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Abraham, Pulisic and James among the substitutes as Chelsea face unchanged Villa


The second of Aston Villa’s two Double Gameweek 30+ fixtures kicks off at 16:15 BST, with Chelsea the visitors to the Midlands.

The Villans are unchanged from the side that drew 0-0 with Sheffield United in midweek, meaning that the ‘out of position’ and misclassified Fantasy Premier League midfielder Keinan Davis (£4.3m) once again leads the line for the hosts.

Jack Grealish (£6.4m), the most-bought FPL asset of the current Gameweek, is deployed on the left flank once more.

Frank Lampard has made four changes from the last starting XI he named in the Premier League, although that of course was way back in March.

Andreas Christensen (£4.8m), N’Golo Kante (£5.0m) and Mateo Kovacic (£5.3m) are recalled, while the fit-again Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£6.3m) makes his first appearance of the season.

Kurt Zouma (£4.7m), Billy Gilmour (£4.5m), Ross Barkley (£5.7m) and Pedro (£6.8m) drop out.

With Reece James (£5.1m) only among the substitutes, Marcos Alonso (£6.2m) gets his fourth straight league start – the premium FPL defender hasn’t blanked in any of his starts this season.

Tammy Abraham (£7.5m) and Christian Pulisic (£6.9m) also have to be content with places on the bench, as Oliver Giroud (£6.6m) and the soon-to-be out-of-contract Willian (£7.0m) retain their places in Lampard’s side.


Aston Villa XI: Nyland; Konsa Ngoyo, Mings, Hause, Targett; Hourihane, Douglas Luiz, McGinn; El Ghazi, Davis, Grealish.

Chelsea XI: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rüdiger, Christensen, Alonso; Loftus-Cheek, Kanté, Kovacic; Willian, Giroud, Mount.

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  1. Ginkapo FPL
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Go go gadget Alonso

  2. Herculeez
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    RLC the ultimate differential

  3. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Come one Marcos! VAMOOOS

  4. Team Cruel
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    The only game Henderson and Egan have missed so far was GW13. Now they're both missing for GW31. Illuminati confirmed?

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

      Confirmed.

    2. squits
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      How did they do in that game?

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

        Threw away a 3-1 lead to draw 3-3.

      2. Team Cruel
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        United didn't have a midfield in that game (Fred + Pereira lol) and got ripped apart in the first hour. Then scored 3 goals in 7 minutes late on

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

      Everything aligning for United, including the regular dubious referring decisions.

    4. cheekumz
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      which was also against MUN o.O ... and ended 3-3 for anyone wondering

    5. FPL Pillars
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      What a juicy fixture now

    6. Naby K8a
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      United scored 3 that game when they're usually rubbish away from home too

  5. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Last Man Standing Update (279 teams)

    Current safety score = 78
    Top score = 116
    LMS average = 85.5
    Players played = 7.46/14.6
    Captains played = 1.08%

    https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

    3 games + autosubs to go.

    1. Sun Jihai
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Well that confirms I've got one of the worst scores possible this GW!

  6. FPL Pillars
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Alonso owners, congrats in advance

  7. Naby K8a
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Phil Jagielka will likely start in midweek, with Moore in goal. United might actually get 6

    1. squits
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Captain Rashy or Bruno has got to be the sensible choice

  8. Amey
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    This is why I'm not interested in any of Chelsea players.
    Rotation Hell !!

    1. squits
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Was looking at Tammy on Wildcard but after this may wait a bit!

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Too many options available

    2. FPL Pillars
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Looks it

    3. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Shame isn't it, going with 0 on my WC

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Yeah

  9. EL tridente
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    How is this free hit looking?
    De Gea
    TAA, Chilwell, Doherty
    Salah, Son, Fernandes, Traore
    Vardy, Jimmy, DCL

    1. squits
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Decent!!! Like the Traore pick!

    2. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Lovely except De Gea

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Correct

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Lose DDG

  10. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    I want Alonso in my WC team!

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Need a strong bench

  11. Birds of Prey
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Has anyone noticed Egan's pts read 3 not -3 ?

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

      Perks of a DGW and all that.

    2. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Trolling?

    3. Birds of Prey
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      So is that gonna come off overall score I suppose?

      1. Birds of Prey
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Ah, thank you for making me understand.

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

        You must fall down a lot

        1. Fantasy Gold
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          😆

  12. LIARS POKER
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    For those still with triple captain who are you thinking of sticking it on?

