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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. Jon Snow
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Barkley looking like a girl making that long walk home from the nightclub

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      😆

  2. fedolefan
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Lol Trezeguet.

  3. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Come on Elmo do something!

    1. fedolefan
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Gtfo, there's no way anyone started him.

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

        Correct but worried he could be dropped in the double when I do play him

    2. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Is that the blue guy from sesame street?

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

        Red one

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Googled it - I bow to your knowledge of sesame characters

  4. Tripleh123
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Any advice? DCL or Richarlison for upcoming gameweeks.

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        DCL

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        DCL

      3. Mr Ozil
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        DCL

      4. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        DCL

      5. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        We'll all suggest DCL & Rich will end up outscoring him. You know how it goes.

        1. The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Lol. So true.

      6. Tripleh123
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Thanks. Much appreciated.

      7. DandyDon
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        City game will be similar to week 22 for me hopefully. Got Justin's 15pts off the bench as Foden stayed benched for City. Antonio first on the bench for me today...hopefully Foden stays put again but can't see it with Gundo and De Bryune just back from injuries, can't imagine they'll play 90.

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Guess up to 65 mins KDB.

          75 mins Gundogan depending on how it's going.

          If they score enough early all change.

      8. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Need a Watkins goal

        1. Kudo Warrior
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Is he looking likely to score? Wondering how he'll be without Jack in the side.

        2. The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Same here. Coming off the bench for Grealish.

      9. Bennyboy1907
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Martinez
          Cancelo Stones AWB
          Salah Son Bruno Gundogan(TC) Barnes
          DCL Watkins

          How does this look for a -4 for DGW26?

          1. DandyDon
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            pretty good but not sure if TC on Gundo next week is ideal. We'll know more after this next game...

        • Londongeezaa
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          With KDB back, the City game will be a big indicator of Gundo’s worth.

          If he sits deep and is off pens, the glorious run may be coming to end.

          1. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            He was scoring with KDB in the side

          2. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Let's face it, Man City don't sit back in any formation or picks.

          3. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            His glorious run started before the kdb injury. Kdb was frustrating to own the last weeks before his injury. But maby better now after A long rest

          4. Would Ed Woodward
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Stones only starting because Laporte was injured and Gundo only playing well because KDB is injured are my favourites.

            1. Werner Brothers
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              No, gundo was playing well even with kdb in the team

              1. Would Ed Woodward
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Yes, I know...

        • Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          KDB x Gundo Double up

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

            And Cancelo triple up 🙂

        • Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Play Martinez (lee shu) or De Agra (che cry) next week?

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

            *De Gea damn autocorrect

            1. sminkypinky
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              I’d go with Marty.

          2. Werner Brothers
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Who's de agra?

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

              Autocorrect

          3. Werner Brothers
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Martinez. United has harry the clown

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

              Matt Cash out makes them par, but yeah

          4. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Marty for fixtures

        • sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Benched Stones Antonio and Digne.
          Kinda hoping for an Arsenal goal despite starting Dias. Just to feel better about my choices.

          1. thegaffer82
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Gundo, Holgate & Lowton here 🙁

          2. DandyDon
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Pope, Antonio, Gundo here. At least Spurs scored or Cresswell would have got a CS too!

        • Lethargio Alcantara
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          KDB up front with Gündo behind. CARNAGE!

          Thoughts on KDB for Salah?

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

            As a former KDB owner - he was incredibly frustrating to own & captain this season

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

              But they’re firing now

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

            At this rate am FH-ing

          3. thegaffer82
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Watch the game first is the best advice at this moment

        • Joyce1998
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          best option to fill missing spaces ??

          A- Vardy, Sterling, Gundo, Taylor/White
          B- Ings, KDB, Gundo, Cresswell
          C- DCL, Sterling, Barnes, Digne
          D- same as C but with KDB + Cresswell

          Team
          Ederson
          Shaw, Dallas ,,,,,
          Salah, Bruno,,,,,,,
          Bamford, Watkins,,,,,

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            B

          2. Werner Bros
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            B or D

        • Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Trezeguet championship quality

        • the_duke
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Who else is in the benched gundo club?

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

              Moi but have Kev and Cancelo

            2. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Hopefully not the same members who benched Antonio also

            3. thegaffer82
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Moi

              Didn’t think he’d make it to be fair

              1. the_duke
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  Yeah peps comments led me to believe he'd be benched. Oh well, get the big sofa out!

                  1. JBG
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    This

                    1. AC/DC AFC
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      Pep said he could have played mid week at Everton if need be.

                      It's Pep's way for a bit of ambiguity before the next game to avoid the media spike.

                      This or the next one is the way he brushes off questions about individuals playing matches.

              2. Werner Brothers
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Me. Should of bench son instead

                1. the_duke
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    I never had son benched at all through the week. Had gundo in the squad before i brought ings in, he made way as i thought he might not make it.

                    Can see me dropping out the top 10k here!

                2. GOTHAM City F.C.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  Here. Hope he goes easy

                3. Warby84
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  I do have Cancelo/Dias starting but played Antonio over him so 7 points isn’t much to worry about, hopefully

                4. the_duke
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    Gundo bench gang lets go

                5. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  Kaptain Fudgy in heaven with KdB on his WC this week

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

                    he usually destroys Arsenal too

                  2. AC/DC AFC
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    Aren't you back to Kaptain Kane?

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

                    Fun game: Guess the final points difference between last week and this?

