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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. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Ooooooo Harvey Barnes assist!

  2. dshv
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Grealish to maddison after the final whistle!!!!

  3. Captain Vantastic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Cool kids benched Emi for Pope anyway

    1. ivantys
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Cool kids don't own both 😀

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      That's there my question earlier Son + Raphinha > Barnes Maddison!

    3. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Maddison or Gundogan?

    4. Captain_Shirokov
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Pope(tot/LEI), Dallas(SOU), Raphinha(SOU), Antonio(mci)

      worth a bench boost?

    5. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Gonna get both Barnes and Maddison on WC at this rate

      1. BeaversWithAttitude
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        It's the dream team right now, baby!

    6. hullcityfan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Barnes had been so consistent for me, great asset.

      1. Londongeezaa
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Well done. Will be joining the Barnes train on the next stop.

    7. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Zero decisions have gone right. Zero.

      Areola benched for Martinez - after the reverse in a DGW last week.
      Antonio out for Ings
      Digne bench.
      Salah, Raph, Dallas, Bamford(c) blanks.

      Wtf, man... 🙁

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Why bench Areola who has Sheffield for Martinez with Leicester....
        Rest were good decisions

      2. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I believe many having similar situation and currently under 30 pts.

    8. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Okay, I feel much better as playing McCarthy over Martinez

    9. Nikolai Volkoff
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Madders!

    10. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Bale on WC?

    11. Dannyb
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Barnes and Maddison on wc for me I think, great fixtures and bang in form.

    12. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Son looked rubbish today

    13. Londongeezaa
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Leicester players essential.

    14. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Wish I owned Barnes

    15. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Barnes G
      Vardy a

    16. tomasjj
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      How was Kane? Quite involved going by the live text?

    17. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Pereira on my bench is terrifying

    18. ivantys
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Really need 4 Leicester

      • mattk lfc
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Harvey Barnes get in lad

      • Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Oh wow Martinez howler

      • Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I need to get over my tendency to never own Leicester players

        1. HashAttack
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Harvey Barnes has been a pleasure to own

        2. AMBELLINA PRISE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Useless team, trust me. When you get their players, the will blank forevermore

        3. MessiGOAT
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Salah to Maddison weeks ago is huge success even last game they played against each other Salah 7 points Maddy 8 so Leicester Mid is essential I think Maddison or Barnes

        4. BeaversWithAttitude
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Leicester organized and have fight! I've gone for the triple, and I'm feelin' pretty good about it!

      • fedolefan
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Feck it, Martinez is going to come away with a 6 pointer here with these lame Ricardo efforts.

      • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Screw you Martinez

        1. AMBELLINA PRISE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Apologies mate, just bought him this week

      • JBG
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Well, Raphinha to Barnes is going to be a easy decision.

      • Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Barness

      • Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Told you Martinez was on for a 1 pointer.

      • UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Of course it’s Maddison and Barnes involved

      • 3 A
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Martinez. From hero to zero