Dugout Discussion

One change apiece for Villa and Southampton as Walcott starts over Redmond

Bertrand Traore (£5.9m) has been handed his first league start since signing for Aston Villa, replacing Trezeguet (£5.4m) for Sunday lunchtime’s hosting of Southampton.

Head coach Dean Smith had stuck with the same starting XI when facing Liverpool, Leicester and Leeds but has opted to select the summer arrival from Lyon.

The back five have kept three clean sheets from five matches, a total only passed by a Wolves side who have played seven times. Emiliano Martinez (£4.8m) is FPL’s highest-scoring and most-selected goalkeeper, boosted by his penalty save against Sheffield United.

Ahead of him, both Tyrone Mings (£5.2m) and Ezri Konsa (£4.7m) have already contributed a goal to Villa’s impressive start, whilst talisman Jack Grealish’s (£7.3m) 24-point haul against Liverpool has played him into almost 30% of teams.

That incredible 7-2 victory over the champions also brought a goal from Ross Barkley (£6.0m), who provides an interesting cheaper route into the Villans midfield. With consistent minutes and the possibility of penalty duty, the loanee could soon be an enticing option.

The big question is whether Patrick Bamford’s (£5.9m) hat-trick for Leeds last week has brought them back down to Earth after a 100% winning start.

Southampton’s only change is to replace Nathan Redmond (£6.4m) from the side which beat former leaders Everton 2-0 at St Mary’s. The winger missed earlier matches due to an ankle injury but remains on the bench here, with Theo Walcott (£5.8m) taking his place.

With knocks to only Moussa Djenepo (£5.4m) and Will Smallbone (£4.5m) and a lack of match fitness for new signing Mohammed Salisu (£4.3m), manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has also been able to name consistent line-ups.

The clean sheet against the Toffees was their third from four matches, responding brilliantly to their 5-2 collapse against Tottenham in Gameweek 2.

This has provided regular returns for the popular Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) and Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.5m), although the latter has already collected three yellow cards.

Up front, only a trio of strikers have amassed more points than Danny Ings (£8.5m). Despite a large pre-season price hike, he still provides a reliable option up front for Fantasy managers. His 22 goals of last season have been added to with four this time, taking a break last week to assist both goals against Everton.

ASTON VILLA XI (4-2-3-1): Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Douglas Luiz, McGinn; Traore, Barkley, Grealish; Watkins

SOUTHAMPTON XI (4-4-2): McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Bertrand; Armstrong, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Walcott; Adams, Ings

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1,368 Comments Post a Comment
  1. HVT
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Hoping for a 1-0 villa win (Og).

    1. Doctor Evil
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Well you got your 1 nil

      1. Doctor Evil
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Og but wrong way lol

  2. Joey Tribbiani
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Time to put potential to points Jacky

    • HVT
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Grealish points really inflated by that Pool win ain’t it?

      1. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        He’s the talisman for Villa. Scored against Fulham as well...

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Two bad defenses then ...

          1. Qaiss
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            Yea but he’s a very good pick.

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Long term holders dont care. Knee jerkers who brought in after Pool are probably annoyed with him

      3. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Great fixtures and good injury record so will keep over JRod.

    • wulfrunian
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Huge performance from Martinez is coming.

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Yeah, will get 3pts instead of 2

        1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          maybe 4 points, we can dream

        2. wulfrunian
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          🙂

      2. adstomko
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Been told Bamford left his boots at Villa Park for Ings.

    • Stoichkov#8
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Its Ziyech hype now but after todays games everyone will want Rashford in their team.

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Already ahead of the game, baby 😀

        Got Rashford this week.

        1. Stoichkov#8
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Great pick. I wanted him too but didnt had enough cash so as I didnt want to take a hit I went...Pulisic 🙂

        2. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Same

      2. adstomko
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Got Ziyech in on Friday.

      3. potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        They may well .
        Hes likely to do good....while he plays through the middle.
        He'll be pushed out wide again very soon though.

    • adstomko
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Could do with an Aguissa hat-trick tomorrow.

      1. adstomko
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        *Anguissa

      2. F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        And I could do with winning the lottery next week. Probably more likely to happen too.

    • Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Think Saints will win this one, they have the same kind of energy as Leeds and that troubled villa last week.

      1. adstomko
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Same. They quite to Leeds.

