Dugout Discussion

Abraham, Pulisic and James among the substitutes as Chelsea face unchanged Villa


The second of Aston Villa’s two Double Gameweek 30+ fixtures kicks off at 16:15 BST, with Chelsea the visitors to the Midlands.

The Villans are unchanged from the side that drew 0-0 with Sheffield United in midweek, meaning that the ‘out of position’ and misclassified Fantasy Premier League midfielder Keinan Davis (£4.3m) once again leads the line for the hosts.

Jack Grealish (£6.4m), the most-bought FPL asset of the current Gameweek, is deployed on the left flank once more.

Frank Lampard has made four changes from the last starting XI he named in the Premier League, although that of course was way back in March.

Andreas Christensen (£4.8m), N’Golo Kante (£5.0m) and Mateo Kovacic (£5.3m) are recalled, while the fit-again Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£6.3m) makes his first appearance of the season.

Kurt Zouma (£4.7m), Billy Gilmour (£4.5m), Ross Barkley (£5.7m) and Pedro (£6.8m) drop out.

With Reece James (£5.1m) only among the substitutes, Marcos Alonso (£6.2m) gets his fourth straight league start – the premium FPL defender hasn’t blanked in any of his starts this season.

Tammy Abraham (£7.5m) and Christian Pulisic (£6.9m) also have to be content with places on the bench, as Oliver Giroud (£6.6m) and the soon-to-be out-of-contract Willian (£7.0m) retain their places in Lampard’s side.


Aston Villa XI: Nyland; Konsa Ngoyo, Mings, Hause, Targett; Hourihane, Douglas Luiz, McGinn; El Ghazi, Davis, Grealish.

Chelsea XI: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rüdiger, Christensen, Alonso; Loftus-Cheek, Kanté, Kovacic; Willian, Giroud, Mount.

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1,250 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bossworld
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Someone's going to have to remind me why everyone was clamouring for 3x Villa, 3x Sheff Utd, 3x Arsenal.

    DGW fallacy at its worst.

    1. Bubz
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Liverpool are going to absolutey kill my rank later

      1. SweepaKeepa
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Ditto. Going to switch off until after Aguero’s hat trick tomorrow.

    2. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Ask the scouts.

    3. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Could be even more brutal if Liverpool turn up tonight

      1. Nomar
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Glad I kept Salah and TAA now.

    4. Legendary!
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Groupthink

    5. L'Aeroplanino
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Sheff and Villa both got 1CS so not too bad

    6. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Villa and Sheffield defensive assets did well in the first game, anything more would've been a bonus IMO (apart from Grealish/McGinn/El Ghazi). Saka and Leno did OK too. Plus nobody had the benefit of hindsight at the time; Auba is still an elite striker and Grealish has still had a great season.

    7. mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I think you were expecting a bit too much

    8. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      It's fun having lots of player's

    9. Sif
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Point Ceiling.
      I'm quite happy with the gamble tbh. You could have gone with better on paper single game week players and still come off worse.
      My all Sheff U & Villa defense will average 7 points each, decent for the price.
      Nketiah one more point than Jota, Pukki etc.
      Aubameyang twice the score of Kane, Vardy

      Enabled triple City.

    10. PL Ball
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Sheffield and Villa have done alright.

      Unsurprisingly, it's Arsenal who disappoints.

    11. Supertrooper
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      3x avl = 19pts
      3x shu = 14 pts
      2x ars = 11pts

      Not to mention that most of these picks are bottom of the barrel pricewise that enables 3x mci heavyhitters.

  2. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Azpi going ham.

  3. tm245
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Azpi two assists?

    1. Wild Rover
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Yep

  4. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Someone on here suggested Azpi over Alonso for me, fair play that guy

    1. Wild Rover
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      He’s been way more attacking

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      He even made that assist from Alonso's wing.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Yeah haha. I actually thought it was Alonso

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Why did you ignore free advice? 🙂

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Who said I ignored it? 😉

  5. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Giroud proved that he is better than chicken Abraham

    1. Wild Rover
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      You proved yet again that you are an idiot

      1. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Hihi

  6. The_Fish
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Why is it that gameweeks that start so promising tail off so badly?

    Also gameweeks that start terribly end up not too bad.

  7. Ady87
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Lascelles first sub - chance of Tammy staying benched? Slim right?

  8. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 20 days ago

    there we go, look away for 5mins and villa concede 2. As expected, a Villa horror show inbound

  9. UnitedRthebest
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Bellerin to Azpilicueta looking good for me. Should I also go Grealish to mount?

    • mitro
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Target to Samatta would be a dream

    • Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Told ya Pulisic is going to save us

    • Berbs
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      No Liverpool attackers, no Aguero

      About to get the punishment of a lifetime

      1. UnitedRthebest
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Got Agüero last minute. No mane tho

      2. tm245
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Is McGinn still playing?

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          yes

          1. tm245
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Have seen him once each match, thought he was their big creator.

