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Fantasy interest minimal as relegation-threatened Villa face crucial Palace clash

It’s not quite last-chance saloon territory for Aston Villa but, seven points adrift of safety and with only four matches remaining, a victory over Crystal Palace is surely a must this afternoon if they want to keep their slim chances of avoiding relegation alive.

Kick-off at Villa Park is at 14:15 BST.

Both managers originally made one change apiece from the sides they sent out in Gameweek 34+ but an injury to Kortney Hause (£4.4m) in the warm-up has seen Ahmed Elmohamady (£4.1m) replace him.

Dean Smith has also recalled Conor Hourihane (£5.7m) to the Villa midfield, with Anwar El Ghazi (£5.3m) dropping to the bench.

That should see Jack Grealish (£6.0m) move to a more advanced position down the left of the hosts’ attack.

Keinan Davis (£4.3m) is only among the substitutes, as is the fit-again Matt Targett (£4.3m).

Pepe Reina (£4.2m) recovers from a hamstring strain to start.

Roy Hodgson’s one alteration is an enforced one.

Gary Cahill (£4.4m) looks set to miss the rest of the season with a hamstring injury, so Mamadou Sakho (£5.0m) gets the nod to replace him at centre-half.

Budget FPL defender Martin Kelly (£4.1m) is back on the bench after recovering from a calf problem.

It’s fair to say interest is limited in this one from a Fantasy perspective.

Grealish is the only player in either starting XI who has a double-digit ownership in Fantasy Premier League.

‘Ghost teams’ will account for some of that ownership and, if we instead look at the top 10,000 in FPL, not a single player from either Villa or Palace is owned by more than 3%.

Grealish’s ownership within this elite group is only at 2.13%.

Nine of Palace’s ten clean sheets this season have come against sides in the bottom half.

The Villans have scored just twice in their last eight Premier League matches.


Aston Villa XI: Reina, Elmohamady, Konsa, Mings, Taylor, McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Hourihane, Trezeguet, Samatta, Grealish.

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita, Ward, Dann, Sakho, van Aanholt, Zaha, Kouyate, Milivojevic, McArthur, Ayew, Benteke.

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  1. TheDragon
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Which of these will start for City this week against Bournemouth?

    A) Sterling
    B) Mahrez
    C) KDB
    D) Foden
    E) Jesus

    I’ve got KDB and Foden but very tempted to do KDB -> Sterling/Mahrez/DSilva and captain ....

    1. Bun Rab L4D3
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Not sure pep knows yet.

    2. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      The only one that I'm even slightly confident about being benched is Mahrez, wouldn't want to guess any further.

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Hi mate - how’s the week?

        Wolves have savaged some respectability for me.

        Think I’m ditching KDB this week - all in

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Given up now lol, 31(-4) with 5 to play, what about you? Yeah I haven't actually been punished too much from ditching KDB a few weeks back, don't think it's a bad move.

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

        I'm not even confident on that one tbh

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

      I have KDB Stering and Mahrez, im worried about Mahrez and KDB. Im tempted to do Mahrez > Dilva tbh.

      1. Coys96
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Same. Think it will be a good move

    4. Rainer
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Will you not want KDB back?

      Dilva & Foden seems safe and one of Sterling/Jesus to play up top, unless Pep goes Bernardo false 9 again.

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        No - I’ll FH 38 so can get back then anyway if needed

    5. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      I'll do their minutes

      30
      Off bench
      30
      90
      60

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        So who starts then lol

        1. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Foden Jesus
          1/2 a chance that KdB / Sterling start
          Mahrez doesn't start

          1. TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            DSilva to start?

        2. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Muahaha

    6. Stimps
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Fodens time to shine (c)

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

      This is Pep roulette matrix from Legomané :https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EctgqtMXsAMmnZH?format=jpg&name=large
      My *guess* as a potential front 6 would be:

      Rodri Gundogan Dilva
      Bilva Sterling Foden

      But it's a tough call between Sterling/Jesus with Sterling arguably having had his rest already vs. Newcastle but playing 90 this GW while Jesus has started 5 straight games but has come off early in the last two...

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Thanks - v helpful 🙂

        So who would you favour getting in? DSilva?

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

          I think Dilva and Foden are the best two options this GW

    8. seewhyaxe
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      I’d probably go for bloke here and say both Raz and Mahrez will start up front with Jesus.

    9. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Foden Jesus Sterling to start

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

        * and captain Jesus

  2. Champions united
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Bb team
    Any improvements??

    mcarthy/ederson
    TAA digne soy saiss aurier
    antonio kdb willian bruno,martial
    ings, green,vardy

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Needs more city attack

      1. Champions united
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Vardy to Jesus is only viable solution
        After today's game

    2. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Brilliant. 3 figure GW incoming

  3. Athletic Nasherbo
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Early thoughts here...

    Aarons + Vardy > Alonso + Jesus (-4) ?

    Early Chelsea news hopefully

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Yes!

    2. Bun Rab L4D3
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Have you seen Chelsea's defense? Nice moves otherwise.

