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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. KUNingas
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Any changes required? On WC and 1.9 ITB.

    If I need money: PVA -> Ferguson
    Maupay -> Antonio when fixtures turns green

    Martinez, 4.0
    Robbo, Chilwell, PVA, Dallas, Lamptey
    Salah, Son, Pulisic, Hamez, Grealish
    DCL, Maupay, Brewster

    1. United20
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Brewster not nailed imo, needs time to adapt to the league aswell

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

        On bench

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

      I like it a lot. You have the option of downgrading a defender to 4.0 to free up more cash

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

        Thanks!

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

      i would choose raul over maupay your 0.1 short so i downgrade lamptey to KWP
      I also WC'ed and added PVA, with Milivojevic not playing he should be on pens unless zaha took over

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

        Planning to get Antonio for Maupay after 3 weeks. Pretty solid fixtures for Maupay. Thanks

  2. King Kohli
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Am I GTG?

    Martinez
    TAA Robbo Castagne
    Salah Sterling Barnes Pereira
    Ings DCL Maupay
    Steer Anguissa Mitchell Johnson

    Will captain Mo or Raz

    1. chriscosta
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      not a big fan of castagne so far, maybe chillwell
      Salah

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

    KDB --> Mane for a hit (-4)?

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Against Everton’s right side yes

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

      Yup 11.5 too much to have on the bench

    3. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Yep

  4. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Werner (c) is a lock

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

      Like it

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        Not the reaction I expected

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

      Bound to do well - I finally took him out.

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

      4 pts incoming

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        Don’t expect much more from Sterling. Salah is the danger

    4. Ginola
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      I’m so tempted to do the same.

    5. chriscosta
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      had him for the 4 GW's not conviced tbh... But GL anyway

    6. noquarternt
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      What could go wrong?

    7. Jimbo-Jones
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      I’m on this too.
      Good week to do something different. Pulisic back, Werner likely up front. Southampton high line. Werner scored for Germany the other day too.

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        Yep... only worry is Puli could play right and Werner left again. Also hoping Soton don’t suddenly play a deep line to troll us

  5. C_Manan
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Watkins, Maupay or Bamford?

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

      Watkins

    2. chriscosta
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Wat

  6. United20
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Rate my wildcard team:

    Martinez

    Robertson-Dallas-Chilwell
    GrealishSalah (C)Son Pulisic James
    Maupay DCL

    Steer Mitrovic Coady KWP

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

      Mitro 😮

      1. United20
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        A lot have sold him, after SU away he has two home games where he could potentially score

    2. Wılly
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Downgrade Coady and Mitrovic

      1. United20
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        Downgrade to who?

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

          Lamptey & Brewster

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

      Mitrovic on the bench vs SHU doesnt seem right at all. 4 players from the first game and you got all the popular players. Way too much cash wasted on the bench. Would change a few things, either keep some money itb by changing Mitro to Brewster or get a 4.5 mid, play Mitro and upgrade a mid or a defender

      1. United20
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        Imo Brewster is not nailed, if one of my midfielders gets injured or has a tough fixture, I can put in Mitrovic. E.g. chelsea have utd away next week so I could bench Pulisic and start Mitro

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

          Brewster doesn't need to be nailed as a 4.5 bench option, chances are that he does play a lot of minutes though. The Mitrovic money is just sitting on the bench and depreciating.
          Also you should never be benching Pulisic.

          1. United20
            • 4 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            Hmmm yeah, thats a thought to consider. Who are your front 3?

  7. Wılly
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Jack Robinson the best 4.4 option?

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

      Or Lewis?

    2. chriscosta
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Not sure he a garanteed started

  8. Valar(Keith)
    • 11 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    WC All done
    Martinez
    Robertson Chilwell Dallas ( Ayling Lamptey)
    Salah Bale Son(c) Barkley Pulisic
    DCL Richarlison (Brewster)

    I love Chelsea, I rate leads unbelievably highly, I can't decide between DCL/Richa so gone with both(Antonio in for one in 3 weeks) and I can't resist bale. actually managed a decent differential but explosive team on WC. Had a safe team up until an hour ago lol

    1. Valar(Keith)
      • 11 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Barkley could become Trossard/Hernandez if he underperforms. Brewster can come in for bale this week if he doesn't start

    2. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      5 playing defenders?
      I think ayling acn become 3.9

      1. Valar(Keith)
        • 11 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        I panic at the thought of not having a full bench 🙂 .. can't do it. Always helped me out and let's me save transfers especially in a covid hit EPL. Brewster and the steer combo is a godsend for me

        1. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          The worst one for me is points on the bench, I just hate them.
          At the same time I hardly ever need players from my bench.
          That's qhybi don't like Ayling and a tram that will get you attacking returns but never a clean sheet

    3. Valar(Keith)
      • 11 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      *Leeds

    4. noquarternt
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Crack on mate, went for Bale too- dreaming of the glory

      1. Valar(Keith)
        • 11 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        I'm almost sure he starts now. He got injured in the first game of the internationals a few weeks ago and then played the second. Ryan Giggs played down the injury. He then began individual training October first. Full team training more than 4 days ago. And mourinhos comments yesterday were positive. I may end up captaining him haha

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

      Why Both of Dallas and Ayling? I’d change one of them to a 4,5 (Masuaku?) from another team.

