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Traoré benched again as Aston Villa start two strikers against Wolves

Adama Traoré (£5.8m) finds himself on the Wolves bench for the second tie in three matches since the Premier League restart.

Nuno Espirito Santo has gone with a 3-5-2 formation for the tip to Aston Villa, the same system used for the last away match at West Ham.

For that Gameweek 30+ encounter, the Wolves manager used Traoré as an impact substitute, to good effect, and it appears that will be his plan again today.

Raúl Jiménez (£8.3m) owners and captainers will be pleased to see the Mexican in the starting line-up although may be a little disappointed by Traoré’s benching.

The two players form the most productive pairing in the Premier League this season, seven of Jiménez’s goals coming from Traoré assists.

Diogo Jota (£6.3m) gets his third successive start since the restart, joining Jiménez in the front-two.

Leander Dendoncker (£4.4m) is the man coming in for Traoré, sitting in a three-man central-midfield unit alongside Ruben Neves (£5.2m) and Joao Moutinho (£5.4m).

Meanwhile, popular Wolves defenders Matt Doherty (£6.4m) and Romain Saïss (£4.6m) both keep their starts once again.

They will have to handle a new-look Aston Villa attack this afternoon, with Dean Smith making the decision to go with a front-pairing of his own.

Rather than choose between Keinan Davis (£4.3m) and Mbwana Samatta (£5.6m), the Villa manager has started them together, supported by Jack Grealish (£6.4m) in what appears to be a central role.

Smith’s decision to go with a more conversative back-four has produced improved defensive showings since the restart, so he hands starts to Matt Targett (£4.4m), Tyrone Mings (£4.4m), Kortney Hause (£4.4m) and Ezri Konsa (£4.3m) once again.

Despite the tweaks to the front-three, Smith keeps faith in a three-man screening for the defence, deploying Marvelous Nakamba (£4.4m), Douglas Luiz (£4.4m) and Conor Hourihane (£5.7m) in central midfield.

Aston Villa XI (4-3-1-2): Nyland; Targett, Hause, Mings, Konsa; Nakamba, D Luiz, Hourihane; Grealish; Davis, Samatta.

Wolves XI (3-5-2): Patrício; Saïss, Coady, Boly; Jonny, Neves, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Doherty; D Jota, Jiménez.

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1,481 Comments Post a Comment
  1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Adama??

    1. ALI_G
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      benched

    2. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Saved for the Arsenal game and to come on after HT to destroy Villa's tired legs and for the counter-attack when Villa are trying to chase a goal.

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Early reports not in team but later amended

      1. jamiejoe
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        BBC Sport lines up were wrong, they fixed it 10 mins later and included Traore.

  2. pakornk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Villa v Wolves could be a great match

  3. @ocprodigy
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    May all your arrows be green.
    (Unless you're ahead of me)

    1. Jealous Viper
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Certainly not a problem for me with my God awful rank

      1. Houldsworth Hatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Bet I'm worse off

  4. Dele
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Adama massively overrated as a player I think.

    1. ALI_G
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      overrated as an FPL player, and a huge trap for sure

      1. DavidMunday815
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Interesting to see what impact he has from the bench. Smart move for Nuno to use him as an impact sub. Imagine seeing him coming on after 65 minutes when you're knackered! If he gets another assist today in such circumstances today, would you say owning him paid off? I don't have him, btw!

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 15 days ago

          That's why I wasn't gonna be bothered if Jota was on the bench, he's only gonna get 60 mins anyway, I'd rather he got the last 30 with how slowly a lot of these games have started.

        2. Kellz86
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Ali_G name me a more productive sub 6m midfielder

    2. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      If he was a better finisher then he'd be insane. Liverpool might buy him.

    3. tets mcgee (BSC Small boys-…
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      gotta disagree. absolute class maybe not a great fpl asset though

    4. Twisted Saltergater
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      He’s massively improved. I’d watch him again and give him a second thought.

