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Grealish in Aston Villa matchday squad as Guaita benched for Crystal Palace

As Dean Smith alluded to in his post-Everton press conference, Jack Grealish (£7.5m) is on the Aston Villa bench for the second consecutive gameweek.

Having pushed the boat out by bringing the England international after 72 minutes on Thursday, Smith may look for a longer stretch from Grealish at Selhurst Park.

Tyrone Mings (£5.4m) is unexpectedly absent from the Aston Villa squad, having picked up a knock as Smith’s men drew 0-0 with Everton during Triple Gameweek 35.

“Him and Emi [Martinez] collided knees but he’s a tough old cookie and should be OK.” – Dean Smith

Matt Cash (£5.0m) is a more predictable absentee, with Ahmed Elmohamady (£4.2m) drafted in at right-back.

Ollie Watkins (£6.5m) makes an immediate return to the Villa XI after a one-match ban, with budget forward Keinan Davis (£4.2m) dropping to the bench. Ross Barkley (£5.8m) is also replaced in Smith’s starting line-up by Jacob Ramsey (£4.5m).

The big Crystal Palace team news is that Vicente Guaita (£4.8m) finds himself on the bench as Jack Butland (£4.5m) earns his first Premier League minutes of the season.

Unexpected line-up changes, such as this decision from Roy Hodgson, could become commonplace for the final two gameweeks of the season as teams find themselves safe from relegation or with greater priorities in the close season.

Tyrick Mitchell (£3.8m) makes a fourth successive start at left-back for Palace, with Patrick van Aanholt (£5.4m) not in the matchday squad due to personal reasons.

Butland’s inclusion is one of five changes made by Hodgson – who appears to have set his team out in a 4-3-3 system – as Gary Cahill (£4.5m), James McCarthy (£4.3m), Jeffrey Schlupp (£5.3m) and Andros Townsend (£5.5m) all come in.

Crystal Palace XI (4-3-3): Butland; Mitchell, Cahill, Kouyaté, Ward; Schlupp, McCarthy, Eze; Zaha, Benteke, Townsend.

Aston Villa XI (4-2-3-1): Martínez; Targett, Hause, Konsa, Elmohamady; McGinn, D Luiz; B Traoré, Ramsey, El Ghazi; Watkins.

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  1. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Awful gw so far.

    All riding on Spurs, Liverpool and Everton players now.

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Same here and have no EVE myself ... red arrow incoming, and consistently 😛

  2. son of city
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Captain son, we go!!

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Same here

    • Royal5
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      How did Lingard look last night? Worth keeping?

      1. son of city
          2 months, 21 days ago

          He's always been an imposter

        • Utopsis
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Busy, but never really threatened the goal. Brighton are a solid outfit though.

          1. Royal5
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            I see. Not sure I can sell with wba next.

        • Utopsis
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Yeah would probably hold for that one, most of their attacking play started with him

      2. Casual Player
          2 months, 21 days ago

          My FH bench (Dallas, Cresswell, el Ghazi) has rescued my Man City FH blanks. Good lads.

          Not sure my live rank is getting better than it is right now. Need something from Bale and nothing from Salah.

          1. HashAttack
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            I've got Alioski and Adams coming on for 19 points instead of Mahrez and Foden
            My last sub is Mitchell who might be needed instead of Bale

            Only on 2 actual points so far with just McCarthy having played

            1. Casual Player
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Nice one, that tops me.

                I hope Bale starts. Or if he doesn’t he needs to warm the bench all game

          2. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Made some bad bench decisions this week.
            Lesson learned- always play attacker over defender.

            Need injury now to get El Ghazi's points.

          3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            The way El Ghazi has been operating from the left wondering if I should play him over Lingard. Can easily exploit the Spurs' weak right right side. But Lingard has West Brom!

          4. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Play Lingard (wba) or Bamford (sou)? Or getting rid of both 😆

            1. Hy liverpool
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Jesse

            2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Lingard.

            3. That TV angle at Highbury
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Lingard

          5. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 21 days ago

            All my hard work from last week undone

            1. Tango74
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Hard work ?

              • Hy liverpool
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Zaha brace in second half and you will be ok

              • Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Yep exactly, only thing was that I did not work hard at all 😛

            2. MIGHTY JOE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Really need Watkins to slow down and Kane (C) masterclass

              1. Tango74
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  Kane walking in stadium on sky sports . 🙂

                • Jindaljain
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  Same here

              2. Deulofail
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Just bought my new 2021/22 Arsenal Away Kolasinac shirt

                1. Deulofail
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  #10

              3. Boss Hogg
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Tiniest of tiny green arrows overnight - went up by 12 places.
                Pretty sure that’s the smallest change I’ve ever had.

              4. DAZZ
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                What is the best Euro Fantasy? Is there only one?

                1. Hooky
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  Claudia Schiffer

                  1. AMBELLINA PRISE
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 months, 21 days ago

                    Oldy but goody!

                  2. Tango74
                      2 months, 21 days ago

                      Vanessa pardis?

                  3. Revival
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 21 days ago

                    If you download the Euro2020 app there is a fantasy game on there. Rules similar to FPL. Even has wildcard and Limitless chips!!

                  4. Boss Hogg
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 21 days ago

                    What are the Cheeky Girls up to these days?
                    Proper filth those two.

