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FPL fans take note: Dean Smith questions Watkins’ availability for Aston Villa vs Watford & provides Buendia update

FPL fans take note: Dean Smith questions Watkins’ availability for Aston Villa vs Watford & provides Buendia update

Watford vs Aston Villa

Aston Villa are set to get their 2021/22 Premier League campaign underway on Saturday, August 14th.

After avoiding relegation the season prior, Dean Smith’s side were able to finish 11th in the 2020/21 campaign, a result they are no doubt eager to improve upon this time around.

And though the club may have lost talisman Jack Grealish, Villa have spent well this summer – signing up Emi Buendia, Leon Bailey and Danny Ings to help fill the void.

The Claret and Blue’s first game of the 2021/22 season will see them pitted against one of the newly promoted outfits.

Watford enjoyed a superb 2020/21 campaign in the Championship, finishing with the best defensive record in the league. In turn, the Hornets are no doubt set to prove a stern test for Villa this weekend.

Dean Smith on Ollie Watkins & Emi Buendia

Ahead of Saturday’s game, Dean Smith would hold his first pre-match press conference of the new season this morning.

In doing so, Smith discussed a number of topics, including the fitness of Ollie Watkins.

The striker picked up a knock in a pre-season game recently. And despite suggestions earlier in the week that Watkins would be able to shake the issue off to face Watford, Smith’s comments on Friday suggest that his attacking star is a doubt for the game:

“We are not too sure about Ollie at the moment, if he’s pain-free today then he will train, if not then he won’t be involved tomorrow.”

On a more positive note, Smith also confirmed that Emi Buendia, who missed Villa’s most recent pre-season fixture, is available for Saturday:

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

Aston Villa betting odds, next game:

Aston Villa vs West Ham odds: result, both teams to score, correct score & goalscorers

Aston Villa vs West Ham Full time result
Aston Villa
West Ham
Aston Villa vs West Ham Result/Both teams score Yes No
Aston Villa 15/4 4/1
West Ham 15/4
Draw 10/3 11/1
Aston Villa vs West Ham Correct Score
Aston Villa
West Ham
Aston Villa vs West Ham Goalscorers First Last Anytime
Danny Ings12/5 12/5 6/4
Michail Antonio13/5 13/5 13/8
Ollie Watkins10/3 10/3 2/1
Keinan Davis7/2 7/2 11/5
Andriy Yarmolenko15/4 15/4 12/5

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2 Liverpool FC 9 21 21
3 Manchester City 9 16 20
4 West Ham United 9 6 17
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 9 0 15
6 Tottenham Hotspur 9 -4 15
7 Manchester United 9 1 14
8 Everton FC 9 1 14
9 Leicester City 9 0 14
10 Arsenal FC 9 -3 14
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 0 13
12 Brentford FC 9 2 12
13 Aston Villa 9 -2 10
14 Watford FC 9 -5 10
15 Crystal Palace 9 -3 9
16 Southampton FC 9 -4 8
17 Leeds United 9 -8 7
18 Burnley FC 9 -8 4
19 Newcastle United 9 -9 4
20 Norwich City 9 -21 2

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Player Team Goals
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Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 4
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 4
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 4
Hwang, Hee-chan Wolverhampton Wanderers 4
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 4
Greenwood, Mason Manchester United 4
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 3
Townsend, Andros Everton FC 3
King, Joshua Watford FC 3
Ings, Danny Aston Villa 3
Benrahma, Said West Ham United 3
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3