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. Dynamic Duos
    • 6 Years
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    Glad I went my own way and played Lund and benched Zinc, (c) Wilson instead of Salah wasn't to bad either.

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 21 hours ago

      Well done.

  2. Don Van White Jam
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    The levels of knee-jerking on here are astounding.

    1. Tactical Focus
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Shh. Let them ruin their teams, it'll benefit us in the long run

    2. Martial FC
      • 7 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Cabellos FC

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      It's just the way FPL works
      Player x scores well, people rush to transfer player x in for the next GW, in part supported by price rises
      Last week of the most transferred in players was Origi and most transferred out was Mane...

    4. RECKLESS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Knee jerking to who? Pukki knee jerkers got rewarded as he was great vs NewC as well

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        29 days, 21 hours ago

        Lord Lundstram

    5. gamesmad11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      People 'knee-jerked' for Pukki after GW1, I don't think they care about what you label them as

    6. Yank Revolution
      • 7 Years
      29 days, 21 hours ago

      One person's jerk is another's timely acquisition

      1. potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        29 days, 21 hours ago

        Said the vicar to the actress

  3. Eriksen Maestro
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    Siggy owners holding?

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      As soon as I sell he'll get a brace. Holding reluctantly.

      1. The Danger Zone!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 17 hours ago

        Sell please, so I get the points..

    2. Four Hit Wonder
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Selling.

    3. Jones Kusi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 21 hours ago

      Not sure..
      Wanna get rid of him for KDB

  4. Crisnel Ronessi
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      '69' points on a wildcard. Think it was a good week

      1. pundit of punts
        • 6 Years
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        59

        No WC

        I'll take that

      2. Rolls-Royce
        • 5 Years
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        Very decent.

    • The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      This turkish guy is pretty good in defence, wonder why he got so little playtime last year.. M

      1. The Wise Owl
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        Maguire?

        1. The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          29 days, 22 hours ago

          Would have been a good partner with him...

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        Maguire.

        I'm almost certainly bringing him in this week. 4.5m Leicester defender with good fixtures is value.

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          29 days, 21 hours ago

          I only see 2 potential clean sheets in the next 6 games. GW9 is where its at.

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            29 days, 21 hours ago

            Next two seem pretty good. Sheffield away should be very clean sheet-able. And Bournemouth at home while tough, isn't impossible either. Leicester have a top 8 defense for sure. I'd rate them ahead of Arsenal honestly. So behind the big 5, Everton and Wolves.

          2. Pukki Party
            • 2 Years
            29 days, 21 hours ago

            Thats 12 cleen sheets during the whole season, wouldn't call it "only" two.

    • blind faith
      • 7 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Is it too soon to WC to accommodate Sterling (as well as Salah)?

      1. SoapAFC
          29 days, 22 hours ago

          Contemplating the same, sterling looks 100% essential

        • The_Fish
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          29 days, 21 hours ago

          Why wouldn't you start with him?

          1. blind faith
            • 7 Years
            29 days, 21 hours ago

            Money
            I opted for Salah, Bernardo and Kane

        • blind faith
          • 7 Years
          29 days, 21 hours ago

          Bernardo to Sterling
          Moura to Cebellos
          Adrian to Pope/Ryan
          Stearman to Lundstram

      2. diesel001
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        Leicester getting into the game now. Although it took the best part of 35 mins for them to do so

      3. pakornk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        Guys what to do with Callum Robinson?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          29 days, 22 hours ago

          Get Mount.

          1. FOMFF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            29 days, 21 hours ago

            .5 short

        2. diesel001
          • 2 Years
          29 days, 22 hours ago

          See how bad his injury is, but probably get rid.

      4. sirmorbach
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        After your much appreciated thoughts, down to two (three) options:

        Heaton
        TAA, VVD, Laporte, Coleman (Lundstram)
        Salah, Sterling, Fraser, Robinson (Dendoncker)
        Vardy, Adams (Greenwood)

        A. VVD, Robinson, Fraser out / Maguire, Mount, Martial in (- 4)
        B. Vardy, Fraser out / Pukki, KDB in
        C. Stfu, kneejerk

      5. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        Why do people say Son might not start? Would you say the same thing in GW1? Hes one of the first names on the team sheet.

        1. Fpl Cursed
          • 2 Years
          29 days, 21 hours ago

          Who does he bench?

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            29 days, 21 hours ago

            Lamela.

      6. Jones Kusi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        What should I do with this mess?
        I'm unsure on double Liv def, Fraser, Siggy, and Deulofeu.

        Button Heaton
        Digne Robertson VVD Montoya Kelly
        Sterling Salah Fraser Siggy Dendoncker
        Deulofeu Wilson Greenwood.

        2 FT 0 ITB

      7. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        Little Pedro on watchlist.

      8. COK3Y5MURF
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        Not sure who's the bigger waste of space, Fraser or Perez

        1. The Wise Owl
          • 3 Years
          29 days, 22 hours ago

          Perez for sure.

