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Vestergaard absent for Southampton as Konsa returns on Villa bench

Jannik Vestergaard (£5.0m) misses out for Southampton’s trip to Fulham today after Ralph Hasenhüttl reported a knee problem.

In his pre-match press conference, the Saints boss revealed there was fluid on the joint and that the issue would need further investigation before confirmation could be made about his fitness.

With the glut of fixtures between now and the end of the calendar year, Hasenhüttl is taking no chances, going without Vestergaard for the first time since the Gameweek 2 home drubbing by Spurs.

Jack Stephens (£4.6m) comes in for the Danish defender, sitting alongside Jan Bednarek (£4.7m) in Southampton’s back-four.

With Danny Ings (£8.3m) still on the sidelines, Shane Long (£5.1m) comes into the side to pair with Che Adams (£6.1m) up-front.

That is because an injury to Nathan Redmond (£6.4m) has forced Theo Walcott (£5.8m) to continue operating on the flanks of midfield with Stuart Armstrong (£5.5m).

Southampton visit a Fulham side going with the so-called makeshift attack that spurred them on to win at Leicester and draw with Liverpool.

Ivan Cavaleiro (£5.3m) is back up-front as an out-of-position Fantasy Premier League midfielder, supported by an attacking midfield trio of Ademola Lookman (£5.0m), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.9m) and Bobby De Cordova-Reid (£5.3m).

Aston Villa welcome Ezri Konsa (£4.8m) back against Crystal Palace today although the centre-back is fit enough only for the bench following an illness.

Tyrone Mings (£5.4m) and Kortney Hause (£4.4m) occupy the heart of Villa’s defence for the third consecutive Premier League match, flanked by Matt Targett (£4.6m) and Matt Cash (£5.0m).

Jack Grealish (£7.8m) appears to be in a central attacking midfield position for the visit of Palace, Bertrand Traoré (£5.9m) and penalty taker Anwar El Ghazi (£5.7m) either side of him and Ollie Watkins (£6.1m) up-front.

The Eagles shape up in a 4-4-2 formation with Wilfried Zaha (£7.5m) out of position as a striker once again.

Aston Villa XI: Martínez; Targett, Mings, Hause, Cash; Luiz, McGinn; El Ghazi, Grealish, B Traoré; Watkins.

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; van Aanholt, Dann, Kouyaté, J Ward; Eze, McArthur, Milivojevic, Schlupp; Zaha, Benteke.

Fulham XI: Areola; A Robinson, Adarabioyo, Andersen, Aina; Anguissa, Reed; Lookman, Loftus-Cheek, De Cordova-Reid; Cavaleiro.

Southampton XI: A McCarthy; Bertrand, Bednarek, J Stephens, Walker-Peters; Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Diallo, Walcott; Adams, S Long.

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1,963 Comments Post a Comment
  1. TimoTime
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 18 days ago

    6 saves Emi!!!!!

    1. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Juhuuuu

  2. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Another Martinez Save!!

  3. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Martinez save point

  4. Londongeezaa
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Grealish needs to move to a bigger club with some decent players.

  5. BIG TONES
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Grealish playing for a better side would score so many points. 3x assists wasted in this game just from Watkins alone

    1. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      We need him at Chelsea

      1. BIG TONES
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Needs a free role to be most effective, but yep Chelsea could work if that was the case. Arsenal could use a player like him more imo

    2. Milkman Bruno
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Yep

    3. Mr Ozil
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Martinez 6 saves

    4. Milkman Bruno
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Yes 6th save

      • STEP rOVERS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Is that the 6th Marty save?

      • hueycho
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        WATKINS...U can finally score in your dream tonight!! Hahaha

      • TyroneGAA
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Have Bertrand and McCarthy please hold on

      • Sco
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Martinez likely to get any bonus?

      • Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Watkins only gets points if he missed first and someone else finishes his chance.

        Grealish so unlucky there!

      • Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Imagine if Grealish played with a quality finisher

      • diesel001
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Watkins. As I said before, Championship player. He lucked out vs Liverpool. He got his assists today because he missed big chances.

      • BDA Shadow
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Grealish having an absolute worldie and this donkey can't finish any of his passes.

      • Oggle22
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Martinez and Konsa owner bit sad but should also be greatful I suppose!

      • thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        He’s pretty rubbish really isn’t he old Watkins?

        If he could actually score then I think everybody would have him & Grealish

      • AzzaroMax99
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Watkins departing gift.. Thx chap and good bye!

      • Kellz86
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Martinez such soft saves

      • Pedram
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Martinez sixth save?

      • TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        I can’t stand Martinez, I own him he blanks and I sell him he hails

      • Londongeezaa
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Watkins doesn’t deserve any bonus points

      • Fantasydreamer
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Any idea when we might find out if Man U v burnley moved to GW18?

      • Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Come ooooon Fulham, score already

      • Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        I checked FPL like 1 min ago and McCarthy had 3 saves now has 1 lol

        1. moment
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          That's bizarre. Can confirm he was on 3 and max baps 2 minutes ago.

        2. boc610
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          yeah whats going on there?? had 3 baps now on 1

      • tafrère
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        How many assists will Watkins ruin ? Awful to watch.

        1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          He's been subbed

      • Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Come on Fulham! A late Lookman winner would be huge.

        1. JBG
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Lookbad went out.

      • Zim0
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Can't believe there was once a time where Grealish and Maddison were ever seen in the same category of player.

      • Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Had McCarthy just had 2 saves chalked off?

        1. SHOOTER MCGINN
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Hopefully

      • Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        How much for McCarthy?

        They kept it without Vestergaard ffs.

        1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          I sold him ages ago and then he goes on a string of CSs and BAPS