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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. tbos83
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Best sub for Mee?

      1. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        U

    • pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Shaw is the next cs to fail tonight.

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 22 days ago

        100%

      2. The Senate
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        he got the clean sheet that wasn't expected, wouldn't complain too much

        1. FPL Pillars
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          0-0 was predicted result

      3. FPL Pillars
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Benteke brace imminent

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Townsend is due a screamer

      4. son of city
          4 months, 22 days ago

          inevitable

      5. Vazza
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Martinez hobbling?

      6. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        This week has been a shambles.

        1. Tango74
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Why are people complaining about this Dgw?

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              General bitterness.

              Guess there's more of that to come later on.

            2. how now brown cow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Um. Because the players we own aren't doing very well.

              1. Tango74
                  4 months, 22 days ago

                  But they picked the players themselves ,so only themselves to blame

                  1. how now brown cow
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 22 days ago

                    Wow. Never thought of that.

                    1. JBG
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 22 days ago

                      Mind blown, right? Who knew that the players we picked would do bad against one of the most horrible teams in PL history?

                  2. FantasyHero
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 22 days ago

                    You are special

          • sminkypinky
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Come on Tark! Repay the faith! Watkins... meh. I’ll take anything at this point.

          • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Confused why Dias owners are complaining? Scored the same as Cancelo and Stones combined, and 12 points in a DGW effectively like 2CS.

            Get over it

            1. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Both CSs were close, would have been expecting 15 more pts

              1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                Still far from the fail people are making it out to be by lumping him in with Foden for example

                1. The Suspended One
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 22 days ago

                  Feel very fortunate that Dias didn’t destroy me this week, only had stones

                  Played against a guy with triple City def too...

            2. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              They’re complying?

              1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                Seen at least 2 on the previous page alone saying it’s been a crap week and pointing to him as an example. Daft.

            3. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Don’t get it either, same as my post below, stones owners moaning on here earlier as well and talking about getting rid, 9/10 points is a good haul even for dgw

            4. Royal5
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Not complaining about Dias. Cancelo on the other hand. The new Kolarov.

              1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                Yeah that one hurt, I own him too

              2. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                Good call

          • Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Brewster looking unplayable.

            1. Fudgy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Steady on...

            2. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Impossible to ignore

            3. The Senate
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              up there with Bebe and Bendtner

              1. Konstaapeli
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                Lord Bendtner was actually pretty useful and talented.

            4. My heart goes Salalalalah
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              In FPL teams yes...

          • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Burnley should be up

          • Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Can’t grumble as a villa defensive owner, you’d of bitten my hand off for 12 points from Martinez before the game week, looks like I’ll get 8 or 9 from konsa again would have taken it so can’t be disappointed

            1. panda07
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              As Janet Jackson would say: FPL is a "What have you done for me lately?" game

              1. how now brown cow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                "Nasty" more like

                1. panda07
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 22 days ago

                  Just trying to bring a bit of culture to these boards!

          • Alisson WondHaaland
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Ricardo fail

            1. KUN+10
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Big time

            2. HashAttack
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Have to take all the other injuries into account - otherwise, he's played both matches and he is OOP
              Think I'll have to stick with him for bha and SHU

            3. Studs Up
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Delete this

          • Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Have Areola and Martinez. Need to downgrade Areola. Which option:

            A) Areola + Taylor to Forster + Tierney for -4
            C) Areola + Mitchell to Forster + Dawson for -4

            1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              A

          • Milkman Bruno
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Tarkowski clean sheet gone and has a header saved from point blank in the blink of an eye. Oh well.

            • Kaneyonero
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              C'mon Watkins grab a brace my son

            • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Ollie G and Martinez PS would be nice second half

              1. HonestBlatter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                minimum requirement

              2. AMBELLINA PRISE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                4 months, 22 days ago

                They are seriously awful. Spurs will batter them in GW29

            • AMBELLINA PRISE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Aston Villa not even championship level

              1. HonestBlatter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                Every second game utter BS

            • Mr. O'Connell
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              This gameweek peaked at about 1pm last Saturday.

