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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
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Best 5.5 midfielder?

    1. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Mount? Or is he 6?

    2. TONY123
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Ceballos

    3. Trossard or not Trossard
      10 months, 20 days ago

      McGinn

      1. Houldsworth Hatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        He's 5.6

    4. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Ceballos maybe in a few weeks.

    5. Tcheco
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      The new gunner boy

    6. Balls of Steel
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Perhaps cellabos when fixture turn

    7. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      There aren’t any so just get a 4.5 instead

    8. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

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

  2. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

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

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Still Pogba.

      1. Rashford FC
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Racist

  3. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 20 days ago

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

    1. Differentiator
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

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

      1. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 20 days ago

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

  4. AdamJ91
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 20 days 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
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Yep looks good

  5. Naby K8a
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 20 days 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
      10 months, 20 days ago

      He can’t put these simple chances away for them

  6. The Man Pastore
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

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

  7. Jacky boy
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Is mount a safe option?
    Seems best barkley replacement

  8. Daniel S.
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

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

    1. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

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

    2. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      lol

    3. Regin
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      I got rid of him on wc gw 2.

    4. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      That doesn’t reflect well on your managerial approach

    5. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      You & everybody following the template

    6. Reedy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      How is that any way to pick your team? ha

      1. Gnu Scott talent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Hahaha.
        Nothing beats the dartboard method imo.

        1. Daniel S.
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          Dartboard can work miracles sometimes 😉

    7. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 20 days 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 S.
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Rondon made him a star? Hahahaha

    8. Nuno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 20 days 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 S.
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

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

      2. Do I Not Like Orange
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

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

  9. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Anyone having Kane not capping him next week?

    1. Rashford FC
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      The mentally unstable

    2. Tcheco
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

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

  10. Regin
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Chelsea to finish...

    My prediction 9th?

    Yours?

    1. Balls of Steel
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      7th

    2. Nuno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Below Wolves

  11. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

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

    Is Kean worth a punt?

    1. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Greenwood, Wickham and spend the money elsewhere

    2. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Could be gold if he starts.

    3. Regin
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Perhaps. Go for it.

    4. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Kean't imagine

    5. Nabs Kebabs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      how many games has he started?

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        no BB1?

      2. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

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

    6. potatoace'scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Barnes

  12. Sturridge Wars
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Would u do Pérez > Ceballos & Ake > AWB

  13. Would Ed Woodward
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Where's the delete team button?

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Current GW score & score last week
      & current team?

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 20 days 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
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 20 days 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
            • 1 Year
            10 months, 20 days 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
              • 2 Years
              10 months, 20 days 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
                • 2 Years
                10 months, 20 days 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
                  • 10 Years
                  10 months, 20 days ago

                  WC

                  1. TheDragon
                    • 2 Years
                    10 months, 20 days 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
                      • 10 Years
                      10 months, 20 days ago

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

                2. Would Ed Woodward
                  • 1 Year
                  10 months, 20 days 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
                    • 1 Year
                    10 months, 20 days 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.

              2. Would Ed Woodward
                • 1 Year
                10 months, 20 days 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.

    2. Jacky boy
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      They deleted this option sadly

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        i told you to WC this week

        1. Jacky boy
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

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

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            10 months, 20 days ago

            id 345

            1. TheDragon
              • 2 Years
              10 months, 20 days 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
                • 10 Years
                10 months, 20 days ago

                *takes tongue out of cheek

                1. TheDragon
                  • 2 Years
                  10 months, 20 days ago

                  😉

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

  14. Big Ping
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

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

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Looks good.

    2. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Nice. Looking at something similar

      1. Big Ping
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

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

        1. Royal5
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          Would be typicsl. But Wilson got City.

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Like this

  15. Differentiator
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    What should I do? 2m ITB

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

    1. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Robindon dead?

      1. Royal5
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Byuing those two would be mental though

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      None, after watching the games

    3. Balls of Steel
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Neither

  16. QUEN
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 20 days ago

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

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      He will start

      1. QUEN
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Thought so

    2. Regin
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Ur fault. Dendo will start 99% barring Injury.

      1. QUEN
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Not a fault yet.

  17. yer old da
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 20 days 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
      10 months, 20 days ago

      do it

    2. Balls of Steel
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Go for it

    3. stupendous
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Literally just confirmed this move for free

  18. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Typical, Leicester getting more chances now Perez is off

  19. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Zouma 😆

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

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

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

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

  20. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 20 days 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
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

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

      FTFY

    2. COK3Y5MURF - UJFC
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

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

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      >different teams forming
      Dream on!

  21. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Zouma sending the ball back home

  22. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 20 days ago

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

    1. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Yes, think so

  23. Alnair
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

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

    1. Regin
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Captain pukki?

  24. 328345
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 20 days 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
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 20 days 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
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Doos, keep Siggy or sell for Pog/Martial?

        1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          Sell for Martial, perhaps.

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

        Classic 🙂

  25. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

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

  26. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 20 days 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
      10 months, 20 days 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.

  27. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Tammy into the Thames.

  28. Regin
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

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

  29. Daniel S.
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Oh my Tammy is absolute terrible

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Told you loads of times. Championship level striker.

      1. Daniel S.
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        You were right Diesel

  30. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

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

    1. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

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