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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. balint84
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Kane TC with -4
    Or
    TC Salah/Bruno/Sterling

  2. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    A Kane Barnes or
    B Vardy Son

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Kane Barnes.

    2. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Kane is expensive for such a terrible club, just saying

      Son might be cover enough

    3. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      A

      Don't ask me why

  3. Gandalf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Locked into double gameweek with Kane and Son, and no Leicester.. may yet work out fine

  4. Shultan
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Barnes

  5. michaelington
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    All I want is for my players to get through this GW without injury so I can deploy BB next week. Is that too much to ask?

  6. Vpan
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Is Grealish out for DGW26?

    A) Keep Grealish

    B) Grealish -> Barnes

    C) Get Watkins for cover

    1. Super Jack Grealish
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      B

  7. Flynny
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Grealish to Barnes / maddison - 4?

    My problem is Leicester don't play in 29 and will want jack back for then

    Thanks

    1. Flynny
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Alternative us play raphinha with his single match v villa in 26.....thanks

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I think Grealish just has to go for a bit. Can always buy back later. This Leicester team have amazing fixtures until 29 to take advantage of.

      1. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Thanks mate....probably sensible

  8. b91jh
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Exact cash for Grealish/Bamford to Barnes/Kane. Do it or not?

    1. The Mighty Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Sounds like a good move, do it.

    2. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Absolutely

  9. mixology
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Perhaps it’s overthinking but I don’t see many goals for Leicester in the next four:

    Arsenal, Burnley, Brighton, Sheffield

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I see 7 or more goals

      1. mixology
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Happy to be proved wrong

    2. Werner Brothers
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Arsenal conceded 2 vs Leeds
      Burnley struggle vs 10 man wba
      Sheffield is Sheffield

    3. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Agreed

    4. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Not many, may be 10 only

      1. mixology
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Lol, fair- maybe I’m overestimating their opponents

  10. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Barnes or Maddy?

    Mr xG vs Mr xA - can mix & match.

    Who’s your pick?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Barnes

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Maddison

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Barnes coz he's cheaper and I don't think he's any less good than Maddison.

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Set pieces worth the extra?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Nah. Without set pieces Maddison is straight up worse than Barnes. With set pieces they're about even. So go Barnes.

    4. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Barnes. Cheaper, still gets G & A too. Closer to the goal. Better underlying stats. Less clinical, but he's an exciting watch.

      Honestly you can't go wrong having either, or both, in their current form.

    5. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I think I am getting both.

  11. aborg
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Chances Gundo and Cancelo play today?

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      0. So I can get the dynamic duo of Coufal and Mitchell off the bench.

    2. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Hopefully one sits out so I get my 7 Digne points

      1. aborg
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        I need Barnes from bench

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Why are all you people putting Barnes on the bench? Surely if you fork out 6.5m+ for him then you need to play him??? I suppose it's easy with hindsight .....

          1. aborg
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Ok let me put it this way. Would you have played any of Gundo, Bruno, Salah or Raphina(DGW) instead of Barnes?

          2. grumpyman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            People prepping for BB. I almost benched him over Gundog.

          3. aborg
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            I meant Barnes instead of any of those 4 mids?

    3. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      If both sit out I’m in Digne land!!

  12. seewhyaxe
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Is Lingard a shrewd pick?

    1. mixology
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      vs Leeds in 27, yes

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      City away hardly appealing

  13. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Mad that Martinez is still going to get a BAP here.

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Needs a bit of help.

    2. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I want to punch you too

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        He’s inevitable 😆

  14. EmreCan Hustle
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Who is winning the Barnes vs. Maddison matchup?

    Need one to replace Grealish.

    1. Dthinger
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Batnes

  15. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Do we know how long Grealish is out for then? I bought him for 7.0, so hesitant to take him out if he's only out a week or so.

  16. Releasebreaks
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Barnes to come in from bench if Gundogan don't show up, any chance ?

  17. Stoic
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Take a hit for Targett or play Dallas

  18. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Have a terrible feeling Gundo will start and megahaul

    1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I hope so, even without him as captain

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I'd like that 😀

      I also have Digne on the bench if he's a no-show. This is looking like a very decent week for me.

    3. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I have a feeling cancelo and one of sterling /gundo will be benched

    4. Jet5605
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Hopefully. It'll mean KDB is less essential

    5. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I'll take 1 point each from them. I don't have a bench.

  19. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    No idea what to do here. Was thinking Kane in for Ings (need to find 0.2 somewhere) but Leicester seem essential. 2FT 2.4 ITB

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

    1. JamTart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Similar to my team. I was planning Bruno and Antonio to Barnes and Kane.

      Think Kane is still a good captain option so guess you need to pick which mid to risk leaving.

  20. Bounce
      1 month, 20 days ago

      All of the Wildcarders that loaded up on Spurs and Villa have been left with egg on their face lmao.

      1. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        They can still change the wild card - Spurs are cosmically damaged

        1. Salan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          They used in gw25

    • Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Based on what we have seen is it ok to BB with this for -4:
      Bamford + Struijk + Vestergaard + Areola

    • aleksios
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Which option?

      a) BB Johnstone--Bam--Dallas--Cresswell.
      b) TC Son.

      Thanks.

    • JamTart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Shame I held off a week to get Barnes!

      Who out of Fernandes/Salah/Son makes way with Antonio for Barnes and Kane?

      1. The Mighty Hippo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        I don't think you need both of Son and Kane.

        1. JamTart
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          I'm starting to think that after today. The fixtures are strong though

    • Fergiesarmy
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I have the exact amount to do Bamford, Adams, Grealish to Kane, Barnes and DCl for 4pt hit. Should I go for it?

      1. Super Jack Grealish
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Yes

      2. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Ya

    • Jet5605
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Robbo, Soucek & Antonio > Barnes, Kane and 4.8 def for -4 hit?

    • George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Son & bam bam to Maddison and DCL looking very tempting

    • Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Who is the best set & forget keeper from now till end of season? Pope or Emi?

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Might be Areola.

      2. mixology
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        It’s downhill from here for Villa imo with Grealish out (team belief) and fixtures turning around GW30

    • Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Pereira OR Castagne on FH?

      1. wulfrunian
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Castagne

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Other than Perweira's one big injury, he didn't really get injured too much before.

        Castagne has already missed out multiple times before this seasons. As Pereira is quite a natural RW option too - I'd prefer him.

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Sorry, missed the FH bit. Probably still Pereira but I haven't stat compared them.

    • LewanGOALski
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Madders or Barnes on WC..?

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Any sign of Gundo in London?