        2. roflbeard
          • 5 Years
          29 days, 21 hours ago

          Perez

        3. Business Cat
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          29 days, 21 hours ago

          Fraser is wasting 1m more space.

          But Perez is a bigger waste of space

        4. NestorC
          • 3 Years
          29 days, 21 hours ago

          Have both luckily so no need to choose one

      9. Martial FC
        • 7 Years
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        Is Salah worth 1.0m more than Mane in your opinion?

        1. The_Fish
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          29 days, 21 hours ago

          Yes

        2. Crystal Alice
            29 days, 21 hours ago

            Torn on this. Salah tested my patience a lot last season, I don't know if I can do it again

          • F4L
            • 4 Years
            29 days, 21 hours ago

            probably. But Mane isn't worth .5 more than Kane/Auba.

            1. Krionos
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              29 days, 21 hours ago

              Yes, he is.

          • Reedy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            29 days, 21 hours ago

            Possibly not but it's difficult to say it's worth the transfer either. It'll give WCers something to think about though.

            1. Martial FC
              • 7 Years
              29 days, 21 hours ago

              Aye. I’m on WC. Manè gives the squad lots of balance overall

          • Bartowski
            • 9 Years
            29 days, 21 hours ago

            Entirely depends on what you would spend the extra on.

            1. Martial FC
              • 7 Years
              29 days, 21 hours ago

              In my case it’s Cabeloss vs Cantwell. (In terms of extra cash)

          • COK3Y5MURF
            • 3 Years
            29 days, 21 hours ago

            Over the entire season, yes. But need to own the right one at the right time. Mane was better during several parts of last season while Salah was having dry spells.

            1. Martial FC
              • 7 Years
              29 days, 21 hours ago

              Very true

        3. Manani
          • 7 Years
          29 days, 22 hours ago

          to fund my transfer, should I do:

          TAA > Emerson/5.5
          or
          Wilson > Pukki (-4)

        4. balint84
          • 3 Years
          29 days, 22 hours ago

          Wilson to Pukki & Perez to Mount or hold them for the next week?

          1. Manani
            • 7 Years
            29 days, 21 hours ago

            i fee like the second one can wait for 2 more weeks. (unless Mount score another goal)

          2. Ross From Friends
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            29 days, 21 hours ago

            Yes do it before the Chelsea game ends or you'll be impacted by price rises

            1. roflbeard
              • 5 Years
              29 days, 21 hours ago

              shurrup

          3. F4L
            • 4 Years
            29 days, 21 hours ago

            don't get Mount

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              29 days, 21 hours ago

              You're not watching the game. He's looked really good. Set pieces, attacking. And Lampard clearly likes him and prefers him to Barkley. He will play.

              1. Manani
                • 7 Years
                29 days, 21 hours ago

                does he take all set pieces?

              2. Martial FC
                • 7 Years
                29 days, 21 hours ago

                At 6.0 he’s worth a punt. In a team that’s fighting for top 6.

          4. Bushwhacker
              29 days, 21 hours ago

              If Chelsea play like this then Pukki might have a tough week.

          5. Atletico Junior
            • 6 Years
            29 days, 21 hours ago

            Lundstram, Söyüncü, or 5M chelsea def?

            1. @FPLDIARYFPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              29 days, 21 hours ago

              which chelsea def you looking at?... who do we think rudiger will replace once hes back?

            2. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              29 days, 21 hours ago

              Lundstram is a must. A good 4.0 defender is a staple of any good fantasy team.

            3. EMBOLOFAN
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              29 days, 21 hours ago

              soyboy

          6. Winston.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            29 days, 21 hours ago

            Perez is useless..

            1. EMBOLOFAN
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              29 days, 21 hours ago

              was never about this game. next two...

          7. PlayPercentage
            • 8 Years
            29 days, 21 hours ago

            I thought Leicester were supposed to be top six contenders this season.
            0 shots on target
            0 shots off target

            1. EMBOLOFAN
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              29 days, 21 hours ago

              chelsea playing really well here

              1. PlayPercentage
                • 8 Years
                29 days, 21 hours ago

                Maybe Chelsea will run out of steam (Vardy owner)

            2. diesel001
              • 2 Years
              29 days, 21 hours ago

              People say this every season about one team or another.

              The gap between the Top 6 and the rest is huge. It is a financial gap that is very hard to consistently plug.

          8. KGFC
            • 3 Years
            29 days, 21 hours ago

            Pedro's work rate is commendable..

          9. diesel001
            • 2 Years
            29 days, 21 hours ago

            Chelsea 1-0 Leicester HT

            Suspect Rodgers will change something at HT and it will be a rejuvenated Leicester after the break.

