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Penalty-taking El Ghazi outperforming Grealish as goal-scoring run continues

Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa

  • Goals: Olivier Giroud (£6.7m) | Anwar El Ghazi (£5.8m)
  • Assists: Ben Chilwell (£6.1m) | Matty Cash (£5.0m)
  • Bonus points: Giroud x3, Cash x2, El Ghazi x1

A GREAL G

Anwar El Ghazi (£5.8m) is making a strong case to replace Jack Grealish (£7.8m) in Fantasy Premier League teams after scoring for Aston Villa in their 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

The Dutch winger now has five goals in as many appearances since Gameweek 12, the most of any colleague during that time.

Crucially, the penalty-taking El Ghazi has vastly outscored Grealish over the last five matches – an impressive feat for a man who can offer a £2.0m saving on top of his points potential.

In that time, the cheaper of the two has scored 42 points, averaging 8.4 points per game.

Meanwhile, Grealish has contributed just two attacking returns since Gameweek 12, both of them assists, for a total of 19 points (3.8 per game).

ROTATION PROOF?

Anyone considering El Ghazi can take additional comfort from Dean Smith’s comments after the draw at Chelsea.

Despite a gap of just two days between Villa’s Gameweek 15 and 16 matches, he made just one change to his team – and even that was enforced. Tyrone Mings (£5.4m) missed out due to suspension so Ezri Konsa (£4.7m) and Kortney Hause (£4.4m) were paired together at centre-back for the first time this season.

That meant El Ghazi, Grealish, Bertrand Traoré (£5.9m) and Ollie Watkins (£6.1m) comprised the front-four once again and, it must be said, none of them looked as if they were suffering from the busy schedule, each putting in a gut-busting shift.

“I’m a big believer that you want to play every game. That’s what footballers want. If they doing well, keep playing them. I didn’t name the team until today but I wanted to check they were alright but I’m still yet to see a player carried off the pitch due to exhaustion.” – Dean Smith

Smith may not be entirely accurate with the second half of that quote (I’ve seen plenty of players forced off with exhaustion and/or cramp and I’m close to half his age) – but his commitment to keeping the same team is encouraging for Fantasy managers.

His squad was possibly helped by the postponement of a Gameweek 11 hosting of Newcastle, as that afforded them 12 days of rest at the start of December – a luxury few other clubs have enjoyed this Christmas.

Either way, looking ahead, it will arguably be much easier to predict the Villa line-up and invest with confidence compared to many other teams – perhaps until they suffer another bad patch of form.

Villa’s short-term fixtures could play a part in that as they face Manchester United (away) and Spurs (home) in the next two Gameweeks – perhaps warranting pause before jumping straight into signing El Ghazi.

LAMPARD LOTTERY

By contrast, Frank Lampard wreaked havoc with Fantasy teams on a day where Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.0m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£11.7m) were handed an unexpected Blank Gameweek.

Three of Chelsea’s four most-popular assets, Kurt Zouma (27.0%), Timo Werner (14.0%) and Reece James (12.8%), missed out on a place in the starting XI against Aston Villa as Lampard managed the minutes of his squad.

Zouma and Thiago Silva‘s (£5.6m) absences was simply down to the volume of games played recently but in the case of James, he was left out of the squad because of a “minor” hamstring problem suffered after recent issues with his knee.

Despite playing the full 90 minutes, Ben Chilwell (£6.1m) still caused some Fantasy anguish. After losing over 855,000 owners over the last four Gameweeks, the left-back now has the same number of assists in that time (two) than he did during the first 12 league matches of the campaign – and he nearly scored a wonder-volley in the closing stages.

Meanwhile, it was noteworthy to see Christian Pulisic (£8.2m) start a second game in two days and manage to last 90 minutes each time – perhaps suggesting he can offer a robust route into Chelsea’s attack for matches against Fulham (away) and Leicester (away) in Double Gameweek 19.

“Christian was really bright which is great when he’s played two games close together, fitness-wise.” – Frank Lampard

That said, Fantasy managers should keep an eye on any breaking news coming out of the Manchester City camp in the next few days.

Their trip to Everton, originally scheduled for Monday, was postponed due to an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, putting their Gameweek 17 trip to Stamford Bridge in jeopardy too.

“It’s something we’ll discuss considering we’ve got them at the weekend. It’s something I’ll have to pick up with the medical team and the Premier League.” – Frank Lampard

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): E Mendy; Chilwell, Rüdiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta; Mount, Jorginho (Havertz 72′), Kanté; Pulisic, Giroud (Werner 72′), Hudson-Odoi.

