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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. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Guys, for DGW26:
    A. Kane Raphinha
    B. Watkins Maddison

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      A

  2. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Barnes & Maddison double up?

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      yes

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Yes

    3. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      im seriously debating it...

      Bruno Gundo Barnes Maddison xxx
      DCL Kane

      Going to see KDB looks good for the last spot

    4. tomasjj
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Vardy Barnes for me.
      Already have Vardy.

  3. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Selling Barnes over Son last week... PAIN

    1. Im New Here
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Yikes

      • fedolefan
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Absolutely nowhere to hide. 🙂

    2. FPL Kaka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Finally something right happens on my WC...

      -Kept Grealish out of it
      -Benched Martinez (finally he concedes!!!!!!!)
      - Punted on Barnes

      Finally for the love of FPL

      1. Stoic
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Enjoy. Won't last long from my experience 😉

        1. FPL Kaka
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Haha well that's why I kept him on the WC but Ederson is my main man for now

      2. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Slam dunk!

    3. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      I am thinking of starting Pope over Martinez looking at Villa's recent defensive numbers.

    4. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      McCarthy over Martinez pays off!

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Nice one. Almost thankful myself as when the Martinez/McCarthy questions were being touted on here, I suggested playing McCarthy.

        Pope on the other hand!

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Yeah got Lowton thankfully to cover him somewhat

    5. RedWolf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Barnes and Kane
      Or Barnes and Vardy (+1m)?

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Former

    6. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Harvey Barnes first on my bench! Oops

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        er .... why?

    7. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Maddison has single handedly destroyed my ML lead

    8. fusen
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      So for those of us that transferred Pope in for Martinez to attack the double, has he now outscored Marti for you?

      (Since GW23 for me)
      Pope 2, 8, 2, 8 = 20
      Marti 9, 12, 1 = 22

      Doh!

      1. fish&chips
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        I played BB in the double and benched Marti this week. 😀

        1. fish&chips
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          39 points for me

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Holla!

      2. Werner Brothers
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Yes, because i had him from 24. 18 vs 13 so far

      3. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Yes since I BB'd last week, and WC'd this week.

        Only lost out where for that Pope 2/9 match.

    9. seewhyaxe
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Finally a return.

      Grealish to Barnes actually more worth it than Antonio to Kane.

      Strange game

    10. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      I already know I'm going to pick the wrong one between Maddison and Barnes.

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Get both

    11. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Saka, Sterling to Maddison, Barnes for -4?

    12. Viper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      How does this look for a -8?

      Robertson, Soucek & Ings -> Castagne, Barnes & Kane

    13. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Martinez
      Cancelo Stones Digne
      Bruno Son Maddison Barnes Gundo
      Kane DCL

      Can get this for a -8 for DGW26.

      1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Do it

      2. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        100% go for it. Pretty much my WC team at the moment.

        1. Rolls-Royce
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Sounds good then!

      3. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        I approve this message.

        1. Rolls-Royce
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Thanks boss

      4. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        I’m doing the exact same for -8!

      5. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Nice team, mate.

        1. Rolls-Royce
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Cheers

    14. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Salah to Barnes ? How else to get Leicester here? Doing Ings to Kane.

      Martinez (Areola)
      Cancelo Stones Digne (Mee Dallas)
      Salah Bruno Son Gundo (Raph)
      Ings* Watkins Bamford

      2FT 0 ITB after getting Kane... hating my team atm

      1. Rolls-Royce
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Selling Salah in a DGW does sound risky.

      2. Maeki2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 21 days ago

        sell son

    15. fedolefan
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Do any of these FPL playing Villa players own Barnes or Maddison? Even better if they transferred one of them in for Grealish.

      1. Werner Brothers
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        That would be a conspiracy.

    16. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Chilwell Grealish Ings
      To
      Pereira Barnes Kane

      Have exact money now!

      Yay?

      Can't squeeze Vardy in sadly but Barnes can match!

    17. Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Tempted by Sterling, Ings, Grealish to Gundo, Kane, Barnes (-4)... See how long grealish is out for though

      1. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        He isn't out that long apparently. Definitely the Leeds match tho....

