Dugout Discussion

Kepa, Sidibe and Digne return but James benched for Chelsea v Everton

Chelsea v Everton is the first of two Premier League matches that take place on Sunday, with the Manchester derby to follow later.

Kick-off at Stamford Bridge is at 14:00 GMT.

Both managers have made a number of changes from their Gameweek 28 line-ups.

Carlo Ancelotti has made three alterations from the side that drew with Manchester United last weekend, one of which is enforced.

Bernard (£6.4m), the fit-again Lucas Digne (£5.7m) and Djibril Sidibe (£5.1m) are all recalled to the starting XI, with Theo Walcott (£6.2m), Leighton Baines (£4.9m) and the injured Seamus Coleman (£5.3m) making way.

Richarlison (£8.3m), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£6.4m) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.3m) have started in every match under their new manager in which they have been available and maintain that record this afternoon.

Teenager Billy Gilmour (£4.5m) makes his first ever Premier League start for the depleted hosts, who are without the likes of Tammy Abraham (£7.5m), Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.3m), Mateo Kovacic (£5.3m), Jorginho (£4.9m) and N’Golo Kante (£5.0m) through injury or suspension.

Frank Lampard has made six changes in all from the team that drew 2-2 at Bournemouth.

The unavailable Jorginho and Kovacic are two of the men to drop out, while Andreas Christensen (£4.9m), Fikayo Tomori (£4.3m) and Reece James (£5.0m) are all demoted to the bench.

Kepa Arrizabalaga (£5.4m) returns in goal in place of Willy Caballero (£4.8m), meanwhile, after impressing in midweek.

Gilmour, Andreas Rudiger (£6.0m), Kurt Zouma (£4.7m), Willian (£6.9m) and Ross Barkley (£5.6m) are the other players promoted to Lampard’s starting XI.

Calvert-Lewin’s joint-highest Fantasy Premier League score of the season (12 points) came in the reverse fixture, which Everton won 3-1.

The in-form Everton striker is the most-owned player on show at Stamford Bridge and now sits in 16.2% of Fantasy squads.

Mason Mount (£6.1m), who has blanked in each of his last six home appearances, is the most-popular Chelsea asset from an FPL perspective, although ‘ghost teams’ may well account for a decent chunk of his ownership given his early-season exploits.


Chelsea XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger, Alonso, Barkley, Gilmour, Mount, Willian, Giroud, Pedro.

Everton XI: Pickford, Sidibe, Holgate, Keane, Digne, Sigurdsson, Gomes, Davies, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.

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1,309 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Good to see small Billy has made his name outside FPL.

  2. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Surely Aguero doesn't start all 3 premier league games or what?

    1. Prisoner B5160-8
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      60 minutes a pop maybe.

  3. FOO FIGHTER
    4 months, 4 days ago

    So who is getting Aguero in for GW30 only for Pep to fck you over 😀

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Depends if he starts against Arsenal.

      No way am I getting him if he starts that game also.

  4. jtreble
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Sterling or Aguero captaincy might do well this gameweek. 🙂

  5. Athletic Nasherbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Holgate + Ings > Fernandez + Jota (-4) and then BB? (If Aguero doesn’t start against Arsenal midweek think he plays Burnley)

    Henderson
    TAA Doherty Hanley
    Salah Pepe Fernandes Richarlison Cantwell
    Aguero(C) DCL

    McCarthy Jota Fernandez Stevens

  6. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Foden ahead of Mahrez? Really Pep?!

    1. The Big Fella
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      He said in his press conference that Foden was definitely starting. I don't know why people are surprised

      1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        yeh peps known for being transparent

  7. FOO FIGHTER
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Lol at owning City assets.

    Fck that, it will be the last time this season.

  8. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Teams that rotate less win titles. Leicester, Chelsea, Liverpool.

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Pretty strong argument when you leave out the team that rotates a lot and also wins titles.

      1. The Big Fella
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        This

    2. Poseidon.
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Forest once won the league while using only 14 players (and one of those broke his leg)

    3. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Doesn't it just mean that the team gets lucky with injuries?

      It's a bit like doing well in FPL; don't take transfer hits. But if your players are doing well then there's no need to transfer them out.

  9. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Greedy tw@t

  10. Amey
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Get IN 😀

  11. nerd_is_the_werd
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Looks like Martial to Mahrez for -4 going well..

  12. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Ederson for England #1

  13. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Still better than Auba(c)

  14. Bada Bing
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    City could replace otamendi with a turnstile and nobody would notice a difference.

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Ighalo to gift pool the league

  15. InSaneMan-e
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Oles defensive tactics spot on. Shaw/Williams on 1 flank. AWB on the other

  16. HashAttack
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    So Auba wasn't such a bad choice - scored the same as Aguero, Jesus and Mahrez combined (plus KDB)