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. FIRMINOLOOKGOAL
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    1FT. Ayoze to:

    1. Trossard
    2. Mount
    3. Grealish
    4. McGinn
    5. Save

    1. Legend of Rosický
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      1

    2. The Road to Turfdom
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Lanzini or save

      1. CROCosta
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        this

    3. Penguin
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I feel trossard will get around 160 pts this season so he could be a good option.

      1. Atletico Junior
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Wow

    4. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Lanzini!

    5. FIRMINOLOOKGOAL
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Nice differential for Lanzini

    6. St. Joseph
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Mount

  2. Legend of Rosický
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Robbo + Barkley + Perez > AWB + KDB + Cantwell (-8) or just wildcard?

    1. Legend of Rosický
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Doesnt even feel like kneejerk

    2. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Neither

      1. Legend of Rosický
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        What do you suggest?

    3. Belsunz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Just ship barkley

    4. BrutalLogiC
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Honestly I think Robbo is a season keeper barring injury, Liverpool goal they let in was very stupid, there will not be many like that, Robbo looks good

  3. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Robinson to Ceballos no-brainer? Got two freebies

    1. thepeen555
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      It is in a way but also he might not stay in the starting line up

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

      fixtures

  4. dg
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Lots of knee-jerking right now, might be a good idea for some to step away from the laptop...

    1. thepeen555
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Don’t just watch.

    2. TheBrazilianRonaldo
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I changed my team name to Sunday kneejerkers

      • DantheManinaPan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        What do you consider not to be a kneejerk?

        I'm quite content with the moves I've made. A -4 taken to get rid of out of form (both eye test and statistically) players and replace them with in form players seems quite reasonable

      • Lazaretti
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I think I get Lundstram in. Don't care if it's kneejerking or what. Need enabler and prob going to downgrade O'Connell to him.

    3. Catastrophe
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      How's this draft chaps? Trying to cover most/all areas. May end up swapping Martial for Digne/Ceballos/Barnes etc. and improving bench...

      Ryan
      VVD, AWB, Zinchenko, Lundstram 
      Mane, Sterling, KDB, Son, Martial
      Pukki

      (Button, Kelly, Greenwood, Wickham)

      Cheers.

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

        bench is atrocious and u have lundstram

        1. barracuda
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Why? Sufficient

        2. Catastrophe
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Cheers. Probably Not too much worse than the average bench :). Lundstram is looking alright to be fair, a small sacrifice to make as an enabler?

    4. teriyaki 69
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      How essential are united assets in the next 4 games?

      1. thepeen555
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        They haven’t played this next one yet

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

        they arent

      3. Hot Toddy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Not very. Mind you, I've just bought Martial!

      4. DantheManinaPan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        See how they do tomorrow.

        I'm hoping they don't do too well because I don't have enough transfers to sort my team out if Martial/Pogba/Rashford/AWB become important too!

    5. CROCosta
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Who is best Aston Villa defender to have?

      1. thepeen555
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Nobody

        1. CROCosta
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 1 day ago

          ok any other suggestions for 4.5 which i could start/rotate with Lund for the next 5ish gameweeks, Brighton not an option as I have Ryan

          1. badgerboy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Söyüncü

      2. Hot Toddy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        All equally terrible

        1. Baked baines
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Wouldn’t go that far! Mings been playing really well lately!

      3. CROCosta
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Mings, Mohamady and Soyuncu are on my shortlist to come in VVD-s place

    6. ralfb
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      End of last page : Robbo Perez jiminez to Pukki Kdb awb for -4 worth it ?

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

        has awb played yet (no)

        1. ralfb
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Assuming he will be fine

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

            dont

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

          has jimi played yet (no)

      2. thepeen555
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Yeah, but see how jimmy does tomoz

    7. Jet5605
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      What are Vardy owners doing? Looks like fixtures are turning.

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

        id keep if i owned. was planning to bring him in though and now hesitant

      2. thepeen555
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        still got to look at form too

      3. Ambrosiana Inter
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Took him 18 fixtures last year to catch fire....

        1. Jet5605
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Two words. Claude Puel. He was on fire as soon as Brenda came in.

          1. Ambrosiana Inter
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            True

      4. Dare Do The Punt
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I have him and will probably keep unless Rashford looks world class tomorrow

    8. afsr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      WC team. GTG?

