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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
    28 days, 23 hours ago

    Does Salah realize that any shot has a 50% chance of going in?

  2. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    28 days, 23 hours ago

    Kepaaaaaa

  3. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 23 hours ago

    Haverz playing more centrally with Mount out wide.

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 23 hours ago

      Havertz*

    2. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 23 hours ago

      Havertz playing CF, Werner on the left, Mount on the right

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 23 hours ago

        Yup, looks like that

    3. Old and Slow
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 23 hours ago

      That's because I was so frustrated with his position that I traded him... Sigh

  4. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 23 hours ago

    Kepa 😆

    Firmino useless as usual, missing sitter Salah A

  5. UnitedRthebest
      28 days, 23 hours ago

      Sorry for the repost, posted on the wrong article.
      Thoughts on a -4 for Auba to KDB and JWP/ASM to Trossard?
      Cheers!

      1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        28 days, 23 hours ago

        Given how the season is going, probably best to wait until KDB plays.

        1. UnitedRthebest
            28 days, 23 hours ago

            Makes sense, LEI not the best fixture. Thoughts on Trossard? Hoping he won't be the same old trap and is a major differential. Cheers!

      2. KGFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 23 hours ago

        What's Salah's ownership and EO?

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          28 days, 23 hours ago

          113%

          1. KGFC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            28 days, 23 hours ago

            Thanks

      3. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
        • 8 Years
        28 days, 23 hours ago

        Glad we have Guaita and not the £70m kepa. Wow.

        1. KAALI_DAAL
            28 days, 23 hours ago

            Doubt you could afford him even if you wished you had him.

            1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
              • 8 Years
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              Obviously. But just glad we don't have that much money to make such expensive mistakes 😀

        2. Licky
          • 8 Years
          28 days, 23 hours ago

          Should've tried backheeling that...

        3. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          28 days, 23 hours ago

          Semedo transfer imminent to Wolves. Pushes Adama to the RW spot and one of Neto and Podence will move to the bench....

          1. Chenku╰☆╮
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            28 days, 23 hours ago

            Podenc benched then.

            1. Scholes Out Forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              why not Neto?

          2. ivantys
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              Adama wasn't nailed last season. There will be rotation between those 3.

              1. Scholes Out Forever
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                28 days, 23 hours ago

                I think less rotation now with no EL for Wolves

            • KGFC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              Makes Jimmy even more important for their upcoming matches. Traore on wings is better for Jimmy.

              1. Scholes Out Forever
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                28 days, 23 hours ago

                Yeah this. First name on WC draft

            • g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              Correct

            • sully29
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              Podence. 🙁

              1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
                • 8 Years
                28 days, 23 hours ago

                yeh would have been a greta choice with those fixtures

          3. Londongeezaa
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 23 hours ago

            Imagine scoring 4 goals and only getting 2bps 🙂

            1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
              • 8 Years
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              sort of thing that happens to salah....so yes i can imagine it

            2. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              FPL towers own Kane 😉

          4. ivantys
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              Kante should have tried to win a penalty there

            • sonofunited
              • 5 Years
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              Hello. Kindly advise please.

              Money remaining : £10.8

              (1) Brewster (£4.5) + Gomez (£5.5) @ Digne (£6.1) @ Justin (£4.6)

              (2) Bamford (£5.6) + Justin (£4.6) @ Saiss (£5) @ Coady (£5) @ Lewis (£4.5)

              Thank you.

              1. Dr. Rog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                28 days, 23 hours ago

                trying to understand what on earth this means

                1. sonofunited
                  • 5 Years
                  28 days, 23 hours ago

                  Sorry. Please refer below.

                  Hello. Kindly advise please which one should i use : Option 1 or Option 2.

                  Money remaining : £10.8

                  (Option 1) Brewster (£4.5) + Gomez (£5.5) @ Digne (£6.1) @ Justin (£4.6)

                  (Option 2) Bamford (£5.6) + Justin (£4.6) @ Saiss (£5) @ Coady (£5) @ Lewis (£4.5)

                  Thank you.

