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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. Ginkapo FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Man City are going to get battered

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

    Any have the teams for the Wolves/City game?

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Sorry havent seen any team sheets

    2. Aidan269
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Ake, Mendy, Rodrigo, Fernandinho (C), De Bruyne, Foden, Sterling, Jesus

    3. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Absolutely nobody bothered

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

    Lol, this game is too easy. I WC, come on here, look at a few RMTs and I'm done.

  4. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Aguero on holiday? Or did I miss something?

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Injured

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Cheers all

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

      Injured.

    3. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Injured

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

      Still out - not recovered from injury

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

        Dunas you tempted with the wildcard mate?

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

          With Egan red think going to have to! Otherwise minimum-8. Not done draft yet

  5. Old Bull
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Want to bring in a Chelsea asset against WBA. My preferred option is a midfielder for Bruno, but I could go with my original plan of Werner for Richarlison. Not sure who to bring in if I go for the former. Thoughts please.

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Mount if anyone

    2. Yome
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Stay away from Chelsea til Pulisic and Ziyech are fit. Havertz as RW is wasted. I can’t see them scoring many goals at West Brom

      1. Old Bull
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I’m trying to play an attacking player against West Brom every week. So far it’s been just peachy.

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

      Ziyech and Pulisic injured, Havertz playing out of position... Mount if you must

  6. Houldsworth Hatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Have to wildcard against better judgement now right?

    McCarthy
    TAA Doherty Egan Webster Mitchell
    Salah Aubameyang ASM James Rodriguez Bissouma
    Werner Mitrovic DCL

    1 FT 0.4 itb

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

      Why?

      1. Houldsworth Hatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Egan and Bissouma leaving me short on cover. McCarthy a waste of time, Doherty part of an awful Spurs back line, ASM injured and rubbish. Already moved Alli out for James but I’m not sure that Aubameyang to KDB as planned solves the problems!!

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      I’ve got similar issues. Didn’t really want to. Infact I don’t even have time to sort it this week so might just have to play with 9 men

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

        Hello mate, Need some help.......

        A} Auba > KDB
        or
        B} Auba and Bissouma > Hamez and Mahrez
        or
        C) Auba and Bissouma > Hamez and Son -4
        or
        D) Auba and Brewster > DCL and Son -4 ( my current choice )

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          A mate. 🙂

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

      I'm in a slightly worse position and very tempted. Currently mocking up drafts that take advantage of the teams with great fixture runs in the hope of points and early TV gain

    4. Yank Revolution
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Certainly not

      1. Houldsworth Hatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        You reckon Aubameyang to KDB/Sterling would suffice?

        1. Yank Revolution
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Si

          1. Houldsworth Hatter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Thanks, I'll give it some thought.

  7. mixology
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Figured Mahrez would start vs Leicester. Looks likely now

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

      nope

  8. Here Comes The Son ★
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Foden & Podence watch for me tonight.

    1. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Same

  9. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Easy win for Wolves.

  10. Here Comes The Son ★
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    It's tough leaving out Ings on WC. I think he's just gonna continue where he left off from last season. Anyone going with him on WC? I'm currently on Werner, Jimenez & DCL and can't squeeze him in.

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      You can and have two English strikers.

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Ditching Werner myself...

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Before WBA?? Can always FT Werner out if anything

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Baggies won't lie down for every team. He can still do well but buy him when he does cheaper.

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

        Too scared to with WBA and SOU in his next 3. could run riot at SOU especially

    3. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      I’ve sold for Jimenez for now (on WC). Nice parting gift

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

        surely you cant ditch Jimenez. He has the best possible run of 4 games.

  11. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Hope Wolves win here. 2-1

  12. TONY123
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    If Jesus does well tonight, he’s a must on WC, double up with KDB.

    1. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Lol

      1. TONY123
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Do you have a counter argument or is “lol” the best you can do?

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

          lol

    2. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      "must" is a bit ott. he is not usually the best city attacker to own even when starting games

      1. TONY123
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I agree that he doesn’t match the output of Sterling or KDB but a 9.5 nailed striker from the best attacking team in the league is a must for me. I can’t fit in Salah Sterling and KDB, but Jesus gives me another option to double up on City attack.

  13. Yome
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Podence starts, nice! Foden also in the mix but he will be rotated with Mahrez

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

      Podence rotated with Neto when Semedo is in & Adama goes to RW.

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Adama & Podence both will be rotated with Neto. Podence has been one of the best players for Wolves post restart!

      2. Yome
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Right, so Podence and Neto to fight for LW

      3. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        This, though Adama himself won't be totally safe either

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          And they sometimes play 3 mids so thats more rotation for everyone other then Jim

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

            Yeah it’ll get messy.

  14. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    City only have Mahrez and Torres to turn to on the bench.

    Gonna miss Sane and DSilva

  15. Rinseboy
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Castagne on a wildcard or too awkward price?
    3 decent fixtures in the next 5?

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Looks very quality.

    2. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Only if you ditch TAA

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

      I would do it. Yes you cannot compare positions but for 5.5 could be excelllent value also in the future.

  16. Tempestic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Oooh 2 CDM's for city, can see a KDB rampage

  17. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Need Sterling to stay quiet tonight

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      tjjd

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        This* lmao

  18. threeputt
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    phew, thank feck Jesus & Sterling start, Pieters -2 1st on bench

  19. GOTHAM City F.C.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Congrats to Martinez' owners on cleansheet points as well.

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

      Don’t forget Ramsdale too!

  20. Burger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Kdb, check
    Foden, check
    Podence, check
    Jimi, check

    Let it rain points 😀

    1. BenDavies
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Probably will just rain

    2. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Put a bet on 0-0

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

        Both absolutely spot on 😆

  21. Pad Randa
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    WC team

    Martinez - Steer
    VvD - Digne - Saiss - Justin - Mitchell
    KdB - Salah - Son - Podence - Anguissa
    Kane - DCL - Brewster

    0.5 in the bank

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

      If Brewster starts at another club not bad

  22. Kizza_10
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Any thoughts/advice on this wildcard team is welcome.

    McCarthy
    James Saiss Justin
    Son KDB Rodriguez Salah
    Mitrovic Kane DCL

    Subs:
    Steer, Lamptey, Mitchell, Reed

  23. Meinhoff
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    I just know Foden will be in my wc team in two hours, and benched next week.

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Sure why are you getting him so? 😉

    2. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Haha same mate

  24. Old Bull
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Can see Sterling doing well tonight, especially as I considered him but just couldn’t bring myself

  25. Ser Davos
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    City's lineups not that shiny these days

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

      Tad better once Laporte Kun back

  26. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Seriously...this game...Son out for Rashford then Egan gets a red...shall I WC this lot?

    McCarthy/Button
    Bavies/Mitchell/TAA/Egan/Justin
    Auba/Salah/JWP/Pereira/Rashford
    Brewster/Adams/Werner

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

      looks like my team except even worse. And I wildcarded

  27. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Alright audition time Blues!

    Who wants my money?

    Raz? Kev is it you? Phil?

    Come on City!!!

  28. nerd_is_the_werd
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Just need a Chris Basham goal /assist to make up for that Egan red card.

  29. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Pep really put two DMs against Wolves

    Fair play to the person here who said that earlier

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

      Yup, and relief for KDB owners, who'll play high

    2. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      But he has Mendy that will push up and play almost as a winger. It's all about balance...

    3. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      What options did he have with Bernardo and Gundogan out?

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

    Ser Davos - your 4.5m striker's coming on!