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, 12 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, 12 days ago

      Liverpool are going to absolutey kill my rank later

      1. SweepaKeepa
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

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

    2. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Ask the scouts.

    3. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Could be even more brutal if Liverpool turn up tonight

      1. Nomar
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Glad I kept Salah and TAA now.

    4. Legendary!
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Groupthink

    5. L'Aeroplanino
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Sheff and Villa both got 1CS so not too bad

    6. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 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, 12 days ago

      I think you were expecting a bit too much

    8. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      It's fun having lots of player's

    9. Sif
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 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, 12 days ago

      Sheffield and Villa have done alright.

      Unsurprisingly, it's Arsenal who disappoints.

    11. Supertrooper
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 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, 12 days ago

    Azpi going ham.

  3. tm245
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Azpi two assists?

    1. Wild Rover
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yep

  4. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

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

    1. Wild Rover
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      He’s been way more attacking

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      He even made that assist from Alonso's wing.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Yeah haha. I actually thought it was Alonso

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Why did you ignore free advice? 🙂

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Who said I ignored it? 😉

  5. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Giroud proved that he is better than chicken Abraham

    1. Wild Rover
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      You proved yet again that you are an idiot

      1. Niho992
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Hihi

  6. The_Fish
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 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, 12 days ago

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

  8. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

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

  9. UnitedRthebest
    1 month, 12 days ago

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

  10. mitro
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Target to Samatta would be a dream

  11. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Told ya Pulisic is going to save us

  12. Berbs
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    No Liverpool attackers, no Aguero

    About to get the punishment of a lifetime

    1. UnitedRthebest
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Got Agüero last minute. No mane tho

  13. tm245
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Is McGinn still playing?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      yes

      1. tm245
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 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, 12 days ago

          Big injury = time needed plus it's Villa

        2. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

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

          1. tm245
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 12 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, 12 days ago

      yes

  14. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 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, 12 days ago

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

    2. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Unless you had a Newcastle defender

    3. Keeptrying
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

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

    4. COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 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, 12 days ago

      92 to 109 at the moment, cant complain 🙂

    6. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

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

  15. DandyDon
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

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

  16. pingissimus
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

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

    1. Tinkermania
      1 month, 12 days ago

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

    2. DMP
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Me. Need Abraham to score.

      1. pingissimus
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I’d take an assist

  17. Yank Revolution
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Where are my Pulisic haters @??? Loserz

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Broken watch strikes again.

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        That makes no sense, TM!

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Needs to do it consistently.

          1. Yank Revolution
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 12 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, 12 days ago

      Looking forward to starting next season with him.

    3. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      The irony

    4. mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

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

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Ahhh if only others saw what we do Hank

      2. SweepaKeepa
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 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, 12 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, 12 days ago

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

  18. The Yorkshire Pirlo
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 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, 12 days ago

      Egan Lund Tammy Hendo here

  19. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Any Chelsea players worth including after these all?

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      azpi may be

  20. Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

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

    1. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Do you know.

    2. arndff_
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Fingers crossed.

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I like this

  21. Ginkapo FPL
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 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, 12 days ago

      Less than an hour.

    2. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Why, I'm loving it.

      1. PL Ball
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        +1.

        Absolutely on board.

  22. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Tripple Vilaa failed

    1. arndff_
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

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

    2. Atletico Junior
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 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...

  23. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Tammy where you at.

  24. evilfish
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 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, 12 days ago

      Cliche but you're not alone

      1. Vazza
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Ditto

  25. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 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, 12 days ago

      Every time Alonso gets the ball he gives it to Rudiger

  26. Vazza
    1 month, 12 days ago

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

    1. DMP
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Assist Tammy in a bit.

    2. arndff_
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Unfortunately, no. 🙁

  27. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

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

    1. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      He looks like a sisssy

    2. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Bale would be in it too

  28. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 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

  29. L'Aeroplanino
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Grealish fail

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Indeed, never saw the appeal

  30. subhojit123
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 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, 12 days ago

      2. But consider DCL (nor) over Ings.

      1. subhojit123
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Thanks buddy