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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. Das Boot
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Slightly off topic here but the advert above the scout team picks. WTF is going on with the bum flap? Surely this should be football related and they should at least have one with an Arsenal pattern because they are getting regularly pumped and penetrated at the back.

    1. UshFPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Those ads are based on your search history mate

  2. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Grealish today:

    6 chances created
    2 big chances created
    0.49 xA
    0.62 xG

    Frustrating!

    1. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      So unlucky

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      KDB 2.0

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      The two chances he created for Watkins are the end, he was very unlucky not to get nothing on.

      Honestly the reduction to 10 men was good for him. Everything was going through El Ghazi and especially Traore before that.

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

      Let everyone sell

    5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      useless im selling

  3. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Who to offload first
    1. Adams
    2. Grealish

    1. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Adams

    2. PocketZola
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      neither

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 15 days ago

      For who?

      1. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        That’s the problem though. I guess son for grealish and play an extra defender

  4. PocketZola
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    ahhhhhh why did i get rid of bruno?

    kane to brewster and bissouma to bruno for a -4? to give

    martinez
    rob chill coufal
    grealish bowen bruno salah kdb
    dcl bam

    subs, dallas, brewster, mitchell

    1. PocketZola
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      anyone

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Who does that? Literally WHO?!

      Get him back immediately

    3. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Why did you sell him?

      Presumably there was a plan?

  5. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Easy decieion to sell Grealish
    El Ghasi has destroyed him as an fpl option

    1. PocketZola
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      grealish could have easily have had 2 assists

    2. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      I like El Ghazi tbf

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

    Kept and started James!

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Me too. 1 point incoming

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Well done, strong knees!

      I wanted to keep James but sold for Cancelo last night. Very annoying - although tight turnaround could mean more rests coming.

      1. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        I only kept him for the DGW and didn’t need him for the next 3 weeks that much anyway. Started him over Coufal just in case he started

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

      Kept and started Chilwell!

  7. Ginola
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Watkins out for Adams one of the worst decisions in my FPL career. Watkins biggest troll ever, benched him VS Arsenal as well.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Fluke day. He’s had two.

  8. BrockLanders
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Are people really complaining about a player who just hauled ELEVEN points?? Really???

    1. Atletico Junior
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Dont get it either...

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Who got 11 pts?

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Ohh you mean Watkins. Sorry thought you meant Martinez then. As you were....

      2. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Watkins

    3. MessiGOAT
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Brighton. 2
      wha. 0
      wolv. 2
      BUR. 1
      wba. 2

      DO I NEED TO SAY MORE ?

  9. UNDERWORLD7
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    One thing I always seem to get right each season is the keeper thankfully, Martinez you absolute beauty!

    Now, is anyone bringing in Vardy against utter poo Palace?

    Think I’m defo gonna have to do it.

  10. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    McCarthy down to 24 BAPs too?

    Might have to sell him as it's clear nobody at FPL Towers has this man.

  11. boc610
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    any explanation given for mccarthy losing two saves (and two baps)??

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Chill will be added back after the reviews

      1. wulfrunian
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Are you sure Harry?

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          I’m always positive 🙂

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Some were not from shots on target I think e.g. a cross

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

        Do we have confirmation of that ?

        1. how now brown cow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Only 1 fulham shot on target by the looks of it

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

            You watched the game ?

  12. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 15 days ago

    21 points from 3

    Feels like sucj a fail this gw...so many huge scores

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

      ZzZzZZzZ

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Serious or joking?

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Serious

        No martinez no watkins no KWP

        Only bruno with big score and everyone has him

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Did you captain Bruno or something?

    3. boc610
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      ban

    4. Cruyff's Eleven
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Happy 7th birthday

  13. Balls of Steel
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    How many goals are Chelsea gonna fire past the Gunners? I'd say at least 3...

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Arsenal win 2-0

    2. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      I think arsenal win.

      I actually almost hope they do. Cant believe I said it

  14. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Must have been some SCENES in here when Chilwell and James were both announced to start!

    Good start to the week with Fernandes, Targett, McCarthy and Grealish 🙂

  15. Fergymac
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Kept and started James and Chilwell. Smug

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Goal - LACAZETTE
      Assist - MARTINELLI

      Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea (4 mins)

      #FPL #ARSCHE

      1. badgerboy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        😀

    2. Jamb0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      They haven’t even played yet!

  16. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Martinez(10), Fernandes(12) and KWP(8). If only Grealish could’ve returned. Another Salah haul and the average could be insanely high

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Thats 30 points from the first 3

      Im on 21 points and apparently trollig when i feel underwhelmed

    2. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      I am so pissed about that Soton CS, as a non owner.

