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. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    Egan at 12.6% ownership lmao

    1. doher.ty
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      Lol that is so funny

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      2 of my rivals have him coming off the bench, arf arf!

    3. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      Who says I didn't have anyone 'playing' tonight...

    4. Noah’s Ark
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      In my team, already off to a terrible start as it is. That’s rotten.

  2. AgentRed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    Ben Davies still likely to start the Newcastle game before making way for Reguillon do we think?

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      No, Reguilon should start

    2. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      The Reguilon has begun.

    3. AgentRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      Thanks both

  3. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    For the first time in this GW my rank will rise 😀

  4. as33
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    So the best replacement for Egan is:
    ?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      Basham?

    2. Leonard hatred
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      Saiss? or maybe even Cash.

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      Wildcard.

    4. Bam Bam Bigelow
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      James, Saiss, who knows

  5. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    Does that count as a save for Ramsdale??

    As you can see I'm clutching on straws...

  6. Do I Not Like Orange
    • 8 Years
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    Egan is my most hated FPL player. Owned him for a total of 4 GWs, 1 CS & 2 RCs.

    1. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      Hahhaa

    2. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      Same damnn

    3. doher.ty
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      That is unfortunate

    4. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      Lmaoo

    5. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      You rather like Orange than him

    6. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      I was lucky and ended with Dier. Otherwisw would have the exactly same stats from Egan. Feel you.

  7. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    Egan got a red last season in the DGW too. Good man

  8. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    Wildcard? Starred are must goes

    McCarthy*
    TAA, Justin, Egan**, Davies*
    Salah, Auba*, Rodríguez, ASM*
    Werner, Ings
    (Nyland, Mitchell, Bissouma*, Davis)

    1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      Have similar team.Egan rc last staw

    2. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      I think you might have too

    3. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      Similar dilemma- see below. Not sure but -8 maximum would take otherwise WC

  9. Apwilkin
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    Hmmm was really hoping to just take a -4 this week... But might need a WC now... thanks Egan

    McCarthy (Button)
    TAA-VVD-Egan (KWP, Ferguson)
    Auba-Salah-ASM-Rodriguez (Bissouma)
    Wilson-Werner-Adams

    1FT and 0.5 in the bank

  10. clodhopper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    Lots selling werner did they not see what happened this week with Son he has WBA he never stops running and shooting lol

  11. Chandler Bing
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    Watkins scored his hattrick yet?

  12. Peter Ouch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    ML rival took a hit to transfer out Son and now has Egan

  13. FeverPitch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    A) Jimenez and Soucek
    B) J Rodríguez and Bamford

    Got to be A right? Thanks in advance

    1. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      A

      1. FeverPitch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        28 days, 4 hours ago

        Thanks

  14. ThisPostsOnFire
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    Please advise.

    I've almost cracked my WC:

    I've got A) Zaha and a 4.5 forward.

    Would you stick with that or go with:

    B) 6.5 striker & 4.5 mid

    My thinking with the 6.5 striker is:

    GW3 Wood (SOU, NEW, WBA) to Mitro GW6 (CRY, WBA, WHU) to Wilson GW9 - 14 (CHE, CRY, AVL, WBA, LEE, FUL)

    So I guess my question is:

    Will Zaha outperform that series of strikers and fixtures over that period of time?

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      Same dilemma for me.

      Although I'm leaning Foden more than Zaha right now. There's also Grealish, Barnes and Mount as potential 7.0m options.

      1. ThisPostsOnFire
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 4 hours ago

        Considered Foden, but with City's fixtures up to and including GW10, I think City assets might be best kept to the big hitters and maybe Jesus.

  15. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    With Egan red left with WC or -8. What would yo do?
    Moves would be Aubameyang to Salah/Sterling, ASM to Podence/5.5 and now Egan to Saiss

    McCarthy (Button)
    TAA Dier KWP ( Justin Egan*)
    Salah Aubameyang Rodriguez ASM*( Burke)
    Werner Martial (Brewster)

    1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      Similar team wcing.Cant go for too many hits this early on with less upside.

