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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. The Train Driver
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Barkley messing up every single set piece...

  2. Chucky
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Ings assist?

    1. KGFC
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      JWP

      1. Chucky
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        thanks

  3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    JWP goal last week and an assist now, one to monitor surely

  4. aborg
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Troare ruined Barkley’s clever assist !! Damn it I need him to get a few points as my differential player

    1. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Well, at least he's on the field and there is hope....

      My differential pick was Pulisic 🙁

  5. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Repost because of no feedback

    How is Grealish looking lads?

    All I can see from the commentary that he is involved:

    "11 'Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) sends in the corner, but fails to find the head of any of his teammates, allowing the defence to clear.
    10' That was close by Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)! He receives a pass on the edge of the box and shoots, but the ball goes inches wide of the right post.
    8' The game is interrupted as Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) is flagged offside."

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      I am not watching the game.

    2. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Involved, but gets into tight spaces and loses the ball, gets blocked, etc.

    3. KGFC
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Okayish, had a shot deflected. Other than that looking to make a goal for others rather than attack himself

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        ok, I hope it is early and okayish is good but i want points, still haven't got any points from him and I am impatient. I might sell for a hit for Bruno

  6. Nanoelektronicar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    McCarthy to Martinez will be one of the worst transfers this season.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      McCarthy to Guaita was far worse, trust me.

      1. have you seen cyan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        theres been some good times

      2. JayLegend
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        This has been so painful. 8 points from 7 gameweeks from my GK.

  7. tokara
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Pool is gg to raid Soton players again

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      They're in need of a tall CB who's good at attacking set pieces. Know any?

    2. Brosstan
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Vestergaard to shore up the defense in January

  8. adstomko
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Hasenhüttl one of the top 5 coaches in the league.

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Tell that to Son

      1. adstomko
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        Happened to Klopp as well...

  9. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    If villa's masterplan was to get barkley they really shd not have stayed up

    Terribl terrible player. At this point any team he plays for says a lot about the manager

    1. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      "Terrible, terrible player"

      And this years Oscar for the best drama goes to...*drumroll*

      Nightcrawler

  10. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Can Dross Barkley stop hogging set pieces. Hes crap at them... No self awareness

  11. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    C'mon Danny boiii!!!

  12. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Now when we got all those price rises from Martinez I am tempted for Martinez to Mendy move. He can outscore him by 30-50 pts no?

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Hmmmaybe

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        It is definitely a consideration imo

    2. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      It’s an idea, but not for me no.

      Martínez set and forget until 2nd WC when I’ll re-assess

  13. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Saints players/manager/club shop best in the world because they are 1 up against villa. Lol.

  14. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Come oooooonnn Grealish!!!

    Come oooon Martinez a penalty save would be nice !!!

    1. 1zverGGadeM
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Hope so.

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        I have 1 penalty save in the last 7 years so don't get your hopes up 🙂

  15. KGFC
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Is Vestegaard taller than the Undertaker!!?

    1. MagicMessi
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Haha

  16. HippY
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Is Rodriguez absolutely ruled out for Everton?

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      If ancelotti isn't a serial liar yes

      1. HippY
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        KWP first sub which no doubt means Southampton clean sheet and Hamez off the bench 78th minute

  17. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Saints have actually amazing defensive fixtures in the next 5. Could realistically get 5 cleans.. Vestergaard bandwagon?

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      McCarthy here

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Have him over TAA, easy.

    3. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      I will eat my worn socks if they get 5 cleanies in 5

  18. Holmes
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Triple Villa working wonders...

    1. HippY
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Haven't owned a Villa player all season

      1. villa_til_i_die
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        Best way mate!

      2. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        Well done, I got sucked into it 😀

      3. Little Red Lacazette
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        You are a good FPL manager.

    2. F_Ivanovic
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Haven't seen Kiwi Villain around in weeks ever since he was spamming the forum telling anyone and everyone that their team sucked because it didn't have 3 villa players

  19. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Traore out
    Trezeguet in

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Poor Villa

  20. MagicMessi
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Ross Barkley what is this nonsense

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      I've never rated him

    2. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      This.

  21. KGFC
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Barkley delivery is so poor. Grealish should take those

  22. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Anyone else ho has had Triple Saints from GW1 lol? (Ings,KWP,McCarthy here)
    Has worked out quite well so far.. and I'm not in a rush to lose any of them anytime soon either

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Got Ings and would like to see some goal involvement from him today.

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Yes, however I wildcards them out just before they started keeping CSs.

      Paid the price for that.

      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        Ah I don't blame you..
        I would have sold if not for other problems in my team at the time

      2. fish&chips
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        Haha same, had all 3 and they all left my team as part of a GW3 WC. As they say, patience is a virtue

    3. HippY
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      I started GW1 with triple, Adams/KWP/McCarthy, ditched Adams since

    4. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Ings and KWP, but I keep benching KWP.

      I need to start him from now on.

  23. Amartey Partey
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Why isn’t Grealish taking free kicks?

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Because I own him.

      1. Amartey Partey
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        I thought so!

  24. MagicMessi
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    WardProwse dangerous

  25. BNMC
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    2-0 Prowse

  26. MagicMessi
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Ward prowse Beckham style goal

  27. Hattrick Harry
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Hames 1g+1a so far yess

  28. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Go home Villa !!!

  29. KGFC
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    JWP... Wow!!!

  30. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Terrible terrible fpl result for us