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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. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Now if Salah and Trent could haul in the same way as Son and Kane did, that would be great

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      The way this GW is going, I’m expecting 2 x RC’s, with both been banned for five games.

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

        And 2 pens for each side

  2. seewhyaxe
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    what happened to Lamptey guy?

    1. seewhyaxe
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      guys*

    2. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Potter didn't have him in his team so subbed him before clean sheet

      1. Neevesy
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Knew it

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

      Injured

  3. Tonyawesome69
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Havertz playing right in the front 3 again?!

  4. yousunkmybattleship
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Lamptey being subbed off at 57 mins about sums up the first two GWs

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Still my highest scorer amongst defenders and GK 🙁

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

        I had Ryan at least but still hurts.

    2. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      4 points is a lot more than some of us can ask for

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

    LMS safety score currently 15 with bonus.

    https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

    1. Turbo Timo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Finally I can smile 🙂

  6. Agger
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Stuart Armstrong looked good today

    1. King Mo
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      He always does

  7. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Need Werner to score three after TAA has gone off after 60mins with a CS and goal/assist.

  8. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Son saving my bacon this week, but my score is still so bad. Need this to be a really high scoring game

  9. Agger
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Salah and Robbo haul incoming

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Yes please

  10. Party time
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Captain next gw?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Unless something goes awry in this game, Werner v Baggies

      1. Party time
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Nice. Baggies are pants

    2. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Pick someone random. I'm sure they'll get a hattrick

      1. Party time
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Thanks

    3. Joey Tribbiani
        2 months, 16 days ago

        I have no idea, might transfer in KDB or Sterling and captain them

        1. Party time
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 16 days ago

          I have no idea as well. So many good options next gw

      • yousunkmybattleship
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Based on trends so far, any of the Man Utd front 4, they will win 5-1

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

          Between Bruno and Son for me

      • Azathoth
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Maupay

      • Whats the Huth
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Has to be Werner. West Brom and Fulham are whipping boys

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Leeds & Sou also - not whipping boys, but it seems to be a goal-fest

    4. Benster
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Was SO close (finger hovering) to transferring Son out as part of a -8 to avoid 0.1 loss, but just held my nerve. I'm sure many on here are the same, but no doubt some unlucky sods pulled the trigger
      ...

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

        yeh yeh I did the same 🙂 , held my nerve and didnt get Rodriguez in... For ALLI

    5. Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Who's the best bissouma replacement for the next few gw's then?

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

        Reed.

    6. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      who would you rather have?

      a. Thiago
      b. Ven De Beek

      Cheers

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        B

        But neither

      2. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        You don't want to actually watch or assess the data then?

        1. the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Not in the last few days Andy lol

    7. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Willian + JW-P -> For free?

      KdB/Sterling + Soucek/Jorginho

    8. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      On a WC:

      A) Would you put Son back in after foolishly removing him?

      B) Forget him, points are gone and move on?

      Thanks guys, hurting.

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Move on, Southampton essentially bent over

      2. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        B. Not every team will play a highline like that!

      3. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 16 days ago

        B)

        Southampton were dreadful.

      4. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Thanks guys

      5. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Yep, Saints were dreadful - even we beat them first game of season. I would move on.

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Cheers bud, think i’ll forget about him now then, move on 🙂

    9. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Heads up the Leics vs Burnley later is on BBC HD 🙂

    10. dshv
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Asm to podence (-4)
      Wilson to dcl (-4)

      Both (-8)

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Wait games in play

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

        why are you already on a -4...

    11. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      What to do with McCarthy?

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

        Obvious isn't it?

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          🙂

        2. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Don't fancy taking a hit for a GK! Auba & Adams are other concerns!

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            McCarthy biggest problem though

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

            Guess you have no choice. Burnley have less pace at least.

      2. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        changing to Martinez i think

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Or Guita?

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

        Get Guaita

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

        Would consider looking at options. I took him out of my team when I played the WC yesterday afternoon. Looking at Saints defensively, I might have wildcarded just to jump off that train.

      5. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Cheers everyone

    12. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Last night I was kicking myself for not doing Son, Adams to JRod, DCL for -4

      DCL and JRod 29 pts-4 /25
      Son and Adams 26 pts

      1. FISSH
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Haha

    13. TAT
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Come on, Havertz. My gamweek relies on you!

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Might want to turn away for 90 minutes

        1. TAT
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Won't be able to watch the match – and for once I'm glad I'll miss a game!

    14. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Werner on interview mode ??

      Keep or Sell

    15. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Wildcard active. Midfield of KDB, Salah, Barnes, Rodriguez and Podence with Martial and Werner up top is already starting to make me forget about this dreadful GW. Looking forward to next weekend

      1. MINUS FOUR
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Grealish vs Fulham over Barnes for GW3 to get your Wildcard off to a flyer. You'll thank me later.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Grealish could be a great diffy.
          Good to see you avoid the front line cliche of DLC, Mitro & Bamford

    16. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Vardy brace, Havertz showing semblance of life would make me keep my WC probs

    17. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Ramsdale (Steer)
      TAA Justin KWP Mitchell (Taylor)
      Salah Auba Son (Bissouma/Romeu)
      Vardy Werner (Davis)

      2ft, 0.0 itb

      Waiting for gw to finish of course but then plan is Auba for Kdb/Raz. Currently leaning on Raz. What do you guys think - Raz or Kdb?

      Also planning to keep Sonny now...any ideas for second transfer or just Auba to city boys?

    18. Marc Jobling
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      It'll have to be a GW4 Wildcard but this is getting too much. Removing Ings for Martial? Picking Ryan over McCarthy? Too many fires to fix.

      Going forward, who would you go without:
      (a) Salah
      (b) De Bruyne
      (c) Son
      (d) Werner
      (e) Martial

      1. Fred54
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        What's stopping you doing it now?

        1. Marc Jobling
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          I want Son (NEW) and Mitrovic (AVL). Feel GW4 is more acceptable than GW3.

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        E aym

      3. seewhyaxe
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        C and E

      4. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        E

    19. 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. Would you WC? WC saves about 4-5 sure drops that will happen this week.

      Thoughts??

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Do a -8 and save WC imo, 6 good players there

      2. Werner Brothers
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Bissouma & reed should go too... Enough reason to wc

      3. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        You ran out of exclamation marks there

    20. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Still could be a great game, not that the other games this week have been bad.

      1. Azathoth
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        A 7 goal thriller it's what we need.

      2. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Goals galore, love it. People prefer a boring Sheffield 0-0 Burnley for some reason

      3. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        *this

      4. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 16 days ago

        With both team's defenses, can easily see a goalfest

    21. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Werner on the left and havertz through the middle

    22. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Mane brace would be very amusing

      1. Azathoth
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        bring it on!!!!

    23. Nikolai Volkoff
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Havertz will probably smash it and make me regret activating my WC last night.