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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. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    29 days, 5 hours ago

    TAA not at his best

    1. King Mo
      • 6 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Meh, I'll happily take my 6 points.

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Still working back to fitness.

  2. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    29 days, 5 hours ago

    would you WC this lot?

    McCarthy*
    Taa Lamptey(mun)* Ayling — Justin Vinagre*
    Salah Auba* James ASM(tot)* — Bissouma
    Werner Martial* Mitrovic

    *players I don’t like in my team/injured

    A: Auba + ASM >> Kdb + Podence (-4)
    B: Auba + ASM >> Son + 8.5m mid (-4)
    C: Auba + Vinagre >> Kdb + 4.5m (-4)...and then bench lamptey (mun)
    D: WC

    1. ⚽️ Barry Chocolate ⚽…
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      No WC.

    2. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Too early. >= GW8

    3. HARLEY
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      A

    4. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      *concentrate on injuries rather than players you dislike this week. Then make a decision (you might also need to *Bissouma)

  3. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
    • 8 Years
    29 days, 5 hours ago

    Kepa on a 7 year contract to 2025. lols

    1. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Are you serious!!??
      How much is he making??

      1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
        • 8 Years
        29 days, 5 hours ago

        Yeah, the TV commentator just mentioned it - I never realised his contract was so long.

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Will he do a Winston Bogarde?

      1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
        • 8 Years
        29 days, 5 hours ago

        😀

    3. Meinhoff
      • 8 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Really?? What a disaster

    4. Noah’s Ark
      • 7 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      They should have sold to Madrid when they were sniffing

    5. elchilangles
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      for real?!

  4. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    29 days, 5 hours ago

    Liverpool sensing blood here

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Ture, it feels like it will be more misery for che

  5. iL PiStOlErO
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 5 hours ago

    Kepa cant keepa.

    1. elchilangles
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      superb

  6. BenDavies
    • 7 Years
    29 days, 5 hours ago

    Just in case it hasn't sunk in how bad Kepa is, take a look at this stat.
    "Kepa has let in 8.4% of the goals Chelsea have ever conceded in the PL"

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Wow. Thats unreal.

    2. riot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      He's probably played in close to that % of their PL games anyway and they had a few incredible defensive seasons before - meaningless stat

  7. 7shadesofsmoke
    • 7 Years
    29 days, 5 hours ago

    who needs cheering up?

    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/5383/history

    My wildcard - gotta make the rough and the smooth.

    I sold Antonio, Son and Mane on my wildcard. Also shipped TAA and VVD who look set for a clean sheet. Blanked all of my picks, and Greenwood is blocking my only defensive return on the bench 😀

    1. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Eurrrrgh

      1. 7shadesofsmoke
        • 7 Years
        29 days, 5 hours ago

        i feel physically sick

    2. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      That is quite something. Condolences.

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Very unlucky mate. Glad you're not moaning about it too much like some here (maybe even myself included)!

    4. Hect.OR 98th
      • 10 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Give it 10 weeks and this will look like a blip. Massive tank swings all over the place this week.

    5. james 101
      • 8 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Sorry for your loss

    6. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      It's so bad it's funny. Sorry mate!

    7. Tommy J
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      That’s not as bad as me- swapped Son, Kane, Mané, Ings and TAA...urggh...

      1. 7shadesofsmoke
        • 7 Years
        29 days, 5 hours ago

        Yowzers 😀

        gotta see the funny side

        I'm now looking forward to a season of green arrows 😀

    8. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Unlucky,if Man.Utd show up if would have been different scenario.

      1. 7shadesofsmoke
        • 7 Years
        29 days, 5 hours ago

        yeah the thought of all the manchester players (sterling included) being a differential was just too much and i went balls deep on a wildcard.

        I would say lesson learnt but i do have the maverick streak 😀

    9. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      I like the Greenwood pick.

      1. 7shadesofsmoke
        • 7 Years
        29 days, 5 hours ago

        not my proudest moment 😀

    10. 7shadesofsmoke
      • 7 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      thanks for all the love guys 😀

      One's pride does take a good spanking on a week like this.

    11. Black Belt Jones
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 4 hours ago

      Oh my... With Jimenez still to come from your original team! I felt really bad after shipping Kane for Martial this week, but you have cheered me up

    12. Black Belt Jones
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 4 hours ago

      I'm sure your new choices will come through though mate, you're an experienced player

  8. JollyGoodYellows
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 5 hours ago

    Do I need to wildcard? Or just take a -4?

