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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. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Thanks Sheffield United

  2. JJeyy
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Nacho

  3. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    At least it went early

  4. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Leicester City equaliser.

  5. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Double CS wiped...

  6. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Season over

  7. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    And there goes the other one

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Killer finish from nacho

  8. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Both my clean sheets gone

  9. Sherif halawa
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Bye Charlie Taylor cleanie

  10. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    You had one job Ben. One job.

  11. Vazza
      2 months, 16 days ago

      McGoldrick is now my favourite person in the world!!!!!

    • tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Clean Sheets from Man City, Villa, Burnley...all gone up in smoke

    • Hadebayor Mum
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Everyone near me in my ML had double Villa defence, so as a Martinez owner only it could be worse I suppose.

    • JJO
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      McGoldrick and Vydra
      2 antifootbalers ruining CSs tonight
      Benteke next

      1. DantheManinaPan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        McGoldrick and antifootballer should only be in a sentence if describing opposites

    • Rhodes your boat
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      What a goal that would have been from traore!

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      What's the point in playing this game?

      1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Whining and gloating. And hours of looking at your squad.

      2. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Bruno hattrick in a couple of hours

      3. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        To make pointless comments it seems.

    • djman102
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Got Martinez two weeks ago so I could enjoy his consistent hauls. 1 CS in 3 since then.

      1. Mile Plankton
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Should've got him in November.

      2. djman102
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Yeah, but I was too stubborn to stick with...Matt Ryan. (points finger in the mirror)

    • Silecro
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      I knew SHU defenders were the ones to go for...

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

      There go my Martinez and Mee points

    • The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Traore does all the work and fluffs his lines

    • Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Congratulations to Sheffield defence owners

      *tumbleweed*

      1. DantheManinaPan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        I didn't even know there was a Fantasy Northern Premier League Division One East

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Love it, Nacho.

      Burnley busted!

    • HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      All gone...Pope, Targett and Martinez 1-2 points...

    • fedolefan
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Oh well, my fault for celebrating that SHU goal.

      1. JJeyy
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Lol sweet karma

    • Tambling5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Pope very poor for the goal.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Came out to far and too wide as well.

        1. Tambling5
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Quite. Wandered into no mans land.

    • JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      El Mohamedy assist denied by inches. Can I not get 1 slice of luck

    • Jon Snow
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Vardy is a scam I want my money back

      1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        I'm owning him for the third time this season.

        1. Jon Snow
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Had him for like 10 weeks, i deserve failure

    • Vamos Los Celeste
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      At least all cleanies gone.

    • PLerix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      I was actually expecting a cs tonight with differentials Konsa and Pereira in action and looking forward to the games. Just turned on and realised that both have conceded. All interest lost in those games now 😛

    • PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Martinez is so well owned by now, as a long time owner but with only one Villa defender I’m almost looking on that Sheff Utd goal as not all that bad.

      1. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Tough when you own El Mohamedy too. Assist denied by inches there too

        1. PascalCygan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Guess you’ve just got his clean sheet in the game you expected him not to?

      2. grumpyman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Villa def ownership is just over 100% amongst active managers. Probably helped rank if anything.

        1. PascalCygan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Cool, thanks! Didn’t realise it was that high but looking at MLs that tallies!