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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Lessons learned from Gameweek 2

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  1. FOO FIGHTER
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    What about this?

    Perez out KDB in
    Vardy out Pukki in.

    Will take a -4 hit.

    1. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      I would definitely make those moves

    2. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Sounds good

    3. Hits from the Bong
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Yep

    4. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Go for it.

    5. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      sheff u and bmouth

  2. Miniboss
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    A bit tired with Perez. If he doesn’t return, whom to get in?
    2ft 0.0itb

    A) Ceballos
    B) Mount
    C) McGinn
    D) Trossard

    Heaton
    TAA Robbo Zinchenko Digne
    Salah Sterling Perez Moura
    Wilson Pukki

    Button Lundstram Dendocker Greenwood

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      none of those given his next 2 fixtures

    2. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Perez and Wilson for Ceballos and Rashford

      1. Miniboss
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Thanks, that could do.

    3. Bartowski
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Similar position but considering -4 to get in Martial and downgrade a defender.

      1. Miniboss
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Sounds good, might need to downgrade TAA as well.

      2. Dealbert
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        This

        1. Dealbert
          • 7 Years
          28 days, 20 hours ago

          I’m even doing Perez and TAA to KdB and 4.0 I think (and already have Lundstram)

    4. Wild Card this...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      B

  3. Martial FC
    • 7 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    On WC

    Pope
    AWB Robbo Digne
    Mount Salah Sterling Martial Cantwell
    Pukki Kane(C)

    McGivern, Greenwood, Lundstram, Rico.

    Bit knee jerky?

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      2 norwich players and no nailed sub

      1. Martial FC
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        But a glorious core of Salah Sterling Kane Robbo 😉

        Pukki is God

    2. yakirh
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Cantwell in starting 11? common

      1. Martial FC
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Price to pay for Kane Salah Sterling

    3. SoapAFC
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      dont want kdb?

      1. Martial FC
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Rather have Kane

    4. Catastrophe
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Needs more KDB.

      1. Martial FC
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Already have Salah Kane & Sterling mate! KDB would kill my squad.

  4. Hits from the Bong
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Considering wcarding to this, worth it?

    Pope (4)
    VVD Digne AWB Dunk (Lund)
    Salah Sterling KdB Cantwell (Dendoncker)
    Kane Pukki (4.5)

    1. Dealbert
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Like it a lot!

      1. Dealbert
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Don’t know what you have though

  5. Gringo Kid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Perez is terrible

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      looks nervous, is a better player than this

  6. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    The amount of people calling perfectly good transfers knee jerking or a waste of a transfer is ridiculous. Why wouldn’t you want to get the form players who will be rising in price instead of the duds you have who are dropping?

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      because u dont get last weeks points when you take hits to swap one erratic 6m player for another

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Who said anything about hits or erratic 6m players?

        1. EMBOLOFAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          28 days, 20 hours ago

          ask strawman questions get strawman answers

    2. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Totally agree

    3. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Knee jerk post

    4. Little fekirs
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      It’s a very fine line.

      Pukki might not score for 3 weeks, does that make it ‘knee-jerky’ ?

      1. SouthCoastSaint
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Stats and eye test in his favour

    5. SouthCoastSaint
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Agree with this.

      I did Barkley to Mcginn. Loads said hold, wait and see

      Wasn’t an instant profit but clearly the right move

      (Barkley late cameo and free kick goal incoming)

      1. diesel001
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Barkley to McGinn looks a good transfer because at least McGinn plays.

    6. Martial FC
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Agreed.

    7. Kub3
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      100%

      Of course you don’t get their points from last week but who says they won’t get points the following week. That’s the reason we have still have Sterling in our teams because we believe he’ll still get points next gameweek. It’s the same logic

    8. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      I think it makes a lot of sense to knee jerk at the start of the season. if they work out, you bagged yourself this years jiminez or fraser. if it doesnt you've built some team value for your wildcard

      1. Manani
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        yup, if anything start of season is the time to kneejerk, with a .1m can price you out completely

      2. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Many seasons have been ruined by people’s stubbornness in refusing to jump on a bandwagon early

        1. HollywoodXI
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 20 hours ago

          ^ This

        2. Business Cat
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 20 hours ago

          This

  7. Differentiator
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Anyone thinking Pedro is a good shout this year?

    1. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      He’s looked terrific but Mount looks much better value at £1m less

    2. Dthinger
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      I'm staying away from that midfield. Too much potential rotation with 5 good options for three spots.

