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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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  1. Gunner Boy
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 17 hours ago

    Best 5.5 midfielder?

    1. Daniel - The Veteran
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 17 hours ago

      Mount? Or is he 6?

    2. TONY123
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 17 hours ago

      Ceballos

    3. Trossard or not Trossard
        28 days, 17 hours ago

        McGinn

        1. Houldsworth Hatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          He's 5.6

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 17 hours ago

        Ceballos maybe in a few weeks.

      • Tcheco
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 17 hours ago

        The new gunner boy

      • Balls of Steel
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 17 hours ago

        Perhaps cellabos when fixture turn

      • TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 17 hours ago

        There aren’t any so just get a 4.5 instead

      • Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        28 days, 17 hours ago

        Ceballos. But bad next two fixtures. Would wait and see

    4. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 17 hours ago

      Trying to figure out who looks more like they don't give a sh*t. Willian or Martial...

      1. Would Ed Woodward
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          Still Pogba.

          1. Martial FC
            • 7 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            Racist

      2. Brodsterm9
          28 days, 17 hours ago

          Should I replace Gylfi?
          And Auba to Kane,or Vardy?

          1. Differentiator
            • 3 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            Nah, Gylf is solid long term. Pretty convinced he'll get 170+ again

            1. Brodsterm9
                28 days, 17 hours ago

                Yeah not sure Martial v tempting against Burnley!
                And Kane or Vardy the extra 2.0 million helpful!?

          2. Silva I 21 x
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            Trying to find a way to fit in KDB without downgrading Salah or moving on TAA so was thinking;

            KWP, Perez & Fraser > KDB, Ceballos, Lundstram? (-4)

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 5 Years
              28 days, 17 hours ago

              Yep looks good

          3. Naby K8a
            • 3 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            If Rodgers was a competent manager Leicester would've had the game out of sight

            1. Rasping Drive
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              28 days, 17 hours ago

              He can’t put these simple chances away for them

          4. The Man Pastore
            • 5 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            How does that look: Guilbert Salah Perez to Lundstram Mane Martial for -4pts?

          5. Jacky boy
            • 3 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            Is mount a safe option?
            Seems best barkley replacement

          6. Daniel - The Veteran
            • 10 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            Perez was terrible player to start with. I only got him because of the crowd highly rating him here

            1. Daniel - The Veteran
              • 10 Years
              28 days, 17 hours ago

              I am not blaming anyone just stating why he is in my squad unfortunately

            2. Rolls-Royce
              • 5 Years
              28 days, 17 hours ago

              lol

            3. Regin
              • 2 Years
              28 days, 17 hours ago

              I got rid of him on wc gw 2.

            4. TheDragon
              • 1 Year
              28 days, 17 hours ago

              That doesn’t reflect well on your managerial approach

            5. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              28 days, 17 hours ago

              You & everybody following the template

            6. Reedy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              28 days, 17 hours ago

              How is that any way to pick your team? ha

              1. Gnu
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                28 days, 17 hours ago

                Hahaha.
                Nothing beats the dartboard method imo.

                1. Daniel - The Veteran
                  • 10 Years
                  28 days, 17 hours ago

                  Dartboard can work miracles sometimes 😉

            7. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              28 days, 17 hours ago

              He had one good season at Newcastle under benitez

              Rondon made him look like a star. The rest of his career has been mediocre

              1. Daniel - The Veteran
                • 10 Years
                28 days, 17 hours ago

                Rondon made him a star? Hahahaha

            8. Nuno
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              28 days, 17 hours ago

              May as well stick with him for the fixtures now. Leicester are supposedly an attacking team but have only managed the one goal so far but a bucket load of chances. Have patience.

              1. Daniel - The Veteran
                • 10 Years
                28 days, 17 hours ago

                No patience. He played terrible. He might be benched soon

              2. Do I Not Like Orange
                • 7 Years
                28 days, 17 hours ago

                Yep, Wolves & Chelsea is hardly the easiest start. I'm keeping for the next 2 at least.

          7. Rolls-Royce
            • 5 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            Anyone having Kane not capping him next week?

