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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. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    El Ghazi Goal, Watkins assist

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Slippy pitch AA

  2. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    ELGHAZI GOAL
    WATKINS ASSIST

  3. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    El Ghazi G
    Watkins A

  4. Hy liverpool
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Ollie assist

  5. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I guess it's important to remember that even if we're having a bad gameweek that someone out there somewhere has a Gross and Welbeck double up

    1. MoSalad
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Hahaha got to be the minority

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Thinking of the positives, trying to remember there is always someone worse off

  6. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Bench boost off to a great start with Sanchez, Dallas

  7. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Watkins A. Thank you hindimonkey.

  8. hullcityfan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Get in Ollie

  9. MoSalad
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Watkinnnssss booommmmmm!!! All those trolls looking stupid!

  10. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Yes get in!!

  11. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Watkins. Yeah!

  12. Silecro
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Waaaaaaaaaaatkinsssssss AAAAAAA

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Assisted the assist of the assist of the assist of the assist of the assist of the assist?

  13. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Clinical assist from Watkins.

  14. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Pitch is a mess.

    Bamford to Raph nearly identical a few mins earlier.

  15. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Watkins with an assist already. Now for Leeds assets. Let the goals overflow!

  16. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Dallas fail

  17. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Injured Watkins assists, nice!

  18. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Yes Ollieeeee!

    A goal now lad!

  19. ivantys
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Villa playing better again without Barkley

    • GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Any chance of a second whistle?

    • Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Dallas Bam Raph BB

      Wonderful

      1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Same here, Cancelo too

        1. Stupendous
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Cancelo Guido Bam Raph Dallas so far

          Stones at least

      2. Hy liverpool
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        What watkins has to do with bamford and Raphinha?

      3. Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        They're in my 11. No benchboost.

    • HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      DALLAS FAILURE

    • JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Did Watkins score a hat trick in the first 5 mins?

    • Liberate HK - antichinazi
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Dallas goal needed

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Got excited for a moment seeing "El..... goal", then realised they have El Ghazi as well as El Mohamady

    • Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Watkiiins you ledge!

    • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Leeds pitch is an absolute disgrace.

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        This

      2. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Agreed.

      3. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        It’s Spurs pitch that’s why!

    • Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Watkins assist from "OUT" !

    • Esalman
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      So glad kept Watkins on WC

    • sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I don’t get that Leeds pitch. It’s been like that for several games now. Time to hire new staff.