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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  1. BRUCE THE MOOSE (F.K.A RAFA…
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 23 hours ago

    -4 move. Yay or Nay?

    Wilson+Moura+Pérez >> Pukki+Son+McGinn

    Heaton
    TAA • VVD • Digne • Zinchenko
    Salah(C) • Sterling • Moura • Pérez
    Wilson • Jota
    (Pope, Rico, Dendonk, Greenwood)

    1. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 23 hours ago

      Nay

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 23 hours ago

      Wilson to Pukki and carry transfer

  2. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    29 days, 23 hours ago

    Abraham on
    Giroud off

  3. KrisMCFC
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 23 hours ago

    Maddison needs to be subbed off ASAP, greedy as hell and not letting anything travel on to vardy or Pérez

    1. Unai123
      • 8 Years
      29 days, 23 hours ago

      100%

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 23 hours ago

      lol ur joking

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 23 hours ago

      Best Leicester player by far

    4. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 23 hours ago

      go on you were saying?

      1. KrisMCFC
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 23 hours ago

        It was a tongue in cheek comment to implicate how little chances vardy and Pérez are getting as everything is going through Maddison. Not say he was bad, get a grip

  4. Unai123
    • 8 Years
    29 days, 23 hours ago

    (a) Wan B or (b) Zinch?

    1. Four Hit Wonder
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 23 hours ago

      A

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      29 days, 23 hours ago

      AWB.

      Zinchenko is going to be dropped very soon.

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 23 hours ago

        umm

      2. The Curse of Falcao
        • 4 Years
        29 days, 23 hours ago

        Zinchenko has looked decent to me and has been city's main choice LB for a while now, how come you think he will be dropped?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          29 days, 23 hours ago

          Cancelo too good to be on the bench. Is definitely City's defensive weak link. Mendy will come in for at least a few games.

          1. EMBOLOFAN
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            29 days, 23 hours ago

            hes not that good and hes not left footed

          2. sambyy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            29 days, 23 hours ago

            Cancelo is not good defensively.

          3. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            29 days, 23 hours ago

            Pep wont use a right footed player on the left unless its absolute crisis time.

    3. Dealbert
      • 7 Years
      29 days, 23 hours ago

      Zinc at the moment for me but you may need to spend a transfer on him at some point so AWB long term

    4. MeatPieSausageRoll
        29 days, 23 hours ago

        B. Zinchenko is the 1st name on Pep’s team sheet every week

    5. CelticBhoy1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      29 days, 23 hours ago

      Vardy > Pukki/ Barnes

      and then upgrade midfield to get KDB in?

      1. Four Hit Wonder
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 23 hours ago

        Yes Pukki

      2. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 23 hours ago

        why did you pick vardy if you sell before he plays sheff u and bmouth when opening 2 fixtures were against 2 good defences

        1. Would Ed Woodward
            29 days, 23 hours ago

            I'm considering it too, I have him AND Perez.

          • The Curse of Falcao
            • 4 Years
            29 days, 23 hours ago

            sheff are decent defensively to be fair.

            1. EMBOLOFAN
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              29 days, 23 hours ago

              no they arent

          • CelticBhoy1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            29 days, 23 hours ago

            Its less about Vardy and more about KDB

            1. EMBOLOFAN
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              29 days, 23 hours ago

              right - id raise the money elsewhere or do it later

      3. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 23 hours ago

        Emerson very tidy.

        1. _sidney_will
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          29 days, 23 hours ago

          Looking at him if I play WC

      4. LIARS POKER
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 23 hours ago

        Best non Brighton 4.5 defender? Need to get rid of Guilbert

        1. LIARS POKER
          • 3 Years
          29 days, 23 hours ago

          Already have Lundstram so could downgrade to a 4.0?

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          29 days, 23 hours ago

          Soyuncu looks the part.

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            29 days, 23 hours ago

            This

      5. barracuda
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 23 hours ago

        Zouma... is he a Baps magnet?

        1. Four Hit Wonder
          • 2 Years
          29 days, 23 hours ago

          More like an error magnet

          1. barracuda
            • 2 Years
            29 days, 23 hours ago

            Considering him

      6. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        29 days, 23 hours ago

        LMS safety score currently 31 with bonus.

        https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

        1. JONALDINHO
          • 2 Years
          29 days, 23 hours ago

          Says league is closed?

      7. HIT ME!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 23 hours ago

        Ville Tonka's FPL id anyone?

        1. alastair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          29 days, 23 hours ago

          1481271

          1. HIT ME!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            29 days, 23 hours ago

            Thanks!

