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

    First time with difficult choice.

    Tierney / Rico / Cantwell on bench.

    Abraham starting atm. Should I bench Soy or Lord Lund for any of the above?

    1. gaurava1216
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      NO!

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

      No

    3. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      No

    4. Dave Bauer
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Nope

    5. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Resounding! Thanks

  2. Noah’s Ark
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Pope to Henderson with my ft?

    Mount is a worry but can wait one more week I think but should I play Cantwell ahead of him?

    Pope
    Lundstram, Saiss, Soyuncu
    Salah, Manè, Maddison, Mount
    Vardy(c), Rashford, Jesus

    Cantwell, Aurier, Rico 1ft .2itb

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

      No.
      No.

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

        There’s no limits!!

        Love 2unlimited... 🙂

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

      I had 2FTs and that was my transfer, who is your other keeper? Mount is gonna get one more week for me, Cantwell first on my bench too.

    3. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      I would save as you have Jesus who will be a transfer out very soon, even if it´his time of the year we are about to embark on

  3. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    PVA or Kelly ?

    Thanks a lot 🙂

    1. gaurava1216
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      PVA all day if money no issue....

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

      PVA

    3. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Thanks guys

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

      PVA if you plan on playing him every week

    5. Gooner Kebab
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      PVA

  4. Jonny HOW SON?
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Which would you get:

    A) Lundstram & Grealish
    B) O'Connell & Zaha

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

      Really? A

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 25 days ago

      A

    3. Crossbar
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      A but Lundstram now and Grealish in a few weeks when fixtures turn

  5. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Thoughts on this lot?

    Pope Button
    TAA Lund Soy Dunk Reid
    Mane Son KDB Mount Cantwell
    Vardy Jimmy Ings

    4m in bank, 1 FT.

    a) upgrade Mount
    b) change Pope
    c) both for a hit
    d) something else
    e) save

    Cheers in advance.

    1. Gooner Kebab
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Mount to a Spurs mid?

      1. Zenith UK
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        I was thinking similar, but a Spurs double up is brave (he has Son)

      2. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        so All, might wait a GW and hope Mount does something or Alli blanks.

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

      A

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 25 days ago

      e

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

      e

    5. Zenith UK
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Pope to Hendo seems the best bet.
      Could punt on Cantwell > Alli? I appreciate that's a Spurs double up.
      Alternatively Reid > Robbo (means Pool triple up pre GW18 though)

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

      A who’s on the watch list?

    7. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      E

    8. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Mount to Alli?

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

      B for me (to Guaita) (or if you're not opposed to having to playing GK button --> Henderson). Otherwise E.

      Best of luck!

    10. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Cheers all, guess it's A, B or E.

    11. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Mount -> Alli

    12. kopite65
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Prob e
      After m week games, you may need the transfers imo

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

      Mount > Zaha...?

      Leaves you with cash to bring Abraham in if he comes back firing and you want a Chelsea forward...

    14. Noah’s Ark
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Similar situation here TM. Just I don’t have 4m itb!! I’m giving Mount this gw to hopefully play and give a parting gift.

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

      Mount to Zaha or save

    16. Benditlike
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      If A, who are you going for? Im between A and E myself with 1.8 ITB.

    17. Effe
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      E

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

    Z)aha or M)adisson in?

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

      Zaha

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

      Maddison

    3. Crossbar
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Oof, that's a real coin toss. Probably Zaha but both good choices

  7. Tonyawesome69
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 25 days ago

    start
    a. dunk
    b. willem

    1ft 0.3itb
    ryan
    TAA lundy dunk
    mane maddi KDB son zaha
    jimi vardy (c)

    pope willem connolly rico

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

      Get a tenner on a Dunk hattie

  8. Zenith UK
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Just realised SHU meet City twice in the PL within a month... madness! Of the three fixtures between those two City matches they play LIV away and ARS away as well. Ouch.

    1. Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Gonna be some Lundstram benched points.

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

    Who to bench? (bench 1)

    Lundstram
    Mount
    Kelly
    Cantwell

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

      Cantwell. 1st sub is his position.

    2. liverpool01
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Kelly

    3. Crossbar
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Bench Kelly

  10. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Think soy will get rested ?

    1. Dave Bauer
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      I have no inside info whatsoever but can’t see any reason that he would.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Thanks Dave 🙂

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

      Centre backs don't need a rest.

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

      No. One of their mids more likely

    4. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      no , but all are a slight risk

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

      Nahh

    6. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Thanks all

  11. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Martial to:

    1) Zaha
    2) Pulisic
    3) Maddison
    4) Keep and save FT

    Have the following attack:

    Mane KDB Martial
    Auba Tammy Vardy

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

      4

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

      Probs 4 but Pulisic in soon

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Wouldn't it make more sense to get Pulisic now itself in that case. Chelsea vs Villa will have more goals than United vs Spurs I guess.

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

      2

  12. Dave Bauer
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Sterling to Maddison, free up some funds in the process. We all love that right? Great, cheers, that’s what I thought. Nice chatting with you all.

