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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. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Emi goal time

  2. Fred54
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    This would be something.

  3. fedolefan
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Holy cow. Don't score Emi please. I know he will

  4. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Martinez looking lively?

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Due a goal

  5. Nimby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Think I will sell Watkins. Prefer Antonio for gw29 anyway.

  6. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Villa need Cash badly along with Grealish.

    Painfully obvious down the left and the quality...

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Elmo error for the goal also

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Yeah awful.

  7. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Pope save point the highlight of DGW with 28 games

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      The DGW wasn't that big!

  8. Says
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Brewster has failed to be the McGoldmorty to their McGoldrick

  9. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Pereira YC in the 92 min lol

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      says it all

    2. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Horrible WC punt. Will be getting rid to fund Barnes to Son.

  10. hullcityfan
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Pereira booked - double 1 pointers.

  11. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Fair play to shef United, great fight considering their position

    1. Sherif halawa
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Honestly gonna be sad for them relegating

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Yep glad to see them move off 11 points. They don't deserve to fail in that way

  12. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    WTF Ricardo. YC

  13. BDA Shadow
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Martinez almost got a save from that clearance.

  14. PP6
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Ricardo such a useless pick

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      I read that differently for a second

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        same

      2. Says
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        ditto

    2. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Yeah. 2 points this GW is utter disappointment. He was a huge differential (for me anyways).

  15. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Disappointing from the claret and blue teams.

  16. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    DGWs are so overrated. Season over.

    1. themaindanger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 23 days ago

      So many blanks!

    2. Dirty Harry
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      If you were banking on a DGW to save your season it was already over

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Aye...haha

  17. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Ramsdale 8)

  18. Sherif halawa
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Elmohamady is not good enough to be Egypt's reserve right back

  19. Royal5
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Terrible performance by Villa

  20. PLerix
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Nice Pereira. 5.9 down the drain.

  21. FPL Pillars
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    The disappointment continues

  22. PogChamp
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Remember when DGWs were fun? No, me neither.

    1. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      I swear they haven't been the same since Pep came to the PL.

    2. The Point About It Is
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      So much build up, so depressing to watch - 21 points from my last 9 players....only player to get more than 3pts was Gundo and he was only on for 8 minutes.

  23. son of city
      3 months, 23 days ago

      TRIPLE CAPTAIN VARDY AND PEREIRA!!!!!!

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Get another one in the tunnel, Ricardo 😛

    • Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Rashford and Penandes let's go... Both 12pts again!

    • JBG
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Double Gameweek? More like Single Gameweek, amirite? But seriously, this DGW can burn.

    • MIGHTY JOE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 23 days ago

      57 points with 4 players left (DCL cap). Horrible DGW. Horrible.

      1. DickFranDyke
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Sure is

    • themaindanger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Double Villa defence disappointment.

    • Ejaaz11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Get in!
      Was fearing the worst as my cup opponent had watkins, emi and Mee.
      Couldn't have asked for better results tonight=D

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Just hope United don't keep a clean sheet here. That will be a rank killer if they do.