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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. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Sterling striker today?

    1. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      KDB I think

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Probably KDB and Gundo rotating during the game, that seemed to be what was happening before KDB's injury. KDB starts there then drops deep while Gundo pushes through or vice versa.

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          This see below

    2. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      KDB up top.

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      KDB and Gundo support each other through the middle? Would be interesting watch to figure out who’s further up.

  2. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    This GW is going wonderfully well. All 9 of the players I purchased on WC that have played so far have blanked, and Gundo who is on my bench plays so will probably now outscore my entire starting 11 !

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Same here. 9 players 9 blanks with Gundo on bench. Sold double Burnley defence, Richarlison and Antonio on WC too

    2. Rhodes your boat
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Similar here but at least I got an areola clean sheet! Took antonio and lowton out, planned for Barnes in next week rather than this week

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Highest score C Bambam & Raphinha on 4, have Aina on the bench 8 points, everyone else 2 pointers!

  3. BeWater
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Stay in your bloody goal Emi you are not coming up for a corner.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Come up & allowing Barnes to get a breakaway goal.

    • Chandler Bing
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      How seriously injuries did Maddison looked?

      1. Chandler Bing
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Injured**

        1. Chandler Bing
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Look*

      2. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Looked more like a precaution to me

      3. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Continued on for a bit and walked off. Looked like an impact injury and precautionary.

        Wait and see but I’d expect he’ll be fine for the DGW.

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      If Martinez went up and scored 😆

      1. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        It wouldnt have been surprised

    • Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Uh Oh sold Gundo on WC...

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Why would you do that

        1. Egg noodle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          To buy back next week. Wanted Raphinha this week

    • JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      This game has a 3-0 City win written all over it. Wish I had KDB, Gundo and Cancelo going into it

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        3-1

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Exact triple I have but with Gundogan first on bench

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      El Mohamady looked ok? Likely to retain spot for the double?

      1. Ragabolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Looked a suspect to be honest

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Ouch bit worrying then, though can’t think who else could play there

      2. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Was poor tbh

      3. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Barnes torched him all game

      4. Would Ed Woodward
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        He was so bad that I'm now worried Pope outscores Martinez.

      5. hullcityfan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Worst player on the pitch arguably.

        Having said that, I’m not sure who they have to replace him so he should be ok.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Ok, funny cos he’s 3rd highest BPS as well for Villa!

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            2nd even

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      FT: 1-2

    • fedolefan
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Phew Martinez 2 pointer. Glad that 6th save never came else it'd have come with a bap as well.

    • Forgetmeknot
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Is Martinez still best gk on wc?

      Rank is c.150k so could do with a few differentials, thought Mendy could be a good option until kepa started the last one

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        I don't think that's a position I'd be looking for a differential in.

      2. Jordan.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        ederson

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      90 minutes so a Thursday night rest for Harvey, Brendan!

    • Silecro
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Anyone else playing Lowton with his not so great double (tot, eve) or should i take a hit for someone with better fixtures?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        If you have a doubler don’t take them out for a hit I’d say

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Yes I am unless Going ahead with my FH option

    • Straight Edge
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Anybody sold grealish yet ? If it's a long term injury I want to sell him asap before his price drops.

      • Cali
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Playing around with WC options right now. Probably too top heavy but this is tempting:

          Areola (Fabri)
          Shaw Dias Rudiger (Burn, Struijk)
          Salah Bruno KDB Gundo Barnes
          Kane DCL (4.3)

          1. Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Fantastic imo

          2. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Looks good

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Don’t fancy Digne?

              1. Cali
                  1 month, 25 days ago

                  I do. Have him right now. Unfortunately, too expensive if I’d want to go for this attacking lineup.

                  1. UNDERWORLD7
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 25 days ago

                    Ahh ok. Well I’m glad you posted this anyway, excellent attacking team and had given me food for thought for sure!

            2. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              I am FH ing, the same attackers but in defence I will have Ederson Shaw Pereira Aina.

            3. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Son over Salah and bulk up defense

            4. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Very dangerous defence, you may be fielding 1-2 defenders some weeks. Burn and Struijk will lose their spots soon

            5. tomasjj
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Keeper too weak for me, plus I would like a more nailed 4th defender as you play 352.
              Maybe need to let go of a big one

              1. Cali
                  1 month, 25 days ago

                  That’s probably the sensible thing to do. Cheers!

            6. Stupendous
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Castagne or Pereira pass the eye test?

              Worth considering for DGW and BB?

            7. JabariParkersEyelid
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Thoughts on this defensive minded minus 8 for bench boost?

              Peacock-Farrell, Mitchell, Dallas, Grealish
              To
              Martinez, Targett, Aina, Barnes

              Means bench boosting: Pope, Shaw, Aina, Bamford

            8. seewhyaxe
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              hope Arteta repeats the FA Cup classic.

            9. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 25 days ago

              People forgetting that Barnes won’t be playing on El Mohamady every week?

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 25 days ago

                He’s been scoring for fun against non El Mohamady’s

            10. wulfrunian
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Harvey Barnes you beauty!

            11. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Sterling. KDB. Mahrez.

              Gundogan. Fernandinho. Silva.

              Back 4 pivot Cancelo to 3-4-3 with the ball.

            12. Baps hunter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Did Luke take -16 or -20 before dgw? I just started to consider BB 26 strategy with -12 or -16. The idea would be getting rid off deadwood (Coufal) and getting 2nd gk Martinez in for his later doubles. Since everyone I get in would have good dgw it could work in theory. Then FH 29 and WC 30/31. For me it looks like that players like H Barnes might match likes of Son and Trashford for some game weeks. It would be a gamble, but in order to attack and ditch too templatish team... What do you think about this strategy?

            13. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Goal

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 25 days ago

                Mahrez to Sterling

            14. 'Broadsword Calling Da…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Son or Barnes for the coming DGW, please folks?