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Improved Villa defence brings goal difference into relegation battle

Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal

  • Goals: Trézéguet (£5.2m)
  • Assists: Tyrone Mings (£4.4m)
  • Bonus Points: Mings x3, Trézéguet x2, Jack Grealish x1 (£5.9m), Ezri Konsa x1 (£4.3m)

Aston Villa put the club’s Premier League destiny in their own hands with a massive 1-0 win over Arsenal on Tuesday evening.

It was a result that took Dean Smith’s men above Watford, whose goal difference had taken a battering at the hands of Manchester City, setting up a relegation showdown on the final day of the season.

Villa will travel to West Ham knowing that a win will keep them up, as will bettering the results of Watford and Bournemouth.

The Hornets have perhaps drawn the short straw in that they travel to face an Arsenal side that might want to produce a reaction to their Gameweek 37+ defeat at Villa Park, while Bournemouth face an out-of-sorts Everton side.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m) is sure to have felt Tuesday’s loss most keenly, especially as it left him three goals short of Jamie Vardy‘s (£9.7m) tally in the Premier League Golden Boot race.

With Watford managerless and conceding a minimum of three goals in four of their last six outings, the Arsenal striker could be a force to be reckoned with on Sunday… We know Aubameyang is capable of man-of-the-match displays, as he showed in the recent FA Cup win over Manchester City.

“We need to transmit this enthusiasm and passion. There’s going to be some ups and downs but it’s good sometimes to see the reality and improve.” – Mikel Arteta

It was their continually improving defence that secured the win for Aston Villa against Arsenal, although they did ride their luck as Eddie Nketiah (£4.3m) struck the inside the post late on. 

Villa have now kept two clean sheets in the last three matches, each one leading to a massive three points for the team. Without the changes Smith made at the back, they would not be in the position they are ahead of the final weekend of the season. 

And now that goal difference is set to play such a key factor in the Premier League relegation battle, the Villans could play conservatively, opting to utilise the pace and guile of Jack Grealish (£5.9m) on the counter-attack as they did on Tuesday evening.

“We have to make sure we win at West Ham. We knew we had to show a lot of courage and work rate. It was a real team performance today. We defended the box very well, I don’t remember Pepe Reina making a save. The players all grew in stature tonight. Jack had his best game since the restart, Ezri has gone onto another level. It was a real team performance and it had to be.” – Dean Smith

If Villa were to execute their Gameweek 37+ gameplan at West Ham on Sunday, it could make life harder for assets such as Michail Antonio (£7.1m) and Jarrod Bowen (£6.4m), who have been in decent form of late.

However, relying on Villa for goals themselves might not be the smartest move for Fantasy managers in Gameweek 38+. After all, they have scored more than one goal just once since the return of Premier League football.

As much as Smith’s men managed the win over Arsenal well, there were few moments of real danger posed by their attackers.

Trézéguet‘s (£5.2m) winning goal was a stunning effort although it might be hard to replicate at the London Stadium.

Outside of that strike, Villa and their Arsenal counterparts were mostly feeding on scraps.

The home side came closest to pressing home their advantage in the 74th minute when Grealish went on a powerful counter-attacking drive. His pass into substitute Keinan Davis (£4.3m) was perfectly weighted to allow the striker to get one-on-one with Emi Martínez (£4.4m), only to pull his effort wide of the far post.

John McGinn (£5.2m) then had a powerful shot saved in the 77th minute, the Arsenal goalkeeper able to stand up to the effort.

Aston Villa XI (4-3-3): Reina; Targett, Mings, Konsa, Elmohamady (Guilbert 25′); Hourihane (Nakamba 73′), D Luiz, McGinn (Lansbury 90+3′); Grealish, Samatta (Davis 72′), Trézéguet.

Arsenal XI (3-4-3): Martínez; Kolasinac, D Luiz (Pépé 60′), Holding; Saka (Tierney 60′), Torreira (Xhaka 46′), Ceballos, Cédric (Willock 79′); Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nketiah.

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1,622 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Andrew
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Good to go on FH GW38?

    Martinez (Button)
    Pieters Bardsley Cresswell (Rico Stephens)
    Sterling (c) Salah Bruno Dilva (Guendouzi)
    Kane Ings Jesus

    Having some doubts over Jesus

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      No issues there mate. G2G

  2. b91jh
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    It seems to be a good FH draft when I have 4 captain choices?

    A) Kane
    B) Salah
    C) Raz
    D) Dilva

    Who would you pick as captain?

    1. I AM THE FPL MONSTER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      C

    2. FPL-(VAR)dy
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      raz

    3. DycheDycheBaby
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      C

    4. antis0cial
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      C

    5. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      If you want a differential captain - I bet almost everyone using FH will captain Sterling - I would go for Kane. I just think that Palace fixture will play just nicely.

  3. Atom&Humber
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Pope McCarthy
    Tierney TAA doh boly dunk
    Salah martial pulisic bruno Foden
    Jesus jiminez ings

    Got exact money to do:
    Jiminez, Bruno and doh to greenwood sterling and Robbo for a minus 8
    Thoughts?

