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. Henning
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Is Vestergaard a good option to get in for Saiss?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Yes he is an option regardless of the goal today

    2. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 14 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…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

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

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

      Next week, Grealish haul, Rashfird Bruno blank.

      If only I’d been patient.......

      ;D

  3. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 14 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
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Planned to get rid but points ticking over atm

  4. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Is Grealish no longer on any set pieces?

    1. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Corners for sure

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Barkley has taken everything, and poorly taken eveyrbring

        1. Corned Beef Kelly Osbourne
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

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

  5. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Aston Villa back to being a relegation team.

  6. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Ings playing RB

  7. seewhyaxe
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    is villa playing poorly or Saints being too good?

    1. COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      No one is stopping that free kick tbf

  8. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Martinez to Mendy done

    1. Dokdok666
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

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

    2. Fantasy Gold
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      lol

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 14 days ago

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

  9. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 14 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
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 14 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
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 14 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
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 14 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
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Ruined? Seriously?

      Stop being a drama queen

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 14 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
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          So you own Grealish.

          Gotcha.

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 14 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
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Fishing

    3. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      He's never a "trash" player.

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        He is though

    4. Corned Beef Kelly Osbourne
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 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
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Better players improve bad teams and they are better players.

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

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

        Okay......

  12. Nikolai Volkoff
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    The legend of King Ralph continues

  13. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Anyone think this is a decent move?

    Podence > JWP for free lol?

    1. Fantasy Gold
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Amazing foresight.

      Go for it.

  14. thegaffer82
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 14 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
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Does it look like Grealish can do that today.

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Would you bet even a 10 on that?

    3. Murder on Zidane's Flo…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

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

    4. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Might manage that in the next 7 games

  15. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Ward Prowse on fire lmao

  16. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 14 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
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

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

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Whyd u add podence to podence

    2. Fantasy Gold
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

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

      Sideways.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Podence will more than make up for that hit.

    3. MarcusAurelius
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Podence to Podence is a bit sideway

    4. JJO
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Only if you do Podence to Podence for -4

    5. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Keep Martinez, just do the second part

    6. Nikolai Volkoff
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      GW6 Podence > GW7 Podence

      1. Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        loool oops

        meant Podence & Martinez > JWP & Mendy

  18. adstomko
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

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

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 14 days ago

      no

    2. OLDHERMAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Not crazy enough, my friend.

    3. Jordan.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      make it 2 quid

  19. JJO
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    What a redneck this Mings is

  20. ivantys
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Another free kick

    • thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 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
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Now, they are awful again.

        What are we fantasy managers supposed to do?

    • Ha.
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

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

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Talking about me?

      2. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Making that move NOW would be poor.

        Back then, it wasn’t a bad decision.

        How were we to know?

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

        Been that kind of season.

        Better to be lucky than good this year.

    • Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      About to be 3-0

    • COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Cash comical handball

    • Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      3-0 incoming

    • Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Jwp goal incoming

    • Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Goal

    • Joey Tribbiani
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Villa falling apart

      • Over Midwicket
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Wooooooow

      • El Fenomeno R9
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Wow WP