                2. That TV angle at Highbury
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  Which two to start for GW37?
                  A. Iheanacho (vs Chelsea)
                  B. Benteke (vs Arsenal)
                  C. Coufal (vs WBA)
                  D. Lingard (vs WBA)
                  E. Struijk (vs Southampton)

                  1. The Train Driver
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 21 days ago

                    CD or BD

                    1. That TV angle at Highbury
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 21 days ago

                      Yeah, I think those two options are what I am also leaning towards.

                3. Herman Toothrot
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  After my rival bought Mitchell this GW for a hit. Seeing Palace concede pretty much guaranteed he'd get attacking returns.

                  1. Keeptrying
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 21 days ago

                    wow, how annoying for you!

                4. Hazz
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  Phew, Bale at least starts.

                  1. Rassi
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 21 days ago

                    Phew indeed!

                5. Jindaljain
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  Taking Zaha instead of benteke has become worst decision so far will cost title too

                  1. Fudgy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 21 days ago

                    Me too. Was so close to Davis to benteke too

                6. Revival
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  Tottenham Hotspur
                  @SpursOfficial
                  ·

                  1. Revival
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 21 days ago

                    Lloris (C), Tanganga, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilón, Højbjerg, Dele, Lo Celso, Bale, Son, Kane.

                7. The Ilfordian
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  Dele Alli starts. I was considering him for a punt. Could score well today

                8. Stand By Mee
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  Having an awful gw:
                  Vydra: 2, Lingard: 2, Antonio: 2, Martinez: 2 minus -4 hit I am on 4 from 4 🙁

                  1. Magic Zico
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 21 days ago

                    Not that far away here with Konsa Bamford Coufal Lingard Dallas

                  2. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 21 days ago

                    You forgot Martinez’ inevitable penalty save

                9. Hotdogs for Tea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  Reguilón, Son, Kane .... let’s go

                10. Jindaljain
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  Kane haul or son haul?? Title match for me

                  1. justaguy9
                      2 months, 21 days ago

                      Hopefully son and bale. Though i have all 3 spurs attackers. C son

                    • Salan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 21 days ago

                      Probaby Bale

                  2. justaguy9
                      2 months, 21 days ago

                      Currently on minus 3 from 5.

                      I need a spurs goal fest. C son bale and kane.

                      The last thing i need is a tight wolves defense

                      1. justaguy9
                          2 months, 21 days ago

                          I mean minus 3 net from 3.

                      2. Hazz
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 21 days ago

                        Wolves in a back four vs. Spurs.
                        Me likely Wolves in a back four.

                      3. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 21 days ago

                        ⚽ Team News 📰
                        TOT: Lloris, Tanganga, Alderweireld, Reguilón, Dier, Son, Lo Celso, Alli, Højbjerg, Bale, Kane
                        Subs: Hart, Sánchez, Doherty, Sissoko, Lamela, Winks, Ndombele, Bergwijn, Lucas Moura

                        WOL: Patrício, Semedo, Coady, Saïss, Hoever, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Traoré, Gibbs-White, Vitinha, Fabio Silva
                        Subs: Ruddy, Kilman, Rayan Aït-Nouri, Boly, Marçal, Cundle, Neves, Corbeanu, Willian José

                        1. Sleepless in Settle FPL
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 21 days ago

                          yes Saisssss start, 11 players this gw

                        2. AC/DC AFC
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 21 days ago

                          Cheers

                        3. KAPTAIN KANE
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 21 days ago

                          Struggled finding Son for a moment! This is going to be massive, biggest home win of the season imo

                      4. KAPTAIN KANE
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 21 days ago

                        The week I start Davis he’s on the bench lol

                        1. Hazz
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 21 days ago

                          He's always on the bench?

                          1. KAPTAIN KANE
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 21 days ago

                            Started last week

                            1. Hazz
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 21 days ago

                              Because Watkins was suspended, duh.

                              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 21 days ago

                                Oops ofc

                                1. MIGHTY JOE
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  2 months, 21 days ago

                                  Yes please!!

                                  1. MIGHTY JOE
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 2 Years
                                    2 months, 21 days ago

                                    To your comment in the post above*

                      5. Jindaljain
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 21 days ago

                        Have Zaha touched the ball yet?

                        1. Hazz
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 21 days ago

                          Yep

                      6. Gudjohnsen
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 21 days ago

                        Captained Mo instead of Kane or Son.

                        Mistake?

                        1. Hazz
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 21 days ago

                          Will tell you later tonight.

                        2. HashAttack
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 21 days ago

                          EO suggests it was the right thing - we can cheer on hauls from both

                      7. AC/DC AFC
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 21 days ago

                        Wolves won 3, a draw and a loss at Spurs in the last 5 encounters.

                        Bogey team?

                      8. FALSE PROFIT
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 21 days ago

                        What is more dangerous?
                        Selling a gun?
                        selling an online betting app.?

                        1. AC/DC AFC
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 21 days ago

                          One can harm others.

                          The other harms you and your family most.

                          1. FALSE PROFIT
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            2 months, 21 days ago

                            Sooooo True

                        2. FALSE PROFIT
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          2 months, 21 days ago

                          Sorry. Wrong forum.

                      9. _Ninja_
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 21 days ago

                        benteke so close