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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. Right In The Stanchion
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    Is there any madmen out there who haven’t or not going to wildcard by next GW?

    1. Diedhiou See That?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Me

    2. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      I'm as mad as wolf's eyebrows.

    3. Cech's Magic Hat
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      I was clinging on but Egan has done for me. Missed price rises deciding not to do it last night!

    4. Bank$y
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      The jammy/genius madmen who triple captained Kane or Son should be fairly content. GW2 Bruno TCers are crying in the corner.

    5. Aidan269
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Yeah waiting for gwk 8 as I planned all along. I'll take the odd hit if I need to

      1. Vazza
        28 days, 3 hours ago

        Why gw8?

        1. Aidan269
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 3 hours ago

          Spurs Southampton Fulham fixtures all turn and some teams Like West ham get good. Basically all my players till gwk8 have great. Fixtures

    6. The Fantasy Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      I’m not. The template changes every week. One good score and players emerge from nowhere (Zaha) then quickly vanish again.

      1. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 3 hours ago

        (also Zaha)

      2. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        28 days, 3 hours ago

        Was thinking similar on Zaha but he's playing up front, not out wide, so hopefully his consistency can improve.

        1. The Fantasy Doctor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          28 days, 3 hours ago

          It could. But we’ve been here many times before.

          1. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            28 days, 3 hours ago

            Very true. I'm gonna ignore Barnes, Pereira, Foden and Rodders for now and punt on him for Willian.

      3. ivantys
        28 days, 3 hours ago

        Keep hoping it vanishes just cos you didn't get him.

        1. The Fantasy Doctor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          28 days, 3 hours ago

          I’m not saying he definitely will. This may be the season he excels. I’m just saying names seem to appear after one good score rather than a period of consistency.

          1. ivantys
            28 days, 3 hours ago

            He actually could have scored hat tricks in both games, that with only 20+% possession. I highly doubt he'll blank streak like last season.

    7. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Egan messed it up.No better week to wc for my team

  2. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    Lamptey better option than Justin right?

    1. pablo discobar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Pieera out till end of october now. Lampteys fixtures not great really

    2. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Not right now I think. Debateable when Pereira returns and how certain that Justin will be benched when Prereia's fit.

    3. Bob Vrabkab
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Lamptey and Mccarthy or Ryan and kwp is one of my wc dilemmas

      1. Chazz69
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 3 hours ago

        KWP cheap but useless in terms of points

    4. Team Bobcat
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Worry about Justin when Pereira is fit. Not any time soon. Justin is the best 4.5m in the pacn barr none at present and very sweet fixtures ahead

      1. Team Bobcat
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 3 hours ago

        *pack

  3. Cech's Magic Hat
    • 9 Years
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    Think that Egan red has tIpped me over the edge to WC.

    Who are the must have players on WC?

    1. Aidan269
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Nobody. Lots of really good options but nobody is essential imo

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Just look at the RMTs dude...

    3. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Son, kane, bamford, mitro, allison, martinez, justin, dcl, zaha, hames, mane

    4. Team Bobcat
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Only issue with wildcarding this early is you have to get it right and get lucky. No fall back option. A lot of uncertainties with ManU ManCandevenspurs assets. It will be a gamble so GL

  4. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    Rate Mitrovic short term? Or redistribute funds to the defence - get someone like Castagne or even try to stretch to Digne perhaps

    1. Cech's Magic Hat
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      I like mitro fixtures

    2. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Not many CS in opening two GWs. Even if Fulham are awful a 6m Mitro will always get chances.

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 3 hours ago

        Good point

    3. SAY MY NAME
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      i would just stick with Mitro - Mitro plus 4.5 def better than 4.5 non-playing striker and better defender imo, not seeing many clean sheets and i like the assurance of having an extra player on the bench to call on if needed in these covid times when there could be unexpected benchings

  5. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    Best defender up to 6.5m? Lamptey?

