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. The Red Devil
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Foden a good option on WC? With gundogan testing positive for covid!

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

      His appeal has not changed. Still a rotation risk but so cheap he might be worth it

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

      If you have a decent bench sub for no shows and are willing to put up with the ocassional one pointer from bench - go for it

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

    TAA and Bamford or Robbo and Mitro?

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

      A

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

    Anyone who’s watched Liverpool’s games - how’s Trent looked? Attacking enough to warrant keeping him on WC over Robbo or Virgil?

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

      Still drunk from celebrations.

      Wouldn’t be going without on a WC.

      1. Rolls-Royce
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        How about Robbo for a place holder? Getting into box a lot these days.

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

          Yeah he has, a lot more advanced. Has a bigger share on corners too.

          He’s a great option, as is Trent, but they’re looking pricey atm.

          1. Rolls-Royce
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Do you see a lot of clean sheets in the next few fixtures with Gomez out and VVD not looking at his best?

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

              Gomez knock was only minor, Klopp expected him back training early this week, Matip probably after the IB.

              Should be top CS team.

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

      They looked alrite, but the red card definitely helped them in the second half.

    3. Free Hat
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Looked much sharper than gw1. More free kicks as well. But not that advanced as usual.

    4. diabydoesgallas
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Going with him and Robertson for the season set & forget isn’t going to let you down, worth fitting them both in imo.

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

    Burke has played well

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

    Berge is a good midfielder. Big and has a good touch

    1. Greasy Grealish Gang
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      A powerful shot as well.

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

    Commentator thought that was in lol

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

    I have two red cards on my bench. Transfer will be tricky.

  8. Free Hat
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 4 days ago

    With Semedo coming and probably Traore moving back to right wing.

    Isnt Neto the more likely one to fill in at left wing since he is left footed rather than podence who is right footed?

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

      Dont talk common sense, they dont want to listen

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

      You mean the spot that Jota mostly played in who is right footed? Don't think it matters but both will be rotation risks.

  9. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    That Man City back four looks pretty mediocre for a title challenging team, isn't it.

    1. ivantys
        2 months, 4 days ago

        They will just outscore their opponents every game.

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

        You’d think they’d back Pep & give him some cash to improve it.

        1. Rolls-Royce
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          😆

      • RoyaleBlue
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        I'd say Stones is the only one out of his depth imo. Like the other 3

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

        They wont face much offence.

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

        Well it's not their strongest back four is it

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

      Best 4.5 midfield option?

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

        James McCarthy with Palace fixtures.

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

        Think Olly Burke or Anguissa

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

        Burke!

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

        Its really a terrible price segment for midfielders.

    3. ivantys
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Ramsdale > Martinez (-4)?

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

          guiata

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

          Nah

        3. diabydoesgallas
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          No way Jose..

      • Old Gregg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        McCarthy
        Taa-Dier-Mitchell
        Auba-Harvetz-Bruno-Soucek
        Martial-Werner -Adams

        4m-Taylor-Egan-Biss

        Painful 1st 2 Gws. Egan was the cherry on top.

        What to do -

        A) Auba > KDB/Sterling
        B) Auba+harvetz > KDB/sterling + Zaha (-4)
        C) Auba+harvetz+Adams > KDB+Zaha+Jimi (-8)
        D) Any recommendations?
        E) wildcard

        1. The Road to Turfdom
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          A, likely KdB, but dependent on performances tonight

          1. Old Gregg
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Thanks.
            The urge to WC is so strong

            1. Apwilkin
                2 months, 4 days ago

                I know the feeling... trying to hold strong. Think i will take a couple -4 over the next 2 weeks to sort out some fires. Ive got biss, ASM, Egan and Adams in the squad..

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

          Lundstram on pens? 😆 what a guy

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

            He was

        3. Dybala10
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          WC pulled

          Martinez
          James, VVD, Saiss
          KDB, Son, Salah, JRod
          Mitro, Jimi, DCL

          Steer, Mitchell, Anguisa, Lamptey

          Son will become Puli when he's up to speed I think.

          1. Gaffa914
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Get jesus

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

              guiata

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

          Delighted I got Martinez on WC - not really genius more of an after thought getting rid of McCarthy

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

            Nice, I imagine most wcers had a terrible week so this is the light at the end of their tunnel

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

              By the end of it I should get at least 60 not earth shattering but not terrible. Team in way better shape had double saints and double spurs defence plus Alli gw1 - would have been dire this week!

