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

    Faaak cleanie gone

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

    Grealish ASSISTTTT

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

    Im waiting for the VAR decision...

  4. Q
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    4-3 this

  5. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Jackkkk

  6. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Just waiting for some bs var call

  7. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    MINGGGSSSS YAAAAAA

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

    Ok please don't lost a 4-0 lead.

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

    CMon Dings and Grealish grab moe

  10. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    GREALSIHHHHHHHHHH

  11. Africa United
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Come on Ings you beauty grab another one

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

    LETS GO

  13. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Grealish saving my season!

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

    We want more we want more, come ooooon Grealish !!!

  15. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Yay!

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

    Remember a guy on here advising people not to bring in Martinez because it wasted a 3rd Villa attacking slot. Lol.

    1. ivantys
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Works both ways tbf

      • F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Kiwi Villain that will have been.

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

          Yep

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

      Ok, that is probably transfer succsess for me. Grealish and Chilwell in for TAA and Barnes

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

        Barnes blanked yet?

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

          That is why I said probably. Also there was 0.3m price swing

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

      Knee jerk 0-10?

      TAA Mahrez Brewster -> Coufal Greenwood Ings (-4)

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

      Grealish assist is better than a Southampton CS as an owner of both.

      Stay like this...

    5. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Just when I was getting happy looking at McCarthy assist points!

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

        CS points*

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

      Now the Saints cleanie been wiped, a Grealish goal would be tremendous!

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

      Need Rashford and Lamptey points, with DCL and Spurs blanks please.

      Cheers

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

        Unlikely to happen but good luck

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

      Villa goal good for Ings Baps 😀

    9. Trippier Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Apologies if this has already been covered but is Foden's place in the MCI squad no longer guaranteed, or just the roulette wheel going? Would be interested in the view of MCI fans in particular, as i thought he was playing relatively well recently. Thanks

      1. Dacra
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Was it ever guaranteed?

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

        Fodens spot in the city line up never was, or never will be guaranteed as long as Pep is in charge unfortunately.

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

      Who's best pick?

      A) Grealish
      B) Zaha
      C) JWP
      D) Jota
      E) Fornals
      F) Bowens

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

        B

    11. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Dings and Mings double up working great!

    12. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Grealish Assist aside, don't look great..

      A) Trent, Mitro -> Chilwell, DCL
      B) Trent Mitro -> Coufal, Werner
      C) Trent, Grealish -> Coufal, Fernandes
      D) Trent, Grealish -> Zouma, Rashford

      1. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        D looks good

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

        2 great saves denied him a goal & assist prior to his actual assist. Had a ball cleared off the line last time out vs. Leeds. I wouldn't get rid

      3. Shultan
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        I'd priority getting rid of mitro over grealish
        B for me

    13. Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Really close to doing Martinez & Podence > Mendy & JWP.. someone tell me they're angry transfers and don't do it

      1. jwong23
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Stop blaming others.

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

        What's Podence done wrong? He finally delivered this week and has looked. Fixtures take a turn but still going to be fine value at 5.5. Don't think JWP or anyone else around the same price is necessarily going to be better.

      3. Africa United
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Beautiful transfers

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

      no penalty given

    15. aborg
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Mingssss...yes! At least he has made up for the goalie for me !