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

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1,368 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Hattrick Harry
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Villa leak show about to continue

  2. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Jwp hard to ignore

    1. MessiGOAT
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Class player regardless of Fantasy

    2. Sharpie23
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Of course I got rid of him a few weeks ago

  3. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    No stopping that!

  4. ElChapo
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 18 days 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
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 18 days 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
        5 months, 18 days ago

        "in love with Villa DEFENDERS"

        1. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 18 days ago

          Ok, my sincere apologies, Elchapo.

          1. ElChapo
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 18 days ago

            all good

  5. Daniel - When to BB?
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Sell Sell Sell Villa assets

    1. ElChapo
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

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

  6. Chucky
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Imngs involvement?

    1. Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      No. Walcott a

  7. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    WGTA?

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Walcott

  8. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Season over

  9. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    OMG

  10. Rains of Castamere
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Villa player exodus

  11. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    JWP on a good run.

  12. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    2 goals and no points for Ings, this sucks.

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Ikr ://

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

    2. HippY
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Could score 3 more the way it's going

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

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

        Hate this statement.

  13. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

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

    1. HippY
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Be sure to polish the crystal ball this fine Sunday afternoon

    2. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Nice one

  14. Nomar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Should have kept Ramsdale after all.

    Sorry Martinez owners.

    1. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 18 days 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
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

        Yep, finally sold Ramsdale on Thursday night.

        Should have gone for McCarthy instead of Martinez.

  15. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Ffs Walcott assist

  16. JJO
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

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

    1. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      And he has silly hair to boot

  17. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 18 days ago

    Everyone getting JWP now lol

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 18 days ago

      Ziyech to KWP for -4.

  18. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 18 days ago

    is kwp going to assist or anyhting?

    1. Joey Tribbiani
        5 months, 18 days ago

        ??

        1. Joey Tribbiani
            5 months, 18 days ago

            oh nvm read that as jwp

        2. Hattrick Harry
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 18 days ago

          Hames 1g+1a so far

      • Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 18 days ago

        Martinez Konsa double up doing well then

        1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 18 days ago

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

      • Silent Friend
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

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

        1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 18 days ago

          West Brom?

      • Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

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

        1. Garlana
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 18 days ago

          The way it's going it will come

      • Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

        Podence > JWP for free lol?

        yay or nay

      • Nikolai Volkoff
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

        Imagine having Havertz when JWP is available at 2.6m less

      • TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

        What a stunning goal

        1. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 18 days ago

          Even though you know where it's going. Unstoppable

      • Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 18 days 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

      • PP6
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

        Come on now Ings and Grealish

      • The Yorkshire Pirlo
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

        Who to get rid of first?

        A) Sterling
        B) Jimenez
        C) Grealish

        1. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 18 days ago

          C

      • El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 18 days ago

        Two dead ball situations...

      • villa_til_i_die
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

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

      • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 18 days ago

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