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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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2,462 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Forza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Vardy vs a debutant CB = 🙂

  2. Jässi
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 days 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. El Niño Yanqui
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Eventually all your players will face a cupcake

  3. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Is Bale price out?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      9m

      1. Rolls-Royce
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Not showing on FPL site

  4. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Think, im keeping Werner. WBA next.

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      GL

    2. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      100% keeping on WC.

  5. Wakanda
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 days 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
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      any suggestions guys ?

  6. zizoo10
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

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

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

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

  7. msb2299
      2 months, 16 days ago

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

    • Mr.K
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

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

      1. Hospital Pass
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Neither. Just chasing points.

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          It could be chasing price rises.

          1. Mr.K
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 16 days 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
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 16 days 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
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 16 days 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. El Niño Yanqui
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        It’s about fixtures against truly awful defenses

        Everything else seems to be dangerous

    • rupopo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

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

    • Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days 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
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Had the same forward line

      2. Dr. Rog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        happens every year. they will come good

      3. tomasjj
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        only two games in, one for some.

    • zizoo10
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Worth a WC?

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

    • The Wizard of Ozil
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 16 days 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

    • Kakashi Of The Leaf
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days 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?

    • tomasjj
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Alli to Hames done.

      WC will be kept for at least 3 more weeks.

    • Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days 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
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Digne over Podence maybe.

        1. Rolls-Royce
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Good idea

        2. stat sifter 888888
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Digne and Podence play different positions.

            1. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Of course, but he can shift funds around.

      2. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

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

        1. stat sifter 888888
            2 months, 16 days ago

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

          • LSK
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

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

        2. stat sifter 888888
            2 months, 16 days ago

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

          • Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Im 5mins late, but WOOD!

          • Gandalf
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 16 days 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
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

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

          • Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Does this look ok?

            Martinez
            VVD Lamptey Taylor Mitchell
            Salah KDB Sterling Rodriguez
            Kane Mitro

            Steer Anguissa Brewster Ferguson

            Thanks!

          • Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Mmmm Leicester jam.