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Lampard to give Abraham “every chance” of starting Gameweek 15

Frank Lampard provided an update on Tammy Abraham (£7.9m) in his Tuesday press conference.

However, his owners may have wanted more concrete information ahead of Tuesday’s Gameweek 15 deadline.

The Chelsea manager said that Abraham would be given “every chance” of being fit to face Aston Villa but that he would have to make a judgement call on Wednesday.

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“Yeah (he’s coming along) okay. We’re giving him every possible chance to be fit. He’s still got some pain in the area of the injury so we’ll make a judgement call tomorrow. It’s one of those, it’s painful for him. So it’s a bit of a pain threshold thing, does it affect his movements? As I said, I wouldn’t want to commit today. I think for players that are important we try to give as much time. We need them to be keen, he’s keen and is trying his best. If he’s not (fit) then we have to go a different route anyway.” – Frank Lampard

While such an update is not quite as clear cut as Fantasy managers would have liked, there is still reason to be positive about Abraham’s fitness, enough perhaps to hold onto the striker.

“Players have to come in to anytime. In the modern day, I am not the only one to have that situation, you have to trust the professionalism of the players. Everyone is a human and wants to play every week.” – Frank Lampard

Dean Smith was much more prescriptive as he prepares to come to Stamford Bridge.

Anwar El Ghazi (£5.5m) has been ruled out after coming off injured at Manchester United while Jota (£5.8m) will be ready to play in Gameweek 15.

“Anwar (El Ghazi) won’t be available for tomorrow. He’s had a scan and it’s pretty clear. He’s still got pain on the side of the leg. I’m hopeful he’ll be fit for the Leicester game on Sunday. Jota is back to full fitness, so he comes back into the squad and is pushing for a starting place Wednesday night. No other concerns, everyone else is fully fit.” – Dean Smith

Thankfully, there are very few fresh or ambiguous injury concerns to worry about ahead of Liverpool and Everton’s Wednesday evening derby.

The Reds will be without Joel Matip (£5.3m) once again, while Alisson (£6.0m) misses out through suspension.

The Blue side of Merseyside will probably be without Seamus Coleman (£5.3m) and Fabian Delph (£5.3m) but Theo Walcott (£6.2m) has recovered in time.

Those looking to the Wolves attack may be a little disappointed to hear of developments at West Ham.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that David Martin (£4.0m), arguably the man of the match against Chelsea in Gameweek 14, will keep his place ahead of Roberto (£4.4m), who has been woefully poor of late.

“Yes, [David Martin] will start. Goalkeeper is a special position. He didn’t have much match experience but unfortunately for Roberto, he was not doing well.” – Manuel Pellegrini

Meanwhile, Paul Pogba (£8.4m) was ruled out of Gameweek 15 by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who still believes the midfielder is not ready just yet.

“(Pogba) is not ready, no. He’s still a bit away but working hard so let’s see, out on the grass, let’s see how long it will take.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

However, the Red Devils could be boosted ahead of a meeting with Jose Mourinho’s Spurs side by a potential return for either Scott McTominay (£5.1m) or Nemanja Matic (£4.8m).

“(McTominay and Matic) are touch and go but let’s get this training session out of the window. We’ve got more games than this one. We can’t look at just the one game, we have to look at long-term.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

On the other side of the Old Trafford clash, Spurs will be without Ben Davies (£5.4m), Erik Lamela (£5.7m) as well as goalkeeping pair Hugo Lloris (£5.3m) and Michel Vorm (£4.4m).

Norwich’s defensive problems could continue to abate as they received more welcome news ahead of Gameweek 15.

Defensive midfielder Alex Tettey (£4.5m) will be back in the matchday squad after recovering from a slight muscle complaint that kept him out of Gameweek 14.

It will be interesting to see if his presence and the ongoing impact of Christoph Zimmermann‘s (£4.4m) return will hamper the in-form Danny Ings (£6.2m).

Arsenal’s upcoming opponents Brighton may be able to welcome back Bernardo (£4.3m) to the first-team as he returned to the squad this week although Solly March (£4.7m) and Jose Izquierdo (£5.4m) were ruled out.

Interim Arsenal manager Freddie Ljungberg, who was very late for his Tuesday press conference, gave no specific injury updates on his squad.

Sofiane Boufal (£5.5m) is a doubt once again for Southampton after his toe injury got worse against Watford.

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1,452 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Tamagotchi Massacre
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    PLAY UP POMPEY!

  2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Pope
    Soy TAA Robbo Lundy
    Mane KDB Pulisic Martial*
    Jimenez Vardy (C)
    Button - Abraham* - Rico - Dendo
    (1ft 1m itb)
    A. Stick
    B. Play Abra over Martial/Soy
    C. Use FT: Pope to Hendo
    D. Use FT: Martial to Alli (play over Abra)

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Not an easy decision but I think I would say B over Martial

      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Very tough - would you use a FT for C?

