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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. Right In The Stanchion
      2 months, 4 days 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
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Me

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

        I'm as mad as wolf's eyebrows.

      3. Cech's Magic Hat
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 days 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
        2 months, 4 days 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
        2 months, 4 days ago

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

        1. Vazza
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Why gw8?

            1. Aidan269
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

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

        2. The Fantasy Doctor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 4 days 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
            2 months, 4 days ago

            (also Zaha)

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

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

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

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

          3. ivantys
              2 months, 4 days ago

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

              1. The Fantasy Doctor
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 4 days 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
                    2 months, 4 days 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.

            • HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

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

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

            Lamptey better option than Justin right?

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

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

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

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

              1. Chazz69
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                KWP cheap but useless in terms of points

            4. Team Bobcat
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 4 days 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
                2 months, 4 days ago

                *pack

          5. Cech's Magic Hat
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 4 days 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
              2 months, 4 days ago

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

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

              Just look at the RMTs dude...

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

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

            4. Team Bobcat
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 4 days 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

          6. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 4 days 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
              2 months, 4 days ago

              I like mitro fixtures

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

                Good point

            3. SAY MY NAME
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 4 days 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

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

            Best defender up to 6.5m? Lamptey?

            1. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Haha

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

              Luiz.

            3. jomikijiq
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Laporte if he'll be available for GW3

            4. Bank$y
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Tierney but the lad is out for a couple weeks.

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

              Virgil Laporte or Digne

            6. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Castagne

            7. Chazz69
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Laporte or Digne defo not

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

            This game man

            1. Niho992
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Almost boring as Man United

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

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

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

                What's the reason for his start today?

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

              Martial to jimi & upgrade dunne

              1. JamTart
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 4 days 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
              2 months, 4 days 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

          10. Chandler Bing
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

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

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

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

          11. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 4 days 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
              2 months, 4 days 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
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Diangana? Or avoid baggies

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

              Slow down man, one question at a time

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

                Technically they are one at a time

          12. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 4 days 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
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Have a walk

              1. mynameisq
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Already had my run thank you concerned citizen

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

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

              1. mynameisq
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

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

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

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

            4. BenDavies
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 4 days 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
                2 months, 4 days 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

          13. Ser Davos
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Hope Davis gets a cameo point

          14. Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 4 days 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
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Both, stat

          15. Shultan
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 4 days 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
              2 months, 4 days 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
              2 months, 4 days ago

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

              1. Egg noodle
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 4 days 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
                  2 months, 4 days 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
              2 months, 4 days 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.

          16. Cynical
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Any chance Ings rises back to 8.5m this week?

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

              Unlikely

          17. Egg noodle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Sterling you muppet don't get benched

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

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

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

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

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

              Gotta look cool tho innit

          20. aapoman
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 4 days 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.

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

              Not bad...

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

                Although I haven’t even priced checked this haha

            2. Top Lad Dakes.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

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

              Also no Salah/Mane?

          22. GOTHAM City F.C.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Pep roulette time... And the winner is

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

              None

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

              Pep

          23. Kryptonite666
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Podence + Robertson

            Or

            Foden + Robertson

            Or

            Hamez + Saiss

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

              Easy hames saiss

          24. Forza Papac
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Podence my boy

          25. ClassiX
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 4 days 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.

          26. Pad Randa
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 4 days 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.

          27. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 4 days 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.

          28. Ser Davos
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Foden starts

          29. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Wow foden

          30. Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Mahrez RIP

          31. GOTHAM City F.C.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Lineups pls

          32. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Foden and Mendy could come back into the convo tonight