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Villa debuts for Watkins, Cash and Martínez as Burke deployed OOP

Aston Villa have handed Premier League debuts to three key new signings for their first match of the 2020/21 season.

Ollie Watkins (£6.0m) slots straight in at the apex of Dean Smith’s front-three, flanked by Jack Grealish (£7.0m) and Trézéguet (£5.5m).

Fresh from defensive improvements during Project Restart, the Villa defence features Matty Cash (£5.0m) at right-back for the first time while Arsenal’s post-lockdown goalkeeper Emi Martínez (£4.5m) is between the sticks.

Interestingly, Villa’s two most-popular Fantasy assets in Ørjan Nyland (£4.0m) and Keinan Davis (£4.5m) both miss out on a place in the starting XI.

Jed Steer (£4.0m) has been turned to as the second-choice goalkeeper, while centre-forward Davis backs up Watkins from the bench, where is joined by Anwar El Ghazi (£6.0m).

The exciting news coming out of the Sheffield United camp is a the position deployment of FPL midfielder Oliver Burke (£4.5m) up-front.

Chris Wilder has handed him a Blades’ debut in the front-two of his 3-5-2 formation alongside David McGoldrick (£5.5m).

Oliver Norwood drops to the bench as the Sheffield United manager goes with a midfield trio of John Fleck (£6.0m), Sander Berge (£5.0m) and John Lundstram (£5.5m).

John Egan (£5.0m) is therefore handed the captain’s armband in Norwood’s absence, as he sits at the heart of an unchanged defence.

Aston Villa XI (4-3-3): Martínez; Targett, Mings, Konsa, Cash; Hourihane, D Luiz, McGinn; Grealish, Watkins, Trézéguet.

Sheffield United XI (3-5-2): Ramsdale; O’Connell, Egan, Basham; Stevens, Fleck, Berge, Lundstram, Baldock; Burke, McGoldrick.

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1,407 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Can anyone mention how many games will Egan miss?

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      1

    2. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      that wasn't violent, so 1 right?

    3. Garth Marenghi
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      1 most likely

  2. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Saiss going to have huge ownership now thanks to Egan

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Hopefully the .1 price rise will price people out before they realise

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        And they buy Justin instead.

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

      Will hopefully help make up for all the price falls I'm going to have if I don't WC!

  3. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Chelsea shd have gone for martinez

    17m looks like a steal with some of the prices being dished out for keepers theae days

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I still can't see how Leno is better

      1. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        He's not. He makes errors all the time. Martinez is better GK.

        Leno = Karius

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Leno=Karius? Even Karius would deny that!

        2. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Lol leno has made a few mistakes but had far more top top performances

        3. Qaiss
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Martinez is a beast but jeez, you really don’t watch Arsenal do you. Leno saved us so much under Emery and his filthy football

          1. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            I think arsenal fans have a unique tendency to overrate certain players. Leno didn't do anything special, he made high volumes of basic saves because arsenal were crap, once in a blue moon it would be a very good save but Martinez outshone him in every department imo. Only thing going against Martinez is the small sample

            1. Qaiss
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              I think Martínez is better tbh but it is what it is. To say Leno makes errors all the time is just stupid, Martinez played under Arteta and a more compact defence, whereas Leno played under Emery allowing 30 shots against us every game.

      2. Right In The Stanchion
          1 month, 5 days ago

          He’s just a bit more commanding. Close call. He needed 1st team football and arsenal let him leave on good terms.

        • Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Leno is pretty good too but i like martinez a lot. Only tuing that wasnt in his favour was that he only did it for a dozen games. But dont remember him making aby obvious mistake in those games

        • Manani
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          martinez has only 1 good half season only so far. Leno safer choice

      3. Qaiss
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Wouldn’t have been 17m if he went there would he...

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Yeah but chelsea can afford to pay 30m for him

      4. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Agreed

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

        Good point actually. But again as I said before maybe Martinez wanted 100% assurance he'd be first choice.

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

      Martinez essential now he’s saved a pen?

      1. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Definitely. Son to score five in GW3. Santa told me this.

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Did he mention anything about Mayo winning Sam in December? 😉

          1. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Sure that's why I rang him.

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

          At least five.

      2. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        He was a very good option regardless. This will bump up the transfers in no doubt though.

    3. threeputt
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Hands up Martinez owners (me included) who was just waiting for the peno retake ?

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Looked like he went off his line to me. No idea why they dont show the hawk eye view replay for every penalty.

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

      Haven't been following the match. How has Villa looked in general in the first half? Feel like they should've scored with SHU down to 10 men ?

      1. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        And how is Grealish doing?

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

          That too. Looking to accommodate him in my WC

          1. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Barnes, Zaha, Costa, Grealish, Foden, Rodders,possibly Pereira enably-looking prices for good players, though 2 games too soon to see form.

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

              Grealy vs Fulham is tempting though.

    5. King Mo
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Carra talking nonsense here. Just because the linesman bottled it to give anything doesn't mean the ref is wrong. Just means the linesman is the incompetent one.

    6. aapoman
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Would you wild card? Have 2ft though. * denotes a player I really want to get rid.

