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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. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Come on Chelsea!

    1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I really hope you meant to include a comma... Otherwise: eww.

    1. @FPLDIARYFPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      haha. It is your team and choice afterall....

    2. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Lundstram is an average player who got lucky today. He is £4.0m for a reason. Maybe he should be £4.5m, but we are not talking about a player priced like AWB, Harry Kane, Dele Alli when they were first in the game. Those three were youngsters with potential. Lundstram is 25 and is a journeyman footballer.

      1. I hate Moreno
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Bit harsh, thought he looked fairly involved on the Bet365 live graphic

      2. Prawnsandwich
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Boo hoo just cos you didn't have the foresight

      3. Rostah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Nobody thinks he will be. He's a 4m budget enabler that will sit firmly in 3rd spot on peoples benches for 80% of the season. If he keeps his place and gets 1 or 2 pts every week he serves his purpose. Very occasionally he'll move to 2nd or 1st on your bench, and probably 3-4 times during the season you'll actually start him because he's home to a poor team and your other options have terrible fixtures.

      4. skybluecam
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        He's playing as a midfielder and getting in and around the box. Pretty great value at £4m, should probably be 5 if he plays every week.

      5. Kun Tozser
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Played him ahead of Lowton this year, decent rotation option imo

    3. Tommy Smith
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I played Lundstram and Zinchenko but benched King

  2. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/20640322

    TAA over Lundstram, they said. 14-pointer. Thanks a lot. Selling TAA and never listening to you lot again...

      1. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        At least you gave good advice, mate...

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          😀

    1. rdpx
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      That's the spirit! 😀

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Whatever we think, there'll be a massive Lundywagon setting off, causing a price rise of not tonight, tomorrow. I have 2FTs with no urgent business, so I can afford to do a hasty Rico>Lundy right now.

    2. Tiki-Taka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      You can't blame anyone but yourself, your own decision. Also, another week TAA gets a 14 pter and Lundstram 1, it's just how it is

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        he's not being serious

        1. Tiki-Taka
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Will let him off then 😀

    3. @FPLDIARYFPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Dont get this type of post. Unless your making a community team then you need to take on your own decisions.

  3. gamesmad11
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Excited to give emerson another eye-test, don't think I can keep double liverpool

  4. Iniesta Fiesta
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    How bad was Robinsons injury? Didn't get to watch the game

    1. bitars
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Not that bad, but his overall gameplay is really bad so would be more annoyed by that. A waste of spot.

  5. thomas19390
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Ryan,Button
    Digne,Robbo,Zinchenko,Aarons,Lundstram
    Salah,Sterling,Perez,Martial,Dendoncker
    King,Wilson,Jota
    0,5 ITB
    I am so tempted to do Robbo,Perez,Wilson>Ings,KDB,Van Dijk(-4) after the game.Guys your thoughts?

  6. RFCSPACE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Jota 1 game injury.

    Oh no wait, Lundstram is locked onto my bench.

  7. roflbeard
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Well, after a week of toying with starting Lundstram over Perez and Moura resulted in him remaining firmly on my bench I can't think of anything better than watching 90 minutes of Ayoze Perez forget where the ball is.

    1. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I didn't even consider starting Lundstram tbh. 3rd on bench

      1. roflbeard
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Would rather that tbqh. Opponent in my ML has him coming on off his bench for Stones just as an extra kick in the teeth.

        1. norab
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          If you’re not starting Lundy at home to Palace when are you starting him?

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Never - is the usual strategy for a 4m player.

          2. Joey Barton and Friends
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            That’s the point. You got him for price. I benched him too

            1. norab
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Interesting. I have no problem playing a 4m defender if the situation calls for it. I feel like that’s why you try as best you can to have 14/15 players that actually play. The one off being your cheap keeper if you choose to go that way.

  8. Jam0sh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    How did Kane look yesterday?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Never saw him. Did he even touch the ball?

    2. Wilshere Knowledge
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Anonymous.

      But Spurs were battered.

    3. Tiki-Taka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Very much on the periphery, all of the Spurs team was bad honestly however, and it was City away

    4. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Kane was playing yesterday?

    5. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      effectively didnt play

      1. Badgevilla
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Drop Lundstram he said!!!

    6. Jam0sh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Cheers all

    7. @FPLDIARYFPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      did Kane play yesterday??

  9. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Time for tielemans to do his kdb impression. Let's go!

  10. FOO FIGHTER
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Looks like Vardy and Perez party with Christensen and Zouma as Chelsea's CB pair.

  11. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    "Eventful weekend for referee Graham Scott. Was VAR for #MCITOT and now stuck in traffic so won't officiate #CHELEI - 4th official Oliver Langford takes charge instead for his Premier League debut. What could go wrong?"

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      The traffic-light controllers keep watching replays of the red lights changing.

  12. Ole Trafford
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Wood dropped thought I’d have another day. Regretting not making the Pukki switch now

    1. Dannyb
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Same, cant sit around and be patient/sensible anymore it seems.

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Well, you can, you'll just be subject to the whims of price movement. If you look at the players coming in and out as investments (like on the stock market) acting fast and decisively is always the way to go...just need to find the time to consider your options, quickly.

    2. Prawnsandwich
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Could always try the little blue pills might get some pukki them

  13. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Anyone going without Liverpool attack for a while?

    1. Tiki-Taka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      If you're a masochist yeah

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Just weighing up Salah + Dendoncker vs Martial + Son

        1. Tiki-Taka
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          I think it comes down to the consistency + thus captaincy potential of Salah

    2. MB10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      One would want to be very brave... or stupid !!

    3. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      you wondering if KDB can outscore Mane and/or Salah?

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        He's 2m and 3m less, tbf.

