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FDR Analysis: Time to invest in Aston Villa

The Scout 22 Jan 2022
Matty Cash

The Scout on why Steven Gerrard’s side have schedule to bring in returns in attack and defence

A kind upcoming run of opponents gives Aston Villa the chance to reward managers in Fantasy Premier League at both ends of the pitch.

After this weekend’s visit to Everton, the midlands club have one of the most appealing schedules of any side in Fantasy.

Villa’s next five matches
24 LEE (H) 2 27 BHA (A) 3
25 NEW (A) 2 28 SOU (H) 2
26 WAT (H) 2  

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), four of their subsequent five matches, against Leeds United, Newcastle United, Watford and Southampton, score only two.

Philippe Coutinho (£7.0m) has already emerged as a top target after his goalscoring debut against Manchester United last weekend.

The Brazilian is the most-bought player in the Gameweek, earning a massive 567,000 new owners.

Jacob Ramsey (£4.6m) provides a cut-price alternative in the Villa midfield, producing double-figure returns against both Norwich City and Man Utd in his last four outings.

Meanwhile, Ollie Watkins (£7.7m) has boasted the main goal threat since Steven Gerrard took charge.

The forward's 18 shots, 18 shots in the box and seven shots on target are all team-leading totals from Gameweek 11 onwards.

Consider Cash and Digne

The new head coach's preference for attacking full-backs looks promising for Matty Cash (£5.1m) and Lucas Digne (£5.0m).

Cash has recorded 30 touches in the opposition penalty box under Gerrard, a total bettered by only three other defenders in Fantasy during that run.

Digne made an encouraging debut against Man Utd following his January move from Everton, producing two shots in the box and creating two chances.

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