      1. yakirh
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        This is probably wise.
        But Mount is tempting for a short term punt

    3. SouthCoastSaint
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Bit like Bernardo, never quite translates into the points you’d expect

  8. Catastrophe
    • 8 Years
    28 days, 20 hours 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. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Beautiful

      1. Catastrophe
        • 8 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Cheers. Hope Son starts strong.

  9. The Road to Turfdom
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Are most Josh King owners keeping? Pukki and Barnes tempting but don't see an urgent need to get rid - am I missing something?

    1. Crystal Alice
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Keeping, but twitchy

    2. Tactical Focus
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Strikers in form are lethal, Pukki and Barnes are in a serious mood to score goals right now. Hard to ignore them

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Id say Barnes is impossible to ignore.

    3. SouthCoastSaint
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Surely most got him for penalties in a good attacking team - didn’t he just do exactly what you would have expect? And second striker spot safe for now

  10. Tactical Focus
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    I know it's early but who'd you start next week?
    Heaton (EVE)
    Or
    Pope (wol)

    1. yakirh
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Most will say Pope
      I have Heaton set and forget, maybe this is the week I can cut my losses

    2. Crystal Alice
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Heaton

    3. The_Fish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      This is why I go 4.5 and 4.0 keepers...

      1. Tactical Focus
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 19 hours ago

        Yeah I know right!!

    4. F4L
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Heaton

    5. Gregg Wallace
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Heaton, Everton really have a problem scoring at the moment

    6. BoleynWin
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      I have the same pair, I am actually edging towards Heaton despite this weekends result. Burnley haven’t looked tight at the back for the first two games despite the early cleanie, they seem much more attacking

  11. tsintisin
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Salah+Wilson>KDB+Kane for free?

    1. Catastrophe
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Need either Salah or Mane IMO. Can you free up funds another way or consider Son instead of Kane?

  12. majorbriggs
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Ditching Fraser before he drops, who to bring in for -4?

    A. Mount
    B. Ceballos
    C. Perez
    D. Tielemans
    E. Lanzini
    F. Someone else?

    1. yakirh
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Why C and D are in your list?

      1. majorbriggs
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Purely for good fixtures and potential, but not so tempting after their performance tonight

    2. Manani
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      is he dropping tonight?

      I'd got A or Ceballos

      1. majorbriggs
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Looks likely but not sure how correct fplstatistics is atm algorithmwise

    3. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 19 hours ago

      B

      1. majorbriggs
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 19 hours ago

        Cheers!

  13. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    A) Trossard
    or
    B) Harry Wilson

    No other BRI or BOU players

    1. Trossard or not Trossard
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      I rate both but Trossard for sure.

  14. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Pope
    TAA / VVD / Digne / Montoya
    Salah / Sterling / Perez
    Pukki / Jota / Wood

    Button // Barkley / Dendoncker / Kelly

    2.4m ITB. 1 FT.

    A) Barkley > Mount
    B) Barkley/TAA > KDB/AWB (-4)
    C) Other?

  15. tafrère
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Fraser + Ayoze > De Bruyne + Cantwell for free ?

    1. dmkp
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Yes

  16. Obi Wan Elokobi
    • 8 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    My Wildcard defence is such a shambles

    1. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Wildcard it out then

    2. Obi Wan Elokobi
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Mina, Pieters, Soyuncu, Dunk, Lund

    3. The Wise Owl
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Hanley and Lundstram?

    4. Four Hit Wonder
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 19 hours ago

      I'd file a complaint

  17. Differentiator
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Hows this look

    Ederson - 4.0
    VVD - Digne - AWB - Dunk - 4.0
    Salah - Sterling - Mount - Martial - Stephens
    Kane - Jimenez - Pukki

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Looked great 'til I realised you can't afford that.

