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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. Hattrick Harry
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Villa leak show about to continue

  2. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Jwp hard to ignore

    1. MagicMessi
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Class player regardless of Fantasy

    2. Sharpie23
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Of course I got rid of him a few weeks ago

  3. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    No stopping that!

  4. ElChapo
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    seemingly everybody in this forum in love with Villa defenders for the past few weeks, i've always wondered why....championship players with a backup PL goalkeeper.

    1. Nomar
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Grealish isn’t a Championship level player.

      Everything else you said may be right, but Grealish definitely is way better than Championship standard.

      1. ElChapo
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        "in love with Villa DEFENDERS"

        1. Nomar
          • 12 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Ok, my sincere apologies, Elchapo.

          1. ElChapo
            • 2 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            all good

  5. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Sell Sell Sell Villa assets

    1. ElChapo
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      don't have any to sell, bubble was always going to burst.

  6. Chucky
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Imngs involvement?

    1. Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      No. Walcott a

  7. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    WGTA?

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Walcott

  8. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Season over

  9. Cok3y5murf
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    OMG

  10. Rains of Castamere
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Villa player exodus

  11. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    JWP on a good run.

  12. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    2 goals and no points for Ings, this sucks.

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Ikr ://

      Have got him because he's their main man..

    2. HippY
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Could score 3 more the way it's going

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Its going to be another one of "on another day..."

        Hate this statement.

  13. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Pretty happy with my Castagne > Vestergaard move ahead of this GW.

    1. HippY
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Be sure to polish the crystal ball this fine Sunday afternoon

    2. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Nice one

  14. Nomar
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Should have kept Ramsdale after all.

    Sorry Martinez owners.

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      so you are the one to blame? aaaahh, got it.

      P.S. I am the one to blame for Grealish (just got him) 🙂 😉

      1. Nomar
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Yep, finally sold Ramsdale on Thursday night.

        Should have gone for McCarthy instead of Martinez.

  15. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Ffs Walcott assist

  16. JJO
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    How the f did this Watkins guys score hattrick vs Liv
    He is awfull

    1. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      And he has silly hair to boot

  17. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Everyone getting JWP now lol

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Ziyech to KWP for -4.

  18. have you seen cyan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    is kwp going to assist or anyhting?

    1. Joey Tribbiani
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      ??

      1. Joey Tribbiani
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 1 month ago

        oh nvm read that as jwp

    2. Hattrick Harry
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Hames 1g+1a so far

  19. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Martinez Konsa double up doing well then

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Could have been worse, could have been a Konsa OG earlier on

  20. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Villa the only team has not got any Penalty so far??

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      West Brom?

  21. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    2 goals from Southampton with no attacking returns from Ings or Addams.

    1. Garlana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      The way it's going it will come

  22. Hryszko
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Podence > JWP for free lol?

    yay or nay

  23. Nikolai Volkoff
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Imagine having Havertz when JWP is available at 2.6m less

  24. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    What a stunning goal

    1. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Even though you know where it's going. Unstoppable

  25. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Grealish, Martinez and KWP autosub for Pulisic for me.

    What do I want here? Grealish to haul, KWP clean sheet and a Martinez pen save will do

  26. Champions League Varane
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Come on now Ings and Grealish

  27. The Yorkshire Pirlo
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Who to get rid of first?

    A) Sterling
    B) Jimenez
    C) Grealish

    1. diesel001
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      C

  28. El Presidente
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Two dead ball situations...

  29. villa_til_i_die
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Normal service resumed at Villa Park. All that early season excitement really threw me!

  30. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Don't blank Ings.. pleaseee
    I need you to deliver like you always do Danny Boi