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Haha

    2. AuFeld
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Luiz.

    3. jomikijiq
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Laporte if he'll be available for GW3

    4. Bank$y
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Tierney but the lad is out for a couple weeks.

    5. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Virgil Laporte or Digne

    6. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Castagne

    7. Chazz69
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Laporte or Digne defo not

  6. GloryManUnited
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    This game man

    1. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Almost boring as Man United

  7. JamTart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    RMWC

    Martinez, Button
    TAA, Sass, Justin, Dunne, Mitchell
    Salah, Sterling/KdB, Zaha, Podence, Burke
    Werner, Martial, DCL

    No Spurs I'm willing to gamble on as you can't have them all. May also go TAA and Dunne to Robbo and C.Taylor

    1. ManofKent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Wouldn't expect Burke to be a consistent starter, would rather go with someone more nailed on.

      1. ManofKent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        28 days, 3 hours ago

        Justin, Dunne and Mitchell are short term picks - do you want all 3?

        1. JamTart
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 3 hours ago

          Mitchell could be Ferguson if looks likely to come back in. Justin another 4.5 I guess. Dunne is a punt for if Tarkowski does leave

      2. JamTart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 3 hours ago

        What's the reason for his start today?

    2. Shultan
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Martial to jimi & upgrade dunne

      1. JamTart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 3 hours ago

        I'd not want the double with Prodence but could be a shout. I'm just worried united kick back in after that first GW

    3. Bagheri Arce
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Dunne very short term
      Justin and Mitchell ok medium term and Mitchell becomes Ferguson easily.

      Get Steer over Button surely?

      Podence could be great but possible rotation headache

  8. Chandler Bing
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    How have Villa not scored yet? 77% possession 7 shots.

    1. ManofKent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      They keep shooting down the same side, no variation in attack...

  9. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    Diangana Klich Podence...

    A few decent options at 5.5. Does Klich on pens swing it? He does have worse fixtures

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Klich is the steady option, podence I'd say higher ceiling but we know he's not nailed for 90 and not nailed to start

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 3 hours ago

        Diangana? Or avoid baggies

        1. ManofKent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          28 days, 3 hours ago

          Great player but the team is in need of a couple of transfers to allow him to flourish. If they sign a competent CF he could be a good option, but it's an if...

    2. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Slow down man, one question at a time

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 3 hours ago

        Technically they are one at a time

  10. mynameisq
    • 7 Years
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    I swear some of the question on here boil down to "who is a good player guys?" Might as well drop your email and password and we'll pick your team for ya

    1. GloryManUnited
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Have a walk

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 3 hours ago

        Already had my run thank you concerned citizen

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Does my nut in. I skim over 90% of posts.

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 3 hours ago

        Honestly don't know how you cope sometimes, doing the lord's work man

    3. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      On the way 🙂
      I kinda agree - at least throw out some options you have looked at.
      Although sometimes I do it to see if the same names I have been considering come back or not. Even then I give some price point.

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 3 hours ago

        This, and tbh once in a while we all lazily throw out a question my post is mainly aimed at ones that continually spam questions with little input and never help anyone

        1. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 3 hours ago

          What about the questions typed in here that could be typed into google to get the answer. Those really crack me up.

        2. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 3 hours ago

          What about asking A or B and getting 3 A and 3 B answers. How exactly does that help 🙂

    4. BenDavies
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      I can't remember the last time I've ever asked for specific advice on my team, don't see the point. It's my team, I make the choices! I come here for general FPL discussion

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 3 hours ago

        I try to at least answer more than I ask, and agreed this season I'm barely asking anything and lo and behold best start I've ever had

  11. Ser Davos
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    Hope Davis gets a cameo point

  12. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    Egan or Davies to sell? I think Egan has a 6pter to give in gw5 if I wait for it but Davies may never start again

    1. GloryManUnited
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Both, stat

  13. Shultan
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    Why is everyone is so against knee-jerking when patience doesn't always work out either!

    If I knee-jerked & got rid of triple saints, Werner, Ali, ASM on a WC i would be in a much position
    All replacements have scored (all double figures) & martinez penalty save even more gutting

    Not blaming anyone because I took the be patience mantra in the articles but knee-jerks work out too

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Yup, there is no rule other than get the right players, you could take a -8 every week and still win if you get the right players, you could never get a single captain right and still win if you had the right players. Many ways to skin a cat

    2. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Hi. I knee jerked Son and Kane out of my team.