      1. Differentiator
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        😆

  18. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    So glad I kept Tross, surely keeping his starting spot now?

    1. purple lamborGhini
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      he still isnt guaranteed starts tbh, potter tinkers a fair bit and they have quite alot of options. Im just going to keep starting Trossard knowing I have bench to cover him

    2. Guilty Sigurðsson ♛
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      You'd think he will definitely play the next two home games which look great. Still unknown about away games.

  19. Ha.
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Who to get in for Pérez?

    1. COK3Y5MURF
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Sterling

      1. Ha.
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Already have him

        1. COK3Y5MURF
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 20 hours ago

          Salah

          1. Ha.
            • 4 Years
            28 days, 20 hours ago

            And him

            1. COK3Y5MURF
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 20 hours ago

              Speed up, man. Should've got the point by now 😉

              1. Ha.
                • 4 Years
                28 days, 20 hours ago

                Have him also

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Pukki and Lundstram (-8)

      1. Guilty Sigurðsson ♛
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Not enough hits.

      2. Ha.
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Already have them

    3. Manani
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      liking Mount or Cabellos

      1. Ha.
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 19 hours ago

        Both feel very punty and capable of being dropped

    4. Carlton_Goal
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 19 hours ago

      I'm thinking about Ceballos, Mount or Trossard if that helps. Don't ask which one, haven't got that far yet haha

      1. Ha.
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 19 hours ago

        Trossard of those for me

  20. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    A) Trossard
    B) Harry Wilson
    C) Mount
    ?

    1. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Probably A

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Chelsea have two fab fixtures coming up.

  21. Would Ed Woodward
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    So, who's getting the hat-trick next weekend then? We should probably decide this now in advance.

    1. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Kane, obvs

      1. Guilty Sigurðsson ♛
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Good week to bring in Kane. Seems like nobody wants him anymore after the City game.

    2. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      The most dropped player will score a hattie

    3. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Whoever's playing Newcastle...oh, that'd be Kane then! 😉

    4. Martial FC
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Kane.

    5. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Sterling hopefully

    6. Bartowski
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      probably Rashford or Kane

    7. Gregg Wallace
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Pukki again

    8. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 19 hours ago

      Son obviously

    9. SEYPULISIC
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 19 hours ago

      Aguero v bou

  22. El Fenomeno R9
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Plan was KDB to Son GW3,keep for now or sell?

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      It’s v hard to do that now

  23. GoneFishing
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    PLEASE, best replacement for Vardy PLEASE !

    1. The Wise Owl
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Rashford

      1. GoneFishing
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        I have:
        Rashford
        Barnes

    2. Martial FC
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Rashford

  24. Kub3
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Sometimes the most obvious bad decisions stare you in the face but you still go ahead with them. I blame myself for picking Perez.

    Cue goal in 2nd half.

    1. The Wise Owl
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Pre-season looked good

  25. TuplaPukki
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Sorry for re-posting but is
    King&Perez to Pukki&Mount good moves for free?

    1. ^Freedom Fighter^
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      For free yea

      1. TuplaPukki
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Or any other 6 m midfielder, but mount looks good and set pieces aswell...

  26. Dacra
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    TAA, Perez, Haller to Zouma, KdB, Jota for - 8?

    Stuck between knee jerk and doing nothing!

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      TAA to Zouma sounds bad IMO.
      Why no love for Trossard and Pukki?

  27. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Kepa is poor..

    1. Differentiator
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      good manager though

    2. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Bet he earns more than you

  28. How Mina You
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    I appreciate that no-one fully knows, but who do we reckon will lose their place to Rudiger: Zouma or Christensen?

    1. Martial FC
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Zouma

    2. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Christensen - just because Zouma plays left-side in a CB pairing and Rudiger plays right side. Don't know if Rudiger or Christensen would be willing and able to play left side though.

  29. Openboxman
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Who told me to put Montoya in over Lundstram...with 68% of people benching him should be okay.

    Pray for a martial bench!

  30. Atletico Junior
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Why are people thrashing Perez? He is playing really advanced, just been a bit unlucky playing a good Chelsea today.

    1. Martial FC
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Sell