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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. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 2 days ago

    Palace 0 - United 7?

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

      Palace 1- United 2

    2. Milkman Bruno
        5 months, 2 days ago

        Hopefully

      • Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        FC Crystal Palace 07

      • acidicleo
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        0-0

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

      When is grealish back?

      Without him Villa are toothless

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

        Dean Smith won’t tell the truth so we won’t know.

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

        Dean Smith says he could be back for Sheffield

      3. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        Not even training yet.

    4. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 2 days ago

      Just seen the Jagielka red. Unbelievably harsh. Miles out and there was a covering defender.

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

        Agreed

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

        Var-y bad call

    5. Milkman Bruno
        5 months, 2 days ago

        Tavares the young Portuguese lad on for his debut

        1. Camino Aleatorio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          Wolves are playing? I thought they monopolized all the mid-talent Portuguese kids

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

          Heaven must be missing an angel

          1. Wild Rover
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 2 days ago

            Not too many will get that

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

              Lol

      • Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 2 days ago

        How has Pereira not for an attacking return yet?!

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          *got

        2. DycheDycheBaby
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          It might come. He is getting in good positions

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            5 months, 2 days ago

            agreed, that’s what’s causing the frustration!

        3. Collie01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 2 days ago

          Is he looking threatening?

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            5 months, 2 days ago

            He’s just spent the last 5 mins in Burnley’s area! Goal might be too much, but should’ve laid on an assist there.

            Looks promising. Probably in a Cancelo kind of no points way.

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

          They have been ponderous, only now starting to suffocate Burnley and get some quality chances. All Burnley in the first half

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            5 months, 2 days ago

            Ah ok, just put the game on.

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

          Cause he doesn’t play till tomorrow?

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            5 months, 2 days ago

            😉 might as well be.

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

        Leicester looking likely for the winner.

      • tbos83
          5 months, 2 days ago

          As a Guiata/Maguire owner (have Bruno but not cap) I am probably the only person hoping for 0-0 later

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

            GL with that

            1. tbos83
                5 months, 2 days ago

                Thanks

              • tbos83
                  5 months, 2 days ago

                  You were saying?

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

              Traore just slam it wtf

            3. Free Hat
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 2 days ago

              Watkins could have had 3 ass( and a goal) already.)
              Learn how to finish please.

              1. Wild Rover
                • 10 Years
                5 months, 2 days ago

                Yep, no Grealish isn’t the problem, McGinn and Traore are

                1. Wild Rover
                  • 10 Years
                  5 months, 2 days ago

                  And El Ghazi

                2. Free Hat
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 2 days ago

                  Traore especially. Been woeful 2nd half

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

                That's not unusual thing...

              3. Bobby Digital
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 2 days ago

                McGinn wasted his assist in the first half tbf

                1. Free Hat
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 2 days ago

                  Yeah. Wasnt meant on watkins himself. He looks rather good. Traore on the other hand

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

                When I traded in Watkins. I knew he would betray and disappoint me. He's a cheap Punt on Villa scoring every now and then.

            4. brianutd-why always we? 20
              • 10 Years
              5 months, 2 days ago

              Vardy punt over DCL fail so far

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

                DCL mightn’t start tomorrow. 4>3.

                1. brianutd-why always we? 20
                  • 10 Years
                  5 months, 2 days ago

                  Hopefully not ta

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

                  Why wouldn’t he?

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

                    Josh King is ready and will start some games according to Carlo

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

                      90’ on Monday & dodgy hammy.

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

                      For rich probably..

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

                        As you say probably. But there's your question answered. You have a "probably".

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

                          I hear you, it’s possible. That said, King isn’t a target man and DCL is key to their system, I think he plays when fit

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

                            Agreed really

                            DCL is the target man. That's not really what King does.

            5. FPL Pillars
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 2 days ago

              So much for the “My team scores 150” this weekl

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

                It’s still on, need Kane and Son to do Kane and Son things

                1. FPL Pillars
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 2 days ago

                  Four or five each?

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

                    Averaging 7 each this season

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

              El Ghazi that delivery... wow!

            7. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 2 days ago

              The best part to FHgw29 is to play how you like in gw27 and 28.

              And WC when needed to navigate gw33 too and the run in.

              1. Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 12 Years
                5 months, 2 days ago

                Yep, you can ignore BGW29, effectively.