      Pope,
      Digne, Zinchenko, Dunk
      Mane, Sterling, Martial, KdB, Dendoncker
      Kane, Pukki

      Button, Lundstram, Greenwood, Kelly

      Or get Son, and Wickham for Kane and Dendoncker? Might leave a few dollars for defence as well

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

        you have no nailed bench players

      2. thepeen555
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Yep it’s fine. No nailed bench players happen and sometimes a risk

    9. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I think everyone who picked Barkley and lucked out on Lundstram from the bench should pay more taxes than the rest of us! A drain on society!

    10. Iggypop
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Cabellos rising tonight, not usually fussed but it will be hard to use the 0.9 to upgrade elsewhere!

      1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I just think the Arsenal team need a bit of time to settle. He looks good, but other teams have as good underlying numbers or better from what I see. People just like arsenal, same with West Ham. Hence me having Haller. If he starts and scores he’ll be on everyone’s toast

      2. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        High guys.

        You all know what time it is.

        Early Wc time.

      3. Ambrosiana Inter
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        First blueprint of wildcard
        Pickford 4.0 same as
        Digne,Laporte,Vvd,Kelly,Lundstram
        Kdb,Sterling,Mount,Martial,Mcginn
        Kane,Jota,Greenwood

        Play 3-5-2
        0.9 itb

        1. Ambrosiana Inter
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Thoughts?

          1. Pinatta
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Missing liverpool attack

        2. DantheManinaPan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I wonder whether Mane + Son + Pukki deserve a look in - you could perhaps lose Laporte or Kane to make room

      4. zizoo10
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        is KWP the best defender for 5.4?

        1. TorresMagic™ - bcvy39…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          no

          1. zizoo10
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            who is then

            1. TorresMagic™ - bcvy39…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              You wouldn't ask if he was.
              Will he even be starting?

              1. zizoo10
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                i dont see why not. aurier linked with milan

                1. TorresMagic™ - bcvy39…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Arsenal GW4 for one.

        2. Ha.
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          He only costs 5.0

          1. zizoo10
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            sorry didnt know i have to use every last penny on a player

      5. konrad.sygula95
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Perez & C.Wilson to Martial & Pukki yes or no ? on 2 FT

        1. Rustin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Yeah why not I'll prob do the same

        2. Atletico Junior
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Hola Perez.

        3. DantheManinaPan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Wait until after the Man U game

      6. FPLShaqiri
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Strongly considering WC now:

        Pope
        VVD Robbo Digne
        Salah Martial Fraser Perez
        Auba Wesley Wilson

        Button Lundstrum Rico Dendoncker | 0.4 ITB, 1FT

        Plan was Fraser+Auba > Jota+Sterling for a -4, but even then I'd be left with Wesley, Wilson and Perez which is ideal. Worth activating?

        1. Dakes.
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I wouldn’t WC. Can give Perez another week, and if still trash bin him like I will. Would rather a -8 and sort Wilson/Wesley as well than WC tbh

          1. FPLShaqiri
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Cheers, I might make those 2 moves tonight to avoid price drop on Fraser and then ponder the WC some more after MU game

      7. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Wwyd here, and why? 2FT, 0 ITB.

        Pope Button
        TAA VVD Digne Zinchenko Rico
        Salah Sterling Sigurdsson Perez Dendoncker
        Wilson Jota Greenwood

        MAY be convinced to give Sig/Perez another week due to fixtures mainly

        1. FPLShaqiri
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 1 day ago

          For your team I'd look to remove Wilson. Possibly for Rashford if he looks good tomorrow. Siggy/Perez the midfielder to downgrade or even one of the Liverpool defs to find the 0.5 for Rash. Or just get Pukki, seems like everyone else is

      8. Would Ed Woodward
          1 month, 1 day ago

          How does this look for a potential WC team?

          Pope
          VVD Digne AWB Zinchenko
          Salah Sterling Son Martial
          Pukki Jota

          Button Lund Donck Greenwood

          1. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Needs Auba or Kane.

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

              lol why

              1. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Can brace or better any anytime any game, same as Kun..

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

                  did you not read the words sterling and salah

                  1. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    As well as them milfs.

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

            u rly need to wc?

