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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. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Calm Down!!!

    1. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Check pulse everyone

    2. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Panic!

  2. Daniel - When to BB?
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Scenes

  3. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Damn, need Coufal off the bench or I’m down to 10...

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Same here Dakes.

  4. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Bam starts

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Of course

  5. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Can Grealish cover El Ghazi?

    1. Wizardh
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Yes

    2. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      The pits

    3. The Hunt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Robin Van Persie

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

        Not even in squad. Covid?

    4. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      OMG COUFAL benched

      RIP Fudgey

      1. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        DOn't tell him

    5. Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      West Ham news:

      Soucek Starts, Coufal benched/

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Excellent

    6. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      post the team sheets ffs
      my internet is slow and cant load twitter

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        This

    7. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Bam Bam yeaaaah

    8. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Coufal nooooooo

    9. Reeker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Not a chance of a free wildcard if it's just 2 weeks.

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Why not. They are interested to make the casuals happy not us

    10. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Soucek and Cresswell star

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        *start

    11. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      No changes to the leeds team

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Bam Bamford Bamford Bam

    12. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Coufal bench doesn’t really make sense - surely either start him or leave out of squad to be at home with his kid?

      1. HippY
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Been on night feeds 😀

    13. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 12 days ago

      OMFG NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

      1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Oh dear

      2. Hect.OR 98th
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Didn't you quit in GW6? And GW7? And every week since then?

      3. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Coufail

    14. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      OMG

    15. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Triple Leeds and Taylor all start!

      1. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Great!!

    16. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Looks like I’m stuck with 9 players this week. Ouch

    17. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Leeds unchanged, Bielsa is king!

    18. The Hunt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      House cats fleeing everywhere.

    19. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Relax, if you player hasn't been benched them they will be at the weekend. So don't get too excited and vice-versa.

    20. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Lol no Balbuena or Coufal 😆 im feked

    21. Differentiator
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Down to 9 players already

    22. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      5/5 players starting for me

    23. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Do not post team news . Do not post

    24. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Coufail

    25. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      BURNLEY TEAM NEWS
      Team to play Sheff Utd: Pope, Lawton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Brady, Brownhill, Westwood, Pieters, Wood, Barnes.
      Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Norris, Stephens, Bardsley, Long, Dunne, Mancini, Benson, Mumbongo.

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      Team to play Burnley: Ramsdale, Basham, Egan, Robinson, Baldock, Osborn, Ampadu, Stevens, McGoldrick, Brewster, Mousset.
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      Subs: Button, Pereira, Grosicki, Austin, Harper, Krovinovic, Peltier, Kipre.

      1. Forza
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        • 6 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Thanks, it's nice to see posts that aren't just surnames and OMGs 😆

      2. mookie
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Cheers!

      3. g40steve
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        • 3 Years
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        Cheers

    26. GGMU
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      Ings!!