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, 29 days ago

    Salah gonna feast on this Everton defence?

    1. Rashford FC
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      Yep. Mane too

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      4 months, 29 days ago

      Mane and Salah

    3. Luka does it again
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      Yeah, looks this way.

    4. Rainer
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      Nah. Will be tight.

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 29 days ago

        Doubt it

      2. Rolls-Royce
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 29 days ago

        Merseyside derby usually high scoring. One of Salah/Mane for the armband.

        1. david31058
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 29 days ago

          Not at goodison.

          Only one goal by either side in the three matches since Klopp took over

        2. ManUnitedComeBack
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 29 days ago

          Only the latest one right? The three derbies before that (ever since VVD signed) had only a single goal in total. And that was entirely a silly goalkeeping error.

    5. Jullepuu
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 29 days ago

      Good chance that they bounce back and concede only two

    6. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      Totally different game and away. Everton better home.

  2. tm245
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    Pickford with a ton of saves and losing by 4 - really poor from Everton today.

  3. Luka does it again
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    Everton really spent over £100million this season. wow.

    1. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      Who did they even sign? I can only remember Kean.

      1. Qaiss
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 29 days ago

        Took Iwobi from us for 40m :)))

        1. Niho992
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 29 days ago

          And you paid 80 for fraud Pepe lol

          1. Qaiss
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 29 days ago

            72m in instalments. 32m if you take off Iwobi money. And next season you wont be saying that about Pepe ya little keyboard warrior when everyone here owns him.

            1. Qaiss
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 29 days ago

              Pepe this and that. How about Pulisic, Ndombelly, Lo Celso and their return on investment? Iwobi has played in the PL for 4 years and has been crap. Pepe last season was the best player in Ligue 1 bar Mbappe.

              See you next season when he's ripping the PL up 😉

          2. Qaiss
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 29 days ago

            If he's such a fraud why do you have him in your FPL? 😉

      2. Luka does it again
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 29 days ago

        Below not including how much they spent on hiring/firing managers 🙂

        Alex Iwobi £27.36m
        Moise Kean £24.75m
        Jean-Philippe Gbamin £22.50m
        André Gomes £22.50m
        Fabian Delph £8.55m

        1. Berbs
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 29 days ago

          Blimey

        2. bench boost for every gamew…
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 29 days ago

          Apart from iwobi good investments. Gbamin unlucky injury, looked allright er when fit

  4. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    Gilmore hasnt put a foot wrong. An actual top tier talent

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      Form is tenporary though

  5. Rainer
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    Still no real blanks for Alonso this season...

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      Liverpool still counts, even if it was an expected blank.

  6. Skloppy Kops
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    Took a -4 to get auba + Saka for Vardy + Traore. Switch cap from Salah to Auba.
    Robbo dnt play, Holgate comes in with sme point.
    KdB get sgw, grealish on bench.

    What a mess of a season. From 100k to 500k in 4gws

  7. faux_C
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    Current rank is 1,274.

    Soy, Saka (and KDB) to play.

    Think I'll end the gw in the top 2k?

    1. Ragabolly
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      No..

  8. Ady87
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    ML leader has KDB(c) so as an owner I’m happy. The issue is he is getting Lund for Kelly and has Mane’s 13 as VC. Need him to come on for anything against Arsenal!

    1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      He'll play against arsenal the ball bag. He was close for today's game

  9. Sun Jihai
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    Magnus Carlsen so jammy that he sold KDB in GW28
    He and current OR#1 have Sterling too

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      GW not over

    2. Manani
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      think he ditched Mane this week though

    3. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      Plenty of players with great records sold him actually

  10. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    Ah well. DCL blank and Mahrez benched. Hopefully Mahrez gets at least 30 minutes and scores.

  11. Jullepuu
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 29 days ago

    So is Foden playing at rw or lcm?

  12. TheSteel
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    Imagine expecting a City player to make the squad.

  13. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    Zinchenko...
    Ah reminds me of that sweet time around gw1 where anything could happen

    1. Manani
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      still salty i went with Stones instead of him at the start

  14. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    To beat Everton, you only need to play your kids.

    Gilmour, Broja, Anjorin, James today.

    Liverpool in the FA Cup...

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      Liverpool did play his 2nd team in 1st leg and won

  15. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    Lampard playing games with Carlo giving minutes to Anjorin and Broja .

  16. CroatianHammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    No Kevin? I am soooo sad right now. I had Mané with the (C) before the DGW was announced too.

    As it stands I'm better off him NOT playing probably, as Foden has the (V) and I have 6 from Sub #1. Martinelli missing out is also worth 12 from Sub #2... I should still win my FFS HU league match though.

    1. manu4life99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      Why on earth would you vice Foden

      1. CroatianHammer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 29 days ago

        Why would I give the (V) to someone Pep said was starting, and was getting 2 games in the week? No clue mate, no clue at all.

        1. manu4life99
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 29 days ago

          You're right Foden says clearly a better captain pick than Mane this week

    2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      Master class vs Arsenal will make up for it

  17. jtreble
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    Gilmour has been excellent.

    1. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      Gilmour MOTM?

  18. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    DCL > Deeney GW31 as planned or bring forward to GW30? (No impact on pts hits)

  19. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    Foden show incoming

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      Nah, only time for the Billy GOAT today.

  20. Manani
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    Madison>Sarr?
    have 2 FT so have to use 1

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      Yes

  21. Would Ed Woodward
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 29 days ago

    Siggy has been absolutely horrible all season.

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      Yup

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      I put him in my set-and-forget draft team 😆

  22. QUEN
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 29 days ago

    So I’m in dire need to use my wildcard, so wild card teams

    What people thinking who are using this chip

  23. Rainer
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    Get them Holgate -1s of benches 🙂

    1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      Still own. Strange

  24. Willmissudimitrypayet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    Any chances in Chelsea game?

  25. Would Ed Woodward
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 29 days ago

    Today will be the third game I've owned Mahrez for this season, hasn't played a minute for me yet.

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 29 days ago

      It'll work out in the long run they said

  26. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 29 days ago

    Richarlison chasing shadows

  27. Corgzzzz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    Afternoon Guys, Need help for GW31.
    Ings out for Woods or Deeney
    or
    Cantwell out for McNeil or Sarr

    1. Pompel
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      Cantwell -> Sarr

  28. CRO KLOPP
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    Can't wait to hear from Bemba OMG AGUERO

    1. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 29 days ago

      OMG Richarlison

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 29 days ago

        Can't wait for Bemba

  29. Rainer
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    Pickford close.

  30. Lamplighters
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 29 days ago

    Ha-ha.....I have Mahrez, Mendy, and KDB on my team.....plus Robbo, and I played bench boost this week. Top that!

    1. Pépé sur le P…
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 29 days ago

      What's the issue with the bench boost? Just that Robbo didn't play?