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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. fedolefan
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Brendan is all smiles. Games in the bag already.

    1. Gnu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Timing.

  2. Chucky
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Harvey Barnes yah champ 😀 into the top 1 m now 😉

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Keep chugging along Chucky, nice one.

      1. Chucky
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Thanks..

  3. abcdef3
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Bottomed.

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

    Yay or nay?

    1. tomasjj
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Would only get one from Leicester.
      Also consider KDB coming back for city

  4. Kaneyonero
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Need Sterling hattrick

  5. Drumandbaines123
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Definitely getting Barnes in next week now as will many others I imagine. Current owners about to lose their differential. Feast on it while it lasts folks!

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Nervy 90 minutes for Gundo starters with points on the bench.

      City probably need to have the game won for a no-show.

      1. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        I’ve only got DCL 4 pointer on the bench so I want him to play!

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Nervy for Gundogan benchers like myself, as no confirmation he is not starting yet...

      3. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Has he been confirmed out?

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Confirmed with the team

      4. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Surely you’d prefer him to come on and haul. Hardly mega hauls on people’s benches this week

        1. Big Mac 24
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Barnes for me .....

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            You don’t deserve that jam then :p

      5. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        He did train but doubt he starts.

    • Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Looks like Gundog 1 pointer coming in for Grealish.

    • King Kohli
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Pick 3 from these on a WC.

      A. Son
      B. Gundo
      C. Barnes
      D. Maddison
      E. Watkins

      Salah Bruno Kane DCL locked in.

      1. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        B
        C
        D

      2. Coys96
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        ABC

      3. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Acd

      4. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        BCD

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Elmo assist?

      1. Coys96
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        McGinn

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Boo pointless

      2. Gnu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Targett unless McGinn got a touch.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          TY

    • Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Thoughts on this FH Team?

      Ederson
      Digne Cancelo Pereira Reguilon
      Salah Son Ghazi
      Kane Vardy DCL

      Digne can become Barnes (Triple Leicester)

      Thoughts Appreciated.

    • Coys96
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      There's my differential (currently in my GW26 WC) getting a goal! Great to see.

    • fedolefan
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Traore goal.

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Good man

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Schmeichel: "How dare you take a shot in my penalty area"

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Targett assist unless McGinn got a slight touch.

    • CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Targett for 4.5m was such a gem!

    • Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Didnt see match.
      Is kane still worth it?

      I may just get DCL (TC) instead.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        No avoid at all costs

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Justin cleanie wiped.

      1. ALI_G
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        why are you wiping him?

      2. BeWater
          2 months, 24 days ago

          🙂

      3. jdoyle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        I really dislike Kasper Schmeichel

      4. Chucky
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Targett yah beauty.. saving my GW...

        1. fedolefan
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Sorry chucky.

          1. Chucky
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            🙁

        2. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Condolences

        3. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Season over 🙁

        4. DAZZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Oops.. 🙁

      5. DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Why is everyone so convinced Gundo is benched? I can definitely see him starting.

        1. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Champions League coming up so would make sense to keep his minutes limited. Personally hope he starts though.

        2. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          why would pep start him, with him coming off a muscle injury, with Champions league next week, and literally saying he will rotate everyone

      6. Rolls-Royce
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        This Traore lad has been going under the radar.

        1. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Shh

        2. Bun Rab L3D2
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Set pieces too.

        3. tomasjj
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Yes, been ticking over nicely the last 10 games or so.

      7. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Not so convinced by getting kane now nevermind TC him. What you guys doing ?

        1. Egg noodle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          (C) DCL Kane or Son. Mostly Son.

        2. Tinkermania
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Lots of options this week. He could be one of them. I am going Son

      8. teddypicker
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        McGinn assist given

      9. Well you know, Triffic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        The only way i can get Kane is to sell Son for Barnes. Anyone else snookered?

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Forget Kane?

          1. Well you know, Triffic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            He looked dangerous today.

        2. Werner Brothers
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          I may sell son regardless of gerting kane or not.
          It's between him or lookman

      10. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        McGinn touch & A.

      11. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Traore is the one

      12. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Straight choice between Salah & KDB.

        Who you going for?

        I’ve had enough and going to WC for the massive DGW

        1. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          wait 3 hours and you'll know

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            True 🙂

      13. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        How many gangsters in the house benched Martinez? For whom?

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Benched for Dirty Sanchez.

        2. JBG
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          o/ for Ze Nipple.

        3. Kabayan
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Areola

          1. Egg noodle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Yep me Areola too. Was really expecting to regret it, but pleasant surprise.

        4. Arteta
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          For Pope of course. At last, he outscored him.

        5. lugs
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          0/

          Areola

        6. Werner Brothers
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Pope

        7. MessiGOAT
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Benched for the Kraken ( poor Meslier) 😀

      14. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        was never a Targett assist, clear mcGinn touch

      15. JBG
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Good, no CS for Justin owners... Oh wait.