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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. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    Sky graphic has Gundo up front

    1. estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      Yes!

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      They always get it wrong to be honest.

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 27 days ago

        Haha yep. I'm still none the wiser tho.

  2. Stupendous
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    Tbh isn't the most overlooked thing of this entire upcoming DGW...

    WHAT ABOUT KDB???

    Son to KDB might be tempting and drop one of Cancelo or Stones.

    Audition day!

    1. estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      See how he gets on city have double double right?

      1. Stupendous
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 27 days ago

        He could have 50 pts in the next few weeks himself

        1. estheblessed
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 27 days ago

          Or 10

          1. Stupendous
            • 9 Years
            7 months, 27 days ago

            Yes, he could also have 10

            Or 1

            Or 2

            Or 154

            Thanks

  3. Arteta
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    My City trio start which means one nil to the Arsenal.

    1. estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      I've got stones on the bench sonim hoping arsenal score at least!

  4. Little Red Lacazette
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    Gundo, Dias, Stones. My GW finally starts.

  5. Meinhoff
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    Gundo, KDB and Cancelo all start for me whoop whoop now just to hope are in good mood

  6. Ninja Škrtel
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    ffs Pep i got Barnes on the bench :((((

  7. The Senate
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    what chance is there of Luke Thomas playing both in the double?

    1. Says
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      I'll be honest, I've no idea who that is

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      I would not say 100%

    3. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      Probably slim as they have Castagne and Pereira both fit, plus Fuchs always an option on the left.

  8. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    Who also benched Gundo?

    o/

    1. estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      Nope!

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      Yeah, stuck behind Kane 2nd on bench so if someone like Shaw misses out, still not coming on.

      Big sofa out!

    3. The 12th Man
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      Why would anyone bench Gundogan?

    4. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      Why would you bench him? Heavy hitters you always start and then wait for auto subs. Elementary.

    5. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      I did! For DCL.

    6. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      Yes. Really thought he wouldn't start.

      1. JBG
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 27 days ago

        This

    7. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      Nah, benched Robbo instead for the derby. I have no idea what's going on over in Anfield

  9. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    Stones Cancelo Gundo wow bit a surprise, DCL Lowton stay on the bench

  10. seewhyaxe
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    Wow Gundogan playing the 9 position.

    Selling Sterling would make sense now.

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      KDB not Gundo

  11. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 27 days ago

    Genuinely afraid with only having 1 city player today....

    1. TheBiffas
        7 months, 27 days ago

        Why...

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      KDB playing false 9 it seems, after today everyone will have him for the DGW and label him essential, just you wait and see

    3. Mr Ozil
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      Come on Martinez, get a 6th save

    4. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      Main question is:
      who does better in the DGW?
      Barnes + Vardy OR Son + Kane
      I think they match each other and the former costs less.

      1. Baron Penguin (FKA Hadebayo…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 27 days ago

        I’m going Barnes and Kane

    5. Gizzachance
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      Cancelo gundo Sterling, very surprising I got 3 starters

      1. Gizzachance
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 27 days ago

        City have 2 dgw now, some have just played the last one, plus today’s, no way there gonna play another 4

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 27 days ago

          Ok Pep 😛

    6. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      Most likely to sign Haaland in the summer?

      A) Man City
      B) Man Utd
      C) Real Madrid
      D) Juventus
      E) will stay in Dortmund another year

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 27 days ago

        E as it’ll then be 75m.

        Dortmund could just demand 200m this summer.

      2. The Senate
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 27 days ago

        I've been saying for months he's ending up at City next season. I still think the same

      3. SADIO SANÉ
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 27 days ago

        Leeds

      4. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 27 days ago

        A

      5. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 27 days ago

        Although I doubt we'd get him, Chelsea should be added to this list as we still have loads to spend & are very interested.

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 27 days ago

          Agree

      6. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 27 days ago

        Replacement for Kun

      7. Bartowski
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 27 days ago

        Man City. I'm not sure Madrid actually have the funds to compete from what I've read.

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 27 days ago

          So I hear. But all the Haaland headlines in Spanish newspapers puts A presssure on them to show that RM will build A winning team again

      8. tomasjj
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 27 days ago

        E.

    7. fedolefan
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      Razeem you have done your best to ruin my season, trying scoring some points for a change.

      1. Towsor44
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 27 days ago

        I got rid after Wednesday and had him since GW12ish, so he's bound to repay me with a haul today lol!

    8. Says
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      Back to normal for city then KDB playing the false 9, and Zinchenko playing the false KDB.

    9. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      Barnes will get his 2nd goal soon

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 27 days ago

        Hopefully

    10. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 27 days ago

      Vardy close to a goal?

      1. DropkickMurphys
          7 months, 27 days ago

          Game is going quite slow and he had couple chances but didnt look promising

          1. estheblessed
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 27 days ago

            They might get one on the break but all villa atm

      2. DropkickMurphys
          7 months, 27 days ago

          Villa might tie this

        • Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 27 days ago

          That BBC article on Grealish being out for a month is a weird one. The headline says he's out for a month but there's no mention in the article that confirms that.

          https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/56147920

          1. The Senate
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 27 days ago

            yep. Smith is quoted as saying he doesn't know then the headline pulls a number out of thin air

          2. Forgetmeknot
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 27 days ago

            Ha yeh I thought the exact same

        • Baron Penguin (FKA Hadebayo…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 27 days ago

          Ha! I need Pep to troll me to get DCL and Digne and he starts all 3! Arsenal 1-0 incoming.

        • Railwayman
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 27 days ago

          Any info on how many teams have benched Gundogan?

        • fedolefan
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 27 days ago

          Feck Martinez on 5 saves already? Watch him save a penalty and get a 12 pointer again.

        • Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 27 days ago

          People using tc gw26 which player are you captaining?

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 27 days ago

            Gundo potentially.

            Position today and rest midweek dependent.

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 7 Years
              7 months, 27 days ago

              Cheers

        • Salarrivederci
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 27 days ago

          What happened to Maddison?
          Another transfer before next weeks BB? 🙁

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 27 days ago

            Sore ankle, walked off, look precautionary.

            1. Salarrivederci
              • 5 Years
              7 months, 27 days ago

              Aight thanks!
              Hope he is ready for next GW then!

        • money face bandwagon
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 27 days ago

          wads so bad about sterling?

          he got me 45points within 7gw..which is 6.4points per game?

          1. thegaffer82
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 27 days ago

            Look at Gundo’s points over that period... look at their prices.

            That’s the problem!

            1. money face bandwagon
              • 8 Years
              7 months, 27 days ago

              u can still have both?

              1. thegaffer82
                • 10 Years
                7 months, 27 days ago

                Not when I have 2 City DFers

        • Bobby Digital
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 27 days ago

          Trezeguet is so poor

        • thegaffer82
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 27 days ago

          Already got Holgate & Lowton points on the bench. And my 3rd outfield sub spot is of course Gundo...

          He’s gunna get another brace isn’t he 🙁