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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. Rains of Castamere
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Villa are terrible. So blunt.

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

    Did Villa really spend almost 150 mill on this lot? It's not even as if they had to buy Grealish.

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Yup

    2. Hairy Potter
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      To be fair to them it was mainly about permanent moves for the players they had on loan last season.

      Not sure what happened to the Villa fans on here who were saying that they would be challenging for Europe though.

      1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Kiwivillan LOL

      2. ZimZalabim
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        not being able to get tammy back was probably the biggest flaw

    3. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Rubbish management. It’s Fulham 2.0

      1. Deeney-is-a-god
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Remember villa fans saying they wouldnt be fulham 2.0 before the season. Guess they were wrong

  3. FPL_DON
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Concerning as a captainer but jimi does look tired

    1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      been a lot of games in a short space

  4. Alnair
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Should've captained Doherty...

    1. Offside Trapattoni
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Gave it to Jimenez, with Doherty vice. What a letdown.

  5. Skloppy Kops
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Donkey wasting all attack.. even though he scored.. he is rubbish

  6. UnitedFan
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Jimenez absolutely knackered.

  7. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Jimenez socks fallen down

    1. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I literally don't know what to say.

      1. The Mandalorian
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Pull them back up again?

    2. PepTalk
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Don't leave us on tenterhooks.

  8. The Mandalorian
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Jimenez looking at the bench

  9. Budweiser
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Grealishs price is dropping just in time for summer

  10. Bruce Lee
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 6 days ago

    I'd be champ if I could pick captains

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Maybe choose the ones you find fit?

      1. Bruce Lee
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Will try that tactic next

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          😉

    2. Zilla
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      It really is the thing that matters the most in this game

      1. Bruce Lee
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Jimi is a good player, playing against a bad team

        Good pick, doesn't work out

        Same with Son... good player, playing against a bad team (WHM) and the same happened

  11. james 101
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Not watching

    Rate out of ten?

    A. Doherty

    B. Jimmy

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      7
      6

    2. Gobigorgohome
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      8
      5

    3. Jeremiah
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      6
      5

    4. james 101
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Pretty consistent scoring.

    5. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      6
      4

    6. Twisted Saltergater
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Jimmy 5 ?? Did people not see the pass to Jonny?!

  12. Gobigorgohome
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Jimi looks so tired 🙁

  13. NoSalah’d
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Any feedback on my free hit draft for GW33+ with 0.0m itb would be appreciated:
    Ryan, 3.9m
    TAA, Doherty, Maguire, Lascelles, 3.9m
    Mane, KDB, Son, Bruno, 4.2m
    Maupay, Rashford, Jiminez.

    Should I downgrade Lascelles and get Salah from Mane?

  14. Bielsa's Bucket
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Jimi captain doesnt look like its paying out today

    1. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      It’s definitely a Jiménez (c) fail. Worst thing is the GW now drags on so long knowing a red arrow is a certainty

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 6 days ago

        😆

      2. Twisted Saltergater
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        👿 😀

  15. Ady87
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    For some bizarre reason I thought deadline was like 5pm.

    On Son captain, the only reason I kept Auba was to give him a short as captain at Norwich.

    Least I’ve got 2 FTs .... 🙁

    1. Greek Freak
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      This is fated to be the kind of mistake that ends up in your favour in the end. Also I've captained Auba so you're fine, he'll blank.

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

    The Villa United game in 34 might be the one to target perhaps if Liverpool rotate heavily in 33.

    They really offer zilch and United have way more firepower than Wolves right now and will also be comparatively rested in 34

    1. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Why aren't you people on triple Man Utd already?!

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

        Was thinking about TC actually 🙂

  17. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Can’t believe this, first time I’ve owned Jimenez this season

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

    Jimi G would be heaven right now

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Amen

  19. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Doh on 4 a bap 🙂

    1. Differentiator
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Need a YC please

    2. TomSaints
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Hold!

  20. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Glad I didn't cap Jimi. A bit miffed that I have Dendoncker on the bench, but what can you do...

    1. TomSaints
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Bad luck - but a pretty stunning first 2 GWs back

    2. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      ahh right, why's that?

    3. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Dendonk is all over the place, playing false 9 and defender at the same time...

  21. KGFC
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Jimi looks spent... Strange NES is not hooking him off... Have they used all subs??

    1. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Why would he next game is a whole week away?

  22. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Didnt cap Jimmy but his goal now would be lovely !

    1. Burger
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      121% EO suggests otherwise.

      1. Niho992
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 6 days ago

        My 2 rivals dont own him. Dont care for OR

        1. Burger
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          I always think if you take care of OR, the rest follows.

          1. Niho992
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Yep but not now. My OR is rubbish anyway. 170 K

            1. Burger
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Mine is 550k so what do I know 😆

              Was 1m+ though a week ago so certainly going the right way, still worse season ever.

              1. Niho992
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Yup. My worst season ever too

          2. Van der Faart
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            OR is king to win the MLs

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

    Do people really own Doherty over Jonny. Baps Emperor

  24. Zilla
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Think from now on Jiminez will be in the "never bench never captain" area

    1. RECKLESS
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Unlesd Traore starts

    2. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Not actually so. Captained him last gw. He is one for the late occassion but fatigue is the reason why I avoided him as my captain this gw

  25. Rainer
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Dendoncker looking essential.

  26. Twisted Saltergater
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Quite like the 532 / 523 formation. Anyone got it to work well in FUT?

    1. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I’m running TAA Alonso Doherty Maguire and might get Aurier. So much upside

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Sorry mate, I meant in FIFA

  27. BuYaKasha
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    "Jimenez delivered a fantastic ball in and it just landed to Dendoncker who was on the edge of the area. It's a real quality finish into the bottom corner. He's done well from midfield, he's tried to get forward and get into the box as much as he can and he's got his rewards there."

    SkySports

    1. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Jonny assist sunshine

  28. Differentiator
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    baps is broken if doccy gets any baps today

    1. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Especially after that McGinn goal...

  29. Zilla
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Why is this dendo thinks he's a striker

  30. Vazza
    1 month, 6 days ago

    What to do with Jota?

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Nketiah and go shopping with the 2m

    2. Laurel and Vardy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Kick him out ASAP......