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The reason for Grealish’s absence as Mitrovic is recalled for Villa v Fulham

Having returned to full training over the March international break, Jack Grealish (£7.5m) was expected to make a playing comeback for Aston Villa’s clash with Fulham this afternoon.

The Villa talisman is absent from the hosts’ matchday squad, however, with Dean Smith reporting that the England international pulled up in training on Saturday.

The Villa boss said:

He’s trained this week and was looking really good but he had some discomfort yesterday and pulled out after 10 minutes in training. We erred on the side of caution as we must do. He was all up for playing [until then].

The hosts will be looking to improve on their sub-per record without Grealish: they have scored on just three occasions in the six matches he has missed.

Smith makes one change to the side that started the 2-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last time out.

Anwar El Ghazi (£5.3m) comes in for Trezeguet (£5.2m) in the Villa head coach’s only tweak to his starting XI.

Scott Parker has made four alterations to the side that started the Cottagers’ defeat to Leeds United a fortnight ago.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (£5.5m) is the most notable name among the quartet of returnees, with Josh Maja (£5.5m) dropping to the bench.

Parker said of the Serb’s recall:

His form for his country has played a big part. The last game in terms of selection [in Gameweek 29], it was nip and tuck, really, he came off the back of very good work, training-wise. Well deserves his chance.

Bobby Decordova-Reid (£5.3m), Kenny Tete (£4.3m) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.9m) are also additions to the line-up, with Antonee Robinson (£4.4m), Ivan Cavaleiro (£5.3m) and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (£4.5m) dropping to the bench.


Aston Villa XI: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Sanson, Traore, Watkins, El Ghazi

Fulham XI: Areola, Tete, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Aina, Reed, Lemina, Reid, Loftus-Cheek, Lookman, Mitrovic.

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710 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Vazza
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 22 days ago

    How is Robbo as an alternative to TAA?

    I don’t have spare 0.2m to bring in the latter

    1. son of city
      5 months, 22 days ago

      TAA is TAA period.

    2. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      He's good. But if Alonso starts we're nailed on he's as good as either for much less. Castagne, Shaw, Pereira other good alternatives.

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Since GW20 TAA crushes Robbo on most relevant stats - clear favourite.

      Do you have Shaw? Would get him over Robbo.

  2. son of city
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Martinez with 2 saves already, this could be an interesting CS vandalism by Fulham.

    1. Joey Tribbiani
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Martinez double digits confirmed...
      https://imgur.com/gallery/dt6iCim

  3. Thomas Magnum
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Who’d you rather have on WC?
    A) Ederson
    B) Dias (5.8 SV)
    C) no city defender at all

    1. Tango74
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 22 days ago

      I’m keeping Dias. I get Philips as back up

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Considering that.
        but also considering if it’s worth paying .3 extra and not missing out on any CS’s

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Or save 1.0 and get more CSs with Mendy?

          1. Thomas Magnum
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 22 days ago

            Most likely will need to go Rudiger instead and save .5

    2. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      B especially if going Forster as a 2nd keeper (gw33 blanks).
      C is arguably valid depending where else you'll spend the cash.

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      I'm firmly in the Ederson camp but it takes 4.5 more on Sanchez in 33.

      Think one City defender is a good call and still have benchable Stones too and don't intend to part with him soon. In your shoes I might keep cheaper Dias rather than go Ederson.

    4. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Ederson. Won't be rotated, CS + save points.

    5. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      A would be the best city player to have.

  4. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    If David Luiz out for a long period is Rob Holding likely to be nailed as starter?

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Probably

    2. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Yes. Nice price but if Tierney misses a few games their poor CS record can only get worse.

    3. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Even less chance of the keeping clean sheets. He will just be another bed wetter.

  5. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Dallas to TAA for a hit?

    1. son of city
      5 months, 22 days ago

      worth it.

    2. Ben White saved my life
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Dallas sellers club will be in force, I'm binning for Trent myself for - 4.

  6. Vazza
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Need a Watkins brace

    1. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Never going to happen..........

    2. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      His teeth are grand.

    3. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      He's consistent with a brace of points tbf.

    4. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Excellent, I needed a bit of pure fantasy in my day ...

    5. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Oh dear.

  7. Von Lipwig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Targett + Bale > Salah + Fodder -4

    Yey or nay?

    1. Von Lipwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Fodder is 5th defender

    2. S.Kuqi
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Jota is better option imo.

      1. Von Lipwig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Yeah?

    3. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Why waste 6m on over done fillet steak when you can have a lovely medium rare rump steak for half the price?

