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Still no Barkley or Konsa for Villa as Allardyce era gets underway at West Brom

Sam Allardyce takes charge of West Bromwich Albion for the first time this evening.

The Baggies take on Aston Villa in the last of four Premier League matches to take place on Sunday, with kick-off in the Black Country at 19:15 GMT.

The former Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and England head coach has succeeded Slaven Bilic in the hot seat the Hawthorns, with the Croat losing his job following Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at the Etihad.

The impressive showing against Manchester City and limited time with his new charges has persuaded Allardyce to name an unchanged side from Gameweek 13.

As for the visitors, Dean Smith welcomes back two players from suspension today – and both return straight to the starting XI.

Douglas Luiz (£5.0m) and Matty Cash (£5.0m) are newly available after one-match bans and replace Marvelous Nakamba (£4.3m) and Ahmed Elmohamady (£4.3m) in central midfield and at right-back respectively.

There is still no Ross Barkley (£5.9m) for the Villans, as the loanee nears a return from a hamstring injury.

The ill Ezri Konsa (£4.8m) also isn’t part of the 18-man matchday squad.

FPL’s most popular goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinez (£4.9m), starts between the posts and will be hoping to continue his fine form on the road.

The Villa custodian has registered clean sheets in four of his side’s five away fixtures this season, averaging 6.6 points per match on his travels.

Jack Grealish (£7.8m) is the most-owned player on show: he sits in 43.2% of Fantasy squads at present, with only Son Heung-min (£9.7m) proving to be a more in-demand purchase among midfielders.

Not one of Albion’s players is owned by more than 2% of FPL managers.


West Bromwich Albion XI: Johnstone, Furlong, Ajayi, O’Shea, Gibbs, Phillips, Sawyers, Livermore, Gallagher, Diangana, Grant.

Aston Villa XI: Martinez, Cash, Hause, Mings, Targett, Douglas Luiz, McGinn, Traore, Grealish, El Ghazi, Watkins.

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1,454 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    You can even see him forcefully extend his lower leg to hit Grealish on purpose. Moronic

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Yep very stupid clear red

  2. Dele
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Grealish the biggest waste of space since Ziyech

    1. I Must Break You
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Cue Grealish brace against 10 men

    2. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Oh shut it, when he scores in the second half you gonna celebrate here like a kiddo

  3. On The Up
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Worst thing about it was the fact it was a WBA foul

  4. Bennyboy1907
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Initial transfer thoughts? 2FT’s 0.4ITB

      Martinez
      Robbo*, Chillwell*, Coufal* (Dallas*, Mitchell)
      KDB, Bruno*, Grealish, Salah* (Bissouma)
      Watkins, DCL, Bamford*

      *= DGW players

    • TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      It’s another clean sheet for Martinez... punishing me so badly for selling

    • how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Selling Martinez when that game was called off has been a massive error for me.

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Yep, made the same error. Should have been a season keeper

      2. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I kept snd its been irritating not having a 4.0 keeper

      3. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        For everyone my friend for everyone

    • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      These WBA lads are useless and pathetic

    • Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Its a disgrace how much Grealish is kicked around every week.

      Hopefully he can punish 10 man West Brom.

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        It's amazing how he stays on his feet.

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        54 fouls commited on him this season before this game. Next on the list 35 or something...

        1. Lazaretti
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          And thats one reason he gets lot of bps. One reason to keep him.

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

            You dont get baps for being fouled

      3. Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        He makes a meal of it most of the time. (Grealish owner)

      4. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 10 days ago

        If he could stand up in a breeze you’d have a point. Livermore won the ball .. definite yellow card as you can’t come in like that.

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Bit harsh imo. Looks to be another one of those protect the golden boys of English football.

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Not harsh, stupid uneccessary out of control etc

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

          It was completely in control and purposefully malicious.

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 10 days ago

            To win the ball. Crazy.

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

              Watch it again. After the ball is out of reach he extends his lower leg needlessly into Grealish' shin with intent.

              1. Lord.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                He was targeting Grealish from the start.

          2. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Yes agree but in the air out of control

      2. Corned Beef Kelly Osbourne
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Ok then

      3. BIG TONES
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        High, late, followed through, stood over him afterwards. Lol defo foul play

      4. komodosam
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 10 days ago

        *non-Grealish owner

      5. Milkman Bruno
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Whatever about having an opinion of whether it’s a foul or not, everyone is entitled to that, if you seriously think the refs decided it was red because of who was fouled that’s just ludicrous

      6. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        red given and rightly so

      7. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 10 days ago

        No martinez haul now at least this week

      8. Reeker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        You think if West Brom are gonna get relegated, Sam will quit before it's official so he can keep claiming he hasn't been relegated

        1. BIG TONES
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          I think he will get some players in January and galvanize the team to play defensively. Big Sam always keeps teams up

      9. Sco
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        The people saying it's harsh or that he got the ball are trolling, right?

