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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…

Grealish absent through injury as Castagne returns for Leicester's trip to Villa 2

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.

Grealish absent through injury as Castagne returns for Leicester's trip to Villa 3

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. Jet5605
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Who to lose for Barnes?

    A - Soucek
    B - Raphinha

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      A

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      A

    3. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      A

  2. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Is Pereira a better shout than Digne on WC?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      He is OOP isn't he? Very interesting, I might opt for him.

      1. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        You think he starts both?

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Good question, that's the catch

    2. Teomi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I might just go with him, think there is a haul incoming

    3. Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      But will he continue to remain oop?

  3. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Kane fail, over to you Mr Kevin De Bruyne!!!

    1. Pukkipartyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      ?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        I went for De Bruyne over Salah

        1. Pukkipartyy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Nice

  4. fr3d
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Thoughts on HBarnes, Antonio, DCL, Tarkowski to Harrison, Ings, Kane, Tete ahead of GW25?

    Asking for Lateriser

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Don't be harsh.

      I'd beg he had Ings > DCL booked in already, that was fair enough.

      Harrison made sense with match-up vs Semedo & SOU RB. Differential.

      Barnes & Tete are the relatively silly ones though.

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        This albeit some strange picks

  5. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    If Grealish was out for DGW26, is it worth bringing in Watkins? If not who's the alternative for max 8.5 (already own DCL)?

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Probably Ings tbf

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Always scores vs Everton and doubles in 27

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Am looking for DGW player replacing him 😆 so it a keep then?

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            * it's

          2. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Considering he has a double week after may as well I think

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              That double is not that appealing in the grand scheme of maximising 26-29, but yeah a plus

            2. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Oh I can FH and get Salah Ings Raphinha back GW27

              1. Ze_Austin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                I'm keeping my Leeds attacker to face this Cash-less VIlla

                1. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 22 days ago

                  This makes new left-wing good point! Damn, original plan in tatters!

              2. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Depends how you’d be setup for BGW29

                1. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 22 days ago

                  9 players without hits, good enough I think and don't know when to use FH if not now?

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 22 days ago

                    Maybe go for it, best advice I can give is go with your gut.

    2. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      352 with leicester milf or mat. Perreira

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        M Pereira for Raphinha is another option yes

      2. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Giggity

  6. Jet5605
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Robbo, Soucek & Antonio > Holgate, Barnes & Kane for -4. Yay or nay?

    1. Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Robbo should be shipped in 2020

  7. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Mad to go Schmeichel over Martinez on WC or just too knee jerky..?

    LEI have better fixtures on paper

    1. Werner Brothers
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Waste of lei spot

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I would not go that far: Vardy, Maddison, Barnes, Pereira and I will stop there, poor Justin.

    3. LSK
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Brought him in this week and benched Martinez. So far so good. Reckon Leicester will get at least one cleansheet in the double and has the potential for save points and bonus against Arsenal.

      1. LSK
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Ignore this...

  8. Weilong7
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Barnes or Maddison for grealish?
    Thanks

    1. JabbaWookiee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Barnes. They’re much of a muchness and Barnes is cheaper. I’m tempted by both tbh

      1. Weilong7
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Thanks. Yeah I guess many are tempted too

        1. JabbaWookiee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          So sick of my team. Really wanna get rid of Son but I know if I do he’ll haul. Just bored of owning him. Think he’s a goner. Probably overdue anyway

  9. Teomi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Thoughts on this wc draft?
    Will FH in 29.

    Martinez (fabri)
    Shaw stones pereira (Dallas struijk)
    Bruno salah gundo Barnes (ESR)
    Kane vardy dcl

  10. Cali
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Son, Ings, Cavani -> Kane, DCL, Barnes (-8)?

      1. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        No, just Ings & Cavani out.

        1. Cali
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Exact funds to replace those with Vardy & DCL. No Kane would be a worry but maybe Son for Spurs cover is enough. Thoughts?

            1. tomasjj
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              I would prefer Kane as my spurs cover, but won't rip everything apart to get him. They are dire atm.

      2. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Going to be various triple captains next week. Makes it very interesting!

        1. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          I’m thinking of getting DCL in and capping him. Not sure about TC though.

          Him or Gundogan for me.

          1. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Then you’ve got the Leicester boys, Kane and Son..

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Bruno vs Palace and a pen vs Chelsea after his midweek rest...

