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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. andres
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Zouma or Chillwell?

    Creeswell or Coufal?

    1. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Chilwell
      Coufal

  2. Jurgen Flopp
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Unlucky Villa defence haters

    1. Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      This. Haha

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Only 4 minutes in mate settle

    3. Zalk
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Haha, love it when people celebrate others unfortune too early 😀

  3. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Relief Martinez owners

  4. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Brought in Targett to cover Martinez clean sheets. Instead AVL turned into a pub team in defense.

    1. HVT
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Mendy so worth it IMO

  5. HVT
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Jammy start

  6. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    At least my Martinez cleanie is wiped early

    1. Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Not yet.

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Maybe not lol

  7. davies
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Could I get away with this defence?

    Zouma Lamptey Kilman Mitchell 3.9

    1. HVT
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      No

  8. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Ings nearly through there

  9. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    VAR breaks my heart once again

    1. david31058
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Dodgy ticker if it gets broken as easily as that

  10. BNMC
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Saints going to score still, I can feel it

  11. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    These jammy Martinez owners...

  12. Joey Tribbiani
      5 months, 16 days ago

      wtf was that

    • Hattrick Harry
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Despite VAR Villa will leak goals like one of the worst teams in Prem, absolutely terrible all over the pitch. I guess relegation for Villa.

    • Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      And there goes the clean sheet

      1. PP6
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        ?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Disallowed

    • PP6
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      I have Ings Targett Martinez and Grealish in this game I’ve lost either way

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        What if Targett and Grealish scores and Martinez saves a Ings pen?

    • DycheDycheBaby
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Armpit offside? Looked ridiculously close...

      1. Pariße
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        It was, and then the line was almost half a meter away.

        1. DycheDycheBaby
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          yeah wtf were those lines haha

      2. Cilly Bonnolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Offside is offside. And as a Martinez owner who isn’t watching the game, that was definitely offside.

        1. Pariße
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          That’s the thing, offside shouldn’t be offside, if no advantage was gained from it. This is what should be put into the rules, because marginal offside can’t take away the fact that a defence was outplayed and a goal was scored.

    • Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Southampton on fire on the counter

    • Pariße
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      They desperately need to update the offside rule. It was offside, but that line was drawn way off.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        I especially hate when it's marginal, and the attacker has his back to the goal.

        Like, how is 1mm an advantage when you aren't even facing the the goal?

      2. Zalk
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        No it wasn't

      3. MessiGOAT
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        It wasn't offside at all I don't know about the new rules but the normal football it's not even a doubt clear goal

        1. Pariße
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Nevermind what happened now, generally speaking, if there was no significanz advantage gained from the “offside” position, then it shouldnt be offside.

    • TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      That's not offside. What are VAR looking at?????

      1. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        You can't play it with your arm... urghhh

      2. david31058
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        It's called the Firmino/Mane armpit law

    • GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Starting Konsa and Martinez for the first time.. that was some start

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        You are a very lucky person.

        1. GOTHAM City F.C.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Don't think it will last long...

    • KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      What's wrong with Ings? Why doesn't he shoot much nowadays, almost seems like passing onto someone.

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Hes not the focal point up top, Adams is. Ings will more often be involved in build up, assisting Adams.

    • La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Villa back to factory settings

      1. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        yeah the default was crap

    • Fantasy Gold
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Who would’ve got the assist if that goal was given?

      1. GOTHAM City F.C.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Ref

      2. Saka_me_sideways
          5 months, 16 days ago

          VAR

      3. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        I'm a general fan of VAR, but this is horrendous.

        1. Pariße
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          They’re doing a terrible job. Attacker advantage we used to say, that margin which is half of his shoulder didn’t help him score, and they’ll need to rethink the rules because they’re throwing away perfectl good goals.

          1. TomSaints
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            The problem with offside is it's binary. So there will always be a line.

            That said i'd like to see us go back to the linesmen calling it as they see it (as they're pretty good) and VAR be there for the absolute howlers. Maybe have a thick grey line (10 cm or something) where decision goes with what was called on pitch. We'll still get some marginal calls, but will speed everything up and give a slight advantage to attackers.

            1. Pariße
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Just no line drawing would be a good first step. You get another “natural” look at the situation and this one is too close to be offside.

            2. Pariße
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              But of course then it’s up to the ref, which is wh I’d add a clause of “significant advantage” gained from the offside position.

      4. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Who would of got the G/A on disallowed goal?

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Konsa OG Adams A

          1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Che Adams owner 🙁

        2. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Seemed like Konsa OG

      5. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Who would've scored?

      6. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Barkley G Grealish A

        Denied for offside

        1. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Hahaha the game was off

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Lmao. For anyone reading this tripe, whistle went 5 seconds earlier every player on the pitch had stopped.

      7. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Last chance for Watkins today. Replacing him with Wilson if he blacks

      8. Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        hello just log in.. how My double Villa defence working??

        1. Chucky
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          will concede for sure.

      9. The Mighty Hippo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        It'll be interesting to see how Villa's defence does today. If they look a bit fragile I may consider doing Martinez to Mendy,.