  8. dshv
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    WC, wainting for advices

    Mendy (button)
    taa diaz coady (rudiger mitchell)
    Son bruno salah jota neto
    Kane iheanacho brewster

    1. Change neto to someone?
    2. Taa to philips and upgrade?

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      I’d keep as is, presuming you have 0itb? Could just downgrade Brewster to 4.2 Davis for a little pocket change for later because they both I presume won’t be seen on your pitch

  9. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Grealish will be fit to start for City next season.

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Feels like something fishy is going on that Smith is trying to hide right?

      1. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Smith lives in a fantasy world. 😀

  10. Captain Vantastic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Watkins is one the best strikers in the premier league.

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Yes, of course ... by striker ... you mean someone who refuses to do the job they are paid to do ... and therefore goes ‘on strike, ...

      1. Captain Vantastic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Haters gonna hate m8

    2. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Championship level player being dragged along by Grealish's brilliance

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        😆

    3. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Of those who play regularly (i.e. Aguero not in that list this season), Kane, Ings, Bamford, DCL, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Wilson, Vardy, Antonio all better.

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Bamford same level. Both Championship players.

    4. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Not very funny...............worse than a championship player.............

  11. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Grealish, Raphinha, Ings. The attackers to buy from the bottom half clubs. Would badly hurt Villa and Southampton (Leeds will probably be okay), but would be decent options for any club.

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Could add Pereira in perhaps - not seen that much of him I'll confess.

      And of course Jiminez if he comes back fit.

  12. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Alonso. Hold or sell?

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Hold

  13. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Does that count as a save?

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Yup

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      As long as it’s on target and he stops it going in basically

  14. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Martinez save point

  15. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Emi 3 saves...bring more easy ones

  16. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Is Villa clean sheet looking likely here? Would pretty much save my gameweek

    1. Kun Tozser
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      No

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      0-0 all over it

    3. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      No mate, Fulham all over them

    4. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Also badly need a Villa clean sheet here.
      How’s Baltimore treating you, bubbles?

  17. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Any chance one of the Wolves Centre backs are rested tomorrow like my Cancelo/Rudiger were so it goes in my favour for once and I get a rare Kilman start?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Can’t see why

  18. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    With many playing their WC 31 .... who are they players whom you will unceremoniously be banishing from your team, with nothing but regret staining their tenure with you, in the hope that if you ever hear of them again it’s because they moved away to play their football in Afghanistan?

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Auba lasted 2 weeks in my team. He fits the bill.

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Actually cumultive of 4 weeks. Had him the first 2 gameweeks as well. Plus with that haircuit he needs to be banished.

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Watkins ... Bale ... Slabhead ... Docherty

    3. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Probably all of them tbh the way my season has gone 🙁

    4. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Bamford has been banished

    5. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Watkins...

  19. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Villa without Grealish are nothing - verges on Palace minus Zaha.

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      This, still can’t understand how they went from relegation to top half of the table for a while with the squad they have, even with Grealish. Guess a lot of it came down to the Martinez effect

    2. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Good comparison. Tbh I thought they had more on them since not even Grealish on it seemed there were other quality players also linking up and scoring but yeah no...

  20. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    If you had to leave one OUT of your WC team, who would it be?

    A. TAA
    B. Salah
    C. Son

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Assuming you're WC'ing this week then probably Salah.

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Salad

  21. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    No WC and just a few pts above 2nd in ML

    A) Bale > Salah
    B) Bale,Dallas,Raph > Salah,Phillips,Jota(-8)

    Areola
    Azpi Shaw Dias
    Bruno Son Gundo Bale Raph
    Kane Antonio

    martinez, veltman bamford dallas

  22. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    'Marvelous Nakamba' best named footballer in history? (On Fulham's bench)

    1. The 12th Man
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      To Madiera

      1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Championship manager legend 😀

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Mark De Man is Belgian who plays for KSC Hasselt .... which is superb.

    3. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Danny Invincible is good too ...

    4. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      player from Australia who played in the Scottish league a few years back named Danny Invincible is a good one as well

      1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        One more thing and Thomas Magnum would be an invincible partnership. Telepathic.

    5. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Edit: I meant Villa's bench.

  23. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Pen to Villa

  24. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Clearly got the ball

    1. MOZIL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Clearly a pen

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        No chance

  25. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    var review

  26. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    No pen

  27. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    No penalty following VAR review. Watkins thought he had got away with it, but nope.

  28. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Will Watkins ever return again?

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Nope, cursed.
      Not sure how he made England squad

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Never. Not ever. He wants to return his player license, the fraud.

    3. A-L
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      As soon as we ship him out

  29. JJO
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Who was fouled and who was supposed to take it 🙂 ?

    1. lewis274
      5 months, 22 days ago

      watkins and watkins

    2. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Watkins x2

    3. JJO
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Thanks guys

  30. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Surely no pen?