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. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Vardy has been terrible

  2. SoapAFC
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Leicester close to winning this match, end to end as well though

    • Moose™
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Perez to Vardy not working...

      1. Trossard or not Trossard
          1 month, 2 days ago

          They just don't link up it seems.

      2. ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS ONE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        10000000000000000000000% Chelsea not going to score now ...

        Its 1-1 or Leicester will win it 1-2 ...

        Mark my words and bookmark it.

        11 mins to go

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          It wont work when you overdo it.

      3. pjanns
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Barkley - Wilson - Robbo --> Son, Pukki, Pieters

        Will leave me with:

        Pope
        VVD, Digne, Montoya
        Salah, Sterling, Perez, Son
        Pukki, Jota

        (Button, Greenwood, Montoya, Rico)

        What do you think?

      4. The Man Pastore
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Pukki to Ndidi for -4pts, yay or nay?

        1. cravencottage
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Of course

      5. dg
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Gutted I didn't trust my gut and and captained Salah instead of Lundstram.

        1. TheDragon
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Lol next you will be telling me you didn’t have Cantwell and Ceballos in your midfield

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Lol, there are people who really dont have Cantwell and Ceballos?

          2. Mr. Grv
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            😮

      6. purple lamborGhini
          1 month, 2 days ago

          ughh these streams, why would u stream when you have inetrnet conenction comparable to 1991. Every stream is pathetic

          1. zizoo10
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            how about u pay for a subscription

            1. purple lamborGhini
                1 month, 2 days ago

                what to BT and skysports? Sounds great man I can think of a million things I would rather waste my money on tbh

                1. zizoo10
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  lol fair enough

          2. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Perez sighting

          3. Blind Ghost
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Perez off 🙁

            1. Blind Ghost
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Albrighton on

            2. Moose™
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Off my team too. Not clicked at all. Misplaced too many passes.

          4. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Get out my team!

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 2 days ago

              True

          5. Yank Revolution
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Ugh, Perez off

          6. diesel001
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Perez off
            Albrighton on

          7. Differentiator
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Perez is 100% GARBage

            1. Nemes1s
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Shockingly bad. Looks like he hasn’t got a clue.

            2. tafrère
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Could have scored if Vardy wasn't selfish.
              Could have had an assist if Maddison didn't miss an easy shot.

              1. Differentiator
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Could've scored a hattrick if he had touched the ball in from 1 yard each time

              2. Trossard or not Trossard
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  What? Perez was easily the weakest out of the 3.

            3. Martial FC
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Chelsea look so vulnerable when they lose the ball in transition.

              Can see why we stuck 3 past them second half..

            4. BobbyDoesNotLook
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Perez just jogging around when there is lots of space in the right wing and should be sprinting and because of that Maddison just continues to hold the ball and finally loses it. And now Perez off. Beautiful story

              1. Goodish
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Yeah, that was shocking. Didn’t want the ball

              2. stupendous
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                He was literally standing around moping as Maddison was swamped by Blues

                F right off!

            5. Nomar
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              This is not your father's Chelsea.

            6. Hybrid.power
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              When you get excited having three players to play and they end up getting you a total of 5 points.

              1. TheDragon
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 2 days ago

                I swear every Sunday goes like this - I always seem to get trolled so hard on Sunday’s

                1. Business Cat
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Wait for Monday night when all the United and Wolves players come in...next stop, red-arrow-ville

                  1. TheDragon
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    If united get a clean sheet I might as well delete my team

            7. Wag the Drog
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Best replacement for Barkley? No extra funds.
              McGinn? Trossard?

              1. ClassiX
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Mount?

              2. DarkGreen
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                get Mason mount. lampard favouring him lately. and chelsea upcoming fixtures are not that bad

            8. Differentiator
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Is Cantwell the best long term 4.5 mid or is there a risk of rotation and we should stick with boring players like Dale Stephens?

              1. Martial FC
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Cantwell is ya man

              2. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Don't forget Dendoncker.

            9. potatoace
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Perez out of my team before he's made to to the touchline.

            10. Pad Randa
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Depending on how Marty does tomorrow, he might be coming into my team for Perez. Even though fixtures suggest I should give Ayoze a couple more weeks.

            11. Naby K8a
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Perez may have his purple patches. But he's terrible

            12. La vida FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Perez you're fired!!!

              1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Actually, it was last night, but yes. 🙂

            13. Royal5
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Perez have never been really good has he?

              1. Pukki Party
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                No

                1. Pukki Party
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Newcastle effect

              2. cravencottage
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Played well last year

                1. Royal5
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Only a couple of games I think.

            14. Bartowski
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Don't think I'll be going anywhere near this shoddy Chelsea team for the foreseeable future.

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

                good fixtures

                1. Bartowski
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Not if they're going to play poorly in them they're not

            15. Pukki Party
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Wonder if Albrighton sometimes wakes up at night wondering how he managed to be a starter in a Premier League winning team?

              1. Captain Remorse
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                He should be starting now!

            16. HIT ME!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Is KWP too risky to bring in? Need a 5.0 defender.

              1. Differentiator
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Think he's fine unless has has a nightmare game. Oreo not close

                1. HIT ME!
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Cheers. What about Fourth though?

                  1. Differentiator
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    KWP better at RB IMO. Foyth out for a month probs

                    1. HIT ME!
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      Tyvm pal.

            17. Budweiser
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Defo WC time when you have dross like Perez, Fraser, Wilson, Rico, Balbuena and Wood in your team

            18. Mini Mahouse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              King, Perez, Robertsson -> Pukki, Martial, AWB ?

              For -4

              1. Hulk Smash
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Could be good. Martial very streaky though.