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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 …
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 5 days ago

    Martinez 8 saves. One more please.

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

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

      1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 5 days ago

        Haha true because it can lead to a goal.

  2. BobbyV
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 5 days ago

    HODL....

    1. HM2
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 5 days ago

      Bitcoin (C)?

      1. dogtanion
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 5 days ago

        Ether (vc)

      2. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 5 days ago

        To the moon

    2. Monklane
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

      Glenn Hodl?

    3. dogtanion
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

      Buy the dip!

    4. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

      HODOR

    5. Boss Hogg
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

      DMND LGHTS
      BY
      HODL N WODL

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

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

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

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

      1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 5 days ago

        Not forgetting luck favors those who are good.

    2. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 5 days 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
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 5 days ago

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

    1. Lord.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

      My guess is early next week

  5. Totalfootball
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 5 days ago

    Who here hasnt had Martinez all season ?

    1. Totalfootball
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

      Me

    2. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

      Casuals

  6. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 5 days ago

    1 more save Emiliano

    1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

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

  7. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 5 days ago

    Another week, another Sanchez CS on my bench 🙄

  8. Isco Disco
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 5 days ago

    HOOOOOOOOOOOOLD EMI HOOOOOOOOOOOLD EMI HOOOOOOOOLD

  9. Meinhoff
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 5 days ago

    Martinez best goalkeeper in PL?

  10. Six Season Wonder
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 5 days 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. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

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

    2. Davros
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

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

    3. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 5 days ago

      Never too late to buy a good fpl asset.

    4. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 5 days ago

      Bin Sterling for him and repurpose the funds for Kane

    5. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

      You need to be more proactive

  11. Reggie Nainggolan
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 5 days ago

    1 more save EMI

    Cmon might as well

    1. dogtanion
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

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

  12. Davros
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 5 days ago

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

    1. Weak Become Heros
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

      Top keeper

  13. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 5 days ago

    Cmon Martinez

  14. Hryszko
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 5 days ago

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

    1. Reggie Nainggolan
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

      Pope could still get more points at the end

    2. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

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

    3. Pépé Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

      Me too man

    4. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

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

    5. Davros
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

      Because your rank has just dropped?

  15. Weak Become Heros
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 5 days ago

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

  16. Isco Disco
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 5 days ago

    HOLD ME

  17. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 5 days ago

    Son YC

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

      SanSon*

      1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 5 days ago

        No Son

      2. Boss Hogg
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 5 days ago

        Kenny SanSon?

  18. Aster
      8 months, 5 days ago

      Next game-Martinez out with sore hands.

    • Baron Penguin (FKA Hadebayo…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 5 days 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
      8 months, 5 days ago

      Villa will get destroyed by Leicester next week

      1. Esalman
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 5 days ago

        The opposite I'm afraid.

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 5 days ago

          Really ?

          1. Esalman
            • 11 Years
            8 months, 5 days 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
      8 months, 5 days ago

      Why did I bench Martinez?

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 5 days ago

        Who could answer that question

    • Boss Hogg
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

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

      1. Dannyb
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 5 days ago

        Nope

      2. My neck my back my Saed Kol…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 5 days 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
          • 12 Years
          8 months, 5 days 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
            8 months, 5 days 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
      8 months, 5 days ago

      Emi save chance

      1. Meinhoff
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 5 days ago

        Emiii save

    • Nerdlinger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 5 days 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. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 5 days ago

        Took a lot of bottle to do that

        1. Nerdlinger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 5 days ago

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

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 5 days ago

        Seems so.

        I wondered about Gundog. But went Sterling ceiling.

      3. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 5 days ago

        Worked last week for you?

        1. Nerdlinger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 5 days ago

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

    • _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

      Martinez 9 saves!

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 5 days ago

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

    • Make United Great Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

      ANOTHER SAVE!!!

    • Gobigorgohome
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

      OMMMGGGGGGG SAVEEEE IT IS HAPPENINGGGGG

    • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

      Does that count as a save 🙂

    • Jersey Boy
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 5 days ago

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

      1. Steve Chance
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 5 days ago

        Ruined my season!

      2. gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 5 days ago

        You and me both. Sick to death of him.

    • Londongeezaa
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 5 days 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
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 5 days ago

        Hahaa