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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. Mikel Arteta
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Pick 2:
    - Martial
    - Bruno
    - Rashford

    1. Sun Jihai
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      1 and 2

    2. Kellz86
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Martial/Bruno for me

    3. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      B
      R

    4. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Not Bruno

  2. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Play 1:

    A) Cantwell (BHA)
    B) Sarr (che)

  3. SuperMane Returns
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Jota benched

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

      😮

    2. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      For you maybe.

    3. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Correct, there he is on the Villa bench again

  4. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Son(c) Jimenez(vc)

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

      Same! Had that last GW too, hoping Sonny does better!

  5. RubeRx
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Going to be a long week for Jimenez (c) if he blanks

    1. james 101
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Hope so

    2. melvinmbabazi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      hope so

  6. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Adama on at 55 minutes to assist Jimenez for the winner

    1. james 101
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Adams on at 59 minutes for jimmy.

      This place goes to sht

      1. Sun Jihai
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        lol

  7. Bees4Lyf
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Have a cheeky Saturday acca on, let’s see how this turns out!

  8. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    What would you do with this lot? 2FT 2.0 in the bank

    McCarthy

    Trent Doherty Lascelles

    KDB Bruno Martial Son

    DCL Jimenez Vardy

    Leno Justin D.Luiz Lund.

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I'd wait for the games to finish first...

  9. super zlatan
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Ended up captaining Salah.
    Hope I don’t regret it.

  10. SuperMane Returns
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Off Targett?

  11. how now brown cow
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Targett down

  12. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Doherty and Patricio, make me proud!!!

      1. super zlatan
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Love this wolves team. So talented.

    • Team Cruel
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Targett finished

      1. how now brown cow
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Not yet

    • diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Targett down

    • Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Targett hammy

    • Bam Bam Bigelow
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      was Targett taken out?

      1. Annie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        No

    • Rainer
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Similar injury to Targett in the reverse fixture...

      Must have nightmares of Adama.

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

        #Adama2020

    • how now brown cow
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Moving targett

    • Berbs
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Flipping heck. Both ML leaders have captained Martial and I don't even own the guy.

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

        He had his week last GW vs Jagielka. Back to normal soon.

      2. Tinkermania
          1 month, 12 days ago

          They are chasing last week's captain points.

        • Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Could be ideal if he blanks - kill two birds with one stone.

      3. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Taylor wagon warming up

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

        Targett 🙁 Doherty advantage?

      5. Bielsa's Bucket
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        F for Targett

      6. Sun Jihai
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Magnus has Targett starting

      7. SuperMane Returns
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Doherty against a weak Targett is a dream.

      8. Tinkermania
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Jimmy owner here but want him to blank as 2 rivals have him, one of them captained. I didn't.

          1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            You should never want a player you own to blank

            1. Sun Jihai
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              That's definitely not true

            2. Tinkermania
                1 month, 12 days ago

                If he gets 10 points, opponent goes 10 points clear. Don't want that. Special circumstances.

          2. how now brown cow
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Grealish fouled shocker

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

            Tweaks like that never last - get him off

            1. Revival
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              no way can he run that off

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

                And there it goes. Probably made it worse. Happens every time.

          4. thegaffer82
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            I think I'm gunna have to bring in Salah for Mane for the next GW.

            I can't watch Salah have another home game against one of the worst DF's in the league.

            Mane is looking good as well, but no pens and Salah's home form this season means I will make the switch I think.

            1. super zlatan
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Could back fire to be honest. If I had mané I would keep him.

          5. super zlatan
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Grealish to United if villa get relegated ?

            1. thegaffer82
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              It depends on Pogba more than whether Villa get relegated or not (...which they will!).

              If Pogba stays, I don't see Grealish at Utd. If Pogba goes, then he'll be a top target for Utd

              1. Mambino
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                this - otherwise they're looking for a better winger than James as a priority

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

            on WC - Martial or Bruno?

            1. super zlatan
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Martial given he is a differential. Everyone has Bruno.
              You may as well go for it.