Dugout Discussion

Barkley and Abraham benched as injured Chilwell misses out

Chelsea take on Leicester City in the second and final Premier League fixture to take place on Sunday.

Kick-off at Stamford Bridge is at 16:30 BST.

There has only been one goal scored in the last three league meetings between these two clubs: two stalemates sandwiching the Foxes’ 1-0 win in west London in December 2018.

The Chelsea starting XI shows only one change from the side that took on Liverpool in midweek, with Mason Mount (£6.0m) replacing Mateo Kovacic (£5.5m) in midfield.

That means there is again no place for Ross Barkley (£6.0m) or Tammy Abraham (£7.0m), who are among the substitutes.

Pedro (£7.0m) and Christian Pulisic (£7.5m) will flank Olivier Giroud (£7.0m) in the Blues’ attack, while Willian (£7.0m) makes the bench.

Ben Chilwell (£5.5m) won’t feature for the visitors this afternoon, with his place at left-back being taken by Christian Fuchs (£4.5m).

Chilwell misses out with a minor hip injury.

That is Brendan Rodgers’ only change to the side that drew 0-0 with Wolves in Gameweek 1, so Ayoze Perez (£6.5m) and James Maddison (£7.0m) will again support Jamie Vardy (£9.0m) in attack.

The Foxes are without a Premier League goal in three matches stretching back to April of last season, although have admittedly faced tricky opposition in the form of Wolves, Manchester City and Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea in that time.

Rodgers’ side managed only three shots from inside the box against a stubborn Wolves side last weekend.

They may get more joy out of a Chelsea backline that has shipped six goals in their two competitive matches in 2019/20, however.

Lampard’s troops also conceded on eight occasions in their final three pre-season friendlies.

The Blues look more promising going forward, however, having racked up 38 shots against Manchester United and Liverpool over the past week.

Chelsea XI (4-2-3-1): Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson, Kante, Jorginho, Pedro, Mount, Pulisic, Giroud.

Leicester City XI (4-3-3): Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Soyuncu, Fuchs, Choudhury, Ndidi, Tielemans, Maddison, Perez, Vardy.

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 2

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  1. RECKLESS
    • 7 Years
    12 months, 23 hours ago

    How serious is Digne injury? As I dont want to stupidly downgrade VVD and then see Digne out. KDB may rise today as well

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • 2 Years
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      should be alright

    2. thepeen555
      • 4 Years
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      Apparently manager said he was ok and he posted on Twitter about the match and didn’t say he had done him self up like a kipper

  2. Rik Waller
    • 3 Years
    12 months, 23 hours ago

    Jofra is clearly essential. Who do I bring him in for?

    1. Lexi2014
      • 5 Years
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      Keep or sell Tielemans? Didn’t see the game today...

      Same for Moura?

    2. Coldplay
      • 8 Years
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      Daniel James. Has pace which gets results

    3. BrutalLogiC
      • 5 Years
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      anyone..

  3. 6ix9ine #1 on billboard
    • 3 Years
    12 months, 23 hours ago

    if Digne is out, I'll just ship him for Laporte. Easy transfer.

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      Even if only 1 GW?

    2. BrutalLogiC
      • 5 Years
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      I think the general feeling on here is he won't be out and even if he is it's one week and you've almost certainly got more pressing concerns

    3. EMBOLOFAN
      • 2 Years
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      thanks for the update

    4. TheBrazilianRonaldo
      • 1 Year
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      I encourage this. I’ll be keeping him, but like the idea that not all people make decisions in the same way

  4. Art Vandelay
    • 9 Years
    12 months, 23 hours ago

    I went with KDB, Salah and Kane as my big hitters at the start of the season. KDB looks very good but I clearly need Sterling. I am thinking of having both rather than simply upgrading KDB. Is this the way go?

    1.9 GWs into the season, which big high hitters would you go with?

    1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • 1 Year
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      Salah, Sterling, Pepe for me

    2. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      I am in the same position ( Auba, KDB, Salah). I’m thinking of getting rid of Auba for Sterling

      1. Art Vandelay
        • 9 Years
        12 months, 23 hours ago

        Cheers

        Longer term I see myself downgrading Kane too but don’t want to do it this week with Newcastle at Spurs

        Vague plan is currently.

