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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. Connor's Calling
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Is Jimenez ok?

    1. The Big Fella
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      He's not bad. Happy they won

    2. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Yep. Taken off for an early rest. Looked disappointed to be coming off.

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

        Any chance he gets a rest against brighton?

        Played a lot of minutes this season and could do with a rest

        1. Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Probably not. Loves playing and never seems to get tired.

        2. Am sorry to say again it�…
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          He plays upfront he doesn't need that much rest, plus they need him! He got his rest by coming off early.

  2. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    I’ve never known FFS to be full of such knee-jerkers. Pulisic in out, Abraham in out, Zaha in out.

    It’s become Twitter in another form.

    1. The Big Fella
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      #TwistedSaltergaterOut

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

      oopps see below mate!

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        😆

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

      Mount out

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

      Saying it and doing it are two different things TS.

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        The game is practically ruined by the massive market forces of knee jerkers! Richarlison has scored 2 games running and dropped in price. People expect immediate returns... Jimenez might be next one to have a fire sale, it’s crazy.

        Yes, you can stick to your guns and be patient (like I have with Aubameyang) but you’re punished by price drops if it doesn’t work out. At least if you follow the bandwagons and miss the points, you gain from team value. And that does matter come the end of the season.

        People should calm the funk down 😀

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

      I may burn a free transfer for a second week running. Feel like a god.

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

        whats your team?

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

          ID 22

      2. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Lovely! Nicely played

  3. Pu-li-sick (sic)
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Eleven points off me bench. Will take that. Anybody getting more? Nice spot of bench jam. Too much to ask for a sneaky Lundstram no show tomorrow so my captaincy goes to Mané?

    1. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Let me see Tomori, Pieters...

    2. Pu-li-sick (sic)
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Tomori and Alonso x

      Kelly and Aurier ✓

  4. Rinseboy
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Quick vote Pullisic or Maddison out for Alli?

    Or ignore as I have Son! 2 FTs thanks all!

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

      We Son owners may have to face the music...Alli is going to outscore him

  5. ChelseaBlues223
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Madisson to Alli, yes or no?

    1. ChelseaBlues223
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Maddison*

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

      Toss of a coin really

    3. Babelcopter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      nope

    4. iL PiStOlErO
        1 month, 13 days ago

        No

    5. Nightf0x
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Heavy rotation next gw isnt it?

      1. iL PiStOlErO
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Potenitially on the table

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

        Current team

        Schmeichel
        Soyuncu / Lundstram / Willems
        Mané / De Bruyne / Pulisic / Alli
        Aubameyang / Vardy / Abraham

        Button / Kelly / Hanley / Cantwell

        What will you change?

      3. Am sorry to say again it�…
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Alli or Son???

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Both.

        2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Alli at this point.

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

          Alli

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

          just got myself Alli

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

          Ali

        6. We Will Klopp you
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Alli if one of the other

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

          I have Son. Looking to get Alli also.

      4. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I have 2 ft

        Shall I do pulisic to alli tonight before price rise ? thanks

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

          Yes

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            cheers

        2. Boholad
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Yes I am doing it, Pullisics is price going down before the weekend

      5. SADIO SANÉ
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        best 4.2 defender not named Kelly … Williams? assuming he just got rested tonight?

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

          Rested behind Young & Shaw.

          Wouldn't be getting Williams.

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

          Shaw > Williams/Young

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

          Rico duh

          1. SADIO SANÉ
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            he's not 4.2 duh (already have him too)

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

        Well that’s Salah vs Mane settled then. Glad I spent the transfer now.

        1. Berbinho's Forehead
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Wouldn't be surprised if Shaq starts over Salah again. Give him more time to recover fully.

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

          Time to buy a rested Salah? Mane due one...

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

            I think that ankle is a real problem. Sure Mane will get a rest, but the Xmas schedule plus world club championship in the run up is going to take its toll. Mane 100% the better pick.

      7. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Mane should've got 21 points. Missed two 1 on 1's 😯

        1. Railwayman
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          26

          1. Berbinho's Forehead
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Oh yeah, I forgot he scored oops.

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

        Salah > Alli done! Don't care if Salah gets a hatty or brace next week, just need Alli to outscore him over the next few weeks.

      9. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Kane to

        Mousset
        Rashford

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

          Rashford

        2. Nightf0x
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Wait if mosuet played tomorow will get benched next gw so wait and see

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

          Rash

        4. No Professionals
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          I have kane and want to ditch him. But gonna give him Burnley?

