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The Fantasy Flutter: Villa to exploit injury-hits Foxes?


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Every Saturday morning, we combine Fantasy football with a flutter as we put a small wager or two on the weekend fixtures.

Focusing exclusively on the Gameweek 5 matches, we’ll be turning to the vast array of data available in our Premium Members Area to inspire a few sensibly staked bets this weekend.

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EVANS ABOVE

Leicester’s plethora of fitness worries and Aston Villa’s purple patch of form suddenly makes Sunday’s match at the King Power Stadium that bit tougher to call.

The Foxes are injury-riddled going into Gameweek 5, particularly at the back with Caglar Soyuncu, Wilfried Ndidi and Daniel Amartey out and Jonny Evans and Wes Morgan doubts.

Villa meanwhile are on a high from their 7-2 (that’s the scoreline, let’s remind ourselves, not the odds) win over Liverpool a fortnight ago.

Jack Grealish is a tempting 9/1 with bet365 to follow up his brace against the Reds with the first goal against Leicester but it’s his new teammate who really catches our eye.

Ross Barkley had twice as many goals attempts as Grealish (six v three) in that demolition of Jurgen Klopp’s side and more than anyone else on show at Villa Park, with the on-loan Chelsea man often getting forward in advance of who Gareth Southgate views as the poor man’s Mason Mount.

Barkley is 14/1 to open the scoring at the King Power and 9/2 to score at any time.

MISERLY MERSEYSIDERS

Without wanting to play doom-monger, five of the last six Merseyside derbies have ended either 0-0 or 1-0.

This is a season like no other, however, as evidenced by the nutty goings-on in Gameweek 4 a fortnight ago.

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Looking elsewhere in the market, Dominic Calvert-Lewin seems generously priced at 6/1 to be the first goalscorer, given how free-scoring the Toffees have been this season, how porous the Reds are at the back and… well, Adrian.

For those who think goals are overrated and prefer to indulge in the underlying stats, Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison (who are roughly averaging four shots each per 90 minutes) are around even money to register more than 2.5 attempts on goal at Goodison Park on Saturday.

The Fantasy Flutter: 6

THE WEST HAM WAY?

Fantasy managers are moving en masse for Harry Kane and Son Heung-min this week, so we all know what happens next.

West Ham United have transformed from 2002-era Saudi Arabia to 1990s AC Milan over the last month, with David Moyes’ move to a 3-4-3 leading to improved displays and back-to-back clean sheets.

No side has conceded fewer big chances or shots on target than the Hammers this season, while their tally of two shut-outs can’t be beaten, either.

If you’re the bet-hedging type and are backing Kane or Son with the armband in Gameweek 4, then you can get decent odds on West Ham emulating their achievements against Wolves and Leicester.

Moyes’ troops are 9/1 to win to nil in north London, which they did in Gameweeks 3 and 4.

Michail Antonio to score first in a West Ham win of any scoreline is 14/1, meanwhile.


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1,084 Comments Post a Comment
  1. theroadrunner
    • 3 Years
    14 days, 11 hours ago

    Better 3?

    Grealish, Periera (WBA) and Brewster
    or
    Zaha, Watkins and Bissouma

    TIA

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      Zaha flagged (not sure reason) if that's any help

      Tight call

    2. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 10 hours ago

      A by loads for me. Though I'd take Trossard over Periera.

  2. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
    • 6 Years
    14 days, 11 hours ago

    Zaha
    Grealish
    Foden
    Greenwood

    Which one?

    No City or United in my team. Surely Greenwood up front for next couple?

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      Grealish for safety, wouldn’t want to touch United given form and fixtures

    2. zotter
      • 11 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      Could also be Rashford. Or even Ighalo

    3. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      Greenwood has to come good soon.

      But Newcastle could raise their game?

  3. Jet5605
    • 6 Years
    14 days, 11 hours ago

    Anyone think Everton Liverpool could be a goal fest or more likely to be a tight affair with Klopp given Pool a rocket for the horror show at Villa?

