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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. UNDERWORLD7
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Only had Martinez & Bruno play so far and hauls!

    Also removed Grealish > Raphinha, got away with that one!

    Come on Christmas shower me in your points!

  2. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    At last a good start with 3 played- Watkins Martinez and Bruno !

    1. JJeyy
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Snap

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Nice!!! Good going man!

    3. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Watkins should have gotten more points, unlucky

      1. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Doesn't pick up the BAPS

        1. Jamb0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          And rightly so.. he pisses all the chances away

  3. djman102
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Really need the TAA/Robbo double to deliver now after ditching double Villa defense on WC

    1. nelluckram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Risky. Liverpool fan. Big Sam's first game...

      1. djman102
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        True. Hoping he focused more on the defense this week.

        Though as a City fan, I wouldn't object to a 1-0 West Brom win.

  4. nelluckram
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Best 4.5 Fuchs replacement? Cheers

    1. nelluckram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Back line of McCarthy, Zouma, Dallas and 4.0

      1. nelluckram
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        And Targett*

    2. djman102
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Taylor depending on your GW 18 plan.

  5. Joey Tribbiani
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Martinez (10), Bruno (12) and Grealish (3) gives me a red arrow, wtf

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Not even going to look with my bruno grealish Mccarthy

      2. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Nice brag about how high must be 🙂 Well done. 🙂

        1. Joey Tribbiani
            3 months, 21 days ago

            🙂

        2. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Maybe Soton CS
          McCarthy + KWP + Bednarek EO = 78%

      3. Jamb0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Are we going to disallow goals too if they were meant as crosses!? Madness

      4. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Can someone who watched the Fulham Southampton game confirm they saw McCarthy make 3 saves?

        1. tafrère
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Nobody watched it lol.

        2. badgerboy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          One of them was a 'save' from an RLC cross. Not a shot on target so not a save.

        3. how now brown cow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          BBC match stats say 1 fulham shot on target

      5. Sco
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Martinelli 4.9 is tempting with their fixtures.

        1. michaelington
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          That is the least tempting thing I have seen in my life.

      6. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Remember when people sold Martinez to Johnstone for a hit...

        One of the most bizarre moments of 2020.

        1. wulfrunian
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          3 to 1 saves for McCarthy also a bizarre moment.

        2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          lol

      7. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        I.am fed up by Southampton and KWP consistency against my rank

        1. Daniel - When to BB?
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          McCarty and KWP

          1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            I sold McCarthy for Ryan , worst GK decision ever

      8. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        This is a hard one, play:

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

        1. Jamb0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Gotta be B

        2. Daniel - When to BB?
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Super easy decision. Sorry

        3. Random Name
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          What's hard about that? Imagine putting faith in west brom defence LOL

        4. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          No brainer B IMO
          Especially with Werner playing - lots of save points

      9. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        That villa Newcastle blank will give a lot of players here nightmares for a while. So many people transferred out Martinez.

        1. Railwayman
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          100% but for us who kept him, he is pure gold since that moment.

      10. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Mccarthy to Martinez during the villa blank continues to haunt us

        least villa have chelsea and utd next

      11. TheSteel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        As Shearer says, id only be worried if he wasn't getting the chances. Watkins season keeper

        1. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Those chances will dry up next few GWs

        2. Sco
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          😆

      12. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Vestergaard out for a month. Missing the dgw. Leicester Leeds attacking assets may have easier life then

      13. waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Would you get Martinez in on wc now? Have Mccarthy

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          I got Pope. Only keeper who can rival Martinez

          1. waltzingmatildas
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Can't quite afford him. You are right though

        2. The Pesci challenge
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          No look at the upcoming fixtures for villa

      14. FDMS All Starz
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        What’s the best forum place like this for football betting?

        1. michaelington
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Ask trips

      15. Isco Disco
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Owning Martinez since GW 2 has been such a joy. I don't remember any GK at that price has given me so many points before like Martinez has

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Not have Pope last year? There’s always a cheap keeper who emerges each season

      16. Calvin Valance
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Unlucky Grealish owners, should have had at least an assist, created 3 very good chances

        1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          3 assists

        2. Camino Aleatorio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          He’s a good at getting the assist to the assist

      17. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Sold both James and Chilwell but seemed right decision at time so can’t complain. Extra hit for dgw now needed is more annoying

        1. F4L
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          same. Gonna have to find a way to get James back in soon.

        2. wulfrunian
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Do you think that a Chelsea defender is a must have for the dgw?

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            No one is must have - well maybe salah but that’s it. So many options this season.

            1. wulfrunian
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Is though James/Chilwell your first defender pick for the dgw?

      18. F4L
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        I think Adams misses Ings, he doesn't get as much space now.

      19. Do I Not Like Orange
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Any value in keeping Grealish & Watkins for now in spite of fixtures? Villa seem to do well when they're underdogs.

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Still scoring goals so I’m not in a rush to lose grealish

        2. Sir Alex Telles.
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Keep

        3. Balls of Steel
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          They'll do just fine , keep

      20. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Double Trolled by a coach

        - lost chilwell and his value cause he was “injured”

        - then I got pressed conference surprised by Southampton on Chilwells replacement Vestergaard

        Lost the player, value, and now a clean sheet

        What a POS

      21. All The Aces
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Watkins is going nowhere. Trouble is he plays better without greedy face El Ghazi

      22. wulfrunian
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Thank you for the ride mr Grealish.See you in gw22.

      23. Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Seems Lampard has taken over Vardy's mantle as the ultimate troll. Now Chilwell and James start. Pah!

      24. Maeki2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Chilwell and james back. Called it earlier

      25. Pad Randa (The OG)
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Vestergaard > Stones? (Have arias)

        1. Pad Randa (The OG)
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Have Dias, even.

      26. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        My problem now is that I was planning Kilman to Taylor to start him ahead of Coufal Balbuena but Southampton's attack doesnts seems great

      27. NejiHyuuga01
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Watkins out with a nice parting gift. Was about to get Adams in but I am considering Chris Wood, very friendly fixtures with SHU and FUL. Yay or Nay?

        1. The Pesci challenge
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Yes

        2. waltzingmatildas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Same here. Think Adams plays for the better team though with more chances. But not sure

        3. TwiggsJameson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Yep, I was considering Wood. Could be a nice differential for a few weeks. Still,I might keep Olie and ship out Grealish instead.

        4. TwiggsJameson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Also consider Rodrigo?

          1. NejiHyuuga01
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            No , not nailed. I would go Welbeck on this money bracket