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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. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    All this money Chelsea have spent I can’t believe they haven’t bought another keeper

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Almost done

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Who for? New keeper should have been first buy

        1. diabydoesgallas
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Mendy from Rennes. Done apparently

    2. BenDavies
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      We have. Edouard Mendy. 20m from Rennes

    3. GenerationalTalent
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Edouard Mendy has entered the chat

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Cheers all, about time for them

  2. zdrojo187
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Looks like Werner become new Son next week...

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Most definitely

    2. Yes Don
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      yeah. Werner will be AOK over the season.

  3. Hattrick Harry
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Probably under 200p after gw2 though 2 to go still

  4. fr3d
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Massive win for the Auba (C) gang

  5. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    How was the game?
    Pool deserved win or another boring game?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Deserved win, but kepa and red card helps!

    2. diabydoesgallas
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Was on a knife edge til the red card. Comfortable for the scousers after that. Standard kepa error.

  6. King Mo
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Wijnaldum you donkey

  7. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Trent wasting Salah A

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Wijn

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Im a few minutes behind

  8. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Gini messes up salah assist

  9. Meinhoff
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Kepa masterclass

  10. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Gini waste great Salah assist

  11. Babelcopter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 6 days ago

    No Salah (c) for me against Arsenal now

    1. Babelcopter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Son it is!

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Why? His turn ...

    3. Garlana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Salah does better at home remember!

    4. BobbyV
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Definitely capping Salah against Arsenal

  12. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Happy with my TAA Robbo double up!

    1. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Same.

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      You don’t recognise value then.

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Look at the number of clean sheets and goals this week!

      2. PlumaPiedra
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Why? Same pts as a striker scoring a goal. I'd be happy with that.

      3. Alexis Nonsense
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        They are value, prob toing to be 180-200+ ponts each... Sterling got 200 last season!

    3. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Lucky with the penalty save ultimately.

      1. doher.ty
        1 month, 6 days ago

        This

      2. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        No doubt about that! Well the game is mostly luck I guess!

      3. diabydoesgallas
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Large part of fpl is luck, all about getting on the ‘lucky’ players.

  13. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Wini wasting Salah A.... and wasting my accumulator with Liverpool -2 handicap. Bloody useless turds.

  14. Captain_Shirokov
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    What's the consensus on Auba? People holding or moving for Bruno/KDB/Rodriguez?

    1. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Sterling.

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Didn't do anything to persuade me not to keep to the plan to lose him now

    3. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      off to Sterling

    4. _sidney_will
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Feel I’ve got bigger issues to fix, ASM, Alli & Adams

    5. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Son?

    6. Babelcopter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Selling

  15. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 6 days ago

    All I hear is __ messed up Salah A... so Salah should have an xA of 10.0 today right?

  16. Debauchy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Mo out !

  17. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Biggest mistake this season: Believing Mourinho's Spurs weren't capable of scoring 5 goals in a single game

    You?

    1. fantasyfog
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      So far.....

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Thinking the old rules of FPL logic will apply to this season.

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I believe but I picked Alli 🙁

    4. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Starting with Werner instead of Vardy/Kane

    5. Baberto
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Went big at the back with robbo taa digne Tierny Doherty; only to realise this season's gonna be a goal galore

    6. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I still don’t think they’re capable. It was all Southampton’s naivety and stubbornness to change.

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        They could do the same against Leeds...

    7. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Maybe Mane and Romeu to Havertz and Willian. No point in mistakes. Say the Serenity prayer and helps prevent making other mistakes. Occasionally!

    8. Bartowski
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Kane to Martial is going to sting for a bit.

    9. The Casual One
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Mane over Salah but almost made up the points this week. Will probably do Auba > Salah and right that wrong

  18. BrutalLogiC
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    ew -4 for Mane for Bruno, can't be alone I guess! just wish I had the balls to follow through with Puli to Son for a -8.. 5m in the world now, epic comeback required..

  19. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Aaaaaaaand back to normal away Salah

    1. COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      This is making the game easy

  20. fantasyfog
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    This season is hilarious so far

    So this week if I bring in Son DCL Mitrovic Kane and Mane I get the points from this week?? No?

  21. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Had a blinder with Son Mane and Ings today

    Kaching!

    1. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Lovely

    2. elchilangles
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      nice

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Nice this

    4. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Very nice LR, mega that. kept Son , had DCL but lost Ings for Martial grrr

    5. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Sweet. Sold Mane. kept Ings, Son,Mitro

    6. AC Yew
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Nice! Who was your (C) ?

    7. diabydoesgallas
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Congrats!

  22. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Would you rather do ASM -> Zaha or get Digne/Saiss in a 4-4-2?

    1. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      4-3-3 I mean

    2. diabydoesgallas
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Zaha imo.

  23. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Ings Son and double pool defense with no Mo! Happy sunday!

    Mane on watchlist but can't win em all!

    77 all out

    1. diabydoesgallas
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Very solid score

    2. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      well done

  24. elchilangles
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    where's that lad who was getting Joringho in for the penalties?!

  25. Will J 256
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 6 days ago

    How many points are you guys on at the moment?

    1. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      42 from 8.
      Vardy + 2 SHU defenders to go.

    2. elchilangles
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      43 with 2 including captain to play

  26. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Werner = Origi from Aliexpress

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Ah here.....

  27. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Nothing more frustrating as a VVD owner than seeing Liverpool constantly playing short corners and messing it up. Just cross the damn thing into the box for god sake!!!

  28. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 6 days ago

    McCarthy
    TAA - Davies - KWP - White (Ayling)
    Auba - Puli - Rodriguez
    Vardy - Werner - Martial

    Surely time to WC?

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Or swap Puli to Son and tinker?

    2. BOATIES FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      similar to my comment, but at least u have Hamez....

      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?

  29. Naby K8a
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Kepa Arrizabalaga is two years into a seven-year contract. Chelsea have literally done a Moyes.

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Maybe he'll have a word with Winston Bogarde.

    2. diabydoesgallas
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Shocker.

  30. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Awful GW. 59 with 2 to play

    1. diabydoesgallas
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      That seems like a half decent score this week. Seen a lot of sub-40 scores around

    2. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      thats a good score