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 10 days ago

          He did win the ball. Can’t come in with a hook like that though, definite yellow.

        2. Milkman Bruno
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Must be

        3. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Big Sam off to a flying start lol, got enough time to be fired and take the reigns at Arsenal after all

          1. TOLV TUMS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Yes not really getting that new manager bounce feeling, are we

        4. HonestBlatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Grealish (C) could you do something FPL wise also?

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Don't hold your breath

          2. Ini
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Rooting for you.

          3. BIG TONES
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            That was brave. You might get a goal

        5. Don Van Vliet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Correct decision.
          Livermore loves a red.

        6. RED_ARMY
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          James + KDB + Watkins to Robbo + Raphinha + Kane for a -4:
          a) Yes
          b) No

          1. Lindelol
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            perhaps yes but with a hit and kdb against Newcastle could backfire

        7. tisza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          One podcast (scout or black box) predicted big Sam using Livermore as a hatchet man on Grealish

          1. TOLV TUMS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Interesting. He certainly leaned into the role for a bit there

          2. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Shock, poor from big Sam, don't really like him

        8. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Reece James does not require knee surgery but the Chelsea defender is expected to be rested on Monday night with Azpilicueta starting at right-back.

          Possibly out for 2 GWs

          https://twitter.com/bendinnery/status/1340729800311369730?s=21

          https://theathletic.com/news/chelsea-reece-james-injury-latest/OZDjI2h8VbcS

          1. Flynny
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Good news. Can bench and keep him for dgw19

            1. Blzbobuk
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              “Chelsea are now planning to rest him for a few games as a result, rather than James going under the knife.“ that could be 3-4 gameweeks

          2. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Thank goodness. I was expecting a benching against west ham anyways. Taylor coming in

        9. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Gonna even it up 10 Vs 10

        10. afs2239
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Mids
          Torres Mount Grealish Son KDB

          Forwards
          Bamford Adams Vardy

          how to get fernandes and Salah

          1. TOLV TUMS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            KDB and Jackie boy

          2. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Make a new account and add them to the squad

        11. Egg noodle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Allardyce strategy unchanged even with 1 less player

        12. jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          I admit to not watching a lot of Villa, but if this is going to be the team/formation, I don't know how long I am going to hang on to Grealish.

          I'm a bit behind on the game, so maybe things have changed, but is this an anomaly for him? Doesn't seem terribly attacking or involved as Traore or El Ghazi.

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            He seems like a team player - very unselfish. Not good for FPL prospects.

            1. jdp219
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Oh, for sure, and fair play to him. I heard about him handing over the penalty to El Ghazi. But, you're right, not great for FPL points.

          2. TOLV TUMS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            He’s in the Barkley spot at the moment - sitting deeper than when he’s wide. And I agree.

            1. jdp219
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Ah. Didn't consider his positioning in the absence of Barkley. I've considered dropping Grealish in favor of Son, but someone did mention to see how things change with Barkley back.

          3. Flynny
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            I'm getting rid after Palace next week as part of plan to get kane

          4. Bookkeeper
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            He's gone for me after this week. Rafinha or Maddison coming in

        13. DAZZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Swear if Watkins can nab a goal against WBA with 10 men

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 10 days ago

            If he gets an open goal from 2 yards you’re golden

        14. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Selling Vardy and Targett for Kane and Lewis has been my worst transfer ever. It resulted to C Kane instead off C Bruno and now I have only two defenders (not Targett).

        15. Miniboss
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Not quite sure what to do. RJames to Bednarek or Grealish to JWP? Any other thoughts? Will FH18 & TC19

          2ft, 0.0itb

          McCarthy
          James* Robbo Dallas
          Salah KdB Bruno Grealish* Soucek
          DCL Bamford

          Button Targett Balbuena fodderman

        16. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Is there even any good Grealish replacements?

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Zaha is a good player.

          2. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Struggling ... Maddison?

          3. Dthinger
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Mount maybe? Rafinha? Bowen? Pulisic if you have a little extra cash?

          4. Milkman Bruno
              2 months, 10 days ago

              McTominay

            • Blzbobuk
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Soucek and spend the cash elsewhere or knee jerk mctominay.

          5. sfsfsfe
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            online way for me to get Bruno is either downgrading robbo and take a hit, take out salah or take out kdb. my team is quite the shitshow this season

          6. Kannbury
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Surely Grealish and Watkins can do something now?!

              1. Blzbobuk
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Fingers crossed but confidence is low...

            • Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Watkins is Joselu in disguise.