710
Dugout Discussion

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.

Become a Member and get unrestricted access to our data and articles

Full-year memberships and monthly subscriptions are now available.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 150+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our brand NEW Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT

710 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Where is Ollie, where?

    1. Effe
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      On the scoresheet

  2. Utopsis
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Very good finish son, eyes on the ball

  3. Nomar
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    This weekend is the reason why Newcastle will survive and Fulham will go down.

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

    One more save Martinez please

    1. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      This

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

    What the hell was that celebration about?

    1. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Hopefully about a grand fine

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

      Tribute to john halker

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

      Maybe he's a Jeffery Epstein death sceptic.

  6. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Need that 6th Emi save.

    1. Effe
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      This

  7. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Where is all the Watkins owners at???

    Show urself!

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

      At this point "nowhere to hide" doesn't apply as they have successfully hidden themselves.

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

        I have to find other phrase now th one starting with N seems to warrant a ban 🙁

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

          Nowhere to hide for Alonso cappers

          Kane (C) the man

  8. Sack The Glazers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    3 minutes ago Aureola was on 7pts, now 1....that is how my GW is going

    1. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      It's how most of our gameweeks have been this season.

  9. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Lol missed all football up until now.
    - Adams benched
    - son benched
    - no Kane (went Salah (c) as chasing)
    - Martinez and Watkins..

    Happy Fulham are fighting though. Just awful fantasy football week

    1. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Still happy?

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

        Haha less so... last live game I saw 1000 years ago was at Craven Cottage in the championship; so I have a soft spot. Probs seen them there again next season

        1. Nomar
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Crumbs, Fulham were around in 1021 AD?

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

    Ooer as if Martinez has conceded

  11. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Come on Marty . One more.

  12. The White Pele
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Trezeguet 17 goals away from top scorer now.

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

    Come oooon Davis!!!

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

    Group hug Davis owners juhuuuuuuu

  15. Flynny
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    352 on wildcard with keenan davies?

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

      I am on that both. He is 4.2

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

    olly goal

  17. C_G
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    50 with Bruno, Antonio and Cressy, average?

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Bit below

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

    Gial needed from Davis !!! Come ooon boy !!! DO A JOTA

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

    Watkinssssss

  20. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Watkins goal

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

    Not Oli, Davis to score .

  22. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Crapkins scores.

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

    WGTA?

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Traore

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

    Fulham relegation confirmed

  25. Hy liverpool
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Finally

  26. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    First good thing. Nice one Watkins all is forgiven

  27. dogtanion
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    What an absolutely incredible finish by Watkins ! The cheek to even try something like that!

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

      The audacity of the man LOL ... first goal in 8 and he thinks he’s a striker.

  28. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Rank killer.

  29. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Ollieeeeee!!!!

    Still selling ya

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

      Ha this time 100x

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

      Upvote of the week

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

      Haha this

  30. son of city
    5 months, 22 days ago

    trying to force Trezeguet to be Targett.
    what am I even saying, should be hiding.