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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. son of city
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Watkins, one of the greatest that ever did it.

    • The Senate
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      if that isn't given that's YET ANOTHER incident to add to the list of major officiating errors

    • Royal5
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Ollie robbed

      1. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Glad to hear 🙂 , but what happened?

        1. Royal5
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Almost trough on goal clear fk even maybe a pen

      2. Corgzzzz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        How was that not a penalty......VAR didnt even look at it !!!

        1. Royal5
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          CLeAr aND obVIoUS

      3. djman102
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Ollie fouled for pen not given? ffs, add that to my Dunk and Bruno(TC) points denied by officials. That's at least 24.

      4. Vazza
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 12 days ago

        The only scientific calculation is that they realised Vazza owns him and therefore decided not to award a penalty.

        1. Vazza
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Scientific explanation rather

    • Fred54
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Ollie certainly has had his Weetabix today...

    • FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Gotta feel for Leicester. They could've finished top 4 this season

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Should of kept Gray and Benkovic

        1. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          lol dont think thats the solution mate

          1. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Squad depth is poor, so why feel sorry for them?

    • DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      I'm a SHU fan and even I admit that was a blatant pen

    • DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Soyuncu is wearing astros

    • Vazza
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 12 days ago

      I’m really bored guys and even FPL doesn’t fascinate me these days 🙁

      1. #Swish41
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        I gave it a miss for a couple of years and it did my mental health the world of good, and I’m enjoying it more again now. Not a short term solution though!

        1. Vazza
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Thanks mate. I think the misery relates to being stuck indoors due to the current pandemic rather than FPL but I appreciate your thoughts pal. Best wishes!

    • #Swish41
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Evening all. Couple of headaches this week (imagine a fair few in the same boat):

      1. already have 3 City (Dias, Stones, Gundo)...would like KDB but a hit seems silly to get him in

      2. head says DGW = City captain, but will Gundo even play twice?

      Interested to know what others are doing / think...?

    • Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Here’s my sisters new program if any of you want to give it a watch. Pretty relevant.

      https://deadline.com/2021/03/ophelia-lovibond-simon-paisley-day-sky-this-sceptred-isle-carrie-symonds-dominic-cummings-1234705597/

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Love the support 🙂

    • Flynny
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Which 1 to start please?

      A....pereira at Brighton

      B...dallas at West ham

      C.....coufal v Leeds

      Thanks

      1. #Swish41
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        C for me!

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        C

        1. Flynny
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Cheers.....

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Sheffield United goal

      Brilliant

    • My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Noooooooo

    • hullcityfan
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      McGoldrick G

    • The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Crap...

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Elmo 😆

    • Royal5
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Fexake

    • Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Wait, what

    • Messiah Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Martinez and Targett CS gone :,(

      1. Ejaaz11
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Just what I needed. Cup opponent has Elmo

    • Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      NOOO

    • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      DGW's are shite honestly no point

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Preach...

      2. Tango74
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Why u get loads of points as everyone plays twice

      3. Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        TRIPPLE CS GONEEE FFFS

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          😮 RIP my friend

        2. FPL Pillars
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Lol to Sheffield Utd as well

      4. tiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        The clean sheets you'd most think will come through...get wiped out and it's very annoying

      5. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        What. DGWs are such a let down. Every dang time

      6. DantheManinaPan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        McGoldrick you beauty!

      7. Vazza
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 12 days ago

        As a Martinez non owner - I love you McGoldrick!!

      8. FPL Pillars
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Brewster finally scoring!

        Oh wait.. it’s McGoldrick.

      9. fedolefan
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        WOOHOO!!!

      10. Sherif halawa
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Finally blessed for not having villa defense

      11. KUN+10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        I f*^% hate this game.