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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. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Watkins looking for a YC.

  2. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Martinez will concede because I started him this week, sorry guys in advance

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      OK Fudgy

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Logged in just to up vote:)

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          I think it’s like the FFS version of “OK Boomer”

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Hope so. Can’t stand him

    3. Keeptrying
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      whyyyy.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        It's what my recent luck entails unfortunately

    4. FFSbet.com
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      No chance

  3. EmreCan Hustle
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Ayling in super saiyan mode.

  4. dogtanion
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Why do refs not book play acting like that? I'd actually enjoy dishing out yellows for that nonsense

  5. Burger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Anyone watching, how's B Traore looked this half?

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Crocked

    2. dogtanion
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Didn't know he was playing until I saw this post..and I'm watching it

      1. Burger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Gosh, so room for improvement then 😆

    3. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Anonymous. Had to cover for Elmo a lot

  6. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Disgraceful from Llorente. Should book him

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      This

  7. Saka_me_sideways
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Confirmation, Luke Ayling has NOT had a lockdown hair cut.

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        He has not had a hair cut his entire adult life

    • Says
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Watkins should know it's very rude to interrupt a thespian during a performance

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        😆

    • RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Oh, Leeds

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      People saying Watkins will get a yellow for that don't have a clue, Llorente should be the one getting booked, disgraceful.

      1. dogtanion
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Exactly

      2. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        They both should.

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Never a yellow for Watkins that, it's a contact sport

    • thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Glad I sold Bamford instead of Raph. They are on different planets when it comes to skill and ability... obviously Bamford is a very good FPL option though because he scores goals (hence points). But Raph is pretty good at that FPL points scoring business too thankfully...

      He will be playing for a 'traditional top 6 side' within 2 years. My bet is for Spurs playing LWB/LCB under Maureen

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Brave to assume Spurs won't have sacked Mourinho by then...

      2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Moaninho will destroy him!

      3. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Cursing myself for selling Raphinha to Pereira for a hit just so I could have XI DGWers.
        I rightly deserve punishment, double gameweek blindness at its finest

      4. HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Did the same...Raph looks so good and energetic there

      5. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Maureen would destroy him.

        I started Raph over Bam, they are worlds apart but I imagine Bam will still outscore Raph.

      6. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Mahrez replacement?

      7. zotter
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        My bet is joining the Brazilian gang at Anfield. Possibly a replacement for Salah

    • Hamstergod
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      I wouldn't be surprised if the answer to who to TC this week was actually Martinez.

    • Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Llorente should get a yellow for that

    • Avery
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Llorente doing a neymar on the floor and 3 points to the hair bobble. Know which team could be sponsored by head and shoulders.

      Jacob Ramsey seems to be doing alright for a young fella

    • pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Leeds are a second half team anyway

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Villa ain't keeping a cs anyway

    • Third Eye Vision
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Just thinking out loud.

      I’ve really enjoyed watching Leeds this season. I’ve owned their players in fpl and find myself wanting them to win games.

      It seems that they’re popular with other football fans too.

      Is this a novel situation for Leeds fans - for other people to like your team? It seems different to how I remember Leeds in the 80s, 90s and early 00s (when they were last on my radar).

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Definitely the favorite of the promoted sides. It will get stale in a year or two.

      2. Says
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        how found myself thinking exactly the same this season

      3. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        They replaced the skin head image for the man bun image

      4. thegaffer82
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Absolutely agree. As a Utd fan there's always been some needle with Leeds. But I can't bring myself to dislike them these days.

        Bielsa is bloody brilliant and I just love watching Leeds play. Whether they win or lose, always entertainment to be had.

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          They will always be dirty Leeds

      5. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        No I agree, I appreciate their no guts no glory approach.
        None of this park the bus boring business, they go for it and play attacking exciting football, very refreshing.
        More of it please.

      6. Pad Randa (The OG)
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        United fan here, so I guess I should be programmed to hate Leeds? No idea, I’ve only been a fan for 25-odd years.

        I like watching their matches as a casual. Like I used to like watching Norwich and Bournemouth.

      7. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Out of the PL so long, their old identity is just a memory.

      8. Third Eye Vision
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Good to hear even Man United fans not hating on them.

        I guess Jarvish is right. They’ve been out of the spotlight so long, that this next generation of fans don’t have any preconceptions.

      9. im1974
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Nope. Their fans are scum. Wait until crowds are back - everyone will want them relegated next season

    • zotter
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Got triple villa. Martinez. Konsa and Watkins. Oh how I need to hear that final whistle ASAP!!

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Too soon too soon

      2. Avery
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Same here

    • camarozz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Go Martinez, let nothing in frm my BB of Raph + Bam... Go on.. Have the game of ur life..

    • Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Need something from Raphinha and Bamford + save points from Martinez.

      1. PP6
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Thisss

    • The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      That Gahzi goal was onside?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Elmo assist?? Anything? Something?

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          He means the first one. There hasn't been another dude.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            Thanks

        2. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          You have to just hope for a cs and no yc with Elmo, clearly a step off pace

      2. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        obv

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Just saw it, looked like an armpit off 😉

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            var a fcking joke
            I had Dunk earlier

            1. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 28 days ago

              Watching that one back now ; wasn’t going to watch but I have to see the goals that weren’t

      3. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Totally onside.

    • SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      If you're bench boosting and have double Leeds attack and double Villa defence, is it better for Leeds to score or Villa keep a clean sheet?

      1. Alonso The Great Midfielder
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        leeds to score and villa get cs for second game

      2. jomikijiq
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        score if both your players get G/A

      3. Amey
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        If Leeds goal is to happen it must be between your players otherwise Villa CS can be useful. They have SHU as well so can monster haul This GW !

    • Alonso The Great Midfielder
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Please raphinha stay on right side, you better when playing there

      1. KAALI_DAAL
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Yeah i think he heard you

          1. Alonso The Great Midfielder
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            hope so

      2. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        I have been mentally lolling @ Dallas owners for the past hour, and now looking at my team I realised that I have Struijk! Fml

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          LoL

      3. Pad Randa (The OG)
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Me: “he-hey, Watkins did something!”
        Also me, after checking the app: “oh, that’s right, I benched him for Lookman in the last minute...”

      4. KAALI_DAAL
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Who called him El Mohamady and not ElMo?

          1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            His mum?

            1. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 28 days ago

              She calls him Elmo too

              1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 28 days ago

                Does she ask him to tickle her?

                1. The Suspended One
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 28 days ago

                  Let’s hope not

        • Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Did watkins get a yc?

          1. jomikijiq
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            no

          2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            No

          3. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            Not yet but plenty of fouls.

        • viciousrumour
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Ayling should never play with a headband ever. So much more badass.

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            Leeds need a barber

            1. Third Eye Vision
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 28 days ago

              Don’t we all.

          2. A.J.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            All players should be looking like that by now.

            Far too many fresh haircuts there for my liking while I'm sitting here bordering on wild man of Borneo status.

        • Hect.OR 98th
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Should have put players other than my 3 Leeds on my BB bench to make me feel my BB was a success...

        • Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          I used to like Raphina before he started pulling his shorts up for no reason

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            His idol is Antonio.

        • rokonto
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          What's this about Jota transferring out Salah?
          I'm worried now....