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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. acidicleo
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Villa double defence fail...
    Need a targett assist and Martinez pen save..

  2. KUN+10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    That mental heath survey published the other day really hit the nail in the head.

    1. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Coffin

  3. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    We knew double villa def was dodgy

  4. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    That feeling when you switch to the Burnley game to check their score and hope your rivals Burnley have conceded but only to come back and see your own team Villa have conceded as well 😀

  5. SON of CITY
      2 months, 4 days ago

      not gonna complain he gave me a CS first game, now is up to Watkins to recover that.

    • Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      What is Pope doing.... Pickford's going to be #1 again isnt he....

    • Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Stones X
      Dias X
      Lowton X
      Martinez X

      That's my lot for the week

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Barnes?

    • JBG
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      F*** this DGW.

      1. Tango74
          2 months, 4 days ago

          What a wrong with DGW? You get loads of points

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            4 points instead of 2

            1. JBG
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              This, massive difference that.

            2. HashAttack
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              In my dreams ... Cancelo - 2 points, Barnes - 1 point, Pereira - 2 points?

      2. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Tark header cleared off line

      3. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Who cares everyone has Martinez anyway

        1. circusmonkey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          I don't, got rid in week 4 for McCarthyism!
          2 good goals: Have it you Burnley and Villa defence owners.

        2. Vazza
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Not the brave ones

          • HashAttack
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            my main rival doesn't ... he's got Mendy who also got 10 points for the first match 🙁

        3. hullcityfan
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Tarkowski very close

          1. Bookkeeper
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            too straight at the keeper, 20 cm wider and it's in

          2. sminkypinky
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Noo... my only differential

        4. JJeyy
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Villa cs wipe made less bad as have none of the 75% owned Burnley defence

        5. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          As if

        6. tiger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Double Groan Week

          1. Nimby
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Double Lame Week.

        7. fedolefan
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Damn Tark, grab that goal.

        8. acidicleo
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Thanks Ihenacho for wiping cup opponents Burnley CS soon after I lost my Villa CS..

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Even with Lowton I'm glad that was wiped having just moved off triple defence for double City and double Villa

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

          Brewster 😮

          1. Royal5
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            His first ever shot on goal for Sheff?

        10. KGFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Save #1 for Marty

          1. djman102
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            at least 5 to go...

        11. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Booooooooooo!

        12. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Martinez, Elmo & Lowton owner - naughty 5 minutes there

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Same with Taylor, but we knew they were dodgy picks this week 😉

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              True, I expected Leeds to score vs Villa so can’t complain I guess

              1. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                I’ll take 8 from Elmo all day.. wanted a Burnley to cover the non WC crowd; tomorrow is for the points

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

          Ederson and Pereira have not lived up to their expectations this gw. Looked so good in the team before the gw started though.

        14. Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Just home from work, as a Pereira, Vardy, Martinez owner was looking forward to check in on FPL scores...

          Meh.

        15. SON of CITY
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Pope owners same road as Martinez owners.

          • Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Back to hoping for that elusive Ben Mee goal.

          • SHOOTER MCGINN
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Quadruple clean sheet wipe out within 5 minutes and bench boost absolute fail.

          • Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            On BB.

            Mee & Pope done me in already.

          • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Ffs Emi

          • Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Switched channels to see if Villa still has the CS. Saw 1 next to Sheffield. Switched back and saw 1 next to Leicester. 90 minutes of excited expectation killed within a few seconds.

          • CROYDON DE BRUYNE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Dias, Gundogan & Foden yesterday
            Watkins, Lowton & Targett today

            Not going as planned ...

            1. The Point About It Is
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              I feel your pain Croydon - My fail army consists of Cancelo, Foden, Gundo, Martinez, Mee and Targett.

              1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                🙁 tough week for many

          • Vazza
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Bloody hell just realised that I have 8 players playing tomorrow!!