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Injury-hit sides in action in two early-evening Double Gameweek 26 kick-offs

The narrative surrounding the two early kick-offs in the Premier League on Wednesday evening is as much about the players who aren’t involved as those who make the four starting XIs.

The most-bought player of Gameweek 26 is one of the most noteworthy absentees: Harvey Barnes (£6.9m) was transferred in by over a million Fantasy Premier League managers ahead of Saturday’s deadline but has now been ruled out for around six weeks after undergoing knee surgery.

His club, Leicester City, are also without James Maddison (£7.3m) and Jonny Evans (£5.5m), among others, for their clash with a Burnley side who are no strangers to an injury crisis.

In the other game, Aston Villa continue to be without Jack Grealish (£7.6m) for their trip to a short-on-numbers Sheffield United.

Evans and Barnes are among three Leicester players who make way from the weekend, with Luke Thomas (£4.2m) also dropping out.

Nampalys Mendy (£4.2m), Daniel Amartey (£3.9m) and Hamza Choudhury (£4.7m) are recalled as Brendan Rodgers sacrifices a bit of width to flood the midfield.

For the Clarets, Chris Wood (£6.2m) returns to the hosts’ line-up and replaces Jay Rodriguez (£5.8m) up top.

At Bramall Lane, budget FPL forward Rhian Brewster (£4.4m) starts in place of Oli McBurnie (£5.6m) in Chris Wilder’s only alteration.

Dean Smith sticks with the same starting XI that began the 1-0 win over Leeds, with Ross Barkley (£5.9m) again only among the substitutes.


Burnley XI: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Brownhill, Westwood, Cork, McNeil, Vydra, Wood.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel, Castagne, Amartey, Soyuncu, Ricardo Pereira, Tielemans, Mendy, Ndidi, Choudhury, Iheanacho, Vardy.

Sheffield United XI: Ramsdale, Ampadu, Jagielka, Bryan, Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens, McGoldrick, Brewster.

Aston Villa XI: Martinez, Elmohamady, Konsa, Mings, Targett, McGinn, Nakamba, Ramsey, Traore, Watkins, El Ghazi.

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766 Comments Post a Comment
  1. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    EMI 10 points incoming

  2. Threat Level Midnight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    I miss Harvey already

  3. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    C'mon Watkins and Targett!

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Zip

  4. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Leicester becoming Losster

  5. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Pereira CS bust

  6. PP6
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Screw you Ricardo

  7. AC Yew
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Hit for Leicester defence has worked well then this week!!

  8. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Pereira CS gone always. Absolutely useless Leicester

  9. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Pereria not a good punt then... Should've gone Reguilon

  10. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    I need to WC again

    1. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Hahaha me too 🙂

  11. Jimmy Boy
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Castagne has been a great wildcard pick...

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Cantstandya

  12. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Can feel a Dyche and pope masterclass coming on here

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      I read Dyche poop masterclass....

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        I’ll prepare some toast.

  13. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Lowton assist?!!

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Is it GW 24 again???

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Just checking 🙂

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Have you switched on the telly today?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Still working 🙁

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Best to check the FPL page/Twitter rather than ask aimlessly with no context.

          Only setting yourself up for disappointment.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            I like you lot, and this community better

          2. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Bloody hell. Where’s that come from?

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Multiple times previously with continuously asking "has [player they own] assisted" even though they're not actually watching the game & their player was nowhere near it.

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Ah ok. Just seemed a bit out of character. Fair enough.

            2. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              The disappointment bit is not to be mean, just that blindly asking when you aren't watching is more likely to leave you disappointed as there's a low chance of it being your player..

  14. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Two goals for Leicester and my score prediction can still work out. But that needed to be a Lowton assist.

    1. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Yes need Burnley to concede.

  15. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Martinez will still somehow manage to get 3 saves and 3 baps

    1. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      He's going to break Friedel's FPL record of 182 points.

  16. Sif
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Anyone who said get Vardy in can just say they misspelled Vydra

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Heheh

  17. Vazza
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Although highly unlikely, I’m really hoping Sheffield Utd to score this evening.

    Anyone else in the same camp wishing the same?

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Martinez Pen Save and El Mohamedy assist would be nice

      1. Konstaapeli
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        I'm on this camp!

      2. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Atta boy!

  18. Parsnips
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Glad I picked Digne instead of Pereria...

    • REDMOND IN SANDALS
        3 months, 20 days ago

        If Mee outscores cancelo in this DGW i might have to retire

        1. Vazza
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Not mee

      • Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Wake me up when Mee scores. I'll even take an own goal with the how boring the footy has been lately.

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        McGinn misses a good chance

      • Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        McGinn fluffs Ollie assist

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Justin cleanie gone

        1. REDMOND IN SANDALS
            3 months, 20 days ago

            will be benched for ricardo soon

          • Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            For who?

            1. Fred54
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              I missed kick off too, just in and saw cleanie gone.

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Someone got it.

        2. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Wtf McGinn?!?

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            ... Dial-up

            1. Fred54
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Bobby Analogue

        3. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          From the BBC feed

          "Sheffield United striker Rhian Brewster hasn't touched the ball yet. Everyone else has had at least four touches."

          1. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            thats just mean lol

        4. Super Jack Grealish
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Just looking at some early ideas for getting rid of Harvey Barnes, looking for GW29 players as only have 5 atm, wildcarding 31

          Martinez, Pope
          Cancelo, Dias, Digne, Dallas, Lowton
          Salah, Bruno, Gundo, Barnes, Raphinia
          Kane, DCL, Bamford

          1 FT 0.2 ITB (WC, TC)

          A) Barnes > Lingard/Lookman
          B) Barnes + Salah + Cancelo > KDB(C), Son + Burn (-8)
          C) Barnes + Pope + DCL > Son + Fabri + Watkins (-8)
          D) Barnes + DCL > Son + Reid (-4)
          E) Barnes + Digne + Pope > Son + Fabri + Dunk (-8)

        5. Egg noodle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Where have the live commentators on here gone? Us cheapskates without football subscriptions are relying on your updates 🙂

          1. Egg noodle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Or that both games are a bore fest!

          2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Me too. I'm in an Internet cafe f5ing FFS

        6. Fred54
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          OMG BREWSTER FIRST TOUCH

          1. Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            This is it. We've entered the parallel universe.

        7. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Big scores from Pope/Martinez and Mee please..

        8. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Is Emi on 6 saves yet?

          1. Vazza
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Emi is going to concede 6 tonight mate (he says wishfully)

          2. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            0 I think