        1. adstomko
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          *equate

      2. dshv
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Watkins haul

      3. Amey
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Villa were unlucky vs Leeds.
        I see a high scoring draw

        1. Hattrick Harry
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Shots 12-27 unlucky? No

    • Stimps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Foden, Saiss -> Ziyech, Creswell (-4)?

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Tempting

    • Fantasy Gold
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Che Adams to score a couple today.

      Found his goalscoring boots, he’s ex-Birmingham and I owned him GW1. And now I own Martinez.

      Guaranteed haul.

    • dshv
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      WC TIME?

      Mccarthy
      Chilwell justin mitchell taylor lamptey
      Sterling salah son bruno soucek
      Watkins dcl davis

      Did TAA to chilwell before the rise

      1.8 itb..

    • Rhodes your boat
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Too late to jump on the Kane bandwagon? Would probably lose sterling to get him, have son

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Not too late imo

      2. Firmino
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        I wouldn't, only one good game left, then you'll want City players in GW10

    • It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Who needs to go first?

      A) Hamez
      B) PVA
      C) Lamptey
      D) Saïss

      1. Big Hands Barry
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        D

      2. EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        D

      3. Murder on Zidane's Flo…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        D. B needs to stay.

      4. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        D

    • Puntillimon
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Ollie Watkins my only differential. Let’s go!

    • F_Ivanovic
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Kind of amazing how low owned Ings is. On his current points he's well on course to match if not better last seasons return. I remember watching black box this week and Az talking about Werner replacements and how there's only Kane that's more expensive and then they looked at cheaper options sub 7m but completely ignored the possibility of moving to Ings.

      8.5m and 200 points - how is that not good value? Yes, there are other forwards doing well in the cheaper price bracket, but how long is that going to last? I remember both Maupay and Watkins being both popular bandwagons and they've disappointed in recent weeks. It's unlikely any of them are going to hit 200 points where-as both Ings and Jimenez have already proven they can.

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 14 days ago

        They're 2.5M lower...

        1. F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Yeah but they aren't going to get close to 200 points are they? What midfielder for that price bracket is going to get 200 points? I don't think any of the Chelsea mids will do that.

      2. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        If you own the template midfield Ings is too expensive

        1. Gnu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          The template allows decent defenders. Main reason being there's just better value than Mings, even in his own team.

      3. EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        I feel he's a better pick than DCL. But people trust Everton and Ancelotti more.

      4. Firmino
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        His striker partner is 5.8. Don't you think he is better value?

        1. F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Maybe better value in terms of points per £ but you can't just own all the value picks - you have to use up your money somewhere and I think the extra for Ings is more than worth it.

      5. ivantys
          5 months, 14 days ago

          And he has penalties this season well worth the extra.

        • tokara
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Sold him on wc when soton was the whipping boys, regretting.

      6. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Southampton can score against anyone I'm not expecting a CS from Villa

      7. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Need a Martinez and Grealish master class.

        1. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Martinez and Barkley*

        2. dshv
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Watkins !

      8. EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        C'mon Watkins. Time to prove you're not a one game wonder.

      9. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Saïss >

        A) Coufal
        B) Cresswell
        C) Masuaku

        1. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          A or B for me - A if you need the money. Not considering Zouma?

          1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            Already have Chilwell and fixtures are turning

      10. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Got Grealish and Martinez playing and KWP coming on autosub for Pulisic.

        I guess I want a 0-0 draw best case scenario?

      11. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        I am so happy about my team after I did my rage transfers.

        Martinez
        Robbo Chilwell Zouma
        Salah Son Ziyech Grealish
        Kane DCL Bamford

        (Steer Ayling Justin Bissouma)

      12. KGFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Ings shot, Mings block

      13. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        JRod to Rashford next week, anyone else

        1. tokara
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Good move

        2. HippY
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Quite possibly

      14. Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Soton on fire

      15. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Jannik ya beaut!!!!!!

        1. Burger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          VAR ya beaut!!!!!!

      16. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Rip my double villa defence

      17. Firmino
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Has to be Adams goal right?

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Afraid not

      18. Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        VAR?

      19. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Villa CS gone. Beautiful.

        1. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Damn it. VAR.

        2. david31058
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Beautiful timing

      20. KGFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Offside

      21. Jurgen Flopp
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Chalked off no goal

        1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Thank god for that