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Tomori and Targett absent as Pulisic returns for Chelsea

Christian Pulisic (£7.0m) returns to the Chelsea team to face Brighton on the first matchday of 2020.

Joining him in the starting line-up is right-back Reece James (£5.0m), who was recently ruled out by Frank Lampard for at least a week.

He plays on the right of defence which means another appearance at left-back for Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.8m).

Tammy Abraham (£7.8m) and Mason Mount (£6.3m) also keep their places in the 4-3-3 system.

However, Fikayo Tomori (£4.8m) misses out on the match altogether which means a place on the bench for Tariq Lamptey (£4.0m) once again.

Brighton manager Graham Potter has selected Pascal Groß (£6.4m) and Aaron Connolly (£4.5m) on the bench with Steven Alzate (£4.5m) and Leandro Trossard (£5.8m) starting either side of Neal Maupay (£5.8m).

Burnley host Aston Villa in the other lunch-time match where Matt Targett (£4.4m) misses out through injury.

Dean Smith has gone for a slightly altered shape to usual, lining up in a 3-4-3 system featuring Neil Taylor (£4.3m) and Frédéric Guilbert (£4.4m) as the wing-backs and Tyrone Mings (£4.5m) in the back-three.

Brighton XI: Ryan; Burn, Webster, Dunk, Montoya; Pröpper, Mooy, Bissouma; Trossard, Maupay, Alzate.

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

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

Aston Villa XI: Heaton; Hause, Mings, Konsa; N Taylor, D Luiz, Nakamba, Guilbert; Grealish, Wesley, Trézéguet.

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1,828 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Moose™
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Cmon Tammy. Another assist would be golden

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

    Heaton CS gone & down.

  3. DS29
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Anyone else sold Grealish for Traore

    1. DMP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Me. To fund 3 Poll player.

    2. Neves say Never
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Me...always make the best decisions

    3. Bagheri Arce
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Sold Grealish....was consoling myself that he was first on my bench and that would have been more frustrating than selling. Cue Vardy MIA......

    4. Do I Not Like Orange
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Quite a few of us.

  4. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    WOODDddddddd CAPITAINooooooooo! 😆

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Reliable

  5. Pras Scott Talent
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    As soon as Grealish enters my XI he loses a point..ffs

  6. luk46
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Grealish my guy! Vice cap on Mo!

  7. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Heaton injured.

  8. Rotation's Alter Ego
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Vardy has a tight calf - doubt for the weekend.

    https://twitter.com/JrdnBlackwell/status/1212374683275931648?s=19

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Pushing the pram...

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

      Game changer!

    3. DMP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Easy swap for Firmino as 3rd pool coverage.

    4. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Guessing this means he sits out the FA Cup but no news if he'll be ready for the midweek game

  9. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    No Vardy? Grealish first sub 😎

    1. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Jam

  10. JohnRoss
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Delicious Grealish jam smeared all over my new year's body yummy

  11. wulfranian
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    It's Maddison time!

  12. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Grealish CS point gone.....unlucky

    1. Moose™
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Arghh

  13. Totally !rre!evant
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    What A Save!

  14. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Nyland wagon

  15. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Seems like everyone on here has Grealish, either starting or coming in as first sub!

  16. Peter Ouch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Dunk to miss the next one?

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      No. Needs 10 YC now for a ban.

  17. pundit of punts
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Grealish coming in for Vardy

  18. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    I'm convinced VAR is trying to get villa relegated

  19. Kung Fu Football
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Jimenez(vc) and Rico off the bench...you never know?!!

    1. Squeazy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Same here.

  20. SB007
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    If KDB is rested I won't be happy

  21. Lord of Ings
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Surely can't rest KDB (vc) and who's gonna replace him? Only likely one is Gundogan cause pep won't hand foden starts..they lack the creativity in the midfield then I feel.

    1. Sailboats
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Dilva

  22. Trophé Mourinho
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Wood deserves 3 baps I feel

    1. Legendary!
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Y?

  23. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Someone did post earlier that Vardy won't play. Should have payed attention

    1. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      The mods removed it anyway 😆

  24. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Comon Grealy....

  25. nerd_is_the_werd
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Who's everyone's vice-captain (VC) with no Vardy?

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

      Salah. Not sure why I changed it from Alli late-on, to be honest.

      Bit worried he gets a rest too!

    2. Moose™
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      KdB

    3. Sailboats
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      kdb

    4. The Sociologist
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Rashford.

  26. stupendous
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Did Grealish to Adama

    Doh

    1. jam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Me too!

  27. shirtless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Had Grealish since first draft. Done great for me.

  28. Dog and Fox
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Grealish first sub, bur Lucas VC :/

  29. the wise one
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Is Jamie Vardy havin a party¿

  30. Nightcrawler
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Ok what are the chances i get grealish off the bench here??

    Got chambers and vardy in the starting xi

    Got rico 1st sub, lund 2nd, grealish 3rd

    1. Nightcrawler
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Got sterling and cantwell too in the starting xi