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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. PLerix
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Wc off to a good start.. Ederson and KdB in, Stones and Dias out.. Kept Gundo. Sounds stupid, but went for KdB as a differential and Ederson for security. Am I the only one?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Amiga

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Nobody cares about your WC tbf

      1. PLerix
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Rough start yourself, eh?

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          No, just sick of a week of rmwct posts, can’t bear the inevitable Captain hindsight posts

          1. PLerix
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Do something else then? :p

            1. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              How else will I share snarky comments on play by play? My dog doesn’t engage much in fpl

          2. afcblegend
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            No one actually chats about the football here any more though so that's basically all that's left.

            1. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Here here

            2. im1974
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Every simpering idiot needs security of doing RMT post so it isn’t their fault when it goes wrong

      2. STEP rOVERS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Same as your opinion

      3. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Bit harsh mate

    3. afcblegend
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Ederson, Cancelo and Sterling for me.

      1. PLerix
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Ouch. Should start next at least 🙂

  2. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    So Leeds BB going to be a flop again?

    1. PP6
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Yes of course it’s always the way

  3. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Klich YC

  4. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Ref was lost.

  5. Bushwhacker
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Klich booked. Two teams of tactical foulers.

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Teams learning from City.

  6. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Roberts will be subbed off soon

  7. TheBiffas
      1 month, 17 days ago

      omg no klich YC

    • Hect.OR 98th
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Bench boost not looking good. Oh well.

      1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Failed 8 points for me, what a waste

        1. Hect.OR 98th
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          I'm on 5 with Areola to play twice. Might get 12-15 which isn't a disaster but I play it when I feel there's a good chance of 20+

      2. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Johnstone, Watkins & Dallas so far for me, can’t complain!

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Llorente beating the Villa back 4 for BPS.

    • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Martinez popping pain killers

    • Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Villa got this tactically spot on. Niggly fouls all over the pitch, Leeds can't get going.

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Leeds do EXACTLY the same

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Yeah, Villas fouling better today.

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Leeds keep missing or Villa ride them better

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Martinez limping? SGW?

    • FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Watkins should do something more

    • Captain_Shirokov
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Martinez will be the biggest hero of the season if he gets double digits here.

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Game weeks 19 and 20.

      And 22 & 23 were prime BB.

      I guess this dgw will come through too.

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Martinez pain killers

    • Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Pope to McCarthy for free ? Would free up some funds as well. Thanks

      1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Wouldn’t touch Southampton players

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Haha cheers

      2. im1974
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Err never

    • The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Wow how was that Dunk goal disallowed??

      1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Ref had double WBA DF in his team

      2. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Wait, what are the rules to this game?

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          I genuinely don’t understand how it was not given by ref, then given by ref, then reviewed by var and not given ... again? The whistle clearly went

      3. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Lee Mason: the worst ref in the Premier League (sorry Lee)

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Hot competition for that title

          Mike Dean says hi

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 17 days ago

            He will prove himself tonight

          2. Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Mike Dean is class compared to LM. I was at a match (Foxes v West Ham 2016) where he was actually intimdated by the crowd. He gave a us a penalty that never was to compensate for the one that he didn't give earlier. He aslo gave them a very dodgy penalty too. I really struggle to see how they give him a job.

            1. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              I’m a chelsea fan...

    • ALI_G
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Martinez on the novocaine?

    • nerd_is_the_werd
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Come on Konsa, what happened to those goals?!?

    • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I don't think Bamford has had a shot on goal the whole match. Congrats sellers

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        He’ll be back

      2. Fred54
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Him and Lowton went on a starting merry go around. Bamford won....

      3. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        He’s playing??

    • OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      B.Traoré plz do something

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      El gash blind not seeing Watkins

      1. All Hail K
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Hog. Trying to score to get into the regular starters.

        1. afcblegend
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Barkley living in his head rent free

    • sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I just don’t see a Leeds goal here.

      1. TheBiffas
          1 month, 17 days ago

          good

          1. sminkypinky
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Not for me

        • Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          I didn't ditch Raphinha, he could score 🙂

      2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Imagine picking roberts continuously

        How can he not see how bad he is

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          He’s the Thiago of Leeds

        2. afcblegend
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Agree that he is pretty bad, but Klich hasn't been much better lately, they're really missing Phillips

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

        Martinez is unreal in FPL!

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          The effortless save points are hilarious. Need to gif a cigarette in his mouth

      4. Pad Randa (The OG)
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Cancelo broken or rotated?

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Was due a rest.

        2. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Pep

        3. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Trolling owners

        4. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Rested

      5. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        El Ghazi pissing BPS away...

      6. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Leeds thug not given RC

      7. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        You kinda know what's coming don't you when that tweet arrives saying Raph hasn't blanked in 5