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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, 25 days ago

    Best 5.5 midfielder?

    1. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Mount? Or is he 6?

    2. TONY123
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Ceballos

    3. Trossard or not Trossard
        10 months, 25 days ago

        McGinn

        1. Houldsworth Hatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          He's 5.6

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Ceballos maybe in a few weeks.

      • Tcheco
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        The new gunner boy

      • Balls of Steel
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Perhaps cellabos when fixture turn

      • TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        There aren’t any so just get a 4.5 instead

      • Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

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

    4. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 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, 25 days ago

        Still Pogba.

        1. Rashford FC
          • 7 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Racist

    5. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 25 days ago

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

      1. Differentiator
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

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

        1. Tony Martial
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 25 days ago

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

    6. AdamJ91
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 25 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, 25 days ago

        Yep looks good

    7. Naby K8a
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 25 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, 25 days ago

        He can’t put these simple chances away for them

    8. The Man Pastore
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

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

    9. Jacky boy
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Is mount a safe option?
      Seems best barkley replacement

    10. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 25 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, 25 days ago

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

      2. Rolls-Royce
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        lol

      3. Regin
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        I got rid of him on wc gw 2.

      4. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        That doesn’t reflect well on your managerial approach

      5. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        You & everybody following the template

      6. Reedy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        How is that any way to pick your team? ha

        1. Gnu Scott talent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Hahaha.
          Nothing beats the dartboard method imo.

          1. Daniel S.
            • 11 Years
            10 months, 25 days ago

            Dartboard can work miracles sometimes 😉

      7. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 25 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, 25 days ago

          Rondon made him a star? Hahahaha

      8. Nuno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 25 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, 25 days ago

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

        2. Do I Not Like Orange
          • 7 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

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

    11. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Anyone having Kane not capping him next week?

      1. Rashford FC
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        The mentally unstable

      2. Tcheco
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

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

    12. Regin
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Chelsea to finish...

      My prediction 9th?

      Yours?

      1. Balls of Steel
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        7th

      2. Nuno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Below Wolves

    13. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 25 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, 25 days ago

        Greenwood, Wickham and spend the money elsewhere

      2. Rolls-Royce
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Could be gold if he starts.

      3. Regin
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Perhaps. Go for it.

      4. Royal5
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Kean't imagine

      5. Nabs Kebabs
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        how many games has he started?

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          no BB1?

        2. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          10 months, 25 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, 25 days ago

        Barnes

    14. Sturridge Wars
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Would u do Pérez > Ceballos & Ake > AWB

    15. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Where's the delete team button?

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Current GW score & score last week
        & current team?

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 25 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, 25 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, 25 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, 25 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, 25 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, 25 days ago

                    WC

                    1. TheDragon
                      • 2 Years
                      10 months, 25 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, 25 days ago

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

                  2. Would Ed Woodward
                    • 1 Year
                    10 months, 25 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, 25 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, 25 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, 25 days ago

        They deleted this option sadly

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          i told you to WC this week

          1. Jacky boy
            • 4 Years
            10 months, 25 days ago

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

            1. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              10 months, 25 days ago

              id 345

              1. TheDragon
                • 2 Years
                10 months, 25 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, 25 days ago

                  *takes tongue out of cheek

                  1. TheDragon
                    • 2 Years
                    10 months, 25 days ago

                    😉

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

    16. Big Ping
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

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

      1. Rolls-Royce
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Looks good.

      2. Royal5
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Nice. Looking at something similar

        1. Big Ping
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

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

          1. Royal5
            • 8 Years
            10 months, 25 days ago

            Would be typicsl. But Wilson got City.

      3. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Like this

    17. Differentiator
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      What should I do? 2m ITB

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

      1. Royal5
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Robindon dead?

        1. Royal5
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Byuing those two would be mental though

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        None, after watching the games

      3. Balls of Steel
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Neither

    18. QUEN
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 25 days ago

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

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        He will start

        1. QUEN
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Thought so

      2. Regin
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Ur fault. Dendo will start 99% barring Injury.

        1. QUEN
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Not a fault yet.

    19. yer old da
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 25 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, 25 days ago

        do it

      2. Balls of Steel
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Go for it

      3. stupendous
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Literally just confirmed this move for free

    20. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Typical, Leicester getting more chances now Perez is off

    21. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Zouma 😆

      1. Rolls-Royce
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

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

        1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

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

    22. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 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, 25 days ago

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

        FTFY

      2. COK3Y5MURF - UJFC
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

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

      3. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        >different teams forming
        Dream on!

    23. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Zouma sending the ball back home

    24. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 25 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, 25 days ago

        Yes, think so

    25. Alnair
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

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

      1. Regin
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Captain pukki?

    26. 328345
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 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, 25 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, 25 days ago

          Doos, keep Siggy or sell for Pog/Martial?

          1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            10 months, 25 days ago

            Sell for Martial, perhaps.

        2. yer old da
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Classic 🙂

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

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

    28. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 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, 25 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.

    29. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Tammy into the Thames.

    30. Regin
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

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

    31. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Oh my Tammy is absolute terrible

      1. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Told you loads of times. Championship level striker.

        1. Daniel S.
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          You were right Diesel

    32. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

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

      1. Daniel S.
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

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