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. Chuism
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Pick one WC team for GW3:

      (1)
      Martinez (Steer)
      TAA - Saiss - Lamptey (Mitchell - 4.5)
      Salah - Prodence - KDB - J.Rodríguez (Burke)
      Jimenez - Werner - DCL (4.5)

      OR

      (2)
      Martinez (Steer)
      TAA - Saiss - Lamptey - Castagne (Mitchell)
      Salah - KDB - J.Rodríguez - Son (Burke)
      Jimenez - DCL (4.5)
      0.4m in the bank

      OR

      (3)
      Martinez (Steer)
      TAA - Saiss - James - (Lamptey, Mitchell)
      Salah - Prodence - KDB - J.Rodríguez - Foden (Burke)
      Kane - DCL (4.5)
      0.3m in the bank

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

        Your 3rd team has 6 mids.

        I spent most time trying to work out the differences. If you're gonna post 3 complete teams, maybe format in a way where we can see which players change from team to team.

        I think i like team 2 most

    • JHolmes
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      0 FT 1.0 ITB
      Current squad:
      McCarthy (Ryan)
      TAA, KWP, Lamptey (Justin, Ferguson)
      Fernandes, KDB, Rodriguez, Burke (Barnes )
      Werner, Ings, Mitrovic

      Held my wc although it was tempting, took one hit...
      Play ryan or mccarthy? Benching barnes stupid?