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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. Vazza
      3 months, 27 days ago

      How many saves is McCarthy on?

      1. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        4

      2. Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        4

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

        Can't you check it yourself?

        1. Vazza
            3 months, 27 days ago

            That is what these forums are for. To share knowledge

        2. JJO
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          So Grealosh left all set pieces to Barkley?

          1. Vazza
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Pretty much. Barkley is atrocious

          2. Dont give a fuchs
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Make that 5 now

            1. Vazza
                3 months, 27 days ago

                1 more boys and he might get a bonus point

          3. what\'s my name
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            a. Coufal
            b. Vestergaard

            which option lads?

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

              I like A, based on fixtures!

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

              A

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

              Just because Vestegaard scored doesnt suddenly make him a good option

              1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Defender with fifth most points but ok

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

            What are my urgent areas of attention with this lot? Or roll the FT?

            Martinez (Steer)
            Trent - Boufal - Lamptey (Dallas & Taylor)
            Salah - Son - Zaha - Podence (Burke)
            DCL - Kane - Jimmy

            1.3m itb.

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

              Looks okay. Zaha?

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

                Zaha's fixtures are unreal though!

            2. S.Kuqi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              I'd say Jimmy.

              Jimenez -> Ings / Martial

            3. AzzaroMax99
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Boufal??

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

                lol meant to write coufal!

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

            Pva robertson and pulisic to kdb zouma kilman for -8?

          6. fr3d
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Feels good to finally get a massive haul from Grealish

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

              Lol

              * Ironic sad laughter *

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

              Lol, some black humour

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

            Omg...Martinez does not even have one save. All those shots against him and not one save !

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

              New Kepa?

              Arteta knew what he was doing?

              1. Plant Based Footballer
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                I told myself he didn't.

                Oops.

                I even did McCarthy to Martinez last week and am now down 6 points and .2 itb. After seeing Mings play soft against Bamford last week I knew I was wrong to go for Villa defense.

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

              All great shots to be fair. Gave him no chance.

            3. Joey Tribbiani
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Have you watched the game or is this just a wound up?

              • Vazza
                  3 months, 27 days ago

                  Heaton is going to be the GK to bring in once he returns

              • AzzaroMax99
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Come on Villa. Bag another one!

              • Labile
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Any chances of a goal for either team?

                1. Traction Engine Foot
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 27 days ago

                  There have been 5 already lol

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

                  Villa look more likely

                3. Pukki Party
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 27 days ago

                  Looks like it will end 0-0

              • Atimis
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Grealish to Ziyech and keep Hamez if fit ?

              • Hotdogs for Tea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                One more save please Mr McCarty

              • Chucky
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Get one more save McCarthy yah beauty...

              • Van der Faart
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Adams goal be lovely to round off this game

              • BenDavies
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                I don't understand why Grealish doesn't play in the 10 role for Villa. He is so isolated from the attack on the left wing.

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

                I thought Grealish was on free kicks and corners?

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

                  Bumptious Barkley stole them

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

                  yes no point owning him now

                  but as soon as I sell he will get Pen out of nowhere

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

                Ings down, change to Cavani now

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

                Ingsjured

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

                Ings down and it looks pretty bad. I really hope he’s ok.

              • sully29
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Ingsjured

                1. Napoleon IV
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 27 days ago

                  well played son

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

                  Dial up? 😉

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

                Ohhhh ings knee looks a bad one

              • Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Southampton train ends

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

                Ings looks in some discomfort...

              • mgilbert86
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Ings gone

              • Big_Bear
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                JWP what a man! Go and get a another and grab a hattrick 🙂

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

                Looked like a knee injury for Ings. Could be bad

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

                  yes he has bad injury record

              • Gobigorgohome
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Ings injured and subbed

              • Traction Engine Foot
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Another McCarthy save and a Grealish goal would be lovely

              • Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Ingsy 🙁

              • Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Well Ings had a solid run with no injuries while it lasted

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

                That's a shame for Ings. He's been so good over the last year. Hope he recovers quickly.

              • diesel001
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Jimmy to Martial?