    Mccarthy (Button)
    TAA Davies Justin Holding (Mitchell)
    Salah Rodriguez Auba (Soucek Bissouma)
    Mitro Werner Ings

  9. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    29 days, 5 hours ago

    I said all along that Mane didn't need to be sold any more than Salah. If you would've kept Salah, you should've kept Mane as well. Logically, they're both similarly good picks who had a difference of 18 points in one gameweek only due to variance.

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Which nobody should have disagreed with, playing the Salah Mane game is asking for trouble. Pick 1 and stick with it.

      1. COK3Y5MURF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        29 days, 5 hours ago

        Some people actually rage-wildcarded just due to picking Mane over Salah. Rage-wildcard over that one position. Madness

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          29 days, 5 hours ago

          Insanity. Though it was extremely frustrating for those owners, an 18 point swing, but those that were patient have been rewarded.

      2. Utopsis
          29 days, 5 hours ago

          Yep - won't be much between them come end of season

      3. COK3Y5MURF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        29 days, 5 hours ago

        Similar to KDB blanking in the same game Sterling scored a hattrick last season

      4. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 5 hours ago

        Yadayadayada

    2. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Anyone with any nouse, knows defences win titles. Lampard doesnt know this?

      1. KGFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        29 days, 5 hours ago

        And also Ralph H

        1. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          29 days, 5 hours ago

          I dont think they are contending anything 😛

      2. Wilshere Knowledge
        • 7 Years
        29 days, 5 hours ago

        He’s brought in a keeper, a left back and a goalkeeper?

        1. Wilshere Knowledge
          • 7 Years
          29 days, 5 hours ago

          Centre back*

      3. Chandler Bing
        • 4 Years
        29 days, 5 hours ago

        Literally bought 2 CBs, a left back and a GK. Not his fault they got injured.

    3. Hect.OR 98th
      • 10 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      WC confusion. So many players scoring, so many other good prospects people will be scared of ditching.

    4. Noah’s Ark
      • 7 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Don’t they have Caballero?

    5. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Bissoma to lose his spot now after red? Best to switch o another 4.5 if on WC?

      1. W
        • 7 Years
        29 days, 5 hours ago

        Best alternative 4.5? There aren't many...

      2. Hart-ake
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 5 hours ago

        Yeah I would say so but for who I dunno. Zambo Anguisss?

    6. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Werner a deer in headlights

    7. King Mo
      • 6 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Fabinho has owned Werner all game.

    8. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Roman bringing out the $$$

    9. manu4life99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Considering two separate points hits (8pt total instead of a WC).

      A) Aub
      B) KDB(-4)

      1) ASM* (mitchell 1st sub)
      2) Podence(-4)

    10. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Milner to steal Salah pens

    11. Drogo
      • 8 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Any news about Wan-Bissaka? Why didn't he play, is he in the freezer?

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 5 hours ago

        Not match fit. Was on bench

    12. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Aw man salah off pens

    13. Hect.OR 98th
      • 10 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Werner the latest on my WC axe list.

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        29 days, 5 hours ago

        Before West Brom?

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 5 hours ago

        West Brom

      3. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 5 hours ago

        don't complain when he hauls next week against wbu then hey

      4. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Wait for Pulisic.

    14. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Milner on

      Salah off pens

      1. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        29 days, 5 hours ago

        Do you get phone alerts for that? If not there should be an app for it.

    15. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Salah off pens

    16. twisterteo
      • 6 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      How is Werner looking?

      1. King Mo
        • 6 Years
        29 days, 5 hours ago

        Terrible

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 5 hours ago

        Over priced

      3. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        29 days, 5 hours ago

        Another trap.

    17. PocketZola
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      I saved 2 ft for this nightmare? I did auba to jrod earlier...should i just wc?

      mcarthy
      taa tierney justin
      salah auba asm son
      werner adams dcl

      subs, nylan, taylor, mitchel, bisouma

    18. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Salah off pens now 🙁

    19. Horlicks esq.
      • 11 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Wait - is 54 points suddenly not sh*t.

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        29 days, 5 hours ago

        Stop boasting 😉

        1. Horlicks esq.
          • 11 Years
          29 days, 5 hours ago

          YES! I am boasting? Oh you know how to cheer a guy up.

          So Jammy over here. Son and VVD/TAA the only light though. Up the fluke!

    20. Pedram
      • 7 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Getting rid of Werner is probably the only decision i got right this week

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        29 days, 5 hours ago

        Until he braces next week

        1. PocketZola
          • 3 Years
          29 days, 5 hours ago

          if he blanks against baggies then hes gooooone

    21. aborg
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Mane avenging me after Salah got a hat trick last gameweek and placed me so down the rankings !
      Kept Mané throughout and will
      keep.

    22. seewhyaxe
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      fabinho has been immense