      1. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        28 days, 3 hours ago

        Made the mistake of actually watching their game vs Everton and thinking how poor they looked. Should've just stuck to watching MOTD.

        1. Bagheri Arce
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          28 days, 3 hours ago

          It's a funny game

          They could have been, 2 or 3 down by half time and then scored with their first chance at 45m.

          On another day they lose than 2-0 or 2-1 and no dramas

    3. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Depends on how you play it. Wildcard rarely pays out for me the next GW and longer term not a whole lot better than pre-WC. But that's poor decision-making and planning. At least wait until transfer window close and give players 3 or 4 games to judge how they do in PL. Admittedly that's cautious and boring.

  14. Cynical
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    Any chance Ings rises back to 8.5m this week?

    1. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Unlikely

  15. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    Sterling you muppet don't get benched

    1. AuFeld
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      If so, he's more than capable of scoring off the bench.

  16. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    Commentator implies McGoldrick (and Norwood) ahead of Lundstram re pens, and that was before the miss.

  17. circusmonkey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    Don't understand why Villa let Grealish have those minimal shin pads. If he gets kicked it is more time out.

    1. Forza Papac
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Gotta look cool tho innit

  18. aapoman
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    Auba and Egan to Sterling and Castagne?

    Would leave me with both Justin and Castagne but that's a risk I'll gladly take. Team is fine otherwise even though still have Havertz and no Jimenez, Son or Hamez.

  19. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    Something like this on WC?

    Martinez Steer
    TAA Digne Saiss Lamptey Mitchell
    Sterling KDB Son Zaha 4.5
    DCL Martial Bamford

    1. Pad Randa
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Not bad...

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 3 hours ago

        Although I haven’t even priced checked this haha

    2. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      I quite like it. You got faith in Son though? I just replace Son Dunne with Trent Klich again.

      Also no Salah/Mane?

  20. GOTHAM City F.C.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    Pep roulette time... And the winner is

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      None

    2. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Pep

  21. Kryptonite666
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    Podence + Robertson

    Or

    Foden + Robertson

    Or

    Hamez + Saiss

    1. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Easy hames saiss

  22. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    Podence my boy

  23. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    WOLVES TEAM NEWS
    Team to play Man City: Patricio, Saiss. Boly, Coady, Marcal, Neves, Moutinho, Traore, Neto, Jimenez, Podence.
    Subs: Ruddy, Silva, Vitinho, Vinagre,Dendoncker,Kilman, Buur.

    MAN CITY TEAM NEWS
    Team to play Wolves: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Ake, Mendy, Rodri, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Foden, Jesus, Sterling.
    Subs: Steffen, Torres, Mahrez, Otamendi, Delap, Doyle, Bernabe.

  24. Pad Randa
    • 8 Years
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    WOLVES TEAM NEWS

    Team to play Man City: Patricio, Saiss. Boly, Coady, Marcal, Neves, Moutinho, Traore, Neto, Jimenez, Podence.

    Subs: Ruddy, Silva, Vitinho, Vinagre,Dendoncker,Kilman, Buur.

    MAN CITY TEAM NEWS

    Team to play Wolves: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Ake, Mendy, Rodri, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Foden, Jesus, Sterling.

    Subs: Steffen, Torres, Mahrez, Otamendi, Delap, Doyle, Bernabe.

  25. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    MAN CITY TEAM NEWS

    Team to play Wolves: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Ake, Mendy, Rodri, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Foden, Jesus, Sterling.

    Subs: Steffen, Torres, Mahrez, Otamendi, Delap, Doyle, Bernabe.

    WOLVES TEAM NEWS

    Team to play Man City: Patricio, Saiss. Boly, Coady, Marcal, Neves, Moutinho, Traore, Neto, Jimenez, Podence.

    Subs: Ruddy, Silva, Vitinho, Vinagre,Dendoncker,Kilman, Buur.

  26. Ser Davos
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    Foden starts

  27. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    Wow foden

  28. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    Mahrez RIP

  29. GOTHAM City F.C.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    Lineups pls

  30. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 3 hours ago

    Foden and Mendy could come back into the convo tonight