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The FPL eye test: Villa players assessed ahead of Double Gameweeks

Stevie of EyeTestFPL casts the spotlight on more Fantasy Premier League (FPL) options that have caught his attention, using ‘eye test’ screenshots and information from our Premium Members Area.

With double-headers in Gameweek 36 and 37 and the visit of bottom-of-the-table Norwich City up next, Aston Villa sit near the top of our Season Ticker for ease of fixture for the run-in.

So it’s with that in mind that Stevie switches his focus to the Villans, whose form has dipped over the last month or so.


Ollie Watkins’ directness

Ever since conceding three goals against Leeds United in Gameweek 24 and suffering two subsequent, successive league defeats, Steven Gerrard had had to rethink his defensive approach and come up with a solution that would tighten things up at the back. 

His answer was a shift to a front-two system with a more rigid midfield base, which subsequently laid the foundations for a more direct playing style.

With two highly technical players such as Philippe Coutinho (£7.0m) or, when he is on the pitch, Danny Ings (£7.4m) behind him, Ollie Watkins’ (£7.4m) pace naturally pushes him towards becoming Villa’s blade tip.

His totals of 18 shots inside the box and six big chances ever since the tactical shift happened in Gameweek 27 are in the top five among all forwards.

The biggest question mark for him, however, is not the number of chances he gets, but whether he can convert them into goals.

Despite getting the majority of the opportunities that Villa have created thus far, Watkins has had a track record of disappointing owners with his wasteful finishing ever since his arrival in the division last season. And frankly, there has not been much improvement this season, either.

Often, anticipating what the former Brentford man is thinking to do when inside dangerous areas usually does not require much invention of the mind. Being a heavily right-footed player, his tendency to shift to his stronger side usually makes the job easier for the opposing defenders to first close off the inside channel before forcing him into his weaker left foot instead.

Finding an opening from the other side has not been easy either as he is often left with two undesirable options of either shooting from the tightest of angles or cutting inside with his weaker left.

His best chance of scoring then would probably come from a situation where he has succeeded in getting behind the last line of defence without receiving much interference from the opposition defenders.

However, despite not being the most clinical of finishers, Watkins still remains Villa’s point of attack where most of the goalscoring opportunities would likely fall. Whether or not he could turn them into goals is less of a certainty.

“I thought Ollie was fantastic in the second half, really selfless running and I thought he made it a real tough 45 minutes for the two centre-backs. That’s what we want from him and I thought the only thing missing from his performance today was a goal.” – Steven Gerrard on Ollie Watkins, after Gameweek 34’s goalless draw with Leicester

Philippe Coutinho’s floating role


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293 Comments Post a Comment
  1. OptimusBlack
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Who to get from City u can pick two ?
    A- Cancelo
    B- Laporte
    C- Jesus
    D- B.Silva

    1. FC Hakkebøf
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      A and C. Prefer KDB tho

    2. CR7 is Home
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      AC

    3. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      A and B

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Cancelo Laporte then Jesus

    5. Rocket Raccoon
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      AC

    6. dabber7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      A & B

    7. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      A and defo C!

    8. OptimusBlack
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Cheers

  2. FC Hakkebøf
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    2 FT 0 itb

    Schmeichel (Fodder)
    TAA Robbo Cancelo James (Fodder)
    Salah Havertz Maddison Saka (Gordon)
    Ronaldo Weghorst (Fodder)

    Ronaldo + Gordon -> KDB + Fodder ?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      This week would rather have Kane

    2. Rocket Raccoon
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Yeah

    3. Boberella
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Just do Ron to Kane and roll a FT for next week. I'd keep Gordon for the DGWs

  3. AutoFill 2021
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Livramento - Tavares for BB in 36?

    1. Max City
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      I was looking Schar >> Tavares

      1. Klip Klopp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        With Tomiyasu back there's a chance Arteta may play Cedric as a left back

    2. Rocket Raccoon
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Risky

  4. The Mighty Whites
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Start Watkins or Dennis?

    Feel like I should start Watkins but as a Leeds fan I want Watford to beat Burnley.

    1. tbos83
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Start Watkins, then it's win-win

    2. Rocket Raccoon
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Watkins

  5. C_G
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    is Fofana nailed?

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Not with Europe around

    2. Rocket Raccoon
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      I would have said so due to the rubbishness of their other defenders, but the Europe point is a good one.

  6. Max City
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Possibility of Coutinho haul vs Norwich = ..?

    1. Not again Shirley
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Possible is anything.

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      It’s NOR so possible. But wouldn’t be surprised if he blanks.

      1. Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Yeah true, AST hasn't looked good themselves lately

    3. Rocket Raccoon
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Surely

    4. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Similar to Australia winning Eurovision

    5. DycheDycheBaby
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Not even sure I want him for the double in GW36 if I'm honest.

    6. Hktrader88
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      If Watkins scores a hat-trick and Coutinho assists all three, the consensus will be ... "well it was obviously really, as Norwich are appalling".

      If you think Coutinho has a chance of hauling in any game ... then this is the one.

  7. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Is Kulu still nailed on?

    1. Rocket Raccoon
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Yeah. Who else?

  8. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Odion Ighalo just missed a penalty for Al Hilal..

    1. Rocket Raccoon
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Why is this of interest?

  9. In a Rush
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    I don’t usually play more than 3 at the back but looking at playing all 5 this week and rolling my transfer.
    Any thoughts welcome cheers

    Foster
    Taa cancelo cash Alonso royal
    Salah havertz son saka
    Werner

    Schmeichel pukki Ramsey mateta

    1. Rocket Raccoon
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Seems wise but Royal? Hmmmm

    2. Boberella
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      4 is enough. I'd play all your bench players ahead of Royal personally

    3. Max City
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Should be okay

  10. Connor's Calling
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    On WC ahead of BB36

    A) Mahrez, Gordon, Werner

    B) KDB, Dewsbury Hall, Dennis

    1. Connor's Calling
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Any thoughts? Have a feeling about Mahrez- despite clear rotation issues!

