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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. BarryManilows
      29 days, 4 hours ago

      Getting rid of all Chelsea, Lampard destroying careers here like Mourinho

      1. jaguar shark
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        What?!

      2. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        You sound like the sort of person who sold Son last gw

      3. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        I'm going double or maybe triple on wc.

      4. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        They are up against the champion, mind

    • Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      29 days, 4 hours ago

      What on earth to do with Werner on WC now ?

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

        Keep for me

      2. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Sell and decide on Saturday

        1. james 101
          • 8 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          Yes.

        2. Hart-ake
          • 3 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          Fair.

        3. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          Smartest decision

      3. Pedram
        • 7 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Honestly think WBA will beat them

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          Pereira brace

        2. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          He'll still score against them.

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

        Sell and buy back cheaper.

        1. Meinhoff
          • 8 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          This.

      5. BobbyV
        • 7 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Last chance against Brom maybe

      6. W
        • 7 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Keep for one more week

      7. Dr. Rog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        repo him for 0.1 gain probably

      8. Pavsboot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        I reckon I'll keep. Chelsea's best attacking player and he's playing West Brom... Bunch of other forwards around as well so it's not like you're trapped with him.

    • OneDennisBergkamp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 4 hours ago

      I need to come off the comment section for a while. Last week was convinced to swap my (c) from Salah to Auba. This week told not to do Werner > DCL.

      Time to do my own thing

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Correct

      2. Corned Beef Kelly Osbourne
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        And yet, here you are

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

          Yep. See ya! GL

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

          ...I mean I hope you finish last ha

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

        As a bit of a veteran, you should trust your experience. It's good to get other views but if you've got a good ranking history, why let others make decisions for you?

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

          Advice taken cheers

      4. james 101
        • 8 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        It’s always time to do your own thing mate.

        Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider other perspectives.

        Just be sure that YOU decide in the end.

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

          Agreed but then when so many are saying it’s the wrong decision it’s kinda hard to ignore and not second guess yourself

          1. james 101
            • 8 Years
            29 days, 4 hours ago

            Second guessing yourself is fine though

            We all choose to spend time here as it’s kind of fun

            Just make sure that after second / third / forth guessing yourself you make sure you are comfortable with your decision

            After all. It is only you that get so to decide.

            (Some great input on here, from some very knowledgeable people - but a lot of nonsense too. Just like real life...)

      5. mixology
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Use the comments for insight. Don’t ask for transfer advice, use your gut there

    • Chandler Bing
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 4 hours ago

      Have Liverpool been better defensively or has it just Chelsea's lack of quality tonight due to injuries?

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        10 men?

        1. Chandler Bing
          • 4 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          Yeah, red card probably has to do with it too but Chelsea barely had a shot before the red either. Hence, the question.

        2. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          Some are boys, relative to established Pool players in PL

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Think it's down to Chelsea

      3. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Red Card is your answer

      4. SHOOTER MCGINN
        • 5 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Both compared to last week

      5. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Bad game.

    • Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      29 days, 4 hours ago

      Useless lump VVD wasting Salah A

      1. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        You need sugar for your coffee Bross. Always grumpy 😉

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      29 days, 4 hours ago

      Werner with a clearance back to allison

    • BOATIES FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 4 hours ago

      Mcarthy Steer
      TAA Keane Bavies KWP C Taylor
      Auba Bruno Dele ASM Reed
      Werner martial Mitro

      Is there any reason to not hit WC?

      Dele dropped
      ASM injured
      Auba to KDB was planned this week
      Davies has had a replacement purchased so under threat
      KWP and Mcarthy shipping goals
      Could do with Salah or Mane
      Bruno and Martial looked out of sorts
      No Everton attacking cover
      No Wolves at all.

      Looks a strong case no?

      1. King Mo
        • 6 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Son and Kane looked out of sorts last week and look at them today.

        1. BOATIES FC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          True. I wouldn't be taking out Bruno and Martial for hits after one bad game. too knee jerk but another reason a WC might be needed.

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Yep that's a decent case

      3. RamboRN
        • 9 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        I had very similar team apart from son instead of dele and I hit wc last night

    • Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 4 hours ago

      Salah blank confirmed

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 4 hours ago

      I’ll miss Kepa.

    • TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 4 hours ago

      Werner is 100% a hold

      If Chelsea score any goals he will be involved

      Havertz on the other hand....