        5. Railwayman
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Rashford

        6. schwing
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Kane's going to get a brace as soon as you ship him out! Ballon T'roll

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

            Classic Kane

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

          Rashford. Main man. Depends on where rest of the fund goes to with Mousset.

      10. More Cowbell
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Rashford form is unreal, anyone else considering transfering in? I'm vey tempted from GW17

        1. Rinseboy
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Jimi to him in a week for me

        2. The Senate
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Definitely tempted
          Question is which of Jimenez and Abraham to relinquish?
          Obviously can’t lose Vardy

          1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Jimi

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

          Had him for 5-6 GWs already

          Why not get him before City? They can't defend and he has 7G+1A against top 6 teams this season

        4. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          See above

        5. TomSaints
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Yep just went Jiménez to Rashford

        6. iL PiStOlErO
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Got him 2 weeks ago and hes been great, sahme that last gw his goal was disallowed

        7. Trophé Mourinho
            1 month, 13 days ago

            damn all my plans for gw18 involved taking rash out.. is rash>tammy bad?

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

              Dont see why....sell Jimenez instead if u own him

              1. Trophé Mourinho
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  have ings n vady

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

              Which duo to bring in...??

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

                Alli+Rash 🙂

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

                  Sorry the complete question is below...

            3. Babelcopter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Help me out lads! I have 2ft and dunno what to do

              Pope
              Soy - Robbo -Lund
              KDB - Son - Mane - Mads
              Tammy - Jimmy - Vardy

              Heaton, Cantwell, Rico, Tomori

            4. Nightf0x
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I hope laca tomorow do something big, or atleast score 1 goal

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

              Which duo to bring in...??

              Alli + Ings

              (or)

              Maddison/Pulisic + Rashford

              ????

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

                Anyone..

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

                Ali and Ings easy

              3. Railwayman
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Maddison + Rashford

              4. iL PiStOlErO
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Madds and Rash

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

                Contemplating:

                Would you rather sell Jimenez or Tammy to get RashMenace ? In this form, he can do harm to City.

              6. Connor's Calling
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Do we get pressed before Sat in a week like this?

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

                  Yes.

                2. Connor's Calling
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  *Pressers?

              7. jez_wright
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Tielemans -> Alli for a hit?

                Got exact £

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

                  hmm not sure for a hit
                  i'm considering for free (or move pulisic instead)

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

                  Did that move last GW for free. Very happy with it.

              8. pelle9
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Best replacement for Salah ?

                A) Alli

                B) Son

                I have Mane.

                Thanks guys.

                1. Wingate
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Alli played amazing tonight had some great chances, in amazing form and cheaper... has to be Alli for me

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

                  Alli

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

                  Alli. Just did the transfer with the exact situation

              9. Wingate
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                With SO MUCH value out there, and Captaincy options Mane and Vardy on FIRE, I can’t justify keeping 11.9m Sterling...

                Sterling + Douglas Luiz -> Alli and Maddison 2FT no brainer right?....

                Improves the squad over Xmas too...

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

                  Just Sterling > Alli, FT might come handy

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

                  Yes big time

              10. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 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 ft
                D. Other

              11. ZAMUNDA
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                I've got 2 FT and 0.2 itb

                Pope/McGovern
                Soy/Lund/Kelly/Rico/Clark
                Sterling/Son/Mane/Son/Cantwell
                Vardy/Tammy/Ings

                Any suggestions?
                A) Sterling to Alli (Double up Spurs)
                B) Martial & Son to Alli & Grealish and later Ings to Rashford
                C) Son to Alli

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

                Hi Guys,

                I’m sorry but I have been out of the loop for a while. Team value is shocking and overall rank is terrible. Need to take it more seriously from here on in. How’s this for a wildcard? Bare in mind the rubbish team value.

                Ryan (Button)

                TAA, Aurier, Chilwell (will change if injured) Evans, Rico

                Mane, Alli, Son, Douglas Luiz, Dendoncker,

                Vardy, Abraham, Greenwood

                Feedback will be very very much appreciated. As I said i’m out of the loop so unaware of the “template” Thanks so much to any that took the time to read this.

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

                Will Maddison to Alli end up in tears or joy?

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

                  Not worth a transfer

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

                Gut decision.
                Jiménez (great service) and Tierney (shocking differential) to Rashford and Kelly

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

                  I'd wait a week myself. Do Kelly perhaps.