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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. BeWater
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Only just realised they took a BPS of Lowton. He finished on 2 didn't he.

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        he lost 3 points in the span of 3 seconds 🙁

        1. Slurpy
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          basically last kick of the game too

      2. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Because he got a yellow at the end

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          That's not the reason. Everyone is just copying what everyone else is saying.

          I saw it live.

          He was on 30 BAPs. After the foul (-1) and YC (-3) he dropped to 26, which was tied for 2 bonus.

          He was dropped to 25 after they recalculated something both sure what exactly. Probably whatever it was was correct though.

          1. BeWater
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Yeah that's the part I missed Hazz. Knew he got carded and saw he still got 2 BPS. Must have been quite a while before they dropped him to 1 BPS.

            • Egg noodle
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              As a non owner I never realised he dropped down to 25 baps. Sorry.

            • Scholes Out Forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              most likely lost BAP due to that foul and booking though

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          As soon as that happened I knew the week was doomed

        3. Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          He was on 3.
          Got booked.
          Ended up with 1.

      3. SADIO SANÉ
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        the first time I've wanted max Pep rotation and I bet he still screws me 😆

        1. BeWater
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I have DCL first sub and Lowton second. Cancelo completely out of the squad or starting is what I need. No 1 point cameos please Pep.

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Maddison hurt

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Answers your earlier question perhaps. Bad for rest of the team however.

        3. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Ederson, Walker Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, KDB, Rodri, BIlva, Foden, Sterling and Mahrez showing on one of my apps as City line up!!

          1. Coys96
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Wrong!

            1. Scholes Out Forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              lol great rebuttal

              1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Haha it’s live score app

        4. Bennyboy1907
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Martinez
            Cancelo Stones AWB
            Salah Son Bruno Barnes Gundogan
            DCL Watkins

            Can get here for a -4 for DGW26?

            Thinking to go without Kane as son is enough

          • fedolefan
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Stupid Tielemans. Taking lame shots and giving Emi free save points.

          • Arteta
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Do you expect lkay to start today?

            1. Arteta
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Ilkay*

            2. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              11 minutes ain't long to wait!

            3. Amey
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              No

            4. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Not personally, resigned myself to souceck 1 pointer

            5. Maeki2
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 19 days ago

              he be IIkay

            6. ALI_G
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              bench I think

            7. fedolefan
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              My guess is no since Pep tends to want full training for a player to be selected.

          • Amey
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            12 minutes to meltdown ❗

          • Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I think he will start but he won't play more than 60 mins

            1. Shark Team
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Fail answer about Gundo

          • Rolls-Royce
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/56147920

            Grealish out for a month.

            1. Amey
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Feck

            2. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Goes from “hopefully back for next game and not as serious as they first feared” to out for a month lol

            3. Puncheon Guly
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              How have the journalists come to the conclusion of it being a month, when Smith doesn't say how long it'll be?

          • Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Should I cash out ? I have under 3.5 goals in that one

            1. Well you know, Triffic
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Yes

            2. BeWater
                1 month, 19 days ago

                What's the current payout v final payout?

                1. Shark Team
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Current is only 8£ but if I get it right along with 3 more then it will be 150£

                  1. BeWater
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      I'd wait. Although the chances of another goal in this game are pretty high.

                2. JONALDINHO
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Is he not injured? Sell

                  1. Make United Great Again
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Lol

                3. Scholes Out Forever
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  there will be more goals

              • BeWater
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Anyone else completely happy if this game ends 1-2?!

                  1. JONALDINHO
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Emi pen save and 2 more saves for max baps would be ideal

                  2. Old Man
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    I don't want any more goals (Foxes fan with no Leicester players)

                  3. UNDERWORLD7
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    I want a 4-2 villa win

                  4. BeWater
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Martinez is still going to outscore Pope somehow isn't he.

                    • TNB
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Emi to give away a penalty and get red carded.

                    • Rainer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Oh Barnes that was lovely.

                      Get in my belly-team...

                      1. Amey
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Yeah.
                        Very uncomfortable watching as a non owner

                      2. KAPTAIN KANE
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        He’s one of those trolls that looks pants when I pick him

                    • SharkyT
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Can do this move but will need to go early this week as only 0.1m left:

                      Grealish/Ings/Coufal > Barnes/Kane/Dias -8?

                      What we saying?

                      1. abcdef3
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Yes

                      2. Puncheon Guly
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Dias could be really frustrating for -4. But could also be worth 12+...

                        1. SharkyT
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          I’d never consider it if it wasn’t a DGW plus Grealish injury

                    • Rainer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Martinez 5th save.

                      Stop. Shooting.

                      1. KAPTAIN KANE
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Or start scoring instead

                    • Horlicks esq.
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Im pulling the Wildcard, as planned.

                      However Spurs assets look pants now.

                      I'm going to wait until the end of the day and pull the trigger. I have XI DGW players. But no Kane, KDB, Leicester or Everton players - I think now is the time.

                      Anybody else on a WC for 26?

                      1. Scholes Out Forever
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        same here - waiting until end of day to press it

                        you have any other chips?

                        1. Horlicks esq.
                          • 11 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          TC but it can wait

                          1. UNDERWORLD7
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            Yep, my TC will have to wait also

                      2. Forgetmeknot
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Yep and I had 11 dgw even before I did but none of the decent ones so pleased I’m playing it

                      3. UNDERWORLD7
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Yep, not that my team desperately needs it, but the opportunity I will miss out on if not played, I have no Leicester, no Everton, no KDB, Salah can go he’a useless, so I’m WC’ing

                    • KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Come on Kevin please start, I wonder what his EO is, could be a massive opportunity

                    • AD2110
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      How long is Grealish supposed to be out for?

                      1. UNDERWORLD7
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Nobody knows

                      2. Hy liverpool
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        A month

                      3. KAPTAIN KANE
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Around a month

                        1. KAPTAIN KANE
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          Sauce - BBC Sport

                      4. Horlicks esq.
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        5 weeks

                    • Pukki Party
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Ooof Rockstar tweets Gundo and KdB start

                      1. UNDERWORLD7
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        This is excellent news

                      2. SADIO SANÉ
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        hopefully Foden's got the tom tits

                      3. Pukki Party
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Dias & Stones

                        1. Kabayan
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          Lovely, just need to get big points form them.

                    • Zilla
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      WGTA for Villa goal?

                      1. Pukki Party
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Not at the stadium so no way of knowing

                    • Hazz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      https://twitter.com/FPL_Rockstar/status/1363509688755777537?s=19

                      Gundogan & KDB start.

                      I will be behind my sofa.

                      1. KAPTAIN KANE
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Woohoo!!

                    • Jurgen Flopp
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Gundo and KDB start

                    • La Roja
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Maddison out injured

                      1. UNDERWORLD7
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Huh?

                        1. La Roja
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          Trying one last time it seems

                    • Bookkeeper
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      yes gundog

                    • Coys96
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      KDB Fernandinho & Gundo start.

                    • abcdef3
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Do we think Thomas keeps his place? Seems a very obvious swap from Coufal to Thomas if so...

                      1. Maeki2
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        no

                    • Rainer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Go on Gundo!

                    • seewhyaxe
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      need news about Raz!

                    • Bookkeeper
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      no cancelo

                      1. KAPTAIN KANE
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Cancelo?