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          I think I’d rather have 2FT next week than do a GK trf tbh

          1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            10 months, 25 days ago

            Cheers Don

            1. Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              10 months, 25 days ago

              Pleasure mate - hope it's a good one for you!

      2. Latch86
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        This is what I'm debating too. But Spurs have conceded so many recently that it feels risky. Especially with Abraham back from a knock, there's also a risk of an early sub off / late sub on, or just him being off the pace and doing nothing all game...

  3. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    I'm guessing 3rd?

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Yesssssssss

      Must be a good omen 😉

  4. JollyGoodYellows
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Play one of:
    A) McGinn
    B) Rico
    C) Kelly
    D) Abraham

    1. The Special Wan
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      C

    2. mojoindojo
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      D

  5. lets talk about 6
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Start

    A)Tammy
    B)kelly

    1. The Special Wan
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      C

    2. The Special Wan
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Reply fácil to above but start Kelly

    3. JollyGoodYellows
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 25 days ago

      You go Tammy I'll go Kelly...

  6. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Wait people are selling Pope before he faces Jesus (on pens)?!

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

      He usually puts it wide, no penalty save for Pope.

  7. Back on the horse
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Based on that update would you start Abraham over Mount?

    Gazzaniga
    TAA Lunny Soyuncu (Saiss Rico)
    Mane Pulisic De Bruyne Mount
    Vardy Abraham Rashford

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

    So what happens if Tammy doesn’t play and Bats knocks in a hat trick.

    Does Frank put Tammy straight back in...?

    I’m not so sure...

    1. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      What happens if you look outside your window right now and see pigs flying?

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

        😆
        Frank just strikes me as a form man.
        I think he would find it hard to drop him if he were to do the unimaginable...

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 25 days ago

          He's done well in CL games, still kept Tammy as first choice...

    2. Le Bluff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Pulisic will play false 9 if Abraham doesn't start anyway.

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

        Ah ok.
        I’ll take that as an owner

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

      Thats why he wont start Batman and let others do the job

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

        It’s all speculative of course... 😉

  9. the egyptian king
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Play Pukki or Mount?

  10. Tinmen
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Guys, what you reckon ?

    A) Martial to Zaha
    B) Heaton to Henderson
    C) Save FT

    1. DF
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      C

  11. Latch86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    GTG?

    Pope
    Chilwell | TAA | Lundstram
    Zaha | Maddison | Mané | Martial | KDB
    Vardy (C) | Mousset

    Abraham | Tomori | Rico | Button

    Two points that I can’t quite make my mind up about…

    (1) Whether or not to start Abraham. I’m not bothered if I start him and he doesn’t play (whoever’s sub 1 would be a decent replacement), but my concern is that he’ll either sub on for the last 20 mins, or off after about 60. Or even play most of the game but be off the pace as a result of the knock and do nothing.

    (2) If I start Abraham, who’s bench 1? I’m edging towards Martial, but Spurs have conceded so many recently that it feels unwise!

  12. james 101
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Do we expect all of these to play?

    Mane Son Pulisic Maddison Alli Vardy Abraham Jimmy

    1. james 101
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Thanks and good luck!

    2. Tamagotchi Massacre
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      No

      1. james 101
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Ha.

        Cheers

    3. Shineonme
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      No

  13. Tamagotchi Massacre
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Hoping for some utterly brutal rotation this week. It's about time

    1. james 101
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      I’d be ok with it

      Rewards those of us who planned our benches

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

        Not if players getting Cameo's 😉

      2. Tamagotchi Massacre
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Just livens up the game, shakes it up a bit. Though the rotation has to be seriously brutal to bring the bench into it. Players rarely get the night off

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      About time I get punished for having a poor bench 😆

  14. Balotellitubbies
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Start Tammy or Mount?

    1. Catastrophe
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Tough one, probably Mount.

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

      Will mount start I'm. Not so sure. As for Abrahams I can't see him starting. I think he's given an extra few days to be fully fit.

  15. mdm
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Choose one to play:

    A. Cantwell (sou)
    B. Dilva (bur)
    C. McGinn (che)
    D. Kelly (BOU)

    Thanks!

    1. Catastrophe
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      B (then A)

  16. Feanor
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Rest up, Tammy. If you do play and score while Kane blanks again, I might have to jump off a bridge.

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

    Gtg? 1 ft 0,0 itb...

    Pope
    Taa robbo lunds
    Salah kdb Alli Grealish
    Tammy Vardy(c) Jimi

    Button soy rico saka

    1. Catastrophe
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Salah -> Mane...?

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

        I hear you but He is a differential in ML and I’m hoping he will start producing again

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

        I've had Mane from the start of the season so you know my answer..

