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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. Gentle_Turks
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Abraham injured again?

    1. baggs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      no just hasnt been unlflagged. FPL really messed up his injury.

      the 25% flag meant his price was locked and must have made a lot of people sell. he was never more than 50% this week a normal 75%. the colour of the flag does affect peoples decisions.

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        He is injured again.

      2. ZimZalabim
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        this

      3. Gentle_Turks
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        I'm not talking about the flag, but about the fact he limped off.

        1. baggs
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          oh didnt see that

          1. Gentle_Turks
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            And I've just read that Lampard said he had an injury.

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Did you see anything in the game we missed, or do you just want him to fall in price by creating fake news?

      1. Gentle_Turks
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        I didn't see anything because I was watching the Man U game, but you did miss something.

      2. Gentle_Turks
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        And less of the fake news stuff. That's cheap.

      3. baggs
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        fake news!

    3. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      This is nonsense - already seen Lampard confirm on SSN that he was fine

      1. Gentle_Turks
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        I didn't send the Tweet. It was FFS.

  2. Coys96
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Zaha to Alli done!

    1. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      You must have a serious case of jerky knees.

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Alli going up tonight, though.

        1. Zladan
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          But to lose Zaha, who is in great form and has great fixtures? All because he didn’t return last night, even though his team were down to 10 men inside 20 minutes?

          Mad.

          1. Annie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Great form?

          2. Nomar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Alli is a better player on a better team and in better form.

          3. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Not mad when Alli offers better potential none the less

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      wtf?

  3. Nomar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Kane and McGinn to Alli and Rashford done for free.

    Happy.

    1. Rhodes your boat
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Look like good moves nice one

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Cheers, Rhodes. Had 2 FT and still got £0.6m left.

    2. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Yeah sounds great!

  4. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Still hanging in there around top 25k despite having salah and double pool defence over mane. Luckily I’m good at the decisions that require skill in this game.

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Have you removed two of your own ribs..... blowing your own trumpet!

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Yeah there’s a lot of blood now what do I do

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Hang on in there

    2. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      First week since WC that I've felt really punished by having no Liv attack, could've been much worse too.

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Good man glad to see you hanging in there x

  5. Rhodes your boat
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Not sure what to do 🙁 help guys 2 ft 0.0itb

    Pope
    Taa soy Lund
    Mane kdb son pulisic
    Vardy Abraham jimi

    Button tomori rico dendo

    1. ZAMUNDA
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I'd consider either rashford or alli there

    2. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      What don’t you like about that team?

  6. Shakshuka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Robbo + Mount to Aurier + Dele for free?

    1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Do it

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Yes

    3. Am sorry to say again it�…
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Getting rid of Robbo for Aurier? I'm guessing this is a joke

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

    Why are people selling Pulisic?

    He was essential at half 6.

    1. Railwayman
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      3 blanks in a row do such things to a player...

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      LOL, knee jerking frenzy.

    3. BigBillyBass
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      His purple patch is over

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Easy to move out at that price point,though.

    4. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Selling for Mount lol

    5. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      played a lot lately
      Lille game is must win, so surely he gets rested/minimal playing time at the weekend

    6. We Will Klopp you
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      3 blanks in a row, spurs midfielders, multiple forwards performing well are all factors.

  8. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Is it worth keeping Kane for next fixture?

    Have Son also.

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

      Probably, unless you have 2FTs to utilise the money.

    2. BigBillyBass
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Hell no

  9. More Cowbell
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Sooo I'm thinking that the patience game is over with Salah now?

    Can anyone give me a reason to keep? Or time to ship?

    1. BigBillyBass
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Absolutely no reason at all

    2. marzo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      1 last GW v Bournemouth? Surely he starts at least.
      Thinking of keeping him for that and then offloading with 2ft's.

    3. jason_ni
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Take a look back to last season.. same thing Bournemouth coming up.. lots of sales, bangs in a hattrick

    4. We Will Klopp you
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Has a great record v bournemouth and Watford, might as well keep him if you still have him at this point

    5. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Moved him weeks ago on WC for Mane.

      No regrets.

  10. marzo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    1. Salah -> Alli (or possibly Son).
    2. Save FT for 1 more week.

    Some points- Weak bench. WC still in pocket though. About 60k overall atm.
    Henderson.
    Robbo, Soyuncu, Lundstram.
    Pulisic, Mane, KDB, Salah, Cantwell.
    Abraham, Vardy.
    Button, A. Smith, Williams, Wickham.
    1ft. 0.2m ITB.

