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. Rains of Castamere
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 13 days ago

    So predictable

  2. ivantys
      6 months, 13 days ago

      Che Adams A lol

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 13 days ago

      Proud ex JWP owner

      1. SHOOTER MCGINN
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 13 days ago

        Same here. 4 weeks of nothing for me.

    • ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 13 days ago

      Stunning free kick, JWP

    • TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 13 days ago

      Does anyone own JWP?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 13 days ago

        Good managers 🙂

      2. Ha.
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 13 days ago

        I did last season

      3. Over The Mounié
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 13 days ago

        My wife has him as vice captain.

    • diesel001
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 13 days ago

      Hopefully Villa concede one more, but just not Ings or Adams getting any attacking points.

    • Hattrick Harry
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 13 days ago

      Wonderful strike again, Villa in ropes and rest of season towards relegation

      1. FPL.team
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 13 days ago

        Insightful

        1. Hattrick Harry
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 13 days ago

          But true

          1. FPL.team
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 13 days ago

            No way to know that.

    • Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 13 days ago

      Ward Prowse absolute quality.

      Imagine giving SOU a free kick at 17m instead of letting Theo Walcott have the ball on the edge of then box 😀

      1. ClassiX
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 13 days ago

      2. Hattrick Harry
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 13 days ago

        This. Absolute championship quality defending by cash

    • Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 13 days ago

      Well done to ward prowse owners.never considered him

    • DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 13 days ago

      Wtf Villa, thought they were title contenders?

    • Chucky
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 13 days ago

      Ings get involved ffs...

      1. PP6
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 13 days ago

        This

    • ivantys
        6 months, 13 days ago

        JWP bandwagon begins

        1. villa_til_i_die
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 13 days ago

          Tbf, he won’t play teams like villa every week!!

          1. villa_til_i_die
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 13 days ago

            Still a good shout mind.

          2. FPL.team
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 13 days ago

            Scored against Everton last week too.

      • CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 13 days ago

        Che assist I’ll take that!

        1. gooberman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 13 days ago

          How is it a Che assist?

      • Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 13 days ago

        James Wow Prose.

      • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 13 days ago

        3 goals and no Ings involvement :((

        1. PP6
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 13 days ago

          🙁

        2. thegaffer82
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 13 days ago

          About the only positive I’m seeing here 🙁

        3. Railwayman
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 13 days ago

          That is very strange indeed.

      • TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 13 days ago

        Ok Var, so that's a red card. Obviously you fail to do your job.

      • Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 13 days ago

        Haha, he's done Martinez on the exact same side twice.

      • dshv
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 13 days ago

        Amazing job JWP

      • Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 13 days ago

        He's a really good freekick taker wow. JWP huge points.

      • PP6
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 13 days ago

        JWP back on penos now

      • potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 13 days ago

        What a FK.

      • Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 13 days ago

        JWP on firee

      • Jordan.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 13 days ago

        getting increasingly bored by watching live footy,yearning for 4 or 5 matches at the same times with goal shouts ,12 hours a day is crap ,killing fantasy football for me...

        1. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          6 months, 13 days ago

          Not getting many points is killing FPL for me!

        2. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 13 days ago

          1000% this

          I hate how its 1 game at a time drawn out over 12 hours a day.

        3. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 13 days ago

          I actually prefer it like this. It means I always have something to watch and can see more teams.

          1. All Hail K
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            6 months, 13 days ago

            Agreed.

        4. DAZZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 13 days ago

          Some people love it. When the season re started in July i loved it, now i really want the old set up back.

      • Joey Tribbiani
          6 months, 13 days ago

          Mings didnt jump...

        • Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          6 months, 13 days ago

          Ramsdale 4 points yesterday mocking me now.

        • KennyKickIt127
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 13 days ago

          Having another nightmare this week, 7 points from 6 currently!

          Took Hames out ... was going to go Ziyech but changed mind to Pulisic

          Took Ward out and was on Vestegaard ... then changed mind to PVA last minute

          Was thinking which of Mane or Salah to take out for rash ... Decided Salah (as wanted a differential in Mane)

          I think I might as well give up this season..... 2 lots of 2350 points finishes last 2 seasons so wanted to kick on and try an finish top 10k this year.... now I have no chance!

          1. thegaffer82
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 13 days ago

            Ouch. Feel for you on Pulisic.

            I’m also a fellow owner for last 2 weeks

            1. KennyKickIt127
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 13 days ago

              Yeah Defo a kick in the teeth.... especially if he misses next few games

          2. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 13 days ago

            Its not too late man. Still 30+ game weeks left.

            1. KennyKickIt127
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 13 days ago

              Yeah, I guess, just feels like one bad decision after another this season ... i feel defeated now ...but i know come next Friday I will be back to trying to restart the season again! This game is infectious ... too hard to give up lol!

          3. Big Hands Barry
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 13 days ago

            You can get from 1m rank to 10k in a matter of a few consecutive great weeks. Dont rule it out already

            1. KennyKickIt127
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 13 days ago

              Yeah I just feel like too many kicks in the teeth this season ... but thanks for the comment ... like the others above... much appreciated! I’m sure I will be back at it again by Friday next week!

        • Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 13 days ago

          Villa 0 - 3 JWP

        • Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 13 days ago

          So Villa are crap. It was a false alarm.

          1. TomSaints
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 13 days ago

            Funny old season.

            Villa win first 4 and look world beaters. Saints really slow start but now fulfilling promise.

            Palace game was a classic palace 11 men behind ball defensive masterclass playing on the counter. Spurs we battered in the first half and could have been 3-0 up at half time instead of 1-1. Suicidal chasing game / Son having an all time great day and we get the embarrassing 5-2 shoreline.

            Fine margins which drastically change the narrative.

        • ClassiX
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 13 days ago

          And...normal Villa service resumes...

        • El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 13 days ago

          22 vs 8 dangerous attacks in Villa's favour... 0-3 The score.