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

    Martinez, Pope
    Cancelo, Stones, Mee, Coufal, Kilman
    Salah, Bruno, Gundo, Grealish, Soucek
    Antonio, DCL, Bamford

    Long way to go yet, but look OK (for now)? 2FTs, 4.2itb

    Pope, Antonio > Forster, Kane

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

    Why is it so far fetched to consider Martinez as a candidate for Player of the Season?

    1. Chandler Bing
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      GKs will forever be overlooked for such an award my friend. He's definitely a candidate for me alongside Bruno.

    2. Auntie Niemi
        2 months, 2 days ago

        If you can't give it to Ederson this year or Allison last year why give it to martinez?

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

          I'm just saying that GK's should be considered. So yeah, Ederson/Allison should have been considered too. Although Martinez has a much more rubbish defence in front of him

    3. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Guardiola said Gundogan will be assessed after feeling tightness in his groin but dismissed the idea of resting him at Everton. "If he's fit, he's going to play."

      https://mobile.twitter.com/spbajko/status/1360690500555198467

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Holy moly what a legend!

      2. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        need him rested desperately

      3. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I wonder why it's not in the scout tweets.

        1. AMBELLINA PRISE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Probably because Pep never said this

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Oh FFS

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

              I really look forward to your simple posts. You never disappoint.

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                You've got the wrong guy, buddy.

            2. AMBELLINA PRISE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Not saying he won't play but I wouldn't bet on it

      4. acidicleo
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        If Pep said that chances of resting are high..

    4. Chandler Bing
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      On WC, which trio?

      A. Grealish + Maddison + Digne
      B. Salah + Lookman + Konsa/Targett/Cash

      1. jimmy.floyd
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        A

    5. Forgetmeknot
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Am I the only person (fool) on here not to own Martinez?

      1. Dthinger
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Nope. Lots of us have Pope

      2. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Or both for BB

      3. Auntie Niemi
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Does he play on Tuesday?that's what matters

      4. PP6
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Not owning Gundo has killed me 65% rank change! But I’ll move on hope everyone’s having a good week

        1. Free Hat
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Thats nice& fresh to hear. I hope you can finish the gw strong!

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

        Albeit only 3 players so far but rank 38k to 91k for having no Burnley Leicester or Gundogan....and benching Martinez for Areola

        Frustrationstation

        1. PP6
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Went from 66k to 110k myself have Martinez tho hopefully he holds on!

        2. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Areola is a decent keepers

      6. Carlton P
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Have Sterling but eventually want Son
        Revert back to 2 city defenders or hold Sterling for upcoming doubles?

        1. ivantys
            2 months, 2 days ago

            I'm selling Sterling, UCL starting I don't trust any city player after. Just have Gundo set and forget is enough.

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

            I think long term Dias/cancello and gundo will be most bang for your buck

        2. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Pope + Martinez BB 26 can’t wait!!!

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

            Lol

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

            2 weeks late.

          3. Milkman Bruno
              2 months, 2 days ago

              This week was the week to do it

            • UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Done it this week!

          4. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            I have Martinez more than life itself

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Hate* 😆 😆 😆

              Sums up my season that. I certainly don’t have him

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

                My goodness what a sad life you have. Please get some professional help. Good luck.

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

                  Mr grumpy is back taking everything literally again

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

                    Clearly explain to me then the necessity to post crap like this. It's not even mildly amusing and serves no purpose whatsoever. Understandable if this individual is 12 years old. You must admit yourself that this is pure rubbish . Correct me if necessary but if I post random bo****ks am I then not being " Mr Grumpy" ?

                    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      Hahahahahaha! I think mr grumpy suits you perfectly. Most of your posts offer no purpose either other than to help try cheer your miserable arse up haha! Get a life mate

            2. Carlton P
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              I have him too but I also have a life

          5. Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Brighton is finally a great (defensive) team, so would you pick Dunk or Burn on WC?
            They both have great aerial threat, one has the security of minutes but the other plays LWB

            1. Chandler Bing
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Not really if you plan on BBing. They don't have a double.

