A lot of fantasy football enthusiasts may have looked at Aston Villa’s position last season and already written off their Fantasy Premier League credentials. Perhaps this is justifiable considering Villa finished 5th in the Championship. And they conceded more than 60 goals across the season.
The Claret and Blues do have a host of attacking talent though, who may fit nicely into fantasy football teams. Their far from ideal goals against record heading into such a punishing league probably means their defenders can be overlooked for the time being or can they?.
After all Aston Villa has rebuilt their backline since promotion, so the question is, do you include some of these players or not?.
ASTON VILLA FIXTURES
Before we list Villa’s best fantasy prospects though, let’s take a look at their opening fixtures in the Premier League. After all, team fixtures are often as important as the players themselves in fantasy football.
While The Villa start the season with a tough away trip to Tottenham, their fixtures make for good reading over the first eight-game weeks. Fantasy managers will be earmarking home fixtures to Bournemouth, Everton, West Ham and Burnley in that period. There are also away fixtures against Crystal Palace and Norwich which the Villa faithful will be quietly optimistic heading into.
Fantasy Football Pundit’s fixture difficulty matrix shows just how comparatively favourable Villa’s fixtures are. Furthermore, it justifies to include them in your team.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
For fantasy managers who aren’t Villa fans, Jack Grealish will be the player who first comes to mind. Villa’s captain might only be 23 years old but plays like a player beyond his years. There are no prizes for guessing he is currently their most picked player following his excellent performances last season.
Another exciting player, who will be lesser known to fans who didn’t watch the Championship last year, is John McGinn. Villa fans are confident the Scotsman could have his best season yet and could be vital in keeping them in the Premier League. He is £0.5m cheaper than Grealish at £5.5m.
Based on last season’s stats though, Conor Hourihane is the way to go. His nine goals and 11 assists show just how much end product he has. The question will be whether he can carry these numbers into 2019/20. Fantasy Premier League have priced him at a competitive £6.0m.
One under the radar selection could be Mahmoud Hassan, better known as Trezeguet. The Egyptian signed and could straight into the team. He is a risky choice given we haven’t seen in him England before but sometimes you’ve got to take a chance in fantasy football!
I wouldn’t recommend either of the forward options. Jonathan Kodjia or Scott Hogan. As their starting likelihood after the arrival of newly signed Wesley Moraes must be up for debate. And considering their previous goal returns were minimal, It’s hard to see that changing in the super-tough Premier League.
David our guest writer runs https://www.fantasyfootballpundit.com/. He made contact with us and asked if it was possible for him to write a post, It’s obviously not the usual type of post you are used to reading on here. But for those, readers who participate in fantasy football leagues the information in the links may prove invaluable. David is a Fantasy football enthusiast and life long Villa fan…