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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. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    I can see Chelsea scoring on the counter here.

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

    Those who went Pulisic over Havertz laughing.

    1. Manani
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      I'll have gotten more from bench point than Havertz so yeah

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Totally. Got Mitchell auto sub game one. And then forced to go Pulisic >> Rodríguez instead of Ings >> Martial.

      Points galore 🙂

  3. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    So I have issues with McCarthy, Davies, Vinagre, ASM, Bissouma, Brewster, potentially Bruno if he keeps playing deep. Also, need to do Auba to Sterling.
    Would you WC? Or just -8 this week?

    1. Dannyb
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Im deffo hitting wc, had an awful start

    2. DF
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      I'd hit

      1. DF
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        -8 I mean. Leave the chip

  4. R Whites
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Thoughts on WC team?

    Ryan - Martinez
    Salah - Son - JRod - KdB - Podence (or Klich)
    DCL - Jimi - Brewster

    1. R Whites
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Missed out my defence!

      Ryan - Martinez
      TAA - Justin - Lamps - Mitchell - Taylor
      Salah - Son - JRod - KdB - Podence (or Klich)
      DCL - Jimi - Brewster

  5. King Mo
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Mane Goal
    Firmino Assist

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

    OMG mane

  7. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Mane G

  8. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Mane goal
    Firmino assist

  9. JONALDINHO
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Sadioooooo

  10. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Mane/ Typical

  11. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Firminio assist

  12. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Mane G
    Bobby A

  13. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Games gonna open up now yes!

  14. Horlicks esq.
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Werner at -82%.

    Think he'll be dropping before next week.

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

      Let them sell

    2. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Kinda dumb to sell before west brom.

  15. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Mane G

    Firmino A

    Salah AA

  16. Whits
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    On a wildcard and so confused.

    A. Kane
    B. Jesus
    C. Werner

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      the one who assist 4 goals today

    2. King Mo
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      B tempts me so much. Decent fixtures and Aguero out for another 2 months.

    3. NULL-X-VOID
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Werner

    4. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Not C until Friday.
      See how Jesus does.

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

    Mane sellers 😆

  18. Noah’s Ark
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Havertz off at HT. F**k you Christensen

  19. Paul Psychic Octopus
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Salah to Mane bandwagon commences....

  20. Wilshere Knowledge
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Sold Mane and Nketia. 😎

  21. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Phew, two irrelevants no one owns got points

  22. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Welp

  23. NULL-X-VOID
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Salah has been sharp. Big chances created

  24. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Mane punishing sellers...

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      No-one had him

  25. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    No Chelsea players putting their hands up to bring for the plum WBA fixture ... thats a disappointment

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Well, can use saved money to get Maupay/Bamford/DCL/Mitrovic

  26. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Kept Mane 😎

  27. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Is there anyway I can get Son in here without losing any of the front three, or KDB/Salah?

    Martinez (Steer)
    Trent - Saiss - Taylor (Lamptey & Mitchell)
    Salah - KDB - Jrod - Soucek (Reed)
    Jimmy - DCL - Werner

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      You’d have to lose TAA

    2. Sly Fly
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Would you not be tempted with something like Son for Soucek and perhaps Bamford for Werner?

      1. Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Yeah of course, just don't know if i want to lose Werner before WBA?

  28. TheDragon
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Mane, Ings, Son, Mitrovic all sold by the masses

    1. Liberate HK - antichinazi
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Sold Mane Son Pereira Mitro this week on a WC!

  29. Licky
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Sadio!!!

  30. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Lovely goal.

    Sold Mane for KDB, but oh well, it happens.

    1. DF
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Me too. It'll be grand.