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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. Jindaljain
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Bruno might be rested today

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

      Don't see it tbh

    2. faux_C
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Let's hope so.

    3. Vazza
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Sauce?

        1. Gazwaz80
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 4 days ago

          HP is the best...

      • Yank Revolution
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        I would take that as a non-captainer

      • Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Anyone on the United squad "might" be rested today.

      • TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        After 89 minutes.

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

      DGW fail continues

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

        Pain

      2. Yank Revolution
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Speak for thyself

        1. Vamos Los Celeste
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          This.

      3. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        My DGW started off real fancy with Stones and Dias. But it's been miserable since then.

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

      14 from 7 so far in part 2 expected.

      Pretty standard I imagine. Not sure I'm even going to lose ground on that.

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

        8 from 5 so far.

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

      DGW is a Scam

      1. greggles
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Indeed

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

      Hearing it’s 50/50 whether Bruno starts tonight.

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

        He needs rest

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

        Or hamstring waiting

      3. GGMU
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        here we go

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

        I heard the same thing! (from your post) Must be something in it.

      5. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        If he doesn't I will cry real tears.

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Ditto

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

          They'r only real if you share it in social media.

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

      Have both Areola and Martinez. Just checked Villa vs Fulham fixtures. Fulham's are better. Plus they have more to play for. Lose Martinez, keep Areola?

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

        Dangerous, maybe if you need the cash.

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

          Not exactly but feel Areola should gather more points than Martinez in the next 12.

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

        Posted earlier on Martinez record

        1 cs from 8 against top 8. He is the flat track bully of keepers. The end of season is so red that he could be a sell after his DGW. Surely you want to keep him for that.

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

          But we have no clue when that DGW will be. And one of the games in the DGW will be vs Everton and I think he will concede in that one.

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

            Could still follow you by simply holding Konsa

            Actually fancy Sanchez a little more than Areola as I have Ederson too and Sanchez is the one with great fixtures in 29 and 33.

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

              Sanchez is good too. The thing is even when Fulham and Brighton concede they do not concede bucket loads.

    9. greggles
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Well bench boost this week has been an abject failure. At least clean sheet wipeouts in first half mean I don’t have to sit through more boring football.

      1. Gazwaz80
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        I feel your pain 🙁

    10. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Have a bad feeling that Shaw will be rested tonight.

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        That would truly suck.

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

        no he won't. UTD need the points

    11. tomasjj
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      How is Vardy?

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

        Who?

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

          Vydra

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

        He's ok I heard. Fanmily man doing his best

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

          Woah family*

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

        I take that as he is invisible?

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

      Schmeichel chops off Wood

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

        🙁

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

        Looked like his daddy there

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

      amazing save from Kasper

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

      El Ghazi thinks hes Jack...

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

        Likes Black women?

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

      Bloody hell, kasper is getting all them baps here.

    16. Pad Randa (The OG)
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Thank the stars Vardy was just my (v), TC-wise...

    17. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      The Bruno rested rumours have started.

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

      Ross Boss coming on

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

      Hearing rumours the Bruno rested rumours have started.

      1. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        😀

    20. CrouchDown
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Commentators always talk about how clever and how good Watkins is and I wonder are they talking about the right player

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

        Timing....

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

        Very selfless forward, makes really good runs and holds it up well.

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

          Lacks a bit of technique and fair to be a star.

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

            flair

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

              And ofc would need more end product.

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

            Of course but his first PL season, doing well. Will improve too.

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

        just because he's not consistent as a fantasy player doesnt mean he's a bad footballer...

        Easily top 10-15 forward in the league

        1. CrouchDown
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          I’m not talking about Fantasy at all.

          His technique and movement are so poor.

          Top 15 in a league with 20 teams is a pretty low bar

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

            well, sure, but some of the teams have 3 of the the top ten on one team

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

      Watkins bar from Targett cross.

      1. MoSalad
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Gutted

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

          This

      2. tbos83
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Agh so close

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

          Ugh would of been perfect

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

        Thank god that didn’t go in

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

        I know it would make it unrealistic but sometimes I wish we didn't have to have defenders. Clean sheets always seem unlikely in any match regardless of who is playing. It's always hope rather than expectation.

        As soon as that goal is conceded, unless the player has a particularly strong attacking threat, its basically an almost certain 1 or 2pts locked in and game over.

        Additionally I don't know about anybody else but matches were I only have defenders playing hold no interest for me in terms of watching it as what is the point of watching a game hoping that nothing happens?!

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

          ^ double villa defence owner spotted

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

            Close. Double Burnley.

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

          should be required to own them, but no minimum on who to play, IMO. I should be allowed to play a 2-5-3 if I want.

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

            or a 5-5-0 for that matter.

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

            I've thought for a long time that defenders and keepers should get something for only conceding 1 goal. Maybe 1 or 2pts.

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

          Woah check out War and Peace over here.

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

        We dodged a bullet there Watkins G Targett A

        1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          That would be horrible.

          1. tbos83
              2 months, 4 days ago

              You misspelled incredible

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

            why would that be horrible?

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

          Of course I brought in Watkins, god I am unlucky

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

            Not just you mate. Loads of us. Still time.

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

            As a long time Watkins owner, the best advice I can give is; get used to it. About 3 weeks in a row of posts, offside goals etc

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

          It looks bad but I think he gets across there

        4. MoSalad
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Jagielka in trouble here

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

          Should be red.

        6. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Jags RC

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

            well that's just great. At least leave Brewster on til after 60 minutes, please!

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

          Ffs, now jammy Watkins owners will get something

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Jammy? Non-owners were jammy that header hit the crossbar...

        8. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Now that United plays Man City, WHU and have a blank, is it a good idea to do Bruno + Barnes > Son (CRY) and J. Lingz (LEE) for -4?

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

          Watkins blank still?