Dugout Discussion

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Both managers originally made one change apiece from the sides they sent out in Gameweek 34+ but an injury to Kortney Hause (£4.4m) in the warm-up has seen Ahmed Elmohamady (£4.1m) replace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

Become a Member and get unrestricted access to our data and articles

Full-year memberships are now available for the price of £17.50. Monthly subscriptions also cost just £2.99.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 150+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our brand NEW Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT

840 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Lol Benteke

  2. Skloppy Kops
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    If its after final whistle, does it impact FPL?

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

      Yes

    2. Tinkermania
        1 month, 3 days ago

        yes

      • fr3d
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Bruh

      • JJO
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Why not?

      • Duke Silver ☑
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Yup.

      • Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        What did Benteke do?

        1. Duke Silver ☑
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          He was having a bit of a go at Konsa towards the end. Then after the FT whistle he was saying something to the ref and got sent off for that.

          1. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Ah ok
            Thanks

      • reo19uk
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Yes but surely nobody has him

    3. S3
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      which city assets reckon will start next game considering upcoming FA Cup semi final game
      A. Raz
      B. KDB
      C. Foden
      D. Jesus
      E. Mahrez

      1. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        C the most likely

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

        A B C and D imo. E benched

      3. Skloppy Kops
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        b & c i think

      4. Greek Freak
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Most people expect Foden to start and Mahrez to be benched, with the other three's chances somewhere in between. But it's all guesswork.

      5. S3
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        thanks guys...just tough with Mr Pepe...but I think Foden and KDB have a higher chance...

        1. S3
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          and Jesus

    4. reo19uk
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Benteke finally done something for the 1st time in months. Not a good thing but still a thing!

    5. tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Are people still buying Digne? Villa fighting for survival.

      1. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        They are on beach, Digne is done for this season.

      2. Stimps
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        I just brought him in

      3. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Not anymore. Everton were really bad, and Villa have hope...

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

        got him for this week for his bagel...

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

        Was on my agenda, but Everton looked awful today and think Villa will score next GW

    6. VAR United
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Tricky to try and predict what Pep will do but I think he knows if he benches KDB then there are higher chances the team doesn't perform. He's more likely to start him from now and pull him off once they've established a lead. Just my thinking.

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Don’t waste your time thinking about it or you will just go mad

        Pick the players and see what happens

        Nothing else you can do

      2. Skloppy Kops
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        might start him as 3rd CB

      3. Tinkermania
          1 month, 3 days ago

          He will be rested like everybody else. I think he has one more rest at least before the season is finished.

        • ryacoo
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          I think with 5 subs, there's a good chance he starts and off on 60 again

      4. mikess
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Sterling KDB Martial Bruno Foden
        Ings Vardy Greenwood

        Who on earth do I bench for this week?

        1. Skloppy Kops
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          ManU players might require some rest before FAcup

        2. Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Vardy

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

          Vardy

        4. mikess
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Cheers all

      5. The Littlest Robbo
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        A cleansheet, assist and a goal from Serge would be nice

      6. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Can I get a parting gift from my Sister n today?

        1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Haha *Son damn you autocorrect

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

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

              Emoji fail

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

            Sister and son, a right family affair

          3. Duke Silver ☑
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Stepsis I hope 😆

        2. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          😆

      7. I love Spurs
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Benteke (c) fail

      8. Strchld
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Which one?

        Mahrez > Pulisic/Dilva
        Mane > Pulisic/Dilva
        Jimi > Ings

        Worried that Mahrez won't start..

        1. Skloppy Kops
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Mané. He's off his fame

          1. Skloppy Kops
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            game *

      9. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Patricio
        TAA Doherty Azpi
        Salah Sterling(c) Fernandes Martial Pulisic
        Jesus(vc) Greenwood

        Button Aurier Connolly Robinson

        Sart of GW36 Pulisic to Dilva to have triple City for the rest last 2.

        1. S3
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          I am thinking of bringing in sterling. you think he will start?

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Cannot go without him for the last 3.

          2. Tinkermania
              1 month, 3 days ago

              No. Arsenal is bigger game.

              1. Weasel Boy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                This.

        2. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Well that's one less budget forward to think about...

          I have one budget forward slot for a BB in GW 37. Up to 5.8m

          Who to go for?

          A) JRod (nor)
          B) McBurnie (EVE)
          C) McGoldrick (EVE)
          D) Maupay (NEW)
          E) Adams (bou)

          1. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            A all day

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

          This was Benteke's 2nd highest week for net transfers in this season
          Unfortunate for the 1,633 new owners this GW

        4. potatoace
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Did trekkers get a red card after final whistle

        5. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Oh the benching headache! I've got this wrong last couple weeks... so help please!

          Bench one of:
          A) Martial (CRY a)
          B) Foden (BOU h)
          C) Willian (NOR h)
          D) Vardy (SHU h)
          E) Greenwood (CRY a)
          F) Jimi (BUR a)

          Bench two of:
          W) Digne (AVL h)
          X) TAA (ARS a)
          Y) Boly (BUR a)
          Z) Egan (LEI a)

          Currently benching EYZ

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

          Sonny

        7. Conor1
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Marcos Alonso? Anyone considering him for the Norwich game?