  11. MoManeTaa
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Keep Gazza or Ditch ?

    1. BigBillyBass
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Holy christ yes get rid pronto

  12. FPL FREAK
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Which duo to bring in...??

    Alli + Ings

    (or)

    Maddison/Pulisic + Rashford

    ?

  13. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Madders or Pulisic out for Alli?

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Puli

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        looks the smart move and contemplating myself
        would you still do this if no tammy either (sorry to hijack post)

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Only got Tammy, got rid of Tomori & Martial for Kelly & Alli last week.

  14. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Exact funds to do Martial to Alli, v tempting

    1. Greenbackbøøg…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I'd do it

    2. Sreeraj (The Keane F15Teen)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      do it.. martial will be out for long

    3. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Why not?

    4. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Cool kids did it last week,

      Ps

      Triple Sheffield 😉

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Same here ;). And Martial no show gives me Kelly off the bench so that's cool

    5. AzzaroMax99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      You are doubling Spurs attack? Looking to do the same think.

    6. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I'm doing it.

      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Done it. Feels good!

  15. The Legend Squad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    With Martial injured, will use my 1FT to replace. But who?

    A. Mount
    B. Pulisic
    C. David Silva
    D. Zaha
    E. Anyone else?

    Already have Maddison from LEI in that price bracket

    1. JustPark
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Grealish?

  16. Atimis
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Do you think that having just Tammy with no Pulisic would be enough?

    1. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      only need 1 chelsea attacker, actually contemplating none

  17. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    46 points + Ings/Mane bonus + Lundstram to play
    feels smack on average score?

  18. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Lovely parting gift from Mount!

    Mount to Alli a no brainer now though...

  19. ZimZalabim
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    what a week for dendo to score with all the benchings owners must be so happy

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Not really as he's last on bench and don't have anyone subbing in.

  20. IrishRed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Sterling and Cancelo - Son and TAA (-4)?

  21. AzzaroMax99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Martial+Tammy to Alli+Rash for -4 ? Is this crazy?
    Or should I just go Martial to Alli (have Son already)?

  22. Trophé Mourinho
      1 month, 21 days ago

      whos getting zaha this week?

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Trap

    • Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Top three strikers for FPL:

      Vardy, Tammy, Rash

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Tomorrow add Mousett

      2. AzzaroMax99
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        If Tammy isn't injured again 🙂

      3. Ole Trafford
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        I had that until tammys injury and got Jesus then

    • svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      KdB to Alli funds itself.

      Must offload Kane to free up a Spurs slot.

      A) Rashford
      B) Mousset

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        A

    • T.Henry14
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      2FT
      Sterling&Mount ----> Son&Alli, DONE!

      Pope
      Arnold, Soyuncu, Lundstram
      Mane, Son, KDB, Alli
      Vardy, Tammy, Ings

      (McGovern - Cantwell, Rico, Kelly)

    • Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      52 with 3 to play, wonder if it will turn into a green arrow... Not many own Hendo and Mousset so 7 pointers from them could do it.
      Hopefully stay in LMS aswell

    • Athletic Nasherbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Thoughts? Think I need to stop the rot down to 200k after being 70k 3 weeks ago. I think it’s a bit jerky but I’m aware that I don’t want to be stubborn.

      Hayden > Alli
      Moura > Son
      Batshuayi > Abraham
      Kane > Greenwood

      (-8)

    • Ando
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Anyone else get Dendoncker's first attacking returns of the season off the bench?

      1. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Only if Bellrein does not play.

        1. Ando
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          You have Bellerin?!

      2. More Cowbell
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        I will if Lundstram gets hit by a bus between now and tomorrow, if not they'll be staying on my bench *sigh*

        1. Ando
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Lundstram could potentially get more though!

    • Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Pope
      TAA Lundstram Robbo
      Kdb Mane Alli Pulisic
      Jimenez Vardy Abra
      Button Soy Rico Dendo
      0.2itb 1ft

      Martial to Alli done. Best move?
      A. Pope to Hendo/Ryan
      B. Robbo downgrade.
      C. Save
      D. Other

    • Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Anyone?

      Alli/Abraham in
      for
      Maddison/Jimenez?

      -4 (Have Son and Vardy)

      1. We Will Klopp you
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Going forward id prefer the latter but could come back to bite if doing it for a hit this gw. Up to you if you're willing to take the risk.