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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. TheBiffas
      1 month, 15 days ago

      f off el trashgi

    • Werner Bros
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      What happens to monthly totals when the end of the month is in the middle of a GW. Do they split the points in that GW across the 2 months or will Feb score include till the end of this GW?

      1. Sharkytect
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        All of that gameweek are included in the month total (February, for this gameweek)

        1. Werner Bros
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Thanks!

    • Sharkytect
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      It’s gameweek 19 all over again isn’t it?

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Not 25 tho!

    • Jon Snow
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Clearly Leeds can't be trusted on DGWs

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        You know nothing

    • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      ⚽ Team News 📰
      NEWCASTLE : Dubravka, Krath, Lascelles, Clark, Lewis, Willock, Hayden, Shelvey, Almiron, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin.
      Subs: Darlow, Dummett, Carroll, Ritchie, Gayle, Hendrick, Fraser, Murphy, Longstaff.

      WOLVES : Patricio, Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss, Semedo, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny, Neto, Jose, Traore.
      Subs: Ruddy, Hoever, Ait-Nouri, Silva, Gibbs-White, Vitinha, Kilman, Otasowie.

      1. Sharkytect
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Nobody cares about this one

        1. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Otasowie non-owner I take it?

        2. ivantys
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Leeds players are as insignificant

          • The Ilfordian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Except people from Newcastle. And people from Wolverhampton.

          • Amey
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Rude

          • Original - Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            And nobody cares about a pink shark

          • Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            You shouldn't have commented. 6 years in? Shameful!

            1. Sharkytect
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Most responses I've received in 6 years!

        3. tambourineman
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Darlow dropped

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        McGinn has been brilliant.

        Southgate will have been impressed by him this evening.

        1. TheBiffas
            1 month, 15 days ago

            haha

          • Catastrophe
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Indeed. Him and Josh King knocking on Gareth's door

          • EmreCan Hustle
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            ?

          • im1974
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 15 days ago

            And Martinez

        2. OptimusBlack
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          B.Traoré Assisst plz :O

        3. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Kings kicks out for Marty

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

          Marty looking like out next game sadly.

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Why?

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

              Can’t even kick a goal kick

              1. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 15 days ago

                If he was that bad you’d take him off.

                1. jason_ni
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Exactly...

            2. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Not kicking ball

          2. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Wishful thinking

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

              I hope I’m wrong.

              1. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                4 full days rest

        5. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Underwhelming start to the gw

        6. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Should have been a second YC and red for Targett

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 15 days ago

            If you’re not going to send off klich you can’t send off Targett.

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

          Is now the time?

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

            Nope

        8. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Marty save

        9. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Targett on the edge...

        10. fedolefan
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          This is classic fpl. Own all DGWers and single GWers haul. Own single GWers in a double with great fixtures, and you know in minute 5 they're blanking.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            It’s ridiculous isn’t it, yet we fall for it every year

          2. TheBiffas
              1 month, 15 days ago

              villa is not a good fixture for any team

            • Mr. O'Connell
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Yeah, I thought I was being smart not taking hits to remove/bench Leeds players. 6 points from 3. Cheers.

          3. Werner Bros
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Targett needs to chill

          4. Hect.OR 98th
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            A Martinez injury will shake things up a bit. He's GK for pretty much my entire league, and some don't have a playing back-up.

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              I have McCarthy sub if he counts lol

          5. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Without Son coming on

          6. Breezyy
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Annoying with Bamford and Raphinha..

          7. Shultan
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Is martinez injured? Just heard on radio couldn't take a goal kick

            1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Took pain killers earlier

            2. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Still playing so it can’t be that bad

          8. JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            FPL pts standings
            1: Bruno
            2: Salah
            3: Son
            4: Kane
            5: Bamford
            6: Martinez

            At just 4.5m. Insane

          9. Niho992
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Seems like Martinez is injured. Ofc he is when i own him for 1st time this season

          10. Sean
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Sub off Targett pls

          11. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Targett RC here and toys are out of the pram....

          12. Bubz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Leeds are a truly random football team

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Out of steam?

          13. Werner Bros
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            How many extra points would you want from a BB to consider it successful?

            1. TheBiffas
                1 month, 15 days ago

                15-20 really

              • JONALDINHO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                15

              • The Senate
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                I would expect 8, hope for 12 and be partying at 15+

                1. Pep bites Kun
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  That's reasonable

              • Hect.OR 98th
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                I play it when I think 20 is a reasonable expectation. I'm currently on 5 with just Areola to go, so hoping for a couple of penalty saves!

              • Lindelol
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                6 atleast

              • Werner Bros
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Fair answers. 4 from my 2 Leeds players isn't the best start. Hopefully Lowton or Areola can get some returns!

            2. EmreCan Hustle
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Martinez took a pill and now not taking goal kicks. What could it be?

            3. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Ok let’s hold on now Villa

              1. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Emi on 3 bps

            4. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Elmo YC

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Grrr anmoying

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  *annoying

            5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Leeds are awful

              1. TheBiffas
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  you said that it this point vs soton