    5. Nanoelektronicar
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      It's time to transfer from Wolves' bench to the Liverpool's. 🙂

      He's actually very good, has power, pace, shot, it's just tactical.

  5. Jealous Viper
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Did a last minute switch starting DCL and benching Nketiah

  6. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Aston Villa have conceded 148 attempts from set pieces this season, the worst in the league.

    Saiss and Boly could get something here.

    1. DavidMunday815
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Fingers crossed for Saïss!

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        AKA the cheap man's Doherty!

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Can't have 'em all ...

      2. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Hopefully no yellow card today, too.

    2. Jealous Viper
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Doherty too

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        My C 🙂

        1. Jealous Viper
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Almost put it on him but was worried Villa could nick a goal. Best of luck

    3. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Set up for a Moutinho or Neves screamer.

      1. Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Funny, I was just thinking Neves hasn't had a screamer for a while.

  7. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    WC time,

    Current

    Pope,
    Trent, Doherty C, Aurier, Taylor,
    Salah, KDB, Fernandes, Barnes,
    Rashford, Vardy

    McCarthy, Sarr, Jimmy, Boly,

    .2 itb

    Then WC to something like this & play 352,

    Pope,
    Trent, Doherty, Aurier,
    Salah, KDB, Fernandes, Son, Martial
    Rashford, Jimmy

    Martinez, Taylor, Holgate, Nketiah

    1. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Not tempted to save WC and use it as GW38 FH?

      You could get the majority of key players in that team in a couple of GWs as its so similar to what you currently have.

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Had though about that, -4 this week would get me close.
        Also another week to assess who is the go to players.

        TC Salah vs Villa next week if no injury?

  8. Egg noodle
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Played Saiss over TAA. Gonna look real stupid

    1. Jealous Viper
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Or very clever

    2. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      What's the rest of your team?

    3. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Benching Taa is something I'd never ever do

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Modern Baines

  9. Amey
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 15 days ago

    0-0 incoming !!

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Spoil sport

    2. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Wouldn't be a disaster as I've double wolves defence

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Great

  10. Team Cruel
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Why hasn't it updated yet? Mark is really slacking off these days, he should have upgraded the fpl servers ages ago

    1. Fozzyb34r
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Normally takes about 40-45 minutes

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Used to take 15 minutes

        1. La Roja
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Not really

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Why do i remember it taking less time a few years ago

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Weird

          2. Team Cruel
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Took almost exactly 21 minutes up until 2018-ish

    2. Jealous Viper
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Maybe he's lost interest seeing as his team has struggled this season

    3. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      What do you think of Mark avoiding Vardy and KDB all season? Just don't get it.

      1. Team Cruel
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Vardy has been a flop in 2020 so the stubbornness there can be justified. But KDB should have been in by GW3

        1. FPL Virgin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Sterling is his secret weapon though.

    4. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Too many players. Growth of FPL has been significant over last 5 years. Somehow gone from under 2m players to over 7m. PL viewing figures have not seen that level of growth. I reckon it is to do with all the betting sponsorship. People putting on their cheeky bets + playing FPL and for those in countries where they can't bet, FPL provides a gambling type fix.

    5. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Last GW took over an hour to update think (or the one before).

  11. Vazza
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Changed my captain from Jimenez to Rashford last minute..

      Feeling nervous now.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Right call maybe 😛
        Maybe not

        1. Vazza
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Ha.. Jimenez is such a boring pick in my opinion.. Rashford has a higher ceiling but plays a good team in Brighton.. Let’s see what happens now.

        2. Fozzyb34r
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Good choice. Jiminez on for a 2 pointer

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Corrected that for you, Martial

      2. Awobabobbob123
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Updated

        1. FPL Virgin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          *** Immediately checks Mark's team ***

          1. diesel001
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Wildcard.....