      McCarthy*
      TAA Saiss Justin Ayling*
      Salah Auba* Havertz*
      Werner Richarlison Mitro

      Peacock*; Egan*, Bissouma*, Reed

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        No just take a couple of hits, give it a few weeks & you will want to WC again.

        I had 2FT but probably taking a. -8 to get rid of McCarthy & Egan

        1. aapoman
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Thinking if Auba and Egan to Sterling and Castagne is enough. Would leave me with 2 Leicester defenders but that's not an issue at the moment.

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Just watch city match to see which of KDB or Razz is looking best.
            Egan’s got to go dropping in price?

    7. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Walton to steer for a hit?

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Go for it

      2. aapoman
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        lol never

      3. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Yup

      4. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        And captain him

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          And Vicecaptain Bissouma if u have him

    8. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      How many playing Lamptey(MUN) and or Justin(mci) this week?

      1. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Im benching Justin

      2. Dr. Rog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Worrying if that’s the case

        1. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Both very attacking. If City are on it Justin can be benched.

      3. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Me. Also have Mitchell vs everton. Who should i bench out of these 3?

    9. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Carragher is talking nonsense. How is this guy allowed to be a pundit on a major sports channel? The decision is wrong because the referee is too far away? What kind of logic is that? It’s just unbeliveable how he can’t even build a simple logical argument.

      1. Qaiss
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        If you work for Sky, you’re allowed to spit at people apparently.

      2. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Wenger-logic. I didn't see it so it couldn't have happened.

    10. Pedram
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Lundstram on -2, how the mighty has fallen

    11. Joey Tribbiani
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I am the rival Micah Richards was speaking about

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

          *Laughs involuntary*

        2. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Lol seriously

        3. St Pauli Walnuts
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          How you doing?

      • Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Would you take Ferguson over Mitchell on WC? Likely to be first choice when he’s back, hopefully soon?

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          I guess if you're not playing Mitchell sure

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

          Nah, Mitchell likely to go up in price once more I'd expect.

        3. AuFeld
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          I've yet to see any info that indicates that Ferguson will be returning soon. Stick with Mitchell.

        4. St Pauli Walnuts
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          One in the hand

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

        Do we think the new Chelsea GK goes straight into the team replacing Kepa vs WBA?

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          As soon as he's ready. Hopefully not long.

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

            Have James in my WC team, no Kepa would make more appealing. What do you think, is his place at threat?

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Kinda. Reece will get more time this year. I'm also looking at him

            2. diabydoesgallas
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Kepa is done

        2. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Probs Caballero against Brom

        3. Klaren
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Even if he arrived an hour before the match, I’d imagine he’d replace Kepa.

          1. Klaren
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Unless Caballero plays. Just don’t think Kepa will play again.

        4. St Pauli Walnuts
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Surely. Frank will be in net himself soon if not.

      • Bank$y
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Grealish auto-corrects to Freakish.

        That’s all.

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Autocorrects to Greenish for me

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

          How has he played in the first half?

        3. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Childish

      • The Senate
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        pending information from the city game, thoughts?
        (A) Auba + ASM -> KDB +Podence (-4)
        (B) WC and also sell: Ramsdale, KWP, Davies, Bissouma, Rashford

        Ramsdale/4.0
        TAA Davies KWP
        Salah Auba Rash ASM*
        Martial DCL Mitro
        (Mitchell Justin Bissouma*)

        1. Aidan269
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Obviously wait till after the City game

      • Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Mendy expected to come in around 5.0?

        1. dark91
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          No should be 4.5

        2. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          5.5

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Steep

      • Bank$y
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Hopefully Chelski got it right this time when Frank asked Roman to Mendy the Kepa problem.

      • Bam Bam Bigelow
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Any news on Pulisic?

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Yes he's a Christian

          1. Bank$y
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Hobbies include soccer and visiting the physio.

      • gers23
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Strike line of Kane, Jiminez and Jesus far too expensive do we think? On Wildcard

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Not so much the expense as Jesus doesn't convince me yet and Aguero can take his gametime.

        2. The Senate
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          If you don't mind ditching one of Salah/Trent go for it -

        3. Gudjohnsen
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Better value in Son than Kane imo

        4. AuFeld
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Only if they don't return points.

      • SoapAFC
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Egan -> Lamptey
        asm -> barnes

        for a -4?

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Yes

        2. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Lol

        3. Silent Friend
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          very good

      • Werner Bremen
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Martinez saving my gameweek like it's nothing. The real hero

      • Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Keep 2 on WC of:
        A) Justin
        B) KWP
        C) Taylor/Dunne

      • The Wizard of Ozil
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Didn’t think this week could get any worse, cheers Egan

      • GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Will bookies lay odds for penalty saves?

      • Squires FC
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        How has burke looked? Went for him as bench fodder

        1. ivantys
            1 month, 5 days ago

            His pass won a penalty

        2. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Feels good to own Martinez

        3. EmreCan Hustle
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          I'm hearing about fresh restrictions amidst a rise in Covid cases in London. Likely to affect the league?

          1. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Not in UK but sport's carrying on here.Behind closed doors and players are tested so prob not affecting PL.

            1. EmreCan Hustle
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Cheers

        4. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Who' s everyone C next GW?

          1. DAZZ
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Salah

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

            Werner

          3. DF
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            On kdb for now

          4. AuFeld
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Bruno.