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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. Royal5
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Fair. Terrible by Christensen.

  2. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    No no no. Mane put his body in such a position as to draw the foul. Christensen couldn't avoid it.

    1. ivantys
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Lucky break by pool again same as last year.

        1. King Mo
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Lucky the defender has rugby tackled him when he's through on goal lmao?

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Christensen is guilty of naivety and being caught out of position. It's a foul and a yellow, but Mane bought that.

      • elchilangles
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        you are you for real?!

      • The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        This, so obvious Mane makes him lose his balance and fall over him. VAR has been criminal this season as well...

      • Cymro
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Haha if you believe that then you have no clue what you're watching.

        1. Heiro
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Has to be a joke. It's 100% a red card...

    2. HARLEY
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      CAN SOMEONE HELP ME

      McCarthy
      TAA Doherty Egan Justin
      Auba Salah Son ASM
      Werner Adams
      (Nyland KWP Stephens Brewster)

      2FT 1.0 ITB

      Auba ASM -> KDB Zaha
      Worth -4 Adams -> Bamford?

      1. Jeremy Corbyn
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        No hits required

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Auba ASM to KDB Zaha looks good. Don't take a hit.

      3. tsm
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        The fixture turn for Leeds not sure Bamford worth it

        Stephens is flagged am trying to find a replacement, would deal with that and save ft for next time.

    3. fr3d
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      TAA free-kick goal soon?

    4. Chucky
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      great... VVD now guaranteed to grab a CS.. typical of my season

      1. Dthinger
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Not really. Chelsea could still grab a goal on a set piece or a counter

    5. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Alright a Liverpool let us feast on them

    6. Malcolm Tucker for England …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Mane diving again.....

      ...

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Spec savers appt Mon

    7. Danstoke82
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Cmon Trent give me some points

    8. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Harsh but can’t do that

    9. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Doesnt feel like justice for not getting my Mane goal

    10. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Salah back to back hatricks incoming

    11. Pedram
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      You know what to do Salah

    12. NULL-X-VOID
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Salah explosion coming pls

    13. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      yip, mo argument there

    14. Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      That fiver I put on over 2.5 Liverpool goals at 8/1 looks like a better bet now.

    15. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 10 days ago

      This is going to be very interesting now

    16. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Surely game ends 4-3 now

    17. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Trent and Salah against Alonso and 10 men.... surely a haul? SURELY?

    18. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Hold Ings and do Werner > Martial for next week.

      It was really that simple.

    19. Nimby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      How could there be only 1 minute of added time? Ridiculous.

    20. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Christensen needs to drink some more water.

    21. Manani
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      thoughts on doubling up Robertson + TAA?

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        No chance

      2. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        45 mins to go with them here for me. Interesting prospect now!

    22. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      "Play out the situation even if you know somebody is offside"

      Right so don't fooking put your flag up and stop play for..

      Off fookin side.

      Let the game go on and maybe someone breaks their leg unnecessarily after another person (or even the same person) is literally breaking the rules of the game.

      Footballs gone I'm telling ya.

    23. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      This season clearly there are loads and loads of great options , hard to see that a clear template will form and different ‘premiums’ will haul each week - exciting!

      With that said, what strike force for the long term?

      Are Werner & Martial worth it??

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        If Kane had blanked again you would have said the same thing about him. The thing to remember is that all of these scores are unsustainable. It was the same early on last seaon with the likes of Pukki and Abraham posting ridiculous numbers, being on for more than 1 GPG etc. It will normalize and players like Maupay, Mitro and Bamford will be very frustrating to own for long stretches.

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I'm sticking to Ings Werner and Mitro.

    24. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Fair play to the ref. Its hard for him to see with all players running and the ball in motion how close Kepa was when the foul started. He looked at the screen and changed it to the correct decision. VAR used correctly.

    25. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Werner looks scared to go near the box after his shocking miss

    26. Atimis
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      What would you do with Bissouma? Just let him rot on the bench?

      1. Ha.
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Yep

      2. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Yes surely unless you are wildcarding

      3. Strchld
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Probably activating WC, Bissoumas red make it even easier decide

      4. Wild Card this...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        We all have more pressing issues

      5. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Best 4.5m mid

      6. Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        5th spot.

    27. LewanGOALski
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Team is:

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

      What do you think of this (-8) instead of WC?
      Tierney + Auba + JWP ➡ Saiss + Sterling/KDB + Zaha (-8)

      Or rather WC?
      Thoughts..?

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Better than WC, those who have WC’ed will be looking for another the way this year is panning out!

    28. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Werners 9.5 & all the 6-8’s are spanking him?

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Sample size: 1.5 games

      2. mattk lfc
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Definitely better value elsewhere

      3. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Yup. Sure he'll score a few goals if you give him time. But at that price he should deliver every game.

      4. Al Moon Yeah
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Yeah, hard to swallow but Werner will justify that price tag, in the long run, these cheapies can never sustain that stream of goals

    29. ivantys
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Stupid VAR ruining another game

        1. Malcolm Tucker for England …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          i know. i mean who cares if the decisions are right, we want spectacle

        2. Stupendous
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Shut up. It did it's job well in that situation. Shakes head.