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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.

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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. shiraz
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Final touchup for my wc lineup, how does this look?

      Ryan (McCarthy)
      Robbo, PVA, Saiss (Lamptey, Dunne)
      Salah, Son, JRod, Grealish (Anguissa)
      DCL, Maupay, Jim

      1. Yankee Toffee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        Jimi and PVA not for me

    • Fernando Torres
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Pick one...

      A) Bale
      B) Pulisic
      C) Grealish

      First to 2

      1. zotter
        • 11 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        D. Havertz

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          14 days, 12 hours ago

          He wants to get a player... not get rid of one 🙂

      2. LosBlancos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        B

      3. brianutd-why always we? 20
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        B

        1. Ohhhhh Gary Macca!
          • 6 Years
          14 days, 12 hours ago

          20 but not for long, Liverpool will and have always been the bigger club. 6 times

      4. Bavarian
        • 2 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        C

    • Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Hope we are all well.£1.4m ITB here on wildcard

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

      Any thoughts?
      Should I ditch Mitchell.
      Maybe address Justin now too?
      Zaha flagged, fancy him but that yellow bloody flag!
      Upgrade Jorginho?
      Ditch Aurier?

      Ahhhhhh...... thought I was all settled!!!

      1. Poison Apple
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        Certainly wouldnt want to carry mitchell justin after a wc.

      2. Jimbo-Jones
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        I don’t like Aurier long-term, rotation with Doherty is too frustrating. (Doherty owner and getting rid soon).
        Personally not a fan of rotating keepers, move McCarthy to Steer so you’re covered if Martinez gets injured.
        Your front 8 is decent, but a benching headache. Downgrade one of Jorginho or Maupay and improve the other one. Brewster is an option too.
        And would probably upgrade Mitchell / Justin - both likely to lose their place in coming weeks.

      3. LegendMoon
        • 3 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        Upgrade justin and mitchell, zaha to grealish, maupay to watkins, aurier to any one who starts regularly

    • RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Ok sorted. Locked & loaded. -4 team G2G?!!! Good luck everyone 🙂

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

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        14 days, 11 hours ago

        Cool

    • Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Defense is
      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

    • ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      a Regulon & Aguero 1.6itb
      b Robbo & Kane 0.0itb no city
      c Reg & Kane 1.5itb

      Have Son too
      On WC

      1. KUNingas
        • 4 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        B

      2. SHOOTER MCGINN
        • 5 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        Has to be B right now

    • davies
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Maupay or Watkins?

      1. LosBlancos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        I've gone Maupay on WC

      2. brianutd-why always we? 20
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        Maupay

    • jimmy91
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Which one of these would you bench this GW?
      Currently Justin.

      1. Mitchell (BHA).
      2. Ayling. (Wolves).
      3. Adams. (che).
      4. Justin. (AVL).

      1. LosBlancos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        A

      2. brianutd-why always we? 20
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        Adams

        1. jimmy91
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          14 days, 12 hours ago

          You do realise Kepa is in goal for Chelsea still + they are down a few defenders. Think I need to start Adams.

          1. brianutd-why always we? 20
            • 9 Years
            14 days, 12 hours ago

            Why ask about him then? He’s has done nothing yet.

    • Oggle22
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      FT used KDB to Son done

      Mccarthy
      TAA Taylor Mitchell
      Salah Son Bruno Rodriguez Neto
      Mitrovic Jiminez

      Nyland KWP Saliba Davis

      2.7m in bank
      A) Stick
      B) Neto to Grealish - 4
      C) Neto to Zaha -4
      D) Jiminez to Kane - 4
      E) Jiminez to Aguero - 4
      F) Neto and Jiminez to Barley and Kane - 8
      G) Neto and Jiminez to Jorginho and Kane

      Cheers

    • Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Bench one
      A) Justin (AVL)
      B) Taylor (wba)
      C) Ayling (WOL)

      1. brianutd-why always we? 20
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        C

    • brianutd-why always we? 20
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Zaha groin injury flagged noooo

    • Saosin
      • 7 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      My WC team:

      Martinez - (Forster=

      Chilwell - Reguilion - Robbo - (Lamptey - Ferguson)

      Salah - Grealish - Pulisic - Son - (Soucek)

      Kane - DCL - Brewster

      0.4 itb

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 6 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        That’s a lot of cash in defence

        1. Yankee Toffee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          14 days, 12 hours ago

          agreed, would upgrade Brewster

      2. Michelle Davin
        • 3 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        No city is risky

    • The Hunt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      I'm bringing in Branthwaite as my 5th defender for two reasons.