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      Expect 3-4 goals

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      Thinking tight like 1-1

    3. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      I think the ealry kick off can be drab, is that a mistaken belief?

      1. F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        14 days, 11 hours ago

        it makes zero sense to think that an early game would be a drab.

        1. jamiejoe
          • 5 Years
          14 days, 11 hours ago

          I haven't checked the stats but they often seem low scoring... especially at noon or 12.30 pm on a sunday.

    4. HollywoodXI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      Liverpool just got beaten 7-2. They’ll be hurting, it’s a derby, they’ll come out to attack and win.

    5. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      Expecting lots of goals

  4. tabby98
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 11 hours ago

    Start 3
    A) Justin vs AVL home
    B) James vs SOU home
    C) Mitchell vs BHA home
    D) KWP vs CHE away
    E) ASM vs MUN home

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      A, C, E

    2. boroie
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      ABE

  5. Nomar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    14 days, 11 hours ago

    No love on here for Mahrez?

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      Pep roulette is the last thing we need in these times

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        14 days, 11 hours ago

        Yes, but with KdB out he should be good for a few starts.

        I've gambled on him this week. Could be a decent punt.

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          14 days, 11 hours ago

          Short term yeah could be a good shout

        2. St Pauli Walnuts
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          14 days, 9 hours ago

          KDB might just miss the one league game, we don't know.

    2. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      Mahrez is brilliant... one of Pep's most trusted attacking players.

  6. Jet5605
    • 6 Years
    14 days, 11 hours ago

    Digne to be on set pieces if Hames is rested due to jetlag? Should I start

    A - Digne
    B - Mitchell

    1. aborg
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      Start Mitchell with Digne first on bench just in case PVA is back

    2. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 9 hours ago

      Having the same dilemma.
      I started Mitchell.

  7. aborg
    • 3 Years
    14 days, 11 hours ago

    On WC. What 4.5m goalkeeper to bring in for the next 4 weeks....Adrian or Ryan ?

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      Lol not Adrian

      1. zotter
        • 11 Years
        14 days, 11 hours ago

        Why not ?? Though it’s a transfer waiting to happen

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          14 days, 11 hours ago

          Exactly that. Liverpool apparently in the market for a backup keeper too

    2. Hot Fuzz
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      I would go with meslier, have you watched him ?great young talent.

  8. Hot Fuzz
    • 4 Years
    14 days, 11 hours ago

    Said Benrahma is a beast imo ,don't know what happened with the medical but can't wait to see this dude in the epl. All the best to a player with his skill set. Damn he is good

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      Yes he is.

      Looking forward to seeing him and Eze grow into this league. Two fantastic talents.

      1. Hot Fuzz
        • 4 Years
        14 days, 11 hours ago

        They call him the Algerian messi,
        We will see what he can bring to the epl.eze is pretty awesome just don't know if he went for the right team with his potential

  9. RonnayBarkay
    • 10 Years
    14 days, 11 hours ago

    Son or Kane....?

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      I'd prefer kane but I didnt have the funds to stretch to him

  10. Emp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    14 days, 11 hours ago

    Hi could anyone please confirm for me when will the blank
    dgw be and when do we have have to use our wc by?

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      Blank will be after gw16 most likely
      Wc is due by gw16

  11. Von Lipwig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    14 days, 11 hours ago

    Repost, still can't decide...

    A) Trossard + Maupay
    B) Foden + Maupay

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      B

    2. LegendMoon
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      A but how about Barkley + Maupay?

      1. Von Lipwig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        14 days, 11 hours ago

        thanks but habve Grealish

  12. kennethrhcp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    14 days, 11 hours ago

    Any update on sterling yellow flag?

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      Wouldn’t worry about it

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        14 days, 11 hours ago

        Cheers if you read back pukki

  13. jk_footyfan
    • 1 Year
    14 days, 11 hours ago

    Best 4.5 MID to pick as 5th mid bench (3-4-3 formation) on WC?

