Dugout Discussion

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. Zinedine
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Terrible week this week! Two free transfers with 1.0 in the bank. Any thoughts on what the obvious moves are?

    McCarthy, Steer
    TAA, holding, Justin, Johnson, Mitchell
    Aubameyang, Salah, fernandes, S-M, Romeu
    Werner, Adams, Nketiah

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

      Bruno will probably come good. ASM Nketiah probably the main issues imo

    2. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      ASM to Podence

  2. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Egan owner here, just logging in to say fml!
    Owned him post lockdown for his red card, sold him before his 2 goals
    Bought him over Saiss just because of this weeks fixtures
    Major fail

    1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Egan owners now know who to blame! 😀

  3. ivantys
      2 months, 4 days ago

      How did foden start ahead of mahrez

      1. The Wise Owl
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Mahrez not fully fit

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

        The future plus pep roulette

        1. ivantys
            2 months, 4 days ago

            At least my jesus safe for 2 months

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

          Isn’t Foden more likely to play in the middle?

          1. ivantys
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Yeah, kdb usually plays behind too.

            • Dthinger
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              No

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

          Assuming he’s fit, how many games does Ake start? 8/10, 9/10?

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

            When Laporte is fit 0/10

            He's a left-sided CB.

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

              Ah right, it’s that simple? I get that Pep likes a right footed and a left footed pairing, but if Ake and Laporte are the best defenders (remains to be seen) surely Pep has to consider playing them together. Can’t imagine it’s too detrimental to have 2 lefties. But then I’m not Pep 🙂

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

          Sheffield is falling to Championship where they belong.

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

          Since Sunday, 8 from 6:

          Werner 2
          McCarthy 0
          ASM 1
          Egan -2
          Doherty 0
          Justin 7

          1. El Fenomeno R9
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Let me guess you are on 50+ points

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

              Ha-ha.....right..... 47 on Saturday all from Jaime, Mitrovic, and Auba....along with three United knuckleheads.

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

            Mine must be worse. Can't even check 😀

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

            I have all of them too except Doherty

            But I also have Mane Son and Ings 😎

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

              The score is not the worst.....I went Kane and Son to Rashford and Martial after week one.......

              I should know better.

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

          Fernandinho’s classification as a defender make him one to watch if he makes that CM field shirt his own again this season? (Or will he be the one to give against weaker teams?)

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

            Surprised if Pep plays 2 DM’s often

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

              He doesn't even like defensive defenders...

        7. El Fenomeno R9
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Both RWs Mahrez and Torres on bench and Foden starts as RW...very strange.

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

            Mahrez still recovering and I guess pep wants to ease Torres

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

            Not fit & system to learn.

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

          Too many Portuguese in one team that.

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

            5!? Wolves have fielded 8 sometimes

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

            One more to come soon...Semedo

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

            What’s really shocking is that city have more English players than wolves!

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

          Ive been watching Ramsdale with particular interest as i own him. Hes a bad shot stopper. Is nowhere near shots a lot of the time and is lucky that they are on target. That last goal was well placed but slow and he was nowhere near it.

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

            Off target*

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

          All eyes on Ake?

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

            How long is Laporte out for?

          2. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Ake n believe it

        11. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Konsa and Mings what a fecking pointless goal !

          - salty Grealish owner.

        12. OrmskirkFC
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Fernandinho is the new team captain, why is there no interest in him for fantasy? I grabbed him in my draft league very late, no one seemed to want him.

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

            Has he got the legs to play every week? Especially when CL is back.

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

            Means nothing at City. Will be rotates and sits back. Not worth a City spot for me

          3. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Got him in draft too.

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

            He’s a defender

        13. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Excited to see Foden and KDB in this attacking CAM role

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Foden on wing right now probabaly

            1. Daniel - Go Granville
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Foden in the Messi role, and KDB "in the hole". Lovely potential

              1. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Indeed

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

                Foden plays in the hole only with England.

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

                  nice

        14. BigBillyBass
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Who would you rather play every week?

          A) Ake
          B) Bamford

        15. Silent Friend
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Rory Delap on the City bench

          1. Would Ed Woodward
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 4 days ago

            It's his son.

