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Abraham fit to start as Martial misses out for United

There are six Premier League matches taking place this evening, with all bar the Merseyside derby kicking off at 19:30 GMT.

Liverpool v Everton gets underway at 20:15 GMT, meanwhile.

Perhaps the headline team news comes from Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea take on Aston Villa.

Frank Lampard is able to call upon Tammy Abraham (£7.9m) as the England striker makes a swift return from the hip injury that forced his absence in Gameweek 14.

Mason Mount (£6.6m), Christian Pulisic (£7.5m) and the recalled Willian (£7.1m) make up the attacking trident behind Abraham but there is no place in the starting XI for Fikayo Tomori (£4.9m), who is replaced by Andreas Christensen (£4.9m).

Jorginho, Emerson (£5.5m), Olivier Giroud (£6.6m) and Pedro (£6.8m) also drop out of the team, as N’Golo Kante (£5.0m) and Cesar Azplicueta (£5.9m) return.

Dean Smith has made three changes, two of which are enforced.

Douglas Luiz (£4.5m), the suspended Frederic Guilbert (£4.4m) and the injured Anwar El Ghazi (£5.5m) make way, with Marvelous Nakamba (£4.4m), Ahmed El Mohamady (£4.2m) and Trezeguet (£5.2m) taking their places.

The swirling media reports that suggested that Anthony Martial (£7.7m) would miss out have proven to be accurate, with the Frenchman not in Manchester United’s squad.

Speaking to MUTV before the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said:

Anthony got a slight injury on Sunday so he’ll be out for a little while.

Brandon Williams (£4.1m), Juan Mata (£6.2m) and Andreas Pereira (£5.0m) all drop to the bench, meanwhile, as Jesse Lingard (£6.3m), Ashley Young (£5.4m), Mason Greenwood (£4.3m) and Scott McTominay (£5.1m) come into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting XI.

Jose Mourinho is back at Old Trafford after a 12-month absence and has made two changes to his Spurs team, with Harry Winks (£5.3m) and Lucas Moura (£7.0m) replacing Tanguy Ndombele (£5.8m) and Eric Dier (£4.9m).

There were shocks at Anfield, too, with Jurgen Klopp making five changes: two of which see Mohamed Salah (£12.2m) and Roberto Firmino (£9.4m) drop to the bench.

Xherdan Shaqiri (£6.3m) and Divock Origi (£5.2m) come in, while Adrian (£4.2m) replaces the suspended Alisson (£6.0m).

Everton are unchanged.

Brendan Rodgers has made only one change to his Leicester City XI, with Christian Fuchs (£4.3m) replacing the absent Ben Chilwell (£5.9m).

Chilwell reportedly has a minor groin injury.

Hayden Mullins, in temporary charge of Watford, also makes a sole alteration, with Troy Deeney (£6.2m) in for the injured Jose Holebas (£4.7m).

That would seem to indicate a change of shape, with the 3-5-2 abandoned for a back four.

Continuing that trend, Nuno Espirito Santo has only made one tweak to his Wolves starting XI: Romain Saiss (£4.4m), who was banned for the 1-1 draw against Sheffield United, ousts Max Kilman (£4.0m) at centre-half.

West Ham’s only change sees Sebastien Haller (£7.1m) come in for Michail Antonio (£6.9m), who failed a late fitness test.

There is just one alteration at St. Mary’s, meanwhile: Norwich City are unchanged, while Shane Long (£4.6m) starts in Michael Obafemi‘s (£4.9m) stead for the hosts.


Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Christensen, James; Kante, Kovacic; Pulisic, Mount, Willian; Abraham.

Aston Villa XI: Heaton; Targett, Mings, Konsa, Elmohamady; Hourihane, Nakamba, McGinn; Grealish, Wesley, Trezeguet.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel; Fuchs, Soyuncu, Evans, Ricardo; Ndidi; Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Perez; Vardy.

Watford XI: Foster; Masina, Mariappa, Cathcart, Femenia; Capoue, Doucoure; Hughes, Deulofeu, Sarr; Deeney.

Liverpool XI: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Milner, Lallana; Shaqiri, Mane, Origi.

Everton XI: Pickford; Digne, Keane, Mina, Holgate, Sidibe; Sigurdsson, Davies; Richarlison, Iwobi, Calvert-Lewin.

Manchester United XI: De Gea; Young, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka; Fred, McTominay; Rashford, Lingard, James; Greenwood.