  16. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    Steer CS incoming yeaaaaah !

    1. doher.ty
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      What?

    2. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      Steer clear of him. Martinez in Villa goal

    3. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      Also Nyland's

      1. GOTHAM City F.C.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 4 hours ago

        Also Egan's

  17. Catastrophe
    • 9 Years
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    Ignoring the -4 hits which are absolutely down to poor planning, do the below moves look reasonable?

    GW3 - Auba (liv) & Fernandes (bri) -> Son (NEW) & KDB/Sterling (LEI)
    GW4 - Martial (TOT) & Wilson (BUR) -> DCL (BRI) & Jimenez (FUL)

    Fixtures should be worthy of the hits, right....?

    Cheers!

    1. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      I like B but you need a MC big hitter as a Cpt choice so gotta go A

    2. ThisPostsOnFire
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      GW3: Would not do Fernandes to Son for -4

      GW4 If the cash for just doing Wilson to DCL is not available, I would go for the GW4 plan

  18. Corgzzzz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    Evening, would you do.....

    Auba > KDB
    or
    Auba and Bissouma > Hamez and Son -4
    or
    Auba and Brewster > DCL and Son -4

  19. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    It was never going to be Sheffield United's day after they turned up and realised someone left a red sock in the hot wash with their white shirts.

  20. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    Zaha or Grealish on a WC?

    1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      Zaha seems obvious to me.

  21. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    Who has had egan for both his reds in the last 3 months?

    Said never again after that newcaslte debacle

    1. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      Did you own him for goals?

      1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 4 hours ago

        Most people got him on a fh i think so unlikely

    2. Do I Not Like Orange
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      Me. Scored his goals after I binned him too, the swine.

  22. GloryManUnited
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    Bug off Egan. -8 or just F wildcard?

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      Unleash the WC

    2. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      F

    3. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      -8

      1. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 4 hours ago

        Would never consider a WC for less than - 12

    4. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      -8

  23. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    Martinez cleanie likely now but very few chances of save points or a haul

  24. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    This is a stunning amount of defensive errors across the board

  25. ZeBestee
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    Hows Grealish looking?

    1. BarryManilows
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      Like a Doylem

  26. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    Are spurs players a trap ? So many options out there. Not sure if son or kane are the best options.

    1. Das Boot
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      Great fixtures and Bale incoming, what's not to like?

    2. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      Yh not going for any spurs

    3. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      Spurs will struggle as long as Mou is their Manager. Southampton just played into their hands, and of course if you have the quality of Son to finish and Kane to provide, any team with that tactic will be rolled over by the duo. Remember Spurs were absymal in the last 2 before this.

      1. Das Boot
        • 6 Years
        28 days, 4 hours ago

        Bale will make a huge difference in my opinion.

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          28 days, 4 hours ago

          Is he not out for a month ?

      2. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        28 days, 4 hours ago

        Yeah this is why I really am not convinced. Thanks

  27. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    Scout Picks team totalled 35 points. Barely survive LMS with that. Have they ever had a worse GW?

    1. Long ago I drew a walrus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      This is why it's always good to have a few differentials from the scout picks just in case. I got 50 this week, half of which came from Son

  28. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    Staying patient even though I took Son out for Bruno with my FT.

    0.5 ITB 0 FT

    Ryan
    TAA KWP Taylor
    Salah KDB Bruno Soucek
    Werner Wilson Mitrovic
    Walton Mitchell Davies Bissouma

  29. BarryManilows
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    Shef Utd are such a poor team on paper they must be certain to go down, then again if villa can’t beat a 10 man atrocious team like them they also will be going down.

    1. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 4 hours ago

      Vila not getting a win against 10 man Sheff Utd would be most normal thing that's happened in 2020.

  30. The Senate
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 4 hours ago

    The longer it goes the more depressed I'll be when Ramsdale loses his cleanie