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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. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Magnificent goal, love to see it.

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

    There are people who sold Son, Mane and Ings

    1. Hattrick Harry
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Mane is always season keeper

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

        He is so good for away matches.

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

    Last season's trend continues then

  4. TAT
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    McCarthy, Davies, Ayling, Soucek, ASM, Havertz, Martial… Almost like you give up two GWs in.

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

    Yes Mané!!!!

  6. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    So Mane away, Salah home 🙂

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

      been for 2 years now

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

        Yep and it continues

  7. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    FPL is hilarious

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Have you seen Comedy Club 😉

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

    Mane performs away, Salah performs at home. Typical

    1. KAALI_DAAL
        2 months, 7 days ago

        I love your user name!

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

        You're forgetting this was Salah's home for a while 😉

        Goal incoming...

    2. seewhyaxe
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      no pts for TAA/Robbo/Salah

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Jeez the most sold players really punishing this week

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

        Great to see

    4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Mount the furthest forward

      Work that one out

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

      Liverpool with a timely reminder of their quality

    6. The Chosen One...
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      this is why you hold players like Son and Mane

    7. C_Manan
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Any Werner sellers?

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

        Before west bromich no way!!!

    8. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Havertz looking like he could be a huge flop! Hope I’m wrong

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

      Werner and Havertz are shockingly bad. I say this more as a Chelsea fan but please don't be flops I couldn't handle it

    10. COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      They all sold. I kept my faith. Mane and Son 🙂

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

        I got Sonny in once I realised everyone was ditching him. It do be like that you know 😀

    11. The Mandalorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      What position does podence play

    12. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      If salah can’t break his away game hoodoo here then he won’t ever

    13. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Kepa 😆 😆

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

      Kepa lol

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

      KEPA LMFAO

    16. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Wheres that guy who had like 30 points and wildcarded. I told him not to do it. Think he had Son, Mane, Ings etc..

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

        Ouch

    17. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Mane goal again

    18. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      OMG mane.

    19. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Kepa hehe

    20. Danstoke82
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Mane running riot

    21. NULL-X-VOID
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      KEPA

    22. Meinhoff
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Oh dear Kepa, feel sorry for the guy now

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

      Mane x2