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. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Has British Pirlo scored his hatty yet?

    1. Daniel - WCGW18, BB/TC19, N…
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      no, but the British Inzaghi is warming up for a brace later this afternoon 😉

  2. aborg
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    JWP single handedly ruining my defense points !

  3. pakornk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    The signs were there. Against Leeds, Villa were really poor as well. Time to ditch Villa assets?

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      They're back to form it seems!

  4. DA Minnion
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Grealish has to go. And Martinez.

  5. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Jwp with his annual haul

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Tbf he hauled last week too

    2. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      He he he...

  6. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    villa are so trash

  7. Daniel - WCGW18, BB/TC19, N…
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    JWP owners show yourselves !!!

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Shame he doesn’t have penalties

      1. Daniel - WCGW18, BB/TC19, N…
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        if he continues like this he will

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Can’t see Ings not having them

  8. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    James Ward-Prowse hates Cazoo.

  9. Differentiator
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Hard-ass and bullying Mings can't even be bothered to jump in the wall

    absolute idiot

    1. ivantys
        2 months, 15 days ago

        He bullies smaller guys

    2. Arteta
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      It's still hard to believe that Aston Villa managed to beat Liverpool 7:2. So crazy!

      1. tokara
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Match fixing

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          🙂

      2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        fluke result, they are terrible

    3. sglancelot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      No Adams assist?

      1. Bubi
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Should be 🙂 (Adams owner)

    4. Bubi
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Adams assist?

    5. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Good chance Martinez gets a pen save today?

      1. ElChapo
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        how on earth is anybody supposed to predict this?

    6. Dacra
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      This sucks as Martinez / Ings owner!

      1. Tony Martial
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        This

    7. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Imagine have played your wc and enduring another 15 weeks + or Martinez

    8. seewhyaxe
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      wow nice fk

    9. ivantys
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Triple Villa finished

      • Rains of Castamere
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Adams assist given

      • COK3Y5MURF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Lol people asking for Adams assist from a Cash handball. Clueless

        1. Joey Tribbiani
            2 months, 15 days ago

            just give it to them, noone serious player has Adams

        2. adstomko
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Tempted to keep Martinez vs Arsenal for the 'old-club' factor

          1. SweepaKeepa
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            And after that fixtures are a dream. I wouldn’t be selling.

        3. Barnes Owl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Damn.. JWP was my initial GW1 punt, had him for 4 weeks and booted him on my GW5 WC.. Ah well!

          1. camarozz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Yeah me too. Nothing for 4 wks till I wildcarded.

        4. Hryszko
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Martinez & Podence > Mendy & JWP?

          Think i'm about to hit the trigger...

        5. seewhyaxe
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Podence / Foden -> JWP would be popular now

        6. jamiejoe
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Who triple captained James Ward-Prosse?

          Eschewing Greslish and Barkely?

          I bet a few FF 'players' in Africa and the Gulf did!

        7. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          grealish looks lazy

          1. villa_til_i_die
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            I’m just embarrassed!!

          2. jamiejoe
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Almost assisted then almost scored.

            Villa have woken up!

        8. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Watkins for Wilson if no injuries this week is a done deal 🙂

          1. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Bad transfer

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Why ?

        9. Differentiator
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Stupid play from Matty Cash for that free kick. Can't have realised that Walcott was where the ball was heading towards

        10. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Was nice while it lasted Martinez. Mendy in.

          1. adstomko
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Martinez's fixtures after Arsenal..

        11. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Hmm JWP does mean I can get Chilwell and still keep TAA....

        12. Hattrick Harry
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Last 90min Villa 0-6 at home