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. Garlana
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Right so this he single handedly has shown me why I should have waited for my wc...

    1. Garlana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Gw*

  2. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Dean Smith spent the last 8 days identifying last weeks problems to prepare for this match.

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      And he still starts Barkley

    2. Joey Tribbiani
        5 months, 17 days ago

        And he put McGinn against Vestergaard...

        1. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          To be fair, that was more Vestergaard movement to get the match up. Nice plan from saints, rather than poor villa defense.

      • Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 17 days ago

        the game plan is working, it has everyone fooled. Then Villa come back tiwn 4-3

    3. HippY
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      No matter how this game ends, over the course of the season I'd feel much more comfortable holding Southampton assets over Villa

      1. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Imagine reading this comment 2 weeks ago

    4. villa_til_i_die
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      It ain’t finished yet either!!

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Nah mate you're done today 😆

        1. villa_til_i_die
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          That’s what I mean, it could get worse!

      2. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 17 days ago

        I have seen stranger things...

        1. villa_til_i_die
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          I haven’t!

          1. GenerationalTalent
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 17 days ago

            You should, it’s quality

    5. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      I feel like subbing half of my team, it is that bad.

      Watkins, Jimi, Saiss, TAA, Foden. Worst start to the season in a long time.

    6. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Gone down 35k because of those goals.

      Didn't realise JWP and Walcott were so popular

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Che adams assist and the causal defener goals

    7. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Villa beat pool 7-2

      But losing 3-0 to soton

      Who lost 6-1 to sours

      Who kost to everton

      Who couldnt beat Liverpool

      BEST LEAGUE IN THE WORLD AND A'INT NO DENYING THAT NO MORE

      1. aborg
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Lol so hilarious but the truth !

    8. BENOIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      It was a great ball from Adams tbf, which forced the handball from Cash.

      Assist is fair enough IMO (non-owner)

    9. COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Wtf how did Adams get the assist? It was a freekick from a Cash handball

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Clueless

      2. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        You always get those assists. If the player handballs it from your pass, shot, cross etc then you get the assist.

        1. COK3Y5MURF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          The hell? Podence assist was more warranted than this

      3. Joey Tribbiani
          5 months, 17 days ago

          Did you get that 4 year old account from ebay?

        • BENOIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          See above, fair enough IMO

      4. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Salah > JWP (-8) done. Now I can breathe

        1. Over Midwicket
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          Lool

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 17 days ago

            It’s the sort of move that would characterise my season.

            Fudging joke so far!

      5. Hansel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        A) Trent, Mitro -> Chilwell, DCL
        B) Trent Mitro -> Coufal, Werner
        C) Trent, Grealish -> Coufal, Fernandes
        D) Trent, Grealish -> Zouma, Rashford

        1. ElliotJHP
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          C Vs D is similar to my dilemma, let's see how United look

      6. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        I'm so glad I never pulled the WC trigger to get triple Villa. Whichever kind people advised me my team didn't need a WC, thank you. Turns out Soton double up defence is still going strong!

      7. Viper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Mccarthy & Adams out for Martinez & Watkins over the past few weeks has not gone well!

        1. beetlejuice
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          I did the same and since then Soton guys are on fire.

      8. Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        WTF HAD happened to my Double Villa defence and Greqlish.. FFS i give up

        1. HonestBlatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          Perfect storm

      9. Oggle22
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        McCarthy and kwp to Martinez and Konsa going well

      10. adstomko
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Dean Smith half-time team talk:

        "We put 7 in against the Champions, Leicester put 9 in against these. That means we can win this 16-3. C'mon lads!!"

      11. HollywoodXI
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Saints fan. Third in the league. Happy!

      12. Liegitty
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Lets go Che

        1. Bookkeeper
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          Goal needed

      13. Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        If there are no other injuries this week, going to pull the trigger on Martinez > Mendy & Podence > JWP! Looking good.

        1. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          Nah

          1. Hryszko
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 17 days ago

            Really? Why not.. Want to offload Wolves anyway apart from Jimmy.

        2. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          Stop chasing last weeks points & think where next weeks will come from.

          1. Hryszko
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 17 days ago

            I'm thinking long term, Villa look like they're reverting back to their usual self... Wolves fixtures take a turn and I wanted to offload Podence anyway, surely it's picking on form and not last weeks points?

      14. Over Midwicket
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Saints have a top 6 defence. Everyone blinded by the Spurs match but they barely ever concede and their defenders are amazing at set pieces especially with the English de Bruyne whipping them in

      15. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Not sure if selling McCarthy for Martinez in GW3 actually worked out or not!

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          No but its better than my McCarthy to Guaita transfer.

      16. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        How many on here managed to catch JWP's annual haul?

      17. yash
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Tough to see Adams getting points every week since I got rid. 🙁

      18. Chhana
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        just check the score and amazed Saints are 3 nil up but no return from Ings 🙁

      19. Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Adams has been excellent in this game. Unlucky to be offside and the assist was deserved it was a very good cross

      20. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Son to JWP for a hit?

      21. Stand By Mee
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Villa going back to reality 🙁

        Martinez/Grealish owner

      22. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Martinez get out of my side and Konsa get onto my bench

        1. GenerationalTalent
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          Nah he faces his old club next, and after that has a great run of fixtures

      23. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        So that is the Villa wagon well and truly derailed 🙂

      24. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Grealish has to go

        Grealish to JWP is tempting

        1. HollywoodXI
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          I think it’s interesting to see Barkley has taken FKs and corners from Grealish which lessens his appeal. I’m going to hold though as he’s looked dangerous over the last couple of games.

        2. Stand By Mee
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          I am tempted to downgrade him to a 5.5 ish bracket and invest elsewhere.