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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. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Watkins can never do anything good! Thanks for the false hopes!

  2. HashAttack
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Phew ... was worried about Watkins losing 2 points there

  3. RedWolf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Last chance today for Watkins in my team. He's blown it spectacularly so far

  4. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 14 days ago

    can't argue with that, exactly what var is for, clearly got the ball

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Can’t hate VAR when it’s used properly for occasions like that

  5. Thomas Magnum
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    How’s this WC look? Not entirely convinced, but seems it’ll be close to as good as I can in order to fit Kane,Son,Bruno,Salah & TAA with my TV.
    Sanchez Forster
    TAA Dias Rudiger Cooper Phillips
    Bruno Salah Son Lingard Raphinha
    Kane Antonio Vydra
    0.0itb

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Any quick thoughts before I head of to sleep will be much appreciated 🙂

      1. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I can’t fault that. I even like the Vydra punt - got my eye on him for 8th attacker

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Thanks! He seems a pretty decent option right now especially with the form and game time, worst case he can become Davis at 4.2 and I can upgrade a defender or something with the extra money. Appreciate the feedback!

  6. dshv
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 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?

    * no other chips
    * 0.3 itb

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Just downgrade Brewster to Davis and upgrade Mitchell to Phillips imo

      1. Atletico Junior
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Cant have 4 LIV players

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Yes, quite. That was the only real standout criticism I had tbf

  7. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Any ideas if Nacho will fit in XI after Madders is a starter? Yes he has played well, but that sub yesterday kind of reassured my fears that Nacho would be slipping to bench again.

    1. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      I doubt it. Maddison just plays behind the attacking duo instead of Perez...

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      I’m staying well away, feel I’ve missed his points and he’ll eventually lose his spot again. And when it happens I’ll lose some value on him cause when the time comes I’ll have other fires to put out and he’ll just drop in value. If he can get only 70 mins with Madison coming back imagine when Barnes does

      1. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Barnes is 6 weeks away from returning and let's not forget LEI was playing City...

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          More like 3 at most 4. Expected return start of April

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      I think Rogers would be mad to change it. Vardy hasn’t been firing at all, Inch is the only reason Leicester are still top four.

      1. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I just got player of the month award... but somehow he's about to lose his starting spot apparently... go figure.

  8. GROBARI
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Thank God Parker remembers he has Mitrovic in his team

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        6th defender?

    • dshv
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      On wc

      1. Taa and neto
      2. Philips and mount/lingz

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I’m not sure Philips is totally nailed ; Klopp has rotated next to Kabak depending on opponent ... but those are better midfield options

      2. EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        1

      3. FFSbet.com
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        1

    • Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Lookman doon.

    • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Took a calculated risk and played bench boost this week.No luck whatsoever though.
      Chelsea get a man sent off and concede 5.
      Azpi 0 points.
      Grealish flying all week .Gets injured again.
      0 points
      Son back from injury . Only plays a half.
      1 point
      Forster playing against Burnley
      2 points.
      3 Leeds against Sheffield.I mean come on.
      10 points
      One catastrophe after another.

    • IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Early thoughts.
      Lingard, Bamford ->
      ESM, Vardy -4 =

      Areola
      TAA Digne Dunk
      (S)alah Son Jota Raphinha
      Kane Vardy DCL

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Honestly looks good on paper but just not sure on selling Lingard right now, will have to wait and see how he looks against wolves

        1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Indeed. Based on fixtures only. It's a gamble! Think I need to do it.

    • Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      oliver watkins

    • dshv
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      On WC

      1. Pedro neto
      2. Odeegrd

      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Neto.

      2. ZAMUNDA
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Neto

    • highsguy
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Thoughts on WC?

        Leno, Forster
        Coady, Dias, Azpi, TAA, Shaw
        Bruno, Lingard, Jota, Son, Raphinha
        Ings, Kane, Iheanacho

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Genuinely really like it, must have a very good TV. Only downside is you’ll have a benching headache every week

          1. highsguy
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Thanks! I don't mind the extra flexibility, although I'll kick myself when I inevitably bench a haul

          2. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Antonio instead of Ings
            Mendy instead of Leno
            Mount instead of Raphina

            1. Thomas Magnum
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Honestly don’t mind the Ings punt, his blank is off putting but haven’t seen him much so could be a good differential

              1. highsguy
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Mount is very much in my thinking. It'll be either Antonio or Lingard, but not both. Ings is definitely a punt and if he's in form he's somewhat fixture proof

          3. moment
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Another Emi save

          4. La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            5th save for Martinez

            Nailed on for a haul

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Unlucky

            2. Thomas Magnum
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Cursed us...

          5. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Some more of these lame shots from Fulham please.

            1. Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              This

          6. manu4life99
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Would you expect A to outscore B and if so by how much?

            A) Phillips(AVL) Jota(AVL)

            B) Veltman(EVE) + Raphinha(mci)

          7. Sack The Glazers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            why I am watching this horrid match?

            1. Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              I can only assume it’s against your will and at gunpoint .... I’d call the police but I’m afraid I’m in the same boat ...

          8. Captain Vantastic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            I really need to get Watkins. Sell Bamford or Antonio?

            1. Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              If you have Kane, ship him out. Watkins is the real deal.

            2. Thomas Magnum
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Sell Kane for him 🙂

            3. Liberate HK - antichinazi
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Kane

          9. KAALI_DAAL
              2 months, 14 days ago

              So Fulham clean sheet is looking possible

              1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                With the worlds finest striker, Watkins on the park woooohahahaha ... eh, yes, I think you may be correct.

            • sunzip14
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              LOL

            • g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              MIT G

            • son of city
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Martinez 6 saves. just hooooooold.

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  Timing

                2. sunzip14
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  Timing

                3. g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  Timing

                4. Royal5
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  Lolorama

                5. son of city
                    2 months, 14 days ago

                    ffs.

                6. sunzip14
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  Triple CS busted 🙁

                  1. Tango74
                      2 months, 14 days ago

                      Risky !

                  2. Forever In Our Shadow
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 14 days ago

                    My fault. 60 mins on the fpl site to see my points. Sorry chaps.

                    1. sunzip14
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 14 days ago

                      Same here. Had Martinez, Konsa, Targett. Couldn't resist 🙁

                  3. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 14 days ago

                    Oh screw you Villa

                  4. KAALI_DAAL
                      2 months, 14 days ago

                      Feck yes Fulham lets go win it!!!!!!!!

                    • moment
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 14 days ago

                      Had all those points for 40 seconds....