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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
    2 months, 27 days ago

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

  2. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

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

    1. Prisoner B5160-8
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      60 minutes a pop maybe.

  3. FOO FIGHTER
      2 months, 27 days ago

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

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Depends if he starts against Arsenal.

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

    • jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Sterling or Aguero captaincy might do well this gameweek. 🙂

    • Athletic Nasherbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 27 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

    • BobB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Foden ahead of Mahrez? Really Pep?!

      1. The Big Fella
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 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
          2 months, 27 days ago

          yeh peps known for being transparent

    • FOO FIGHTER
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Lol at owning City assets.

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

      • BobB
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

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

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 27 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
            2 months, 27 days ago

            This

        2. Poseidon.
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 27 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
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 27 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.

      • RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Greedy tw@t

      • Amey
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Get IN 😀

      • nerd_is_the_werd
          2 months, 27 days ago

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

        • Deulofail
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Ederson for England #1

        • My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Still better than Auba(c)

        • Bada Bing
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 27 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
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Ighalo to gift pool the league

        • InSaneMan-e
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

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

        • HashAttack
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

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