          1. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Still a very good shout

          2. hullcityfan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            I keep thinking Bruno will be the one we wonder why we didn’t triple captain - he could destroy Palace.

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Chelsea have a massive battle in midweek too and if they allow United to counter...

        3. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Who's yours? I might do DCL or Barnes ...

          1. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Honestly not sure at the moment. I’ll have DCL Maddison Barnes Bruno Kane Son and Gundo to choose from

            1. Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Draw a name out of a hat ... I think it’s probably the only way we don’t all hate ourselves for making the wrong choice ...

            2. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Oh my world ... sleepless night, GL!

        4. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Yes, so many choices ... will be very interesting to see the top 10k split in particular.

          1. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Yep

      3. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Pick one on FH

        A Watkins Barnes Mount
        B Vardy Ghazi Castagne/Pereira

        1. El Fenomeno R9
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          A just

      4. 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Who is better, Maddy or Barnes?

        1. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Barnes

      5. thepancakeman123
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Is this a knee jerk reaction of a good move?

        Sterling, Grealish, Raphinha > Gundogan, Maddison, Barnes (-8)

      6. Netters2018
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Mason Holgate nailed?

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Not in a back 4.

          1. Netters2018
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Cheers pay the extra 1.3m for digne you think?

      7. El Fenomeno R9
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Re:
        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*

      8. noone
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Sold Antonio and Barnes to bring in Bamford and Raphinha(C) for a -4. Of course, I deserve this

      9. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        The template performing poorly so far this GW:

        Martinez
        Cancelo - Stones - Dallas
        Salah - Fernandes - Son - Gundogan - Raphinha
        Bamford(c) - Ings

        Will the Man City trio save it?

      10. ivantys
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Luke Thomas the next Justin?

          1. Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Good young player - we're blessed with FB/WB at the moment.

        • Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Priority for gw26?

          A. Kane
          B. KDB
          C. Son
          D. Maddison
          E. Barnes
          F. Vardy
          G. Gundogan

          1. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            G

          2. Nomar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            G
            E
            A

        • Weeb Kakashi
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          This Thomas Lad is fantastic. He deserves to keep his place at LB.

        • MessiGOAT
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Sterling owners what ya doing ?
          keep for double 26-27 ?

          1. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            I’d switch for KDB

            1. MessiGOAT
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              NotFree transfer and not sure about taking a hit for Debruyne

          2. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            I'm on the fence

            1. MessiGOAT
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Thinking of keeping last chance then shift to Salah Vs Fulham in 27 maybe .. Can't accept the idea of transferring him out before 2 doubles at home!!

        • Genji3lade
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Even with Cash injured can El Mo hold his place for both games in the DGW?

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Guilbert is gone and Smith likes a settled side so probably.

            1. Weeb Kakashi
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              I am considering Ghazi. On pens and good fixtures.

        • Davekitson
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Any thoughts on this lot as a WC?

          Ederson - Fabri

          Digne - Stones - White - Targett - Strujik

          Son - Sterling - Fernandes - Barnes - Anguissa

          DCL - Watkins - Vardy

          1. George Agdgdgwngo
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Kane over watkins

            1. Davekitson
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              going for two premium Spurs under Mourinho at the present time feels dangerous.. watkins has two plum fixtures also

              1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Yeah, I’m struggling to justify both Kane and son ... although you pick one, you know it will be the wrong one ...

        • RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Any news on how long Grealish will be out?

            1. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Thanks! Hopefully back for next match, but won’t transfer him in until we get A confirmation

        • Igz08
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Grealish -> Barnes locked in

          Watkins -> DCL for a hit?

        • abcdef3
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Thoughts on this?

          Sterling, Grealish, Raphinha > Gundogan, Maddison, Barnes (-8)

        • Weeb Kakashi
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Thoughts on this FH Team?

          Ederson
          Digne Cancelo Pereira Reguilon
          Salah Son Ghazi
          Kane Vardy DCL

          Can lose Digne for Barnes(for triple Leicester)

        • Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Sky talking a lot about Grealish at half time. He must be having a stormer.

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Villa’s best player so far tbf.

            1. Duke Silver ☑
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              😆

        • Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Ilkay Gundogan is with the #ManCity squad this afternoon.

          [via @spbajko]

          https://twitter.com/City_Xtra/status/1363505135998152706?s=19

          Sweating as a bencher!

          1. Milkman Bruno
              1 month, 22 days ago

              I started but it blocks Tarkowski 9 pointer now