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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. JariL
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Martial, Mount --> Alli, JWP with 2FTs?

    Would have to do tonight though because exact cash and Alli rising.

  2. FPL FREAK
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    2 questions:

    (1). Is it worth bringing in Ings now...?? Cuz he has only 3 good fixtures left before a flood of red ones.....

    (2). Alli + Ings (or) Maddison/Pulisic + Rashford.....??

  3. Rash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Kane owners.. stick or twist?

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Need to get Tammy back I think.

      1. Rash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Did he go off injured though?

    2. Queens of the South Age
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Salah captain and Kane vice captained here. I clearly have no idea what to do....

      1. TOPCAT1960
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        You need some serious surgery

        1. Queens of the South Age
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          There's always the weekend. Salah and Kane hauls and I'll be back up to 4k. Gotta think positive.

  4. aidmata
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Auto subs question:-

    Defence is:- Tomori Chilwell TAA Lundstram

    Bench goes: Defender Midfielder Striker

    Are both the Defender and Midfielder guaranteed to be auto-subbed or do I need Lundstram minutes so I have 3 playing defenders first?

    1. SH
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Lund minutes

      1. aidmata
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Cheers

      2. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Wrong. You get the def and the mid regardless of what Lund does. If he doesn’t play obviously you get the striker too

        1. aidmata
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          I thought the fact I would only then be playing 2 defenders would stop me getting the striker

          1. Wild Rover
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Sorry you are correct. Your question threw me as you asked if you would get the def and the mid, not the striker. So the first bit of my answer is right and the other poster wrong but the second part of my reply is wrong, you wouldn't get the striker

  5. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Tammy to Jimenez for a -4 worked amazing.........

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Stop moaning 24/7

    2. elchilangles
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      losing 1 million in the process, yup!!!

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

    Salah owners get more points when their 12.2m player doesn't play a minute.

    Can't teach that skill in FPL.

    1. Queens of the South Age
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Hahaha. So true. Even as captain. Getting Aurier in for 4 instead of 2. And a lovely double to Kane's points as vice. Thanks Mo.

  7. Giggs Boson.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Think I prefer Jesus over Rashford for moment. He just gets better chances, not just shots outside the box.

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

      There's also a million difference between the two though

  8. Zladan
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Son or Alli?

    1. Pat Butcher
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Both

  9. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Have 2ft.
    Is martial to Alli safe to do? Looks like he might rise

  10. evilfish
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    26 points on my bench! Can't complain though rest of team that played got points except TAA. If only I were psychic, I would've used BB.

  11. Ji-Sung Park
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Is it madness to do Robbo/Trent and Maddison to a 4.5 def and Son for the next 3GWs before wildcard?

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

      Nope, could be good

  12. Gudjohnsen
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Mané could have had a hatrick

  13. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Mane had lost it

  14. Yank Revolution
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Mane blows it again

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

    WTF Mane

  16. Jarvish Scott Talent
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    20 autosub points 😎

    1. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Wow.
      I'm on 6 from 26.

    2. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Wench Banker

    3. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Congratulations you jammy git. 😉

      1. Jarvish Scott Talent
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        If you can't be good, be lucky!

  17. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    We reckon Salah starts vs Bournemouth?

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Unless he's really injured.

  18. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Mane should have hat trick

  19. Giggs Boson.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    MANE(C) WTFFFF

  20. Royal5
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Sadio Manure

  21. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Mane LOL

  22. Igzie08
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    wow @ Mane

  23. Yank Revolution
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Kean blows 1 on 1

  24. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Mane not streetwise...

  25. Royal5
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Lol!

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

    Pep raging Mane didn't go down

  27. Zilla
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Keane and Mane lol

  28. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Bottomed - Jimenez injured?

  29. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Mane cappers must be irate

    1. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I'm sure they'll sleep easy

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      could have gotten his owners 25 points if he scored those 2 sitters

  30. villa_til_i_die
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Anyone ever remember a more controversial bench week!?