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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. Firmino
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Watkins goal would have been worth 7 points

    1. The Big Fella
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Not sure whether to keep or shift for Wilson

  2. Tcheco
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    What just happened to McCarthy save points? Magically disappeared

    1. AzzaroMax99
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      That was a bug probably. Sofa score says he has just 1 save.

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      So glad

  3. Kannbury
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Ollie Motm lol 😀

    • BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Why has Mccarthy just lost his 2 extra saves!!??? He's now on 1 save??

    • CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      McCarthy went from 3 saves down to 1?

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Difficult to resist the temptation to type Watkins fail

      1. Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 27 days ago

          It’s not a fail though

        • Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Comedy trio of assists ... how can you be that crap and haul?!?

      2. Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Can’t believe my luck.

          Martinez, Mings, Grealish and Adams in these games.

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Made me think Martinez lost his cleanie then! Don’t do that lol

          2. Garlana
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            What's wrong with Martinez?

        • Traction Engine Foot
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Give McCarthy back his points!

          1. Pitch Perfect
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            #justiceformccarthy

        • JammySprat
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Huh, how is chilwell not injured?

          1. Scots Gooner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Lampard trolled us all

            1. JammySprat
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              urgh lost so much value and a wasted transfer

              1. Bucket Man
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Same and I kept Lamptey. Scuppered BB plan too.

            2. El Fenomeno R9
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Hope he gets trolled out of top 4 this season now

              1. JammySprat
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Maybe a red card today so that we're ahead of the curve aha

            3. Pitch Perfect
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Just said he was 'doubtful'. Tbh I watched the injury live and had a hunch it was a 4-5 day recovery time. With the best treatment money can buy!

        • UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Ooooohh Mr Vardy I am soooooo bringing you in against this utter poo pile of a team

        • Pedram
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Remove Watkins BAPs please, he don't deserve any

          1. pitstop1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            All gone due to missing big chances

        • tafrère
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          How come McCarthy just lost 2 saves lmao ?

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Not watching so can't comment but that's a bit odd.

          2. ChelseaGuy
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            This

        • Runaway
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Wasted 3 opportunities assisted by Grealish and somehow made 3 assists himself from nothing!

        • Cruyff's Eleven
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Watkins failing has Martinez racking up BAPS.

          GO OLLIE!

        • TeddiPonza
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Despite his 3 assists tofay Ollie Watkins is one of the most frustrating player I’ve ever owned in fpl. Coul have easily had 20 points today

          1. vincentwsho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Not to mention the past few weeks... he'll be gone in my team this week

        • Sanchit
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          James and Chilwell both start?
          Replaced them both for a -8.
          Hope Chelsea concede now.

        • Sco
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Amazing defending from Stephens to bank Soton CS.

        • The Big Fella
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          3 assists and Watkins has no BPS?!

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Outrageous

          2. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            He can't score. Terrible player.

            1. The Big Fella
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Hahahah I am not complaining about the second double digit haul of the day though

          3. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            5 big misses.

            1. The Big Fella
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              I will take the points though! Nobody else in that price range I want at the moment so keeping for the time being

          4. thegaffer82
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            He lost BAP’s for his assists as they were basically him missing big chances

            1. The Big Fella
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Hahahha hadn't realised this. I wouldn't mind getting rid but I have no idea who for at the moment and Villa have a DGW

            2. The Big Fella
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Ahhh my mistake - they don't, they just don't have a blank

          5. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Deserves none. Three pieces of comedy gold

            1. The Big Fella
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Makes the 11 points all the sweeter though

          6. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            He's been dreadful

            1. The Big Fella
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              He is my partner in crime, helping me steal a FPL living

        • TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Why is McCarthy on 1 save? That’s wrong

        • wulfrunian
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Where are McCarthy's saves???

        • diesel001
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          0-0 FT

        • thegaffer82
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Man Utd need to sign Grealish imo...

          Although having said that, we’d need to play him on the right side and I’m not sure he’ll be as effective there

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            He'd be better than James

        • Muscout
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Zaha must be the most hit and miss player there is

          1. Dannyb
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Weird, he's usually incredible right before a transfer window.

        • Collie01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          McCarthy only on 1 save? Was on 2 for ages?

          1. moment
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            He got to 3 for a hot minute, then they vanished

        • moment
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Southampton CSs in the bank

        • Sir Alex Telles.
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Martinez should be on 6 saves.

        • Maddamotha
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          What happened with McCarthys saves? Suddenly only one save

        • el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Ollie Whatmiss...

        • Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          give me back my Martinez saves FFS

        • RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          What happened to McCarthy? Had got 1 save point and 3 bonus?