      1. zdrojo187
        • 5 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        This
        He is best Chelsea player today

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Shh let them sell

      3. diabydoesgallas
        • 6 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        This. Great fixtures

    • iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 4 hours ago

      Havertz essential.

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

        I had decided to hold for WBM before today’s game but I just can’t justify it now.

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          No way Jose. I am even thinking of sellimg Werner now for Martial.

      2. GOTHAM City F.C.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Inconsequential

      3. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Will keep another GW and ship Willian. Though 11 Gunners will get at least one v Pool.

    • ace3.1415
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Is trossard worth the extra 0.5?

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          Over who?

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

        Any news on Lamptey injury?

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          No but he interviewed on BBC after the game and made no mention of it. Doesn't look to be a problem.

      • Lord Flashheart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Is podence nailed?

        1. Dr. Rog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          he was for all of about 1 day between Jota leaving and Semifreddo joining

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

            How is Semedo a threat to Podence? Is Doherty replacement

        2. Ser Davos
          • 5 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          may be a waste of a Wol spot

      • Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Will TAA sneak a bap?

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          yeh

      • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
        • 8 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Anyone watch Rhian Brewster at Swansea last season? Strong rumours now we are the favourites to sign him (not exactly sure how the terms of the buy back with Liverpool would work though)

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          I would prefer that over Sheffield. Do u think he'll be a starter if he signs?

      • Dr. Rog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Salah blanked this week after i spent -12 bringing him in - should i get rid of him for Son for a hit?

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

          ...

        2. Rassi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          Serious?

        3. BenDavies
          • 7 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          yes

        4. THE WERNER DELUSION
          • 5 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          apologised for your Palace slander yet? 😀

        5. Saïss doesn't mat…
          • 4 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          funny hahaha!!....you're joking right??

        6. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          Oh dear me

        7. Critical Observer
          • 4 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          -16 should do it this week.

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

          When you're in a hole, and IF and only IF, you want to get out, the first thing you need to do is stop digging. Think about the solution - you need a strategy that inclines itself to a more forward-thinking approach 😉

      • Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Havertz! Hold or sell?

        1. fr3d
          • 2 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          Definitely hold against Liverpool, then sell before West Brom

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

          Going going gone

      • Saïss doesn't mat…
        • 4 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        this game sure does need patience sometimes. almost sold mane for rashford ...for a hit

      • The Mandalorian
        • 8 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Pool bought Jota so I guess minamino is a flop

      • Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Wow, gained 2 pts changing my captain from Salah to Auba.

      • Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Can I improve this WC team at all?

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

        1. The Mandalorian
          • 8 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          Looks perfect

          1. Hryszko
            • 3 Years
            29 days, 4 hours ago

            yay

        2. james 101
          • 8 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          Looks nice

          I am waiting on going whether TAA. That money could help elsewhere. But I’m not saying it’s a bad idea.

      • diabydoesgallas
        • 6 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        103 points all out. What a crazy gameweek.

        1. BenDavies
          • 7 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          congrats!

          1. diabydoesgallas
            • 6 Years
            29 days, 4 hours ago

            Thanks mate! Had a decent GW1 so now in the very unusual position of working out how to consolidate a lead now, suspect it won’t last long 😀

        2. james 101
          • 8 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          Awesome! Grats mate

          1. diabydoesgallas
            • 6 Years
            29 days, 4 hours ago

            Thanks man

      • Qaiss
        • 4 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        This Kepas last game for Chelsea?

        1. diabydoesgallas
          • 6 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          Without a shadow of a doubt

        2. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          No

        3. GOTHAM City F.C.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          Not playing next atleast

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

          Caballero will play until Mendy is ready

      • TeddiPonza
        • 10 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Martial or Werner on WC?

        1. Flynny
          • 5 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          Jesus?

          1. james 101
            • 8 Years
            29 days, 4 hours ago

            Blasphemy

      • King Mo
        • 6 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Kane getting 3 bonus and Son 2 😮

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Anyone that sold Mane for Salah reversing it back this GW?

        1. james 101
          • 8 Years
          29 days, 4 hours ago

          “Eventually I’ll catch those points. I just need to chase harder!!!!!”

      • C_Manan
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Anyone else feel Robbo is better to own than TAA?

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Mane almost a hatty

      • RECKLESS
        • 7 Years
        29 days, 4 hours ago

        Which option better long term
        1) Digne + Son + Bamford +
        2) R James/Saiss + Robertson+ Jrodriguez