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Pulisic benched as Lampard switches to a 3-4-3 against unchanged Spurs

The final match of Gameweek 18 takes place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Chelsea the visitors to north London.

Kick-off is at 16:30 GMT.

The team news is straightforward from a Spurs perspective: Jose Mourinho has named an unchanged side for the third game running.

The Chelsea starting XI requires a bit more explanation, however.

Frank Lampard has benched Christian Pulisic (£7.3m) for the first time in the Premier League since Gameweek 9, with Jorginho (£5.0m) and the injured Emerson Palmieri (£5.5m) also making way from the side that lost to Bournemouth.

Marcus Alonso (£6.0m) gets his first start since Gameweek 10, with Mateo Kovacic (£5.3m) and Fikayo Tomori (£4.8m) also recalled.

All of that would seem to suggest that Lampard has switched to a 3-4-3, with Tomori joining Kurt Zouma (£4.7m) and Antonio Rudiger (£6.0m) at centre-half.

Mason Mount (£6.5m) and Willian (£7.0m) appear to be flanking Tammy Abraham (£7.9m) in attack.

Mount, Pulisic and Abraham were three of the four most-sold FPL assets of Gameweek 18.

Lampard’s side have lost four of their last five Premier League games and haven’t kept a clean sheet on the road in 2019/20.

Spurs, by contrast, have won four of their five league games under Jose Mourinho since the ‘Special One’ first took charge a month ago.

Dele Alli (£8.8m), Son Heung-min (£10.1m) and Harry Kane (£10.9m) are averaging 8.0, 7.8 and 5.4 points per game respectively under their new manager.

Kane is the fourth-most-popular captaincy pick of Gameweek 18, while only three FPL assets were bought by more managers than Son in the run-up to this weekend.


Spurs XI: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Dier, Sissoko, Dele, Son, Lucas, Kane.

Chelsea XI: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Rudiger, Alonso, Kante, Kovacic, Willian, Mount, Abraham.



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1,997 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Look, Sons crying now, he has learnt his lesson. Do you want to ruin Sons Christmas? Lets make it a one game ban and everyone wins

  2. PogBruno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    What do u think of Kane as a captain pick for spurs next 3 good fixtures?

    1. Tshelby
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Don't know. Spurs seem not really trustworthy

    2. Corned Beef Kelly Osbourne
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Considering Spurs are shite, tricky one

  3. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    And then "experts" on this page said that there is no chance for Tomori to start. Glad that i played him

    1. Indpush
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Thrilled I ousted him for Aurier before the deadline. Pffft !

  4. BNMC
      9 months, 6 days ago

      So should I do Son to Alli right now? Like literally right now. I already have KDB.

      1. Hughes the Daddy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        What's the rush

        1. BNMC
            9 months, 6 days ago

            Price changes

        2. Tshelby
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Yep

        3. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Already done.

      2. Tshelby
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        So Son needs to go and Jimi also I think? Suggestions for replacements?

        1. PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          I am also looking to sell son and Jimmy

          maddison/ richa + Kane ?

          1. Tshelby
            • 5 Years
            9 months, 6 days ago

            Sounds good. Altough Richa played on the flank so don't know if that's good

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              9 months, 6 days ago

              He only played there because they subbed in Tosun, forget who for, and he went up top. Apparently Ancelotti is a fan of Richarlison so hopefully he'll do well and also avoid a GW19 yellow.

              1. Tshelby
                • 5 Years
                9 months, 6 days ago

                Oh okay thanks for the information might just really get Richa in than

          2. Pieterke30
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            9 months, 6 days ago

            You really want Kane after seeing Spurs play like that today?

      3. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Any chance Son card could be rescinded. Listening on radio they said it mightn't warrant 3 game ban but they souded a tad optimistic.

        1. Rt505
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Just rage transferred him out. If it’s rescinded then I quit!

        2. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          I sold him too but thinking if he only gets 1 game could get him back.

        3. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 6 days ago

          None. 3 games, I doubt they’ll appeal.

        4. Vasqujg
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          He obviously kicked at Rudis chest.

          If rescinded, ridiculous.

      4. Rt505
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Post bottomed...

        Another Son captainer. Plan this week was Mount to Salah but I’ve just done Son to Salah. Got £4.1m in the bank. Anything worth a hit? Team is:

        Ryan/McGovern
        Tomori/Aurier/Lund/Soy/Kelly
        KDB/Mount/Maddison/Salah/Grealish
        Kane/Vardy/Greenwood

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Did same. Son to Salah. Don't hit.

      5. Krafty Werks
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Son to?

        A - Salah
        B - Sterling
        C - Alli

        TAA to?

        1 - Aurier
        2 - PVA
        3 - Otamendi

        Thanks.

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Alli. Keep TAA

      6. FDMS All Starz
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Current team:
        Gazza
        Taa - Lunds - Kelly
        Sterling - Alli - Kdb - Son
        Vardy - Jimenez - Tammy

        subs: Button - Rico - Nakamba - Soy

        Would you just swap Son out for this weak or would you WC the team above to the one below? Defence look a bit weak but none of the top teams seem to be defensively solid this season, also allows me to afford menacing front 7, thoughts on improvement?

