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. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Fuming, if it weren’t for the DCL/Antonio flags I’d have bench boosted with Martinez and Lowton on it

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      But tbf id have capped DCL over Gundogan!

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

      You left Lowton on the bench despite a double?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        No, my moves were dependant on chip plan.
        I.e I didn’t get Lowton because I decided not to BB

      2. Aidan269
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Sub par management indeed

    3. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Same here but with Martinez Coufal Bamford Dallas on bench

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

    Martinez on 7 save points. Brighton should give us more shots on target from outside the box.

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

      Wish he had 7 save points... 21 saves is quite an achievement.

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Didn't you play Pope, why do you wish he had 7 save points?

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

          I played Martinez in FanTeam.

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      7 save points? Surely 2? 7 shots on target

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

      *7 saves, my bad

  3. Dybala10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Typical Watkins, blanks when you play and scores when you bench.

    1. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Started him over Targett because I don't want to play 5 at the back lol.

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Soucek no. 2

      1. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        beat me to it

    3. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Brighton are extremely miserly at the back, have been for the last 6 or so games

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

        Many managers do not consider opponents recent form. Another case in point is those who started Son and Kane vs a City team keeping cleans sheets. Another is Salah last week. He scored yes, but cannot run away from the fact that it was a lucky pen.

        1. Utopsis
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 5 days ago

          Couldn't agree more - most ppl look at the color on the fixture ticker and that's it. Form, and the massive confidence it breeds at both ends of the pitch, be dammed.

          Disclaimer - I played Salah last week and heavily advocated for people to play Son this week 🙂

    4. 'Broadsword Calling Da…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      I'm thinking to get Martinez in for the first time this season, you lucky owners be warned. Same will happen to him once I transfer him in (by the laws of my fpl physics this season), his gloves will turn to butter.

  4. Party time
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Antonio news?

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Hauling

      1. Party time
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Thanks

    2. Releasebreaks
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      12 points

    3. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Some thread on reddit showing the west ham physio sold Antonio from his fpl team or something...

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

        This has the distinct whiff of bullsh#t about it.

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

            Not questioning you. I think the whole story stinks!

          2. Party time
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Thanks buddy

      2. NATSTER
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Oh, we are now stepping up at another level of playing FPL.

    4. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      2 min cameo in stoppage time

  5. Jet5605
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Congrats to Gundo TC'ers. I toyed with the idea but thought Bamford in 25 or Kane in 26 would be the way to go.

    1. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 5 days ago

      May yet pay off, keep the faith!

    2. 'Broadsword Calling Da…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Not only that, Gundo might be injured for the next game of this double anyway right (still a decent triple anyway, but if you want the TC chip, you want your player to have both games).

      1. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 5 days ago

        But if your TC for 19pts across 2 games on a normal day, you'd be radiant with joy

  6. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    I always find it hard to spend a transfer on a GK when I have chosen two at the start of the season. I usually go for 2x 4.5 playing GKs. Getting Martinez for a hit in GW19 has been one of the best decisions I've made this season.

    1. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Welcome to the party.

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

    Bissouma is really good. Good distribution, good positioning to intercept, also has a really good long range shot.

    He'll go to a big 6 team soon. Liverpool I've heard are interested.

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

      Definitely. He’s a quality footballer.

    2. dogtanion
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Agreed. Himself and Ndidi both have massive futures

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

        Yes indeedy.

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

        Ndidi massively underrated. Second best defensive mid in the league imho

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

      So smooth on the ball. He’s like a more consistent Pogba. Would love him at Liverpool

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

      Couldn't agree more - fit as a fiddle as well, will get up and down all day.

      A moderately well off man's Kante

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

      He's going in the summer, they've already signed his replacement.

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

      United need to sign him

    7. estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Yes decent player

  8. AzzaroMax99
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Benched Antonio and played Bamford. I hope that wasn't a mistake.

  9. NATSTER
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    A winning goal from Grealish for 1-0 win will be a great finish to this game.

    Assist is okay too. C'mon Jack!

  10. Jet5605
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Come on Maupay can't you dive for a pen like Dean taught you?

  11. Davros
    • 12 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    What are Brighton doing at the wrong end of the table? Villa making it look easy for them

  12. Egg noodle
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    I'm happy with 7 saves. No more shots on target please.

  13. Kaneyonero
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Just a pen save now Martinez

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

      A Brighton penalty would be VERY interesting. Big points swing.

    2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      And an assist to John Doe.

  14. Wizard of Ozil
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    come on Villa.. need a clean sheet!! non Pope owner.

  15. Stand By Mee
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    If Pope blanks the second game and ends with 10 points, he will be outscored by Martinez in a single game.

    I played Pope and benched Martinez. Shouldn´t have bothered in bringing him in..

    1. estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      I did the same... I still think Pope will outscore him

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        When you factor in the transfer used to bring in Pope it wasn't worth it.

        1. estheblessed
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          I used FT besides this is all speculative. Pope gets another cleansheet and he's up to 16+ points.

  16. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Come on Brighton

  17. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 5 days ago

    97 points so far. Ffs cmon Grealish get me something you clown

    1. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Come on don't be greedy.

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 5 days ago

        I need over 100

    2. dogtanion
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Serious haul ,well done

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Thanks

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

        Seconded. Damn good for 1 match day.

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

      But how many points have you got? Please tell us. 😉

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

        That's how many points he's current on incl. current bonus.

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

      *Looks at script*

      ... season over?

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Will be if villa concede

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

          I'll revoke my rare compliments to you if you keep it up.

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

      Hmm looks like I’ll overtake you after Richarlison hauls tomorrow. Congrats though massive score

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 5 days ago

        We both effed up keeping son and not going to hamez or rashy

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

          I’m not too fussed about that more so the fact I didn’t go through on Dallas to Lowton. It’s killing me that I didn’t do it

  18. estheblessed
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Need a Grealish assist or a Brighton goal. Or both!

  19. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Really need Antonio to show up tomorrow or Trashkins first on bench comes in with his 2 pointer.

  20. Davros
    • 12 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Cmon Danny

  21. AK_FC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    C'mon Danny!

  22. Meinhoff
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Holddddd Emiiii

  23. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    My luck is horrific, that DCL injury has cost me massively

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

      His injury was confirmed before the transfer deadline..

      1. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Stopped me bench boosting

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

      Could’ve just taken the hit and bench boosted.... it’s not bad luck

      1. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Never been lucky enough for a hit to pay off, if I had taken a hit Martinez would have got a red card

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

          I was in the exact same position as you but took a hit to get in Richarlison. There was no way I was leaving EMI on the bench. You can’t just say it’s bad luck when things don’t go your way

          1. Super Saints
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            But nothing goes my way, can't be that I'm just making the wrong decisions every week, Brighton have battered Villa and should be ahead, fantasy football is 90% luck.

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

    Another save!

  25. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Another Emi save...

  26. Daddymac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Sick of Martínez so turned over to the boxing and he’s bloody fighting as well

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

    Martinez is something else

  28. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    This is the only game week of the season I have benched Martinez

  29. Ady87
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Martinez is a monster. Need this Cs gone so bad. Every week he bails my rivals out. I’ve got to get him in!

  30. CRO KLOPP
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Sub Martinez off,get him some rest,his hands are hurting from saves