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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
    1 month, 26 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. MoManeTaa
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

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

    1. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Don't know. Spurs seem not really trustworthy

    2. Wassa Mata
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Considering Spurs are shite, tricky one

  3. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 26 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
      1 month, 26 days ago

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

  4. BNMC
    1 month, 26 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
      1 month, 26 days ago

      What's the rush

      1. BNMC
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Price changes

    2. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Yep

    3. Bushwhacker
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Already done.

  5. Tshelby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

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

    1. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I am also looking to sell son and Jimmy

      maddison/ richa + Kane ?

      1. Tshelby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

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

        1. GreennRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 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
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

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

      2. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

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

  6. GreennRed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 26 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
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

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 If it’s rescinded then I quit!

    2. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

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

    3. Bushwhacker
      1 month, 26 days ago

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

    4. Vasqujg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      He obviously kicked at Rudis chest.

      If rescinded, ridiculous.

  7. Rt505
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 26 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
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

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

  8. Kung Fu Football
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Son to?

    A - Salah
    B - Sterling
    C - Alli

    TAA to?

    1 - Aurier
    2 - PVA
    3 - Otamendi

    Thanks.

    1. Bushwhacker
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Alli. Keep TAA

  9. FDMS All Starz
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 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
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

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

  10. EL TANO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Kun train imminent

    1. GoonSquad
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Rather have Kun than Sterling for same price?

  11. gellinmagellan
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 26 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?

  12. BNMC
    1 month, 26 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
      1 month, 26 days ago

      D. Willems -> Digne ***

  13. Rinseboy
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Soooooo

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

    1. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Or Richarlison and Digne?

      1. Bushwhacker
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Are you mad? Grealish and TAA yes.

        1. GreennRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Probably! Watch them two though.

          1. Breww
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 26 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
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Yellows get wiped real soon no?

            2. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Why are we commenting on day old posts?

  14. MoManeTaa
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    My midfield 4: Mane - Son - Alli - KDB

    Son to Sterling or Salah?

  15. potatoace'scott talent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

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

  16. gellinmagellan
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Son > Grealish, Jimenez > Kane for -4?

    1. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

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

  17. Here Comes The Son ★
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 26 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
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Nooo don’t FH you’re so sexy aha

      1. Here Comes The Son ★
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

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

  18. BNMC
    1 month, 26 days ago

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

    1. Bushwhacker
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Eriksen.

  19. TERIYAKI 69
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 26 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?

  20. Wassa Mata
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 26 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

  21. FDMS All Starz
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Which combo scores more this week?

    A) Richarlison - Sterling - TAA

    or

    B) Salah - Mane - Kiko

    1. GoonSquad
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I reckon...

      A. 12 pts
      B. 16 pts

  22. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 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

  23. GoonSquad
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Thoughts for next week...

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

    1. Bushwhacker
      1 month, 26 days ago

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

      1. GoonSquad
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        One week punt, then back to Vardy

  24. Wensink
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Pope to Ramsdale on a FT or burn it?

    1. Bushwhacker
      1 month, 26 days ago

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

    2. GoonSquad
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

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

  25. gellinmagellan
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 26 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?

  26. Bookkeeper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Son > Antonio or Keita?

    1. Devo-McDuff
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Yuck