    1. Releasebreaks
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      -8 too much
      do it only if desperate chasing

      1. Atom&Humber
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Hmmm my rank is decent chasing a mini league win

  4. MattysFantasyFooty
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    What scores more?

    A) Kane Auba Martial Bardsley
    B) Kane Ings KDB Aurier

    1. FPL-(VAR)dy
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      A

    2. D.Glynn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      A

  5. Boz
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Want a 3rd city for this week. Already have KDB and Mahrez so thinking Jesus.

    How does Jimi and Doherty to Jesus and Pieters (2FT) sound?

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Sterling is the one you need

      1. MattysFantasyFooty
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        This

    2. antis0cial
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Sterling & Dilva would be my two choice picks from City.

      1. baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I am starting to consider KdB as third option with Dilva and Sterling.

        1. antis0cial
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          That's what I'm on, but I already had that so no real decision to make.

    3. Boz
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Cheers all

  6. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Who are your top 3 defender picks for FH38+?

    1. ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Trent Robbo Van Dijk probably

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Haha! ASM to ruin that party 😆

        1. ElliotJHP
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Haha, I didn't mean as a three to be fair!

          Newcastle looked really bad against Brighton the other day

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Yeah we are on the beach matey. Pool will hoy a few past us easy

    2. FPL-(VAR)dy
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      TAA
      Aurier
      Tarkowski/Pieters

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        That's my 3

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Same Ajax matey

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        That’s my current draft 3 too

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          I'll be having VVD, Laporte and Tarko.

      3. D.Glynn
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Similar to mine

    3. _sidney_will
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Digne, Robertson, Tierney

  7. Mackans
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    What option do you prefer??

    A. Martial, Robertson & Branthwaith
    B. Antonio, Trent & Aurier

    1. Flaming Flamingo
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      B

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Tricky. See how Martial, Robbo and Trent look tonight to help
      decide

  8. BENOIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Is there a better cheap striker than Ings this week? Any punts?

    1. FPL-(VAR)dy
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Chris Wood

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      DCL lol

    3. _sidney_will
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Like Chris Wood

  9. DycheDycheBaby
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Are people keeping KdB? I see a lot of teams without him...

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Can’t decide. Ideally I would be he’s 2m more than Mahrez

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Mahrez is a big gamble in my opinion. Not playing particularly well and hasn't been getting any big hauls recently

    2. antis0cial
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Yeah but if on a Free Hit I may not.

    3. Sterling Archer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      FH teams going without, most others will keep I would presume

      1. baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        With FH I am starting to change my mind. Original plan was Jesus, but I expect KdB to start and outscore Mahrez.

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Sort of thinking this too. No pens is crap though

    4. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Fancy doing KDB > Sterling after his comments about hitting 20 goals.

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Absolutely would want Sterling. But KDB will surely get points as well you feel. I still have Vardy so may opt to take a hit, but I'm defending a 45 point ML lead.

    5. D.Glynn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      I have to because of ML rival with no FH.

    6. Puncheon Guly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      I dont have him, but am on a FH where my rival has him. Will see where the league is after 37 and how punty I need to be - if I've got a cushion I'll probably go without

    7. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Got rid last week.

    8. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Think I'm going to do KDB to Sterling (no FH)

  10. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Firmino anyone 😀

    1. FPL-(VAR)dy
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      nop

    2. aapoman
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      no

    3. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      I prefer Anyone

  11. Uns95
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Good to go?

    Pope
    TAA Stephens Cresswell
    Salah Pulisic Martial Sterling (c) KDB
    Wood Ings

    McCarthy Greenwood Aurier AWB

  12. grennans2
      2 months, 2 days ago

      A or B for the last GW?

      A) Aubameyang & Long (3rd BUR defender)
      B) Ings & TAA

      1. aapoman
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Kane and Long

    • -GK22-
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Is this FH template enough, is Antonio a good pic vs getting a 3rd city? I had martial but can’t decide on tony vs Bruno

      Pope
      Aurier, Tarkowski, Pietera
      Sterling, Dilva, Salah, Bruno, Antonio
      Kane, Ings

      3.9, Greenwood, Braithwaite, Williams

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        See my post below - I decided not to get Antonio. 3 City for me is a must.
        I have Bruno but I'd prefer Martial tbh.

    • I AM THE FPL MONSTER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      OR 2704. On FH I have 2 dilemmas:

      A) Ings or Antonio

      B) Richarlson or Martial

      1. antis0cial
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Ings, Martial

      2. KanteTouchThis
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Ings Martial

      3. lilmessipran
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Well you are OR 2704 so you tell us better

        1. tokara
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Lol

      4. Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Leicester vulnerable on the break, Villa tight and want a point.

      5. DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Subtle brag disguised as question. I like it. Great rank by the way.

      6. Puncheon Guly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        If you went martial and Antonio, who would your striker be? Fodder?

        Ings and Martial for me

    • KanteTouchThis
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      FH 38+, opinions?

