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Rico benched as Ramsdale misses out through injury

The penultimate match of Gameweek 22 sees two sides battling to avoid relegation meet at the Vitality Stadium.

Watford and Bournemouth are in contrasting shape.

The Cherries were bottom of the form table heading into this clash, based on results over the previous ten Gameweeks.

Since Nigel Pearson took charge at Vicarage Road, however, Watford have lost just once – and that defeat came at runaway leaders Liverpool.

Unsurprisingly, the Hornets boss has kept changes to a minimum and both of his alterations are enforced: the suspended Christian Kabasele (£4.3m) and the injured Kiko Femenia (£4.2m) are replaced by Adrian Mariappa (£4.2m) and Adam Masina (£4.3m).

The team news from the home dressing room will affect more Fantasy managers.

Diego Rico (£4.2m), the only player in either squad who can boast a double-digit ownership in Fantasy Premier League at present, is only among the substitutes, with the fit-again Nathan Ake (£4.8m) taking his place at left-back.

Adam Smith (£4.3m) also makes a sooner-than-expected return from injury and replaces Chris Mepham (£4.3m), who was ruled out for 12 weeks on Friday.

Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale (£4.7m), himself owned by over 6% of FPL bosses, misses out with a minor injury and is replaced by Mark Travers (£4.2m) between the posts.

Callum Wilson (£7.4m), without an FPL attacking return since Gameweek 7 but on the scoresheet last weekend in the FA Cup, is joined up front by Dominic Solanke (£5.2m).

Ben Foster (£4.9m) has three clean sheets in his last six league matches (albeit all at home) and was the most-bought player from either side in the run-up to Gameweek 22.

Just over 70,000 prescient FPL managers shipped out Rico, who had accumulated only 18 points over the previous ten Gameweeks.

Ismaila Sarr (£6.2m), who has four attacking returns in as many Gameweeks, is Watford’s most-owned outfield player within the top 10k, sitting in 2.55% of these elite squads.


Bournemouth XI: Travers, Francis, S. Cook, Ake, A. Smith, H. Wilson, Gosling, Lerma, Fraser, C. Wilson, Solanke.

Watford XI: Foster, Mariappa, Dawson, Cathcart, Masina, Chalobah, Capoue, Sarr, Doucouré, Deulofeu, Deeney.

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1,286 Comments Post a Comment
  1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Best defender up to 4.2 to replace Rico?

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Sorry for top 🙁

      1. Londongeezaa
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 20 days ago

        You waited all season to be top post and all you asked was about a 4.2m defender. What a waste

        1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          😆

        2. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          bottled it

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Join the Masuaku cult.

      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Wow this is Interesting, how nailed is he?

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Not very

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Not very. Moyes likes a back five, of which he plays the WB, but sometimes on the wing.

          Thing is, he gets subbed early sometimes & honestly, the fixtures aren't great.

          I regret it already 😆

    3. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Williams? If he can nail LB spot at Utd.

      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Great shout

      2. Deeney-is-a-god
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        He will probably start alot of games, but will most likely rotstet with shaw. Nice thing is that he should porobably get most of the ‘easy’ oponents since he is much sharper in attack than shaw

  2. SpiritRising
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    I don't know if anyone places fantasy bets on fanteam site but I thought evens over 5.5 for Mendy was a great price. I expect them to keep a clean sheet today so will only need 60 minutes but even if they don't keep a clean sheet he can always get an assist. Will get 3 points if he plays the 90 and a point if team wins which I expect they will do. Evens for a clean sheet or assist/goal is more than fair.

  3. FOO FIGHTER
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Watford been transformed under Pearson but how long will it last?

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Not sure. Fixtures are weird ones

      2. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        The new manager revival typically last 10-12 games before players revert back to bad old habits etc...

      3. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Cheap players (relatively), so probably just onboard and easy to ditch later when regressing

      4. Skloppy Kops
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Honeymoon mode

    • Skalla
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Owen claiming Jesus best back-up striker in the prem ahead of even Greenwood?! No chance... 🙂 Guess Origi is not bad either.

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Martinelli

      2. PocketZola
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Greenwood

      3. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Kelechi doing alright also

      4. Skloppy Kops
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        He's not wrong.
        Jesus is a great player.. Shame he's not 1st choice because of super Kun.
        He'd fit in almost all starting line up in PL i would guess.. Except at City and Liv

      5. Bushwhacker
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Jesus easy. He’s start in any other team bar Liverpool.

      6. PocketZola
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Jimmenez to who?

        1. Skloppy Kops
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Raul

      7. Skloppy Kops
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        So whats up with all these noise about KdB benched prior to lineup?

        Some people herr want to make sensation by these announcements

        1. Bada Bing
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          It was just wishful thinking from people who have Dendonkey first on their bench.

          1. Skloppy Kops
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Hmmm.. Guess so.
            Many did get Donkey in place of Rico

            1. Bada Bing
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Yeah very jammy points for them.

        2. Skalla
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          No ppl were just hoping as everyone has pts on the bench, did not see anyone claiming he will be.

        3. Bushwhacker
            2 months, 20 days ago

            They spelt Sterling wrong.

        4. ‘Tis the Season
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 20 days ago

          The unforced errors from Villa is really annoying. They can’t seem to string more than a couple of passes together

          1. Skloppy Kops
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            To say they brought in 14 players before start of season. I would have sacked the manager already.
            But Villa looks out of ambition and looking good for Championship

          2. Bushwhacker
              2 months, 20 days ago

              A team of Villa’s quality should not be trying to play out of the six yard box. Total insanity, know your limits!

          3. Ole Trafford
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            I can replace Rico with Stephens it Holgate but seems a waste as I’ll likely never play them. Will leave me a defence of:

            TAA, Gomez, Digne, Holgate, Lundstram

            Nice to have a strong bench and all but is it funds wasted?

          4. Woy_is_back
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            kdb captain fail 🙁

            1. Bushwhacker
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Assist.

            2. ‘Tis the Season
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Great run and goal from Mahrez

            3. Bushwhacker
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Sterling staying benched.

                1. United 99 4Ever
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  pls pls pls