              1. Shark Team
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Great gw 26 29 fixtures though. I will BB 26 but there are no hits left for 29 so I will need 2-3 single GW26 players who also play on 29

                1. Shark Team
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  Chips*

            2. ivantys
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Dunk

            3. smash
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              How essential is Kane next week? (have Son already) was set on Antonio - Kane now Ings is getting hyped up on here

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

                Not at all, West Ham away is a really tough game for spurs at the moment

              2. wulfrunian
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                WHam is a really good team.Son is enough for gw25.

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

                I’d definitely take an Ings double over Kane away at West Ham, but not much in it, so I’d stick with your plan unless this rumoured triple double materialises

                1. HMC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  Guess depends how much spacing between the games cause they’ll have to be rotation anyway. Ings can’t play all the games

                  1. smash
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    Late replying but yeah I'll probbaly hold off a week tbh, defiantly want the confiremed gameweeks before I set anything in stone

                    cheers.

            4. Milkman Bruno
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Just saw jack got a yellow idiot

                1. Wild Rover
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  Hope he gets another

                2. Slouch87
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  Why does a YC make a player an idiot ?

                  1. Wild Rover
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    But he is a grade A idiot

                  2. Milkman Bruno
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      It doesn’t, just frustrating.

                  3. Make Arrows Green Again
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    Don't be so hard on yourself, plenty of people are a bit slow on the uptake occasionally

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

                      Hahahahaaa

                3. wulfrunian
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  Predictions for Bri-Villa?

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

                    0-0 Martinez 11 pointer would be nice

                4. Aster
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    Sterling is driving me insane.

                    If he does not score 2 against Everton-bye bye

                    1. One of Those Days
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      This

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

                      I’m just hoping he starts

                  • Rainer
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    The average will rise by 40% of Martinez’ points.

                    Just accept his 10 pointer and be grateful it only rose by 4.

                  • Lucky Z
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    Grealish just 1 goal in last 13 games...

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

                      6 goals 12 assists in 21 games. Phenomenal for just 7m

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

                      He can get 5 point assists though.

                  • Von Lipwig
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    Sorry if this has been asked already, but did pep say anything about gundo's injury?

                    1. Aster
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        Yes, they will see tomorrow if he is fit.

                        1. Von Lipwig
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          Well that's no help lol

                      • Qaiss
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        They’re going to see the severity of it tomorrow.

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

                        Groin injury, will be assessed tomorrow

                    2. Super Saints
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      What sort of WC team are we thinking?

                      Ederson Martinez
                      Cancelo Shaw Dallas Vestergaard
                      Salah Bruno Maddison JWP Raphina
                      Kane Ings Bamford

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

                        WC’ing for next GW SS? I’m trying to put one together also

                        1. Super Saints
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          Everyone saying they are going to wildcard ready for BB 26

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

                            I Bench Boosted this week to clear it out the way to maximise 11 for WC, so far so good with Pope the first to deliver on bench.

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

                              No way is Pope your bench keeper this week.

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

                                Certainly is! Martinez always been my main keeper. Brought Pope and Richa in this GE and BB’d the rest

                                1. Lord.
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 6 Years
                                  2 months, 19 hours ago

                                  Martinez is also my main keeper, but this week I go with Pope for his double. So would you if not playing your BB.

                            2. Super Saints
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 2 days ago

                              I wanted to BB this week but DCL and Antonio injuries put pay to that

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

                                I think Antonio will be good to go

                      2. AzzaroMax99
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        Interesting squad

                      3. AzzaroMax99
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        WC25, BB26?

                        1. Super Saints
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          Yes?

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

                        No City attack?

                        1. Super Saints
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          Gundo may be injured

                    3. PP6
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      With FH in tact what’s the best gw26 wildcard?

                    4. Egg noodle
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      Why is everyone Wildcarding?

                      1. Aster
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          Herd mentality I guess

                        • UNDERWORLD7
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          Erm, HUGE DGW coming?

