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

Check your latest FPL rank LIVE on LiveFPL.net every Gameweek

Become a Member and get unrestricted access to our data and articles

Full-year memberships are now available for the price of £19.99. Monthly subscriptions also cost just £2.99. A FREE trial is now available during December.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 150+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our brand NEW Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT

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

1,368 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Another Targett assist wasted by the Egyptian Barkley

    1. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      The English Trezeguet hasn't been too good himself

  2. djoker_nole
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Grealish too unselfish to be a good FPL asset

    • Vazza
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Jimenez => Ings (-4 hit)

        Good move or too sideways?

        1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Good move

        2. fr3d
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Not sideways when it's a massive upgrade

        3. Dont give a fuchs
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Ings more attacking than jimenez. Make good runs in the opposition box. Jimenez not so fast when counter attacking

        4. Vazza
            3 months, 29 days ago

            This aged well!

        5. Daniel - WC Active
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Ings scores again. Potential offside

        6. COK3Y5MURF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Even Trezeguet is more involved than Watkins. Rubbish trap that I fell into

        7. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Unlucky Ings

        8. KGFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Oh noooo 🙁

        9. ivantys
            3 months, 29 days ago

            That Barkley trap is delicious

          • DAZZ
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Jimi > Ings might be the move

            1. Vazza
                3 months, 29 days ago

                I’m contemplating over that move. I find Wolves a more exciting to follow and they always excel in big games so I’m not to concerned about their difficult fixture fixtures schedule

            2. BenDavies
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 29 days ago

              Grealish has never been a real fantasy asset. 1 game against Liverpool doesn't change that. He's just not a serious FPL option. I say this as a regretful owner

              1. Fantasy Gold
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 29 days ago

                You’ve got an assist and 15 mins to play.

                Stop whining

                1. BenDavies
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  If you actually watched Grealish play you'd understand where I'm coming from

              2. KGFC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 29 days ago

                Plays far too long in the box and for some reason hates shooting!

              3. S.Kuqi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 29 days ago

                Lol. He is perfect third mid. Kindly priced and involved in everything and also set pieces duties. Only Hamez better option in that price range.

              4. DAZZ
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 29 days ago

                I own and I’m finding it hard to justify his 7.0 price tag. Last season at 6.3-6.5 he seemed worth it.

              5. Garlana
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 29 days ago

                Grealish is doing better than pulisic this week.

                1. BenDavies
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  Grealish is also doing better than Aguero, Jesus, and Messi combined this week in FPL

            3. JJO
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 29 days ago

              Please Barkley leave the field by your own

            4. Matjes_taet
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 29 days ago

              VAR robbed my second Dingsy-Goal.

              1. JJO
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 29 days ago

                Yeah var and 5meters

            5. Africa United
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 29 days ago

              Mings / Lamptey / Barkley OuT
              Chillwel / Balbuena / Bowen. IN. Done
              Thanks Mings for the goodbye gift
              Barkley Worst transfer ever

            6. Atimis
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 29 days ago

              Grealish to Ziyech and keep Hamez if fit?

            7. ivantys
                3 months, 29 days ago

                How many shots does Trezeguet need to score?

                1. Fantasy Gold
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  1178

              • Garlana
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 29 days ago

                Martinez with 0 saves lol

              • mgilbert86
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 29 days ago

                Southampton look finally back to where we thought they were start of season

                Time to get assets

              • It’s gonna Ben Mee
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 29 days ago

                Saïss >

                A) Cresswell
                B) Zouma (already have Chilwell)
                C) Coufal

                1. Iceball
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  B

                2. Carefree Crew
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  Cresswell was the "experts" recommendation from West Ham DFs. Podcast / video prior to this weekend.
                  Form, fixtures, set pieces.

                  He's playing LCH though & Coufal was very advanced yesterday.

                  They mentioned with the fixture swing, will they play 3 at the back or revert to a 4? If so Cresswell becomes more attractive as LB.

                  Arguably West Ham have better fixtures than Chels. Will Zouma continue to score, I'm not sure but hope so!

              • Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 29 days ago

                Best Watkins replacement?

                Wilson or bamford ? Thank you

                1. Hansel
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  Che

                  1. mgilbert86
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    Bamford or Adams

                2. Pukki Party
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  Same issue and thinking Wilson

              • Hansel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 29 days ago

                Best option from these?

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

              • Gudjohnsen
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 29 days ago

                O saves for Martinez

                1. Vazza
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    His back must be hurting

                2. Daniel - WC Active
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  Come oooonn Grealish and DCL

                3. Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  Trezeguet has missed 5 sitters this game

                4. Baines on Toast...
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  Contemplating the ultimate glamour transfer this week: Jimenez > Ings.

                  1. mgilbert86
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    whats funny is i would probably be better off if I just listened to myself start of season and kept jiminez and ings this whole time

                5. Bobby Digital
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 29 days ago

                  McCarthy should have 6 saves

                  1. DAZZ
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    Might get there

                6. ivantys
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    Mings is so OOP basically playing as striker now.

                  • Hattrick Harry
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    You need to get rid of Villa players now, tka a hit if needed > success

                  • Rains of Castamere
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    Happy with my FPL team and yet there's about 12 other lads I want in. Mad season.

                  • nkhoughton
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    What's the best keeper to buy, Pickford on bench is a concern rn

                    Need a set and forget deal

                    1. Rainer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 29 days ago

                      Olsen?

                    2. S.Kuqi
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 29 days ago

                      Martinez / McCarthy and Mendy

                    3. Africa United
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 29 days ago

                      Mendy

                      1. nkhoughton
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 29 days ago

                        Is double Chelsea defence good? I already own chillwell

                    4. Brosstan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 29 days ago

                      mccarthy...

                  • jtreble
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 29 days ago

                    Bertrand awful defensively today.