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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. JIMMY764
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Lol at Zaha picking a fight with Mings.

  2. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Another Mings stamp attempt, thankfully no head under it like previous times.

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      ibra's quote-making changed a bit post that!

  3. komodosam
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 5 days ago

    I wish my VC got points instead of my C. Outscores him every week.

  4. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Grealish wasting easy chances

  5. Africa United
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Grealesh FFS shoot it boy

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

    Please no more CS from Southampton and villa

    1. mixology
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      This actually is an under-the-radar rank killer

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

        Every week as well

        1. mixology
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Can’t imagine many at all for either in the next 4

      2. moment
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Not if you own their defenders / goalkeepers

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

      I have Martinez, but with Southampton CS it probably means nothing, even if Martinez keeps it.

  7. FPLGeezer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    If Man Utd v Burnley can be moved to gw18 when would we find out? After the league cup semi final?

  8. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Grealish is returning to form

  9. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    grealish just has to shoot but makes another bad decison

  10. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Grealish is just not good enough for the price tag

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      WUM

    2. Aidan269
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Idiot

  11. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Mings not too bothered. Zaha throwing purses trying to get him to move.

    Wilfrieds temper needs managing.

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      I think his attitude might be why he's still at palace.

  12. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Was Mitrovic really dragging Fulham down that badly? They look like a completely rejuvenated team without him.

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      With him playing it was all about cross and hope. More creativity now.

  13. ivantys
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Not even surprising that Grealish blanks here, he blanks in half of his games.

    • Milkman Bruno
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Grealish needs to hit that first time

      • Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        I just remembered the first Mings stamp I witnessed Vs Man Utd at the Old Trafford in a game where he came from the bench...

      • Firmino
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Watkins big chance created

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        I actually think grealish right now is around 2-3rd best attacker to have on the villa team yet people still go crazy over him here. blind group thinking

        el ghazi, traore both look more threatening and cheaper. Likely Barkley will come in soon and be on a similar level

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          I agree. Never understood the hype.

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Very in-depth reverse jinx.

        3. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 5 days ago

          spot on as per

        4. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Sold him this week

        5. F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Load of rubbish. The others might be more likely to score but they're less likely to start every game, less likely to assist and are far from guaranteed the bonus that grealish gets for any involvement.

        6. Africa United
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          But you still have him in your team !! Blind group thinking ?

        7. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          2 club 3 loans Barkley.

      • Ted Bovis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        This jokey blokey BBC commentary is awful.

      • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Mings Red Card

      • tiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Minging

      • BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        MINGS RED CARD

      • Africa United
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Ming's RED

      • Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Mings red

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        mings is an idiot

      • Milkman Bruno
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Mings owner here and that’s ridiculous

        • g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Mings RED

        • Gabriel Agbonlahor
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Watkins should have 4 assists already

        • ALI_G
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Mings RC

        • Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Mings second yellow.

        • Sco
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          That should've been a free kick on Mings first. Zaha barged him but because he doesn't go down he's punished. Ridiculous.