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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. MoSalad
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    If only Targett could cross

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Was he off target?

    2. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Or hit the targett

  2. NULL-X-VOID
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    How's Pereira looking?

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Anonymous

      1. NULL-X-VOID
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        now kinda thinking he was a DGW trap

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Still starting in MF...

    2. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      He turned up and started. Small victory.

      1. NULL-X-VOID
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Touche

    3. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Good shot blocked

    4. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Almost did a -4 for him

  3. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 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 and plum fixtures?

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Not for a hit no

      1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        So it is Barnes > J. Lingz. Then it means I might not have one more player for a plum fixture, GW 29, and for the long-term.

    2. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I like Son. Not Jlingz. I'm doing Bruno to Bale. Already have Son.

    3. DycheDycheBaby
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I would like to get Son or Bale but have so much value tied up in Bruno. Bought at 10.6

  4. Jindaljain
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Looks like Bruno might get sub off Before half time

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Not with Man Utd 3-0 down surely?

    2. FPL Pillars
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Winning 5-0 then perhaps

  5. fedolefan
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Did Lowton hit the post again?

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Was westwood I think

      1. fedolefan
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Aah.

  6. Rashers
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Choosing Leicester over Spurs on my Free Hit has ruined it 🙁

    It was Vardy v Son and Pereira v Reg/Shaw. So annoyed with myself.

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      You FHed.

      Well that's 'different'.

      1. Rashers
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I did. Still have BB, TC and Wildcard. Wanted to keep my Leeds trio, Ings etc. So seemed the sensible move. If only the picks were better!

  7. Kaneyonero
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Waiting for the Inevitable OMG Watkins

    1. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      The boy needs a lot of shots to score a goal

  8. newuser123
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Bruno is gonna haul tonight....heard it here first #pointsgalore

      1. Jindaljain
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I would wait here for you till FT

        1. newuser123
            1 month, 13 days ago

            You on the Bruno train for tonight?

      2. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Ref bottles McGoldrick second yellow

        1. panda07
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Traore bought that free, would have been harsh imo

      3. Snooze ya lose
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        De gea not even on bench

      4. gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        at least with the Sheff Utd sending off, it should mean that Martinez won't be getting any save points as there shouldn't be any to make.

        1. DycheDycheBaby
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          No, that is very bad.

      5. Bob.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Van de Beek not even on the bench? He must be injured or something? I'd have liked to see him start this one

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          He’s Dutch is the problem

      6. Pedram
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        The biggest gameweek in history turned into the biggest disappointment in FPL's history

        1. Jindaljain
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          FPL history is recreated after Corona

        2. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Not for all

        3. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Every single game has disappointed me from a points scoring angle. 70 points ( still time to lose some of them) so far from about 20 players. I was expecting to be around 100 points by now. The only consolation is that its relative to most other teams. Relying on Mo to come up with the goods.

      7. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Maybe it has already been shared/discussed.

        This guy correctly sourced the Man United lineup.

        https://mobile.twitter.com/thewhuera/status/1367163869785956356

        1. Rotation's Alter Ego
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Troll account. Sourced it from someone who had already posted it to appear itk

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          This guy had it earlier.

          https://twitter.com/JoeLyonsJourno/status/1367153469006749700?s=19

          Poster you've linked has got it right a few times, but also got one wrong yesterday. Doesn't seem like a true ITK, bit of a middle man.

          1. fusen
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            I don't get how a credited journalist is getting a way with posting the team so early.

      8. Milkman Bruno
          1 month, 13 days ago

          I kept Cavani and started him over Ings even with the orange flag in the hope he would be fit for this game. Hopefully I get rewarded for one decision this season.

        • The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Watkins checks his run when the ball drops at the back post with a clear sight of goal

          1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Just enjoy the one goal. Some have Vardy.

            1. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I don’t have him, not clinical enough, needs 5 chances to score

            2. MMN
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              What goal?

              1. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Last game

                1. MMN
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  He didn't score

                  1. The Suspended One
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    You are right, was an assist

              2. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                The haul vs leeds

        • FPL Pillars
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Villa without Grealish are pants

          1. Jindaljain
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Not even pants they are underwears

          2. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Shocked

          3. Camino Aleatorio
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Dean smith went cute...Ramsey and Marvelous Nakamba

            Where is Barkley? I thought they liked him

            1. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Not fit

        • Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Is Bruno the only outfield player in the premier league that does not need a rest once in a while?

          1. Jindaljain
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            He is unstoppable

          2. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            OGS fitness programme; play until you break down

          3. Dthinger
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            don't think Hojberg has been rested or even subbed off yet this season

            1. Dthinger
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              yeah, just checked. He's played 90 every match

          4. Jindaljain
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Bruno's legs are made of irons

          5. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            He didn’t play on Sunday, was always starting tonight.

            1. Milkman Bruno
                1 month, 13 days ago

                I’m sure he placed a few wayward passes

            2. Wild Rover
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              He looked like he needed a rest last time, but Ole daren’t bench him

              1. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Remember last time he rested him? They were getting throttled and had to bring him on at ht

          6. tambourineman
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            De Gea out for personal reasons, Martial took a knock to his knee in training

            https://twitter.com/lauriewhitwell/status/1367194600033640451?s=19

            1. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Play a song for me

          7. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Ffs, villas deliveries have been absolutely woeful tonight, no chance of a konsa header!

          8. DycheDycheBaby
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Ricardo shot!

            1. Wild Rover
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Is he dead?

              1. DycheDycheBaby
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                no. deflected. haha

            2. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Man down!

          9. 03farmboy
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Who to swap for Barnes?

            Mount or Lingard

            1. Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Neither

            2. Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Get someone with a game in 29, or are you FHitting?

          10. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Wtf Villa they're on 10 men ffs

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              So are Villa without Jack.

            2. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Struggled vs. 10 men Sheff Utd in GW2 too

          11. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Villa’s final ball is so poor tonight .... toothless with out Jack the Lad.

          12. Brehmeren
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Going all in on Leicester players on my wc this gw has to be one of the worst decisions I have made in this game.

            1. Duke Silver ☑
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Very unlucky tbf.

            2. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Ouch

            3. Wild Rover
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Cancelo TC says hi

              1. DickFranDyke
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Still got the Zhirkov balls. Nice Rover 🙂

                1. Wild Rover
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  😀

            4. Jindaljain
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Specially Barnes

            5. Rashers
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Same on a Free Hit. So annoyed with myself. It was them or Spurs. Essentially Vardy and Pereira vs Son and Reg/Shaw.

          13. Jindaljain
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            It's Time for Greenwood to Haul

            1. Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              *Rashford

          14. schlupptheweek
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            So disappointed no pen after my El Ghazi captain punt

          15. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Traoré all fart and no poo

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              What were you looking for?

          16. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Just need a Villa goal for 3/3 clean sheets gone tonight

            1. Fred54
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Did you forget to update your team from last season?

              1. Pukki Party
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                No i've had Ramsdale since that Villa blank gw, played him that week and benched him until my BB this week

          17. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Watkins xA through the roof.