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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. Fernando Torres
    • 9 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Grealish or Bale in for KdB?

    1. Vazza
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        KDB is likely to be back next week. Are you going to reverse the transfer after this game week

        1. Fernando Torres
          • 9 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          Is he back next week? I thought it was a few weeks out?

          1. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            It’s a few weeks. I’d sell

          2. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            He's not back next week

    2. Vazza
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        Anyone keeping KDB to avoid a 4 point hit and playing someone of their bench?

        1. Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          Might play Podence

          Already on -4

          1. Vazza
              7 days, 10 hours ago

              I’m playing Bissouma and it’s fine. Seems like KDB has picked up a minor injury and the FPL community is panicking - I’ve seen people take multiple hits, play wildcards when they could just do an easy switch to Sterling.

              1. Weasel Boy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                7 days, 10 hours ago

                Yeah panicking is a big thing on here.
                Though I considered a -8 to get rid of him.
                But will stick it out.

          2. Cruz88
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            Me, and Brewster

          3. Tinkermania
            • 1 Year
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            Considering he has become an £11.9m Milivolevic this season even when playing, I would say.

            1. Tinkermania
              • 1 Year
              7 days, 10 hours ago

              *sell

            2. Frucke
              • 5 Years
              7 days, 10 hours ago

              Hahah

          4. unitednations
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            cant decide. I have already taken a hit so its either i hope one of james/mitchell starts or take another hit for kdb > salah.

            -8 feels wrong!

        2. Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          Already on a -4 and now KDB out.

          A) Play Podence?
          B) Take another hit?

          Thanks in advance.

          1. Frucke
            • 5 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            Dont take hit

          2. Rondon9
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            A

          3. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            A

        3. EmreCan Hustle
          • 8 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          On WC.

          Would you have Son or Havertz?

          Son seems like the obvious pick, but Havertz is a differential and I like the Soton fixture over Son's WHM.

          Have Kane or Pulisic.

          Thanks.

          1. ViperStripes
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            overthinking just go Son

          2. Rondon9
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            Son by far dont overthink this one mate

          3. DantheManinaPan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            This is a very easy question to answer

          4. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            Son easily

            1. EmreCan Hustle
              • 8 Years
              7 days, 10 hours ago

              Thanks all.

        4. ViperStripes
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          a Jorginho - have made 0.1m so far on him.
          b Bissouma - sensible choice
          c Stephens - budget squeeze

          Which one for 5th mid on bench? On WC

          1. unitednations
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            bissouma

          2. Rondon9
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            B

          3. DantheManinaPan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            Has to be Soucek!

        5. Klopp it
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          I'm i wise starting brewster over saiss?

          1. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            Fulham at home is best opportunity for Sheff utd to get goals

            1. skodaole2
              • 8 Years
              7 days, 10 hours ago

              Although you can see it opposite: SHU away is the best opportunity for Fulham to get a rare cs

              1. Jacky boy
                • 4 Years
                7 days, 10 hours ago

                Fulham will not have a cs this season
                Lol

        6. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          Play 1:
          A. Dallas
          B. Lamptey
          C. Mitchell

          1. Rondon9
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            A

          2. ViperStripes
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            dallas

        7. KUNingas
          • 4 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          Too early to get PVA?

          1. Jacky boy
            • 4 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            It is always too early. Because he is not worth it

        8. skodaole2
          • 8 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          Would appreciate some help here..
          Dier doubt, James may not start would you take a hit or gtg?

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

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

        9. unitednations
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          Chances of Reece James starting?

          1. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            I'm starting him but don't have much hope.

            1. unitednations
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              7 days, 10 hours ago

              yeah also doubt he starts

        10. tomasjj
          • 6 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          GTG?

          Martinez
          Robbo Castagne Lamptey
          Grealish Salah Hames Son
          Kane (c) Wilson Maupay

          Steer, KWP, Anguissa, Kilman

          1. Rondon9
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            Yes

            1. tomasjj
              • 6 Years
              7 days, 10 hours ago

              Thanks!

          2. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            GTG. Same team except my backline is TAA Semedo Lamptey.

            1. tomasjj
              • 6 Years
              7 days, 10 hours ago

              Thanks!

