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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
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Thanks Sheffield United

  2. JJeyy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Nacho

  3. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    At least it went early

  4. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Leicester City equaliser.

  5. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Double CS wiped...

  6. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Season over

  7. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    And there goes the other one

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Killer finish from nacho

  8. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Both my clean sheets gone

  9. Sherif halawa
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Bye Charlie Taylor cleanie

  10. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    You had one job Ben. One job.

  11. Vazza
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 28 days ago

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

  12. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

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

  13. Baron Penguin (FKA Hadebayo…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 28 days ago

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

  14. JJO
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    McGoldrick and Vydra
    2 antifootbalers ruining CSs tonight
    Benteke next

    1. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

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

  15. Rhodes your boat
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    What a goal that would have been from traore!

  16. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    What's the point in playing this game?

    1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

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

    2. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Bruno hattrick in a couple of hours

    3. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      To make pointless comments it seems.

  17. djman102
    • 12 Years
    6 months, 28 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
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Should've got him in November.

    2. djman102
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

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

  18. Silecro
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

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

  19. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    There go my Martinez and Mee points

  20. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Traore does all the work and fluffs his lines

  21. Egg noodle
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Congratulations to Sheffield defence owners

    *tumbleweed*

    1. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

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

  22. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Love it, Nacho.

    Burnley busted!

  23. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

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

  24. fedolefan
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Oh well, my fault for celebrating that SHU goal.

    1. JJeyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Lol sweet karma

  25. Tambling5
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Pope very poor for the goal.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Came out to far and too wide as well.

      1. Tambling5
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 28 days ago

        Quite. Wandered into no mans land.

  26. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

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

  27. Jon Snow
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Vardy is a scam I want my money back

    1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

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

      1. Jon Snow
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 28 days ago

        Had him for like 10 weeks, i deserve failure

  28. Vamos Los Celeste
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    At least all cleanies gone.

  29. PLerix
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 28 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 😛

  30. PascalCygan
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 28 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
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

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

      1. PascalCygan
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 28 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
      6 months, 28 days ago

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

      1. PascalCygan
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 28 days ago

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