      1. Athletic Nasherbo
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Agreed but it’s Norwich! Prime ingredients for a potential haul

        1. Bun Rab L4D3
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Yep but will somehow find a way to concede. You're relying on attacking returns. If Alonso starts. Better than Aaron's by a mile but too high risk for me personally.

      2. Alexis Nonsense
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Alonso is a striker....

        1. Bun Rab L4D3
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Who has only played 45 mins in the last 3 games.

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

      How do you still have Aarons?!

      1. Athletic Nasherbo
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        5th defender. Means I’ve played Egan last 3

  4. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Let's all face it the bottom 3 are already relegated

    1. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Sunderland taught us that anyone can survive relegation unexpectedly. The Black Cats used up all 9 lives eventually of course, but anything can happen towards the end! Might be a big story yet to unfold...

  5. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    I think I will just captain a Chelsea player provided we get the leaked team news and not bother about Pep roulette.

    Also considering Salah captain as Pool might be going for that 100+ point record.

  6. Deeney-is-a-god
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Does anyone know what the EO of wolves defenders are in the top 10k? Assumimg its below 200% so my two wolves defenders gives me a rank boost, but wonder how much they help me

    1. Big Hands Barry
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Less than 100%

      1. Deeney-is-a-god
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Thanks

    2. Rainer
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      ~93%

      Single barely worth without bonus, double very nice.

      https://www.livefpl.net/games

      1. Deeney-is-a-god
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Great, a small positive in a GW where nothing has been going my way...

  7. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    pelanty

  8. Coys96
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    penalty. grealish fouled

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

    Penalty to Villa

  10. Would Ed Woodward
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 2 days ago

    I want as many people chasing the golden boot as possible, really need to fit Auba in for the last two.

  11. Noah’s Ark
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Penalty Villa

  12. Coys96
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    What a dive

    1. BENOIT
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Standard Grealish

  13. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Which one for the next 3?

    A. KDB
    B. Foden
    C. DSilva

    1. Bun Rab L4D3
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      A. Just. Can get points no matter how long he plays.

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Hasn't been getting those recently

  14. BENOIT
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Free hit in 36 or 38?

    Really struggling to decide, my team doesnt look bad this week!

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Need to see team

    2. Big Hands Barry
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      If your team looks okay then save the chip

    3. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      The fact we will probably get leaked team news (especially for city) in 38 swings it for me.

      38 is normally goals galore too

      1. BENOIT
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        We'll get Chelsea leaked news though this week, right?

    4. Bun Rab L4D3
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      38. Could get plenty of leaks.

    5. JabariParkersEyelid
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Depends on team, if you look good just hold it and weather the storm.

  15. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Comical

  16. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Grealish dive!

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Yellow card incoming

  17. JonSnow
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    big ole dive there

  18. Rainer
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Grealish red? Stamp.

  19. potatoace
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Bless his little cotton ankle socks.
    That's hilarious

  20. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Pen overruled

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

    Penalty denied by VAR

  22. Wild Rover
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Lol, Grealish acting like he’s been shot 😀 Justice done

    1. Wild Rover
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Apart from him not getting booked for cheating

  23. Noah’s Ark
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Has to be a booking then no?

  24. Coys96
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Finally a good decision by VAR

  25. _Ninja_
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Gralishs fall looks so unnatural

  26. Free Hat
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Wait a minute, did VAR get that right?

    1. BENOIT
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Hallelujah

    2. Free Hat
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      At least something gone right this gw

  27. Rainer
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Only Bruno is allowed to stamp on players and win pens, you should know this Grealish.

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Get over it mate

  28. BENOIT
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Grealish stands on PVAs foot... FFS.

    Commentators are useless

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

      At full speed it looks like a pen. The beauty of VAR. If only they gave it to the onfield refs to use the monitors to decide though. Empower the onfield refs!

  29. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    ARSENAL TEAM NEWS
    Team to play Tottenham: Martinez, Mustafi, Luiz, Kolasinac, Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Tierney, Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
    Subs: Macey, Sokratis, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Soares, Nelson, Willock, Saka.

    TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS
    Team to play Arsenal: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Sissoko, Winks, Lo Celso, Son, Kane, Moura.
    Subs: Gazzaniga, Vertonghen, Lamela, Sessegnon, Bergwijn, Ndombele, Skipp, Fernandes, Tanganga.

    1. GuenDoozy
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Strange choice to bench our best player over the past few games

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

      Thanks!
      Arsenal to win to nil but with no involvement from Saka or Auba please
      Martinez to save a Kane penalty would be nice too

      1. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Jinxed it

  30. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    ⚽ Team News 📰
    TOT: Lloris, Alderweireld, Aurier, Sánchez, Davies, Winks, Sissoko, Lo Celso, Son, Kane, Lucas Moura
    Subs: Gazzaniga, Vertonghen, Tanganga, Lamela, Fernandes, Sessegnon, Ndombele, Skipp, Bergwijn

    ARS: Martínez, Mustafi, David Luiz, Kolasinac, Tierney, Ceballos, Xhaka, Bellerín, Pépé, Lacazette, Aubameyang
    Subs: Macey, Saka, Cédric, Sokratis, Holding, Torreira, Willock, Maitland-Niles, Nelson