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. Regin
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    got in mahrez and walker for -8.

    Idiot Pep- didnt he say Walker already had his rest. Doesnt Mahrez always start away games? I could have easily got Otamendi, thought Walker was more nailed

    Joke of a season- I took 2 hits & neither of them starting.

    1. jason_ni
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      No one nailed in city team(except ederson), you should know that by now.

      1. Regin
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        i know but then if there was a time to take a risk, wasnt it now with a dgw?

        how can neither of them start? really shocking? huge shock to see useless sterling and foden and b silva all starting ahead of mahrez

        1. david31058
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Do you need a tissue for your tears mate?

    2. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Oh sweet summer child

  2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Meanwhile Andy crowned King of everything
    #andywatch

    1. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      #Danielwatch 🙂

  3. West Hammered
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    If KDB & Mahrez start Arsenal & Burnley games I’m happy

    1. BenjoBD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 4 days ago

      True. I have them both. Was looking forward to watching this game. Might not bother now.

      1. West Hammered
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Yeah killed it a bit, should be a decent game anyway

    2. West Hammered
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      If KDB starts neither at least I have Ayew 6pts off the bench.

  4. Trophé Mourinho
    4 months, 4 days ago

    I think KDB has been a let down in every double for City ever?

  5. BNMC
    4 months, 4 days ago

    This game gonna be stressful... at least I have Bruno.

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

    Aguero to save my ass once more.

    1. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      ofcourse. it's given

  7. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    No players in this match. 1-0 Aguero OG will do just fine.

  8. BenjoBD
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 4 days ago

    No kdb or Mahrez. Can't catch a break this season at all.

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

    Pep was never risking his key man vs such poor opposition with the likes of Burnley & Real Madrid not far away.

    1. jason_ni
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Nice fishing..

    2. SHOWSTOPPERRR
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      That's why he started his all key assets in etihad and got his bald head whooped away all around the etihad arena in the reverse fixture..

  10. Jullepuu
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Can my Foden punt actually turn out to be a huge success?

  11. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Love seeing James up front against a high line.

    .....................DDG
    ......Lindelof Maguire Shaw
    AWB.....Matic......Fred......Williams
    ................Fernandes
    ...........James......Martial

    1. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Did you bet on Everton win?

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        No, thankfully!

        Horrible performance.

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

    That City line up is FPL comedy

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      *gold

  13. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Imagine not owning aguero for a dgw

    1. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Was 0.1 off

    2. TAT
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Couldn't afford him over Auba…

    3. mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Not exactly guaranteed he starts

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

      I captained the fraud Auba over him. Will never forgive myself.

  14. FOO FIGHTER
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Bald Fraud

    WTF is that City lineup?

    No Mahrez or Jesus.

    Gotta love Pep Guardialo.

    1. fr3d
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Karma

    2. Grievez
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      What's wrong with bald?

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

    Gilmour can’t be Scottish, surely?

    1. The Mighty Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Scottish is the new Welsh.

    2. jason_ni
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      He is a class act..him and mctominay look a solid mf pairing for Scotland's long term cm..

      1. DandyDon
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 4 days ago

        not forgetting McGinn. Good options in the centre for sure

    3. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 4 days ago

      just need a decent centre back some time this century and we'll be grand

  16. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Tambourine misses Gilmore sitter

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Tamborine Man?

  17. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Atleast nobody captained kdb

    1. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 4 days ago

      I did

  18. FOO FIGHTER
    4 months, 4 days ago

    So who is who with Auba(c) now.

    Have anything to say?

    1. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Still nothing. Arsenal game can be decisive

    2. SiSenor
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Come on Raheem

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

    Almost Gilmour to Anjorin omg

  20. Ginkapo FPL
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Anjurin is finding out how far from premierleague level he is here. Poor kid, at least he has time and something to aim for now.

  21. Trophé Mourinho
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Zero point watching the City game, might watch last 8 mins to see Jesus come on but thats it

  22. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Kdb off the bench for a point vs arsenal would be lovely

  23. The 12th Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Thinking about VVD,KDB > C.Taylor,Mane -4 now.

    KDB back in 33/34

  24. Grievez
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Thought I was getting Lundy off the bench for KDB. Took me at least 2 minutes to remember Wednesday night. #gutted

  25. Bubz
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Quite enjoying this week as a no DGWer owner

    1. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Kun might change your mind

    2. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Same but, I think we should wait for City vs Arsenal.

    3. mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Don't speak until arsenal and city play, it's a strange old game

    4. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Same lol

  26. Strchld
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    I really hope KdB miss Arsenal too.

    Lundstram off the bench

    1. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      He'll should play imo

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

        I think he will. Just hoping best..

  27. Daniel S.
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Chelsea 10 shots on target

  28. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    How likely you reckon that KDB is benched for Burnley?

    1. fr3d
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      High

    2. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      I'll let you know after the press conference

    3. Jullepuu
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Depends on the match against Arsenal

    4. Forza Papac
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Slim. Pep likes to play his key players into form ahead of big games

    5. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      We have no idea how bad his injury actually is and is it worth risking him.

  29. Trophé Mourinho
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Man U will win wont they, Lindelof and Fernandes goals

  30. FOO FIGHTER
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Mahrez and Jesus to come on when things go tits up for Pep with that lineup.

    Ole is going to have something to say about this.