. Anyone else going for this?

                      8. Mr Ozil
                        • 6 Years
                        5 months, 6 days ago

                        Come On Palace, Score

                      9. Rolls-Royce
                        • 7 Years
                        5 months, 6 days ago

                        Barnes unlikely to start next game?

                        1. Hazz
                          • 4 Years
                          5 months, 6 days ago

                          Wouldn't bet on it

                        2. Mr Ozil
                          • 6 Years
                          5 months, 6 days ago

                          Might be ACL

                        3. FPL Pillars
                          • 5 Years
                          5 months, 6 days ago

                          Definitely out for next game

                      10. Hazz
                        • 4 Years
                        5 months, 6 days ago

                        Shout-out to the armchair managers who saw Arteta's XI and complained about it.

                        1. AMBELLINA PRISE
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          5 months, 6 days ago

                          To be fair, Elneny is not the reason they are winning

                      11. marcos11
                          5 months, 6 days ago

                          Barnes injury look serious? Could probably bench him for 1/2 weeks if it wasn’t long term as theres a lack of replacements with Grealish/Maddison out

                          1. _Ninja_
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            5 months, 6 days ago

                            Yes possible ACL

                          2. Warby84
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            5 months, 6 days ago

                            Yes, serious knee injury

                          3. mwa1t
                              5 months, 6 days ago

                              Leg was strapped up and went off on a stretcher, wait for news if poss but looks bad

                          4. mrodgers91
                            • 3 Years
                            5 months, 6 days ago

                            Most exciting highlight from palace v fulham so far. Maja had a shot off target

                          5. S.Kuqi
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            5 months, 6 days ago

                            Was 0.1 off for making Raphinha -> Barnes for a hit.

                            1. FPL Pillars
                              • 5 Years
                              5 months, 6 days ago

                              Well done for waiting to not have enough cash 😉

                          6. BobB
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 11 Years
                            5 months, 6 days ago

                            Vardy is 35 years old and he's shot

                            1. mwa1t
                                5 months, 6 days ago

                                Looked off it all season. Time for them to buy a replacement?

                              • _Ninja_
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 10 Years
                                5 months, 6 days ago

                                Will still get some goals but downhill now.

                              • Gudjohnsen
                                • 4 Years
                                5 months, 6 days ago

                                He was so jammy at the begining of the season?

                              • Third Eye Vision
                                • 8 Years
                                5 months, 6 days ago

                                Yes, only the 12 goals and 9 assists this season.

                                No use to anyone.