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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. Henning
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 22 days ago

    Is Vestergaard a good option to get in for Saiss?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      Yes he is an option regardless of the goal today

    2. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      Looking at next 5 and way saints are playing. There is a good chance of a few clean sheets, plus 2 goals so far and seems to have nailed a cb spot.

  2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 22 days ago

    I've had enough of being patient. I'm hitting Grealish out for Rashford or Bruno.

    1. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      Next week, Grealish haul, Rashfird Bruno blank.

      If only I’d been patient.......

      ;D

  3. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 22 days ago

    Maybe i was too hasty in abandoning McCarthy.
    3 clean sheets in 4 and still ok fixtures.

    I was just jealous of all the Martinez returns haha

    1. AC Yew
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      Planned to get rid but points ticking over atm

  4. Little Red Lacazette
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 22 days ago

    Is Grealish no longer on any set pieces?

    1. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      Corners for sure

      1. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 22 days ago

        Barkley has taken everything, and poorly taken eveyrbring

        1. Corned Beef Kelly Osbourne
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 22 days ago

          An average player in a poor team. Never gonna work out well

  5. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 22 days ago

    Aston Villa back to being a relegation team.

  6. Cok3y5murf
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 22 days ago

    Ings playing RB

  7. seewhyaxe
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 22 days ago

    is villa playing poorly or Saints being too good?

    1. Cok3y5murf
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      No one is stopping that free kick tbf

  8. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 22 days ago

    Martinez to Mendy done

    1. Dokdok666
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      a bit late isn't it? Could've done it before kickoff

    2. Fantasy Gold
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      lol

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 22 days ago

        12/15 in my ML have Martinez and a 4.0 - genuinely a nice differential, until next week anyway

  9. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 22 days ago

    The small sample size data screwed everyone over when it came to Villa. They are still well and truly awful

    1. Ron_Swanson
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      They’re not that bad. They look dangerous going forward when they break

  10. There Can Be Only One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 22 days ago

    My WC is line gents need some help from the great and the good

    GK: Martinez, Forster
    DF: Cancelo, Zouma, Semdo, Dallas KWP
    MF: Salah, Jota, Grealish, Ziyech, ZAHA
    FWD: Kane, Ings, Bamford

    iTb: 0.5m

    Problem, I'm point 0.1m from getting being to get Rodriguez in place of Zaha.

    Obvious Options I see right now
    Grealish/Zaha up in price and make the change
    Rodrigues decreases 0.1m
    Downgrade Dallas/KWP to Killman

    Anything else? Or other suggestions?

  11. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 22 days ago

    Barkley has ruined Villa. Thats what you get for buying a trash player and instantly putting him in your first 11.

    1. Fantasy Gold
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      Ruined? Seriously?

      Stop being a drama queen

      1. Brosstan
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 22 days ago

        Villa were a lot better before that big headed bum came in hogging set pieces and a central attacking position.

        1. Fantasy Gold
          • 7 Years
          11 months, 22 days ago

          So you own Grealish.

          Gotcha.

          1. Brosstan
            • 7 Years
            11 months, 22 days ago

            Yea.. do you think Barkley is better at taking set pieces?

            Also Ive been saying Barkley is trash on here for literal years.

    2. Ron_Swanson
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      Fishing

    3. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      He's never a "trash" player.

      1. Brosstan
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 22 days ago

        He is though

    4. Corned Beef Kelly Osbourne
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      Villa stayed up due to a VAR error. Barkley + Watkins + Martinez does not improve a bad team

      1. grumpyman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 22 days ago

        Better players improve bad teams and they are better players.

      2. Nomar
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 22 days ago

        So buying better players than the ones you had doesn’t improve you as a team?

        Okay......

  12. Nikolai Volkoff
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 22 days ago

    The legend of King Ralph continues

  13. Hryszko
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 22 days ago

    Anyone think this is a decent move?

    Podence > JWP for free lol?

    1. Fantasy Gold
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      Amazing foresight.

      Go for it.

  14. thegaffer82
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 22 days ago

    Not bothered about Villa conceding so much (Martinez owner), as long as Grealish bangs in a goal and an assist minimum

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      Does it look like Grealish can do that today.

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      Would you bet even a 10 on that?

    3. Murder on Zidane's Flo…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      Not much signs of this being very likely unfortunately. Grealish continuing to disappoint

    4. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      Might manage that in the next 7 games

  15. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 22 days ago

    Ward Prowse on fire lmao

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

    Don't mean to be reactionary, but could Villa return to being the whipping boys they were last season kinda?
    I mean we can atleast captain our premiums against them now if they play like this?

  17. Hryszko
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 22 days ago

    Martinez & Podence > Mendy & Podence looking tempting...

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      Whyd u add podence to podence

    2. Fantasy Gold
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      I wouldn’t do Podence > Podence for a hit.

      Sideways.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 22 days ago

        Podence will more than make up for that hit.

    3. MarcusAurelius
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      Podence to Podence is a bit sideway

    4. JJO
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      Only if you do Podence to Podence for -4

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

      Keep Martinez, just do the second part

    6. Nikolai Volkoff
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      GW6 Podence > GW7 Podence

      1. Hryszko
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 22 days ago

        loool oops

        meant Podence & Martinez > JWP & Mendy

  18. adstomko
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 22 days ago

    Southampton to win this crazy season at 500/1. Worth a quid?

    1. have you seen cyan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      no

    2. OLDHERMAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      Not crazy enough, my friend.

    3. Jordan.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      make it 2 quid

  19. JJO
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 22 days ago

    What a redneck this Mings is

  20. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 22 days ago

    Another free kick

  21. thegaffer82
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 22 days ago

    This season is funny, bordering on farcical.

    We all start the season thinking Villa are a potential relegation team. Then they come out of the blocks playing like the footy version of Harlem Globetrotters

    1. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      Now, they are awful again.

      What are we fantasy managers supposed to do?

  22. Ha.
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 22 days ago

    Getting Martinez and Ryan on WC in for McCarthy was a poor decision

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      Talking about me?

    2. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      Making that move NOW would be poor.

      Back then, it wasn’t a bad decision.

      How were we to know?

    3. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 22 days ago

      Been that kind of season.

      Better to be lucky than good this year.

  23. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 22 days ago

    About to be 3-0

  24. Cok3y5murf
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 22 days ago

    Cash comical handball

  25. Rains of Castamere
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 22 days ago

    3-0 incoming

  26. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 22 days ago

    Jwp goal incoming

  27. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 22 days ago

    Goal

  28. Joey Tribbiani
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 22 days ago

    Villa falling apart

  29. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 22 days ago

    Wooooooow

  30. FFSbet.com
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 22 days ago

    Wow WP