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          what you spending the money on? I'd be struggling to spend it all if I did that

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Sterling - KdB - Martial - Son - Cabellos
            Kane - Pukki

            plus half decent defence. Kane to Aubameyang in a couple of weeks.

            1. SADIO SANÉ
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              looks decent tbf, can't have everyone

    4. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Considering Salah to KDB

    5. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Only fools. Utter fools. They've got a week of rest, even the wobbly-ankled keeper. They'll come out a different side next weekend.

      1. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Bit harsh... 😀

      2. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Oh I know, but look at Man City's next 4. Sterling + KdB, Kane vs Newcastle, Martial, doesn't leave much left.

      3. Snevitz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Disagree with this, Liverpool fixtures aren't great for the next 11 weeks, especially when other teams like City have excellent fixtures. I am keeping the double defence at the moment though.

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          how about the next 3 weeks?

          1. Snevitz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Away at Burnley looks like it could be a tricky fixture again unlike last season.
            KDB and Rashford looks better than Salah and King to me.
            Sterling is a good captain option every week so not sure Salah is worth his premium price.

    6. Wilshere Knowledge
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Started without and continuing as such.

      I’m sure they’ll get good points against Arsenal next week though.

    7. Snevitz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Seriously considering Salah to KDB until week 13.

    8. Prawnsandwich
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Salah to The Lund frees up a lot of cash

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Make sure you captain Lundy every week.

        1. Prawnsandwich
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Tc next week

        2. Prawnsandwich
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Apparently Lundy means Male sex organ in one of those nordic languages, so I was told by another poster

          1. Loyal Subject
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            It does in Hindi

  14. Zinedine Kilbane
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Best of luck to Christian Pulisic on his audition today for my fantasy team. What's for you wont pass you

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

      yeah

    2. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
      2 months, 3 days ago

      ye he also on my watchlist, but I have a sneaky feeling Giroud could be a great pick

    3. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Emerson on my radar

      1. Zinedine Kilbane
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Same- plum fixtures but my God they are bad at the back

    4. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Ive tried to up him on here, got nothing but negative reactions!

  15. AFC49
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Lundstram you beauty!

  16. Ole Trafford
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Madness to consider Robertson to Lundstram and Perez to KDB with 2ft?

    1. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      No

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

      why not watch game first

    3. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Perez hasn’t played yet

    4. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Wait until after this game, but if Leicester look bad, not bad at all, assuming you've got other decent defenders to make up for it!

    5. yer old da
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Now this has me interested as it’s a move I could make.

    6. PUMPKINHEAD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I'll be losing Robbo for Lundy ( I have TAA)

      I'm. 1 off Robbo to Lundy , Perez to Mane

  17. COLLIN QUANER
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Hoping for a Vardy hattrick

    1. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
      2 months, 3 days ago

      oh my if that happened 😮

    2. Dannyb
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      *Perez

    3. PUMPKINHEAD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Perez 3 assists and I'll give you that Collin. How's it going pal ? Good start?

      1. COLLIN QUANER
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Fingers crossed! For us both! Not too bad, mate. Currently on 121 points (580K OR) but it's early days. Happy with my team at the moment, although I did Moura > Siggy on Friday which has annoyed me. He was a transfer waiting to happen though. What about you mate? Good luck with your season.

    4. Snevitz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      If Vardy and Rashford do well there will be a lot of wildcards this week

      1. COLLIN QUANER
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        If that is the case I will be happy that I already own Vardy 😉

  18. sirmorbach
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Lads, how did Callum Robinson look?

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      he mainly looked injured

  19. SADIO SANÉ
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Lundstram has scored in all 4 divisions, what a player

  20. yer old da
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Need to take the plunge and do Siggy > KDB tonight. Who makes way to finance it?

    A. Robbo > AWB (already have VVD)

    B. Digne > any 4.5 defender (maybe Dunk)?

    1. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Depends whether Digne's injured/not

    2. Dannyb
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I would say A but I kinda wanna hold on to Robbo as I think he'll come good.

    3. Shearer & Sutton
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      A

  21. Bolivian Seaman
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Root is so bad at captaincy lol

    Everyone thinks he needs another catcher, he just gets so much wrong 🙂

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Warner is having a shocker. Just like Jason Roy.

      Think it is harsh on Root because there is noone in that team that is a test captain. They play so much one day cricket that they don't get much experience of 4 day / 5 day captaincy. He is probably the best pick, but needs a lot more help from the coaches IMO. Given the subs are coming on all the time I can't see why the sub can't drop Root a message from the coaching staff.

  22. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
    2 months, 3 days ago

    aw Lundstram is so happy 🙂

  23. Crisnel Ronessi
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Won't you welcome me?

    1. Tactical Focus
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Nah sorry mate

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      hello there

  24. Hurnt
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Thank you to the person who said play lundstram to me Friday silent hero

  25. Lalrota
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    King Auba Perez > Kdb Rashford Deulofue (-4) worth it?

    1. Dannyb
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Not Deulo, Jota.

  26. Tactical Focus
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Still have Pogba, AWB and Rashford to go 🙂

  27. Legend of Rosický
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Wilson + Barkley > Wickam + Kdb?

    1. Snevitz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      As long as you don't plan on playing Wickham ever.

  28. andrewe63
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    With a million in the bank this could be the shifting of Perez to Pusilic if the game in the week reinforces any notion of how good this guy is.

    1. Legend of Rosický
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Nah don't go there imo

      1. andrewe63
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Great fixtures next 3 though

  29. jsd202
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Looking to get KDB in for Moura, to enable this do I do
    A) King --> Greenwood
    B) Auba ----> Rashford or Vardy
    C) Robertson -----> 5m defender