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Man United and Villa audition for Blanks and Doubles at Old Trafford

Fantasy Premier League managers will have eagle eyes on Old Trafford in Gameweek 17 as Manchester United and Aston Villa go under the microscope.

The two teams were recently confirmed as having three matches across Blank Gameweek 18 and Double Gameweek 19 – increasing interest in their key assets.

A large majority of the community are currently in possession of talismanic figures Bruno Fernandes (£11.2m) and Jack Grealish (£7.7m) but this is an opportunity to look beyond the obvious.

Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) features in what looks like a two-man strike-force in front of a midfield diamond, having scored more goals in the last four matches than Fernandes (four to three).

Anthony Martial (£8.7m) holds onto his centre-forward berth as Edinson Cavani (£7.8m) embarks on his three-game ban, although the Uruguayan will only miss one Premier League outing.

Eric Bailly (£4.9m) sits next to Harry Maguire (£5.4m) in defence once again, in light of Victor Lindelöf‘s (£4.8m) most recent injury while Luke Shaw (£4.8m) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.3m) are on the left and right of the back-four.

Fantasy managers are not short on alternative options at Villa either, not least because Anwar El Ghazi (£5.8m) has outscored Grealish by 42 points to 19 over the last four matches.

He features on the left-hand side of Dean Smith’s attacking midfield trio at Old Trafford, joined there by Grealish and Bertrand Traoré (£5.9m), who has three attacking returns since Gameweek 14.

There is still no Ross Barkley (£5.9m) in the matchday squad but the defence has reset to normal, with Tyrone Mings (£5.4m) coming straight back into the team following his Gameweek 16 suspension.

Manchester United XI: De Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Bailly, Wan-Bissaka; McTominay; Pogba, Fred; B Fernandes; Rashford, Martial.

Aston Villa XI: Martínez; Targett, Mings, Konsa, Cash; McGinn, D Luiz; El Ghazi, Grealish, B Traoré; Watkins.

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1,932 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Now Martinez can get a late pen save from Pogba

    1. Sid1891
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Love the idea

  2. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    I give up, tried to be alternative and not have fernandes. But even in games he looks like blanking, the ref gives a nothing penalty.

    It’s getting to Ronaldo levels of essential

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Yep, you need him. I reluctantly got him in late at 11m.

    2. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Dont leave me alone

    3. maditass
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      The sooner you eat the bullet, the faster you can climb the ranks. United will get their penalties as long as they are having a chance for the title. Hopefully they get smashed soon

  3. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Bruno must've captained himself 😆

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      ?

  4. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Pretty happy here considering I have Martinez, Bruno, AWB and Grealish in this game, with Watkins benched.

    1. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Huge score. Well done

    2. Milkman Bruno
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Well played hulk

        1. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Cheers lads. Brought AWB in for Taylor this week so it's pretty jammy but I'll take it all day.

    3. PogChamp
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Bruno rested for Fulham?

      1. KUN+10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        He left at 86 mins...hardly a rest

      2. Jersey Boy
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Can’t see him getting rested now other than in the FA cup

    4. Jersey Boy
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Emi Martínez. A constant thorn in my season. What a keeper he is

    5. Pedram
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Bruno on three baps again

      1. KUN+10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        out of thin air...owner here

      2. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Water is wet

    6. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Grealiah on 0 BAPS now

      1. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Perfect

      2. Chucky
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Nice

      3. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        He's on 1

      4. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Wow

      5. TimoTime
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Incorrect

    7. Sco
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Watkins lol. Horrible player.

    8. merin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Thoughts on this FH draft?
      Suggestions for improvements?

      Leno Steer
      Maguire Cancelo Tierney (Lewis Mitchell)
      KDB Sterling Bruno Son Saka
      DCL Wilson (Davis)

      1.9 ITB

    9. CloudSky
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      There's no way Watkins is good enough for this level.

      1. Sco
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        So many people fooled by the game v Liverpool which is one of the biggest freak matches of all time.

    10. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Watkins looking tired

      1. dshv
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        He is

    11. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Martinez not been given the save point from James' shot?

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        ah, been added now.

        1. KUN+10
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Still on 0 bps. Come on

      2. Steve McCroskey
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        That was a cross and you know it

    12. TimoTime
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Can anyone explain these phantom bonus points AWB is getting?

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Assist. CBI, passes.

        1. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Haven't seen him make more passes than Grealish in the last 15 minutes

    13. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Oh my Ollie...

    14. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Matic yc finally

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

      Watkins has failed his DGW audition

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Not many other options around his price with a double though unfortunately

    16. Sco
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Matic the thug finally booked. Nasty player.

    17. fantasywizard
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Name a midfielder up to 5.9M who plays on BGW18 and that you were keen to hold for the foreseeable future. Go!

    18. bso
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      What are Bailly's chances of starting the next 2 games?

    19. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Best game of the year so far.

      1. TimoTime
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Steady on

    20. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Another 12 man victory. Unreal.

      1. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        What?

      2. KUN+10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Ref being the 12th player

      3. PremKraut
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Come on that's ridiculous, even I as a Liverpool supporter have to admit that the victory is highly deserved. Villa should have played with only 10 players for a long time.
        United play with a strong focus on results, nothing wrong with that.

        That's something Klopp and the boys still have to learn.

    21. BeWater
        2 months, 1 day ago

        You know James will make the dumbest decision possible.

        1. dark91
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Score an own goal?

      • Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Champions grind out results even when they aren't playing well. It's not all about fabulous football week-in, week-out.

        Can't wait for the next time I hear this hot take from every commentator and pundit.

        1. Slouch87
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          True
          Liverpool do.

      • Pedram
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        baps are quite close, could go either way

        1. BeWater
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Key pass from Grealish so he'll get another one.

          • Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Better than a droopy gap

        2. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Grealish could nick the baps here.

        3. RECKLESS
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Bruno last 4 points 17 12 6 10
          Salah-esque this season

        4. Tomas_brolin
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Any chance 2 of Kilman, Chilwell and C Taylor don’t play so I get Coufals points?

          1. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Yep, Kilman and Taylor

        5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Get Martinez up there for the goal

          1. Easy Cheesy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 1 day ago

        6. Sco
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          DDG denies Cash a wonder goal.