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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. Super Saints
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    HAHA so many people moaning about Maddison

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Still selling for Alli

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        This farewell points

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Leics last minute kings

    3. Lindelol
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      was looking to move him out for Pullisic this week. Surely here to stay now. will he get bonus now?

  2. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Waiting for it to be taken off of Maddy...

  3. Giggs Boson.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    In Ole we trust!! Back that man with signings.

    What a result 😀

    1. Bada Bing
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yes give that tactical genius a lifetime contract, please.

    2. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Up to 6th!

  4. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Maddison YES 😀

  5. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    OMG Maddison ... still I will get Alli ... cannot have everyone

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Same

  6. laGan1n1
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Ricardo Pereira (C) :]

  7. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Hate Maddison.

    1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Y

  8. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    No BAPS for Jamie. Captain fail for Mane owners too

    1. sunnyh
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Winning goal baps coming

  9. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Love that Cutrone literally stole Jimi’s goal fml

    Ok not literally but still!

  10. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Pulisic and tielemans to alli and zaha for free ? Thanks

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Don't go for Zaha.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Cheers.

  11. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Maddison going nowhere 😎

  12. TheDragon
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    I really hate FPL this season

  13. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    MADDY YOU BEAUTY 🙂

    Justin assist

  14. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Worst gw ever

  15. JustPark
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Whom to make way for Alli? Mount? Maddison?

    1. JustPark
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Or just KDB really?

      1. Pat Butcher
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        This

    2. Pat Butcher
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Mount

  16. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Loving that wolves clean sheet

  17. Uncle John from Jamaica
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    VVD owners...what are you doing? Not really done much baring the double haul all season and at that price expect more.

  18. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Double Leicester defence FTW

  19. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    To the Maddy reverse jinxers on the last page.

    Good Work 😀

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

      Thanks 😉

    2. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      😎

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      \0/

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

    Robbo do something 7.0 wasted ffs

  21. Old Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Keep looking over your shoulder, Pool, we're coming for yer! Roll on Boxing Day.

  22. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    please salah stay on bench.. soy and rico waiting...

  23. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Would you get in Rashford ahead of City game?

    1. jg7u
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      No.

    2. Trophé Mourinho
        1 month, 14 days ago

        they cant defend so yea

    3. Gudjohnsen
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Got Maddison, Alli and Ings. Still an awful gw.

    4. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      That Maddison goal turned a crap GW into a green arrow!

    5. Dacra
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Salah to come on and cost me 13 points seems likely.

    6. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Maddison 90+5...

    7. Trophé Mourinho
        1 month, 14 days ago

        who got the assist for leic

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Justin

          1. Trophé Mourinho
              1 month, 14 days ago

              who is justin lol

              1. Uncle John from Jamaica
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Timberlake....just joined on a bosman.

                1. Trophé Mourinho
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    🙂

          2. Pat Butcher
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Kdb to Alli?

            1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              I think that's what I'll end up doing so I can save Maddison for the next two. Easy money-wise but still doing Kane to Rashford or Mousset.

          3. True Deadzoner
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Why does TAA only get 2p??

            1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Assist, yc, 2 conceded

              1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                And not yet 60 mins