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Lampard rotates but key Chelsea assets all start

Chelsea’s key Fantasy assets all start against Bournemouth with Christian Pulisic (£7.4m) joining Tammy Abraham (£8.0m) in the front-three.

Meanwhile, Mason Mount (£6.6m) is also in the starting line-up but may well be sat in a central midfield trio alongside N’Golo Kanté (£5.0m) and Jorginho (£5.0m).

However, those who made a move for the differential Reece James (£5.0m) were left disappointed as he was named on the bench.

The exciting right-back has started four of the last five but is among the substitutes against Bournemouth.

The Cherries have gone with something relatively experimental in light of recent injuries.

Eddie Howe has opted for a 4-4-2 diamond system featuring Josh King (£6.1m) and Ryan Fraser (£6.9m) as the central strikers.

That sees Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.8m) return to the right of defence with Emerson Palmieri (£5.5m) starts on the left.

Meanwhile, Leicester have kept the exact same line-up rolled out in the 4-1 win at Aston Villa, hinting that Brendan Rodgers may continue using it after Gameweek 16.

The Foxes once again are laid out in a 4-3-1-2 system, with Dennis Praet (£5.3m) and Youri Tielemans (£6.6m) either side of Wilfred Ndidi (£5.0m) and James Maddison (£7.8m) behind Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) and Kelechi Iheancho (£5.7m).

Opponents Norwich include Todd Cantwell (£4.7m) in their starting line-up after he was benched in Gameweek 16.

Sheffield United name an unchanged side to face Aston Villa, Dean Smith hands rare starts to Kortney Hause (£4.4m) and Henri Lansbury (£4.4m).

After coming back into the team for the 5-0 defeat at Spurs, Matt Lowton (£4.4m) returns to the bench for Burnley.

Phil Bardsley (£4.3m) reclaims his right-back berth after an injury, while Ashley Barnes (£6.3m) and Ashley Westwood (£5.4m) return after missing out on Gameweek 16.

Chris Wood (£6.2m) has also shaken off the knock Sean Dyche revealed on Thursday to start up-front in the 4-4-2 system.

In light of recent injuries to Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.4m) and Jonjo Shelvey (£5.1m), Steve Bruce is somewhat limited in the team he can name at Turf Moor.

He has stuck with a five-man defence but looks to be deploying three central midfielders behind a front-pairing of Andy Carroll (£5.4m) and Joelinton (£5.6m), rather than sticking with a 5-4-1 formation.

Burnley XI: Pope; Pieters, Mee, Tarkowski, Bardsley; McNeil, Westwood, Cork, Hendrick; A Barnes, Wood.

Newcastle United XI: Dúbravka; Willems, Dummett, Schär, Fernández, Manquillo; Atsu, S Longstaff, Hayden; Joelinton, Carroll.

Chelsea XI: Kepa; Emerson, Rüdiger, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Mount, Kanté, Jorginho; Pulisic, Abraham, Willian.

Bournemouth XI: Ramsdale; Rico, Mepham, Francis, Stacey; Lerma; Gosling, Billing; L Cook; J King, Fraser.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel; Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, R Pereira; Tielemans, Ndidi, Praet; Maddison; Iheanacho, Vardy.

Norwich City XI: Krul; Aarons, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Byram; Tettey, Trybull; Buendía, McLean, Cantwell; Pukki.

Sheffield Utd XI: Henderson; Basham, Egan, O’Connell; Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; Mousset, McGoldrick.

Aston Villa XI: Heaton; Guilbert, Engels, Hause, Targett; McGinn, Nakamba, Lansbury; El Ghazi, Wesley, Grealish.

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1,988 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Wow grealish owners that just really sting

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Also stings for Hendo owners as he doesn't get a penalty save.

      1. Here Comes The Son ★
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Any Hendo owners complaining need a worth with themselves.

    2. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      As a hendo and lundstram I’m not complaining about not getting a pen save if they bank a clean sheet!

  2. Fred54
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Grealish misses pen.

  3. some witty pun
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Why's everyone bothered with Lundstram? His ownership is so high, I don't even celebrate his points

    1. The Mandalorian
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Exactly

    2. The gospel according to Mar…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      The Lord loves you.

    3. o0Ash
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      It's December. It isn't really time for a differentials only team.

    4. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      You should. People are benching him.

  4. DandyDon
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Hanging onto this double Utd clean sheet by a thread! Wish I just had Pope like a few weeks ago!

  5. AzzaroMax99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Pen save or Grealish missed? Hendo owner. :/

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Smashed onto the bar & back out

    2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Crossbar

  6. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Double bonus: Grealish minus points, Hendo save points and him and Lundy saves cs

  7. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Lundstram of all people with the clearance lol

    Gwan Lundy

  8. Daniel - KTBFFH
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Var checking something

  9. Colonel Shoe 肝池
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    grealish 0

  10. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Yaaasss! Now Vardy graab a goal!

  11. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Perfect. Grealish pen miss, no Hendo pen save, Lund cs intact 😀

    1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      hi5

  12. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Retake lol

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      No way

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        They’re playing on.. phew!!

    2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Ban?

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        ter

  13. villa_til_i_die
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Can’t even hit the target from 12 yards, Wigan here we come!

  14. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Might be a villa retake

  15. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Yes!

    Pope, lund, rico... hooollldd

  16. Yank Revolution
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Maddison deflected shot just wide

  17. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Lundstram encroachment

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Why has the Lord forsaken us.

  18. ...al - Fireteam Zulu
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Fiddlesticks

  19. TERIYAKI 69
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Pope to Guaita 3 weeks ago instead of Hendo proving a masterclass.

    1. ...al - Fireteam Zulu
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Pope to guaita this week

      Oops

  20. Woy_is_back
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Vardy u bum

  21. Ha.
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Mount > Grealish?

  22. Lacabacca
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Did Tielemans to Grealish today. Ffs

    • KAPTAIN KUN
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Lundstram have my babies

      1. ChelseaGuy
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Don't think that's biologically possible

        1. KAPTAIN KUN
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          That man makes everything possible x

    • Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A retake?!! Ok this a joke now

    • SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Lundstram unblessed

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        No reason to encroach over the line before the kick, idiotic

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Harvey Barnes should be docked wages for every shot he takes.

      1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Goal incoming

    • Daniel - KTBFFH
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Footbal was better before VAR

      1. The gospel according to Mar…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I've never upvoted faster in my life.

      2. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        It was certainly less stressful

    • Lindelol
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      come on Hendo and Lundy

    • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Lundy will lose the CS points ?

    • Niho992
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Will Heaton ever have CS?

      1. Trophé Mourinho
          1 month, 12 days ago

          nope, he is horrific. I had him until 3 weeks ago, he has been utterly dreadful. He will be one of main reasons for avls relegation

        • DandyDon
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Done well for me if used as backup to Pope/Henderson as rotates well. Got a couple of clean sheets from him earlier in season

          1. Trophé Mourinho
              1 month, 12 days ago

              He is so error prone, every game he is thumbling crosses into the box. Guy couldnt catch a cold... In his current form he has to be the worst keeper in the league imo.