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Watkins leads Villa line as Barkley benched for Leeds trip

Ollie Watkins (£6.5m) leads the Aston Villa attack for their first Double Gameweek 26 match: a trip to Leeds.

Any pre-deadline rumours about an injury for the forward were assuaged as he was named on the team-sheet this afternoon.

Dean Smith has still tweaked his Villa side though, moving to a 4-3-3 which involves a drop to the bench for Ross Barkley (£5.9m), who has failed to impress of late.

Anwar El Ghazi (£5.3m) and Bertrand Traoré (£5.9m) flank Watkins while Jacob Ramsey (£4.5m), Marvelous Nakamba (£4.3m) and John McGinn (£5.5m) comprise the central midfield trio.

Matt Targett (£4.9m) is the most fashionable member of Villa’s back-four with 13.4% ownership while the 0.4%-owned Ahmed El Mohamady (£4.3m) offers a differential route at right-back.

Leeds assets may only have one fixture in Double Gameweek 26 but they do come into the round full of confidence.

Marcelo Bielsa makes just one change from the win over Southampton, affording himself the line-up that won the second half 3-0 on Monday night.

Hélder Costa (£5.0m) comes in for Jack Harrison (£5.5m) on the left-hand side of midfield while Pascal Struijk (£4.0m) continues in the holding role.

Patrick Bamford (£6.9m) remains in 52.7% of Fantasy Premier League teams worldwide, Stuart Dallas (£5.0m) still backed by 21.0%.

Double Gameweek 26 Line-ups

Leeds United XI (4-1-4-1): Meslier; Dallas, Cooper, Llorente, Ayling; Struijk; Costa, Roberts, Klich, Raphinha; Bamford.

Aston Villa XI (4-3-3): Martínez; Targett, Mings, Konsa, Elmohamady; Ramsey, Nakamba, McGinn; El Ghazi, Watkins, B Traoré.

Double Gameweek 26 so far…

West Bromwich Albion recorded a much-needed second clean sheet of the campaign as they beat Brighton 1-0.

Crucially, it makes for back-to-back shutouts for the first time this season, good news for those who invested in either the out-of-position Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.6m) for Double Gameweek 26.

The Arsenal loanee was deployed on the right-hand flank of attacking midfield once again and enjoyed a decent chance to score in the first half.

Still, it was an interesting afternoon for Sam Johnstone (£4.5m) owners. They benefitted from the Baggies’ clean sheet and also secured a raft of extras, two for saves and two bonus (provisional).

However, his Double Gameweek 26 score could have already stood at close to 20 points had Brighton’s penalties gone a different way on Saturday.

Pascal Groß (£5.8m) and Danny Welbeck (£5.5m) both missed spot-kicks but each of them struck the woodwork, denying Johnstone the chance to earn a Fantasy reward in each instance.

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883 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    I suppose Martinez and the 3 leeds lads on BB could be worse

    Who am I kidding

    Thanks Leeds. Ugh

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Same

    2. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Did the same in GW19. I feel your pain

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Likewise

      High point of the week for me right now

      Celebrating 🙂

  2. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    FT 0-1

  3. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    So glad I wildcarded. Phew

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      I had too much faith in Leeds and decided not to. This week is pretty much dead for me already.

  4. mynameisq
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Matt Targett has been a very very lucky boy today

  5. Baines on Toast...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Sort that pitch out before they play again

    Pub teams like villa should not be getting points there

  6. Captain_Shirokov
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Emiiiiiiii

    1. Keeptrying
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Best GK this season both in real life and in FPL terms

  7. ivantys
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Get in Martinez on fantasy5

    • DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      How Martinez is on full bps is beyond me again only 3 saves, one was very easy I remember. Pope from last season all over again! Went with Targett instead so I could get Ederson in (proved kind of right based on city rotation today, just a shame no CS) but already 4 pts down today between them...I fear this may continue til the end of the season!

      1. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Plenty of catches from corners, crosses, etc

    • Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Martinez on 3 baps. Dear Lord.

    • JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Do people still not have Martinez? You’ve had 25 weeks to get him now

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        69% EO

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Wonder how much of that is on the bench

      2. F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I'm lucky to have owned him since my early WC but by the time he got up to over 5m I'd have probably ignored.

    • The Senate
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Matt Targett and his owners very VERY lucky

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Not really. Klich should’ve been sent off though.

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Martinez has possibly just saved my season right there, what a legend

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        And you Elmo too 🙂

    • pjomara
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      I don't understand how anyone can not have Martinez that plays FPL. Cheap and the best FPL goalie option by a mile.

      1. shaunyjames
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Only one in my main ML with him, cannot understand why you wouldn't have this legend

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I have Targett

      3. Keeptrying
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        He is winning one of MLs for me hahaha

      4. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Pope instead.

        I’m not as clever as you.

      5. hullcityfan
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        5.3 isn't cheap for a keeper, he is worth it though.

    • Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      So glad I didn't back Leeds and BB , it didn't seems right at all

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Good for ye.

        I fell for it.

        Fell for ditching Antonio too. For WBA garbage.

        1. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Snap

    • DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      What a day! Dias Stones Martinez Watkins owner! Happy days

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

      Get in!

      No Leeds in the starting XI

      Super Emi 😎

    • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Emi and Ollie making up for Cancelo & Gundofails. Also nice to get away with selling Bamford for a hit and benching Raph/Dallas!

      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Hahaha ... I am in EXACTLY the same position. Same fails, same benched players and same sale ...

        1. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          And EMI and Watkins points ...

      2. Silecro
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Emi, Ollie, Dias, Stones here!
        Buzzing.

    • gogs67
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Watkins and Martinez, nice

      • TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        So that’s what it’s like having Martinez.

        Stress free double digit keeper hauls

        1. DK_13
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Lol. Even my first week of owning him..feels great despite double leeds

        2. rupopo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Yes

      • Garlana
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        So it wasn't the week to BB with triple Leeds.... Mmmm

        1. Keeptrying
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Unfortunately not. But at least money from the bench can be reallocated

        2. Keep Calm and Play On
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Nope...lol Pickford still left to salvage it for me

      • Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Yay, bench boost fail.

        Typical of this season really.

        1. Utopsis
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Not unless Areola pulls off a double peno save

      • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Ref screwed us.

        1. michaelington
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Refs screw everyone these days I’m afraid.

        2. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          He is the worst of them all

      • Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Meslier made Martinez look short there

      • michaelington
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Konsa 1 bp?

      • Slurpy
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Always play the double game weeker they never learn!

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Where’s the guy who TC Martinez?

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

          Cleaning up behind his couch...

      • evilfish
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        BB fail

      • nerd_is_the_werd
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Martinez >>>> Triple Leeds.

      • DK_13
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        How many points do you guys target on a BB?
        I got 13 + Martinez*1 + H.reed(so probably 4 points). Chip success right?

        1. Keeptrying
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          better than many like myself with Leeds players!

          1. DK_13
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            I got 2 leeds too, strujik is one lol

        2. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          25?

      • Team Bobcat
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Guys

        May Nathaniel Philips be worth apunt as a cheap 5th defender. Surely he is guaranteed decent gametime now??

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Depends on Davies

          1. Team Bobcat
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            I will monitor for now. I hve 3ft amd could afford to swap Raphinha to Barnes but at a cost of dowgrading James to a 4.3m defender. I have Bamford so the leed double up not attractive for now

            1. Team Bobcat
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Bloody typos..

              2ft