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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. Gudjohnsen
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Instead of 17 points on bench it's 11. So could have been worse.

  2. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Mane getting angry because Klopp not giving him a rest.

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Conspiracy theory

  3. mitro
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Hoping for a Mousset madness tomorrow

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

      So many good forwards at the moment. I'm struggling to decide.

  4. Cilly Bonnolly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Jeez man, Mané should have a ridiculous amount of points in this game.

  5. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    NO SALAH 😎

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

    htf did Mané miss that?!?!

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Twice now

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

    Everton should be out of sight

  8. HurriKane
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Mane couldve got a hatty if he was clinical

  9. yakirh
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    81 points (Capt Vardy) with Lord to go 🙂

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

      Dayum

    2. Rojo's Modern Life
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Thanks for sharing

    3. Herman Toothrot
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Nice. 76 here with Mane captain. Henderson and Lundstram to go.

    4. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Amazing!

    5. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Nice one

    6. zdrojo187
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      74 with Lord to go...

  10. Bartowski
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Has anyone else noticed that playing this game is actually quite annoying?

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

      Yeah. It also ruins my enjoyment of watching the games.

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

      Lol, nothing is more annoying.

    3. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Yeah

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      That's why it's addictive

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

    Mane captain fail.

    1. Thunder Warrior
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      indeed

  12. AzzaroMax99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Is Tammy injured again or just precautionary sub?

  13. how now psychic cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Dendonker comes in for salah.

    Probably should have started him over mo anyway.

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

    Salah (C) this weekend. Going f--- it mode.

    1. Grand Thibauto
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      That's the spirit

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

      It might just work ....you never know

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

      He got a Hatty in that fixture last season

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

    No way will Klopp bring on Salah this late. 😈

    1. Herman Toothrot
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Especially with no subs left.

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

      Even Liverpool can't use 4 subs.

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

        Silly me

  16. Shark Team
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    If Everton defend like this vs Chelsea then Tammy is on his way for a hatty!!!

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Silva will be sacked and there will be a 'Silva sacking' bounce

  17. Coys96
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    With Alli rising tonight...

    1. Zaha to Alli (free)
    2. Ings and Dendoncker to Alli and Greenwood (-4)
    3. Jimenez and Dendoncker to Alli and Mousset (-4)

    Quiet like 3 as Wolves fixtures turn, but could cause benching headache!

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

      1

    2. Rojo's Modern Life
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      3. A good headache

  18. mdm
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Dilva to Alli?

    1. Ayew injured
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Yes. I did it this week even though I knew waiting until now was the best time. You've picked the perfect moment. Great form, fixture decent turning great later, potential captain in a few weeks time.

  19. Ayew injured
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Anyone got the latest on the Liverpool DGW pretty sure I want to move away from Salah and the Liverpool double up but is there something around the corner?

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

      Unlikely to be until the 30s

  20. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Captained Mane last week and Vardy this week. I just can't seem to get the captaincy decision right this year. It's unbelieve le. I would be better off perma captaining one of them

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

      This

  21. 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.....????

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

      Anyone....??

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

      Alli + Ings, but if you have Madders/Pulisic + Rashford then stick

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

        I don't have any of them... Right now I have to choose between 2 duos.....

    3. Ayew injured
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Yeah Ings potential is waning Rashfords is on the rise if he can maintain his form. He had a great run last winter.

  22. Trophé Mourinho
      1 month, 13 days ago

      lol u see vvd scream to try put kean off his shot

      1. Coys96
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        noticed that lol 😀

    • Double Treble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      My bench's point last 3 gw: 14, 12, 21

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

        my last 4: 36, 10, 2, 4 so I'm improving. That Lundstram 21 + Soyuncu 14 felt brutal when most people got 1-2 of them subbed in and I didn't.

    • CRO KLOPP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I feel like a loser here with only Kelly 6 points of the bench

    • The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Mane (c) very sweet and sour feeling now...

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

        Just be happy about captaining him.

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

        greedy

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

        nice work, i was between him and Vardy but went the wrong way - be happy you made the right choice, even if he could have had a hatrick!

    • manu4life99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Planning WC gw20
      1 FT (£0.7m itb)
      Any ideas?

      Hend
      TAA Lund Aurier
      Mane KDB Maddison Pulisic
      Vardy Jiminez Tammy

      Heaton,soy,tomori,dend

      1. moment
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Save unless you want Alli

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

        KDB to Alli?

    • ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Is Mane at last getting his rest on Saturday?

      1. Jurgen Flopp
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        In this form? Lol

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

          How many games has he played this season? After the African Cup of Nations. He is on form of course but couldn't entirely rule it out.

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

        no way lol

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

        Chance, next Tuesday is a massive match for them

      4. Dare Do The Punt
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I think yes

    • Athletic Nasherbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Greenwood now an option considering Martial injury?

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

        I'll get someone more reliable if you want a viable bench. Fodder is fine.

    • Chucky
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      salah starts next GW for sure after full rest...

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

        Yeah, I'm captaining him for sure.

    • Bubbles1985
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Sterling to Mane

      Or

      Sterling to Salah (rested)

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

        I'm thinking the second one and captain

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

        Mane.
        Stay away from Salah.

        Salah owner btw

        1. Bubbles1985
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Planned for Mane captain this GW but missed the deadline last night...

          Think I've missed the boat

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

        Mane. Own both, getting rid of Salah