            1. purple lamborGhini
                29 days, 21 hours ago

                has to be Albrighton on for Perez if he has any sense, they playign with 10 men

                1. diesel001
                  • 2 Years
                  29 days, 21 hours ago

                  One of Perez, Maddison or Tielemens has to go off IMO.

                  1. Pukki Party
                    • 2 Years
                    29 days, 21 hours ago

                    Surely not Tielemans.

                2. FOO FIGHTER
                    29 days, 21 hours ago

                    If Rodger brings on Perez I will be very pissed off lol. He needs to get points!!!

              • Benteke Fried Chicken
                  29 days, 21 hours ago

                  How did Ceballos play yesturday?! I know he had 2 assists but was that lucky or can we expect more of the same?!

                  Looking to get for Callum Robinson.

                  Cheers

                  1. Four Hit Wonder
                    • 2 Years
                    29 days, 21 hours ago

                    Think Santi Cazorla

                  2. Dealbert
                    • 7 Years
                    29 days, 21 hours ago

                    Man of the match I would say. Looked very good

                  3. Legend of Rosický
                    • 1 Year
                    29 days, 21 hours ago

                    Tall cazorla. Glue in his boots

                  4. Brosstan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    29 days, 21 hours ago

                    He looked very, very good. High energy and skillful on the ball with intent to go forward every time he was involved.

                  5. The Road to Turfdom
                    • 3 Years
                    29 days, 21 hours ago

                    Looked excellent but the assists themselves had a little fortune about them and he is unlikely to be nailed on immediately. Could well be worth a punt at £5.5m though

                  6. Martial FC
                    • 7 Years
                    29 days, 21 hours ago

                    Arsenal fans were raving about it. Very impressive apparently

                • FOO FIGHTER
                    29 days, 21 hours ago

                    Ok so lets wait and see if Leicester turn up in the 2nd half.

                  • Would Ed Woodward
                      29 days, 21 hours ago

                      This is not going well, lol.

                      1. EMBOLOFAN
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        29 days, 21 hours ago

                        🙂

                    • Dare Do The Punt
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      29 days, 21 hours ago

                      Is a Cathcart to Lundstram move worth it to save 0.5m?

                      I have 2FTs to use and no major transfers planned yet

                      1. EMBOLOFAN
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        29 days, 21 hours ago

                        nah

                      2. yakirh
                        • 3 Years
                        29 days, 21 hours ago

                        This can't possibly be your biggest issue

                      3. Four Hit Wonder
                        • 2 Years
                        29 days, 21 hours ago

                        If that's your only issue, by all means, go for it

                    • EMBOLOFAN
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      29 days, 21 hours ago

                      cant wait for barkley to come on for 6 minutes and get booked

                      1. Pukki Party
                        • 2 Years
                        29 days, 21 hours ago

                        H2h rival has him starting and Lundstram first on bench.

                    • RamaJama
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      29 days, 21 hours ago

                      Which mid to get?

                      A) Ndombele
                      B) Ceballos
                      C) Mount

                      1. Cube
                        • 2 Years
                        29 days, 21 hours ago

                        I'm also in the same boat

                      2. F4L
                        • 4 Years
                        29 days, 21 hours ago

                        none

                      3. Legend of Rosický
                        • 1 Year
                        29 days, 21 hours ago

                        None of those imo. Trossard or Mcginn

                      4. Rich2086
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        29 days, 21 hours ago

                        I'm in a similar boat and will probably go with mount

                      5. yakirh
                        • 3 Years
                        29 days, 21 hours ago

                        Leaning towards Mount, could always change to Ceballos later

                      6. Manani
                        • 7 Years
                        29 days, 21 hours ago

                        I like both B & C.

                        not A definitely

                      7. FOMFF
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        29 days, 21 hours ago

                        I’m probably going to do Robinson and Perez to mount and ceballos

                    • antoinehude
                      • 3 Years
                      29 days, 21 hours ago

                      Adrian
                      Van Dijk - Digne - Mina - Zinchenko
                      Salah - Sterling - De Bruyne - Martial

                      + 2 players between

                      Pukki / Barnes / Mount / Trossard / Lamela

                    • pundit of punts
                      • 6 Years
                      29 days, 21 hours ago

                      Pick 2 from the following -

                      A. AWB
                      B. Zinchenko
                      C. Maguire
                      D. Emerson
                      E. Coleman

                      1. dunas_dog
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        29 days, 21 hours ago

                        A D

                      2. F4L
                        • 4 Years
                        29 days, 21 hours ago

                        BD

                      3. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        29 days, 21 hours ago

                        E, D & C

                      4. Rich2086
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        29 days, 21 hours ago

                        D and E

                      5. Pukki Party
                        • 2 Years
                        29 days, 21 hours ago

                        BC

                    • dunas_dog
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      29 days, 21 hours ago

                      If not for fixtures Pérez to Ceballos would be certain move

                      1. Winston.
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        29 days, 21 hours ago

                        Ceballos might do well despite of the fixtures...