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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. ivantys
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Why is kante the most advanced out of those 3? Kovacic would have been much better

      1. Wilshere Knowledge
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Can’t trust Kante on the ball deep.

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

      Werner just stay onside ffs

    • RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Werner >> Maupay?

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

        after next week im genuinely contemplating it

      2. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 6 days ago

        No brainer

      3. ivantys
          1 month, 6 days ago

          LOL

      4. Wild Card this...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Score prediction after 20 minutes?
        0:0 anyone?

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Haha! No! Salah looks really lively & Kepa is too crap to not concede

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

          can see 3 goals in this

      5. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Werner just stopped?

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

        Havertz is looking much better this game. Nice touches under pressure. But still not enough to justify keeping his place in my team as yet...

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

          Looking good? I’m not sure if we are watching the same game. Chelsea should be staring with Gru and Havertz should be benched at this all rate. Not ready

          1. Wild Card this...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Indeed...for some reason - he is strolling around

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

            I said 'he is looking much better'.

            Are you watching the same game? Because he has definitely done alright considering the ridiculous speed that Liverpool press.

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

              Then we can agree to disagree. Being rubbish doesn’t have levels. He is just strolling around.

              I’ve watched him last year few times, he was sublime. He’ll come good but seems he needs to adapt

              1. Wild Card this...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Maybe he is sulking as not playing in preferred role or something...no idea...

        2. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          But last week was enough?

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

            No, I just had Alli as a much bigger priority.

        3. DandyDon
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          If he keeps playing up front I’ll be bringing him in! Doubt this is the team Lampard has in mind longterm though

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

        CHE do realise you have to shoot right?
        You don't get points for getting into the box then working it back to your GK

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

        Werner as a winger doesn’t interest me

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

          my thoughts

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

          Still trying things that would work on a bundesliga defence

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

            Bloody farmers

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

          Won't be a winger when Ziyech/Puli return

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

          ziyech and pulisic concur

          1. Wild Card this...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Puli might be the “master key”

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

        Dele Alli has to be the worst pick I've ever made, damn you Amazon!!!

        1. fauxfatale
            1 month, 6 days ago

            At least Amazon stopped you from picking Rose 🙂

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

              haha, sadly not the case for Eric Dier though...

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

          Wow, I have had a rough week.. Sold Son and Mitrovic for Fernandes and Brewster......for a HIT!

          What's that about a 45 point swing...

          BUT

          I bet on
          Mitrovic to score twice
          Mitrovic to score a header
          Son and Mitrovic to Both Score
          £23 staked..... just under £300 back

          And yet, I'd give it all back to just have done NOTHING. Lesson learned (or is it, I'm going to continue to back the things that could go against my FPL team....lol)

          1. Dr. Rog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            looks like you are the real winner there

            1. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Uhh yeah I would take that all day

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

          Cue Jimenez hat-trick next.

          1. Dr. Rog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Sterlings turn next week

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

          We've used up the goals quota for this gameweek...0-0's all the way now

        5. ace3.1415
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Thoughts on trossard?

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

              Don’t

            2. Right In The Stanchion
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Very cute

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

                Very good, but as mid-price mid, Grealish, Foden, Beaky, JRod sexier.

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

              Werner blanks today= I sell him for Jimmy or DCL

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

                Just in time for West Brom

              2. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Go with the form players, reputations mean nothing.

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

                  Agree

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

              Of course the game where I have 4 players is looking like this lool.

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

                4?

            5. ivantys
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Havertz is playing the striker role in the middle

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

                  CF not a striker

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

                Pool's high line is scary as a double owner

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

                Fabinho to keep his place if he does well today?

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

                  No, and I think Thiago A will be wanting his spot.

                  1. Scholes Out Forever
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Not sure if Thiago is interested in the CB spot

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

                      No. Gomez w ill be back and Thiago will want Fab's holding midfield position.

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

                        Thiago won't play holding mid. He'll replace Wijnaldum.

              • Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                I transferred out a player that scored more than more whole team, FML

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

                  Been there, done that..

                2. Al Moon Yeah
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  If that includes your captain then damn!

              • sirmorbach
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Don't get me wrong, Kepa is terrible, but not even Alisson or Ter Stegen would solve Chelsea's defensive issues. The problem is Lampard. I mean, he's got N'Golo Kante there. They should be doing better.

                1. ivantys
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Silva and Azpi both need to start

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

                  Werner is playing on the left to target Trent's side. Difficult for him to participate in the attack with the space thats left for Werner's pace.

                  1. KAALI_DAAL
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      Nice observation. Trent is cautious.

                  2. Rhodes your boat
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Thoughts with 2ft 1.5itb, had a poor week

                    McCarthy
                    Taa holding Justin
                    Salah auba havertz asm soucek
                    Werner ings

                    Button Mitchell buur davis

                  3. Gobigorgohome
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Salah looks so sharp

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

                    Any chance of McCarthy losing his place next week?

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

                      He wasn't the problem. The manager's high line was.

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

                        Well he was at fault for the first goal. Should have come out to collect the ball. But overall, the high line killed them.

                    2. Danstoke82
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      Not at the moment. Hasenhuttl will persevere with him.

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

                      Cheers guys

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

                    TAA isn't bombing forward that much

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

                      well.. too risky you know

                    2. tsm
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      After Werner exploited with that run he playing a bit deeper than normal.

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

                    Have 5m hole in midfield anyone got recommendations?

                    1. Dr. Rog
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      soucek

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

                        Ta will take a look

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

                    Havertz playing as a winger again

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

                    Is TAA even worth having anymore?

                    1. Hakim Ziyech
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      You have to sell him first to find out

                    2. tsm
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      Yep he is, you got basically a 6th midfielder who has chance of clean sheets

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

                    That Lamptey knock really screwed up my doublet transfer for next week now that ASM is injured

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

                      I bet Lamptey is alright. And would you really want to play him against an admittedly poor looking man utd team?

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

                        He is on my watchlist

                  10. ivantys
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      Surprised nobody saying trent out yet