            1. FPL Virgin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              See below. Massive news.

      3. tets mcgee (BSC Small boys-…
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Maybe some1 has already pointed this out but Traore doesnt appear to be on the bench like the article suggests. To me suggests he is injured...

        1. Houldsworth Hatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Wolves twitter confirmed he is and not Taylor. Think somebody posted it on here.

          1. tets mcgee (BSC Small boys-…
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            ah ok cheers

            1. tets mcgee (BSC Small boys-…
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              livescore still showing the wrong team

        2. The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          On Wolves twitter account he's on the bench..

        3. CONNERS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 15 days ago

          BBC Sport shows him on bench.

        4. thegaffer82
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          You're right. He's not even on the bench

          1. thegaffer82
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            *On my APP I should say

      4. masyuris
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Captain Son instead of Jimenez

        Very riskyyy!!!

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Ditto

        2. POLSKA GOLA
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          It’s risky but could pay off big time.
          (C) Salah here, who’d thought he’s going to be a differential captain two weeks in a row

        3. Steinburg FC
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          me too, full weeks rest, i just hope i wont be posting "Son C to save my GW!
          "

      5. Sun Jihai
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Top 10k captaincy stats:

        Jiménez 31.7%
        Aubameyang 16.2%
        Rashford 13.8%
        Martial 8.0%
        Salah 7.8%
        Fernandes 7.0%
        Son 5.1%
        Kane 2.7%
        De Bruyne 2.3%
        Doherty 1.5%
        Mané 1.2%

        Magnus Carlsen brought in Kane and capped him 😎

        1. diesel001
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Magnus knows.

          1. Sun Jihai
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Triple Villa and no Jimenez - hmm...

          2. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            he sure does !!

        2. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Where is Pulisc !?
          😮

          1. Sun Jihai
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            0.36%!
            Hell of a differential (c)

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Thank you

      6. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Good fixtures next GW for Wolves, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City and Man Utd.

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          yep .

      7. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        BREAKING!

        Mark has Wildcarded!!!! 😯

        No premium Liverpool or Man City attacker.

        Triple United attack.

        TAA last on the bench.

        https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/21074/event/41

        1. diesel001
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Surely you need to forget about Mark and Ville and move on to Magnus and Lateriser12. They are next gen.

          1. FPL Virgin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Mark is the greatest. Never forget: form is temporary.....

            1. diesel001
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              You can have class, but eventually the mind and/or body just can't cope with the demands anymore.

        2. Nomar
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          The way this season, and especially since project restart, has gone this is probably the right way to go!

          1. FPL Virgin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Looks like a very powerful Wildcard. Strength and depth in every position.

        3. FOO FIGHTER
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Not a bad team but TAA on bench quite disturbing.

            1. FPL Virgin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              He's never been afraid to bench a premium defender in a tough game.

          • Garlana
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Seems like quite a safe team, nothing too maverick

            1. FPL Virgin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              No attackers from the best two teams in the league is Maverick.

        4. Sun Jihai
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          EO TOP10K

          Jimenez 121.39%
          KDB 88.79%
          Bruno Fernandes 83.07%
          TAA 79.34%
          Rashford 69.29%
          Doherty 61.38%
          Salah 58.85%
          Son 48.5%
          Martial 46.0%
          Aubameyang 37.8%
          Pope 37.41%
          DCL 34.84%
          Saiss 25.26%
          Mane 23.98%

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 15 days ago

            FFS
            No Jimenez is bad 😀

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              how is your season unravelling Amey ?

              1. Amey
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Restart hasn't gone well bro. OR tripled.
                So i went crazy and took a -12 this GW 😀
                Let's see how it goes

                I hope your is going well

                1. pingissimus
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Really 🙂 what did you do?

                  I was very close to this -12

                  Maguire to Aurier
                  Grealish to Martial
                  Vardy to Rashford

                  It was taking a walk to persuade myself against that led to missing deadline and the -4 move

                  1. Amey
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Vardy to Rashford
                    Jota to Nketiah
                    Lundstram to Kiko
                    4.2 to Pulisc ©

                    All IN !