        Salah to Sterling this week

        and

        Downgrade Kane to bring in Mane the following week.

    3. Pompel
      • 6 Years
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      I've tried to fit in Kane with those other three, but too many sacrfices elsewhere, and inflexible team. You'll hsve to lose one of those

      1. Art Vandelay
        • 9 Years
        12 months, 23 hours ago

        Yep, he has to go at some point just reluctant to do it this week.

    4. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      Thinking about Salah to KDB myself.

    5. TheBrazilianRonaldo
      • 1 Year
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      I’m considering Sterling / KDB rather than Salah / KDB. I’ve convinced myself I can make two premiums work only. Probably daft

  5. balint84
    • 4 Years
    12 months, 23 hours ago

    what to do with wilson next week?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      Scored vs City last season.

  6. The Man Pastore
    • 5 Years
    12 months, 23 hours ago

    Pope
    Button VVD Digne Dunk Guilbert Rico
    Salah Sterling Fraser Perez Mcginn
    Auba Jota Greenwood

    2FT / 0 ITB

    A) Guilbert Salah Perez --> Lundstram Mane Martial (-4pts)
    B) Salah Fraser Perez --> Mane KDB Ceballos (-4pts)
    C) Any of the above + Auba to Kane for -8pts.

  7. Manani
    • 8 Years
    12 months, 23 hours ago

    Thought on Lanzini as the 6m choice?

    1. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      Very good choice - nice fixtures as well ( but he is 6.5)

  8. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    12 months, 23 hours ago

    Thoughts?
    Auba to Aguero
    Meaning Gylfi to a 7.0 (maddison)
    =-4

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • 2 Years
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      nah

      1. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        12 months, 23 hours ago

        Really!?want Auba out for this gw and preferably next?

        1. EMBOLOFAN
          • 2 Years
          12 months, 23 hours ago

          sure

  9. Pompel
    • 6 Years
    12 months, 23 hours ago

    Early captaincy chrck for those of us with no Kane:

    A) Salah home against dubious Gunners defence
    B) Sterling away against leaky Bournemouth
    C) Auba against fumbling Adrian

    1. Annie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      B

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      Mane

      1. thepeen555
        • 4 Years
        12 months, 23 hours ago

        This

      2. Pompel
        • 6 Years
        12 months, 23 hours ago

        He msy come into my yeam as well - at Salah's expense. Seems to have the better form.

    3. EMBOLOFAN
      • 2 Years
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      a

    4. CROCosta
      • 2 Years
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      B or buy Son, ManUtd players also an option

      1. Pompel
        • 6 Years
        12 months, 23 hours ago

        Son needs some re-shuffling for me, not possible ahead of NEW

  10. Atletico Junior
    • 7 Years
    12 months, 23 hours ago

    Who will Score more points:

    A. TAA + Dendoncker
    B. Soyuncu + Martial

  11. Ray In Bruges.
    • 6 Years
    12 months, 23 hours ago

    So I've got Barkley and Moise Kean...Who's the priority to ship, or should I take a hit? Thinking Pukki and Mount

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • 2 Years
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      kean will start next week imo

    2. thepeen555
      • 4 Years
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      Kean will start now I reckon. But looks like he could drop before that

  12. SOTHPAW
    • 2 Years
    12 months, 23 hours ago

    Give Perez and Moura another week or do Perez to Ceballos & Moura to KDB for - 4?

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • 2 Years
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      ceb fixtures not good next 2

    2. Atletico Junior
      • 7 Years
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      Hola Perez

  13. Noah’s Ark
    • 7 Years
    12 months, 23 hours ago

    2ft. Looking at Robertson to Lundstram and then either:

    A) Perez to KDB
    B) Perez to Son
    C) Wilson to Kane

    Thoughts on the best option?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      Would you captain Kane?

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        12 months, 22 hours ago

        Hi TM sorry for delayed response I got busy had to do some work.

        I’d say yes I would captain Kane. Still have Salah and Sterling also as options. Wilson has great fixtures after city though and that is my worry.

    2. zizoo10
      • 4 Years
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      A clear cut

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        12 months, 22 hours ago

        Yeah he has been in great form. Leicester up against Sheffield though. I know they have been good so far but I’d back Leicester.