    1. Gooner Kebab
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      See you next GW!

  13. Crystal Alice
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Gtg? Playing Doherty over Lundstram? Bench Tammy instead??

    Gazzaniga
    TAA Robbo Doherty
    KDB Mane Zaha Maddison
    Tammy Vardy Ings

    Button | Lundstram McGinn Rico

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

      Lund over Tammy - answers both your questions

  14. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Final call. Maddison > Pulisic for free to get some Chelsea cover?

    1. Dave Bauer
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      No way man, Maddison is still hot.

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

        Cheers Dave

      2. The Dance
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        He’s a 4/10 😉

  15. wulfranian
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    It's worth to take a hit for Heaton->Henderson-Guaita?

    1. Dave Bauer
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Not for me

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

      no

  16. lmgroves1
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    a) Ings and Tielemans
    b) Mousset and Maddison

    Thoughts?

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

      B

    2. Dave Bauer
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      B

    3. liverpool01
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      B

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

      B all day.

  17. bryant
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Team is too deep want to consolidate mount and martial into one premium. Logic tells me kdb, gut tell me son, ffs tells me...

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

      No other Spurs or City?

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

        No

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

          I’ve been holding off mane to sterling and might fh gw18

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

            Dele

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

      This year- rather have two potential haulers than one Peppable Star

      KBD might not even play today. Mane may only play 30 minutes

      Festive fixtures are a brutal test for players. Rather get the volume, just my thoughts

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

        I agree with this. Just getting to the time when you need squad depth

  18. Sotamendi84
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    do we expect rotation from rodgers tomorrow?

    1. kopite65
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Can’t see why, no European games for leic
      Been able to select pretty much
      Same squad

  19. Tmel
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    a) Play Mount, bench Abraham
    b) Play Abraham, bench Mount
    c) Mount > Zaha (free), bench Abraham

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

      C for me

  20. maratus
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Play Abraham or Cantwell?

    1. kopite65
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Tammy, cantwell 1st sub ?

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

    Repost

    Which one to play?

    A. Pukki
    B. Mount

    1. Gooner Kebab
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Party at sou!

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

      Tough one , but Mount for me , whats your gut ?

    3. Crossbar
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Pukki party!

  22. Crossbar
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Is Kane out for Jimenez a good shout? (allowing me to upgrade James next week - probably to Alli) or has anyone got a better idea?

    Team (0.0 ITB)
    Ryan
    Robertson, Lundstram, Baldock
    Mane, Dr Bruyne, Maddison, James
    Kane, Vardy, Ings
    Subs: Button, Cantwell, Kelly, Montoya

  23. AdamJ91
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Mount & Gazza > Zaha & Henderson?

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

      Fine but would keep Gazza if you're taking a hit for it and don't need the cash

  24. GE
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    What would you do here? 🙂

    A) Pope and Rico -> Henderson and Williams/Kelly/Mariappa
    B) Auba and Mount -> Jimenez and Son/Alli - and who?
    C) Other?

    (2FT, 0.0 itb)

    Pope
    TAA/Soy/Lundstram
    Mane/KDB/Mount/Tielemans
    Auba/Vardy/Tammy*

    Bench: Button, Tomori, Dendoncker, Rico

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

      B, already had Son just got Alli yesterday.

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

      Tammy to Jimenez and Mount to Zaha?

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

        Interesting

  25. Legohair
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Best move?

    A. Pope to Hendo
    B. Mount to Pulisic

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

      B by a country

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

      B

  26. pjomara
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Pope
    Lundstram Soy TAA
    Mane(VC) KDB Son Pulisic
    Vardy(C) Ings Jimenez
    Sub: 4.0gk, Traore, Tomori, Rico
    0.4 itb, 1 FT

    GTG and save the FT?

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

      Very good team! Save

  27. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Right, am I good to go? Right to bench Tomori here?

    Pope
    TAA, Lundstrum, Soyuncu
    Mane(vc), Sterling, Martial, Tielemens
    Vardy(C), Jiminez, Ings

    4.0, Tomori, Rico, Dendonk. 0FT 1m itb

    1. Pickled and Preserved
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Dendonk ahead of Rico, otherwise g2g!

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

        Cheers

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

      GTG Bubz

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

    Zaha will burn us, won’t he..?

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

      Not unlikely

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Zaha will get some pts

  29. Pickled and Preserved
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Who to start?
    A) Mount
    B) Tomori

    Looking at Tomori's winning headers in opposition box, and AV have the worst defensive record against set pieces.. tempted to start Tomori. Also worried mount will get benched midweek. Thanks!

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

      Overthinking. A.

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

      A

  30. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    GTG? Bench order correct?

    Pope
    TAA, Lunds, Soy
    Mane, KDB, Alli, Tielemans
    Vardy(c), Jimenez, Tammy
    (Button; Cantwell, Aurier, Rico)

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

      Not afraid of Tameo (TM) (all credit to you). Start Cantwell?

    2. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Looks great