      8. Chandler Bing
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 23 hours ago

        Anyone with 2FTs and wildcarding?

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          29 days, 23 hours ago

          Plenty are.

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          29 days, 23 hours ago

          Plenty will, Lundstram may have pushed them over the edge...

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 2 Years
            29 days, 23 hours ago

            Here here! It's more the fact he was my 4th defender in a WC draft I was briefly considering last night!

        3. COK3Y5MURF
          • 3 Years
          29 days, 23 hours ago

          Rather a -4 or -8 for 3 or 4 transfers.

        4. dmkp
          • 4 Years
          29 days, 23 hours ago

          I don't understand that, can't 2-3 transfers solve some of the problems in a squad

        5. _sidney_will
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          29 days, 23 hours ago

          Yeah think i may

      9. Four Hit Wonder
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 23 hours ago

        Mount on all free kicks and corner kicks. Depending on who else is on the pitch, it wouldn't surprise me to see him on pens as well.

      10. zamorac69
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 23 hours ago

        Just waiting barkley to enter.... and ruin my gameweek

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          29 days, 23 hours ago

          Still got my hopes up that he won't come on.

      11. LIARS POKER
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 23 hours ago

        Fraser + Perez -> KDB + Cantwell for free?

        1. JohnBlack
          • 1 Year
          29 days, 23 hours ago

          Im same boat

        2. BellyKlopp
          • 3 Years
          29 days, 23 hours ago

          yes

      12. Rolls-Royce
        • 5 Years
        29 days, 23 hours ago

        Stuck with Siggy, gonna be painful coming weeks.

        1. EMBOLOFAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          29 days, 23 hours ago

          no

        2. HIT ME!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          29 days, 23 hours ago

          Transfer him out then?

      13. Guilty Sigurðsson ♛
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 23 hours ago

        1-1

        1. Guilty Sigurðsson ♛
          • 2 Years
          29 days, 23 hours ago

          Ndidi

      14. _sidney_will
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 23 hours ago

        Ndidi

      15. purple lamborGhini
          29 days, 23 hours ago

          leicester are getting close

        • shirtless
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          29 days, 23 hours ago

          Been out fishing all day and only just checked the scores. Started Lundstram over KWP. Delighted! What a lovely surprise. Glass of red, spag bol & cricket now 🙂

        • Yank Revolution
          • 7 Years
          29 days, 23 hours ago

          NDIDI INDEEDY! G!

        • How Mina You
          • 5 Years
          29 days, 23 hours ago

          When people said Perez was 'OOP', I didn't realise that position was effectively off the freaking pitch.

          1. Yank Revolution
            • 7 Years
            29 days, 23 hours ago

            He's been in the game more this half. Got a flick on, delivered a pass in the box to Vardy (was too far ahead of him tho)

          2. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            29 days, 23 hours ago

            So far very disappointing

        • The Curse of Falcao
          • 4 Years
          29 days, 23 hours ago

          Wasn't everyone just moaning about Maddison?

          1. Would Ed Woodward
              29 days, 23 hours ago

              If by everyone you mean one person then yes.

            • Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              29 days, 23 hours ago

              One person who is only interested in Perez getting something. Maddison has been Leicester's best player

          2. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            29 days, 23 hours ago

            Did he just score?
            Maddy assist

          3. Jay Jay Okocha
            • 6 Years
            29 days, 23 hours ago

            VVD/Robbo + King to Emerson/AWB + Pukki?

          4. _sidney_will
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            29 days, 23 hours ago

            Azpi is so passed it!

          5. Yank Revolution
            • 7 Years
            29 days, 23 hours ago

            Zouma completely misses the ball and mistimes his jump

            1. barracuda
              • 2 Years
              29 days, 23 hours ago

              Was getting him in. Will pass

              1. Yank Revolution
                • 7 Years
                29 days, 23 hours ago

                I certainly would

          6. Rolls-Royce
            • 5 Years
            29 days, 23 hours ago

            Barnes stats vs Arsenal 😮

            Liverpool gonna run riot.

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              29 days, 23 hours ago

              Goal fest, especially if Liverpool keep that very high line.

          7. Rasping Drive
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            29 days, 23 hours ago

            Ndidi makes up for his first half howler. Take a bow, son.

            1. Gregg Wallace
              • 4 Years
              29 days, 23 hours ago

              Done a Douglas Luiz

          8. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            29 days, 23 hours ago

            Foxes fails up

          9. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            29 days, 23 hours ago

            Still Toffees and Blades only clean sheets this GW