      1. I need that 0.6m to get the wildcard team I really want.
      2. I'm going to captain him every week just for that extra little thrill.

    • Gomolon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      A) Saiss and Maupay

      B) Chillwell and Watkins

      (Have Grealish)

      1. brianutd-why always we? 20
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        A

    • Valar(Keith)
      • 11 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Going with Bale.. benching him this week.. and starting Brewster.. if there ever was a week to do this it's now on WC. Had Rashford in as a stop gap but I might as well take the plunge now itself and give Brewster a run out... The second I see bale on that spurs bench this weekend I know that powers I can't control will make me do the swap anyway

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        I recon he plays - I’d just field him

        1. Valar(Keith)
          • 11 Years
          14 days, 12 hours ago

          Yeah.. may do that. Brewster and him both haven't played a minute for their clubs.. so both equally at risk. Will play him. Can't believe I'm getting a chance to double up on son and bale at 18.5

          1. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            14 days, 12 hours ago

            I either take a hit or play Brewster - I’m not keen to do so:

            He scored 11 times in the championship - this is shu, who haven’t been great and Fulham will play their life sucking football and frustrate them. He’s not a given to score albeit it’s probably a favourable fixture.

            Really tempted by Bale

            1. Valar(Keith)
              • 11 Years
              14 days, 12 hours ago

              I'd only play Brewster this one week tbh. Perfectly happy playing him of I have an injury elsewhere and need to save a ft. I'm being a bit reckless with son+ bale and rich+ DCL upfront.. so maybe noone should be listening to me lol

    • pieces
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Pulisic or Grealish ?

      1. brianutd-why always we? 20
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        Grealish fr now

      2. Yankee Toffee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        Gre

    • MOZIL
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Predicted score for:

      Everton vs Liverpool - 1-1
      Chelsea vs Southampton - 2-0
      Spurs vs Westham 2-2
      Newcastle vs MU 1-3

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        1-2
        3-2
        1-1
        0-2

      2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        1-1
        3-1
        2-1
        2-2

      3. skodaole2
        • 8 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        2-1
        1-2
        4-1
        3-2

      4. Meinhoff
        • 8 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        Everton vs Liverpool 0-1
        Chelsea vs Southampton 2-1
        Spurs vs Westham 3-1
        Newcastle vs MU 1-1

      5. The Hunt
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        Everton vs Liverpool - 2-2
        Chelsea vs Southampton - 1-0
        Spurs vs West ham 3-2
        Newcastle vs MU 2-1

      6. tomasjj
        • 6 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        2-2
        3-1
        2-1
        1-1

    • mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Damn it what to do with zaha?

      Start him (0 bench cover so if he's injured I only play 10 players)
      Or switch to
      Pulisic
      Grealish
      Barkley

      1. brianutd-why always we? 20
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        If he’s genuinely injured a groin he won’t start. Get Grealish until we see what Pulisic does

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          14 days, 12 hours ago

          He's not 'genuinely injured'. Roy said scan revealed no actual injury and it's just about wether Zaha himself feels fit to play

          1. brianutd-why always we? 20
            • 9 Years
            14 days, 12 hours ago

            Sore groin means it’s injured

            1. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              14 days, 12 hours ago

              No it doesn't

      2. chriscosta
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        grealish for me

      3. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        With no bench I'd just make the move for Grealish

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          14 days, 12 hours ago

          Cheers all

    • chriscosta
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      final decision to make (on WC)
      For J.Rod (7.8)

      A) Mount/ Ziyech
      B) Foden / B.Silva ( No city attack in my team
      C) Keep
      D) Downgrade Soucek (alzate to 4.5 and a non playing keeper too add havertz or pulisic - will give me a strong 11 but weakish bench
      ( Cheap team players would be brewster, Alzate, Non playing keeper)

      E) other option

      1. Michelle Davin
        • 3 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        Try to get sterling.

        1. chriscosta
          • 9 Years
          14 days, 12 hours ago

          way too expensive,

      2. Gomolon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        D, you don't need a super strong bench rn

      3. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        Keep

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          14 days, 12 hours ago

          and keep Soucek

          1. chriscosta
            • 9 Years
            14 days, 12 hours ago

            thanks

    • Michelle Davin
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Martinez
      Lamptey Justin saiss Robertson
      Trossard son sterling salah
      Kane DCL

      Steer Bissouma Brewster Mitchell
      Good to go?

