Dugout Discussion

Grealish and Martínez backed heavily for Villa’s trip to Brighton

Jack Grealish (£7.8m) and Emiliano Martínez (£5.2m) are the main focus of Aston Villa’s visit to Brighton.

The mid-priced midfielder is owned by 39.7% of teams going into Double Gameweek 24 and might be back on the left-hand side of the front-three again, based on Villa’s most recent team-sheet.

Bertrand Traoré (£5.9m) starts on the other side of what appears to be a front-three, which also contains the 22.4%-owned Ollie Watkins (£6.4m), who has four goals in his last five Premier League matches.

Ross Barkley (£5.9m) also features in midfield, which keeps Anwar El Ghazi (£5.4m) on the Villa bench.

Unsurprisingly, Dean Smith goes with the usual back-five, which contains Martínez, Matt Targett (£4.8m), Tyrone Mings (£5.4m), Ezri Konsa (£4.6m) and Matty Cash (£5.0m).

As ever, Brighton’s shape is difficult to predict with confidence but Dan Burn (£4.2m), Lewis Dunk (£4.8m) and Ben White (£4.4m) feature, potentially as a back-three.

Leandro Trossard (£5.7m) is out-of-position in the front-two with Neal Maupay (£6.1m), supported by Alexis Mac Allister (£5.3m) in the number 10 role.

Double Gameweek 24 line-ups

Brighton and Hove Albion XI: R Sánchez; Burn, Dunk, White; Alzate, Bissouma, Groß, Veltman; Mac Allister; Trossard, Maupay.

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

Double Gameweek 24 so far…

Ilkay Gündogan (£6.0m) was at the heart of Manchester City’s win over Spurs on Saturday afternoon.

He racked up two goals and one assist in a man-of-the-match performance, helping him to maximum bonus in the process.

The German international remains the Premier League’s top goal-scorer since the start of December, when he started taking up a more advanced role.

Of particularly note today, was the fact that he is increasingly finding those pockets of space in matches which also feature Gabriel Jesus (£9.2m) as a centre-forward.

However, Fantasy managers may be keeping an eye on Pep Guardiola’s next press conference after Gündogan was forced off with a groin complaint in the second half.

And it is worth noting that, even though he won Manchester City’s first-half penalty, Rodri (£5.3m) was handed responsibility for the spot-kick following Gündogan’s miss at Anfield.

Ederson (£6.1m) added his 14th clean sheet of the season while also earning an assist for Gündogan’s second goal.

But Ruben Dias (£6.1m) was unable to capitalise on the shut-out as he was left on the bench following his midweek illness.

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1,195 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Martinez 8 saves. One more please.

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

      I’d rather take the 11 and run than hope for 1 extra pt

      1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Haha true because it can lead to a goal.

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

    HODL....

    1. HM2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Bitcoin (C)?

      1. dogtanion
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Ether (vc)

      2. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        To the moon

    2. Monklane
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Glenn Hodl?

    3. dogtanion
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Buy the dip!

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

      HODOR

    5. Boss Hogg
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      DMND LGHTS
      BY
      HODL N WODL

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

    Martinez is the luckiest keeper ever. Against saints they led a charmed life and now v Brighton

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

      Being good isn't lucky. He's been stellar all season.

      1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Not forgetting luck favors those who are good.

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

      It’s not luck. Villa set up to sit deep and limit the opposition to half chances like Burnley do. I can’t remember them conceding too many big chances

  4. HM2
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Is it likely that we’ll get confirmation of DGW26 fixtures before the GW25 deadline?

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

      My guess is early next week

  5. Totalfootball
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Who here hasnt had Martinez all season ?

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

      Me

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

      Casuals

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

    1 more save Emiliano

    1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Check first post on this page. We just take the 11 points and run.

  7. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Another week, another Sanchez CS on my bench 🙄

  8. Isco Disco
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    HOOOOOOOOOOOOLD EMI HOOOOOOOOOOOLD EMI HOOOOOOOOLD

  9. Meinhoff
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Martinez best goalkeeper in PL?

  10. Six Season Wonder
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Is it too late to get Gundog in or have I missed the boat?

