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Grealish absent through injury as Castagne returns for Leicester’s trip to Villa

Jack Grealish (£7.7m) is absent from the Aston Villa squad for the visit of Leicester City this afternoon.

Rumours had swirled about the midfielder’s potential absence over the last 48 hours and grew louder closer to kick-off, with the Athletic’s Gregg Evans reporting that Grealish will also miss the first part of Villa’s Gameweek 26 double-header against Leeds United, too.

The England international is owned by 37.0% of Fantasy Premier League managers overall and just over 35.0% in the top 10,000, so his absence will be keenly felt and cause a headache or two ahead of next Saturday’s deadline.

Anwar El Ghazi (£5.3m) is the man who benefits from Grealish’s absence and will line up on the left flank of Villa’s attack.

Dean Smith’s other alteration from Gameweek 23 is also enforced, with Matty Cash (£5.0m) ruled out for several weeks due to injury.

Ahmed El Mohamady (£4.3m) makes just his second league start of the campaign in Cash’s place at right-back.

Brendan Rodgers has also made two changes from the side that beat Liverpool last weekend.

The fit-again Timothy Castagne (£5.7m) and Luke Thomas (£4.2m) are recalled, with Daniel Amartey (£3.9m) and Marc Albrighton (£5.2m) dropping to the bench.

LINE-UPS

Aston Villa XI: Martinez, Elmohamady, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Luiz, McGinn, Traore, Barkley, El Ghazi, Watkins.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel, Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Thomas, Ndidi, Tielemans, Castagne, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy.

DOUBLE GAMEWEEK 25 SO FAR…

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West Ham United defeated Tottenham Hotspur in the first Premier League game of the day, with Jesse Lingard (£5.9m) continuing his purple patch of form in east London.

Lingard’s goal was his fourth attacking return in as many appearances for the Hammers and turned out to be the match-winner, which looks set to secure him maximum bonus points and a double-digit haul.

Michail Antonio (£6.6m) was passed fit to play and marked his return with an early goal, although his comeback was ever-so-slightly tainted with a second-half booking.

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Tomas Soucek (£5.3m) also picked up a yellow card en route to a one-pointer, with FPL’s most-owned defender, Aaron Cresswell (£5.8m), losing his clean sheet when Lucas Moura (£6.6m) nodded home Gareth Bale‘s (£9.3m) corner.

Soucek and Vladmir Coufal (£4.7m) were involved in separate collisions but recovered to finish the game.

Son Heung-min (£9.5m) and Harry Kane (£11.1m) both blanked but came within inches of a return: the former striking the woodwork late on with a freak, looping touch, with the latter seeing a potential assist go up in smoke in the process.

Kane had also teed the impressive Bale up for a second-half attempt that clipped the bar.

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1,215 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Everyone still triple captaining Kane?

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Ha brilliant

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Of course

    3. Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      No, he became something between Brewster and Wickham in one game

    4. fedolefan
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Triple captaining Pope

    5. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Yes

    6. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Not even going to have him

  2. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Kane TC? You're having a laugh!

    1. 'Broadsword Calling Da…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Lol this!

    2. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Was just listening to commentary, sounded unlucky not to come away with something. That not right?

      1. Lucky Z
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Should at least have goal + assist

    3. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Well things change in FPL quickly, so there’s no point laughing at something like that. If someone had said Salah would blank 5/6 in a row like he did over Xmas, he would have got so much abuse. Thinking outside the box on this place is considered a massive sin...

      1. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        THIS!!

  3. 'Broadsword Calling Da…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    What do we think of Kane for the DGW now then? Will be watching Vardy for clues (as in, I may choose Vardy over Kane)

    1. dshv
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Maybe i will bring vardy..

    2. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Done it. He doesnt blank for long. Was afraid at being priced out though lol

  4. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    De Bruyne starting?

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Is Pep on here?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Probably

  5. Lucky Z
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Keeping Grealish for his additional fixtures just for selling him for a hit before DGW

    1. dshv
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      You think he will miss the double gw ?

      1. jb1985
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Article says may miss 1st game of the double.

      2. Lucky Z
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Noted above. Missing Leeds.

      3. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        At least the first match of dgw 26

  6. Fred54
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    The mods deleted my post about Grealish definitely being injured. It was the day after the deadline, so not much you could do with the news.

    Both those that mocked me, can do one.

    1. fedolefan
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Name them and shame them.

    2. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Did you include a source?

      1. Fred54
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Yes. It was a secondary source which was much more reliable than original source.

    3. Jordan.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      i believed ,cheers

    4. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      How did you definitely know though?