      1. chriscosta
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        i would play brewster ahead of lamptey

        1. Gomolon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          14 days, 12 hours ago

          Agreed, but at the very least make him first sub ahead of Bissouma

    • Jet5605
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Which three defenders should start and bench order for the last two?

      A - Saiss
      B - Egan
      C - Digne
      D - Mitchell
      E - C Taylor

      1. chriscosta
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        play saiss egan mitchell

        1. Jet5605
          • 6 Years
          14 days, 12 hours ago

          I was thinking Digne might be on set pieces if James is benched due to jetlag?

    • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      One last time..
      KDB to Grealish (-4) or play Bissouma/Mitchell? Already on a -4

      Doing this allows me to do Wilson to Kane next week

    • The Brown Casanova
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Zouma or Saiss?

      1. LewanGOALski
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        Zouma is rotation risk

      2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        Saiss

      3. brianutd-why always we? 20
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        Saïss

      4. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        Anyone > zouma

    • LewanGOALski
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Last WC dilemma

      Martinez
      Robertson - Chilwell - Dallas - ___ - Mitchell
      Salah - Son - Grealish - ___ - ___
      Kane - DCL - Maupay

      Which trio for the missing spots:

      A) Saiss - J.Rodriguez - Soucek
      or
      B) KWP - Pulisic - Soucek
      or
      C) Saiss - Pulisic - Bissouma
      ..?

      1. Davidwrigley
        • 3 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        A

      2. Kip
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        14 days, 11 hours ago

        A

    • Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Martinez
      TAA Justin Saiss
      Salah (C) Zaha Son Podence
      DLC Jimi Werner
      SUBS Lamptey Mitchell Burke*

      1ft 2.5m itb

      A roll FT
      B Podence to Trossard
      C Werner to Maupay
      D Werner to Wilson
      E Podence to Barkley

      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        Roll and next week Jimi to Kane maybe

      2. brianutd-why always we? 20
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        C

      3. Scrumper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        I'd stick. Werner or Podence could come good this week. If not then you have 2FTs to fix week after.

      4. Davidwrigley
        • 3 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        D

      5. chriscosta
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 11 hours ago

        roll FT

    • DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Picking two of Grealish / Jamez / Pulisic is proving very difficult!

      1. pieces
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        Same dilemma, leaning to Grealish and Jamez -proven form and fitness atm. Pulisic's weetabix legs a concern and hasn't played for a while

        1. DantheManinaPan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          14 days, 11 hours ago

          Same!

      2. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        Why not all three?

      3. Boz
        • 8 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        Wait on puli

      4. chriscosta
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 11 hours ago

        i gone grealish and pulii

    • Davidwrigley
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      A) TAA and ASM

      Or

      B) Saiss and Rodriguez

      1. brianutd-why always we? 20
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        Rody might struggle this week so it depends on your medium term plans.

      2. Gomolon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        B

    • shady4revr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Play one.
      1 Digne
      2 Mitchell
      3 Foden

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        Foden

    • Gomolon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Best cheap 5th Defender?

    • WorldCup82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Current team:

      Ryan, Walton
      TAA, Doherty, Davies, Walker-Peters, Mitchell
      Sterling, Mahrez, Willian, Saint-Maximin, Bissouma
      Werner, Ings, Calvert-Lewin

      Looking to wildcard to this team:

      Ryan, Walton
      TAA, Saiss, Ayling, Ferguson, Mitchell
      Salah, Fernandes, Son, Foden, Podence
      Jimenez, Calvert-Lewin, McGoldrick

      Thoughts or suggestions??? Thanks!