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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. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Anyone (like me) who's having an bad week, Mark is currently on 18. (-4) Hope that makes you feel better.

    1. Liberate HK - antichinazi
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      what is the link of his team?

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Love the binary - all 0s and 1s

        2. Royal5
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Yikes. Brutal.

        3. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          ID 2? Who got 1? The leader of NWO?

    2. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      He knows

    3. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Same here. I haven't even checked my points.

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

      But he gets paid a fortune to tell you how to play 😉

    5. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Really!? Link?

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Ville Ronka also wiped out

        1. Chandler Bing
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Link for Ronka's team?

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Don't have it but saw this on Twitter:

            "Ville Ronka sold Son for Rashford and benched Mitrovic. If you are suffering remember even the best make mistakes"

  2. caldracula
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    ASM + Bowen > Zaha + Periera -4?

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I would

  3. Liberate HK - antichinazi
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Bamford + DCL or T. Henry + C. Ronaldo ?

    1. Fero1905
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Rooney + Tevez

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Bamford and dcl

    3. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      T. Henry + C. Ronaldo 🙂

  4. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Everyone please sell Werner. Terrible pick

    1. fauxfatale
        2 months, 9 days ago

        ok

      • Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 9 days ago

        German Firmino, get him out ASAP

      • Coys96
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Sell! Sell! Sell!

      • mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Wish I could but those fixtures are too good

      • Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I think I'll able to get him for 9.4m on wildcard

      • sambyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I'll give Werner and Havertz the wba game but it's not looking brilliant.

      • Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Since you said please,go on then

      • Plant Based Footballer
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Obviously we all prefer to have picked Vardy right now.

        On the bright side, Chelsea have a better fixture next week. Maybe Pulisic comes back as well, creating a front three of Pulisic, Verner, Havertz.

      • Don Van Vliet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        It's been 1.5 games...

    2. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Which option fam?

      A. Auba & Adams to Sterling & Jimenez (-4)

      B. Auba & Barnes to Sterling & Son (-4)

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        A

      2. diabydoesgallas
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        B

      3. King Mo
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        A

      4. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Is Son a forward now?

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Huh?

          1. jamiejoe
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            My bad, the way you set it up I read Auba and Adams twice.

      5. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        A

      6. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        A

      7. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Cheers everyone

    3. diabydoesgallas
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Bottomed: Need to transfer out ASM, 0 ITB.

      Is podence nailed? Costa from Leeds looks like the best option normally.. but those wolves fixtures are tasty, and I have no other wolves coverage.

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Podence not nailed completely but should get plenty of minutes

    4. jimmy12
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Havertz + Werner
      Worst choice ever there out

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 9 days ago

        We'll see when Werner hauls next week then

        1. jimmy12
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Might give Werner another week
          Not sure about havertz though

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 9 days ago

            After seeing the sub, Havertz needs to go

      2. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Wba is smiling

    5. BenDavies
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Sad as a Chelsea fan to say this but I will probably sell Werner. Doesn't seem comfortable in the team yet. Out for Kane soon.

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        You seem to be a Spurs fans 😀

      2. King Mo
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Jimenez is the one to go for imo.

      3. diabydoesgallas
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I’m giving him a week or two versus crap opposition. He looks very lively. Chelsea are parking the bus today

      4. HurriKane
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Hold those knees

        Werner faces westbrom next

      5. lilmessipran
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Vs West Brom sure go ahead, time to miss another hat trick

    6. teddypicker
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Has a ref ever been asked to look at VAR and then stick with their original decision?

    7. FPLShaqiri
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Does Christensen now miss some premier league games? Might consider a Chelsea defender if he’s guaranteed not to play

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Thiago Silva will come in

      2. diabydoesgallas
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Think it’s 3 for a professional foul? Could be wrong

        1. Limbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          That’s for dangerous/wreckless play.

        2. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          1 game for professional foul. 3 for violent conduct/dangerous play

          1. diabydoesgallas
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Gotcha. I stand corrected

      3. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Am personally not touching them. Can't think of any that are nailed though James may be the way to go

    8. jimmy9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Who do we think is best option at 5.5-6.0mill?
      Got a lovely ASM spot up for grabs.

