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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. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    So what are the chances of Coufal & Burke at the very least featuring today at some point? Even if it's for 1 point...

    1. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      I don't care about 1 point. Burke either score or stay on the bench along with his 1 point.

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

        I'd rather field 11 players, than 10 surely?

        1. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          442,100k and 441,100k are same for me.

      2. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        That one was the difference between top 10k and me last season. Every point counts. And I am down to max 10 men now.

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          1 pt...

    2. The Red Devil
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Coufal less likely than Burke

    3. JJeyy
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      since when do right backs come on

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

        I'm just asking a question, not hard to answer no?

        1. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Coufal has very low chance. Burke has a good chance though

      2. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        After injuries?

    4. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      can see burke coming on, not coufal.

  2. Doctor Evil
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    I need Cofoul to come off the bench or Jones (liv) to play tomorrow to get 11

  3. Peter Ouch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Spurs Fulham might be off tomorrow due covid

    I want to see the ones laughing on Kdb yesterday and City postponed match

    1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Why? Source?

      1. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        The athletic

  4. sully29
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    DGW19 BB teams turned into GW16 get-more-than-8-players-out teams.

    1. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Fantasy 5 is the new Double GW

  5. Pepeye
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Just arrived back in guys, is there a problem with the Spurs match?

    1. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Yes 🙁

    2. Chucky
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      yes likely to called off.

      1. Chucky
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        be*

    3. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      yes it could be moved

    4. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      COVID positive tests at Fulham

  6. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 24 days ago

    No players missing out for me so far, what’s all the fuss about? Looking like a good week

    1. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Spurs players ?

  7. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Any chance Coufal Kilman or Stephens play any part in todays proceedings.

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      stephens may be 1 pointer like last game

  8. HippY
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    KWP, McCarthy, Adams, Meslier, Bamford, Soucek, Taylor, Saka all starting from my team, feeling blessed!

    At least if other games are called off I'll manage some sort of points today from those!

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Aaaand we needed to know this why?

    2. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      bullets dodged

  9. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 24 days ago

    I'm slowing falling out of love with fpl

    1. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Something good at last....

  10. Baines on Toast...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Burnley Fulham likely off if Fulham/Spurs is you'd think.

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Probably yes

    2. JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      There goes my only decent GW17 defensive fixture in Taylor. Lol.

  11. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Looks like this will be the last FPL GW for a while

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      How is this gathering momentum so quickly!

  12. Deulofail
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Here goes my third gameweek owning Saka. Hopefully another beautifully sculpted, intentional lob on the cards.

    1. NateDogsCats
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Nice differential, looks like you got him at the right time (unless the Chelsea game was an exception)

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Hope so. Really tempted by Martinelli as well. In fact, nearly when for him instead, but heard he wasn't going to play the week I got Saka. Smith Rowe a tantalising proposition too. Can see an early WC to get all 3 if they continue to get regular minutes! 😀

          1. NateDogsCats
              3 months, 24 days ago

              I'm tempted by Martinelli too especially at that price and for the BGW in particular (if we even get that far!)

        2. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Smashing it you mate

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            I am doing so well

      • Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        No Coufal off the bench for me but I will get Bernardo - looking forward to a mega haul from him 🙂

      • Zim0
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        When will they postpone the season. Please postpone. I'm feked if fulham don't play burnley next week as well. Already no city chelsea.

        1. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Needs cancelling right now this is a disgrace

        2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Things are suddenly picking up pace again

          Decision will be made soon I think

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            PL discussion imminent over a two-week break.

        3. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 24 days ago

          It’s fine makes fpl more exciting

        4. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Snowflakes

      • MessiGOAT
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Who's more likely to be off Liverpool or spurs ? Or both?

        1. Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          spurs

        2. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Spurs game looks likely to be off

        3. JJeyy
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Spurs because an actual trusted source has written about it

      • Jimmy Boy
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Anyone else now hoping for a Brighton clean sheet owing to Bernardo being their fifth choice defender coming on from the bench?

        1. Party time
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          I will never hope for a Brighton clean sheet again even though Webster is in my team. I count that as a steady 2 points in the bag

      • diesel001
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Anyone own Dias Belloli?

        You may do even though you don't know it.

        1. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          raphinha, and yes

        2. Galza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Is his first name Ruben?

        3. AlternativeB
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Who is that? Don't see him in the lineup at Fotmob

            1. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Raphinha (Leeds)

        4. PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          And Leeds who play with more intensity don't make a single chang

        5. Baines on Toast...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          To take a step back from FPL, it seems we're at a peak unlike even the first of the virus - new variant + winter + family time at Christmas is a perfect storm. I think they might have to suspend the league at least for a month or so.

          1. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Yep

          2. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            The problem is that if the bubbles don't work, one month is not enough. It is going to be 3-4 months in that case.

        6. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Hoping Coufal stays benched. The way things are happy to take the Mitchell 2 points

        7. MoSalad
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Coufal still nailed on & just a rest?

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Yep

          2. jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Rest, and a day or two with the new baby.

        8. Jimmers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Positive cases at Fulham. However, also positive cases at Sheffield Utd yet game goes ahead tonight.

          Lot of scaremongering going on

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Depends if players are affected, no?

        9. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Null and void

        10. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Has it been disclosed how many cases at Fulham there has been?

          I believe if they can still field a squad it goes ahead right?

          1. pundit of punts
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Depends if it’s more staff or players

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Makes sense

          2. Bubz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Surely man city could still have fielded a squad

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              I saw something earlier on here which had a load of suspected players on, so if that was true they wouldn’t have been able to I don’t think

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Man City players that is

          3. Dele
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            This

          4. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Manager now fully recovered?

          5. TomSaints
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            I think the issue is the close proximity of games. A few positives is manageable but there isn’t time to resolve it before the next game comes along.

            It’s likely only a few players will come back positive but everyone is in incubation period for a couple of days before a positive or negative.

        11. pundit of punts
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Kane (c) KDB (vc) for me

          😀

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Oooops

          2. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Damn.

        12. FPLord
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Given that so many games are in jeopardy atm, could it be wiser to cancel BB plans, stay away from hits and keep transfers for as long as possible?

          1. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Absolutely

          2. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Probably. step by step...

        13. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Benrahma wasted talent at West Ham

        14. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 24 days ago

          If Spurs don't play some of us will be down to 7 lmao

          1. pundit of punts
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            I’ll be down to 9 and without a captain

          2. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Down to 9 atm. Would be down to 7 or 6.

        15. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Quite phenomenal head loss on here

          1. Burger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            It's pretty hilarious really.

        16. Party time
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Liverpool game cancelled will be the icing on the cake

          1. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Liverpool and Newcastle two of the safest clubs.

            Newcastle already had their outbreak and Liverpool (the city) been badly hit so they have a much stronger testing program then other places.

            1. Lindelol
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              New played City some two days ago