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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Marc Jobling Newcastle fan that spends far too much time thinking about FPL.”

1,368 Comments Post a Comment
  1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Even Adams got an assist now..
    Do somethings Ings :/

  2. DandyDon
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    So Pickford hasn’t turned out to be a good differential this week then...

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      ... this week?

  3. Barnes Owl
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Predictions for the Newcastle v Everton game? Anyone feel Newcastle could get the upset here or think Everton will still be too strong?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Newcastle could do alright. Its not a strong Everton team. Hard to call this one.

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 27 days ago

      1-1

    3. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Newcastle win and Saints go 2nd. 10-0 newcastle please

    4. Krafty Werks
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      2-1

    5. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      3.1

      Or 2. 1

      Either way!

    6. Krafty Werks
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Nailed it 😉

  4. potatoace
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    How is that an Adams assist!

    "If an opposing player touches the ball after the final pass before a goal is scored, significantly altering the intended destination of the ball, then no assist is awarded"

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      It was a handball from a Adams cross.

      1. potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        And, so are they saying that handball didn't significantly alter the intended destination.

        Other rule.
        Earning a free kick . Are they saying Che earned that Fk , and in which case you then apply the top rule

        1. potatoace
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          I don't care anymore
          Ings scores!

        2. Pipermaru
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          In the event of a penalty or free-kick, the player earning the penalty or free-kick is awarded an assist if a goal is directly scored, but not if he takes it himself, in which case no assist is given.

          1. potatoace
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            I've already addressed this.

  5. Reeker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Don't even think Pickford was dropped due to form. If the VVD thing didn't happen he'd still be starting, think his mental health is a bit low from all chaos surrounding it.

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 27 days ago

      I think hes just bad and ancelotti knows that

      1. Reeker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Disagree an an Everton fan. Think the fact that he had to hire extra security for his house. Best to just give him a break

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 27 days ago

      If true that’s disgraceful from Liverpool fans, quickly becoming the most toxic supporters in the league

      1. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Mind you words.

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Mind you grammar

      2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Morons never change

      3. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        They always have been although they've always considered themselves to be the best.

    3. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      I agree. He's never had any form, so it can't be a factor.

    4. PogChamp
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Agree. Some of the abuse has been awful. Terrible tackle but it was an accident.

    5. Third Eye Vision
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      All the neanderthals sending him and his wife threats, given what’s happening in the world, is classic kopite behaviour.

      1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Loads of bald lads named Craig

  6. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Let's go Ings!

  7. Stand By Mee
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    A Grealish goal and assist and a Martinez penalty save. and it will be all good again.

  8. Mile Plankton
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Bought Grealish last week, bought Martinez this week.
    Sorry guys

  9. Joey Tribbiani
      2 months, 27 days ago

      auba (c) next week

    • mookie
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Can anyone figure out who plays where in that Everton midfield?

      1. Fantasy Gold
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        It’s a bit of a mess.

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Is it a 442? Gomes surely not part of the front three.

        1. mookie
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Let's say Delph plays on the left, who will play on the right? I see 4 CMs+ Siggy who kinda is also a CM.

          1. Lazaretti
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Iwobi and Bernard on the bench.

      3. Ali.h
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Ancelotti's famous Christmas tree.
          4321

          1. mookie
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Doucoure and Siggy the advanced mids?

            1. Ali.h
                2 months, 27 days ago

                I think so, maybe Gomez instead of doucoure

        • Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          So Pickford's finally been dropped - not that anyone has him,. Perhaps now England will have a better keeper.

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Still England’s number 1 and proud

          2. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            With Pope his only competitor that’s now playing, he should keep the spot.

          3. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Most owned goalkeeper in FanTeam...

          4. Third Eye Vision
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Rested for one game according to Carlo.

        • DAZZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Love to see that little rodent Pickford dropped, horrible man, overrated doesn’t deserve a starting berth

          1. sunzip14
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Liverpool fan?

          2. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            What makes him horrible? Genuine question

        • LewanGOALski
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          wow, that Everton side looks kak

          1. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 27 days ago

            They will win the league

            1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              They won't though.

              1. Trophé Mourinho
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 27 days ago

                i know

          2. djoker_nole
              2 months, 27 days ago

              it is bang average

          3. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Digne essential with the clumsy scummer finally dropped?

          4. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            F off McCarthy...

          5. ivantys
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Grealish 1 goal and 1 assist denied

            • La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Grealish so close

            • Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Let's go Alex!

            • Firminoooo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              How many minutes before Grealish get his YC/RC?

              1. Fantasy Gold
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                89th min Jack yellow nailed on

            • Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              WHY does always GKs make monster saves against my players. Grealish so unlucky not to hauls last game and this game. 100% luck game FPL

              1. Bobby Digital
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                Whaaaaaa

              2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                Better save this one, that little FFS weiner Brostan is gonna be fuming lol

            • Atimis
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Thinking about either keeping FT, or Robo to WH, or Grealish/Hamez to Ziyech. Thoughts?

              1FT and 1.6 ITB

              Martinez
              Robo/Reguilon/Chilwell
              Salah/Son/Hamez/Grealish
              Kane/DCL/Bamford

              Martin/Kilman/Mitchell/Stephens

            • Tony Martial
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Please do something Ings and Grealish

            • Hattrick Harry
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Villa burnout and Smith is as good as gone

            • Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Grealish with two pretty big chances for goals/assists.

              He's so involved. And it's so annoying that he doesn't get that ball across the line.

              1. diesel001
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                He needs better players around him. Grealish only gets points when the players around him also play well. He can't do everything by himself.

                Looks like Barkley, Watkins and co really are Championship players.

            • Joey Tribbiani
                2 months, 27 days ago

                take Barkley off set pieces pls.

              • FFFoxy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                Wildcarding Guaita in for McCarthy GW3 might be my worst (Most painful) FPL transfer ever. Who else feels the Guaita pain?

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Yes

              • All Hail K
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                The way this year's been going plus all the dire Everton comments, we know a 5-0 Everton win is coming.

                1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  As long as DCL gets all 5

                  1. All Hail K
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Plus I just sold DCL...

                    1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      Dayum

              • Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                So Ancelotti wasn't spoofing... Balls out, Dallas!

              • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                1 more McCarthy save for the save point would be nice

                1. Bobby Digital
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  .. and a couple of bps

              • Trophé Mourinho
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 27 days ago

                DCL wont score again for like 11 weeks

                1. jamiejoe
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  It's possible.

                  Or he could get 2 today?