Aston Villa XI (4-2-3-1): Martínez; Targett, Hause, Konsa, Cash; McGinn, D Luiz; El Ghazi (J Ramsey 81′), Grealish, B Traoré (Davis 87′); Watkins.

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2,089 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Whats the point of having a bench when the bench doesn't play either 😆

  2. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    BB in DGW now isnt option.

    1. FPL.team
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Why? Mine is still on.

  3. Chucky
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Spurs game in danger getting called off... WOW

    1. Chucky
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      of*

    2. MOZIL
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      why

  4. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Spurs game in doubt lol posted source in previous page

  5. Esalman
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Walker-Peters, Taylor, Ward-Prowse, Bamford

    All start?

    1. dshv
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Ues

  6. dshv
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Need something good from soucek because he will be in for dias

  7. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    I need Matip & Kilman to save my game week ... sitting on a -4 and I haven’t had any of my starting 11 play a single minute yet ... now that is scary 🙂

  8. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Bit concerned over Balbuena not even being in the squad. Was a good cheap option for the DGW and don't fancy transferring him out.

    1. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Purely rest mate - Dawson does not get in front of him lol.

  9. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Only the elite FPL players have Son (c) with KDB (vc)

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

    McCarthy, Cresswell, Alioski, Raphinha, Bamford and Brewster.

    Ppphhheeewww...! 🙂

    Still only going to be able to get 10 out this week, but got to be happy with that...

  11. Chucky
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    10 is the new 50....

  12. DycheDycheBaby
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Great to see the GOAT back (Ings)

  13. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Kane C Son C KDB C in tears

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Definitely a lot of Kane/Son(C), KDB(VC) out there

  14. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    For DGW

    1) Justin/Cresswell, Raphinha

    2) Lowton/Balbuena, Barnes

    ?

    1. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      1

  15. Red Red Robins
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Antonio on the bench, thoughts on dropping DCL for him DGW?

    1. Crystal Alice
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      I did it for my wc

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Needs a game r two first to make sure he doesn't break again.

      1. Red Red Robins
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Fair point, gives me a fair bit in the bank too tbh

  16. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    This is pure chaos. Love it

  17. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Another start for the 4.9m Arsenal midfielder Martinelli. He could be of interest.

    1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Smith-Rowe at 4.4m equally interesting!

  18. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    This is just funny now.

  19. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Have triple Spurs...

    1. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Have to laugh or you'll cry.

      I'm popping the champagne if I manage to get 9 out...

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Same. Absolute disaster if it doesn't go through

  20. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Looks like I’ll have 7 starters now with Brewster off the bench. If I come out with more than 20 pts I’ll be delighted

  21. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Salah (C) Bruno (VC) still surviving may it stay that way

    1. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Snap!... and no Spurs either.

  22. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    and why is spurs game in doubt?

    1. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      COVID 19

    2. Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      outbreak of covid at fulham.

    3. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      fulham a lot of positive cases

  23. Sloane426
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Mousset starts so Brosstan should be very happy. He’s essential apparently.

  24. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    On the plus side, at least everyone will be in the same boat.. bar the minority who get lucky with their bench!

  25. KAALI_DAAL
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Coufal noooooooooooooo

      1. KAALI_DAAL
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Those 3 points from Riedwald on bench look tasty.

      2. PascalCygan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Even with four usually playing subs, I'm only going to scrape 9 or 10 players, with some of those only subs.

        What a crazy week.

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          any Spurs ?

          1. PascalCygan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Yes, Son, that's why I think it will only be 9. Yikes.

            1. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              think I am down to five lol

              This lot killing me ...
              DCL, Kilman, Matip, triple Spurs (captain & vice), Wellbeck, Coufal

              1. PascalCygan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Ouch, that is brutal! May we both rise from the rubble of this gameweek!

      3. greggles
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        All the covid chaos notwithstanding it is fun to have four simultaneous kick offs to follow.

      4. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Team finally have played 11 players this gameweek already won. Green arrow!

      5. Party time
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Kdb to Son doers are the smartest

      6. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        FPL Blackbox will be a joy to watch this GW

        Absolute chaos right after WC1 deadline!

        1. Daniel - When to BB?
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Not if spurs is postponed. Mark will be the jammiest manager of all time

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Until the Liverpool game gets called off to