    3. CROCosta
      • 2 Years
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      I am in similar thinking, not A, I think Son/Kane vs NEW are amazing differential captain options. Wait for pressers to clues if Son will start for sure, if yes I would go for him to get early lead

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        12 months, 22 hours ago

        Why are you against the friendly Belgium? Yeah Son could be a great differential but don’t feel I have the luxury of waiting too long due to price rises. Already lost .1 on Wood unfortunately.

  14. zizoo10
    • 4 Years
    12 months, 23 hours ago

    man buying pukki at 5.6 is an absolute pain in the backside. 5.4 to spend on a defender and there is literally nobody. wouldve loved AWB/Emerson

    1. zizoo10
      • 4 Years
      12 months, 23 hours ago

      6.6*

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  16. Moose™
    • 8 Years
    12 months, 23 hours ago

    Might keep Vardy for one more week.

    Robbo Guilbert Perez - - > Dunk Lundstram KdB.

    Do it?

    -4 only

  17. Old Gregg
    • 3 Years
    12 months, 22 hours ago

    Which moves look best please?. Thanks.

    Heaton
    TAA-Vvd-Zinc-Coleman
    Salah-Sterling-Fraser-Moura
    Jota-Wilson

    4m-Dendoncker-Rico-Greenwood

    2FT

    A) Taa + Fraser > Lundstram + KDB
    B) Taa + Fraser + Wilson > Lundstram + KDB + Pukki (-4)
    C) Taa + Fraser + Salah > Lundstram + KDB + Mane (-4)

    1. Firminoooo
      • 4 Years
      12 months, 21 hours ago

      A is best. You dont take a hit for Wilson to Pukki or Salah to Mane.

      1. Old Gregg
        • 3 Years
        12 months, 20 hours ago

        Thanks.

  18. Gríma Wormtongue
    • 5 Years
    12 months, 22 hours ago

    2FT
    (Have 2 LFC defence)
    (Don't have Pukki)

    Robertson + Mili + Bernardo --> Lundstrum + Sterling + Cantwell

    ???

  19. paddym25
    • 8 Years
    12 months, 22 hours ago

    at this rate, perez is going to feel like a differential next gwk

  20. jez_wright
    • 8 Years
    12 months, 22 hours ago

    VVD + Moura + Perez -> AWB + KDB + Ceballos (-12) ?

    1. Firminoooo
      • 4 Years
      12 months, 21 hours ago

      You mean -4, right?

  21. afsr
    • 3 Years
    12 months, 22 hours ago

    WC

    Kane + Dendoncker

    or

    Son + 6.0 forward (who?)

    1. Jurgen Flopp
      • 6 Years
      12 months, 22 hours ago

      Stretch the 6m forward to a 6.5 and you have a plethora of options

  22. andrewe63
    • 9 Years
    12 months, 21 hours ago

    A right howler by Rennes defender gives Cavani a tap in--This goal area ping-pong is an epidemic.

  23. Firminoooo
    • 4 Years
    12 months, 21 hours ago

    A. Robertson/ Perez to Lundstram/Son
    B. Robertson/ Perez to WanB/Martial (+0.4)
    C. Something else.

    Rest of the team:
    Pope Heaton
    VvD Digne Zouma Rico Robertson
    Salah Sterling KdB Dendoncker Perez
    King Jota Greenwood

  24. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    12 months, 20 hours ago

    anyone thinking of playing cantwell next week? I have Moura and Trossard starting soCantwell is on the bench to cover them. Wish I could play all 3 tbh 😀
    Worst case is Moura plays like 13 minutes or something and then I kick myself for not starting cantwell

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      12 months, 18 hours ago

      What's your full squad?

  25. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    12 months, 18 hours ago

    Pope
    TAA / VVD / Digne
    Salah / Sterling / Perez / Barkley
    Pukki / Jota / Wood

    Button // Montoya / Dendoncker / Kelly

    How does the following look?

    Barkely/TAA > KDB/AWB

    I still find it amazing AWB got bonus points in a 4-0 win without attacking returns.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      12 months, 18 hours ago

      I should note, this is for a -4. Well aware TAA is good value, but the United fanbase coverage does worry me when they do well.

      Palace next and they look absolutely toothless in attack.