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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. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    FFS predicted bps

    Bednarek 28
    Areola, KWP 25
    Aina, Andersen, McCarthy 24

    Hause 36
    Martinez 34
    El Ghazi, Traore 28

  2. KEVIN DE CLAUS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Parting ways with Martinez, thanks for everything!

    Best replacement going forward?

    1. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Martinez

    2. grumpyman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Don’t sell him. Just upgrade your bench keeper. You’ll want him back after the doubles.

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

    Martinez has been an awesome asset. Looking good for 2bps again.

    Gutted I sold on Chillwell. On the plus side, Mings and Vestergaard were potential replacements. Let’s go Dallas 🙂

  4. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Thoughts on Grealish to Raphinha?

    Good fixtures and DGW.

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

      Raphinha is a great pick for the next few weeks.

    2. Whiskerz
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Did that last week to upgrade Mitchell.

  5. Milkman Bruno
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Mings, Grealish and Adams combining for a total of 3 points is a load of ball aches.

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

      Rightly no BAPs for Watkins, one of the luckiest hauls in FPL history.

      Abysmal finisher.

      1. Balls of Steel
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Liverpool beg to differ 🙂

      2. TheSteel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Unluckiest*

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          This

    • IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Finally a decent start of a GW! (:

    • Zim0
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Villa could go second if they win their game in hand. Wow

    • pundit of punts
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Martinez + KWP + Bruno + Grealish so far

      Great start to the gw 🙂

    • Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Watkins 11pts
      Martinez 10pts
      ...

    • Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Any chance KWP drops by one in bps?

      Would mean mccarthy bap lol

    • F4L
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Lampard is a fraud

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Not the first time.

      2. ivantys
          3 months, 27 days ago

          As fraud as Mourinho, hate such managers always giving fake team news.

        • Balls of Steel
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Maybe James and Chilwell will both get re-injured early in the game and be subbed off!

      3. jimmy.floyd
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Martinez to Leno would be stupid, right?

        1. OrmskirkFC
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Well that's what Arsenal did, how's it working out for them?

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

          Beyond stupid imo

        3. beetlejuice
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          I am doing it

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

        James and Chilwell both start!

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

          We know. It’s a joke

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

            I guess Lampard at no point ruled either of them out and said they were only a doubt so always a chance they could play. Glad I held James.

      5. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 27 days ago

        So sick of Martinez points, Martinez to Mendy up there as one of the worst decisions of my season

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

          Never, but never do a transfer if good option is out for just one week, that's my personal rule. Even if you have to field 10 men. Kept Martinez, kept Chilwell.

        2. The Pesci challenge
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Yep, lets see how they do with their fixture’s turn bad

      6. GGMU
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        so far so good. 23 from 3 before baps. Takes the sting from selling James

      7. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        So Watkins is clearly a better option than Adams, another horrendous transfer backfired 🙂

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

          He isn't. Can't finish.

        2. grumpyman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Made the same move. For a hit lol.

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Same !

      8. Slitherene
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Was thinking of,
        Grealish, Watkins -> Son, Davis, for free.

        Martinez ¦ Forster
        Coufal Taylor Holding
        Salah KdB Bruno Grealish Soucek
        Vardy Watkins
        ¦ Wilson Ayling Lascelles

        2 FT, 0.7 ITB
        Not so sure now... What to do?

      9. HellasLEAF
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        ???

        What is this madness.

        Chillwell AND James both in and starting for Chelsea today??

        1. Pedram
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Lampard is trying to outfraud Pep

      10. JJeyy
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        What a game as a Watkins and Martínez owner. Patience paid off

      11. balint84
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Selling Watkins for Bumford wasn't a good idea...

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

          Bumford hasn't played yet

      12. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Am I silly to consider these moves for -8:

        Adams -> Vardy
        De Bruyne -> Son
        Grealish -> Raphinha

        Yay or nay?

        1. I Must Break You
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Not silly

      13. Cruicky
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        The Martinez-McCarthy GK duo is really something.

        Palace losing 7-0, then 3-0 vs 10 men Villa is a bad look - should be looking to get shot off Roy Hodgson and get some energy into that club - Eddie Howe makes sense. Might look to get Vardy in for Monday...

      14. Do I Not Like Orange
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Benched Chilwell. Least he's cover if Coufal gets his paternity leave.

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

          Wait what ? Don't tell me Coufal could miss out ?

          1. Do I Not Like Orange
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            His wife's just given birth.

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

        Nobody watched the Fulham-Southampton game then. No one can tell us what happened to McCarthy 2 saves lmao. We need Mitchell & Ferguson to resolve the mystery.

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

          One of the saves, the last one irk, was a RLC cross.

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

            A cross that wouldve went in? That is surely a save?

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

              It was deemed off target. Take it up with the Premier League chief.

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

                Talking to them now. Will keep you updated.

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

          Fulham only had 1 shot on target.

      16. Right In The Stanchion
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 27 days ago

        23 from 2 any good?

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

          Oh, please...

          How old are you?

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

          Same here : )

        3. I Must Break You
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          God I loathe these posts

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

            I know, right? Anyone can go to livefpl.net and find out for themselves

      17. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Watkins xG = 1.64 (almost the same as Fulham, Soton + Palace combined xG today)

      18. liverpool01
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Watkins on 3 assists how does he not on any bonus pts?

        1. liverpool01
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          How is he not

          1. how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            He missed a hatful.

        2. The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Missed like 17 big chances

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

          Because he missed loads of chances. Even his assists came from rebounds because he missed.

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

          Missed soooooo many chances.

          2 assists came from rebounded shots other players finished off.

          1. liverpool01
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Lmao! Just glad he finally returned, time to transfer him out nowm

        5. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          missed like 5 big chances

          1. liverpool01
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Lol

        6. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          9 baps for each assist

          -3 for each big chance missed

          -1 for each shot off target

          You do the maff

          1. liverpool01
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Nice and easy breakdown

      19. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        This is a hard one, play:

        A. Johnstone (LEE)
        B. Martinez (che)

        1. jimmy.floyd
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          A

      20. Party time
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Grealish blank as expected

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

          LOL

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

          That's why I sold him.

          1. Party time
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Never good to have someone without balls in your team. You made the right decision