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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
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Yelmo.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Most excellent

  2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Martinez rise those baps my son

    1. Captain_Shirokov
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      im gonna rise

  3. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Ffs El Mohamedy. What did he get a yellow for?

    1. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Wasting time?

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Time wastinf

  4. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Martinez on 3 bonus, yummy!

  5. The Senate
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    score please Leeds, my Johnstone haul won't mean owt if Emi hauls too

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Aiming for most jam ever?

      1. The Senate
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        the more jam the merrier

  6. Mr. O'Connell
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Always take hits for DGW players.

  7. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Watkiiins... Do somethiiing!

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 20 days ago

      He did

    2. TheBiffas
        1 month, 20 days ago

        he has...

      • kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Assist from a player that is def out of today's match... take it and be happy

    3. JBG
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      A goal and an assist by Neto would be great.

    4. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      no way that Martinez will play next game.

      1. GoonerSteve
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Really? Not watching the game.

      2. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Just be thankful for his 10 points today.

        1. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Leeds will score.

      3. Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Right.

      4. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        He will

      5. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        why not?

        1. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          injured

          1. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            looks pretty fit to me

        2. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          The commentator made one comment about him taking painkillers about 20 minutes ago. Martinez non-owner/starter presumably

      6. AzzaroMax99
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Why wouldn't he play?

    5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Should have triple c martinez

    6. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Wasted BB with 2 Leeds playing.

      1. PP6
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Same man

      2. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        What about me? I have 3.

    7. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Targett in danger!

    8. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Target should get red cards two times so far

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 20 days ago

        How is that ever a booking??

    9. TheBiffas
        1 month, 20 days ago

        jed steer for 3.9 anyone?

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Had him nearly ALL season and got rid of him on WC last week, would be typical of my luck if now starts next week hahahah

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Having said that, don’t think he’s in the game anymore, they might have to add him back in lol

        2. Granville
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Tom Heaton is Villas backup keeper

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Was awful seeing him on ssn a few weeks ago

            Really liked him. Hope he gets a move and a start again next season

            Martinez is quality

          2. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Ah yes ofc

      • Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Villa putting on a very solid defensive performance to be fair.

        Nakamba playing marvelously

        1. TheBiffas
            1 month, 20 days ago

            ouch

          • Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            They've kept a cleanie in every game he started this season.

        2. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Hernandez YC

          1. TheBiffas
              1 month, 20 days ago

              noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

          2. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Targett should've seen red already...

            1. Gudjohnsen
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Ref is bad

            2. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Why? 50/50 challenge, there’s no booking there

              1. The Train Driver
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Has a YC already, should have got one more. First stomp on Raphina foot, then elbow on back of Hernandez head.

          3. Garlana
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Paying for the Dallas/raph/bamford hauls last gw here.

          4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Bumford headers wide

          5. Catastrophe
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Konsa is a machine, whys he not higher in the old BAPs?

            1. Niho992
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Mark doesnt own him

          6. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Anyone got anyone in the next game?

            1. JBG
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Neto

              1. Little Red Lacazette
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Nada

          7. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            It’s been a good game plan from Villa

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Leeds have been very poor. Out of juice.

            2. Scholes Out Forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              ah yes the classic try to shoot but turn out to be a through ball and score in the first 5 minutes then shut up shop and counter game plan

              1. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Granted the early goal made it easier, but they’ve advanced the ball well in wide positions and have done a good job of flooding MF defensively and not giving the wingers time on the ball

          8. Salan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Never trust Leeds, especially in DGW.

            1. Traction Engine Foot
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              They did alright in their dgw.

          9. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Wish there was a less shite Saturday night game.

            1. Bubz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Truly unwatchable

            2. ALI_G
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              I think I would rather watch my toilet bowl than that match

              1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Genuinely

          10. RECKLESS
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            BB gome is puff with 3 leeds for it, just some.pope saves left....But was there any other better week to BB?

            1. pjomara
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              If you bb with 3 leeds players last week you'd have done ok

          11. JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Where does City’s second team finish in the league under Pep?

            Steffan
            Walker Ake Laporte Mendy
            Bilva Fernandinho Foden
            Mahrez Aguero Torres

            1. ALI_G
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              2nd

          12. sminkypinky
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            At least a little hope left with Areola. That -8 I took makes a dent in it though. Similar for many I guess.

          13. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            raphinha big chance missed

            1. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Bielsa cursing him saying he could have headed that in

          14. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Raph misses sitter

          15. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Rapha miss