        Barnes is so tempting. But would be a hit for me and Barnes doesn't play in 29!!

        1. Salan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Leeds match is the min. charge. That statement doesn't say Grealish will play after Leeds match.

        2. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          there's FT's to use between GW 26 & 29

    18. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Thomas an option?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Castagne & Pereira are probably the primary fullbacks so he's not nailed.

        I wish he were there. Great price & he brings out the best in Barnes when he plays.

        Nifty player. Great passing range & could even get some set pieces in time.

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 21 days ago

          All 3 on the pitch atm, not the system you think they will always play?

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            No, not always. Thomas can drop out and players such as Albrighton, Perez & Under (lol), or Praet can fill in.

            It's far too early to say if he is now magically nailed.

            They have no other proper FB options other than Amartey if a Thomas were to get injured too, so it's very risky to have him play every game.

        2. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Who can play on the left out of Castagne and pereira

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Castagne can and already had this season. Pereira honestly could, although far preferred on the right side.

    19. b91jh
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Who would you keep? Only starting in GW27 and probably GW28

      A) ntonio (27: LEE, 28: mun)
      B) amford (27: whu, 28: CHE)A

    20. FULLSERVICECOVER
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      What u on for gw26. We or tc? Want to use tc but kane blank today has out me off.should of scored though,we is tempting me or is there a better time. Decisions decisions

      1. Chris_H
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Actually now thinking a WC to get best 11 for next week and then BB week after with three 2/3 Saints

        1. AgentFern
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Thats what I'm doing but WHU players to BB gw27

    21. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Barnes and Bamford or Watkins and Raphinha?

      1. b91jh
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Former by far

      2. Werner Brothers
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Former because of watkins

        1. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Leeds and Sheffield away thought screams goals. Burnley and Arsenal are far tougher games for Leicester

    22. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Grealish > Barnes no brainer.

      1. markus808
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Did it 4 min before the deadline, really don't like to own Grealish at this point, needed these rumors.

      2. Gizzachance
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Did grealish to raph for this week, looking at raph to Barnes for his dgw

      3. fusen
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        absolutely

    23. markus808
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Do you think Klopp will be sacked if they lose their next two, (shu, CHE)? Or is he fixture-proof?

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        no chance

      2. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Get out of here

      3. Rolls-Royce
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        lol

        1. Rolls-Royce
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          I would say they are more likely to build his statue outside Anfield.

          1. markus808
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Thought Lampard would get his erected soon too

      4. PogChamp
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Liverpool aren't a sacking club. Gerrard is odds-on for their next manger tho.

      5. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Think he's safe regardless. Unless they're some how dragged into a relegation scrap, there's no way they'd sack him.

      6. Hy liverpool
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Wtf is that

      7. markus808
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        But next 6? I just wonder if he is immune to this kind of pressure? Made a lot of money betting against them. They are sinking. But good team nevertheless, just not this year.

    24. Flynny
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Hi....any early thoughts on what to do with grealish please? Using fts for 29 so will want jack for then.... wildcard in 30 / 31

      A ...bench jack and play raphinha v villa for 26

      B.....jack to maddison  / Barnes - 4. Sell for grealish in 29.....

      Martinez (pope)
      Cancelo dias Lowton (dallas coufal)
      Salah Bruno Grealish gundogan (raphinha)
      Kane dcl watkins

      Thanks

    25. Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      A. Grealish + Bamford => Barnes + Vardy -4
      B. Grealish + Ings => Barnes + Kane -4

      In A, Ings stays for 27, in B, Bamford - for 29

      1. Sid1891
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Def B

    26. tomasjj
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Wonder if Pereira will stay in the team.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Obviously yes.

      2. grumpyman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        He might get a rest in one of the doubles. He’s being brought back in carefully.

    27. vincentwsho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Any news on Gundogan today? My rival has Barnes as 1st on the bench.... hope Gundo plays....

    28. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Please can we ban “nowhere to hide posts” haha
      Anyway Kane or Vardy in next GW if own Son?

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Kanr. But bin Son for Barnes or Maddison

        1. Danno - Emre Canada
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Hmmm yeah that’s an idea cheers