      1. Party time
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        How tha hell did Fulham not score. WTF

    3. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Well I’m on 9 from 2 haha

      No fernandes no party =[

  17. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Best replacement for Grealish? Own Salah, Bruno, Son and Soucek already

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      I sold him this week for Raphina.

      Taking shots, making chances, on set pieces.

      All the things that originally made me get Grealish before the set pieces & shots began to tail off a little.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Cheers, could be a shout, thinking I could go fodder (and play Soucek), this will give me money to get TAA/Robbo in defense

    2. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      I am trying to bring in Son somehow (have salah, Bruno and KDB)

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Nice

    3. WE GO FOR IT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      I went for Raphinha this week to upgrade James to TAA

  18. WE GO FOR IT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Emi Martinez has been a beat. Props to everyone who hold him through the 'blank'.

    Fristrating to lose out in 2 McCarthy BAPs though. But happy with the CS. Double up with a defender has become essential I feel now though. In hindsingtht, I should've takent he hit for Konsa to KWP. But I had 3 good defenders so didn't feel the need to.

  19. Atletico Junior
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Definitely this has been one of the most challenging FPL seasons... Patience and having a playing bench are being key factors to move up the ranks. Got trolled by Mourinho with Son back in the first GWs and transfered him out, due to not have patience and not having a good bench. History repeats with Lampard now, but now I just benched Chilwell for Target, didnt lose my 5.5M value on him, and saved a FT. Was at 3.3M, now climbing up to 400k. Sorry if this comes up as a brag!

    1. Atletico Junior
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Just happy with the little victories the season has given lol

    2. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      I think that's the same as every other season.

      1. Atletico Junior
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Yes, but I think this season has been more important than other factors. Past seasons you could easly have two 3.8-4M bench fodders and 1 playing defender 4-4.5M in the bench and get away with it almost every time.

    3. Mweene
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      It’s been the easiest for me. Just kept Son, Salah, Bruno, Kane every week and cap whichever one has the best fixture.

  20. Party time
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    I placed Bednarek on my bench today for Webster. Damn... This hurts man

  21. CONNERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Jeez... 22 points and still a red arrow. Harsh!

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Crazy, same here

    2. I Must Break You
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Arrows are meaningless until the final whistle of the last game

  22. Malkmus
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    So the plan is to fh in gw18 then TC Salah in dgw19, the only q is which non dgw players to keep. Current team: 2ft 0.6 itb

    MCCARTHY
    MATIP - DALLAS - ZOUMA - JUSTIN (3.8)
    SALAH (tc) - BRUNO - son - Grealish- anguisa
    dcl - Kane - wilson

    A - Wilson and dcl to che Adams and Bamford
    B - other

    Bought dcl at 7.0 so will lose 0.5 on him. Not sure on that.

    Ta

    1. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      DCL is a keeper for me.

      The new Jiminez.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Yeah you’re going to find it hard to get a better use of 7.0 than DCL

        He’s a 9.0 next year if he’s a penny

        Ancellotti isn’t going to stop creating chances for him either

        Saw him linked with Man Utd yesterday & he wouldn’t even be a bad signing

        1. Malkmus
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Thanks both

  23. TheDragon
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    35 from 5 but absolutely raging about James and Chilwell starting

  24. PocketZola
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    bruno has screwed my season

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      You mean your decision not to own him has screwed your season?

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Carlsberg don’t do FPL players

      But if they did - they wouldn’t be far off Bruno

  25. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 15 days ago

    On 3 points at the moment, smashing it

  26. FPL FAN
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Any Martinez sellers from BGW 11 here?
    Or i am the only one? 🙁

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      I'm with u buddy. No worries.

      1. FPL FAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 15 days ago

        No worries, but already lost 26 pts so far, did Martinez to Johnstone.

  27. King Kohli
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Who would you start next gw?

    A. Martinez (che)
    B. Meslier (wba)

    1. jimmy.floyd
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      B

    2. I Must Break You
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      B surely (?), not withstanding my post just below about how outstanding Martinez has been this season

  28. I Must Break You
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    I just realized that Martinez is currently the 12th highest scoring player in FPL (before BPS are given tonight). It's a long way to go, but he's currently on pace for 212 points. I feel like that's at least interesting, if not remarkable.

    1. I Must Break You
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      He's had a relatively easy schedule so far, having only played 1 side with a 4+ FDR in attack, and average opponent attack FDR only 2.7.
      So I would definitely take the under on 212 points (obviously), but it's still a remarkable FPL performance so far.

  29. KEVIN DE CLAUS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Got Martinez/Steer.
    0.6 ITB

    Go Steer -> Meslier best option going forward?

  30. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    arsenal pen

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      james foul on tierney

    2. Maeki2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Fell way to easy