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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. JustPark
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Mourinho out?

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

      Needs time to sort the defensive mess out.

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

        These Man United boys are slowly turning to men. Even Fred!

        1. InSaneMan-e
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Calm down. Utd are awful at retaining a lead.

          1. InSaneMan-e
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Holding *

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      His best defender is 30 and being held there against his will. Needs to buy a CB

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

    Man U are up for this.

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

    Gazz a season keeper!

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

      Have to get him in at that price!

  4. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Was just starting to regret selling tammy for rash. Good start...

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Lol

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Jinx

  5. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Tammy to Rashford managers the real winners!

    1. Legendary!
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Tammy to Jesus owners say hi!

      1. Cheesyzoot
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Ings says hi too

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

      I was 0.2M off when he first got injured 🙁

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

    Kane streetwise wins dangerous free.

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

    Omg lol. Was never going to pick Rash tbf

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

      Mistake?

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

        No I meant I can’t be annoyed that I don’t have him as I never planned to

  8. JJO
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Ofcourse I chose Wilson on WC instead of Vardy with plan to bring him in after 2 GWs
    Ofcourse I didnt do that after 2 GWs
    And ofcourse I brought Vardy this GW for -4 and for Rashford

    1. Bakra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Noob

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

    Gazzaniga's days are numbered...

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

    Fred being Fred 🙂

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

      Annoying

    2. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Sounds like a movie.

  11. Bakra
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    It's going to be so painful to see Tammy blank tonight

  12. KGFC
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Punting on Kane was a BIG mistake... he is done for.

  13. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Which game are you watching? Got Leicester in here

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

      ManU on TV, Chelsea on iPad

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

    Maddy looking lively?

  15. The Overthinker - I blame R…
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Salah rage transfer anyone ?

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

      No before Bournemouth

    2. El Fenomeno R9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Rage TC maybe

  16. Alan The Llama
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Moiurinho down

    1. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Serves him right for being out of his technical area (and for being himself).

  17. WrightnBright
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    To any Stubborn Salah owners like myself, he surely has to stay with arguably 2 of the worst form teams up next?

    1. InSaneMan-e
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yes unfortunately.
      But it's so frustrating

    2. SH
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Own him from the start but thinking of getting Alli/Son

      1. WrightnBright
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Same here but think they can wait.

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

      gets Bournemouth and that'll probably be it.
      Owned him every game he's been at Liverpool.
      Can do Salah & Dendoncker to all sorts of exciting midfield double ups.

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

    Harry 😉 😉 YC

  19. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Jose, James injured

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

    Maureen broken

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

    Daniel James just headbutted Jose.

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

    Vardy got such high EO that even a Lundy goal would be better for my rank!

  23. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Mourinho - the Injured One...

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

    Tomori to Kelly?

  25. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Mctominay got no time for Dele showboating

  26. RealVirg
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Looking forward to screaming Jiminez soon enuf!!! Hopefully I won't sound like his husband

    1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Giggity

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

    Fred wins free, Rashy range.

  28. lindeg
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    imagine splashing 12m on salah still thinking this is two seasons ago

    1. JJO
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Imagine yourself crying when he get 15+point this weekend

  29. The Units
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Bye bye Salah from my team this week.

    1. WrightnBright
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      2.more.games.

      ....then it’s over for me barring a barrage of goals.

  30. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Come on Rashy, I need another goal my son