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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…

Grealish absent through injury as Castagne returns for Leicester's trip to Villa 2

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.

Grealish absent through injury as Castagne returns for Leicester's trip to Villa 3

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. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Last chance for Sterling in my team

    1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I got rid for raphinia

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Have to keep him for the doubles

    3. bored by december
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      easy swap out for any firing Man C asset though, will be interesting to see how Gundo does now with KDB back in the team...could be Raz to Kevin

  2. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    ARSENAL TEAM NEWS – TIERNEY FIT, HOLDING & MARI START

    Team to play Man City: Leno, Bellerin, Tierney, Holding, Mari, Elneny, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Pepe, Aubameyang

    Subs: Ryan, Gabriel, Lacazette, Martinelli, Smith Rowe, Willian, Cedric, Luiz, Ceballos

    MAN CITY TEAM NEWS – DE BRUYNE STARTS

    Team to play Arsenal: Ederson, Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Gundogan, Sterling

    Subs: Steffen, Laporte, Walker, Mendy, Ferran Torres, Aguero, Foden, Jesus, Rodri

    1. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Elneny, Xhaka and Bellerin. Feast away, Pep's lads

  3. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Either KDB or Gundo false 9

  4. Baines on Toast...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    No Rodri so Gundo deep

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Fernandinho is there

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Fernandinho in natural position?

    3. SADIO SANÉ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Dinho

    4. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Gundo false 9 more likely.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        I don't really read the lineup that way, but it'll probably change throughout the match.

    5. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Fernandinho...

  5. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Stones & Cancelo both starting means benching fun in the DGW 😆

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      CL game too, hoping for a rest there

    2. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Yep, was expecting a cancelo rest today

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Due next GW then

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Midweek I reckon

  6. Rolls-Royce
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    People getting excited by rockstar tweets when they could've waited for 4 minutes literally. 😆

  7. SADIO SANÉ
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    please stay benched Foden, don't do this to me Pep

  8. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    OR 1 has Bernardo first sub with Grealish starting so we know what happens here.

    1. flipmode_1
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Thankgod for that! Stones, Cancelo and Gundo starting means I avoid the Soucek 1 pointer from the bench!

      1. flipmode_1
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Oops reply fail

  9. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    When you needed Pep roulette and he doesnt do it...

    Sold Gundo for Raph and benched Cancelo... need a bigger sofa

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Ouch! Both you & Pep are doing the double on you 😉

  10. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Do you think gundogan is a bit deeper with kdb playing? Will be interesting how kdb being back impacts him anyway

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      nah

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      No. Same as before.

    3. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      KDB number 9 position.

      Gundogan left midfield.

      Cancelo right back.

      1. Here's Tom with the We…
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Not think it could be Mahrez in the 9?

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Sterling. KdB. Mahrez.

          1. Here's Tom with the We…
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            What Silva a bit deeper?

    4. Nikolai Volkoff
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      KDB in QB role will more likely selflessly hold his position playing deep to help the team

    5. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Gundo will excel in his late arriving role as the defenders focus on the front 3

  11. Nomar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    City may as well sell Jesus and Aguero in the summer.

    1. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      They lining up Haaland

      1. Werner Brothers
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        May as well bring his father also

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          As 3rd coach? 48 years so too late to play for City again

    2. Kabayan
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Would like to see Halland to replace them.

      1. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Scored another brace yesterday I think as well.

    3. tambourineman
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Aguero out of contract so will be off for free

    4. Maeki2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 20 days ago

      messi

  12. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Sterling gundo cancelo !

    1. Von Lipwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Yes!

    2. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Wanted one of them rested to get my Richarlison 8pts. I now expect 10 off each please

  13. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Playing his best team away v Arsenal, what a surprise!

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      -Rodri

  14. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    90 mins of Cancelo and his no end product

    1. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Nice attempted reverse jinx.

  15. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    4 - 3- 3

    KdB leads the line
    Fernandinho centre midfield

  16. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Wow Gundo TC could be good next week.

  17. Towsor44
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Whoops, sold Sterling after having him for weeks and weeks and kept Foden! Still, if he doesn't come on I've got Antonio first 1st sub.

  18. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Who else has Kevin? 😎

  19. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Looks like Gundagon false 9 to me

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Reads more of a KDB False 9 role to me.

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      KdB

      Gundogan, Fernandinho, Silva across the middle.

  20. fedolefan
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Oh rip, Gundo starts then.

  21. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Cancelo overdue a rest, if it happens in midweek, is he captaincy material?

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Definitely

  22. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Is Kane as essential for this DGW as people make out?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      You know he’s not.

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        I agree too.

    2. Pukkipartyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Nah

    3. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      yes, looked very sharp today, whisker away on two occasions from scoring

    4. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I don’t think so ... so many players could return more on their doubles .... and Spurs are pretty impotent at the moment.

    5. Towsor44
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I don't trust any Spurs (or Liverpool for that matter), but, I would dread not having any of them for next week because it would be carnage if I didn't!

    6. themaindanger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I was planning on bringing him in for DGW26. Not convinced now, especially as I have to sell Salah to get him.

    7. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Would expect a gw score of 12+ so depends who you have to cover him

    8. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Think I'm bringing in DCL (TC) instead.

  23. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Dias Sterling Gundo.
    Let’s go boys.

  24. JJO
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    When will i get any od those goals,assist and CSs from my bench?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      When you own Grealish?

      1. JJO
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        If i owned Grealish Richa would get red card in 2nd minute,not goal

  25. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Anyone else thinking of using WC now instead of after the blank?

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      no

    2. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      yes, really tempted. To get to the team i want will take -12.

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        BB?

      2. JohnnyRev7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Yeh, same thoughts here. A -12 BB is worth saving the WC for 30/31.

    3. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Yes

    4. Keeptrying
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Thought has crossed my mind. But still unlikely.
      How strongly are you leaning towards it?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Given I'd probably change 8 players at least, highly.

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Makes sense then.

        2. Keeptrying
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Makes a lot of sense!

    5. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Contemplating it.

    6. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Used mine for this GW, for a TC option.

      Think 29 is navigable without it & not worrying too much about 30 onwards yet.

    7. seewhyaxe
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Not really since I can't bb and wc together.

      I'd just aim to get at least 9-10 dgw players

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Need the right ones though.

    8. Well you know, Triffic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Yes

      Kane
      Barnes
      Targett
      DCL

    9. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Not at all, 10 decent DGW players already, it'll be an injury and rotation nightmare anyway

    10. Chris_H
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Yes - BB week after with triple saints and Raphina

  26. Breezyy
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Benched Gundo for Barnes and I’m still sh!tting it

    This is going to sting

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      huh

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      10+ points is a healthy buffer at least.

    3. JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Eh?

  27. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    The gameweek really starts in 56 minutes

  28. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Need a Bruno no show for Gundogan off the bench, very small chance I assume?

    1. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I mean maybe he gets sick in the warmup?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Yes or Covid-19

  29. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Good grief, Antonio and Gundo out for useless DGWers turning into a nightmare

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Oops

    2. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Gundo hattrick needed.

    3. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Gundo out?! What were you thinking man?

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Was only meant to be for 1 week as thought he wouldnt start

    4. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I sold Grealish and DCL for Raphina and Ings -4, Grealish not even playing and still hasn't paid off and it meant I benched Antonio, transfers never work out for me though so I'm used to it.

  30. Nikolai Volkoff
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Regretting benching Stones. Come on Arsenal!