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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. FISSH
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    So....

    A) save transfer
    B) jiminez to Abraham
    C) jiminez to rashford

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

      A

    2. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Why sell Jimenez??

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

        Better options at the moment I think..

        1. Pieterke30
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Not Rashford. He just played his very best game in ages, that’s all. He still plays for Utd, he wont repeat that anytime soon.

          They wire just fired up to beat Jose but they remain a team lacking character and determination unable to break down a team defending low.

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

      A

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

      A

    5. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

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

    Kane is probably worse than Salah. He blanks and he blanks.

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

      Relies on penalties

  3. Pieterke30
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Why have 30k people sold Jimenez??

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

      He didn't score tonight.

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

      Because there are lots of better options

    3. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Rashford, Abraham, Vardy and Ings are better options. Even Pukki been better recently.

      1. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Rashford is not a better option than Jimenez

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

          Justify?

          1. Pieterke30
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            See above.

            Wolves are a much better team than United.

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

        Mousset & Jesus too.

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

      They sold Tammy to get him.

  4. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    69 with two more any good?

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

      Na absolutely rubbish

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Great score

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

      Yes!

    4. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Try 36 one to play.

      So yes good

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

      LOL

    6. Herman Toothrot
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Average.

      76 and 2 here

    7. Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      80 with 2 here

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

    Pope (Button)
    TAA, Lund, Soy, Rico, 3.9
    Son, KDB, Martial, Pulisic, Mane
    Vardy, Abraham, Greenwood

    Thinking Martial to Alli and TAA to Aurier with a view to dropping one of Son and KDB the following week to get Rashford in for Greenwood. Sound ok?

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

    My bench
    Mount 6 Kelly 6 Donkey 8

    1. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Ouch. Benching Mount was a bit crazy imo, other 2 understandable.

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

        Cudnt fit him IN

        TAA Robbo Lund Soy
        KDB Son Mane
        Vardy Tammy Raul

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

      Tammy, Kelly, Rico 26

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

        27

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

      Donkey is dendo?

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

    Janmaat/Pulisic to Aurier/Alli worth -4?

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

    So Mount to Alli still worth it for free?

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

      Yes

  9. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Kane + Martial => Vardy + Alli for -4? Yay or nay?

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

      Yes.

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

      Nobrai

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

        ner

    3. FISSH
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yea sell kane.

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

      Think I’m doing the same but Jesus in..

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

      hell yeah

    6. BOATIES FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yay

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

      Yes

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

      Think that's pretty consensual! Kane was a pretty awful punt!

  10. Ribus
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    A) Maddy to Alli
    B) Zaha & Chilwell to Alli & Evans (-4)
    C) save

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

      Not A

      B or C

  11. Trophé Mourinho
      1 month, 14 days ago

      damn these man caps

      1. Trophé Mourinho
          1 month, 14 days ago

          mane*

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

        Auba and Mount/ Tielmans to Dele and Tammy?

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

          I like

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

          Yes

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

          Wouldn’t, Arsenal play WH

      3. Budweiser
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I am now the proud owner of super sexy Dele Alli

        1. Herman Toothrot
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Snap.

          Considering the armband too

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

          Me too.

      4. schwing
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Pickford with 0 saves tonight LOL!

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

          #1

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

        Robbo + Mount ➡ Williems + Alli?

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

          Do it

      6. FPL FREAK
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        2 questions: Really confused.....

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

          1 no

      7. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Anyone top.36 with 1 to play and 20 pts on bench?

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

          This week.. or all season? My record was 27 with 17 on the bench..

          1. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Ha I meant this week but that pretty bad.

      8. Ole Trafford
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        What to do with Salah ?

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

          Get Mane/Son/Alli

          1. Ole Trafford
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Have Manè also

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

          Keep for Bournemouth

        3. The 12th Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Sell him to Everton.

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

          Have to keep for Bou. 4 goals in last 2 is no joke

        5. Ole Trafford
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Bournemouth are so bad I was going to captain until he was benched this week

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

          Am so tempted to sell for alli.. but over next 2 I'd be confident he outscore alli comfortably.

          1. Ole Trafford
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            I’m not confident of it lol but I do think I should hold onto him for BOU. All is form is hard to ignore though.

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

            I think Alli can easily outscore him. His ankle issue might still be there

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

        Would you still get Son over Alli?

        1. Ole Trafford
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Nope

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

          below 🙂

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

        2FT 0itb

        considering Son -> Alli

        i know its sideways but it frees up 1.2m

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

          Sideways. Don't do it unless you actually need the cash to upgrade somewhere else

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

            always need the cash

      11. dshv
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Pope
        Robbo soy lund .. rico kelly
        Sterling perez mount mane
        Tammy vardy kane

        2 ft ...

        Or kane sterling perez to Kdb Rashford Son (-4)

        Anything else ?

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

        Salah at roll on the dice at the weekend. Leaves me with 2ft for gw17.

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

        Tammy update?

        1. Daniel - KTBFFH
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          He should be fine. I watched the game

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

          Went off injured is the word.

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

        Bench boost on the cards for next week - Adrian | Kelly | Dunk | DenD ??

      15. Trophé Mourinho
          1 month, 14 days ago

          mate tc'd mane, but rest of his team is gash lol

        • FDMS All Starz
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          In GW 18 who Would you rather have?

          A) Willems (Cry H)
          B) Dunk (Shu H)
          C) Baldock (Bha A)

        • danlynch13
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          ------------Pope
          ------TAA/Soy/Lund
          Mane/Pulisic/KDB/Maddison
          ----Jiminez/Vardy/Kane

          Button/Tomori/Kelly/Dendonk

          What do I do with this team? 2ft

          A) Kane + Dendonk > Alli/Son + Greenwood

          B) Kane + Maddison > Tammy + son/alli

        • Atimis
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Need some radical moves: KDB to Dele or Son?

        • Henning
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          1 Alli in for Son/ Pulisic/Maddison
          2 Ramsdale in for Guaita/ Ryan

        • TFP
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Ali vs Son - who's the better signing, I'm planning to keep for 3 weeks ahead of a GW19 wildcard?