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

                            When does it get confirmed? There is no DGW26 yet.

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

                              Ya kidding right? GW 26 has been talked of being a huge DGW, likely we’ll find out before next GW who had the doubles, hoping so anyway. Go follow Ben Crellin on Twitter

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

                                I agree its talked about and very likely to happrn. But it's only a theory until the fixtures actually get scheduled.

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

                                  Very true, very true

                            2. Davros
                              • 11 Years
                              2 months, 2 days ago

                              Lol

                        • Rainer
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          Professional Pundits have given the go ahead.

                        • Slouch87
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          "Everyone" isn't.

                        • JONALDINHO
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          BB24 WC25 TC26 here. Want to attack the double gameweeks instead of just ‘covering’ players and saving chips for later when they won’t be much use

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

                            EXACTLY THIS

                        • Sif
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          If you can't get 11 DGW out with 2FTs out what have you been up to?
                          WC for 26 then what do you do for 29 and beyond?

                      2. Make United Great Again
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        Another Eni save

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

                          Benched him last week. Never again

                          1. Gizzachance
                            • 6 Years
                            2 months, 2 days ago

                            Me to for Pope! Had to play Pope this week, but Martinez will prob match them pts inc last weeks score

                        2. UNDERWORLD7
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          Love to see it!!

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

                        Martinez haul is annoying but a Grealish Blank would be nice, forget he’s 40% owned

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

                          As an owner of both I’d happily take a Martinez haul with a Grealish blank. It’s becoming a regular occurrence

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

                            Yeah, they keep ticking for you mate

                          2. Make United Great Again
                            • 8 Years
                            2 months, 2 days ago

                            I’m selling grealish next week.

                          3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 11 Years
                            2 months, 2 days ago

                            I think Grealish has blanked once in his last 5 appearances...

                        2. Super Saints
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          I have benched Martinez for the first time this season and started Grealish so that will happen

                      4. MMN
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        Those who benched Martinez for Areola, would you swap now if you could?

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

                        Will Antonio play ?

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

                          Should do, was only fatigued

                      6. Aster
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          If only I received 1 point for each dribble Sterling made, I'd have had 7 more at least.

                          Such a frustrating player.

                          Sorry, venting. Had him as a captain.

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

                            Same here, it was his last chance that annoyed me.

                            1. Aster
                                2 months, 2 days ago

                                When he is supposed to score, he ends up kicking the ball the way my sister would.

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

                                  One of my sisters definitely kicks a better ball than Sterling ha

                          2. Athletico Underachieving
                              2 months, 2 days ago

                              I’m going to regret benching Martinez again aren’t I...

                            • Egg noodle
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 11 Years
                              2 months, 2 days ago

                              Villa defence baiting opponents into taking silly shots for easy Martinez saves hahaha

                            • Babelcopter
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              2 months, 2 days ago

                              Sterling cappers, together, strong

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

                                Yep I’m here with you, if he starts.....

                                1. Aster
                                    2 months, 2 days ago

                                    I doubt that now. He played 90 mins, and 47 in the Cup

                              2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 11 Years
                                2 months, 2 days ago

                                Time to prepare for the “I’m selling Grealish he’s gone off the boil” posts

                                To be filed away alongside the GW20 “I’m selling Soucek because Antonio has impacted his stats”

                                And GW21 “I’m selling Bamford because he’s been crap in his last 3 games”

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

                                  1 goal in 12 games

                                  1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 11 Years
                                    2 months, 2 days ago

                                    Or 4 returns in last 5 either - two sides of the same coin

                                2. Sif
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 8 Years
                                  2 months, 2 days ago

                                  Keeping him and doing Antonio > Watkins
                                  Double game week and they'll likely play in GW29

                                  Then fixtures shift and do Grealish & Walkins to Soucek & Antonio as Hammer have an excellent run in.
                                  Simple.