        WC team:
        Ryan
        Lunds - Kelly - Kiko
        Salah - Mane - Alli - Kdb
        Vardy - Tammy - Jimi

        subs: Button - Soy - Choudhury - Rico

        1. Rhodes your boat
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Love the attack in second team wow, I’d defo be tempted

      7. EL TANO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Kun train imminent

        1. GoonSquad
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Rather have Kun than Sterling for same price?

      8. gellinmagellan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Pope Button
        Lundstram Kelly Dunk Rico Soy
        Salah Alli Son KdB Dendoncker
        Vardy Ings Jimenez

        1 FT 1.1 ITB
        Son > Grealish, Jimenez > Kane for -4?

      9. BNMC
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Which should I do for GW20? (Not this week)

          A. Tammy -> Rashford
          B. Jimemez -> Rashford
          C. Mings -> Digne
          D. Mings -> Digne

          Want to get Digne while he's still cheap but they have City away on New Year's. The fixtures afterwards look really good though.

          1. BNMC
              9 months, 6 days ago

              D. Willems -> Digne ***

          2. Rinseboy
            • 8 Years
            9 months, 6 days ago

            Soooooo

            Son and Targett to Grealish and TAA this week -4?.

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              9 months, 6 days ago

              Or Richarlison and Digne?

              1. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                9 months, 6 days ago

                Are you mad? Grealish and TAA yes.

                1. GreennRed
                  • 9 Years
                  9 months, 6 days ago

                  Probably! Watch them two though.

                  1. Breww
                    • 1 Year
                    9 months, 5 days ago

                    both grealish and TAA are one yellow away from suspension.. something to consider over the xmas fixtures where the games come thick and fast, and rotation is aplenty

                    1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      9 months, 5 days ago

                      Yellows get wiped real soon no?

                    2. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      9 months, 5 days ago

                      Why are we commenting on day old posts?

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

            My midfield 4: Mane - Son - Alli - KDB

            Son to Sterling or Salah?

          4. potatoace
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            9 months, 6 days ago

            Spare a thought for those benchwankers waiting for their Son points to be added....I mean subtracted.

          5. gellinmagellan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            9 months, 6 days ago

            Son > Grealish, Jimenez > Kane for -4?

            1. Tshelby
              • 5 Years
              9 months, 6 days ago

              I'm thinking about Son and Jimenez to Richa and Tammy (-4)

          6. Here Comes The Son ★
            • 3 Years
            9 months, 6 days ago

            Lundstram, Baldock, Alonso
            Richarlison, Grealish, Salah, Pogba, Moura
            Aguero, Kane

            Gotta resist that free hit button. Differential free hits absolutely butter my biscuits.

            1. Ask Yourself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              9 months, 6 days ago

              Nooo don’t FH you’re so sexy aha

              1. Here Comes The Son ★
                • 3 Years
                9 months, 6 days ago

                You know that feel after a horrid week? Just wanna scramble points back ASAP. I doubt I will FH

          7. BNMC
              9 months, 6 days ago

              Who replaces Son in the Spurs XI? We haven't seen much of Lo Celso; maybe he gets in.

              1. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                9 months, 6 days ago

                Eriksen.

            • 6ix9ine #1 on billboard
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 6 days ago

              why do people get rid of players who are in form and are performing?? Is it just FOMO?
              I've see people talking about selling the likes of Ings and Jimmy because of fixtures. Is it form, fixtures or gut feeling?

            • Corned Beef Kelly Osbourne
              • 1 Year
              9 months, 6 days ago

              1.) Son to Salah?
              2.) Rico to Otamendi?
              3.) Both (-4)
              4.) VAR is a joke
              5.) 1,2,4
              6.) Other
              7.) Utd are hilarious

            • FDMS All Starz
              • 4 Years
              9 months, 6 days ago

              Which combo scores more this week?

              A) Richarlison - Sterling - TAA

              or

              B) Salah - Mane - Kiko

              1. GoonSquad
                • 9 Years
                9 months, 6 days ago

                I reckon...

                A. 12 pts
                B. 16 pts

            • Albrightondknight
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              9 months, 6 days ago

              I am thinking
              Son and TAA to
              Salah and Evans for a hit.
              Lei SHU and Bur are getting the CS but the other 2 have horrible fixtures so don’t mind going double Lei and CP double defence some weeks.
              Salah is back on it and I don’t think the fixtures are that bad.

              Better options?
              Current team below.

              Guaita

              TAA Lundstram Kelly

              Mane Son Alli KDB

              Vardy Abraham Ings

              McGovern Targett Soy Traore

            • GoonSquad
              • 9 Years
              9 months, 6 days ago

              Thoughts for next week...

              Ramsdale
              Ota Lund Dunk
              Mane Salah Zaha Grealish
              Kun (C) Tammy Martinelli

              1. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                9 months, 6 days ago

                I’d be weary about Kun starting after a long lay off and a few mins but ...

                1. GoonSquad
                  • 9 Years
                  9 months, 6 days ago

                  One week punt, then back to Vardy

            • Wensink
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 6 days ago

              Pope to Ramsdale on a FT or burn it?

              1. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                9 months, 6 days ago

                Burn it. Ramsdale is as likely to concede as anyone as yesterday showed.

              2. GoonSquad
                • 9 Years
                9 months, 6 days ago

                Still need points at GK, if it's only issue, why not?

            • gellinmagellan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 6 days ago

              Pope Button
              Lundstram Kelly Dunk Rico Soy
              Salah Alli Son KdB Dendoncker
              Vardy Ings Jimenez

              1 FT 1.1 ITB
              Son > Grealish Jimenez > Kane for -4?

            • Bookkeeper
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 6 days ago

              Son > Antonio or Keita?

              1. St Pauli Walnuts
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                9 months, 5 days ago

                Yuck