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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. Booked4Dissent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 27 days ago

    I don’t know what I’m angrier about, the shambolic government’s announcement of 2nd lockdown, or the fact that straight after I swap McCarthy for Martinez Villa become super porous and Southampton tighten up!

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

      FF should always be your first concern.

      1. Booked4Dissent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 27 days ago

        FF is life

        1. Booked4Dissent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 27 days ago

          “The only way to win is not to play”. Would genuinely be doing better if I had a ghost team

  2. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    At least Grealish owners have something to cry about. I've got Watkins...

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

      At least you have something to not cry about. I have Martial

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

      I sold Ward-Prowse for Grealish, imagine that

      1. bigwig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        was a couple of weeks ago mind you

  3. Daniel - WC Active
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    "What a save from Alex McCarthy! Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) jumps high to meet a cross and glances a promising header from close range, but the goalkeeper pulls off a brilliant stop to keep it out. Aston Villa win a corner."

    Come oooooon Grealish !!!

  4. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    3 goals for Southampton and nothing for Ings 🙁 it’s so demoralising

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

      This 🙁

    2. Daniel - WC Active
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Timing

  5. Daniel - WC Active
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Pope and Hendo are way better anyway.

  6. Daniel - WC Active
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Ings delivers. Oh my

  7. Tcheco
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    oh my word

  8. ivantys
      3 months, 27 days ago

      JWP another assist wow

      1. FPL.team
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Armstrong

        1. ivantys
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Oh yeah oops

      2. Tcheco
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        please don't be offside

      3. Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        I hope Ings is not that much owned

      4. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Danny boiiiiii

      5. HippY
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Congratulations Ings owners. Grrrrr

      6. Chucky
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        DINGSSSSSSS

      7. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Boom

      8. HurriKane
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Yesss ingsssssssss

      9. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Goal of the year

      10. COK3Y5MURF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Ings CLINICAL

      11. Joey Tribbiani
          3 months, 27 days ago

          ...

        • djoker_nole
            3 months, 27 days ago

            ingsinho unreal

          • Shultan
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Spoilers

          • Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Noooo, no more please

          • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Who has double Villa defence ? 🙁

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

            Ings scores for fun, Villa leaks continue until Smith is sacked in the morning

            1. villa_til_i_die
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              How the hell, did we win the first 4 games of the season!

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

            Kyle Ward Prowse get involved!

          • Chucky
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Never doubted yah Dings my beautiful son...we want more...

          • Fantasy Gold
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Southampton are gonna win 9-0

          • Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Villa thrashed Liverpool 7-2 so it only makes sense that Southampton are destroying Villa.

          • Collie01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Going for a record level of disasterous-ness this GW. Wish me luck!

            Warm up injury? Check.
            GK benching? Check.
            Double Liverpool defense? Check.
            City mid 1pt cameo? Check.
            Regulion rotation benching? Very possible.
            Wrong captaincy choice? Awaiting results.

            Just need a penalty miss and a sending off to complete the set. Confident in Mitro's ability to do both. Onwards and downwards lol

          • J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            New ings owner this week, happy days!

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Good move

            2. ivantys
                3 months, 27 days ago

                He's a set and forget

            3. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Those saying Martinez has Great fixtures, don’t forget 3 weeks ago this was one of them