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, 1 day 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, 1 day ago

      But tbf id have capped DCL over Gundogan!

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      You left Lowton on the bench despite a double?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 1 day 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, 1 day ago

        Sub par management indeed

    3. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Same here but with Martinez Coufal Bamford Dallas on bench

  2. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 1 day 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, 1 day ago

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

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

          I played Martinez in FanTeam.

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

      7 save points? Surely 2? 7 shots on target

    3. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      *7 saves, my bad

  3. Dybala10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

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

    1. ivantys
        4 months, 1 day ago

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

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Soucek no. 2

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

          beat me to it

      • Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 1 day 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, 1 day 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, 1 day 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, 1 day 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
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Antonio news?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Hauling

        1. Party time
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Thanks

      2. Releasebreaks
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        12 points

      3. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 1 day 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, 1 day ago

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

            1. Boss Hogg
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Not questioning you. I think the whole story stinks!

            2. Party time
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Thanks buddy

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

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

      4. Freshy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        2 min cameo in stoppage time

    3. Jet5605
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day 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, 1 day ago

        May yet pay off, keep the faith!

      2. 'Broadsword Calling Da…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 1 day 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, 1 day ago

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

    4. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 1 day 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, 1 day ago

        Welcome to the party.

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 1 day 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, 1 day ago

        Definitely. He’s a quality footballer.

      2. dogtanion
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Agreed. Himself and Ndidi both have massive futures

        1. Boss Hogg
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Yes indeedy.

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

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

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

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

      4. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 1 day 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, 1 day ago

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

      6. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        United need to sign him

      7. estheblessed
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Yes decent player

    6. AzzaroMax99
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

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

    7. NATSTER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 1 day 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!

    8. Jet5605
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

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

    9. Davros
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

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

    10. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

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

    11. Kaneyonero
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Just a pen save now Martinez

      1. Boss Hogg
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

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

      2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        And an assist to John Doe.

    12. Wizard of Ozil
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

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

    13. Stand By Mee
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day 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, 1 day ago

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

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

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

          1. estheblessed
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

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

    14. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Come on Brighton

    15. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

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

      1. Sir Alex Telles.
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Come on don't be greedy.

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

          I need over 100

      2. dogtanion
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Serious haul ,well done

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

          Thanks

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

          Seconded. Damn good for 1 match day.

      3. Boss Hogg
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

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

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

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

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

        *Looks at script*

        ... season over?

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

          Will be if villa concede

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

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

      5. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 1 day 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, 1 day ago

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

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

    16. estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

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

    17. Sir Alex Telles.
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

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

    18. Davros
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Cmon Danny

    19. AK_FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      C'mon Danny!

    20. Meinhoff
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Holddddd Emiiii

    21. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

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

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

        His injury was confirmed before the transfer deadline..

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Stopped me bench boosting

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

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

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 1 day 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, 1 day 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, 1 day 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.

    22. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Another save!

    23. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Another Emi save...

    24. Daddymac
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

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

    25. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Martinez is something else

    26. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

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

    27. Ady87
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 1 day 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!

    28. CRO KLOPP
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

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