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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. Ruinenlust
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Will Sterling stert?

    1. Kip
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Probably. No reason why he shouldn’t

    2. Ron_Swanson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Yep

  2. sunzip14
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Please select one starter and another one for first on the bench, in case Zaha doesn't play:

    A) Justin
    B) Mitchell
    C) Lamptey
    D) Stephens

    1. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Start C
      1st bench B

      1. Kip
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        This

      2. sunzip14
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        So, you reckon Mitchell doesn't start or Palace unlikely to keep CS? He isn't worth a risk to place first on bench?

    2. skodaole2
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Start A, 1st bench D

  3. skodaole2
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Dier doubt, would you take a hit to change Reece J. or gtg?

    Martinez
    Dier* Justin Castagne
    Son Pereira Salah James R.
    Kane Jimenez Mitrovic

    McCarthy Reece J.* Targett Reed*
    0 FT 2.6 itb

    1. Dexters Laboratory
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Chilwell rising, R James falling.. if I had the funds I'd do it. Trying to find the best 5.5 replacement that isn't Semendo as I have him already

    2. chriscosta
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Currently on wild card
      G2G ? or other options

      Martinez Ryan

      Van Aanholt Justin Robbo KWP Saiss

      Salah Son Grealish J.Rod Jorginho 7.6

      Raul Brewster Kane

      1. chriscosta
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        With Milivojevic out the team Van Aanholt is next in line on pens or will it be Zaha

      2. sunzip14
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        7.6 itb?

      3. chriscosta
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        no for 5 mid

      4. Kip
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Personally i’d ditch Ryan, Justin and Jorginho

        1. chriscosta
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          thanks kip

    3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Anyone fancy a captaincy punt in Grealish?

      1. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Punty. I don't f with my captain choices.

        This causious and wise approach has seen me climb almost to 2 mil OR already!

      2. skodaole2
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I will probably go for a differential captain this GW, Grealish is a very reasonable choice. Good luck picking captain!

      3. Live Lad
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        A good shout actually. Soyuncu is out while Evans is a doubt.

    4. fcsaltyballs
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Oh it’s good to be back hey guys!!

      Martinez Forster
      Robertson Lamptey Saiss Dallas Ferguson
      Salah Son James Grealish Sterling
      DCL Maupay Brewster

      Good to go??

      Thanks

      1. Kip
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Solid squad.
        Personally i went Bruno over sterling as KDB placeholder

    5. Dream Killers 2.0
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Morning all.

      Any advice on my final WC would be appreciated. Sorry to sound like a broken record...

      Martinez
      Robbo, PVA, Saiss
      Salah, Son, Pulisic, Grealish
      Kane, DCL, Antonio

      Steer, Lampety, Bissouma, Mitchell

      1. Kip
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Thats fine. I like the PVA punt

        1. Dream Killers 2.0
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Thanks.

          I think he will do well given the schedule.

    6. as33
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Any nailed def for 4.2m

      1. thewakka
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Mitchell or Ferguson is the closest you can find

          1. valurth
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Kilman played for Wolves

      2. Jinswick
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Best move here?

        A) KDB & Davis -> Trossard & Kane (bench Bissouma)
        B) KDB & Antonio -> Rodriguez & Kane

        McCarthy
        Trent, Virgil, Bellerin
        Salah, Son, KDB*, Foden, Bissouma
        Jimenez, Antonio*

        Steer, Mitchell, Holding, Davis*
        Bank 0.9m, 2FT

        1. Rasping Drive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          A

        2. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          I like A too

        3. sunzip14
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          B, if James is likely to start today

        4. Dexters Laboratory
            1 month, 8 days ago

            A, You'll want Antonio back

          • jamiejoe
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            B

        5. Ray_Depp
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Dears

          Kane or Aguero?

          1. Front 442
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Kane no brainer

          2. sminkypinky
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Kane. Kun too risky.

        6. Gunner Boy
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          WC team, all set? Enough money itb to do Son > KDB or Kane > Kun

          McCarthy
          Saiis TAA Chilwell
          Salah Grealish Son Klich
          DCL Maupay Kane(c)

          Subs: Steer Justin Bissouma Mitchell

          1. Dream Killers 2.0
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Nice team.

            Just not sure about Klich.

            1. Gunner Boy
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Any ideas about a replacement?

              1. EmreCan Hustle
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                McGinn?

          2. valurth
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Justin will probably lose his place as well?

        7. SHOWSTOPPERRR
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Guys final draft, need suggestions guys

          Martinez
          Robbo saiss dallas
          Salah son grealish Havertz/puli
          Kane dcl maupay

          Martin lamptey bissouma kwp

          0.0 itb

          Suggestions will be helpful guys..

          1. Merlinho
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Very very similar to one of my options - I’m stuck between Hamez and Maupuy to be honest. I’m just nervous about Hamez going forward

        8. Ray_Depp
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Dears,

          Kane or Kun?
          i have Foden & Son

          1. Rasping Drive
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Kane. Not sure if Kun will even start

          2. Dream Killers 2.0
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Kane for now.

          3. Live Lad
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Kane. Wait until we can see Kun starts games.
            Kane is in great form.

        9. Live Lad
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          GTG?

          Saint players are obvious flaws but Adams might get something finally.
          McCarthy
          TAA, Saiss, Castagne
          Grealish, Son, Salah(vc) , Mahrez
          Kane (c), DCL, Adams

          Subs: Steer, Mitchell, Bissouma, Ferguson
          Starting Saiss over Mitchell, right?