              Got price rises as well and even took a -4 this week 😀
              No one I transferred out this week did well unless you count KWP with 3! 😀
              So I feel fairly jammy compared to those who got rid of Son/Kane/Mitrovic on WC.

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

          Davis settling the 4.5 F argument until Brewlad gets a move

          I still want both in 4-5-1, but Sterling has to prove he's worth selling Jimmy for... Which, err, isn't so straightforward

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

            Not like there was much of an argument anyway

        6. aapoman
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Auba and Egan to Sterling and Castagne with my 2ft? Leaves me with double Leicester defence but don't think it's too bad.

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

            Wait til the end of the game. But I do like those

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

            Double Leicester Def right before city

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

            ...against City

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

              Can just play Castagne but after that Leicester fixtures are juicy

          4. diabydoesgallas
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Like this

        7. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          So instead of Bruno and Martial in the bench in GW1, we should’ve had Mings and Konsa. Ok FPL.

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

          Foden is a trap, pep will rotate to protect him from burning out.

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

            Better to burn out than to fade away as Kylie Minogue used to say.

            1. The 12th Man
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              The Kurgan from Highlander

            2. diabydoesgallas
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              One of the finest philosophers of our times

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

          Lamptey or Justin? Thinking Lamptey purely because of longevity

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

            Justin because of points

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

            Lamptey

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

            Lamptey is more nailed and a much better player

          4. Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Lamptey no doubt

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

            I got the two of them on WC plus Digne.
            Think both Lamptey and Justin look like the value defenders this year for sure.
            Lamptey more fun to own in fpl the way he plays. Makes TAA look defensive.
            As you say Justin could lose his place. But he can play across the back as in form. Might be hard to drop.

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

          Egan (c) in Sky

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

            Wow.

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

            Forgot the early k.o

            Left in on him until I saw the City team sheets to bring in one of KdB/Sterling 😎

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

              Now I have no City players either..
              #winning

          3. DA Minnion
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Nice.

          4. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Puntiest punt

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

          Would you WC this team or a -4 enough? (1FT/0.0itb)

          McCarthy*
          Lamptey* - Ayling* - TAA ---- Justin Vinagre*
          Auba* - ASM* - Salah - Rodriguez --- Bissouma*
          Werner - Mitro - Martial*

          - I can get by this gw with my front 7 if i do auba/asm >> sterling/podence
          - My defence is looking really bad this gw given lamptey/justin's tough fixture and vinagre dropped

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

            WC

          2. The Road to Turfdom
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            wouldn't wildcard that

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

            Really? Martial? Cmon now

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

            mixed opinions, really confused!

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

          Best thing about playing WC is that Button is back in my team. Was getting sick of seeing Steer's ugly mug

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

            Punt Forster.

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

              Guaita for me

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

                For the 4.0m.

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

                  Johnstone surely on borrowed time

        13. ZeBestee
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Villa cant even win comfortably against 10 men team. Huge mistake bringing in Grealish.

          1. ivantys
              2 months, 4 days ago

              He was always a trap

          2. Kasper the ghost keeper
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Wolves 13/2 to beat City. Any takers?

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

              Stranger things have happened

            2. Das Boot
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Was thinking about this as a bet earlier before checking the odds. Thats a great price

            3. Das Boot
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              7/1 with Boyle sports

              1. Kasper the ghost keeper
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Paddy power just gone to 7/1 also. Worth a tenner I think!

                1. Das Boot
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  done. I'm in

            4. diabydoesgallas
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Well worth a punt. City will be rusty and wolves looked a force last week

          3. Hybrid.power
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            This idiot with Ramsdale.

          4. Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            KDB playing behind Jesus. This could make my attention shift from Sterling to KDB!

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

              He plays more attacking in hard games and deeper in easy games. Was like this all of last season.

              1. Pep Roulette
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                It could be a little different with no Dilva this year

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

              KDB goes right, hangs it up to the far post, Jesus going up for the cross, goooooal!!!

          5. kempc23
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Ramsdale anywhere near a save point?

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

              Only 1 save so far, and that was by accident.

          6. Pedram
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Thoughts on Aston Villa? they looked terrible against a 10 men SHU

            1. diabydoesgallas
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Half decent defensively. Avoid anything further up the pitch imo

          7. Rolls-Royce
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Need Sterling, Jesus & Jimmy to impress tonight without scoring.