    A) Burke
    B) Bissouma
    C) Anguissa
    D) Dale Stephens
    E) Suggest any other options?

    1. LegendMoon
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      B

    2. zotter
      • 11 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      B. But who cares!!

      1. jk_footyfan
        • 1 Year
        14 days, 11 hours ago

        With corona situation, at least some people do tho!!

      2. Hot Fuzz
        • 4 Years
        14 days, 11 hours ago

        Don't be like that zotter looks like Jk cares,we could answer all the questions like that on here.what about yours couple of post below,do you want the same response for your question ? Come on let's be a ffs family we work together right?

        1. St Pauli Walnuts
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          14 days, 9 hours ago

          Well said fella.

          1. Hot Fuzz
            • 4 Years
            14 days, 9 hours ago

            St pauli.....you are from Hamburg Germany right? I grew up there played against Pauli myself.....
            Or am I totally wrong?

            1. St Pauli Walnuts
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              14 days, 9 hours ago

              Ha, nah I'm not from Hamburg. It is a reference to them and The Sopranos character Paulie Walnuts though.

              I tried to go to a St Pauli game once when I was in Hamburg but it was sold out so I just had a mooch around near stadium instead, great atmosphere around the place.

              1. Hot Fuzz
                • 4 Years
                14 days, 9 hours ago

                Awesome place loved it haven't been there in over 13 years
                Have to say miss it a bit. Where you from?

                1. St Pauli Walnuts
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  14 days, 9 hours ago

                  It was probably about that long ago I was there actually, while I was travelling around Europe. I'm from Manchester mate, lived in Sydney for about 10 years but back in Manc now.

                  1. Hot Fuzz
                    • 4 Years
                    14 days, 8 hours ago

                    Ahhh sweet I am in the South West of western Australia as said before grew up in Hamburg. From Manchester hmmm what club do you support if I may ask.

                    1. St Pauli Walnuts
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      14 days, 8 hours ago

                      The only football team to come from Manchester ooooooohhhhhhh Man City!!

  14. boroie
    • 2 Years
    14 days, 11 hours ago

    Any of these worth a -4 to get KDB out...

    A - Sterling
    B - Rashford
    C - James
    D - Grealish
    E - Save the -4 and start Shaw

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      Yes

    2. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      A
      B
      Or C for me ...

    3. zotter
      • 11 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      Yeah

      1. boroie
        • 2 Years
        14 days, 11 hours ago

        Which one?

        1. Mambino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          14 days, 10 hours ago

          all of them are

  15. WorldCup82
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    14 days, 11 hours ago

    A: Ferguson, Foden, Jimenez, McGoldrick
    B: Walker-Peters, Hamez, Maupay, Bamford

    1. zotter
      • 11 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      B comfortably for me

    2. LegendMoon
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      easily B, all starters with A you could end up with only 1 player

    3. Mambino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      14 days, 10 hours ago

      B

  16. zotter
    • 11 Years
    14 days, 11 hours ago

    On WC

    For my latest quandary !...

    A. Kane. Podence. Havertz
    B. Werner. Hamez. Greenwood

    Have son as well ....

    1. LegendMoon
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      I think i'd go with A but not really sure about Podence

      1. zotter
        • 11 Years
        14 days, 11 hours ago

        Yeah bit of a punt. But that team has the Kane comfort blanket (which can also become Aguero in due course too)

        1. LegendMoon
          • 3 Years
          14 days, 11 hours ago

          my thinking too, can't really go wrong with Kane or a fit Aguero

    2. Hot Fuzz
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      In A I find enjoy podence in B I don't enjoy Werner or Greenwood any other options? Or are you all set to get one of these players in? then you made your mind up good luck man.

      1. zotter
        • 11 Years
        14 days, 10 hours ago

        Could switch Podence to Klich

        1. LegendMoon
          • 3 Years
          14 days, 10 hours ago

          how about Jorginho for pens, they'll get a lot

          1. St Pauli Walnuts
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            14 days, 9 hours ago

            He might not be on the pitch for a lot of them though.