                  1. Corned Beef Kelly Osbourne
                    • 2 Years
                    28 days, 23 hours ago

                    This is insane

                    1. sonofunited
                      • 5 Years
                      28 days, 23 hours ago

                      What is mate?

            • Flynny
              • 5 Years
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              Best forward line for wildcard??

              Thinking werner jesus and dcl...

              Thanks

              1. Whats the Huth
                • 5 Years
                28 days, 23 hours ago

                Richarlison. Werner. Jiminez

              2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                • 11 Years
                28 days, 23 hours ago

                Jimenez-Dominic-Mitrovic

                All good value and great fixtures - pens

              3. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                28 days, 23 hours ago

                Mine's Werner, Jimi and Rich.

              4. TONY123
                • 5 Years
                28 days, 23 hours ago

                Why isn't anyone on Bamford?

              5. FPL_DON
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                28 days, 23 hours ago

                dcl jimi werner

                Jesus in contention too, possibly for Werner but hard with west brom up next

            • Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
              • 11 Years
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              1-1 Mount and Wijnaldum would be nice to set some more panic in

            • how now brown cow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              Didn't watch brighton. How was trossard?

              1. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                28 days, 23 hours ago

                looked very good, getting some chances

              2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                • 11 Years
                28 days, 23 hours ago

                Brighton won't have him next season looks too good for club.

            • LewanGOALski
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              This week is terrible for me AF...

              Should I WC this?
              Or rather take a hit or two..?

              McCarthy - 4.0
              TAA - Digne - Tierney - C.Taylor - Mitchell
              Salah - Auba - JWP - Soucek - Bissouma
              Werner - Martial - Mitro

              1 FT

              1. el polako
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                28 days, 23 hours ago

                I would WC to change goalies, JWP, Auba, Mitro and maybe Martial and Bissouma plus Tierney.

            • Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              Kante...

            • Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              Werner playing deeper than Kante...

              1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                • 11 Years
                28 days, 23 hours ago

                Delighted to hear that sold him on WC - worried about next gw though

            • RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              Spurs and Brighton assets should go with a word of warning. Soton and Newcastle were horrendous

              1. how now brown cow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                28 days, 23 hours ago

                Spurs play newcastle next.

                1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  28 days, 23 hours ago

                  Hahaha! Didn’t realise! Stock up then 🙂

              2. KGFC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                28 days, 23 hours ago

                It's about gaining momentum as well.

              3. Pep bites Kun
                • 4 Years
                28 days, 23 hours ago

                Yep noted & agreed. Knee-jerk is dangerous in the early stages of a season. You would imagine Sou at least will change dynamic from a less vulnerable def

            • Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              That passage of play is why Kante should never be near an opposing box. CDM set and forget for any manager

            • Ze_Austin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              Fab lad

            • el polako
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              "Suffering of young Werner"...

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                28 days, 23 hours ago

                I get it 😉

                1. el polako
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  28 days, 23 hours ago

                  😉

              2. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                28 days, 23 hours ago

                great team name

            • Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              Got rid of Havertz because he was deep last week and now Werner is playing deep ffs...

            • Sterling Malory
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              Where to start...?

              Ramsdale
              TAA Doherty Saiss KWP
              Salah Auba Soucek ASM
              Werner Vardy
              Cheap bench.

              2FT 0mitb
              Who to get rid off?

              1. kopite65
                • 5 Years
                28 days, 23 hours ago

                Asm

              2. ALI_G
                • 2 Years
                28 days, 23 hours ago

                Doherty and ASM

            • Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              C'mon Werner!

            • La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              Werner fail

            • KGFC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              What was Werner waiting for 😮

              1. Old and Slow
                • 1 Year
                28 days, 23 hours ago

                A 3rd defender? VVD to chuck him into next week? Sigh

            • Danstoke82
              • 6 Years
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              Any decent 4.9 defenders out there so I can upgrade Saliba to a 4.5?

              Or should I just stick with one of Saiss/Reece James to go alongside TAA

            • Zilla
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              Fabinho shutting down Werner

            • Pedram
              • 7 Years
              28 days, 23 hours ago

              This match has 0-0 written all over it