            1. Martial FC
              • 7 Years
              28 days, 17 hours ago

              The mentally unstable

            2. Tcheco
              • 2 Years
              28 days, 17 hours ago

              Already capped Salah & Sterling. Kane has to have a go now 😉

          8. Regin
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            Chelsea to finish...

            My prediction 9th?

            Yours?

            1. Balls of Steel
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 17 hours ago

              7th

            2. Nuno
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              28 days, 17 hours ago

              Below Wolves

          9. S.Kuqi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            Have 7.3 to spend for striker. Have Pukki and Jota.

            Is Kean worth a punt?

            1. Daniel - The Veteran
              • 10 Years
              28 days, 17 hours ago

              Greenwood, Wickham and spend the money elsewhere

            2. Rolls-Royce
              • 5 Years
              28 days, 17 hours ago

              Could be gold if he starts.

            3. Regin
              • 2 Years
              28 days, 17 hours ago

              Perhaps. Go for it.

            4. Royal5
              • 8 Years
              28 days, 17 hours ago

              Kean't imagine

            5. Nabs Kebabs
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              28 days, 17 hours ago

              how many games has he started?

              1. Christina.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                28 days, 17 hours ago

                no BB1?

              2. S.Kuqi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                28 days, 17 hours ago

                Dcl done nothing. Surely it is Kean's turn to start

            6. potatoace
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              28 days, 17 hours ago

              Barnes

          10. Sturridge Wars
            • 4 Years
            28 days, 17 hours ago

            Would u do Pérez > Ceballos & Ake > AWB

          11. Would Ed Woodward
              28 days, 17 hours ago

              Where's the delete team button?

              1. TheDragon
                • 1 Year
                28 days, 17 hours ago

                Current GW score & score last week
                & current team?

                1. Would Ed Woodward
                    28 days, 17 hours ago

                    79 last week, 35 this week.

                    Pope
                    TAA Robbo Zinch Coleman
                    Salah Sterling Perez Fraser
                    Vardy Wesley

                    Button Lund Donck Greenwood

                    Was exaggerating of course but definitely making at least 3 changes this week with my 2 FT.

                    1. TheDragon
                      • 1 Year
                      28 days, 17 hours ago

                      No worse shape than me (although I’ve got a few more points but my team is probably in worse shape than yours)

                      1. Would Ed Woodward
                          28 days, 17 hours ago

                          I'm considering Robbo, Fraser, Vardy > Montoya, Martial, Kane(C) for -4, is that mad? Problem is that leaves me with Perez and Wesley but would have .4 to put towards changing Wes when I can.

                          1. TheDragon
                            • 1 Year
                            28 days, 17 hours ago

                            I actually think those are veryv solid moves

                            I’m so reluctant to remove Robbo though given the fixtures

                            Perez has ok fixtures so he can be sorted in a week or 2.

                            Wesley needs to go but is a nightmare price so you prob have to keep him this week

                            1. TheDragon
                              • 1 Year
                              28 days, 17 hours ago

                              Any thoughts on my train wreck?

                              Ryan (Button)
                              VVD, Robbo, Digne (Lundstram, Guilbert)
                              Salah, Sterling, KDB, Perez, Robinson
                              Jota, King (Greenwood)

                              Issues broadly in order are: Guilbert, Robinson, King, Perez, Double Liverpool defence)

                              1. Christina.
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 9 Years
                                28 days, 17 hours ago

                                WC

                                1. TheDragon
                                  • 1 Year
                                  28 days, 17 hours ago

                                  I personally think it’s still too early as it’s so far from clear what the right team structure is let alone players so too big a risk. Would much rather try to wait another 3 or 4 weeks

                                  1. Christina.
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 9 Years
                                    28 days, 17 hours ago

                                    i dunno ...i know a couple of very good managers busy wildcarding...

                              2. Would Ed Woodward
                                  28 days, 17 hours ago

                                  Man, you weren't lying, quite a few things to sort out. I know it'd be painful but I'd probably downgrade Robbo to AWB/Maguire and use the cash to upgrade Robinson to Tross and King to someone, maybe Pukki? I'd probably hold Guilbert at the moment and switch when you have a spare transfer. Like you said, at least Perez has a couple of decent fixtures next, hopefully he keeps his place.