            • Ode
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              My bench last 3 gameweeks: 21, 15, 23

              My bench when BB used: 7

              1. AMBELLINA PRISE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                4 months, 22 days ago

                Classic fpl

              2. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                Typically fpl

            • moment
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Have steadfastly refused to buy Oil Watkins on the basis that every time I watch a villa game he massively fails the eye-test. Am I missing something?

              1. Well you know, Triffic
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                No. He needs Greilish.

                1. The Suspended One
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 22 days ago

                  And cash

              2. Fred54
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                He's classic FPL fools gold, looks good from afar but when you own so frustrating.

                1. Flynny
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 22 days ago

                  I've owned him since gw5

                  Been a bumpy ride

                  Not bad at that price though

              3. Bushwhacker
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                Nope. He's like Bamford, 9/10 can't hit a barndoor. Often gets enough chances for the 1/10.

            • Stand By Mee
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              In a matter of mites I got 3 CS swipped: Martinez, Targett and Pope. This is my worst BB ever 🙁

              1. Ode
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                Pope Tark Dallas Bam here. Think I’ve never got more than 10 points from BB

              2. Lazaretti
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                Pope, R.Pereira, Dallas, Bamford.

                Going to end up between 8pts - 10pts. 2xDGW players

                1. Lazaretti
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 22 days ago

                  To be fair Pope need just one more save to collect 1 save point.

              3. My heart goes Salalalalah
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                Can't be worse. 61 points here. Barnes, Davies (I know), owner. 2x BRI and 2x Leeds on bench with BB

            • gmacsusan
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Martinez clean gone , at last some good news !!!

            • Ha.
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              I guess I just need Tark and Martnized goals now

            • gooberman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              I'm sure Martinez will still find a way of accumulating a double figure score in this match even without the clean sheet.

              Have Pope in goal so was nice to see the that Sheff Utd scored but then Pope concedes almost immediately after. Just cant catch a break in this effing game!

              1. gmacsusan
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                Wouldn’t be surprised to see him save a penalty, can’t have the wonder keeper getting a 2 or 3

                1. gooberman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 22 days ago

                  yep. Can see it coming such has been the torment that man has inflicted on me this season.

            • Alisson WondHaaland
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              In hindsight, this week/ last week was really not the time to Wildcard, and I feel for anyone who did. Basically all the popular differentials have failed big time (so far).

              1. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                Don’t cry for me Argentina

              2. Fudgy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 22 days ago

                Yeah I messed up bad

              3. Scholes Out Forever
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                Well most differentials are bought for over 3GWs (for me at least). My main ones were Traore and Pereira. Didnt start off well but hey who knows they both have good fixtures for the next 2

              4. Sack The Glazers
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                Agree. I did, so I could make easy moves to get a decent team for GW 29. I should have just kept my team and used hits to do it

              5. Vamos Los Celeste
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                What popular differentials?

                1. Sack The Glazers
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 22 days ago

                  every player I brought in had ownership of 10% or less

                  1. Sack The Glazers
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 22 days ago

                    only kept salah, bam, gundo and bruno

                  2. Jindaljain
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 22 days ago

                    You are differential

            • Jindaljain
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Need Ben Mee to score

            • Vamos Los Celeste
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Max Aarons 3 bps.

            • The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              OMG ElMo on that goal... worst step up ever

            • Jindaljain
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Ben mee to score brace

            • wulfrunian
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              The greatest free kick taker of all time.
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B3KW_8jofc&ab_channel=mrbundesteam

              1. Bushwhacker
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                Nah.

              2. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                Not even top 5

            • Bushwhacker
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Nowhere for anyone in the game with Aston Villa or Burnley defenders of goalkeepers or groundsmen to hide.

            • Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Believe it or not, I sold McGoldrick before this GW 😀 🙂 🙂 🙂

              1. Bushwhacker
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                Hopefully wk2?

              2. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 12 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                Wasn't even on wildcard.

              3. fedolefan
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                If Mark reads this, think he may start selling you a ton of stuff.