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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. marquinhos
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 24 days ago

    Who are people getting rid of for Alli?

    1. SH
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Salah, finally!

      1. Pia06rc
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Could backfire just before Bou and Watford

    2. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Mount

      1. marquinhos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        what about KDB/ Madders?

        1. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 24 days ago

          I own both of those and have no intention of selling.

          How can you even consider selling Maddison When he is nailed, he’s just scored and plays villa/Norwich next?

    3. Tcheco
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Sterling

    4. mdm
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Dilva

    5. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Got Alli last gw...

    6. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Martial... Ooh yeah

  2. vincentwsho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 24 days ago

    Play Lundstram (nor) over Aurier (BUR) this week?

    Bench order: Aurier (BUR), Kelly (wat), Fleck (nor) correct?

  3. Nightf0x
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 24 days ago

    How was mount today? And did tammy got injured ?

  4. mdm
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 24 days ago

    Gazza to Henderson or save?

    1. Wingate
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      See how they do tomorrow but I say yes, great fixtures.

  5. Muscout
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 24 days ago

    Anyone likely to double rise before next GW?

    1. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Alli

  6. JustPark
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 24 days ago

    Sub 5.0 def? Can only think of Aurier, Kelly. Maybe AVL def.

    TAA, Lunds, Soy, Rico, ____

    1. Wingate
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Aurier looked really threatening tonight going forward, several chances and always at the back post... decent shout although not great defensively

      1. JustPark
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        True that. Nearly got Gazza myself. Thankfully didn't and He do instead.

  7. Wingate
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 24 days ago

    Repost from bottom...

    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. Rhodes your boat
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Do it

    2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Sounds good

    3. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Sterling will haul at some point over Christmas. I’ve accepted this and still got rid

  8. Boholad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 24 days ago

    Pulisic to Ali for a free to transfer before price rises tonight?

    1. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Doing it myself, but unsure of whether I should bin him or Madders..

    2. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      looking to do the same right now.
      easy to get him back as well
      he's played a lot lately and with Lille game being must win i can easily see rest or low mins at the weekend
      no tammy for me either as i sold for Ings (which has paid off last 2)

  9. Green Eggs & Abraham - …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 24 days ago

    Thoughts on whether to bring in Alli for Martial or Maddison? Any updated timeline for Martial's return?

    1. AzzaroMax99
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Martial. Keep Maddy.

  10. Railwayman
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 24 days ago

    Best Jesus replacement, Rashford or Tammy ? Rashford with the penalties looks really tempting and could be a differential in the top 10K.

    1. Smurf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Why ditch Jesus?

      1. Railwayman
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Tammy/Rashford doing the business for less money + Aguero back soon. Jesus was my punt for this week anyway, had no plans to keep him.

    2. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Why would you get rid of Jesus?

      1. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Thinking of getting him

        1. Railwayman
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 24 days ago

          I'm keeping him one more game, but with Aguero coming back I don't wan't to play Pep roulette

          1. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            9 months, 24 days ago

            Aguero coming back? Thought he was out for a while...

            1. Railwayman
              • 7 Years
              9 months, 24 days ago

              We don't know the date, Pep said at least until the derby. Wait and see I guess.

  11. dshv
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 24 days ago

    Really have to do 2 ft tonight ..

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

    Open to -4 .. really have to remove perez even just for somebody...

    1. Kane sterling perez to rashford son kdb ..
    2. Kane perez to alli ings ?
    3. Anything else..

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      You realise its sod's law and kane will score 2 on sat.

  12. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 24 days ago

    Should I give Jimenez one more gw or ship him out for Tammy?

    Other option is Maddison -> Alli

    1. Babelcopter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Tammy in!

    2. SH
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Wait for more news on Tammy.

    3. ALI_G
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      bizarre

      about 2 days ago everyone dong the opposite move

      1. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Jimenez has done well for me but ir might be time to move on with those fixtures

        1. ALI_G
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 24 days ago

          but Tammys fixtures are also dodgy

          I would go Ings or even Mousset

    4. Boholad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Keep Jimenez for gameweek 18, when Liverpool have no fixture and then move him on.

  13. jez_wright
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 24 days ago

    A) Tielemans + Rashford
    B) Alli + Jimenez

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      B not even close

  14. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 24 days ago

    Henderson
    TAA Lundstram Soyuncu Chilwell
    Mane KDB Sterling Mount
    Vardy Jimenez

    Button Rico Dendoncker Greenwood

    1FT, 0.4 itb

    1. Sterling >> Alli
    2. Sterling Greenwood >> Alli Tammy (-4)
    3. Save

    Thanks.

    1. Wingate
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Just 1. For now I think...

  15. Athletic Nasherbo
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 24 days ago

    These moves good? Essentially rectifying my disastrous ones from 2 gameweeks ago!

    Hayden, Moura, Batshuayi, Kane > Alli, Son, Abraham, Greenwood (-8)

    1. rubberdignerapids
        9 months, 24 days ago

        This might be a -8 that actually pays off

    2. TH
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      When is Alisson back?

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Saturday.