    2. Rocket Raccoon
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Yeah, A probably as all three have DGW

      1. Rocket Raccoon
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        And a more explosive.

    3. The Reptile
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      B

  11. Flynny
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Hi....who to start this week please?

    A....ramsey v Norwich

    B....rudiger at Everton

    Thanks

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      A

    2. Rocket Raccoon
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      A as B is knacked

      1. Flynny
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I think B will be back for this game....and maybe tomo even

      2. Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Sure he's been pictured in training!

  12. The Polymath
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    I can guarantee Az's luck is going to run out, after GW38.

    1. Rocket Raccoon
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      How?

      1. The Polymath
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Because there won't be a GW39. 😀

  13. Rocket Raccoon
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Captain…

    A) Salah
    B) Watkins
    C) Coutinho

    1. Stram Dunk
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Salah

    2. tempest
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Salah

    3. No Kane No Gain
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Not B

      1. NorCal Villan
          2 months, 10 days ago

          No way he gets within a mile of my team, much less making him captain

    4. The Polymath
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Villa are a trap I'm not happy to fall into twice in one season.

      1. Rocket Raccoon
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        …and you’re a Wolves fan

      2. dabber7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 10 days ago

        They certainly look and smell like one ... bottom of the table for form over the last 5 game weeks, four losses and one draw, just 1 point from 15 but many people seem to be holding their noses because they've got Norwich and a double, double.

      3. NateDog
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I agree, I wouldn't even expect a clean sheet from them against Norwich. I may be wrong but they've shown nothing to say that they're going to turn around their atrocious form in one fell swoop

    5. Feed tha Sheep
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      I can have this team for GW36 for -4..

      Ramsdale
      Trent Robertson Laporte Alonso
      Salah Saka Foden Mount
      Kane Nketiah

      A. Good 36 team (so FH37)
      B. FH36 you can get better 36 team

      1. tempest
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        A defo

    6. tempest
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Any changes needed this week?

      Ramsdale
      Rudi/ James/ Robbo/ Cancelo
      KDB/ Salah (c)/ Barnes/ Odegaard
      Kane/ Broja

      Dub/ Mateta/ Ramsey

    7. DycheDycheBaby
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      These moves still good for -4? Going to bench boost in 36.
      Doherty, Laca -> Alonso, Pukki.

      Anyone better than Pukki for under 7.2?

      1. Garth Marenghi
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Why not Eddie?

        1. DycheDycheBaby
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Yeah might go for him but his doubles are harder fixtures.

      2. dabber7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 10 days ago

        If it was me, I'd be going to Laporte and Nketiah.

        1. DycheDycheBaby
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Yeah just thinking of Chelsea double and ML rival has Laporte already (I'm chasing). Might go Eddie though as he is also slightly cheaper.

          1. dabber7
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Chelsea don't really have a double though ... surely there will be a lot of rotation for the Leeds game ahead of the Cup Final.

            1. DycheDycheBaby
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Indeed so else to go for? 🙁

              1. dabber7
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 10 days ago

                As I said earlier, it'd be Nketiah and Laporte for me but if you're chasing and your rival already has Laporte, then it becomes hard to answer, without knowing the rest of your team.

    8. CR7 is Home
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Would u do this

      Mount + Werner ➡ Foden + Jesus?

      1. Thinkering like a Boss
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        No

      2. Indpush
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Pondering it for this week or next week. Let's see how Chelsea boys go tomorrow.

    9. Flynny
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Thinking about swapping my chelsea players (havertz and rudiger) to city (laporte and foden )
      for dgw36

      Chelsea likely to rotate heavily for Leeds before the Cup final in gw36

      Am I merely replacing rotation risks with rotation risks?

      How are others approaching Chelsea and City for dgw36? Thanks

      1. Tic Tacs
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I have Laporte and James, will most likely switch James to Cancelo as think he’s probably the least likely to get rotated… but who knows

      2. dabber7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Wait until after GW35 is completed, so you have more information to base your decision(s) on?

      3. Boberella
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        See how 35 goes first. I think Rudiger will be good for the season and more nailed than any of the others. (Assuming you already have Cancelo).

        1. Flynny
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Yeah already got cancelo taa and vvd

    10. Tic Tacs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      I know I’ve lost the plot, but I’m putting the armband on Zaha for the upcoming gameweek… what could go wrong!

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 10 days ago

        i'm not going that far but he's very much on the list of players i'd like for the rest of the season.

        1. Tic Tacs
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          I’ve had him for a couple of weeks and it does feel like a haul could come at any moment

    11. Feed tha Sheep
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      For 36 is A better than B enough to play FH in 36?

      A. Pope Rudi Cancelo KDB Coutinho
      B. Ramsdale Alonso Mount Foden Kane

      1. Thinkering like a Boss
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        no

    12. Norco
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      I got the exact funds to do the following for a -4, pull the trigger?

      Wood + Kulu > Jesus + Dewsbury-Hall (-4)

      Price changes will price me out.

      1. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        No guarantees Jesus starts this week so no

    13. Brewstercat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Broja to Pukki, Dennis or Nketiah for Bench Boost in DGW36?

      Currently:
      Schmeichel Foster
      TAA Robbo Cancelo James Reguillon
      Salah Saka Maddison Kulu Martinelli
      Kane Mateta Broja