        11. Von Lipwig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          This is my dilema... I really can't decide... the liverpool double seems like more fun... but I don't know why... Votes please to sway me!

          A) Robbo + TAA + Trossard
          B) Robbo + Chilwell + JRod

          1. DantheManinaPan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            I'm on B

          2. tomasjj
            • 6 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            I would go with B, even if I am not going for Chelsea players yet. Team is not settled yet.

          3. Von Lipwig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            Thank you both

          4. ViperStripes
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            I have TAA on WC with Reg as placeholder for Robbo and 1.5m itb

        12. DantheManinaPan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          Wildcard team ready to go!

          Martinez, Forster
          Robertson, Chilwell, Dallas, Masuaku, Robinson
          Salah, Son, Jamez, Grealish, Soucek
          Kane, DCL, Maupay

          Main person I'm sad to miss out on is Pulisic, but don't want to drop any of the other mids!

          1. Von Lipwig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            Love it! But is Soucek a waste of funds on your bench? Realistically, Is he ever going to play for your team?

          2. Easy Cheesy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            I’d have puli over hamez. I think puli will outscore him over the season but clearly no form to compare

          3. tomasjj
            • 6 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            I would wait a bit on Pulisic. He just got back from injury.

          4. Boz
            • 8 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            Like it. Could downgrade Soucek to 4.5 and James to Puli?

          5. DantheManinaPan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            7 days, 9 hours ago

            Doubt anyone will read this since I'm so late...

            But thanks all for the responses!

            I see a possible future where Brewster comes in and Soucek gets games for me.

        13. DAVESAVES
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          Thoughs on this WC?
          Nothing in the bank.

          Martinez Button
          TAA Chilwell Dallas Lamptey Ferguson
          Salah Son Pulisic Grealish Bissouma
          DCL Kane Antonio

          1. tomasjj
            • 6 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            Solid.
            Not sold on Antonio only.

        14. Easy Cheesy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          Relieved I’ve got through IB without TAA, James, Foden and Podence dropping in price. Feels a good result given my fear at the start

        15. Wakanda
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          Martinez
          Robertson/ Arnold/ mings/ Chilwell
          Mane/ son/ Grealish/ Pulisic
          Werner/ Richarlision
          Brewster
          How is this wc team?

          1. Vazza
              7 days, 10 hours ago

              Amazing. I wished I could have this team

          2. Boz
            • 8 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            A) Trossard + Brewster (352)
            B) Maupay + Bissouma (343)

            Kane and DCL other fwds

            1. Von Lipwig
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              7 days, 10 hours ago

              B but only just

            2. Saka_me_sideways
                7 days, 10 hours ago

                B until we know what to expect from Brewster, but I see the temptation

            3. The_FF_King
              • 7 Years
              7 days, 10 hours ago

              Here’s my wildcard team:

              Martinez

              Chilwell, TAA, Lamptey

              Salah, Grealish, Son, Jrod

              Maupay, Kane, DCL

              Martin, Dallas, Bissouma, Mitchel

              0.1 ITB

              1. The_FF_King
                • 7 Years
                7 days, 10 hours ago

                Any better options than Biss as a sub midfielder for 4.6 or under?

            4. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              7 days, 10 hours ago

              Play Podence or Brewster?

              1. Easy Cheesy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                7 days, 10 hours ago

                I’m going brewster. I have jimi though

                1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                  • 4 Years
                  7 days, 10 hours ago

                  I don't have Jimi.

            5. Vazza
                7 days, 10 hours ago

                Anyone keeping KDB to avoid a 4 point hit and playing someone of their bench?

                I’m playing Bissouma and it’s fine. Seems like KDB has picked up a minor injury and the FPL community is panicking - I’ve seen people take multiple hits, play wildcards when they could just do an easy switch to Sterling.

                Please enlighten me if I’m missing something that is clear and obvious here.

                1. Easy Cheesy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  7 days, 10 hours ago

                  I had no spurs so just put in Son to overcome my fears

              • Eat my goal!
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                7 days, 10 hours ago

                My team is riddled with dilemmas and I’ve already spanked my WC

                Taylor - Burnley all over the place
                James - lost his starting place
                Justin - about to lose his spot, Leicester a defensive mess
                KDB - injured
                Pereira - West Brom looking worse as each game passes
                Saiss - rumoured to be losing his place

                1. tomasjj
                  • 6 Years
                  7 days, 10 hours ago

                  Saiss will stay.
                  Pereira is the heart of WBA's attack and on set pieces.

