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. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 20 days ago

    Jack is doing nothing here. Disappointing.

    1. TheBiffas
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Keep faith

      • Flynny
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Steady accumulator of points tho

      • Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Guarantee it

    2. internal error
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      So who is activating their WC tonight?

      1. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        I am a sheep. Should I activate WC? I can't be bothered to do much research.

      2. UNDERWORLD7
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Not tonight, as soon as we gain any more clarification on 26 doubles

      3. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        What an earth would your WC team be?

      4. Would Ed Woodward
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Nah, my team looks fine.

      5. Easy Cheesy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 20 days ago

        I think so.

      6. ALI_G
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        no

        going to use in GW30 to tidy up the BGW29 mess

        1. CRO KLOPP
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          What mess? You are going with 11 players in 29?

    3. Boss Hogg
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      What’s the Gundogan news? Likely to play on Wednesday?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Lol. Wait for news dude.

        1. Boss Hogg
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          So no news yet then. Fine.

      2. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Read scout tweets

    4. Aster
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Sterling my worst investment ever.

        I do not even expect him to start against Toffees, after playing 93 mins here and 47 in the Cup.

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          Have never understood the hype, and have never ever feared not owning him, but then again I probably despise him the most on here, think he’s god awful at football

          1. Boss Hogg
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            Sterling, like Rashford, seems to get a ridiculous amount of criticism. They are both quality players, but also both have good spells and bad spells. Its certainly hard to think of many players who get as much stick as Sterling when he’s off form though. Unjustified in my opinion.

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 10 Years
              5 months, 19 days ago

              I’ve just NEVER liked him as a footballer, I’ve never praised him, I’m firmly on the ‘no’ boat as to ever owning him is all, terrible finisher.

            2. Aster
                5 months, 19 days ago

                I'm not saying he is a bad player.

                He is just an awful FPL player. His dribbles and making a pass to another guy who makes an assist, are not helping my FPL score.

            3. Sgt Frank Drebin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 19 days ago

              God awful at football? Man that scored 20 goals last season from the wing? Are you serious?

        2. camarozz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          Damn, didnt realise Gundo went off with a groin prob.

          1. Would Ed Woodward
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            Yep, feel very hard done by as a capper.

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 19 days ago

              😆

          2. Boss Hogg
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            Just found this out myself too.

          3. Aster
              5 months, 20 days ago

              Probably from erection, following 2 goals and 1 assist.

              1. camarozz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                5 months, 20 days ago

                Well mine is gone limp after that news as a captainer.

          4. Mweene
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            Lads if Martínez keeps a clean sheet I’m on 93 points and I think into the top 1k.

            Don’t think I’ve ever had 3-digit overall rank before, absolutely buzzing.

            1. Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              5 months, 20 days ago

              Well played!

            2. dogtanion
              • 11 Years
              5 months, 20 days ago

              That's class. Fair play!

            3. Free Hat
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 20 days ago

              Enjoy it!

            4. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 20 days ago

              Well in

              1. Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                5 months, 20 days ago

                How on earth are you on 93 tho

            5. ted mcnure
              • 10 Years
              5 months, 20 days ago

              Get in! Well done!

            6. Ejaaz11
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 20 days ago

              Same here. Im ranked about 1500, my highest ever rank and hoping to get into the top1k

            7. Union_Jacks
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 19 days ago

              First you ditch total fpl to say this. Then you don’t admit how lucky you are with lowton

            8. Egg noodle
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              5 months, 19 days ago

              I was rank 620 for 1 week. Rest of the season was stress and depression. Hopefully better outcome for you. Congrats though

          5. dogtanion
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            Is it just me or is status of the premier league's most fouled player as we're constantly reminded by Sky not remotely an impressive achievement..the majority of these fouls are committed around the halfway line and few lead to dangerous set pieces ..plus let's face it..a lot are just exaggerated dives

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 20 days ago

              Not impressive at all, over rated player as well

              1. TheBiffas
                  5 months, 19 days ago

                  You kidding me

                • Boss Hogg
                  • 11 Years
                  5 months, 19 days ago

                  Blimey. You are hard to please.

              2. JONALDINHO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 19 days ago

                It shows he draws in players which leaves space for others. He’s a top quality player but you can keep denying it if you want

                1. Boss Hogg
                  • 11 Years
                  5 months, 19 days ago

                  Exactly.

                2. dogtanion
                  • 11 Years
                  5 months, 19 days ago

                  That's a fair point

            2. Chandler Bing
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 20 days ago

              What's the highest ever overall score by a GK at the end of the season? Think Martinez might break it.