    (Please note - it would involve getting rid of a MCY def as I already have triple City) but now I’ve had enough of missing his hauls).

    I own:
    Sterling
    Cancelo
    Dias

    Thanks,

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

      I’d say missed the boat, but still worthy of bringing in i guess

    2. Davros
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Never too late as long as he’s not injured. Guaranteed 2 goals and an assist every match

    3. BeWater
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Never too late to buy a good fpl asset.

      • Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Bin Sterling for him and repurpose the funds for Kane

      • AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        You need to be more proactive

    4. Reggie Nainggolan
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      1 more save EMI

      Cmon might as well

      1. dogtanion
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Yeah 8 saves would actually be annoying..need 9 !

    5. Davros
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      That’s the most saves Martinez has made this season. What a season he’s having

      1. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Top keeper

    6. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Cmon Martinez

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

      Played Pope with the DGW, Benched Martinez... have no idea why, but I feel disappointed?

      1. Reggie Nainggolan
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Pope could still get more points at the end

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

        Well I’m guessing because Martinez is on for a haul?

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

        Me too man

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

        Because you could have used that transfer on something else..

      5. Davros
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Because your rank has just dropped?

    8. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Need a CS from Pope on Weds to make this worth it.

    9. Isco Disco
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      HOLD ME

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

      Son YC

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

        SanSon*

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

          No Son

        2. Boss Hogg
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Kenny SanSon?

    11. Aster
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Next game-Martinez out with sore hands.

      • Hadebayor Mum
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Had the fear of not playing Grealish/Watkins so did play them. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but playing Raphinha/Soucek instead was the sensible move. Heart beat head sadly.

      • Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Villa will get destroyed by Leicester next week

        1. Esalman
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          The opposite I'm afraid.

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

            Really ?

            1. Esalman
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              I think so. Last 4 matches Villa 2-1 Lei. Granted Villa lost 0-4 once but they are much better squad now.

      • SM001
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Why did I bench Martinez?

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Who could answer that question

      • Boss Hogg
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Anyone other than Arteta think that Leno is a better player than Martinez?

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

          Nope

        2. My neck my back my Saed Kol…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          You realise Martinez is 28 and had a succession of unsuccessful loan spells at multiple clubs and played well for 3 months before we had a 20 million offer for him?

          1. Boss Hogg
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Yes.
            Played really well for 3 months. Looked like he was finally becoming the player Arsenal thought they were getting when they first signed him.
            And then they sold him!

            1. My neck my back my Saed Kol…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              It’s 3 months. Plus we had two talented keepers who were not happy to be second choice. We had a very good offer for one of them and not the other. What were we supposed to do?

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

        Emi save chance

        1. Meinhoff
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Emiii save

      • Nerdlinger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Last minute switch from Gundogan to Foden captain. There's still time but can't help but feel that was a rather silly decision!!

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

          Took a lot of bottle to do that

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

            I've taken quite a few risks this season.. my gws have either been win or complete bust! Lol

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Seems so.

          I wondered about Gundog. But went Sterling ceiling.

        3. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Worked last week for you?

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

            Yeah, just gotta hope pep sticks with Phil. Gundo looks like he might be out

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

        Martinez 9 saves!

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

          Haha!! I love him! No I really DO love him

      • Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        ANOTHER SAVE!!!

      • Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        OMMMGGGGGGG SAVEEEE IT IS HAPPENINGGGGG

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

        Does that count as a save 🙂

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

        Need a time machine back to WC GW9. Martinez has KILLED me. Sick of it now

        1. Steve Chance
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Ruined my season!

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

          You and me both. Sick to death of him.

      • Londongeezaa
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I would like to officially apologise to Martinez.

        After owning him for most of the season, I had the absolute audacity to relegate him to my bench this week. .

        1. Egg noodle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Hahaa