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
    4 months, 2 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
      4 months, 2 days ago

      But tbf id have capped DCL over Gundogan!

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

      You left Lowton on the bench despite a double?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 2 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
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Sub par management indeed

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

      Same here but with Martinez Coufal Bamford Dallas on bench

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

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

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

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

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          I played Martinez in FanTeam.

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

      7 save points? Surely 2? 7 shots on target

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

      *7 saves, my bad

  3. Dybala10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

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

    1. ivantys
        4 months, 2 days ago

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

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Soucek no. 2

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

          beat me to it

      • Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 2 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
          4 months, 2 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
            4 months, 2 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 🙂

      • 'Broadsword Calling Da…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 2 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.

    2. Party time
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Antonio news?

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Hauling

          1. Party time
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Thanks

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

            12 points

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

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

            1. Boss Hogg
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

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

                1. Boss Hogg
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  Not questioning you. I think the whole story stinks!

                2. Party time
                    4 months, 2 days ago

                    Thanks buddy

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

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

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

              2 min cameo in stoppage time

          4. Jet5605
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 2 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
              4 months, 2 days ago

              May yet pay off, keep the faith!

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

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

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

              Welcome to the party.

          6. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 2 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
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Definitely. He’s a quality footballer.

            2. dogtanion
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Agreed. Himself and Ndidi both have massive futures

              1. Boss Hogg
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                Yes indeedy.

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

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

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

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

            4. Utopsis
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 2 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
              4 months, 2 days ago

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

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

              United need to sign him

            7. estheblessed
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Yes decent player

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

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

          8. NATSTER
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 2 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!

          9. Jet5605
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

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

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

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

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

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

          12. Kaneyonero
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Just a pen save now Martinez

            1. Boss Hogg
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

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

            2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              And an assist to John Doe.

          13. Wizard of Ozil
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

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

          14. Stand By Mee
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 2 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
              4 months, 2 days ago

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

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

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

                1. estheblessed
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

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

          15. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Come on Brighton

          16. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 2 days ago

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

            1. Sir Alex Telles.
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Come on don't be greedy.

              1. Fudgy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 2 days ago

                I need over 100

            2. dogtanion
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Serious haul ,well done

              1. Fudgy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 2 days ago

                Thanks

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

                Seconded. Damn good for 1 match day.

            3. Boss Hogg
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

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

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

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

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

              *Looks at script*

              ... season over?

              1. Fudgy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 2 days ago

                Will be if villa concede

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

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

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

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

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

          17. estheblessed
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

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

          18. Sir Alex Telles.
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

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

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

            Cmon Danny

          20. AK_FC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            C'mon Danny!

          21. Meinhoff
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Holddddd Emiiii

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

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

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

              His injury was confirmed before the transfer deadline..

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

                Stopped me bench boosting

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

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

              1. Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 2 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
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 2 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
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 2 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.

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

            Another save!

          24. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Another Emi save...

          25. Daddymac
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

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

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

            Martinez is something else

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

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

          28. Ady87
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 2 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!

          29. CRO KLOPP
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

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