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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. BIG TONES
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Palace are very vulnerable on the counter, Vardy is on for a haul next GW

  2. Rolls-Royce
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Hause 36
    Martinez 34

  3. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Villa defence is killing me!!!!
    I own Konsa
    Gw 8 benched for CS 6
    9 benched for goal 8
    10 benched him
    11 cancelled game v New
    12 benched CS v Wolves
    13-15 injured and missed 2 CSs. Came on for one point this game

    Martinez has annihilated him 🙁

  4. Silecro
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Bednarek first on my bench.
    Coufal stay at home, support your wife and baby, its christmas time after all...

    1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Me too.

  5. Sir Alex Telles.
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Martinez was on 4 saves at HT. Saved an Eze shot and one other shot. How's that only 1 save?

    1. Silecro
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      he is on 6 saves

    2. jimmyabs1987
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      He has 6

    3. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Nah, he had 2 more saves towards the end of the match

  6. yalala
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Another weekend of pain and suffering

  7. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    McCarthy goes from 3 saves and 3bp to 1 save and completely out the bonus PTS. WTF! Sick to death of Villa clean sheets!

    1. Tango74
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Why didn’t u get a villa defender then?

    2. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Did Mark sell McCarthy for Martinez or something?

    3. jimmyabs1987
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Another casual 10 points from Martinez, he is a machine

    4. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      No baps for Watkins!

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 19 days ago

        None deserved!

    5. Isco Disco
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Martinez and Target points.....Get in!!!
      Good start to the GW.

    6. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Martinez 10 points boom!!!!

      Bednarek sadly 2nd on bench!

    7. King Kohli
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      What a nightmare Konsa has been!
      Lost 15 points in the last 3 weeks due to him being doubtful.

    8. sambyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Basically three assists for Watkins by missing three big chances

    9. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Martinez you legend 10 pointer yeeeeeeeaaahhh !!!

      1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        9 points

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          It's 10 no?

          6 saves, 2 baps.

          1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            My bad, FPL was showing 7 points for me, 10 points it is

        2. Dannyb
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          10

    10. F4L
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Palace are dreadful

    11. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Grealish is too good for Villa.

    12. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Blimey Watkins

    13. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Should the Vardy non-owners be worried looking at this palace side ?

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Yes, but not too much. When you have Spurs & Liv it negates it somewhat 😉 Can't have em all. Just playing for more points over time

    14. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Do we think Robin Olsen stays as Everton keeper for the foreseeable?

    15. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Watkins an absolute garbage player. He should be dropped when Barkley is back and let the other guys play striker.

      Imagine having 3 """assists""" and not even getting a single bap. What an awful """footballer"""

      1. TheSteel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Absolute legend he is mate

      2. Emp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        What a garbage post id say actually

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Just admit youre a jammy casual if you actually own trashkins mate..

      3. Atletico Junior
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Focal point in attack today, 2 shots off the post was just unlucky... Missed his chances but improved so much Villa's attack overall.

      4. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 19 days ago

        The two sitters he missed are more of an accurate comment.

    16. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Lil spurs were supposed to be title challengers and Villa are ahead of them with a game in hand 😆

    17. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      KWP BAP!!!!!!

    18. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Absolutely sickening owning McCarthy over Martinez

      Fpl rigged

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Try owning Meslier

    19. Black Knights
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      What happened to McCarthy? He went from 3 saves and 3 baps to 1 save and 0 baps.

      Got him on my bench, own Emi 🙂

      1. Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Shenanigans

      2. HD7
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        This is my question too, how do you reduce the saves?
        Havent seen it so far

        1. Black Knights
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Did he make saves from a situation where VAR intervened and ruled the play offside or something?

    20. Joey Tribbiani
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Martinez owner since gw2, best transfers this season probably

      • TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Martinez and KWP = 18 🙂

      • Bucket Man
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Team a mess as usual. Was planning Kane and Soucek for Brewster and KDB for BB. Think I need Bruno though so more likely to TC. 2FT 0.7ITB. KDB to Bruno?

        McCarthy
        Robertson, Cancelo, Taylor
        Salah, KDB, Son, Grealish, Bowen
        DCL, Bamford
        Dallas, Lamptey, Brewster

      • Gandalf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        What happened to McCarthy's save point?

      • UshFPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Did McCarthy just lose a save point?

        1. Maddamotha
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          And 3 baps