            1. Would Ed Woodward
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Maybe, not sure, trying to resist.

                Pope
                TAA Robbo Coleman Zinch
                Salah Sterling Perez Fraser
                Vardy Wesley

                Button Lund Donck Greenwood

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

                  no way. sort wesley and fraser, leicester next 2 are good, worth giving another chance. everton and chelsea are tough games

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

                    i currently dont have any city attack :/

                    1. Would Ed Woodward
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Yeah you're right, I'll hold WC, thanks for talking me down. Gonna decide between a couple of 3 move changes for -4.

                  2. Prawnsandwich
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Theres 4 of those you could justify taking out...

                    Maybe one of the pool defenders..., thats 5 then

                    Digne better than Coleman..thats 6...

              • Bobby Digital
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                It looks like the template pre-season.

              • Prawnsandwich
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Son could be a wait and see...

                Jota has Europa league next Thurs away to Torino....might play in that one, so maybe a wait and see on him also...

                You could look to downgrade Son to Ceballos, and upgrade Jota to Kane for NEW this week..

                Or Son to KDB, and see how Son goes...

                Looks a great time to wildcard...

            2. Brodsterm9
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Is Auba to Kane a no-brainer any other options as for gw 4 I want to get Aguero?

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

                  not worth it if for 1 game

                2. Bunk Morrisonland
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Maybe go Auba to Agüero? He’s got bou, it’s no worse a fixture than NEW plus he plays for a better team.

                  1. Brodsterm9
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Very true - uggh now thinking about jesus starting to come on for Aguero around 70 really unsure!

                3. tielleman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Currently on:
                  Pope Heaton
                  Digne Robertson VVD Montoya Balbuena
                  Salah KdB Trossard Barkley Perez
                  Kane King Greenwood

                  Should I:
                  A. Barkley Perez VVD > Son Ceballos Lundstram (-4)
                  B. Perez Robertson > Son Lundstram
                  C. Other

                4. Manani
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  How did Lanzini looked? Considering him with good fixture

                5. AMP
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Hi

                  what would you do?

                  a) Robbo+Frazer => AWB+KDB for a hit -4

                  b) Frazer => Martial

                  c) Salah+Frazer =>Mane, KDB

                  Pls ..... ??????

                  1. AMP
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    c also for a hit -4

                  2. Manani
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    A

                  3. EMBOLOFAN
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    relax. theres a game tomorrow

                    1. AMP
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      price rise/drop worring me

                6. Gríma Wormtongue
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  how's this WC team?

                  Pope / Heaton

                  Zinchenko / VVD / Digne / Burn / Lundstrum

                  Sterling / Salah / Martial / Cebellos / Cantwell

                  Kane / Pukki / Wickham

                7. The Man Pastore
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Pope
                  Button VVD Digne Dunk Guilbert Rico
                  Salah Sterling Fraser Perez Mcginn
                  Auba Jota Greenwood

                  2FT / 0 ITB

                  A) Guilbert Salah Perez --> Lundstram Mane Martial (-4pts)
                  B) Salah Fraser Perez --> Mane KDB Ceballos (-4pts)
                  C) Any of the above + Auba to Kane for -8pts

                8. fylde2022
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Robbo, KWP, Perez -> Zouma, Rico, KDB (-4)

                  Worth it?

                  Should I step away?

                  1. Manani
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    No

                  2. Dakes.
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Not Zouma. Rico not nailed either. Step away for now.

                  3. Ha.
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Not for me

                9. RECKLESS
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Who would you remove for Pukki
                  1) King
                  2) Wilson + 1.8mn for future to upgrade maybe Perez to Martial or double up on Mcity defence...
                  3) Play both 1 and 2 for Mcity. Problem is Pukki stats are out of the world and way Chelsea defence is now even vs LEI it seems Pukki can score a brace

                  1. Ha.
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    2

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

                    chelsea defence doesnt look that bad. not much in it between king/wilson really

                10. zizoo10
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  kdb to rise tonight? recall martial rising at like 70% not sure if fplstats have fixed their algorithm

                  1. TorresMagic™ - bcvy39…
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Roughly 7 hours to go.

                  2. Coldplay
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Yeah think Ceballos and himself might rise tonight

                11. Bunk Morrisonland
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  1-1 with goals from Mount and Ndidi , pretty sweet as someone with no assets in that game .

                  1. Bobby Digital
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Perfect

                12. Lexi2014
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Keep or sell Tielemans? Didn’t see the game today...