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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. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Does anyone have any news on Chilwell? Rested or out for a game or two?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      RAE said earlier that local press reckon he's back for Sunday.

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

      Slight knock, expected back at the weekend

  2. Sturridge Wars
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Salah our for Alli. Yay or nay? Already have Mane

    1. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      In a heartbeat

    2. Jayv807
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      I wouldn't, has had a rest and has Bournemouth next. I'd wait for news to make sure he was just rested as you figure he'd be sure to start on the weekend.

    3. Railwayman
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      100 % yes

  3. Trophé Mourinho
      2 months, 24 days ago

      u guys and ur good benches. My the only one who always puts a long term injured 4.0 on bench?

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

        I have Hanley for weeks. Can't get rid.

        1. Trophé Mourinho
            2 months, 24 days ago

            yes lol i have hanley as well ha. Was accidental he got crocked, but i normally put price locked final sub.

        2. Giggs Boson.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Might upgrade mine even further with Tomori -> Kelly.

      2. AzzaroMax99
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        (C) options for next gw looking awesome:
        Alli & Son @home vs leaky Bur;
        Mane away to BOU;
        VardyParty @AVL

        Can't wait 😀

      3. Patrick.22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Who would you rather have from each position:

        Mid) Son or Alli
        Attack) Rashford or Tammy

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

          Alli and Rash

        2. AzzaroMax99
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          All 4 of them 😀

          1. ZAMUNDA
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            This haha

        3. ZAMUNDA
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          My dilemma.. I already have Son and Tammy and both perform just great and I have no reason to ditch but seeing Alli and Rashford form is quite insane!

          1. ZAMUNDA
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            I'd go for them all actually

      4. La Roja
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Saiss Rico Dendoncker on bench

        Points galore

        1. DA Minnion
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Tammy Rico Kelly here

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Ditto

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

        Would you bring Aurier in for Tomori?

        1. Syd.
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Have you watched Spurs defend of late?

          1. Relaxing
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            They will improve and Aurier is basically a winger

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

              this

      6. Duffy Dunk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Enough with double CS wipeouts.
        Sell TAA or Robbo?

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

          TAA more attacking, on set pieces.

          1. Duffy Dunk
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Not worried about him being on 4 yellows?

        2. Railwayman
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Robbo

        3. SweepaKeepa
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          I’m still being stubborn here. They’re the best defense in the league; clean sheets must come. (And attacking points nearly every week to supplement.)

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

          u don't need both. Sell Robbo

        5. Trophé Mourinho
            2 months, 24 days ago

            i keep them for now, need to crunch the numbers tho. Soy is killing me

        6. Lukakwho
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 24 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. Thanks.

          1. Collie01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Can you afford Son, Greenwood to Pulisic, Ings?

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

              I'd rather not remove Son.. Chilwell + Greenwood -> Soy + Mouset maybe

        7. Neetan
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Best sub 5M defender? (Not Lund)

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

          Bottomed

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

            Dendo -> Son

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

              I’m planning Dendo > Grealish after next week.

              Was planning
              Mount > Pulisic
              Maddison > Son or KDB

              Just do Mount to Son and forget CHE attack for now?

              1. AndyCook
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Mount to Son Jiménez to Abraham?

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

                  Could work. You reckon Tammy is fit enough?

                  Rashford also tempting

        9. Ole Trafford
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Save ft here?

          Henderson
          Aurier, Soyuncu, Lundstram
          Salah, Manè, Maddison, Mount
          Vardy, Jesus, Rashford

          Cantwell, Saiss, Rico 1ft .2itb

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

            Save. Next GW Jesus, Mount -> Tammy & Alli

        10. Iceball
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Ryan Button
          TAA Tomori Söy Lund Rico
          Mane Sterling KDB Pulisic Cantwell
          Vardy Abraham Greenwood
          2ft.
          Sterling&Greenwood to Alli/Son and Ings?

        11. No Professionals
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          If you're stupid enough to have kane do you move to

          A) ings
          B) abraham
          C) rashford
          D) hold for Burnley at home

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

            D

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

            Probably D then Tammy for BOU.