Tottenham Hotspur XI: Gazzaniga; Vertonghen, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Aurier; Winks, Sissoko; Son, Dele Alli, Lucas Moura; Kane.

Southampton XI: McCarthy; Bertrand, Bednarek, Stephens, Cedric; Redmond, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Djenepo; Ings, Long.

Norwich XI: Krul; Byram, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Aarons; Trybull, Amadou; Hernandez, McClean, Cantwell; Pukki.

Wolves XI: Patricio; Saiss, Coady, Dendoncker; Jonny, Neves, Moutinho, Doherty; Jota, Jimenez, Traore.

West Ham XI: Martin; Cresswell, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Fredericks; Rice, Noble; F. Anderson; Fornals, Snodgrass; Haller.

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3,820 Comments Post a Comment
  1. GAMBIT
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Captained Mane last week. Captained Vardy this week.

    I hate the captaincy

    1. GAMBIT
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Sorry for the negative top post

    2. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Haha same here

    3. Jurgen Flopp
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Effin this

    4. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Same here . At least vardy.getting points this week

    5. Jindaljain
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I had this same problem

    6. dark91
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Same here. But tbh, Vardy didn't blank at least unlike Mane last weem

      1. dark91
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Week*

    7. grumpyman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Same lol

    8. RECKLESS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I thought the same badluck. I really wont mind if they remove captaincy in fpl

    9. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Same same

  2. dark91
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Just when you thought Everton couldn't get any worse!!

  3. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Barnes deserves a goal

  4. The Overthinker - I blame R…
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Salah gets his rest !!!

  5. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Can't see Silva lastin to the weekend

  6. au hasard Marvin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Poor Everton.

  7. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Lol at Klopp critics. Some beautiful goals tonight

  8. Giggs Boson.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Tasty haul from Mane(C) 😀

    Silva's going in the morning.

  9. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Silva's bags were packed last night

  10. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Does Mane cover Salah?

    I'm worried about Salah having pens, but other than that.

    Thanks.

    1. RECKLESS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I have both still suffering. Worth doing Salah to Alli? Problem is last time I removed Salah before Bou he did a hatrick

    2. Licky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I think so.

  11. Syd.
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Liverpool pickpocketing again

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Oh we're very bitter tonight.

    2. RECKLESS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Haaland would relish it

  12. Make America Greta Again
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Magnus going to win the thing methinks.

  13. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Well done to Mane captainers. Green arrow!

  14. Peter Ouch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Silva Christmas in Spain

    1. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Watford

  15. Garth Marenghi
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Sooooo does Tammy start this weekend?

  16. TeddiPonza
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Best Martial getaway plan. Got 2 ft.

    A. Martial to Maddi (or someone 7,9m)
    B. Martial and Tomori to Alli and Kelly
    C. Martial and Pulisic to Alli and Mount

    1. Pat Butcher
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      B

  17. Rashford FC
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Sold Trent instead of Robbo 2 weeks ago.

  18. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Mane's overall improvement over the last 2 years has been insane.

  19. tm245
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    FPL combo meal right there.

  20. WrightnBright
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    I am a sheep. Had (c) Mane but followed the herd everyone was on Vardy. Idiot.

    1. Bakra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I had Tammy C but wussed out

    2. IrishRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Same here 🙁

    3. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Didnth sam wig Aubameyang

  21. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    C'mon Vardy, one more.

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Or two 🙁

  22. lilmessipran
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    About time , people admit Mane is a better footballer than Salah? Not just on current form but last season as well, and overall consistency as well

  23. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Thoughts on Jimmy -> Rash after this GW? Jim has TOT, nor, MCI and then I WC (he plays liv gw 20 for what its worth). Rash has EVE, wat, NEW in the same period

    Would mean getting Alli over Son this GW

  24. Dacra
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    My 7 Yr old has Salah (c) Mane (vc).

    Sending him to bed at half time! He's already ahead of me!

  25. Ady87
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Guy I’ve got a bet with in work has bench boosted with Alli, Rico and Dendocker. I’m absolutely sick!

  26. LǝgleSs e|even
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Bringing Tammy back in..
    Ings or Jimenez out?

    1. Ady87
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Jimmy for me

  27. LOLarov
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Really need another Vardy goal to get him into Baps and a decent score, yellow has wiped his 2 or 3 baps

  28. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Richarlson goal

    1. Bakra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      FFS

  29. Steinburg FC
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    I’m not just saying it, I chose my cap early always, but had mane cap until an hour before deadline... 🙁

  30. Podge
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Richarlison goal