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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. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Just noticed Son with only 2 BAPS.

    WTF?

    1. Team Bobcat
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      He is korean

      1. KAALI_DAAL
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Next you'll say he has no facial hair.

      2. Team Bobcat
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Or should I say he is not English

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

          ?

          1. Team Bobcat
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            I think the game is slighty biased towards english players. I dont have a priblem with that. That is normal to me. Cant frustrate a little at timrs but you just have to accept it or work with it whichever you prefer. I have no evidence..

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

              It’s a very transparent scoring system. This comment is silly

      3. GROBARI
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Wtf

        • Dthinger
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Kane had more involvement I suppose

      4. AlpoShearer
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Auba + ASM to Son + Zaha - 4
        Yes or no?

        1. jimmyabs1987
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          100%

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

        Havertz off 🙂

        1. Wild Card this...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          What a flop 🙂

      6. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Excited to see Thiago!!!

        1. Paul Psychic Octopus
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Don't expect too much, fantasy football-wise.

      7. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Best 5.5 mid?
        1) Costa
        2) Harrison
        3) Schlupp
        4) Podence
        5) Neto

        1. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          1

          1. Herman Toothrot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            5.6 now

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

          Soucek

        3. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Soucek

      8. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Hendo coming off?

      9. sambyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        And now Havertz is off. Literally everything that could go wrong is going wrong lmao.

      10. elchilangles
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Thiago debut goal and assist coming up!

      11. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        How big of a fail has Havertz been?

        1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Large, in danger of dropping.

          1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Will now drop.

            1. Royal5
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Yup. Can see him dropping 0.2

        2. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          No great but I might still consider him given the fixtures and when other are back.
          Problem is who plays and who gets rotated in that midfield. That is putting me off more. Pulisic would be a great option but is he too injury prone?

        3. Paul Psychic Octopus
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          I know Chelsea have some good fixtures coming up, but it feels to me like it's better to wait until Ziyech and Pulisic are fit and in the team.

      12. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Ok, if i got rid of Werner in WC, i could have Sterling alongside KDB and Salah in midfield.

        Takes on this?

        Martinez
        James - Robertson - Saiss
        Klich - KDB - Salah - Sterling
        DCL - Jiminez - Bamford
        _______________________________
        Steer: Anguissa: Mitchell: Ferguson

        Just looking for more opinions on this, i rather like it

        1. riot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Sure, but he's playing Brom next

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            True

        2. jimmyabs1987
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          No spurs attack at all?

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Nah i don’t like them

            1. Royal5
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Lol

      13. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Havertz fail once again

      14. Babelcopter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 7 days ago

        German Lingard off.. So overpriced

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

          LOL

      15. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Havertz in on a WC?

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

          no, nothing I've seen so far convinced me yet.

      16. Chucky
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Werner goal coming up...

      17. manu4life99
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Would you WC with this team? (FT already used on DCL, £2.4M itb)

        Mcarthy
        TAA Dallas KWP
        Salah Aub Hamez ASM*
        Werner DCL Mitro

        steer mitchell bissouma* justin

        1. Limbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          No.

        2. TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          I would not

      18. what\'s my name
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        who’s like to rise / fall ?

        1. Dannyb
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Havertz

      19. Please Answer Me
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Only worth having both Sterling /kdb and Salah in your team if you're going to captain them almost every week. Is this the plan for most people?

      20. THE WERNER DELUSION
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Werner has scored quite a lot of points so far 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 7 days ago

          It's Liverpool, not sure what you expected

          1. THE WERNER DELUSION
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            this is precisely what I expected

      21. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Any news on ASM injury?

        Got enough issues without him being out

      22. Trentino
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Is it madness to get both KdB and Sterling (wildcarding)?

          1. Limbo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Based on how they’ve played I’d say go for it.

            1. Lindelol
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              this

          2. Critical Observer
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            I'm getting them and I sure as hell am not wildcarding until closer to Crimbo.

        • dark91
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Only judge Havertz when he plays in his regular position as a number 10. Will be much better once Pulisic and Ziyech are back

        • Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Kai + Adams to DCL + Hames that I did last night looking ok now

        • Flynny
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Only want 1 Everton on wildcard.....who is best.

          A...dcl

          B...jrod

          Thanks

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

            a

        • KAALI_DAAL
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Thiago looks like someone who would take your lunch money and make you do his homework.

            1. Whiskerz
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Looks a bit like hazard imo

          • Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Lampards never going to cut it at this level, way out his depth.
            And honestly all the signings this season was a mistake. Sure they could have made some essential signings where they needed strengthening, but the kids did so well for him last season and at the first chance he ditches them. I doubt the dressing room is really behind him.
            Bet he wont be at Chelsea next season when they fail to get top 4

          • Manani
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Havertz fail, think I'm ready to WC finally

            1. Horlicks esq.
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              ...'finally' 😀

              ha. after just under 2 game weeks.

              We've all gone mad. (Im WC'ing too, but I'm not using the same language bro)

          • maclrc
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Son worth keeping (on a WC) or was it just lucky today?

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

              Worth keeping?! He just scored 4 goals and has Newcastle at home next

            2. Royal5
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Qustions like this. Lucky to score 4 goals. Really?

          • dshv
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Mcarthy
            Davies taa mitchell justin taylor
            Salah bruno kdb asm soucek
            Wilson davis werner

            Have to start wildcard ???

            Asm to somebody for a hit ?

          • Chandler Bing
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Had planned to do Auba -> Sterling this week but now looking at Son's fixtures, should I change my plan? Have KdB already

            1. Horlicks esq.
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Yup. before he goes 9m again.

          • Horlicks esq.
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Ugh. Thats all i have to say.