        10. Front 442
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          On WC

          (A) Chilwell and Watkins?
          or
          (B) Lamptey or Maupay?

          Its a close one but I think Villa will hurt that weak Leicester defence today but then Brighton will score today I think and have WBA at home next week.
          Decisions, decisions

          1. Front 442
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            (B) Lamptey and Maupay I mean

          2. Merlinho
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            I’m not convinced on Chilwell given a Mendy injury so I’d probably go with option B currently - it’s one of the final options I’m considering

            1. Front 442
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              I agree with you about Mendy but I’m thinking long term as well as for this weekend. It’s a tough one

        11. Merlinho
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Final WC choices:

          Option 1
          Martinez (steer)
          Robbo Lamptey Ayling (KWP, Douglas)
          Salah Son Pulisic Grealish Hamez
          Kane DCL Brewster

          Option 2
          Martinez (steer)
          Robbo Lamptey Castagne (KWP, Douglas)
          Salah Son Pulisic Grealish (Bissouma)
          Kane DCL Maupay

          Option 3
          Martinez (steer)
          PVA Samedo Castagne (Lamptey, Douglas)
          Salah Son Pulisic Grealish (Soucek)
          Kane DCL Maupay

          I’m a bit nervous about Hamez being a bandwagon that will drop off, and obviously risk this week given his travels, but he’s now gone up 0.2 on him since I got him.

          Also I quite like the idea of going without Liverpool defence but so many here are sticking...

          Which option do you guys prefer?

          1. valurth
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Why is Douglas there?

            1. Merlinho
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              To save me 0.1 as it’s needed in all options. Might be able to go Ferguson instead in the Maupay options, and use Stephens.

        12. vincentwsho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Who to bench?

          A) JRod (LIV)
          B) Jorginho (SOU)

          1. Sid07
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            B

            1. vincentwsho
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Thanks

          2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            B

        13. Sid07
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Which defense looks better on wc
          1) Robbo dallas saiss lamptey Mitchell
          2) chilwell pva regulion lamptey Mitchell

          1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            1

        14. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Kane to Grealish for a hit?
          Allows me to do Wilson to Kane next week.

          1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Lol I meant *KDB to Grealish for a hit?

            1. Jacky boy
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Yes

            2. Sid07
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Yes if you have son

        15. Jacky boy
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          G2g?

          Guaita
          TAA Robbo Chilwell
          Salah(C) Son Pulisic Grealish
          Richarlison Watkins Brewster

          4.0 Hames Lamptey 3.9

          1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Would play Hames over Brewster

            1. Jacky boy
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              It's fulham. Brewster's lifetime fpl chance this season

          2. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Hrod benched.
            Nice.
            GL

            1. Jacky boy
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Hey christina
              Can you help me with last dilemma?

              A) Reguilon + Werner
              B) Robbo + Richarlison

              1. Christina.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                something says to me you have made up your mind already...
                😉

                1. Jacky boy
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  To somehow. Not sure at all. Werner should play as CF now. Different

        16. Dream Killers 2.0
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Robbo, PVA, Saiss, Lampety, Mitchell.

          1. EmreCan Hustle
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            PvA, like the differential.

          2. VK FC (TK15)
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Robbo! Really attacking, Good fixtures, Shooting a lot more, on set pieces, best defence in the league!

        17. EmreCan Hustle
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Good morning DZ.

          WC Active.

          A) Grealish+Brewster
          B) Antonio+Trossard

          Thanks.

          1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            A if you won't be using Brewster much

            1. EmreCan Hustle
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              I have Soucek as my 5th mid. Will play either him or Brewster.

        18. vincentwsho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          On a wildcard....Is PVA worth the extra 0.3 over Saiss?

          Palace has good fixtures ahead, and Wolves fixtures seem to turn after a few weeks

          1. George James
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Could be a good shout but would not want to go without wolves Def.

            Thoughts on my lot below?

        19. George James
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          GTG?

          1.1 ITB for Werner >> Kun next week

          Martinez
          James • Lamptey • Robertson
          Salah • Foden • Son (c) • Podence
          Kane • Werner • DCL

          Steer / Saiss / Bissouma / Mitchel

          1. the divine ponytail
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            GTG. Is this a WC team?

          2. vincentwsho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            James seems insecure....

            For my back 5, I have
            Chilwell TAA Lamptey Saiss/PVA Ferguson/Douglas

            So thinking which is better

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

            Nice team.

        20. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Captain
          1. Salah
          2. Mahrez
          3. Son

          1. the divine ponytail
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            1

        21. davies
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Watkins the best budget fwd?

        22. the divine ponytail
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          My final decision on my WC team seems to come down to

          Antonio vs Brewster.

          Please help....

          a) Antonio (next 3 fixtures not great, but that may not matter)

          b) Brewster (a unknown punt, but allows for more money to be spent on the defence

          Thanks

        23. fpork
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          1) Maupay + Chilwell
          2) Brewster + TAA

          Already own Robbo.

          1. Hig1990
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            1

        24. Fantasy 11
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Hi guys .. would like to know ur opinions

          Kdb to sterling -4
          Kdb and ings to Bruno/rashford and Kane -8?

          Thanks

        25. Hig1990
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Morning, any thoughts on this WC?

          Martinez
          Robbo, Regulion, Chilwel
          Salah, Son, Grealish, Hamez
          DCL, Kane, Maupay
          (Button, Bissouma, KWP, Fergusson) 0.3 ITB