        1. TH
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 24 days ago

          Thanks

      2. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        next game

      3. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        next game

    3. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Abraham comes from injury, plays 80 min, injured again and next game is in 3 days. Surely will get limited gametime, if any?

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 24 days ago

        What did you do with him this week? Start, bench or sell?

        1. The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 24 days ago

          Sold him last gw...

    4. Rhodes your boat
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Fairly content with team, pope tomori to Guaita kelly with 2ft (0.0itb)?

      Would give me

      Guaita
      Taa soy Lund
      Mane kdb son pulisic
      Vardy Abraham jimi

      Button kelly rico dendo

      1. Rhodes your boat
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Or jimi puli to mousset alli + cash itb

    5. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Son(C) is tempting me for the weekend. Burnley are looking leaky.

    6. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 24 days ago

      all my rivals capped or tc mane wtf, conspiracy? Mane got amazing record vs everton or something?

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        One of best players in the game, in the strongest attack in the league, in form, against an awful team, in a derby. That's why I went for him.

        1. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 24 days ago

          in hindsight i guess, higher ceiling than vardy

          1. Giggs Boson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            9 months, 24 days ago

            Personally I rarely even look at the captain poll. You can get sucked into group think here sometimes when there could be a better option available.

    7. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      How useless has Pulisic been those last two games?

      1. Hitmonlee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Lol. Yup. I traded him for Mount. Peak FPL

      2. Hansel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Not at all if looking at the stats but I didn't watch the game much, seemed threatening though from the few minutes I saw

    8. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Martial to Alli or Zaha ? I have Kane too...

    9. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Pope
      TAA / Pereira / Lundstram
      Mané / KDB / Alli / Pulisic / Tielemans
      Vardy / Jimenez

      Button // Aurier / Connolly / Rico

      Thinking I should start Aurier? I'd do it for Tielemans, although Villa's defence is pretty poor.

      ... and Jimenez back to Tammy?

    10. Neetan
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Would you rather have double Spurs defence or double Sheff Utd defence for the next 5 gameweeks?

      Spurs: Gaza + Aurier
      Sheff Utd: Lund + Basham/Egan

      1. JustPark
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Only Aurier from Spurs defence.

      2. ALI_G
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        2 Spurs def is mental as they are shipping so many goals

        I have Aurier but I rotate him

    11. Doolittle
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Alli had 2 shots tonight. Mason Mount, for comparison, had 5.

      Is everyone not going a bit panicked and mad with Alli here, desperately bringing him in?

      1. Rinseboy
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        burnley look pretty poor

      2. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Not really the best site for rationality

      3. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Strange comparison.

        1. Doolittle
          • 8 Years
          9 months, 24 days ago

          Not really - seen a lot on here ditching Mount for Alli (often while downgrading another player to afford the switch). Just using Mount as a point of comparison as a well owned midfield player many are ditching.

      4. Team Cruel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        mun is slightly more difficult than AVL

      5. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Mane 7.1 pts per game
        KDB 6.9
        Salah 6.2
        Ali 6.1 (missed a few games early)

        1. Doolittle
          • 8 Years
          9 months, 24 days ago

          Yes, but that isn't necessarily an indicator of future points.

          I'm by no means saying he's a bad pick - I think he's a good pick - but everyone seems to be tearing up their team to bring him in.

          1. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            9 months, 24 days ago

            Fair call
            He’s a good differential too and has the form as well
            I did Pulisic to Ali this morning for free

      6. rubberdignerapids
          9 months, 24 days ago

          He passed the eye test particularly with the confidence of his goal execution and it was vs United...Burnley up next who look shocking at the back, so people predicting an Alli haul from this with his current form

        • Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 24 days ago

          Very happy to own but wouldnt stress bringing him in

      7. Nightf0x
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Keep mount? How was he today + did tammy got injured ?

      8. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Mount to Pulisic as my move for GW16 feels the wrong one now...

        What would you do here?

        1FT 6.7itb
        Pope, McGovern
        TAA, Lunds, Soy, Willems, Rico
        Mané, Alli, Maddison, Mount, Dendo
        Vardy, Jimi, Ings

        Thanks

        1. ALI_G
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 24 days ago

          Pope to Henders?

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            9 months, 24 days ago

            Can do. Just keep Mount?

      9. Oh Maddison
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 24 days ago

        59 with Hendo and LordL left.

        Can anyone beat 25points at the bench?

        Worth doing KDB or Madders -> Alli? If Madders I got exact money right now, before the rise.

      10. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        I just don’t get the thinking on here tonight, some ridiculous moves......

        1. Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 24 days ago

          Martial to Alli not in that bracket right?

          1. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            9 months, 24 days ago

            Great transfer mate, enjoy the points!

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 24 days ago

          Comedy Central.

        3. Syd.
          • 11 Years
          9 months, 24 days ago

          Welcome to FFS

          1. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            9 months, 24 days ago

            Look at the one below ....

        4. LǝgleSs e|even
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 24 days ago

          Like?

      11. Babelcopter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Is Son to Alli too sideways?

        1. Railwayman
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 24 days ago

          Yes