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

                      Need about 15 from KdB to restore parity

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

                        115*

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

                          Haha

                        2. KAPTAIN KANE
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 22 days ago

                          Basically the difference between Antonio and Ings and Pope and McCarthy.

                          Although I’d have got Gundogan off the bench for Grealish too....

                6. Bookkeeper
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  This game was made for a Grealish haul. Such a shame.

                  1. UNDERWORLD7
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    Grealish does hauls?

                7. Little Red Lacazette
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  Who on here knows how long Grealish is out for?

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

                      Ta

                8. Rolls-Royce
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  Looking at Man city's bench, their second team can easily win the premier league.

                  1. AC/DC AFC
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    They're brilliant with a chess discipline approach to team roles with Pep pushing them onwards.

                    But sovereign wealth speaks volumes too.

                    Even more than Russian riches or the American market money!!

                9. Don Kloppeone
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  How I’m still on a tiny green arrow (24pts) after selling Antonio for Ings, having no LEI mids and Son blank I have no idea?!

                  With Gundo and Dias but no Cancelo and Stones 2nd on bench I’m expecting it to turn red now though

                  How’s everyone else doing?

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

                    27, but with these to go:

                    Sanchez, Cancelo, Stones, Shaw, Fernandes + Raph, Bamford, Dallas, Ings

                    Gundogan 2nd on bench behind Kane, so this match may make a rough watch!

                10. The 12th Man
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  Thinking about ignoring Kane and getting KDB in for Grealish if he looks good today.

                  Would be Cancelo,Grealish >> Targett,KDB -4.

                  1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    I'm starting to think the same.

                11. el polako
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  Maddison's injury serious ?

                  1. Bookkeeper
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    didn't look like it did

                  2. SADIO SANÉ
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    did have surgery on that part of hip before

                  3. el polako
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    Thanks

                12. Bobby Digital
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  C'mon Watkins wtf?!

                  1. Kudo Warrior
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    How has he looked withotu Grealish?

                    1. RamaJama
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      Not very sharp

                    2. UNDERWORLD7
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      Pretty bad

                      1. Kudo Warrior
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 22 days ago

                        Ugh! Was planning to bring him in. FFS!

                13. moz_1983
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  Barnes first on the bench, please please stay benched Foden 🙁

                  1. UNDERWORLD7
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    He’ll likely come on

                  2. Kudo Warrior
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    No chance.

                  3. Magic Zico
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    He’s likely to get on with KDB and Gundo just back fit unfortunately

                  4. SADIO SANÉ
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    same, need a miracle 😆

                14. Tripleh123
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    Better option going foward?
                    A) Gundogan +Sterling
                    B) Son + De Bryune

                    1. AC/DC AFC
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      It will change week to week.

                      A for now.

                  • Shark Team
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    Lots of blanks from my attackers this gw but I have some hidden gems for the next one. For example Kane and Watkins could smash it

                    1. Stupendous
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      Not sure about the Watkins part of that statement but I'll give you Kane

                    2. Benjustjamin
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      Hidden gems? How? We all want kane

                      1. Shark Team
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 22 days ago

                        The majority won't go for him cause of his blank

                  • Nikolai Volkoff
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    No Rodri a concern for City defence

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

                      Fernandinho is still pretty good.

                      1. Nikolai Volkoff
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 22 days ago

                        Rodri has been solid all season and has more legs

                    2. Werner Brothers
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      But good for city PK

                    3. Shark Team
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      It's one of those game where they concede one goal after already being 0-3 up

                  • Stupendous
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    Who's gonna have a front line of this for the DGW...

                    DCL Vardy Kane

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

                      probably be pretty rare

                      1. Stupendous
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 22 days ago

                        Piece of cake for those with a huge bank account.

                        One rival has 11m itb ffs

                        If I had no Son I would easy have these 3

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

                          ?

                          1. Stupendous
                            • 8 Years
                            2 months, 22 days ago

                            What is the question?

                            If you have a big bank roll it's easy. A rival has that. If I didnt own Son I would go for that frontline but unless I sell him I don't see how. Son or Kane for me.

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

                              I only said it would be pretty rare, which it will be - not whether I think it's possible/a good idea

                    2. George Agdgdgwngo
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      Possibly me, see below lol

                    3. Rainer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      Not many, even if I’m WC.

                      1. Rainer
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 22 days ago

                        even if on* WC.

                    4. Egg noodle
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      Tumbleweed

                    5. Magic Zico
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      Maybe me if Salah Son out on FH

                      1. Stupendous
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 22 days ago

                        Decent FH idea

                    6. Isco Disco
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      Here with you mate! Seriously thinking of going with this frontline. Could be a massive score.
                      All I need to do is use my FH chip this week instead of 29

                      1. Stupendous
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 22 days ago

                        You're all tempting me with this

                    7. Warby84
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      I have it as my plan... And likely to go through with it..

                  • George Agdgdgwngo
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    Potential Knee jerk or is son & Bamford > Barnes & DCL

                    A. Good move
                    B. Silly

                    Have Kane & Vardy. Will FH29

                    1. Werner Brothers
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      A

                    2. Stupendous
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      I would love Vardy but tempted to save the hits and keep Bam as I'm using BB

                  • RED_ARMY
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    Should've played Gundo ahead of Watkins

                    1. bitm2007
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      I've should have played him over anybody, 9 blanks so far.

                    2. Warby84
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      Should have played Gundogan ahead of Son