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I don’t have one but if I made I would put in straight on Joelinton.

      1. FPL Pillars
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        If I did*

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

    Not sure what to do. No chips except BB and no WC but 3.3?m in bank- was going to BB but with Leno injury, Lundstram benching and Cantwell playing for woeful Norwich probably best not to!
    Best option may be Leno to Martínez to afford Barnes ( looked poor and likely to be subbed early) to Son for -4 giving this team- Yes or can you suggest better option?

    Pope
    TAA Maguire Doherty
    Salah Son* KDB Bruno
    Jiménez DCL Jota

    Martínez* Fernandéz Cantwell Lundstram

    1. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I would keep Barnes and upgrade Leno to Martinet, Cants to Pogba Sarr or Berg and Lunds to someone decent

  14. Dreaming of glory
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    WC gtg?

    Button - Martinez (if Leno out)
    TAA - Doherty - lascelles - saiss - Jack Robinson
    Mane - Kdb - son - Fernandes - guen
    Rashford - jiminez - Calvert lewin

    Keepers a bit light but if Lenos out it enables saiss instead of a 4.2 def

  15. Manani
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    best forward under 8m? Already ahve DCL

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Ings?

      1. Manani
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        fixtures look pretty bad after the next 2 though

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

      Ings or Abraham

      1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Err... Abraham?

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Jota, Ayew

    4. Leander The Doncker
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Jota?

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

      DCL, Jimenez, Jota, Ings.

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

    Four very different approaches

    a. Lundstram -> Aurier
    b. Auba -> Vardy
    c. use the wildcard
    d. save the free transfer for next gw

    Nyland
    TAA, Doherty, Lascelles
    KDB, Salah, Grealish, Fernandes
    Jiménez, Auba, Ings

    Button, Lundstram, Guendouzi, Simpson
    1 free transfer, 0.7 million in the bank, wildcard, free hit and bench boost chips

  17. Bubz
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Alonso + Mount megahaul incoming

  18. Dybala10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Captain poll should be interesting for 31.

    1. TAT
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I'm on Auba at the moment.

    2. Rainer
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Hard to ignore Bruno now.

      Just have to hope he’ll take the 3rd pen.

    3. Flynny
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Salah surely

    4. Sun Jihai
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Can't be anyone other than a Man Utd player

  19. BigBillyBass
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Sheff Utd will finish 10th now. The wheels have come off

  20. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Any of these worth a -4?

    Kun and Tony to Rash and Son?
    Kun and Tony to Salah and DCL?

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

      Are you selling Anthony??

      1. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Yes Anthony Martial

  21. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Villa have the advantage of having a bedding in match?

  22. Willmissudimitrypayet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Thougts on this premium defence WC draft?

    Martinez 3,9
    TAA Alonso Ritchie Doherty Saiss
    Mane KDB Fernandes Martial Sarr
    Jiménez DCL Nketiah

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Lose Martial and get Rash if you can, otherwise good.

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

        I can do that yes. Why do you think he Will score better?

  23. mcginnntonic
      1 month, 24 days ago

      why does it say egan has conceded 3?!

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

        Rules.

      2. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Because he keeps conceding after the red. Can’t reward someone for being red carded when it’s their fault all the goals are going in.

      3. Little Red Lacazette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        He caused those 3 so he pays.

    • No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Pope
      TAA Saiss CTaylor
      Salah KDB Fernandes Barnes
      Vardy Jimenez DCL

      McCarthy Saka Egan Tanganga
      2.1m itb

      Vardy to rashford?

    • seewhyaxe
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Chelsea to run riot, with Alonso getting the spoils.

      Abraham sticking to the bench please.

    • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Samatta what a fail jesus christ

      1. Vazza
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Lack of Doherty has been the biggest fail of the century..

          1. Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Slight hyperbole .....

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

        If you can't not so humble brag after one of the greatest moments in your FPL life, following a truly shambolic season, then when can you? So here it is:

        - Matt Ritchie 3rd spot on my Bench Boost for 18 points! A win for the both the FFS Members Area and doing your own research on underlying stats rather than following the crowd. Everything pointed to him being unlucky not to have attacking returns yet, but I don't think I've heard his name mentioned anywhere. Herd would have shot it down with Lascelles available for 1m less anyway, so I didn't ask for any opinions.

        - 45 points on (legitimate) BB! Ridiculous really, and obviously filled with a lot of luck. I started my DGWers and benched my SGWers with the less appealing fixtures, so it's not a shenanigans bench even though it does comprise of Leno, Fernandes, Doherty, and Ritchie, so clearly it's abnormally strong and budget heavy.