      Marinez Button
      Pieters Bardsley xxx xxx Brantwhaite
      Salah Sterling Dilva Bruno Martial
      Kane xxxx Nketiah

      Would you rather
      a) Ings, Robertson, 4.1 Def to bench
      b) Jesus, B. Williams, 5.0 Def to play (who?)

      Thanks

      1. I AM THE FPL MONSTER
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        B...sell brainthwaithe to tanganga...get jesus and aurier

        1. KanteTouchThis
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Oh brilliant, Leaves me with no bench defender but might be worth the risk

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Or might not be. GW38s are notoriously rotatey, esp with beached teams.

    • ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      A) KDB+Bruno to Dilva+Sterling -4
      B) KDB+Jimenez to Dilva+Kane -4
      C) Pulisic to Dilva for free

      I’m chasing, which is the best move?

    • MattysFantasyFooty
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Thoughts on FH team?

      Martinez
      Bardsley Pieters Aurier
      Salah Sterling C KDB Silva Antonio
      Ings Kane

      1. lilmessipran
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Actually not quite sold on Antonio with villa's recent form and the desire to stay up

    • ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      KDB > Sterling
      AND
      Jesus>Kane

      For a hit?

      1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I like it.
        I’m doing similar with KDB+Bruno/Martial to Sterling+Dilva

    • Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      For the last 2 weeks I've had a plan to use my last transfer to sell Willian for Antionio. Now the time has (almost) come, I realise if I do that I'm stuck with having to drop one of my 8 attackers. I'm good with playing 7 and leaving Willian benched and instead strengthen the defence. I have a Citizen (Laporte), Red (VVD), two blades and a Wolf. So my last tran will be Saiss to Tarkowski and play him. Balance.

    • King Kohli
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Best 4.5 non Burnley defender?

      Considering Diop and Branthwaite.

      Any others?

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Another Burnley defender would be my choice. Why not?

      2. _sidney_will
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        They’re the best two I feel

    • wildnothing
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      How about this FH team?

      Martinez
      Aurier Tarkowski Pieters
      KDB Salah Sterling Dilva
      Auba Kane Ings

      3.9 Long Guendouzi 3.9

    • MosF94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Couple of FH differentials I'm considering: Grealish and DCL. Both feel "due" a return, both have favourable opposition - any reason not to have either?

      1. tokara
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Do it

    • Sandesh_
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      What to do??? 1FT 1.6m itb
      Pope
      Doc taa cresswell
      Bruno martial kdb mahrez
      Ings kane rashford

      Martin egan cantwell

      Just do rashford to jesus
      Or get sterling -4
      Or anything else???

    • DycheDycheBaby
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Anyone still have Vardy? Keeping or selling?

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Their form? That fixture? Nah. Gone for Ings.

      2. Godfrey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I want to sell, only difficult to find good replacement with already 3 City and 3 United.

      3. D.Glynn
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Getting rid of on my FH

      4. DycheDycheBaby
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Thanks. I'm getting rid for a hit I think

      5. yosim
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Can't decide - gonna wait to see how utd get on tonight. If they don't win tonight then it could be a really cagey affair on Sunday and may not be many goals

      6. EL tridente
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Best transfer to make?
        A) Boly to Robbo
        B) Rashford to Kane
        C) Mahrez to D Silva
        D) Ings and Mahrez to Kane and D Silva for -4

        1. redsallstars
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 2 days ago

          A for me, wolves unlikely to get clean sheet with che going for win. rash, mahrez, ings could all haul

      7. Andrew
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        On a FH for GW38+ is there better options in :-

        A. 3-5-2
        B. 3-4-3

        I'm leaning towards A as I'm not convinced by Auba v Watford and not sure Jesus plays v Norwich

      8. The Man Pastore
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Who scores more in GW38 you think:

        A) Bruno + Greenwood + 4pts
        B) Grealish + Jesus

        1. Andrew
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          A

        2. redsallstars
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 2 days ago

          A

      9. Do I Not Like Orange
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Anyone think Leicester vs Man Utd could be a goalfest? Neither team really in good shape defensively & may have to go on the attack for CL places.

        Just trying to justify keeping Vardy if I'm honest, can only afford 1 of Auba/Sterling & favouring Raz atm.

        1. redsallstars
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 2 days ago

          yes for sure. cant see it being a cagey affair, lei will have to go for win

      10. pakornk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I'm at around 13k. Do you guys think I can hop in within the 10k mark without a FH chip in the last gw?

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Frankly, no. 🙁

        2. Long ago I drew a walrus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Of course. Realise that FH is not a guarantee of point improvement. If everyone around you had their BB left then you're probably screwed. But in most instances a significant number of FHs screw up and do worse than their original team

        3. GreennRed
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          What's your team?

      11. eamonhegg
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        You can guarantee one thing.

        All players who are 4 goals or less for golden boot will be playing GW 38

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          I foresee disaster. Vardy has a chance to pass for a tap-in, wants that boot, shoots, misses, points lost, CL place lost.

          1. Do I Not Like Orange
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Could you blame him if Barnes is the one waiting for the pass?