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

              Does he do a good throw in though?

              1. Would Ed Woodward
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Not that I'm aware of, he's a striker, highly rated.

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

            The whole bench is a bit nutty. Only one defender, and no fullbacks!

            Plus an American keeper

        16. sandman58
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          A) Willian & Werner
          B) Son & Jimenez
          Which one?

          1. El Platano
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            B

          2. ash and swanson inc
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            I would rate B highly over A for the season, and have them!

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

          Cancelo has a foot injury

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

            Couldn’t play vs his own national team anyway.

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

              Haha good one 🙂

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

          How have Villa looked?

        19. Pad Randa
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          *I will not activate WC until at least GW 7*

          *Scores 140 points in two GWs. Looks at next week's team. Holds nose.*

          *Activates WC*

          Martinez
          VvD - Digne - Saiss
          Salah - KdB - Son - Podence - Anguissa
          Kane - DCL

          Steer, Justin, Mitchell, Brewster

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

            Strong

          2. Would Ed Woodward
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Sky were reporting today that Milan are interested in Anguissa and Fulham are open to offers.

            1. Pad Randa
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Ceballos, then?

              1. Pad Randa
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Or Hendrick, even.

                1. Would Ed Woodward
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  No idea, just letting you know.

                  1. Pad Randa
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    Cheers

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

              They need him. They made hard work of Shamrock Rovers last week and coughed up to the runners up of a part-time league. How the mighty have fallen.

          3. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            I’m very close to pulling the trigger on something very similar- looks good

          4. ash and swanson inc
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Nice team, I personally would go jimi over kane and upgrade anguissa or brewster, if enough change get second keeper. On here I hear Justin will get booted sooner rather than later so that would put me off to a newc/villa/brighton/ston defender. I am on 165 with jimi to go but gutted took out son for fernandes, son back in now...admit my mistake on that one

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

          Stuffed it. Shoulda kept Son on WC til late as he’s likely to rise twice and I could have banked 0.1 there. Oh well

          1. Vazza
              2 months, 4 days ago

              It is rare these days for players to go up in price twice in a week

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

            Hmm. Podence & Neto on opposite wings to the lineup pic last week.

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

              Semedo in already too much of a put off.

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

              It's a trap once they get Semedo

              Traore comes to RW and they rotate LW, with one of them used to rest Traore sometimes

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

            Wait with WC until GW5 triple ManC vs Leeds including Foden?

            1. Daniel - Go Granville
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              I am waiting till GW 5 at least too. I like Salah then too and I dont have him

          4. Vazza
              2 months, 4 days ago

              How is Burke performing so far?

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

                Brilliant pass to Basham to win the pen.

                Can’t be judged in a game like this, staying on ahead of McGoldrick has to be a positive.

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

              Ramsdale wouldve been easily beat there had Watkins made any contact. Waaaay late getting there

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

              Would you prefer Zaha DCL and 0 ITB (can’t get any United) or Hamez Mitrovic and 1.0 ITB (currently have)

              1. Bielsa's Bucket
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Zaha and DCL at moment - I've got all 4 at moment with 1.3 ITB haha

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

                Hamez and Watkins. Surely the latter will be better than Mitrovic

            • Zim0
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Will Ki Jana Hover be starting RB for Wolves u think? Or just bought him for emergencies?

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

                CB & RWB cover.

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

                Cant wait for him to Hover up the baps

            • Rhodes your boat
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              On wc

              A) vvd saiss
              B) robbo Lamptey

              1. Bielsa's Bucket
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                A

            • Danstoke82
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              KDB playing the number 10 role do we think?

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

                Yeah, plenty of freedom from midfield.

              2. Bielsa's Bucket
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                100% - he's the needle of the team, all the thread will go through him.

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

                With rodri and ferd playing i expect KDB to play behind Jesus.

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

                4-3-3 but the most attacking of the 3

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

                  4231 I think.

            • Vazza
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Just realised that only two players returned from scouts pick this week. Priceless!

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

                  Pointless*