                  The other issues are of concern.

                2. Easy Cheesy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  7 days, 10 hours ago

                  Bit of planning required but not a complete disaster

              • Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
                • 6 Years
                7 days, 10 hours ago

                I know the true fantasy fans are in here at this time in the morning.

                Some advice, last decisions:£1.4m ITB

                Team
                Martinez, McCarthy
                Aurier, Justin, Lewis, Chilwell, Mitchell
                Salah, Zaha, James R, Son, Jorginho
                Kane, DCL, Maupay

                Do I:

                a) Jorginho OUT Foden IN
                b) Mitchell OUT Telles IN
                c) Martinez OUT Fodder 4.0 IN meaning Jorginho OUT Grealish IN
                d) Zaha OUT Grealish IN

                Also, do we think Aurier is not a safe bet?

                Cheers

                1. Eat my goal!
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  7 days, 10 hours ago

                  D if free

                2. Vazza
                    7 days, 10 hours ago

                    Don’t make any of these moves for a hit

                    1. Vazza
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        Otherwise D if free as our FPL friend has suggested

                      • Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
                        • 6 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        No I am on Wildcard. So can do a few of them. Really fancied Zaha as a differential but now worried he wont play!
                        Had Grealish in for him and stupidly took him out Thu night for Zaha. so lost 0.1 if I bring him back! Doh

                    2. Old Man
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      I'm not a Zaha fan for FPL, so you can guess my suggestion. Aurier is not a safe bet - you're right .... will share too much time with Doh.

                    3. Easy Cheesy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Agree on the morning shout. Less shouty and aggressive posts as well which helps

                      1. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
                        • 6 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        I should probably ditch Mitchel if on wildcard,?? maybe Justin (though think hes safe for another 3 or 4 games at least)

                  • The_FF_King
                    • 7 Years
                    7 days, 10 hours ago

                    Any suggestions? Any better options than Biss as a sub midfielder for 4.6 or under?

                    1. DAVESAVES
                      • 3 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Nah

                    2. Make United Great Again
                      • 8 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Biss is best

                    3. Cancelo Culture
                      • 2 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Bissouma is the best pick but Stephens is a playing 4.4m if it’s bench fodder you’re after

                  • SHOWSTOPPERRR
                    • 2 Years
                    7 days, 10 hours ago

                    Guys on a wc bissouma or stepehens and save 0.1m?

                    1. Brosstan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Stephens

                    2. Boz
                      • 8 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Bissouma

                    3. Vazza
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        Bissouma without a doubt if you have a terrible third striker

                      • Make United Great Again
                        • 8 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        Biss

                      • ViperStripes
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        Biss because actually playing.

                    4. Fernando Torres
                      • 9 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Who is on pens for villa?

                      1. Old Man
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        Have a look at Set Pieces

                      2. Brosstan
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        No one knows

                    5. Puntillimon
                      • 5 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Any fellow kane captainers?

                      1. Make United Great Again
                        • 8 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        Hello hi

                    6. Von Lipwig
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Is Semedo worth the extra 0.4 over Saiss?

                      1. tomasjj
                        • 6 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        Not for me.
                        Semedo have't delivered yet.

                    7. ViperStripes
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Very tempted by Aguero on WC instead of Kane, but Spurs fixture this week looks good.

                    8. SomeoneKnows
                      • 4 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Still can't make up my mind regarding Castange vs Chilwell ...

                      1. Lazerball
                        • 3 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        I went Chillwell on WC

                      2. Cancelo Culture
                        • 2 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        Leicester are injury ravaged right now so Chilwell is the better option for now

                    9. Lazerball
                      • 3 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Final wildcard decision:
                      A. TAA Trossard Brewster
                      B. Lamptey Grealish Maupay

                      I have Robertson & Watkins. If A plan would be to rotate Brewster and Soucek. Thanks!

                      1. tomasjj
                        • 6 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        I went B.