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Pulisic returns to Chelsea starting XI as Ziyech and James named on bench

The second of four Premier League matches to take place on Saturday sees Chelsea entertain Southampton at Stamford Bridge.

Christian Pulisic makes his long-awaited first start of 2020/21, following his second-half cameo in the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Hakim Ziyech also makes the Chelsea squad for the first time but, as Frank Lampard warned us yesterday, the Moroccan is only fit enough for a place on the bench.

Summer signing Edouard Mendy misses out after suffering an injury on international duty, so Kepa Arrizabalaga is recalled between the posts.

There are four changes in all for the Blues from their last Premier League game, with Andreas Christensen and Mason Mount recalled.

Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham make way, while Thiago Silva isn’t involved after a late return from South America in midweek.

Southampton make two changes from the side that beat West Brom 2-0 a fortnight ago, both of which are enforced.

Theo Walcott is handed his second Saints debut after his loan move from Everton, with Nathan Redmond also coming in.

The unavailable Stuart Armstrong and Moussa Djenepo miss out.

Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Chilwell; Kante, Jorginho, Mount; Havertz, Pulisic; Werner.

Southampton XI: McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Walcott, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Redmond; Adams, Ings.

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1,475 Comments Post a Comment
  1. wulfranian
    • 4 Years
    9 days, 17 hours ago

    The plan was Werner->Dcl but i can't do it.

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 16 hours ago

      You werner hold on that move. Man U defense is not good.

    2. AnfieldLad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 16 hours ago

      I was thinking Werner to Aguero, if Aguero looked good and Werner blanked. Will have to rethink

    3. Seanigula
      • 11 Years
      9 days, 16 hours ago

      Everybody is going to buy Werner, and then he’s going to play not-Southampton:)

    4. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 16 hours ago

      Don't get it. You kept Werner for all those blanks and when he finally scores you are selling?

  2. Stoic
    • 3 Years
    9 days, 16 hours ago

    What are you doing with James? Blocked Mitchell/Saiss today..
    Don't need a defender for next two though

    1. wulfranian
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 16 hours ago

      You should sell him.

    2. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 16 hours ago

      Wait to see what happens against Sevilla on Tuesday.

      Long term, I think James will start when Ziyech does. But that's just my opinion.

      1. Stoic
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 16 hours ago

        Interesting..
        But if he starts, does it make him nailed for the team or it's his turn to be benched in PL

    3. baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 16 hours ago

      I thouhght he would either start or not play at all. Out he goes, but since he can drop in price once, I can wait a moment or two.

      1. Stoic
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 16 hours ago

        Yeah smae

    4. seewhyaxe
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 16 hours ago

      I’m selling

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 16 hours ago

      He's sitting on my bench for next week anyway so might just leave him there until I get rid the following week.

  3. Destroyer of teams
    • 2 Years
    9 days, 16 hours ago

    If no injuries happen would you do KDB & Wilson to Aguero & Grealish?

    Current team

    Martinez
    Chillwell Robbo Saiss
    KDB Salah Son Bruno
    DCL Wilson Brewster

  4. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    9 days, 16 hours ago

    Would you rather DCL or Kun (-4 for next gameweek?

    Thinking Kun

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 16 hours ago

      DCL, has not blanked yet.

  5. Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 days, 16 hours ago

    How long does it take to recover from muscle fatigue which is reported to be KDB's problem?

    1. baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 16 hours ago

      Could be back soon imo.

  6. WE GO FOR IT
    • 4 Years
    9 days, 16 hours ago

    -8 to remove Adams! Never make late decisions.

    Hope Watkins and Saiss get some points tomorrow and on Monday.

    1. Jason M
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 16 hours ago

      Adams is my 1st sub, hoping for one of Burke or Mitchell (PVA fit?) to not play

      1. WE GO FOR IT
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 16 hours ago

        I guess PvA will get some mins for sure. But here's hoping you get Adams points somehow.

        1. Jason M
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 16 hours ago

          Cheers.

          Would be nice to go with my Werner (c) pick and Salah, Rodriguez and Robbo returns so far

      2. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 days, 16 hours ago

        Play Burke and Mitchell over Adams, you don't deserve those points...

        1. Jason M
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 16 hours ago

          Perhaps not, but my luck needs to change this GW. Only benched Adams as I'm a Chelsea fan haha

  7. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    9 days, 16 hours ago

    Best team going forward?

    Martinez
    Robbo Saiss Lamptey
    Salah Mane James Grealish
    Aguero Ings DCL

    1. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 16 hours ago

      Lol. No Son or Kane?

  8. Radzio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 days, 16 hours ago

    Best replacement for James? Can take Robertson for -4 but don't know it's worth it. Don't fancy other defenders(already have TAA, Saiss, Lamptey)

  9. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    9 days, 16 hours ago

    Sterling City C today HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    This is even worse than Chelsea and Silva.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 16 hours ago

      Uh

  10. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 days, 16 hours ago

    when did Zaha get flagged? I must be blind only just saw that, reckon he starts?
    That would be typical, Zaha injured.. Only thing that could make owning him even worse then it already is.

    Most important FPL tip ever is never pick Zaha

  11. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    9 days, 16 hours ago

    I have 4.4m ITB lol.

    Foden + Davis > Aguero + Soucek -4 is what's turning my head. Very tempting move.

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 16 hours ago

      4.4? Pfft rookie numbers.. 7.9itb is where its at 😀