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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

    I've got a bench of Struijk, Mitchell, Bissouma. Should I sell KdB for a hit?

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Similar dillema
      I'm probably selling

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

        Who for, my options are Grealish, Bale, Pulisic

        1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          I'm thinking Grealish because it gives me funds for Kane next week.
          Pulisic if you don't need the extra imo

        2. Shaw must go on
          • 7 Years
          7 days, 9 hours ago

          Mahrez?

    2. Vazza
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        No way! I’m on the same boat and playing Bissouma this week.

      • Lazerball
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        I would sell. Could see you being here asking the same question next week otherwise!

        1. Vazza
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            But then he’ll have a FT, which he could use to remove KDB IF he’s still unfit at that point

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

          No. Bench.

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

          You have an opportunity to buy any mid you want for a hit and even captain him when you know KDB will probably miss at least two GWs, avoid price drops and maybe get some price rises if the player you get scores this GW or play Bissouma. I think you know what you should do to enjoy the game.

        4. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 days, 9 hours ago

          Yes

      • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        KDB to Grealish for a hit (Already on a -4)
        Then
        Wilson to Kane next week

        Yay or Nay?

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

          who would you play if you didn't take another hit?

          1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 4 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            1 of Mitchell/Bissouma/KWP

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

          May.

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

            Nay!

      • Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        Who will be on pens with KDB out?

        Sterling? Gundo?

        1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          Yes I think Sterling or maybe even Mahrez?

      • marzo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        McCarthy.
        TAA, Robbo, Ayling, Mitchell.
        Salah(c), Son (vc), KDB, Podence.
        DCL, Jimenez.
        Button, Justin, Adams, Bissouma.
        1ft, 0.0m ITB.

        1. KDB -> Pulisic (3.2m ITB)/ Grealish (4.4m ITB).
        2. KDB + Jimenez-> Pul (1.1m ITB) or Grealish (2.3m ITB) + Kane (c). (-4)
        3. Just save the FT this week.

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

          Save

      • fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        Wildcard squad...

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

        Good to go??

        Thanks

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

          how much do you have ITB?

          1. fcsaltyballs
            • 4 Years
            7 days, 9 hours ago

            0.2 sir

        2. Michelle Davin
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 9 hours ago

          Good.do james to a cheapy and get kane

      • Old Gregg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        Game day!.

        Is the bellow worth it?

        R James > chilwell/Semedo (-4)

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

          Who’s your bench replacement?

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

          Who’s your bench option? -4 for defender is risky

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

          Probably a good idea not to be taking hits in defence

        4. Old Gregg
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 9 hours ago

          Thanks. Yeah I probably knew the answer.

          3 at the back so Probably Justin.

          Taa-Lamptey-R James/Justin

      • Tsssst
        • 9 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        Who to replace Vinagre with?

        Dallas
        KWP
        Lamptey

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

          Lamptey

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

          A or C

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

          Lamps

        4. badhombres
          • 1 Year
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          Lamptey

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

        Don't have Jimi. Play Brewster or Podence?

        1. LosBlancos
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          Brew

        2. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          Pod

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

          Brewster

        4. badhombres
          • 1 Year
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          Podence

      • KUNingas
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        A) Kane, Trossard
        B) Maupay, Hamez

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          A

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

          B

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

          A

        4. tomasjj
          • 6 Years
          7 days, 9 hours ago

          A

      • GE
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        Best 4.5 def?

        1) KWP
        2) Dallas
        3) Ayling
        4) Other?

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          2

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

          Ayling/Dallas

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

          2

      • RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        Salah, Pulisic or Son for (C)?
        And best first sub?

        McCarthy
        TAA, Justin, Saiss, Davies
        Pulisic, Salah, Rodríguez, Son
        DCL, Ings
        (Nyland, Mitchell, Bissouma, Davis)

        1. LosBlancos
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          Same situation. Id punt Pulisic but I imagine limited mins

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            7 days, 9 hours ago

            Taken off early after his brace?

            1. LosBlancos
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              7 days, 9 hours ago

              Hope so

        2. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          Salah & Son probably safer than Pulisic.

          Bissouma first sub.

      • LosBlancos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        Bench 1 start 1: Lamptey, Dallas
        Talk of Zaha being out is swinging it towards Lamp, but I feel like Dallas goal is coming soon

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

          Play Lamptey

        2. badhombres
          • 1 Year
          7 days, 9 hours ago

          Lamptey

      • Genovoze
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        With money no issue who should I ship out for Kane:
        A) Mitrovic
        B) Werner

        1. LosBlancos
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          A

        2. badhombres
          • 1 Year
          7 days, 9 hours ago

          A

      • Bubbles1985
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        WC Squad

        McCarthy
        TAA Lamptey Coady
        Son(c) Sterling Salah(vc) Barkley
        Jimenez DCL Brewster

        Forster Soucek Masuaku Dallas

        I have 0.8itb left with this so could squeeze some upgrades...

        Thoughts please?

        Cheers!