          3. No Professionals
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Thanks both, seems logical

          4. Railwayman
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            D, but after that Rashford

        12. XABI 15
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Robertson + Mount to Kelly + alli

          or

          Salah to Mane

        13. Nightf0x
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Mane & puli likely rested next gw?

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            50/50

          2. Syd.
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Both could be rested for the CL as Liverpool & Chelsea both need to get a result

          3. panda07
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Klopp rested Salah and Bobby today so Mane could easily be next. I want to captain him but not sure.

        14. camarozz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          A) Tieleman ➡️ Alli FT

          B) Kane ➡️Rashford/Tammy
          Cantwell ➡️Alli - 4

          With B I can do Tieleman to Maddison at soonest opportunity

        15. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Need a Mousset masterclass tomorrow

          1. Henning
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Same here, played him over Ings.

        16. FPL FREAK
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Whom to sell :

          Sterling or KDB..?

          1. Peter Ouch
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Sterling

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

            KDB

        17. Cilly Bonnolly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Rico first sub on for Tomori. Guendouzi second sub and Dendoncker third. What’s the chances neither Lundstram or Guendouzi feature? 😀

          1. No Professionals
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Zero

            1. Cilly Bonnolly
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Well, it’s not zero is it?

        18. Nightf0x
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          How was mount today? &
          Did tammy got injured?

        19. Trophé Mourinho
            2 months, 24 days ago

            trossard is going to tear arsenal a new one

            1. The Pesci challenge
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              I doubt it, potter will mostly bench him

              1. Trophé Mourinho
                  2 months, 24 days ago

                  nah he will start im positive, benched perez for him.

            2. In ole we trust
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              I know its early, but with 2ft and 0itb what would you do with this team?

              Pope
              Taa, lundstram, Pereira
              Kdb, maddison, mane, Pulisic,
              Ings, vardy, abraham

              Bench, mcgovern, O'Connell
              Cathcart, cantwell

              1. Jay Arell
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Pope to Hendo or Guaita

                1. In ole we trust
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 24 days ago

                  Thatl leave me 0.01 short lol

            3. Jay Arell
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Anyone watch Chelsea and know how pulisic was looking?

              1. Peter Ouch
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Really good
                Keep

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

                He's very good. Not selling here.

              3. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 24 days ago

                2,2,2

                1. SweepaKeepa
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 24 days ago

                  Got his ducks in a row.

            4. The Pesci challenge
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              KDB to Alli anyone?

              1. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Briefly considered it but feels sideways to me

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

                Before United?

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

                Alli red card coming so wait!

            5. Henning
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Ramsdale out for? Other keeper is Pope

              1 Henderson( have Lundstram and Mousset)
              2. Ryan(have Dunk)
              3 Guaita

            6. More Cowbell
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Anyone know why Tomori was benched?

              1. KAPTAIN KANTWELL
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Probably just rested I'd have thought

              2. Syd.
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Just rested should be back this weekend

              3. More Cowbell
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                cheers both

              4. GARY AND JAMIE
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                He got rested the other day too. Rudiger back soon too it aint great

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

                I'm thinking Tomori -> Aurier. Rudiger almost back so bye bye Tomori minutes

            7. KAPTAIN KANTWELL
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Salah (C)....

              Mane (VC) and Rico off bench. Finally some jam!!

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

              Best move here? Planning to WC for GW20 so only 4 weeks to consider.

              A) Salah -> Mane (save FT)
              B) Sterling/Salah & Mount -> Son & Alli
              C) Sterling/Salah & JWP -> Son & Pulisic
              D) Sterling/Salah & Pukki -> Pulisic & Auba

              Ryan
              TAA, Aurier, Lundstram
              Salah, Sterling, Mount, JWP
              Vardy, Abraham, Pukki

              Button, Söyüncü, Dendoncker, Williams
              Bank 0.0m, 2FT, WC available

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

                Don’t laugh too hard but do we not give Salah one last GW? Surely nailed on to start v the cherries etc

            9. Syd.
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              I am the only one who are not convinced about Spurs

              1. Dr Van Nostrand
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                I should hope not. Mourinho's been well past it for years now