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 2 days ago

                  It seems to me that free hit is devised for the FA Cup big weekend blank.

                  Well worth saving where possible.

              2. Hooky
                • 6 Years
                5 months, 2 days ago

                Shoot to Thrill for those 2 GW's

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 2 days ago

                  All week long!

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

              Targett never hit.

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

                Awful pass

            9. Party time
                5 months, 2 days ago

                No party

              • Bobby Digital
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 2 days ago

                Poop one more save plz

                1. Threat Level Midnight
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 2 days ago

                  Sure smells like it

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

                Pope 3rd save

                1. hullcityfan
                  • 6 Years
                  5 months, 2 days ago

                  About time

                2. Bobby Digital
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 2 days ago

                  Nice!

              • Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 12 Years
                5 months, 2 days ago

                Pereira assist denied by the post.

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

                  Yuri expecting that to go in?

                2. Fred54
                  • 6 Years
                  5 months, 2 days ago

                  Must have been a Camzy HT post.

              • FourLokoLeipzig
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 2 days ago

                This gameweek might have been my worst in all the years I’ve played this game. In keeping with that, I fully expect Cavani to get a hat-trick after I transferred him out

                1. Twisted Saltergater
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 12 Years
                  5 months, 2 days ago

                  So many punts failing this week. Terrible DGW really.

                2. Fred54
                  • 6 Years
                  5 months, 2 days ago

                  I'm lost in your username.

                  1. Mr. O'Connell
                    • 9 Years
                    5 months, 2 days ago

                    Have you never had a Four Loko?

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

                      No.

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

                Found the silver lining Pope and Tark to Konsa and Ederson has netted me a plus 3.

                14 from 7 just makes me stick my fingers in my ears and go lalalalala. No Kane and no DCL. Well. Who cares 🙂

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

                Pereira shouldve had 3 assists already...

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

                Burke getting the CHO treatment...

                1. No Professionals
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 2 days ago

                  Deserved it. Lost the ball on the edge of their box and didn’t even chase back. Then didn’t bother to close down defenders.

              • No Professionals
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 2 days ago

                Good to see Burke come on as a second half sub and putting zero effort in to closing players down

                1. No Professionals
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 2 days ago

                  Glad he’s been subbed, pathetic effort

              • son of city
                  5 months, 2 days ago

                  wasted a whole week planing for this stupid DGW and later failing.

                • Free Hat
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 2 days ago

                  I dont understand Villa. They just keep crossing it from the wrong position.
                  Make it to goalline first and then cross it!

                  Not from sideways outside the 16m.

                • Nimby
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 2 days ago

                  Sutton just said Burke will feel like a berk for getting subbed. Does he know that berk means the c word? Haha.

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

                    Obviously.

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

                    Casual?

                    1. fr3d
                      • 3 Years
                      5 months, 2 days ago

                      Wash your mouth

                  3. michudagawd
                    • 8 Years
                    5 months, 2 days ago

                    Berk doesn't mean coont it means a fool.

                    1. badgerboy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      5 months, 2 days ago

                      It's rhyming slang. Berkshire hunt.

                      1. michudagawd
                        • 8 Years
                        5 months, 2 days ago

                        If you look up the definition it says a fool or a stupid person.

                • tbos83
                    5 months, 2 days ago

                    What an absolute washout these two games have been

                    1. Original Pirate Material
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      5 months, 2 days ago

                      Painful

                  • Original Pirate Material
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 2 days ago

                    Why did I get Vardy?

                    1. FPL Pillars
                      • 4 Years
                      5 months, 2 days ago

                      Nowhere to hide for Vardy owners

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

                      He's still out-returned Kane in the last 3. That might just change of course!

                    3. Snevitz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 12 Years
                      5 months, 2 days ago

                      Because he played for the team in second place in the prem, had two of the best DGW fixtures and good fixtures for the two weeks after.

                      1. Original Pirate Material
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        5 months, 2 days ago

                        Thank you. I needed to hear this.

                    4. son of city
                        5 months, 2 days ago

                        TRIPLE CAPTAIN VARDY AND PEREIRA!!!!!!

                    5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                      • 11 Years
                      5 months, 2 days ago

                      martinez going up for the corner

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

                      Martinez will score