      1. Fred54
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        People always scorn at twitter ITKs, but there are some really good ones out there.

    5. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Did you capture the screen to prove this?

  7. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Time to roll out this classic again.

    https://i.imgur.com/bED2Zb3.mp4

  8. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Why do I have x2 Spurs players, they make Liverpool look good 🙁

  9. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    20 from 8. Anyone better?

    1. Jurgen Flopp
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Ye me. 24(-8)from 8

    2. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      20 from 3 here

    3. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Similar

    4. Stejson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      35 (-8) from 8

    5. fedolefan
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Stop bragging.

  10. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Grealish owners, who you getting off the bench for him?

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Stones, if not then DCL.

    2. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      He is second on my bench.

    3. Kabayan
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      DCL

    4. EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Watkins

    5. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      My ML rival is getting Antonio! Extremely frustrating.

    6. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Sold him for Raphina

    7. dshv
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Antonio

    8. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Coufal

  11. elchilangles
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Assuming we don't know how serious the Grealish injury is yet or whether he will be fit by the double???

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Will miss Leeds apparently

  12. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 22 days ago

    If you put the armband on Spurs in the DGW you deserve the 4 points that’s coming for you and nothing more

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      The type of games Kane/Son would haul in tbh.

      1. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        It's possible, but when did they haul last time?

        1. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Leeds.

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      who you putting it on?

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Bruno or DCL

  13. EmreCan Hustle
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Anyone looking at Matheus Pereira to replace Grealish?

    Next 3 GWs;
    Brighton
    Everton
    Newcastle
    Palace

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Won’t play OOP every week, more likely to see the bench

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Whoops wrong Peirera

        1. EmreCan Hustle
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          I was actually looking the Leicester Pereira too, thanks for the info 🙂

  14. Nanoelektronicar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Villa will shut up shop here. Another Emi incoming.

  15. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Can see a Martinez 1 pointer in this game.

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      1 pointer more than Pope?

      1. dshv
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Hahahaba this

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Let's see when the game is over.

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Can see them conceding, but he'll make too many saves for a 1-pointer.

  16. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Big test of Villa here - Cash is a massive loss

    Grealish even massiver

    1. fr3d
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Interesting to see how this affects Martinez

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Agree and LEI are not that easy to play against

    3. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Can't see them getting anything

  17. Alexis Nonsense
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    In my livefeed Castagne is fielded as a winger in 4-2-3-1

    Really?

  18. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Pick one:

    A) Maja + Raphinha
    B) Jorginho + Bamford

    Also, should I BB with Bamford/ Raphinha + Struijk + Vestergaard + 12 DGW players?

    1. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      A

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Thanks, BB?

    2. MightyGar
        1 month, 22 days ago

        A, and BB yes

    3. SADIO SANÉ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      starting Foden and Gundog ahead of Barnes is feeling pretty bad right now, go easy Harvey

    4. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      With no West Ham or Spurs players this was a lucky escape. Kane could easily had a goal or two.

      1. Hy liverpool
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        I didn't watch.. How was son and kane?

        1. EmreCan Hustle
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Kane unlucky not to score.
          Son almost scored a lucky goal.

    5. 3 A
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Castagne maybe OOP.

    6. BeWater
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Great. Martinez save after 30 seconds.

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Villa are going to be in for a long afternoon.

      • TAB
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Martinez
        Cancelo - Mee - Dias - Maguire - Digne
        Bruno - Gundogan - Salah
        Ings - DCL

        Pope Bamford - Raphinha - Stephens

        A) Ings, Salah & Stephens > Kane, Son & Maddison (-8) (BB)
        B) Ings & Salah > Kane(TC) & Son (-4)
        C) Ings > Kane(TC)

      • Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Martinez save

      • Totalfootball
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Martinez 1 save already .
        Seriously ?

      • Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Chilwell, Grealish and Ings
        To
        Castagne, Barnes and Kane(c) for a hit?

      • SomeoneKnows
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Martinez (Pope)
        Cancelo, Stones, Dallas (Coufal, Douglas)
        Salah, Bruno, Son, Gundogan (Grealish*)
        DCL, Bamford, Ings

        Got 2FT + 1.6 itb plan was to do:
        Ings + Pope > Kane + Forster

        Given Spurs poor performance and the latest Grealish injury, any alternative transfer suggestions?

      • Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        No CS here for Villa.

        1. Hy liverpool
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Villa will be like palace without zaha!
          I hope not thou

      • Totalfootball
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Why dont we just start every villa game with Martinez haul

      • Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Let's go Targett and Watkins!