    3. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 9 hours ago

      Do you need to start Podence every week? On a WC I'd prefer Soucek and use the 0.7 elsewhere o try and stretch to Trossard.

  17. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    14 days, 11 hours ago

    Semedo Lamptey James* Mitchell Dunne

    3.6 itb and 0 FT
    1. Hope either of James or Mitchell starts
    2. James to TAA/Robo for a hit

    1. Zrinkec
        14 days, 11 hours ago

        1 and then change it for free next week

    2. tabby98
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      Start Reece James or Mitchell?

      1. NUFCAndrew
        • 4 Years
        14 days, 11 hours ago

        RJ

    3. NUFCAndrew
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      A: Pulisic + Saiss

      B: James + Chilwell/Semedo

    4. Davidwrigley
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      A)RodRiguez+Saiss+4.5Def
      B)Saint-Max+TAA+4.5Def C)Bissouma+TAA+Saiss

    5. yash
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 10 hours ago

      A) Maupay + Stephens
      B) Brewster + Pulisic

      1. LegendMoon
        • 3 Years
        14 days, 10 hours ago

        easy B

    6. Puncheon Guly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 10 hours ago

      A. Pulisic, Jimenez and Mitchell
      or
      B. KWP, Klich, Kane

      Defender would be on the bench.
      Have Son, Bamford, no other Chelsea

      A has a better spread of value, but B has 2 penalty takers and better price points to move to Aguero/Werner/Vardy.

      1. zotter
        • 11 Years
        14 days, 10 hours ago

        B

    7. Johnny too hotty
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 10 hours ago

      Not sure why salah is fav captain. Surely kane is primed? Am I missing some injury news on him ?

    8. WE GO FOR IT
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 10 hours ago

      Ryan | McCarthy
      TAA | Doherty | KWP | Lascelles | Ferguson
      Salah | KdB | Foden | Podence | Bissouma
      DCL | Adams | Kane

      1 FT and 0.2 itb.

      KdB to Son is the most sensible transfer and I will be making that for sure. Which if these is worth a hit?

      A. Podence to Grealish/James
      B. Doherty to Robbo/Chilwell/Wolves defender
      C. Lascelles to sub 5m defender
      D. Doherty to Robbo/Chilwell/Wolves defender + Adams to Jimenez (-8)
      E. None. No hit.

      1. F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        14 days, 10 hours ago

        E

        1. WE GO FOR IT
          • 4 Years
          14 days, 10 hours ago

          Cheers! 🙂

    9. Ings_is_the_king
        14 days, 10 hours ago

        Is my team gtg and bench order correct?
        Ryan,
        TAA, Digne, Saiss
        Sterling (c), Son (vc), Hamez, Grealish
        DCL, Ings, Jimenez
        (Forster, Justin, Mitchell, Bissouma)

        1. Mambino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          14 days, 10 hours ago

          pretty good and yes re bench order

        2. LegendMoon
          • 3 Years
          14 days, 10 hours ago

          good team

      • chriscosta
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 10 hours ago

        Pick one please

        A) Grelish pulisic Jimi
        B) Podence sterling watkins

        1. St Pauli Walnuts
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          14 days, 9 hours ago

          A

      • Puncheon Guly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 10 hours ago

        Is Watkins the real deal, or was last week an outlier? Have Grealish already so don't want too much Villa.

      • Ibacchus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        14 days, 10 hours ago

        On WC, do you fancy

        1.PVA + J Rod
        2.KWP + Pulisic

        As everyone else, i have DCL and not too keen on doubling up tbh

      • Jusagoras
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        14 days, 9 hours ago

        Play Lamptey or Saiss?

      • Tomas Brolin ate all Depays
        • 8 Years
        14 days, 9 hours ago

        Best budget defender to replace Vinegra with ??????