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
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 1 day 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
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      should be alright

    2. thepeen555
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 1 day 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
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

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

    1. Lexi2014
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

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

      Same for Moura?

    2. Coldplay
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Daniel James. Has pace which gets results

    3. BrutalLogiC
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      anyone..

  3. teriyaki 69
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

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

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Even if only 1 GW?

    2. BrutalLogiC
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day 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
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      thanks for the update

    4. TheBrazilianRonaldo
        3 months, 1 day ago

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

    5. Art Vandelay
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 1 day 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
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Salah, Sterling, Pepe for me

      2. cravencottage
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

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

        1. Art Vandelay
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 1 day 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
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day 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
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

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

      4. Bobby Digital
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Thinking about Salah to KDB myself.

      5. TheBrazilianRonaldo
          3 months, 1 day ago

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

      6. balint84
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        what to do with wilson next week?

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Scored vs City last season.

      7. The Man Pastore
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day 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.

      8. Manani
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Thought on Lanzini as the 6m choice?

        1. cravencottage
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

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

      9. Never a FT
          3 months, 1 day ago

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

          1. EMBOLOFAN
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 1 day ago

            nah

            1. Never a FT
                3 months, 1 day ago

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

                1. EMBOLOFAN
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  sure

          2. Pompel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day 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
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              B

            2. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Mane

              1. thepeen555
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                This

              2. Pompel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

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

            3. EMBOLOFAN
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 1 day ago

              a

            4. CROCosta
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 1 day ago

              B or buy Son, ManUtd players also an option

              1. Pompel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

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

          3. Atletico Junior
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Who will Score more points:

            A. TAA + Dendoncker
            B. Soyuncu + Martial

          4. Ray In Bruges.
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 1 day 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
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 1 day ago

              kean will start next week imo

            2. thepeen555
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

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

          5. SOTHPAW
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 1 day ago

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

            1. EMBOLOFAN
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 1 day ago

              ceb fixtures not good next 2

            2. Atletico Junior
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Hola Perez

          6. Ole Trafford
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 1 day 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
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Would you captain Kane?

              1. Ole Trafford
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 1 day 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
              3 months, 1 day ago

              A clear cut

              1. Ole Trafford
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 1 day 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
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 1 day 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. Ole Trafford
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 1 day 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.

          7. zizoo10
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 1 day 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
              3 months, 1 day ago

              6.6*

          8. New Post
          9. Moose™
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Might keep Vardy for one more week.

            Robbo Guilbert Perez - - > Dunk Lundstram KdB.

            Do it?

            -4 only

          10. Old Gregg
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 1 day 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
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

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

              1. Old Gregg
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Thanks.

          11. Gríma Wormtongue
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

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

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

            ???

          12. paddym25
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

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

          13. jez_wright
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

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

            1. Firminoooo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              You mean -4, right?

          14. afsr
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            WC

            Kane + Dendoncker

            or

            Son + 6.0 forward (who?)

            1. Jurgen Flopp
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

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

          15. andrewe63
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

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

          16. Firminoooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 1 day 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

          17. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
              3 months, 1 day 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
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                What's your full squad?

            • Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 1 day 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
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 1 day 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.