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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. Parsnips
      1 month, 23 days ago

      I need to get pereira and Barnes in for grealish and Dallas

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Barnes you legend.

    • UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Of course it’s Barnes

    • Custard Gannet
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Oh my God, I finally have points!

    • Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Barnes run riots, damn a week late (or may be weeks late :lol:)

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Wdym? He's been scoring for the past 4/5 weeks

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Yeah my plan on Son > Barnes next week, just as I said maybe weeks too late

    • Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      HARVEY BARNES GET IN

    • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Legit on 21 from 8 including captain, with 13 from 2 on the bench.

      This game sucks

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Makes ya wanna give up doesn’t it

        1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Yeah, a bit. Just so annoying. Can’t wait to have a crap bench again

    • UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Hello Mr Wildcard

    • Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Nightmare no Leicester

      Grealish to Barnes done!

    • Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Cheer up, Martinez got another save before the goal

    • SM001
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Harvey saving my gameweek.

    • Slurpy
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      I love owning barnes, so so much

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        such a good differential. legit 10-15% rank rise every time he does anything

      2. Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Always trolls me when I own him. Does seem nailed these days though.

    • Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      For once starting martinez over Johnstone been the wrong decision

    • Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Spurs look like straight trash. Leicester look like The Team

      1. HashAttack
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Leicester player points were all pretty good for dgw19 ... and a lovely run of fixtures coming up

    • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Grealish to Barnes done

    • ivantys
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Barnes sellers for the pool game massively punished.

      • Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        A Raphinha Bamford BB is worth finally

      • hullcityfan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Yeeessss Harvey

      • Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Barnes in 9+ with 60 mins to go...

        1. hullcityfan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          We want 20+

      • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Martinez you loser

      • El Fenomeno R9
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Grealish + Brewster > Lookman + Kane (-4) ?

        Will BB and both play BGW29 as well,leaves me with .0ITB

        Martinez*(Areola*)
        Dias* - Cancelo* - Maguire* (Holding - Dallas)
        Salah*(C) - Rashford* - Son* - Lookman* (Raphinha)
        Kane* - Ings - Watkins*

      • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        This has been coming for weeks for Villa

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          So true

      • SADIO SANÉ
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        holy crap I need Gundog or Foden to not play, so of course they both will 😆

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Both will come off the bench for 10 minutes

      • Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Villa have just pulled a Liverpool. Absolute scenes

      • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Martinez over Sanchez was the wrong decision after all

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          I did Sanchez over Martinez in FanTeam. Looking good right now!

        2. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          People on here have a tendancy to look at last week's points.

      • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Martinez on 3 saves already lmao.

        Better save a penalty to make up for this crap

      • Rolls-Royce
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Grealish + raphina -> Madds + barnes on the cards

      • UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Who’s foregoing Salah so they can pretty much have a pick of the bunch stellar team?

      • Parsnips
          1 month, 23 days ago

          How long is Grealish out for??

        • Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Now reluctant about selling Bamford for the BB26