      1. Podence. 2. Trossard. 3. Klich 4. Other.

      1. Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        1

      2. GOTHAM City F.C.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        3

      3. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        1

      4. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Maybe 4
        Try Costa

    9. Bavarian
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Anything to change guys?

      Ryan
      TAA-Saiss-Kwp (Justin-Mitchell)
      Son-Salah-KDB-Grealish (Alzate)
      Mitro-DCL-Jimenez

      0.3itb

    10. james 101
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Bruno owners:

      Holding or swapping.

      If swapping then to who?

      1. Joey Tribbiani
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Holding 100%

          1. james 101
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Cool.

        • Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Swapping after one game? Be my guest

          1. james 101
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Asking for opinions. Not staring my intent. That’s what we do here mate.

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Fairo mate, just feel selling after 1 game is madness, I'm definitely keeping

              1. james 101
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Likely I’ll do the same.

                Typically I’d only sell someone rapidly if I was concerned.

                I didn’t see the game but I feel like I have heard from a lot of posters that he seemed really off match pace. Which makes sense.

                He’s absolute quality. One of my favourite players. So really do want to give him a run.

                Alternative would likely be sterling. On a free.

                1. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Sterling on a free is very tempting, makes the decision tougher if a Sterling rise will lock you out... I'm giving United assets another week then will reassess if they still look off.

                  1. james 101
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Yes. Especially as Kun is out.

                    I have both Bruno and Martial so I’d not be united-less!

        • Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Holding - like the fixtures

          1. james 101
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            They are decent.

      2. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 9 days ago

        80 with Pele and Maradona (TC) still to go, anyone better?

        1. Liberate HK - antichinazi
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          I have Messi (TC) (2011/2012 version)

        2. Royal5
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Tiago coming on

        3. HM2
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Currently 69 with Adam Johnson (C)

          1. Royal5
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Lol

        4. Wild Card this...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Bale anyone? Lol

        5. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Just a hand above you with Mara

      3. lilmessipran
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Semedo to Wolves almost done.. 5.5 and he comes straight in to my team but he will be 6 I reckon

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Really hope he's 5.5

        2. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 9 days ago

          5.5 I think, 6.0 is ridiculous

          1. lilmessipran
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            I hope it's 5.5 but a nailed on Wolves rwb who also happens to be really good, 6 seems more likely

        3. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          He's as 5.5 as they come!

      4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Thiago coming on

      5. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Really hope Soucek doesn’t drop this week

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Most likely will, already at -87%

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Annoying

        2. Wild Card this...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          I hope we can get him for 4.8 in due time

      6. Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Which pairing would you prefer out of these options?

        1. DCL & Soucek
        2. Maupay & Klich
        3. Maupay & Podence

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          1

        2. El Fenomeno R9
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          1

        3. Hospital Pass
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          DCL & Soucek by a country mile.

      7. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Thiago coming on

      8. Wild Card this...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Lampard might be out by Christmas if Chelsea is not in top 4 by that time I recon...

        1. diabydoesgallas
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Hang on. He’s won one game out of one so far! Also most of the new signings haven’t even played yet. He’s going nowhere imo.

        2. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          From the money they've spent and number of players brought on board, this is obviously a wip team. He must have the backing of the board for at least 2-3 years. They're not daft enough to back a short-medium term plan and then stop supporting it 6 months later. Eh?

      9. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Ooh, Thiago A on for Pool

      10. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Magnus knows... Mark no longer knows.

        1. Cymro
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Daniel in tears.

        2. Al Moon Yeah
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          What's his team link?

      11. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Going to be watching Thiago's impact on Pool extremely closely

      12. Al Moon Yeah
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        What do I not want in this match, the highest owned forward (Werner) to blank, or the Liverpool double defence to keep a cleansheet? Only have Werner and TAA

        1. Hospital Pass
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          They both score.

      13. El Fenomeno R9
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Wow Son 4 goals Kane 4 assists,what happened with Mou?

        1. King Mo
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          More to do with how bad Southampton are tbh.

        2. Amey
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          😀

        3. Collie01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Southampton kept making the same mistake playing the same stupidly high line.

        4. El Fenomeno R9
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Cheers so we target Sou and Leeds for (C)

      14. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Havertz off?

      15. Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Which pairing would you prefer out of these options? Should mention I already have Jrod in midfield.

        1. DCL & Soucek
        2. Maupay & Klich
        3. Maupay & Podence

      16. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Havertz subbed

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Ouch

      17. King Mo
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Havertz yikes.

      18. elchilangles
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Thiago debut goal coming up!