                                  1. Would Ed Woodward
                                      28 days, 17 hours ago

                                      On the brightside, having KdB is a huge positive. I'd actually consider Zinch rather than AWB/Maguire because at least you have Lund as a safety net if he doesn't play, City's fixtures are great and Spurs were very lucky to even score against them.

                                • Would Ed Woodward
                                    28 days, 17 hours ago

                                    Thanks mate and yeah same but I need the money from somewhere and they don't look the same defensively with Adrian. I mean I could WC but I really don't want to use it yet.

                        • Jacky boy
                          • 3 Years
                          28 days, 17 hours ago

                          They deleted this option sadly

                          1. Christina.
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            28 days, 17 hours ago

                            i told you to WC this week

                            1. Jacky boy
                              • 3 Years
                              28 days, 17 hours ago

                              Next year I will listen to you 😀
                              Your team link?

                              1. Christina.
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 9 Years
                                28 days, 17 hours ago

                                id 345

                                1. TheDragon
                                  • 1 Year
                                  28 days, 17 hours ago

                                  We are 2 weeks in - glad you’ve had a great start but it’s a bit early to have absolute certainty in your approach!

                                  1. Christina.
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 9 Years
                                    28 days, 17 hours ago

                                    *takes tongue out of cheek

                                    1. TheDragon
                                      • 1 Year
                                      28 days, 17 hours ago

                                      😉

                                      I’ve started terribly so I’m in no position to judge!

                      2. Big Ping
                        • 1 Year
                        28 days, 17 hours ago

                        Wilson Siggy Perez to Pukki KDB Mount for a -4 is tempting.

                        1. Rolls-Royce
                          • 5 Years
                          28 days, 17 hours ago

                          Looks good.

                        2. Royal5
                          • 8 Years
                          28 days, 17 hours ago

                          Nice. Looking at something similar

                          1. Big Ping
                            • 1 Year
                            28 days, 17 hours ago

                            You just know Wilson and Siggy will get returns next week now..m

                            1. Royal5
                              • 8 Years
                              28 days, 17 hours ago

                              Would be typicsl. But Wilson got City.

                        3. Magic Zico
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          28 days, 17 hours ago

                          Like this

                      3. Differentiator
                        • 3 Years
                        28 days, 17 hours ago

                        What should I do? 2m ITB

                        A) Robinson -> Perez
                        or
                        B) Robinson -> Fraser

                        1. Royal5
                          • 8 Years
                          28 days, 17 hours ago

                          Robindon dead?

                          1. Royal5
                            • 8 Years
                            28 days, 17 hours ago

                            Byuing those two would be mental though

                        2. g40steve
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          28 days, 17 hours ago

                          None, after watching the games

                        3. Balls of Steel
                          • 3 Years
                          28 days, 17 hours ago

                          Neither

                      4. QUEN
                          28 days, 17 hours ago

                          So odds on dendoncker starting tomorrow. Have Barkley but lundstram is second on bench

                          1. TheDragon
                            • 1 Year
                            28 days, 17 hours ago

                            He will start

                            1. QUEN
                                28 days, 17 hours ago

                                Thought so

                            2. Regin
                              • 2 Years
                              28 days, 17 hours ago

                              Ur fault. Dendo will start 99% barring Injury.

                              1. QUEN
                                  28 days, 17 hours ago

                                  Not a fault yet.

                            3. yer old da
                              • 9 Years
                              28 days, 17 hours ago

                              Pretty sure no-one here tonight after that showing will argue with Robbo and Perez > Lundstram and KDB for free?

                              1. Mini Mahouse
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                28 days, 17 hours ago

                                do it

                              2. Balls of Steel
                                • 3 Years
                                28 days, 17 hours ago

                                Go for it

                              3. stupendous
                                • 7 Years
                                28 days, 17 hours ago

                                Literally just confirmed this move for free

                            4. KAPTAIN KANE
                              • 2 Years
                              28 days, 17 hours ago

                              Typical, Leicester getting more chances now Perez is off

                            5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              28 days, 17 hours ago

                              Zouma 😆

                              1. Rolls-Royce
                                • 5 Years
                                28 days, 17 hours ago

                                Apparently, Mou thinks he's the best Chelsea defender.

