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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. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Get in Watkins!

  2. Free Hat
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    With their pitch its better to have Leeds players playing away from home

  3. Ginkapo FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Marvelous

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Nakamba?

  4. PP6
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Bamford and Raphina Acc do something please

  5. Ady87
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Raph/Ings > Watkins/Barnes so far so good

    1. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Decent

  6. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Dallas cleanie gone but at least watkins assist

    Ah well will have to take it

    1. F_Ivanovic
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Nobody has Dallas for the CS

    2. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Thats a plus in your situation

  7. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    This pitch is getting worse. So many slips in the first 10 minutes

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Exactly. It's disgraceful ❗

    2. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Cant see how Leeds signed this off lol, gets worse every game I watch.

    3. im1974
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Perfectly playable

  8. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Martinez first save

    1. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      And so it begins

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

    Pretty sure Watkins was shooting for that assist

    1. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      He was. He slipped like Bammy.

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      He was.
      Not his fault he's playing on that pathetic pitch though

    3. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Watkins has never got an intentional assist. Fact.

      1. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I don't care how he gets 'em.

  10. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    EMI save

  11. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Leeds v Villa screams goals. I fully expect my benched and trasferred-out Leeds players to punish me tbh. I hope Martinez can get some points.

  12. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Martinez seen Johnstones haul...

  13. Mikel Arteta
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    I have six players in this game: Martinez, Targett, Watkins, Dallas, Raphinha, Bamford.

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      4-4 then

  14. Z
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Sooo...Targett and Grealish transfer out Watkins from thier teams? "Lets do the same"

    L O L

  15. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Could copy and paste this comment for the cricket

    This pitch is not up to standard

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      They know. Getting fixed over the summer

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        It's not always so easy.

        They've paid Spurs the best part of £200k to lay this turf from their spare grow.

        Man Utd had to raise the surface at Old Trafford because with the stadium it didn't get sufficient light.

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Irony

  16. Esalman
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Villa looks more threatening when Ghazi plays, compared to when Grealish plays. Guy will shoot from anywhere.

  17. Matjes_taet
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Why is Barkley benched ffs...

    He was my differential-pick.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Odd differential pick. Villa fans had been calling for him to get benched, et voila...

    2. Woy_is_back
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      I got traore, el ghazi was the one

    3. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      He's been poor.

    4. im1974
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 14 days ago

      That’s one word for it

  18. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    El Ghazi is gonna have 15 shots if he keeps it up.

  19. MoSalad
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    El Ghazi always looks dangerous when he plays

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      El Ghazard (!)

      1. MoSalad
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Hahahaha

  20. Chucky
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Targett goal needed to save my season...

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      I need an Elmo one to save mine!

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        For someone who has spent 90% of the season in the top 5k rank, you post a lot about saving your season.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Just don't want it to slip away Mr O'Connell, I peaked and climaxed too soon

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Haha fair enough. What you happy with from here then?

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Just would like my GW38 rank to be the highest I have been, which is going to be difficult and basically be top 1k

      2. Chucky
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Lol top 4K and still needs saving? 😛

  21. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Speculative effort from Dallas goes wide

  22. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Lucky ElMohamdy

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      What happened Sim?

      1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Should have had a YC

  23. AzzaroMax99
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Matheus Pereira did anything useful today? Can I be optimisitic with him in the next few games?

    1. MoSalad
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Here’s hoping, if he turns up he’s great. I’ll hold him for next 2 and see.

      1. AzzaroMax99
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Thx

  24. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Raphinha could get into any team in the league

    1. MoSalad
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      I don’t think he’s going to be at Leeds next season, unreal player.

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      And I went against advice on here and sold him for Pereira, what was I thinking

    3. viciousrumour
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      so true. what a player.

    4. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Would be a great rotation option at City.

  25. HippY
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    I went for Barnes instead of Watkins, can I sulk yet?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      You just did.

    2. im1974
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Why?

  26. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Bamford and Raphinha gonna blank today.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Leeds look draeadful. Toll of season finally catching up?

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        The half-time bollocking will sort them out.

      2. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        This happens every week with them. Next week they’ll win 4-0

  27. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    I don't feel great about benching Raphinha this week. I think he needs to be starting every week because he could haul at any time.

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      2 pointer today confirmed

  28. viciousrumour
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Roberts – Where Leeds attacks go to die.

    1. Kane and Ablett
        2 months, 14 days ago

        It’s funny because it’s true..

      • Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Huh ; thought he was responsible for their last win ..

    2. Free Hat
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Tyler Roberts and Che Adams both didnt finish their accuracy degree.

    3. Bobby
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      This gameweek is starting to look ominous. I'm not sure its going to go the way I thought it might