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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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1,407 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Strchld
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Can I survive one more week without hitting WC?

    McCarthy
    TAA - Davies - Taylor
    KdB - Salah - Hamez - ASM
    Werner - Martial - Adams

    Have Mitchell off the bench if ASM won't play.
    Worried too that one of Davies or Adams is dropped. Other bench players Bissouma and Justin.
    Players I would like to get are rising and Adams and Werner atleast dropping..

    WC or not?

  2. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    E-Gone?

  3. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    So who has egan

    1. Plant Based Footballer
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Me. Just turned on the game 1 minute before the red.

      The attacker would never get called for using his arm like that and gaining an advantage, so the red for the defender is BS. It went both ways, let it go. Completely different than the Christensen red.

  4. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Egan RED?

  5. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    VAR review incoming for penalty

  6. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Egan red

  7. ALI_G
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    FML

    every time I own Egan he gets a RC

  8. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Brosstan in heaven....

    1. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      😆

  9. Fred54
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Egan? More like Egone.

  10. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    That's more wildcards wielded now.

    1. JamTart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      That's my nights plans changed!

  11. Baby Face Nelson
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Stupid from Egan. very stupid

  12. Sharkytect
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    All I need is a Burke hattrick or more to make this an ok gameweek

    1. Sharkytect
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Ah. No chance of that now

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Tbf there wasn't much chance before either

        1. Sharkytect
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Well now we will never know, will we?

  13. EmreCan Hustle
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    This looks harsh.

  14. JamTart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    McCarthy, Button
    TAA, Egan, Dier, Saiss, Mitchell
    Auba, Salah, Rodriguez, Soucek, Bissoouma
    Werner, Martial, Vassilev(!)

    1ITB

    To WC or just do Auba to Sterling/KdB and wait a week until the window closes? Feels like TV will be hammered if I don't move now but want to keep Werner one more week then potentially move for Pulisic if he's fit and go DCL over Hames?

    1. JamTart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Just saw the Egan red, WC it is

  15. Debauchy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    No doubt imo RED

  16. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Egan owners in shamble

  17. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Robinson 4.5

  18. DantheManinaPan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Disgraceful decision

    1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Correct decision IMO

    2. Leonard hatred
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      "if you're gonna kill us just kill us next time"

      kills them in the 10th minute.

    3. EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Correct decision. But bit soft

  19. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    What about this no TAA WC?

    Martinez
    Saiss, James, Justin
    Salah, Sterling, Son, Rodriguez
    DCL, Ings, Jimenez

    Subs: Steer, Inguissa, Lamptey, Mitchell

    1. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Sexy.

    2. EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Looks good. But you'll want some Chelsea soon.

      1. Over Midwicket
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        He has Reece

    3. clodhopper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Some cheapies looking good but many have him

    4. The Handsome Hunk
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      would downgrade Rodri to Leeds or Trosaad and upgrade 4.5 to Robbo

  20. Daniel - Go Granville
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Eagan owned by fpl Tips

    1. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      What about FPL_Oven and FPL_Polaroid?

      1. Over Midwicket
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Loool

      2. OLB
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Polaroid will change for a snapshot decision and over will cook his alternative choice over for a bit.

  21. Would Ed Woodward
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 1 day ago

    That's why Villa bought Watkins, that doesn't go down as a goalscoring opportunity if it's Samatta or Wesley.

    1. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Lmfao

    2. Vazza
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Or Davis for that matter

  22. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Egone

    1. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Look up Grandad.

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Fu 😛

  23. Bielsa's Bucket
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    lmao

  24. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    FPL is a great game that involves a lot of skill

    1. clodhopper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Lol

    2. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Who can predict that though... I dont think the game is designed for you to predict red cards

    3. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      but enjoy skill or no skill

    4. Pedram
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Said no one ever

    5. Leonard hatred
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      It's all statistical genius and raw football management skill..

      If you refer back to the xRc table for Egan inthe members area, you'll see he's actually predicted 2.6 more red cards this match, although i suspect he'll be lucky to get over 1.7 red cards per game over the whole season.

    6. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Only casuals own Egan when Saiss and James are also options at 5.0m.

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Both worse options pre season based on stats and nailedness. But of course with the casual nature of this game I should have known he would become the worst pick out of the 3.

  25. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 1 day ago

    LOL Egan owners

    1. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      stop that fella

  26. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Sheffield can we pls now have all 10 players behind the ball... Many thanks from a Ramsdale owner 🙄

  27. fc_skrald
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Thanks Egan, easy to wildcard now...

  28. Pinky and De Bruyne
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Hendrick --> Zaha for a hit ?

  29. JabbaWookiee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Egan red is the last straw. WC will soon be active. Can’t come quickly enough this season.

  30. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Harsh on Egan owners, but him getting sent off two GWs in a row, given his ownership levels, is funny.