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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. LSP
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Best way to use 2 trades?
    Foden + KDB/AWB/Doherty > Dilva + ????

    2 FT, 1.1m ITB

    Patricio
    AWB - Doherty - TAA
    Foden - Bruno - KDB - Sterling - Salah
    Jimi - Greenwood

    Button - Nketiah - Lascelles - Holgate

  2. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    This is not a FH team but which 4 would prefer to complete lineup ( presently on Sterling KDB Foden Vardy)- I like B but Foden clearly a risk for cameo for D Silva late on and cannot afford D Silva in that set up

    A Mané Sterling D Silva Ings
    B Salah KDB Foden Kane
    C Sterling Mahrez D Silva Kane

    Pope
    TAA Aurier Doherty
    Bruno Martial **** **** ****
    Woods ****

    Martinez Nketiah Maguire Fernández

  3. dbeck
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    i've unintentionally given myself a benching headache. which two do i bench for 38?

    a) Doherty
    b) Alonso
    c) Maguire
    d) Pieters
    e) Vardy

    1. COW
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      A&D

    2. Jo Melon
      2 months, 4 days ago

      A n C

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

    Ok I'm stuck. How is this?

    Martinez
    Tark Aurier Bardsley
    Salah Sterling Dilva Mahrez
    Kane Auba Greenwood

    Button Branthwaite Williams Guendouzi

    1. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Would aub to ings get you matial

    2. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      looks good, i do feel kane and auba are FH traps and i actually like Mane over both of those. The Mo/Mane double up is a good oppertunity to chunk rise i feel

    3. COW
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I like. Mahrez would be the only one i'd be worried of gametime but its pep so who knows!

    4. Davemc23
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Mine is very similar but I've gone for an extra defender over greenwood. My def is currently alonso, digne, pieters, bardsley but everything else is the same as you

    5. Bagheri Arce
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I'm working towards the same

      Although I'm put off Arsenal a bit and looking at playing Greenwood and getting in Mane instead of Auba

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

    DDG
    TAA - Doherty - Kiko
    Salah - KDB - Bruno - Pulisic
    Vardy - Jimenez - Greenwood

    Button, Lascelles, Guendouzi, Simpson

    2.8m ITB - 1 Free Transfer

    Worth a minus 4 ?
    Vardy, Pulisic >> Jesus, Dsilva

    Thanks

    1. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 4 days ago

      No, just do Pulisic -> Dilva.

  6. Jernau M Gurgeh
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    I just read today that Tim Smith of the Cardiacs has died age 59. They are one of my favourite bands.

    RIP Tim

  7. Edalock
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    My current FH plan is doing my head in. I'm 2.0 short of this attempt... What's the alternative? Please help

    Pope (3.9)
    TAA, Aurier, Pieters (Branthwaite, Williams)
    Dsilva, Sterling(C), KDB, Martial, Salah
    Kane, Ings (4.2)

    Is this even ideal if I wasn't 2m short?

    1. BOATIES FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Would Martinez and Mahrez for Pope and KDB be affordable?

      1. Davemc23
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Straight up KDB>Mahrez should work

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

        Martinez over Pope? I'm concerned about Arsenal... I had Mahrez until people complained about his minutes

        1. Davemc23
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          I have mahrez over KDB. I think he starts and could easily haul even if he only gets 60-65 mins

    2. Davemc23
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Downgrading TAA will save you 2

  8. COW
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    FH done, i think...

    Martínez
    Stevens - Bardsley - Aurier
    KDB - Dilva - Salah - Bruno
    Kane - Jesus - Ings

    Any changes or are on for one last g2g?

    1. Davemc23
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Not a fan of the Stevens pick but like the rest

  9. Will J 256
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Do we think a Liverpool attacker is essential on a free hit?

    1. COW
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I've done it. Worth getting something in there!

  10. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Danny Ings has zero double digit haul at home all season. Due?

  11. Hits from the Bong
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    On a free hit with £1.1m spare, should l move Son to KDB?

    Pope
    Pieters Diop Aurier
    Salah Sterling Son Bruno Silva
    Kane Ings

    1. Davemc23
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Yes because you have Kane

  12. yosim
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Who scores more

    A) KDB
    B) David Silva

    1. Davemc23
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Tough one. But after Sterling's comments I'd expect him to be on pens, not Dilva as we all previously thought

      1. yosim
        2 months, 4 days ago

        yes, annoying for KDB owners

        1. tokara
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Lol

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Wouldn't want to be without either.

      1. yosim
        2 months, 4 days ago

        I could move out Martial or Bruno for Silva but not really sure I want to do that

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          I would if you have no other problems.

          1. yosim
            2 months, 4 days ago

            ML rival has Silva so don't want to be exposed there, thanks

    3. Jo Melon
      2 months, 4 days ago

      When both start, Dilva play in more advanced position.

  13. No Totti No Party
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    FH team, think Im rdy

    Pope
    Pieters Aurier Stephens
    Sterling KDB DSilva Son Martial
    Auba Kane

    Any thoughts ?

    1. Davemc23
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Nice team but no Salah/Mane could be an issue

  14. Reinhold
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Would lo-oh-ve some suggestions for my FT this week. Bench boosting.

    Original plan was Foster to Martinez, but not so sure about that anymore.

    Mccarthy / Foster

    VVD / Azpi / Doherty / Tarkowski / Aurier

    Foden / Sterling / Silva / Bruno / Willian

    Auba / Rashford / Greenwood

    1. Davemc23
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      It's not bad to be fair. Anything itb?

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

      Tough.Foden+Azpi->Martial+fodder?

      1. wulfranian
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        3 ManUtd players.Mahrez then.

  15. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    0.1m off being able to do Fernandes + Vardy > Salah + Ings.

    Could be a blessing in disguise though. Losing Fernandes doesn't seem like a good move.

    1. yosim
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Similar dilemma to mine, waiting to see what happens tonight

    2. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I'm thinking of doing Bruno to Son

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  17. dee_top
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Thoughts on this FH team guys?
    Guys, any changes in my FH 38+ team?
    Martinez
    TAA Pieters Long
    Salah Sterling (c) KDB D.Silva Antonio
    Ings Kane

    Subs: 3.9, Nketiah, Brandon Williams, Branthwaite

  18. Olesathewheeel
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Best Triple Captain option?

    Trailing ML leader by 8 points and he has FH

  19. greenybne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Digne and KDB or TAA and Mahrez? Have Salah, Sterling and Dilva.

    I hate free hits hahaha

  20. Fit_to_drop
    2 months, 4 days ago

    I probably lost a ML last night when i didnt take a chance on captaining Sterling (he had KDB c). The whole will he/won't he play and for how long, just put me off.

  21. Corgzzzz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Nightmare scenario for me tonight .......I am a lifelong WHU fan ( 58 years ) but I lead my ML by no more than a handful of points and I capt Bruno tonight.........I need him AND Rashy to haul...........therefore hoping for a 5-6 scoreline............Sorry Amey

  22. alexh87
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Thoughts on this FH team?

    Martinez
    TAA Aurier Pieters
    Salah Sterling DSilva Antonio
    Auba Kane Ings

    Subs: Martin Branthwaite DougLuiz Williams