      (.assuming you play 3 atb and wont bench Robbo and Chil)

  9. Evasivo
    • 10 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Gtg guys?

    McCarthy
    Saiss TAA VVD
    Salah(C) Trossard Bissouma Klich
    DCL Ings Jimenez(vc)

    Nyland Mitchell Bedna KDB

    £0.1 itb 0FT

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

      Is it worth holding KDB and all that transfer value if he's out for two?

      Son or Mane or Sterling or Bruno could score big ... but which ones?

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

        I agree he probably needs to go, just working out whether it's worth the 4pts or just wait until tomorrow

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

    Best advice is don't gamble kids.

    If you get hooked it can cost you a fortune ... your house even!

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

    A) Maupay + Hamez (have DCL)
    B) Kane + ASM (have Son)

    1. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      A just cause I don't like ASM

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

        Thanks!

    2. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      That's a tough one
      Any other option?

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

        I dont think so 🙁

        1. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          I wouldn't like Everton double up with this fixtures
          If you can stretch to Pulisic yes otherwise I would go for Grealish.

          If you still want one of these options then A

  12. Ruinenlust
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Sterling or Pukisic?

    1. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Pulisic

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

      Puki

  13. Peter Ouch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Good morning!
    I think its impossible for Liverpool not to score.
    At the same time Leicesters defence is half empty

    Who do you play

    Justin or Digne?

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Digne for attacking returns

  14. SHOOTER MCGINN
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Martinez Steer
    Robbo Saiss Dallas Lamptey Mitchell
    Salah Son Pulisic Rod Grealish
    Kane DCL Brewster

    1. How do you rate it?
    2. I'm 0.2 short where would you find the cash? Currently thinking to downgrade Lamptey

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

      Lamptey -> Lewis or Mitchell -> 3.9

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

    Hello all. Play oe:
    A. Lamptey
    B. Dallas
    C. Mitchell

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

      A for me

    2. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Palace have conceded 16 chances from the left flank
      Even if pva is back he plays up to the pitch
      I would go for Lamptey

      1. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        16 is the worst in the league btw

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

    KdB -> Bale for a hit?

    1. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      I don't understand the love for Bale.
      Am I missing something?
      Definitely not worth a hit

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

        Top 5 player in world, at 9.5m

  17. Wılly
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    My WC has been scuppered by the lack of double risers, I needed 0.1 from either Kane or Grealish and it didn't happen.
    Is it worth hanging on to these players now? I didn't intend to have either, if I'm honest.

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

      You’re a Willy!

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

      Both are form players.

      But Leicester can do Villa and West Ham are in form but hit and miss.

      In for the medium term, hold or who?

  18. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    So KDB def our or Pep gonna do a Mourinho like he did with Son lol.

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

      Out nor our.

  19. Yome
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Play Brewster or Podence?

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Brewster.

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Pod

    3. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Give Brewster a crack

  20. valurth
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Wolves Kilman 4.0 anyone reckon he plays?

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Doubt it.

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      If he does not for long

  21. Pino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    KdB (and Ings) out for?

    A) Salah and Watkins
    B) Pulisic
    C) Grealish

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Salah and Watkins.

  22. Bavarian
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    KDB to J.Rodriguez done
    Would you do Mitro to Kane for -4?

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

      Yeh.x

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Tough but no

  23. jdogg
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Bench 1

    A james
    B dcl
    C perriera
    D brewster

    Cheers.x

  24. TheDragon
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Please help with these - give reasons if possible!

    A) Pulisic or Rodriguez
    B) Saiss or Semedo
    C) Pick 2 of KWP, Dallas, Lamptey
    D) Captain Kane or Son

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

      D

  25. JY84
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    McCarthy
    Saiss TAA Ward
    Salah(C) Son Rashford ASM
    Adams Wilson Jimenez

    In a dilemma whether to use a -4 to remove Adams!! Which is the best option???? Save me!!

    (A) Keep Adams
    (B) DCL for Adams (-4)
    (C) Maupay for Adams (-4)

  26. Merlinho
    • 11 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Those going without Hamez on a wildcard - what is your thinking?

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Liverpool next up

      Pulisic an exciting option given chelsea fixtures

      Don’t like the Everton double up with DCL

      I’m right on the edge between picking Hamez or Pulisic

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

      They might have DCL and didn't want to double up on Everton attackers?

  27. WE GO FOR IT
    • 4 Years
    7 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 or two?

    A. Podence to Grealish/James
    B. Doherty to Robbo/ Chilwell/ Wolves defender
    C. Lascelles to Lamptey/Justin
    D. Adams to Jimenez (This would only be possible if I do B with Chilwell/Wolves defender for a hit. Would also mean a -8 just to be clear)
    E. Stop overthinking and take no hit.

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

      D or B

      Neither look like contributing anything meaningful to your team anytime soon, so may as well get someone who will.

      I'd favour D as Jimi will get you returns guaranteed.

      1. WE GO FOR IT
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 9 hours ago

        Cheers mate! 🙂

  28. Pascal's Triangle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Play Podence or Brewster?

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Brewster.

  29. The Legend Squad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Sterling. % chance he starts?

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

      He'll surely start

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      90

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

    Kdb to Grealish for a hit?
    Funds Wilson to Kane next week

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

      I’m on brink of that move!