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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. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Can we get some more "Grealish useless" whiners here please

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

      Very likely to get points now playing against 10 men

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

      watch out, I jokingly asked for current points and got 10+ replies of current points.

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

      No need to ask.

  2. Klip Klopp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    What to do with Mahrez and Reece James? Swap for Son and a 4.3? Or swap to Raphina and any defender?

  3. Bun Rab L3D2
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    So why wasn't Hause's upgraded to a red? That's an ankle snapper.

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Different type of tackle. Would be 7 vs 7 most games.

      1. Bun Rab L3D2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I understand that but it was half way up the shin and reckless. I have seen people sent to the hospital because of those.

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

      Didn't look deliberate like Livermore's foul, though that intent doesn't really matter. I think it was less clear a red though.

      1. Bun Rab L3D2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Agreed. I dont believe it was deliberate but I dont think that makes it any less a dangerous challenge.

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

      Clearer red

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

    Grealish is gash, gonna sell to fund Robbo or Chilwell

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

    Really having second thoughts about ditching DCL for Adams to fund a bench for 19 BB. The value tied up in him, had him since the start, and he still hasnt stopped returning. Adams feels like a big downgrade..

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

      How many points you think you'll get from BB upgrades?

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

        In realtiy, not much. Seem to be doing it for the sake of it.
        This would be my team for 19
        Fab
        Chil - TAA - James
        Soucek - Son - Bruno - Salah
        kane - Adams - Bam

        Johnstone, Alioski, KWP, Bissouma

        I'd need to sell DCL to fund Johnstone and Alioski essentially, and then I still wouldnt have enuf to upgrade Bissouma.

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

      Southampton are a better team

    3. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      I wouldn’t. DCL is a season keeper

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

      We’ve seen no indication that he’ll stop proving points.

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

    So... Martinez moving to VIlla was a massive upgrade for him and a huge loss for Arsenal?

    I love this script

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

      Called it even before the transfer happened

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

      The main thing was that he was just as good as Leno but also played for the Arsenal badge. Arsenal have no players that currently play for the badge. That's 90% of the problem with that team, they're soft, no heart, grit, or fight when it gets tough.

  7. Champione
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Best James replacement:
    A) Coufal
    B) Vestergaard
    C) Taylor
    D) Dier

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

      James is only out short term

      Replacement depends on your 18/19 plan

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

        cheers, maybe Soucek is enough of a replacement for a week or two then

    2. Esalman
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      All of ABC are good. Guess it depends on the rest of the team, rotation etc.

    3. Dont give a fuchs
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      I'm personally leaning towards dier coz of the fixtures

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

        Mou’s lost it ; I’m very wary of Spurs suddenly

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

      Dallas if you're loading up for 19

  8. Tcheco
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    A. Mane to KDB(C)

    B. Martial to Firmino

    No Salah 🙁

    1. Esalman
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      I'd keep both Mane and Firmino.

      1. Esalman
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I meant Mane and Martial

  9. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Grealish off all set pieces now?

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

      Pure waste....

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I’m selling on WC. Looks so unthreatening here

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

    F off Grealish

  11. Mile Plankton
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Grealish is so good at leaving the ball to El Ghazi.

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

      and traore

  12. Mile Plankton
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    James, Grealish & DCL -> Lowton, Salah & Brewster for -4?

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Awful mate

      1. Mile Plankton
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Really?
        Salah has outscored DCL+Grealish 3 weeks in a row.

    2. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      No

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

      Just get Salah

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

    PLease sell Grealish everyone

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      I will

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

      Will do

  14. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Half time help... Best move? Will WC in 16.

    A. Davis >> Adams
    B. Lamptey >> Dias
    C. James >> Robbo / TAA
    D. Grealish >> Son
    E. WC now

    McCarthy
    Chilwell, James**, Lamptey**
    KDB, Bruno, Salah, Grealish, Cavaleiro**
    Bamford, DCL
    (4.0, Justin, Mitchell, Davis**)

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

      E surely

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Why? Wasn’t trying to wait for 16

  15. TheDragon
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    With all the Grealish hate...

    After Salah, Son, KDB, Fernandes are there any options in the price bracket below? Or is it just best to go Soucek and use cash elsewhere?