  18. Catastrophe
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Help greatly appreciated chaps! 1FT, 2.3 ITB

    Pope
    TAA, Robertson, Soyuncu, Lundstram
    KDB, Mount, Mane, Son
    Vardy, Jimenez

    (Woodman, Cantwell, Rico, Wickham)

    A) Mount -> Alli
    B) Mount -> Maddison
    C) Mount -> Pulisic
    D) Wickham & Robertson -> Aubameyang & 6.0 Def (-4) (and bench Lundstram)
    E) Save FT

    Right to start Lundstram and Soyuncu over Cantwell?

    Cheers

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

      Save for me, and have 2ft next gw to rearrange any issues

      1. Catastrophe
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Cheers.

    2. Five Season Wonder
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      I'd keep Mount for Villa.

      It's vital to have 2FTs going into the festive period. So i'd save

      1. Catastrophe
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Ta. Probably sensible.

    3. Shineonme
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      I did mount to Son last night. Wanted to wait till after thos gw and do it for the weekend but I think mount starts on the bench so did it already.

  19. Five Season Wonder
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Just looking at the scout picks and they have Cantwell in.

    How do you suggest I crowbar him into my starting XI?
    (although he is my first sub and will play if Tammy doesn't).

    Pope
    TAA - Soy - Lundy
    Mane - Sonny - KDB - Zaha
    Vardy(c) - Ings - Tammy(i)
    ----
    Subs: Butters; Cantwell, Aurier, Janmaat.

    1. Catastrophe
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Similar predicament. Still think Soy and Lundstram are better options this week, but I will probably be wrong!

      1. Five Season Wonder
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        I just don't want Tammy to come on for 10 mins (and a single fantasy point) ahhhh.

        I may bench Tammy. you?

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          I am benching if that helps.

          1. Five Season Wonder
            • 6 Years
            10 months, 25 days ago

            May follow suit. We can laugh (or cry) in unison.

  20. quayle99
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Krul
    Tren Soy Lundts
    Mane Sterling Son Pulisic Tielemans
    Vardy(c) Pukki
    Heaton Martinelli Tomori Kelly

    gtg?

  21. farmerfat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Bench Tielemans or Lundstram?

    1. Catastrophe
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Lundstram

    2. Tamagotchi Massacre
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Do not bench Lundstram in the next five games unless you enjoy playing bench roulette with 15 points

  22. Millie7
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Need to burn a transfer guys...any assistance is much appreciated??
    2FT 1.1 ITB

    Pope
    Trent - Lundstram - - Soyoncu
    Mount - tielemans - KDB - Salah
    Abraham - Vardy - Jimmy

    Heaton -Guendouzi - Monty - Kelly

    1. Five Season Wonder
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Love to be in your sitch.

      I done Mount to Zaha last night fwiw.

      But looking at your bench, you could always upgrade Guendouzi.

      1. Millie7
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        thanks mate, i'm thinking the same, vut also thinking Pulisic, but not sure if its a sideways move?

  23. Tamagotchi Massacre
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    If you own Abraham but have solid replacements then the best course of action is to bench, right?

    1. The Willian Dollar Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Yep could come come of bench, go of early very risky but depends on bench strength

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

      Why?

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

      First sub coz of possible cameo IMO...

    4. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Who is that solid replacement you speak of?

    5. sunzip14
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      yes, bench the solid replacement

    6. teneighty
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      What if your bench is sh**e? I have Hayden and Diop on the bench and on top of that Mount in the starting XI. I have no idea what to do...

    7. Five Season Wonder
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      I'm thinking this as I dont want him coming on for 10 mins (and a point)

    8. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      start him

  24. Liberate HK - antichinazi
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Anyone not capping Vardy?
    I will place my armband on Son again

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 25 days ago

      against United away, brave

      1. Liberate HK - antichinazi
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Just feel that it's time for Vardy to blank

    2. Arteta
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Kept it on Pierre since Saturday.

    3. Shineonme
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      I like it. I have both players but I will.cap Vardy but I can see why you're captaining Son. I can see a few goals in the Utd spurs game with spurs winning 3-1

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

    Bench one please

    A) Mount
    B) Tielemans
    C) Soyuncu

    I’m starting Abraham if that matters

    1. Cesc Pistols
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      A

  26. The Willian Dollar Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Anyone concerned about a bit of Pep Roulette this evening considering derby at the weekend?

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

      Nope

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

      He'll have too because the amount of games over this period

  27. Jon Snow
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    And so we enter GW15 with Robertson narrowly leading TAA by 1 point. Who will win the assist roulette this week? place your bets ladies and gents

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

      Both please

  28. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    A) Pope to Guaita
    B) Tammy to Ings
    C) Both (-4)

    Wildcarding gw20

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

      A

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 25 days ago

      A

  29. Maddamotha
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Its different to give him "every chance to be fit" and "every chance of starting".

  30. Cesc Pistols
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    BB this week?

    Good luck trying to help me squeeze Kelly and Cantwell into my starting XI...

    Hendo,
    VVD, Soy, Tomori, Lund
    Mane, Pulisic, KDB
    Kane, Vardy, Jimenez

    Kelly, Cantwell, Hayden