                                1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 9 Years
                                  28 days, 17 hours ago

                                  He must have been joking, maybe he wanted Frank to play him and lose his job so he can go back

                            6. Rainer
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              28 days, 17 hours ago

                              Complete opposite start around here compared to GW1&2 last season where the FFS template was near back to back 100 point GWs, if you captained Kun in GW2.

                              Will be interesting to see the different teams forming over the next few weeks.

                              1. Differentiator
                                • 3 Years
                                28 days, 17 hours ago

                                "Will be interesting to see the same teams forming over the next few weeks."

                                FTFY

                              2. COK3Y5MURF
                                • 3 Years
                                28 days, 17 hours ago

                                And I went off-template last season and template this time 🙄

                              3. Sun Jihai
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                28 days, 17 hours ago

                                >different teams forming
                                Dream on!

                            7. Eat my goal!
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              28 days, 17 hours ago

                              Zouma sending the ball back home

                            8. Magic Zico
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              28 days, 17 hours ago

                              Now then, Perez Wilson to Martial Pukki? Will watch Martial tomorrow before triggering ... what do ya think?

                              1. cravencottage
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                28 days, 17 hours ago

                                Yes, think so

                            9. Fpl Cursed
                              • 2 Years
                              28 days, 17 hours ago

                              Chelsea's defense might actually be worse than Arsenal's...

                              1. Regin
                                • 2 Years
                                28 days, 17 hours ago

                                Captain pukki?

                            10. 328345
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              28 days, 17 hours ago

                              Annoyed with barkley and Perez so far. 2 free transfers.
                              Would quite like KDB.

                              Robbo, barkley Perez to Mina (or AWB) KDB and Cantwell.

                              Have other fires to put out (Rico, Drinkwater and greenwood) but think KDB is a must.

                              What do you think to that move?

                              1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 9 Years
                                28 days, 17 hours ago

                                I don't like it. In my opinion, KDB flatters to deceive. Never scores enough goals to justify his price, imho.

                                1. Rolls-Royce
                                  • 5 Years
                                  28 days, 17 hours ago

                                  Doos, keep Siggy or sell for Pog/Martial?

                                  1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 9 Years
                                    28 days, 17 hours ago

                                    Sell for Martial, perhaps.

                                2. yer old da
                                  • 9 Years
                                  28 days, 17 hours ago

                                  Classic 🙂

                            11. Dakes.
                              • 2 Years
                              28 days, 17 hours ago

                              May as well give Perez one more week... if he’ll start :/

                            12. KAPTAIN KANE
                              • 2 Years
                              28 days, 17 hours ago

                              Sod it I'm Wildcarding:

                              Adrian
                              Montoya | Soyuncu | El Mohamady | Lundstram
                              Salah | Sterling | Mane | KdB | Cantwell
                              Kane

                              Button | Kelly | Greenwood | Wickham

                              1. stupendous
                                • 7 Years
                                28 days, 17 hours ago

                                That back line and balance is hideous.

                                VVD TAA Digne Laporte and company will haunt you on many an occasion. Need one at least.

                            13. Rainer
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              28 days, 17 hours ago

                              Tammy into the Thames.

                            14. Regin
                              • 2 Years
                              28 days, 17 hours ago

                              What a wonderful day. Lundstram owner and started him and have no one of Chelsea or Leicester, 1-1 a good scoreline

                            15. Daniel - The Veteran
                              • 10 Years
                              28 days, 17 hours ago

                              Oh my Tammy is absolute terrible

                              1. diesel001
                                • 2 Years
                                28 days, 17 hours ago

                                Told you loads of times. Championship level striker.

                                1. Daniel - The Veteran
                                  • 10 Years
                                  28 days, 17 hours ago

                                  You were right Diesel

                            16. diesel001
                              • 2 Years
                              28 days, 17 hours ago

                              Abraham - that was terrible. And people saying Batshuayi should not be given a chance.

                              1. Daniel - The Veteran
                                • 10 Years
                                28 days, 17 hours ago

                                Agree . He is awful. He so good for Swansea in the championship