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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
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Yelmo.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Most excellent

  2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Martinez rise those baps my son

    1. Captain_Shirokov
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      im gonna rise

  3. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

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

    1. The Train Driver
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Wasting time?

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Time wastinf

  4. The Train Driver
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Martinez on 3 bonus, yummy!

  5. The Senate
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

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

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Aiming for most jam ever?

      1. The Senate
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        the more jam the merrier

  6. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Always take hits for DGW players.

  7. Bobby Digital
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Watkiiins... Do somethiiing!

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      He did

    2. TheBiffas
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 5 months ago

      he has...

    3. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

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

  8. JBG
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    A goal and an assist by Neto would be great.

  9. Niho992
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    no way that Martinez will play next game.

    1. GoonerSteve
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Really? Not watching the game.

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Just be thankful for his 10 points today.

      1. Niho992
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Leeds will score.

    3. Catastrophe
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Right.

    4. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      He will

    5. Scholes Out For Summer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      why not?

      1. Niho992
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        injured

        1. Scholes Out For Summer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          looks pretty fit to me

      2. Catastrophe
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

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

    6. AzzaroMax99
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Why wouldn't he play?

  10. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Should have triple c martinez

  11. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Wasted BB with 2 Leeds playing.

    1. Champions League Varane
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Same man

    2. Botman and Robben
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      What about me? I have 3.

  12. Catastrophe
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Targett in danger!

  13. Niho992
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Target should get red cards two times so far

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      How is that ever a booking??

  14. TheBiffas
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 5 months ago

    jed steer for 3.9 anyone?

    1. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months 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’S SON
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 5 months 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
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Tom Heaton is Villas backup keeper

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 5 months 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’S SON
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Ah yes ofc

  15. Scholes Out For Summer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

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

    Nakamba playing marvelously

    1. TheBiffas
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 5 months ago

      ouch

    2. Simon69
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

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

  16. g40steve
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Hernandez YC

    1. TheBiffas
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 5 months ago

      noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  17. The Train Driver
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Targett should've seen red already...

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Ref is bad

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

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

      1. The Train Driver
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

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

  18. Garlana
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

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

  19. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Bumford headers wide

  20. Catastrophe
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

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

    1. Niho992
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Mark doesnt own him

  21. The Train Driver
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Anyone got anyone in the next game?

    1. JBG
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Neto

      1. Botman and Robben
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Nada

  22. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    It’s been a good game plan from Villa

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Leeds have been very poor. Out of juice.

    2. Scholes Out For Summer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 5 months 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
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 5 months 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

  23. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Never trust Leeds, especially in DGW.

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      They did alright in their dgw.

  24. Simon69
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Wish there was a less shite Saturday night game.

    1. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Truly unwatchable

    2. ALI_G
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

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

      1. Simon69
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Genuinely

  25. RECKLESS
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 5 months 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
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

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

  26. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 5 months 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
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      2nd

  27. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

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

  28. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    raphinha big chance missed

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Bielsa cursing him saying he could have headed that in

  29. Sim Simma
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Raph misses sitter

  30. g40steve
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Rapha miss