              1. Egg noodle
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                5 months, 20 days ago

                I'd guess the Stoke keeper during the Pulis/Shawcross days... Or the Villa keeper during the Dunne/Collins days. Curious to know though.

                1. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  5 months, 19 days ago

                  181 by Friedel I believe.

                  1. Sgt Frank Drebin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    Yes Friedel it is. Don't remember what season it was though.

              2. Utopsis
                • 1 Year
                5 months, 19 days ago

                Surely Petr Cech when Chelsea conceded 15 goals all season - 04/05, Mourinho

            3. Egg noodle
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              5 months, 20 days ago

              30 mins for Grealish goal and 1 Martinez save. Go!

              1. Egg noodle
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                5 months, 19 days ago

                1 Martinez save. Check.

            4. _Ninja_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              5 months, 20 days ago

              Another Emi save

            5. JONALDINHO
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 20 days ago

              Emi 11 pointer on the line. Don’t think I can watch this

            6. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 20 days ago

              No bloody way am I about to bench a Martinez 11pter that will likely outscore my Areola DGW.

              Ffs mannnn every damn time

              1. ALI_G
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 19 days ago

                I've had Meslier and Martinez most of the season and managed to pick the wrong one each time in a terrible rotation.

                About 6 weeks ago I decided to pick Mart for every game ,it's less stressful that way

                Mes only comes in for emergency

            7. KGFC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 19 days ago

              Grealish is so useless

              1. Boss Hogg
                • 11 Years
                5 months, 19 days ago

                Behave!

            8. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 19 days ago

              F off Martinez

            9. Von Lipwig
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 19 days ago

              This is ridiculous. How many times can Martinez save Villa here?

            10. Releasebreaks
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 19 days ago

              Omg what a save Martínez
              Best keeper in the league

            11. Shark Team
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 19 days ago

              Brighton will score

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 19 days ago

                Yeah. I kinda expect it. Too many shots coming Villa's way.

            12. Drumandbaines123
                5 months, 19 days ago

                Cash CS locked on 60 mins. Jammy for owners

                1. TheBiffas
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    Which owners

                2. CRO KLOPP
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 19 days ago

                  If Brighton score,Emi will still get some bps

                  1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                    • 9 Years
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    Yes, it has happened before.

                3. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                  • 9 Years
                  5 months, 19 days ago

                  Martinez bossing save points and BAPS. Easily one of my best investment this season.

                4. Super Saints
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 19 days ago

                  DCL injury and Antonio knock cost me my bench boost with Martinez Coufal Bamford Dallas

                  1. CRO KLOPP
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    I played mine with -4 and Antonio in it

                    1. UNDERWORLD7
                      • 10 Years
                      5 months, 19 days ago

                      Haha same! Working so far!

                  2. JONALDINHO
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    I went for it anyway. If EMI keeps this cleanie I’ll be on 86pts. If I had gone through with getting Lowton I would be on 101 right now!

                5. Fantasy123456
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    Is there a way of seeing your live rank? Can’t see it on the app.

                    1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
                      • 11 Years
                      5 months, 19 days ago

                      Live fpl

                  • Chandler Bing
                    • 5 Years
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    How bad did the Cash injury look? Elmohamady might be a great cheap option on WC.

                  • Make United Great Again
                    • 8 Years
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    Another Eni save. This is hilarious hahaha

                  • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    Brighton. I don’t care who does it. Someone score.

                    Or kick it off Emi for a Martinez OG even better

                  • HMC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    The team of threats page on livefpl is depressing when you don’t own most of them!

                    1. Major League Shocker
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      5 months, 19 days ago

                      Don't look at it. It's not like there's a cheat code you can use to have more than 15 players in your team.

                  • pundit of punts
                    • 8 Years
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    Drop 1 striker on WC

                    Watkins
                    DCL
                    Ings
                    Kane

                    1. Pino
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      5 months, 19 days ago

                      DCL

                    2. Egg noodle
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      5 months, 19 days ago

                      Watkins surely

                  • Rainer
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    12 pointer inc, he’ll outscore Pope, again 😀

                  • camarozz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    Wats wrong with villa this ev?

                    1. dogtanion
                      • 11 Years
                      5 months, 19 days ago

                      Brighton have beaten Liverpool and Spurs in the last few weeks though!

                  • Isco Disco
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    Hooooooooooooold Emi