Dugout Discussion

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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1,250 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Hmmmm

    If Salah is just rested does that make him a shoe in for midweek cappo?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Why does he need a rest?

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Hang on I'll just phone Jurgen Klopp here & ask him

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Obviously not just rested.

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Obviously, oh wise one

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      He's on the bench so maybe Mane rested for Palace... That match kicks off in 72 hours time...

      Salah with no Mane is usually a different beast too

      1. Berbs
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Salah was an injury doubt. Pretty obvious given he's missed training sessions and Klopp addressed it too

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Ya he sat out that training match with Robbo & Wijnaldum a couple of weeks ago

          Dangerous ground for captaincy so

          All aboard the Old Trafford Midweek Express

    3. james 101
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I don’t have Salah this week. TAA only this game. (Though he’s in my WC team)

      But...

      Really don’t get why he’s being rested against Everton!

      (Good for me though)

    4. PL Ball
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Probably not quite up to full fitness.

      If he comes on a for a late cameo, it bodes well for mid-week Cap.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Yeah goal scoring 30 minute cameo would put cat amongst the pigeons

  2. Naby K8a
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Alisson, Trent Matip Van Dijk Milner, Fabinho Henderson Keita, Minamino Firmino Mane

  3. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    No Salah as expected.

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Why was it expected?

      1. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        He didnt played in last friendly game.

  4. Fred54
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Salah benched.

  5. L'Aeroplanino
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    scenes

  6. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Mo Fo

  7. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Salah vs. tired legs is a scary thought.

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      if he's even needed by then.

    2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Unfit legs v tired legs

  8. TAT
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Should've gone with the gut feeling, avoiding Chelsea completely on FH.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I felt good about it. Oh well 😆

      1. TAT
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Would've felt better if I felt good about the Mount/Abrham double-up! Classic case of looking too much at the fixture.

  9. JACK ARMY
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    On Wildcard have Doherty & Jiménez...

    A) Aurier
    B) Saiss

  10. Rainer
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Helpful team news, the duo were struggling for fitness recently.

  11. Bubz
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Annoyed at myself for selling TAA to Alonso. Could come back to absolutely spank me here

    1. KGFC
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Same here...

      1. Bubz
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Come on Everton...

  12. Fred54
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Robertson not in squad.

  13. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    No Salah!!

  14. Berbs
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Salah Firmino Mane trio have never played against Everton

  15. Royal5
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Mohandas benched. Phew.

  16. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Salah benched

  17. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Surely the professionals heard the rumor that Salah missed training

  18. Little Red Lacazette
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    No Salad for dinner today.

  19. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Salah benched like a little egyptian baby

  20. tm245
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    McGinn mercifully subbed off, his replacement nearly scores.

  21. FPL ElasticO
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Which spurs player to consider till the end??

    A. Son
    B. Alli
    C. Kane
    D. Bergwjin

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      A

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Aurier

    3. Releasebreaks
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Aurier

  22. EmreCan Hustle
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    I see a lot of players wearing their masks under their nose. How are they not informed about this?

    1. ibenji
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      The masks for players are utterly pointless, when they run about next to each other for 90 minutes. It’s an image thing, probably to show they are good role models wearing masks. Take Chelsea as an example, lampard and Morris have stood next to each other for large parts of the game, Giroud and Pedro hugged at the celebration. They’ll never get it!

      1. Bunk Moreland
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Masks make sense in the tunnel. They are close to each other for some minutes . Out on the pitch they are usually not that close to players, on average about 3 mins of close contact in 90 mins of play.

  23. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Salad not match fit

  24. Royal5
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    McFail

  25. FPL Pillars
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    No Robbo

  26. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Mane and Trent come onnnnn

  27. TheSteel
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    TAA on pks

    1. Bunk Moreland
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Milner

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I wish. FKs though at least!

  28. Woy_is_back
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Yes no Salah or Gomez, nr 1 has both

    1. S.Kuqi
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      You are doing pretty damn well. Well played

  29. how now brown cow
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Nyland outscoring my sheff utd defs. Lol.

  30. Athletico Timbo
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    No Salah, no Salah, no Salah
    running down the wing

    1. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 20 days ago

      😆