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Fabinho starts at centre-half as injured Gomez and Matip miss Chelsea v Liverpool

The stand-out Premier League fixture of the weekend takes place at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

Liverpool are Chelsea’s visitors, with kick-off in west London at 16:30 BST.

Both managers have made one change to their starting XIs for this clash.

Joe Gomez (£5.5m) misses out with a knock and with Joel Matip (£5.5m) also unavailable because of a minor muscle injury, it’s Fabinho (£5.5m) who is given the nod to partner Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) at centre-half.

New signing Thiago Alcantara (£6.0m) is only among the substitutes, while the rest of the Liverpool side is as expected.

Mateo Kovacic (£5.5m) comes into the Chelsea midfield in place of Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£6.0m) in Frank Lampard’s only alteration.

Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.0m) is still only a substitute, so that means another start for Reece James (£5.0m) and Marcos Alonso (£6.0m) at full-back – the latter going up against Mohamed Salah (£12.0m) down the Liverpool right.

Kai Havertz (£8.5m) gets another chance to impress after his quiet debut at Brighton, while Timo Werner (£9.5m) – still the most-owned forward in FPL by some margin – again leads the line.

Despite his overall popularity, Werner was the most-sold player of Gameweek 2, with over half a million Fantasy managers ditching him.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) wasn’t far behind him for transfers out and no defender was sold by as many FPL bosses as the Liverpool right-back following his Gameweek 1 blank.

The England international scored home and away against Chelsea last season, with the two league meetings between the two clubs returning 11 goals.

Only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£12.0m) was captained by more Fantasy managers than Salah this weekend, meanwhile.

The Egyptian, who hit a hat-trick against Leeds United last weekend, was handed the armband by over 560,000 of us ahead of Saturday’s deadline.


Chelsea XI: Kepa, James, Zouma, Christensen, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Mount, Havertz, Werner.

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk, Fabinho, Robertson, Henderson, Keita, Wijnaldum, Mane, Firmino, Salah.

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  1. Forza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Vardy vs a debutant CB = 🙂

  2. Jässi
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    A lot of problems in the squad like Alli, ASM, McCarthy, KWP, Holding, Werner etc but wouldnt like to WC just yet... How would you continue?

    A) Auba to KDB, Alli to Son, ASM to Soucek -4 (need to do it probably today)
    B) Auba to KDB and Alli to Hames
    C) Auba to KDB, Alli to Son and Werner to DCL -4
    D) Just Alli to Hames and save 1FT

    1. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Eventually all your players will face a cupcake

  3. Rolls-Royce
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Is Bale price out?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      9m

      1. Rolls-Royce
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Not showing on FPL site

  4. Niho992
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Think, im keeping Werner. WBA next.

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      GL

    2. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      100% keeping on WC.

  5. Wakanda
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    My lineup
    Lloris
    KWP, Tiernery, TAA, Robertson
    Salah/Zaha,Xhaka, Sterling
    Wilson,Adams, Richarlision

    Keen to get "Son"aldo in... only 0.8 itb
    Looks like i need -8 to get him in... or do i WC ?

    1. Wakanda
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      any suggestions guys ?

  6. zizoo10
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    is this mccarthy getting dropped talk nonsense? might have to wc if theres a chance?

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      The goals certainly were not his fault. Hassenhutl should take the rap, tbh.

  7. msb2299
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Should I swap Robertson for Lamptey
    to upgrade Saint Maximin to Zaha?
    thanks.

  8. Mr.K
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Auba to Son and go without City coverage (namely KDB) for now? Lunacy or genius?

    1. Hospital Pass
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Neither. Just chasing points.

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        It could be chasing price rises.

        1. Mr.K
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          More this. Not just knee jerking here, I like Son in general. Admittedly his performance was the trigger for thinking him instead of KDB, but it's also largely because the extra moneys would likely find a home as well.

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            People mock, but what I saw today was Spurs modifying their tactics to get Son playing more centrally. That is entirely a good thing and not how they were playing during Project Restart.

            1. Mr.K
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 year, 2 months ago

              Think I'll pull the trigger. What's life without a bit of risk, eh? Can always wildcard if things go too sour.

    2. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      It’s about fixtures against truly awful defenses

      Everything else seems to be dangerous

  9. rupopo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    I don't like be "all out" with all these games left to play

  10. Firminoooo
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    My expensive forwardline (Martial, Werner, Adams) not keeping up with the cheap strikers like Mitro, Bamford, Maupay, DCL. Ings to Martial not my best move.

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Had the same forward line

    2. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      happens every year. they will come good

    3. tomasjj
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      only two games in, one for some.

  11. zizoo10
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Worth a WC?

    Auba > Sterling
    ASM > Klich/Podence
    Mitro > DCL
    Werner > Jimenez
    Vinagre > Saiss
    Martial > Son (switch form)

  12. The Wizard of Ozil
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Sold Son this week (& kept Havertz)

    Would you WC this lot? Have already took a hit to brink KDB & Jimi in

    McCarthy* (Nyland)
    Tierney* - Egan* - Dallas* (Taylor,Mitchell)
    Salah - KDB - JRod - Havertz* (Bassouma*)
    Jiménez - Warner - Mitrovic

    * Players would most likely leave on WC with DLC maybe in up from aswell

  13. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    McCarthy
    TAA Digne Saiss Tierney Ayling
    Auba Havertz Alli Bissouma Reed
    Werner Jimenez DCL

    FT Used . 0.5 ITB
    Possibly 8 price drops there.Would you wildcard though.?
    Any suggestions?

  14. tomasjj
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Alli to Hames done.

    WC will be kept for at least 3 more weeks.

  15. Rolls-Royce
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    First WC draft.

    Martinez
    James Siass TAA
    Salah KdB Hamez Podence
    Werner Jiminez DCL

    4.0 4.5 4.0 4.0

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Digne over Podence maybe.

      1. Rolls-Royce
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Good idea

      2. stat sifter 888888
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Digne and Podence play different positions.

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          Of course, but he can shift funds around.

  16. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Is Bamford a trap? Better off going with Klich at the same price?

    1. stat sifter 888888
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Not a trap if Rodrigo doesn't eventually take his place.

    2. LSK
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I prefer Klich but can’t say I watched much of Leeds last season.

  17. stat sifter 888888
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Lindelof's is a handball but Wood's isn't? These "laws" are a joke.

  18. have you seen cyan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Im 5mins late, but WOOD!

  19. Gandalf
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    A: Havertz + Wilson > Rodriguez + DCL/Richarlison -4

    B: Havertz + Werner > KDB + Wood/Mitrovic -4

    C: Havertz > Rodriguez

    D: Accept price drops to see how Man City look tomorrow

    4.5 4.0
    TAA Saiss Dier Justin 4.0
    Salah Son Havertz Soucek 4.5
    Kane Werner Wilson

    1. DarkGreen
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Keep Havertz and Werner. they have WBA next. WBA are awful at defense. Chelsea might score 4-5 goals

  20. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Does this look ok?

    Martinez
    VVD Lamptey Taylor Mitchell
    Salah KDB Sterling Rodriguez
    Kane Mitro

    Steer Anguissa Brewster Ferguson

    Thanks!

  21. Bushwhacker
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Mmmm Leicester jam.