        - Up to 123 points for the GW with 6 to play including KDB (C). It's the stuff FPL dreams are made of. Rest of my season has been a nightmare so I'm taking it.

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

          Juicy!

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

            Cheers. Hoping to crack the 150 now!

        2. DandyDon
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Well done!

        3. Vazza
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Well done mate 🙂

          • Big Mac 24
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Nice one, brag away

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

              Thanks mate. Sometimes you have no choice surely, and this felt like one of those times. OR is shocking so it's a rare highlight in the worst season I've had for years.

          • Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Well done indeed. Permission to strut.

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

              Gotta be done, right? Thanks Old Man. How's your GW going?

              1. Old Man
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Well I was ahead of you before today but not now!! 😀

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

                  Still a long way to go. Neither of us particularly threatening the top 100k at the moment unfortunately.

                  1. Old Man
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    No I meant the game week. 😉

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

                      Yep just realised that sorry. You are having superb season, well done! GL for top 1k or better.

                      1. Old Man
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        Thanks - that's very generous of you. To be honest I am keeping very quiet because one of my mates is iin 128th position and so I have no reason to get too excited. Besides, my OR will double after today.

          • Ginkapo FPL
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Do you have triple shef defence?

            1. Ginkapo FPL
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Cause that would put questions on your research.

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

                3 players who scored 25 points between them for a total cost of 15.1m? Not sure how that's a bad thing, or bad research. They were pretty obvious picks really, you have to be in it to win it.

                1. Ginkapo FPL
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  You are extremely proud of picking opposite defenders. I dont get it

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

                    You can't pick 5 Sheffield United defenders, so you have to pick a few others. Do you disagree that Ritchie was outside of the mainstream picks?

          • NABIL - 1 season 1der
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Well done

          • ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Talk about "You only sing when you're winning"

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

              I am absolutely 100% putting my hand up and saying this is just about the ONLY thing I've got right all season. It's been a shocker.

              1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Fair enough. Hopefully this year has humbled you a bit after all your "I've solved FPL"-suggesting posts last season. GL for the rest of GW and season 🙂

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

                  Totally. I also never said I'd solved it, not once, ever. I said a lot of things about strategy and trying to think outside the box, which I 100% stand by. It doesn't always work, but no strategy always works. I'm sorry it rubbed you up the wrong way, but I posted loads of stuff that other people enjoyed reading and told me had got them thinking in a positive way. But I get how it comes across, I genuinely do.

                  Hope you're having a good season.

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

                    And if you actually read a lot of my posts about strategy, it's not entirely dissimilar to the kind of views someone like Lateriser shares around here and elsewhere. He's a far more successful FPL manager than me, but why not push the boundaries? It's just being prepared to play the game a different way, and encouraging more creative thinking. I personally don't see the harm in that, but each to their own.

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

                  😀

          • jtreble
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Top10K average could crack 100 this week.

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

              Yes, it's a massive GW all round obviously. An Aguero hat-trick would certainly wipe off some of the gains too since I don't own him.

            2. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              It would probably already be over that if Sheffielf Utd had kept a clean sheet.

          • Jekori
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Nice one. These punts you don't even dare to post but reward you for being original are the best. I had Bergwijn in my team so i was cheering for a Mourinho side for the first time haha. Hopefully you'll make the 150, would be truly unforgettable then.

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

              They are definitely the most satisfying that's for sure. Nice work on Bergwijn, you must have been loving that goal.

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

            Please tell me more. What’s your research saying about Wildcard picks? How can I crack the top 1k?

          • Mambino
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            nice!

          • maglia rosa
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Love this.....post of the day. Happy Days Minus 4 😛

        4. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          *Puts Saint Maximum in his WC*

          😀 😀 😀

          Great result!!!!

          1. Jekori
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Don't forget Richie! Congrats dude, even Joelinton starting to score must be unreal.

        5. Powers106
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Have any prices started to change? I'm going to WC but not sure how fast I need to get moving on it. Thanks~!

        6. gaurava1216
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Hi guys- for FH last choice and need some help please 🙂

          A) Robbo + Traore
          B) Robbo + Doucoure
          C) Robbo + Mcginn

          D) VVD + Barnes
          E) VVD + Mcneil

          DDG
          TAA XXX Doherty
          XXX Salah Bruno Son
          Jimi DLC Vardy

          Bench: Fodders.....