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

      Latter

    2. Keeptrying
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Maddison

      Or change formation and get TAA/Robbo

    3. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Raphinha looks worth a try

    4. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Zaha the only other half decent option. I’m getting rid

    5. Esalman
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      You could consider Pulisic/Ziyech

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

        Haha you are a funny guy

        1. Esalman
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          LoL why not? They have a dgw fixture against ful, might be nice differentials.

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

    Not on penos

    Not on direct FKs

    Not on indirect FKs

    Not a poacher

    NOT IN MY TEAM ANYMORE

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

      NOT MY PRESIDENT

    2. Africa United
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      THIS
      He's like VIP or something why are you even in my team !!!ffs

  17. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    When is Barkley back?

  18. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    It's time to sell Grealish. Not panic to do this.

    No PK, No FK, play so deep. El Ghali & Traore steals his points.

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

    Good thing about letting Grealish go is, there are some good mid priced midfielders knocking about

    Rafinha
    Maddison
    Armstrong
    JWP
    Torres
    Soucek
    Bowen

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

      Rather Grealish over all of them tbh

  20. Silecro
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Aguero to return next GW so that KDB has someone to actually convert his assists?

  21. Qaiss
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    “F off Grealish, you’re only the 5th highest scoring mid in the game who started at £7m and has two double gameweeks to come” The state of some ppl lol

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

      That said, El Ghazi is a bit of a nuisance for Grealish FPL wise

    2. Mile Plankton
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      And he blanked in 4 out of 5 last GWs.

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

      No double in 19. After palace has chelsea united spurs everton. U can get him back for the doubles. It's not hard.

    4. Greasy Grealish Gang
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      How dare he!

  22. DonBenzema
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Best Watkins replacement? Already own Bamford

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

        Adams comes to mind with Ings being injured

      2. Old Bull
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Adams

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

        Wilson, Adams, Welbeck

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

        Adams, given Ings injury and Wilson upcoming fixtures

      5. BucketHead
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Ageuro

    • Old Bull
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      I’ve invested in Grealish and Watkins since before their Liverpool exploits. Tonight is the last night they’ll be in my team most likely. Villa have flattered to deceive.

    • tim
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Watkins better score or he is so out, nothing but crap from him since I got him!

      1. LǝgleSs e|even
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Got rid for Welbexk 2 weeks ago and glad I did

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

        He can’t hit a barndoor from anywhere beyond two yards

    • LǝgleSs e|even
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      El ghazi is the Salah of Villa.. Selfish af.. But doesn't score as much

      1. Old Bull
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        He’s so wasteful

      2. Greasy Grealish Gang
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 10 days ago

        He wishes he was the Salah

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      7k red arrow atm with 55 points

      1. Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        aim for 60+ every week. that's the secret

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          It will be once Grealish scores in the second half 😉

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

      Looking forward to Grealish’s goal and assist in the 2nd half

      1. Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        amen bro. he usually does it after the 80th minute

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

        hopefully, had a horror week so far 🙁

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

          Non Salah owner, son captainer, Leeds United fan here. What a bloody gameweek I've had. Down from 400k to 630k already, need a villa clean sheet and a Watkins goal or two.
          Still merry Christmas to all and hope your fpl goes well. It's only a game.

    • Daniel - WC Active
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      How is Jack looking, any chance for points by him? What is he on 4-5 blanks in a row? Maybe it was the right call to sell him for the blank, all it depends on whether he will deliver this one and the next GW, after that the fixtures kind of meh

      1. RECKLESS
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Maybe he will have dgw 17 if newC lose to Brentford then lose him for Ziyech/Pulisic/Rashford

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

        If only there were a few comments to help with that...

    • Dele
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Grealish > Soucek for a hit?

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

        Obviously not

      2. Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        give him one more chance imo

      3. Old Bull
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Not for a hit.

      4. Greasy Grealish Gang
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Pure madness

    • 1justlookin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Haven't a clue what to do regarding GW 18 & 19.

      Should I using my free transfers from now til GW 18 to prepare a team for GW 18 or prepare a team for GW 19?

      HELP!

      1. Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        do 2 provisional teams for 18 and 19 and see which one you like more and how far you are from it. the one to which you are closer, aim to achieve it with transfers

      2. RECKLESS
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        If u do team for gw 18, then free hit gw 19, gw 20 will be poor as it will not have much che liv manutd who have good matches

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

        How many blankers do you have versus double gameweekers? That's the first question I would ask if I were you

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

          atm, I have 8 players for the blank GW but 2 of them or Leno & Watkins who I want rid of.

          And I have 7 DGW players for GW 19.