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Big injury = time needed plus it's Villa

            2. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              He had 3 passes completed in first half... awful

              1. tm245
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Don't ever hear his name or see him on the ball, strange for a creative mid playing 70+ minutes each match.

        2. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          yes

      3. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Anyone who was on 90 something points today, impossible to exceed 100. 7 players and I gaine d7 points lol, Villa will concede another 2 no doubt to put me back on like 96 or something. What a horrendous day for fantasy

        1. Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          It was always going to happen when relying on such teams.

        2. DandyDon
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Unless you had a Newcastle defender

        3. Keeptrying
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          I have gained two points from 5 players today as it stands

        4. COK3Y5MURF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          I was on 85 and will exceed 100 unless Pool have a shocker

        5. Pipermaru
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          92 to 109 at the moment, cant complain 🙂

        6. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          I have gone from 89 to 100. Barely scraping by 😉

      4. DandyDon
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Looked like a giant Grealish dive that. We were lucky he wasn’t booked. Ref staring straight at it as usual

      5. pingissimus
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Anyone else think Giroud is blowing a bit and needs a breather 🙁

        1. Tinkermania
            1 month, 20 days ago

            He scored a rarer goal. Will live off that for next 5 games.

          • DMP
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Me. Need Abraham to score.

            1. pingissimus
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 20 days ago

              I’d take an assist

        2. Yank Revolution
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Where are my Pulisic haters @??? Loserz

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Broken watch strikes again.

            1. Yank Revolution
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              That makes no sense, TM!

              1. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Needs to do it consistently.

                1. Yank Revolution
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Hasn't gotten consistent playing time from Lamps - and had an injury. Look at his numbers per minute, they're above avg. More than passes eye tests as well.

          2. SweepaKeepa
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Looking forward to starting next season with him.

          3. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            The irony

          4. mynameisq
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Why did he tail off? Injury? Fitness? Looks pure fpl gold when fit

            1. Yank Revolution
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Ahhh if only others saw what we do Hank

            2. SweepaKeepa
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Unlucky, injury, and lots of competition for position. Will be golden next season.

          5. Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            I hate Pulisic, one goal in 20 games ain't gonna change that. Who's the loser now? 😀

            1. Yank Revolution
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              You just made that stat up. Have another look, son.

        3. The Yorkshire Pirlo
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Started the day on 79... Egan, Lundstram, Mount and Abraham have played and I’m on 78 lol

          1. pingissimus
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Egan Lund Tammy Hendo here

        4. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Any Chelsea players worth including after these all?

          1. Gobigorgohome
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            azpi may be

        5. Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Could still draw with a Grealish goal, you never know.

          1. DA Minnion
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Do you know.

          2. arndff_
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Fingers crossed.

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

            I like this

        6. Ginkapo FPL
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Do we have a whole hour between matches? Who scheduled these?

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Less than an hour.

          2. Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Why, I'm loving it.

            1. PL Ball
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              +1.

              Absolutely on board.

        7. Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Tripple Vilaa failed

          1. arndff_
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Should've tried it, though. So it is what it is now.

          2. Atletico Junior
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Mmm not really, unless you had samatta. Villa assets were cheap solid 5-7 points this GW. I dont know what people were expecting...

        8. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Tammy where you at.

        9. evilfish
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Man, after a great start, this GW keeps battering me game after game after game. I surrender, leave me alone, goddamn it!

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Cliche but you're not alone

            1. Vazza
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Ditto

          2. HollywoodXI
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            An observation. Alonso isn’t getting the ball primarily because Rudiger is playing LCB and is all right foot so constantly plays the ball back inside (despite Alonso having space and time constantly on the left flank).

            1. Wild Rover
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Every time Alonso gets the ball he gives it to Rudiger

          3. Vazza
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Come on Mount.. Are you going to do something ?

              1. DMP
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Assist Tammy in a bit.

              2. arndff_
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Unfortunately, no. 🙁

            • Trophé Mourinho
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Grealish looks like an extra from the original planet of the apes :S

              1. Hakim Ziyech
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 20 days ago

                He looks like a sisssy

              2. HuttonDressedasLahm
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Bale would be in it too

            • HuttonDressedasLahm
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Tuesday night.. 75 points
              Since......
              Leno 1 (And injured)
              Nketiah 1
              Barnes 3
              Henderson 2
              Lundstram 1
              Egan -3
              Jota 2
              Lascelles 5
              12 points ! Fml

            • L'Aeroplanino
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Grealish fail

              1. The Dance
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Indeed, never saw the appeal

            • subhojit123
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Guys need a bit of help here.playing free hit GW31+. Which one to go for -
              1.
              POPE
              taa saiss DOHERTY
              salah fernandes RICHARLISON BERGWIN son
              VARDY jiminez

              2.
              PATRICIO
              taa saiss SOYUNCHU
              salah fernandes KDB son
              RASHFORD INGS jiminez

              1. Major League Shocker
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 20 days ago

                2. But consider DCL (nor) over Ings.

                1. subhojit123
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Thanks buddy