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

          Go for McGinn instead of Barkley

      • It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 6 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        Who should I downgrade in order to upgrade Mitchell to PVA? On WC

        A) Zaha
        B) Maupay

        Rest of the team is:

        Martinez
        Saïss Castagne Chilwell
        Sarah Son Hamez Grealish
        Kane DCL Maupay

        Zaha Mitchell Lamptey

        1. LosBlancos
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          A

        2. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          Zaha

        3. Saka_me_sideways
            7 days, 9 hours ago

            A

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

          A: KDB to Salah for a hit (Already on a -4).
          B: Hope one of James / Mitchell / Burke starts and do A for free next gw

          1. Saka_me_sideways
              7 days, 10 hours ago

              Probably A with those options, unless you think James will start

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

                i am not sure, its 50/50

            • DontPiqueTooSoon
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              7 days, 10 hours ago

              B

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

                Start Mitchell

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

                  reckon he plays?

          2. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            Martinez
            TAA Saiss Lamptey
            Salah KDB* Son Foden
            Jimenez DCL Watkins

            (4.0 James Bissouma Mitchell)
            0.5m & 0 FT

            A) KDB ➡️ Mane -4
            B) KDB ➡️ Pulisic -4 (Left with 3.8m)
            C) KDB & Jimenez ➡️ Pulisic & Kane(c) -8
            D) Anything else?

            Appreciate your thoughts!

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              7 days, 10 hours ago

              I’ve gone B. Couldn’t afford A. Think B is a season keeper and frees up cash

            2. badhombres
              • 1 Year
              7 days, 9 hours ago

              KDB to Sterling

            3. Eat my goal!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              7 days, 9 hours ago

              Kdb to Bale?

              Kdb to Grealish? > jimi to kun?

              Or just play James - might start, worse case is biss points

            4. MaRooney 5
              • 8 Years
              7 days, 9 hours ago

              D) KDB to Grealish

          3. Saka_me_sideways
              7 days, 10 hours ago

              Which one?

              A grealish / Robbo / Semedo / zouma
              B grealish / Trent / Dallas / chilwell
              C Barkley / Trent / Semedo / chilwell

              ???

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

                C

                1. Saka_me_sideways
                    7 days, 9 hours ago

                    Thanks

              2. Bubbles1985
                • 3 Years
                7 days, 10 hours ago

                Sterling to Mane?

                On WC, have no other Man C and already have Salah...

                1. Karan14
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  7 days, 10 hours ago

                  I think Mane is a big differential.

                2. lindeg
                  • 1 Year
                  7 days, 9 hours ago

                  Strange move imo

                3. badhombres
                  • 1 Year
                  7 days, 9 hours ago

                  Keep Sterling

                4. Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  7 days, 9 hours ago

                  Good move, city are terrible, all their good players are gone

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

                Captain Werner, anyone with me??

                1. Saka_me_sideways
                    7 days, 10 hours ago

                    Do it, I’ve taken him out so the curse is lifted

                  • Rassi
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    7 days, 9 hours ago

                    Tempted

                2. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  7 days, 10 hours ago

                  What ever happened to Bollasie? I seen his move failed yesterday so he stays at Everton!

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

                  Best defender for 4.5?

                4. FC Bazalona
                  • 2 Years
                  7 days, 10 hours ago

                  Best mid under 7.3 already own Grealish
                  Thanks

                5. MaRooney 5
                  • 8 Years
                  7 days, 9 hours ago

                  Any worth a hit:

                  McCarthy, Steer
                  Aylin, Bellerin, Mitchell, TAA, Vinagre
                  J Rod, Mahrez, Salah, Son, Trossard
                  Adams, Timo, Brewster?

                  2.9m ITB

                  Thanks in advance!

                6. 11SPECIALONE11
                  • 5 Years
                  7 days, 9 hours ago

                  Kane has scored nine goals in just 15 appearances against the Hammers.

                  Armband

                  1. DanteDrama
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    7 days, 9 hours ago

                    And Moyes has no wins against Mou ( 5 draw, 9 loses)

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

                      I have Son(c)+Kane so the way this season is going for me it's probably Spurs 0 West Ham 2

                7. Super Nashwan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  7 days, 9 hours ago

                  Who would you start between Burke (Fulham home) and Lamptey (palace away)

                8. KUNingas
                  • 4 Years
                  7 days, 9 hours ago

                  A) Pulisic, Trossard
                  B) Zaha, Hamez

                  1. zotter
                    • 11 Years
                    7 days, 9 hours ago

                    A

                9. zotter
                  • 11 Years
                  7 days, 9 hours ago

                  Bench one of....

                  A. Brewster
                  B. Dcl
                  C. Grealish
                  D. Podence

                  Thinking b actually !

                10. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  7 days, 9 hours ago

                  Anyone fancy another big score from ASM and Wilson?

                  1. Hakim Ziyech
                    • 1 Year
                    7 days, 9 hours ago

                    Yeah man utd ain’t good enough

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

                  Whose place is under threat with Benrahma coming in?

                  1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                    • 4 Years
                    7 days, 9 hours ago

                    Fornals

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

                      Cheers

                    2. Hot Fuzz
                      • 4 Years
                      7 days, 9 hours ago

                      He didn't past the medical did he? When do they think of having him for ,next week or would it take longer?