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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. Guru Mediation
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Surely that was a catch by Martinez and not a save? (Lol)

  2. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    That Watkins goal just dragged me on to a red arrow! Grrrr 🙁

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Yeah he is highly owned and coming from many benches too

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        The incarnation of Justin!

  3. Daniel Jebbison
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Keinan Davis, that's his name

  4. Baps hunter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Watkins scores and comes from my bench, Martinez 6th save. Is Bruno going to be quiet and get yellow?!?

  5. Daniel Jebbison
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    90 +2
    Keinan Davis (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

    Hope for a goal from the free kick is there

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      You've already got enough jam off Davis this week

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        It's not jam It's squad game 😉

  6. Cak Juris
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Choose the best option for GW 31:
    A. Salah + Kabak/Phillips (Salah Captain)
    B. Jota + TAA (Gundogan Captain)

  7. Daniel Jebbison
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Final whistle

    8 pts from 2 players without having Watkins. I am happy.

    What was your score from this game only ?

    1. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      9. Watkins and Targett. Pretty happy with that.

    2. hullcityfan
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      7 from 1

    3. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      4 for Marty.
      0 from jacky.

    4. Guru Mediation
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      11 Ollie and Emi

      1. Bram
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        +1

    5. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      113 from 2 - it’s ok I guess

    6. lordkippe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      0 from 0

  8. TheBiffas
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Watkins sitting on the bench after bale 1 pointer 🙁

      1. Kane and Ablett
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Same same, I think Jose has it in for us

      2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        All I need now is to see Shaw benched to round off today .

      3. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Watkiiinsss yahaahaa

      4. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Ffs Watkins killing my green

      5. Cheeto__Bandito
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Watkins and Salah owners finally get some joy

        • C_G
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          54 with 3 (Bruno, Antonio, Cressy) to go, captain played, average or below avg?

          1. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Hmmm I wonder.....

          2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Above

          3. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            That’s a cracking score this week

          4. jason_ni
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            54 with same 3 to go!

          5. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Especially since players to go on livefpl will be overstated with so many popular picks missing out and likely duds/no shows replacing them

          6. lordkippe
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            45 with AWB, Bruno & DCL to go for me

          7. grumpyman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            39 with Bruno, DCL, Cresswell, Lingard, Digne and Antonio to go.

        • Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Watkins 1 bonus yuhuuu

          1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Small mercies. I was applauding a Forster extra save point earlier. The things this game does to us.

        • jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Missed the game..
          Looking at bbc "Mings' fluffed backpass gifts Mitrovic opener"

          Was it as bad as it sounds? If so, thanks Tyrone for ruining my double digit marti haul Tyrone!

          1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Yes it was.

          2. Hooky
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            It was like he was back playing for Yate Town again

            1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              He should be.

        • TheBiffas
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Thanks a lot bale and Jose, now need a Bruno, lingard or DCL no-show

            1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Doubt it will happen.

              1. TheBiffas
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Unfortunately, yes

              2. threeputt
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                only chance you've got is to head up north and a knee to the DCL groin

            2. Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Now time for Trossard to shine

            3. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Bruno blank would be nice but at least a haul is a tenth as damaging as it could have been

              1. Tango74
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Why blank hasn’t your capt played

                  I’m screwed as have trossard ,vletman from last week for blank city

              2. ClassiX
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                MAN UTD TEAM NEWS
                Team to play Brighton: Henderson, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Fred, Pogba, Fernandes, Greenwood, Rashford, Cavani.
                Subs: De Gea, Diallo, James, Matic, Williams, Van de Beek, Tuanzebe, McTominay.

                BRIGHTON TEAM NEWS
                Team to play Man Utd: Sanchez, White, Dunk, Veltman, Bissouma, Lallana, Moder, Gross, Trossard, Welbeck, Maupay.
                Subs: Steele, Karbownik, Mac Allister, Jahanbakhsh, Alzate, Izquierdo, Propper, Caicedo, Zeqiri.

              3. Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 11 days ago

                Bale robbing me of veltman masterclass 3rd on my bench

                1. Daniel Jebbison
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Ouch

              4. Daniel Jebbison
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                Shaw Digne and DCL hauls and top 10K dream is still alive

              5. Firminoooo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                WTF! I thought only 5-10% own Watkins. He killed my rank with EO over 40%

              6. JONALDINHO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                Shaw masterclass needed and a Bruno blank

              7. tbos83
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Pogba starts. Bad news for Bruno?

                • Bobby Digital
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Last hurraah for Aguero? Bamford get the feck out of my team...

                • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Need Another Shawl today.

                  1. Daniel Jebbison
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    Yeah, 15pter minimum is needed

                  2. La Roja
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    Trossard could say otherwise

                • Donny_Rover
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Wildcard active, which of these do you reckon is the best set to go with?

                  A) Sanchez, Azpi, Neto, Iheanacho
                  B) Forster, Rudiger, Maddison, Watkins

                  Rest of squad likely to be:
                  Mendy
                  TAA Dias Coady Coufal
                  Salah Jota Son Raphinha
                  Kane Vardy

                  1. Bobby Digital
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    B with Neto over Maddison?

                    1. Donny_Rover
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 11 days ago

                      I think Leicester’s next 4 fixtures are massively appealing for an attacking double up. Just not sure whether to go Iheanacho (realistically how long can that purple patch continue) or Maddison alongside Vardy. If I did just go with Vardy I could have Azpi over Rudiger who is seemingly more nailed on.

                  2. Daniel Jebbison
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    Wait with the WC maybe ?

                • La Roja
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Is this worth -4?

                  Raph Tierney ➡ Jota Philips

                  Assuming Tierney out

                • threeputt
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Why am I seeing so many wc'ing this week with the potential for more dgws to come ?

                  1. tbos83
                      2 months, 11 days ago

                      Fixture swing - dumping Leeds, Avl, Bri etc

                  2. CroatianHammer
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    Utd Report had that XI on the nose... can't have been a guess. Useless for FPL, handy for the exchanges