                    1. pingissimus
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Whoa

                      You must have missed the news that it’s Tammy who gets the hattie this week 🙂

                      1. Amey
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Ha ha ha

                2. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  yep just hanging in the top 10k so very pleased 🙂 gl to you 🙂

                  1. Amey
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Thank you and same to you mate. 🙂

          2. diesel001
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            One of the reasons I (c) Jimenez is because I expected his EO to be over 100%. At least this way I can cheer if he gets any attacking returns.

          3. POLSKA GOLA
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Salah differential (C)
            We’ll see by Thursday if it was a risk worth taking

            1. Ragabolly
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              With you on that one and strangely feeling confident..

              1. POLSKA GOLA
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                It’s a calculated risk. I had no confidence over any players, especially due to FA Cup games. Salah will be well rested and Pool first team motivated to finish with a bang. I’m expecting lots of rotation for them after the City game

                1. Ragabolly
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Same reasoning

        5. Infamy, Infamy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          If the F.A. Cup games are level at 90, are they playing extra time or going straight to penalties?

          1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Extra time. If happens, teams will get a 6th substitution!

        6. pingissimus
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Vaguely shocked to discover Villa have two strikers

        7. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Wolves game only on BT?

          1. Would Ed Woodward
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Yep.

        8. Mikel Arteta
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          It feels so good to say this: "Wildcard activated!" 😛

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Bet your namesake wants one in real life too 😉

        9. Soto Ayam
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 15 days ago

          If Salah is rested against city, worth capping him against villa surely

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            think i m captaining him all season

          2. Sun Jihai
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            He won't be rested
            More chance of being rested vs Villa

          3. Soto Ayam
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 15 days ago

            In running out of midfielders to put in my team as I've decided to pass on city as lfc assets. Was hoping Salah against villa could work.

        10. More Cowbell
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Has anyone ever done the analysis on how many goals there generally are in matches based on when they’re played? I.e. Saturday lunchtime vs, 3pms vs super Sunday’s vs midweek etc? There may be absolutely nothing in it and it’s probably just my bias that makes me think that Saturday lunchtime games are often low-scoring and Sunday 4pms are usually goal-fests!

        11. BucketHead
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Next week transfer decisions
          A, Kane and mount
          Or
          B, Tammy and son ???
          Who would you go for? Tia.

        12. afs2239
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Switched thr captaincy to son from auba just before the deadline,
          Will i regret tht

          1. Ragabolly
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            No

          2. DF
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Yes

        13. Sgt Frank Drebin
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I slightly regret not captaining Salah... Have a feeling it will be a goalfest, kinda like that Man United - West Brom game which ended 5-5...

        14. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Who scores more this week?

          Me: Martial, Pulisic, PVA
          Rival: DCL, AWB, Taylor

          1. DF
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            You do

          2. Mikel Arteta
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            You

          3. Vazza
              1 month, 15 days ago

              You do by a country mile

          4. Sun Jihai
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            GW27
            Wolves - Norwich
            3-0
            Traore is benched (comes on for Jimenez 72 mins in)
            Jimi = 5 points
            Jota = 16 points
            The scenes on here if we get a repeat - especially with Magnus Carlsen having 6% owned Jota and no Jimenez

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 15 days ago

              I sold the ...
              😀

          5. Vazza
              1 month, 15 days ago

              On the basis that pretty much everyone has Jimenez, I guess the differential is whether you have captained him or not.

              Other than me, who else hasn’t captained him?

              1. Kellz86
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Martial (c) here

              2. ManUnitedComeBack
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                I've gone for Son

              3. Would Ed Woodward
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 15 days ago

                I don't eben own him.

              4. Vazza
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  I opted for Rashford

                • Hulk Smash
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Rashford here