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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. F_Ivanovic
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 12 hours ago

    Only Ings involved in this match, what about everyone else?

    1. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Same

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Chilly

      1. baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 12 hours ago

        Chilly here (and Reece James...)

    3. Zilla
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      No more players today

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Sold Ings for Kane, enjoy your haul

    5. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Chilwell

    6. Mufc202020
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      For some reason I’ve captained Werner

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 12 hours ago

        Moment of madness or just ballsy? I hope he comes through. I also still have him. Just not mad enough to cap 😉

    7. Zlatan approves
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      McCarthy

    8. Pedram
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Havertz

    9. Railwayman
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Chilwell

    10. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Pulisic

    11. Vamos Los Celeste
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      McCaryhy

  2. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 12 hours ago

    Hope Ings can bang a brace today. Kepa in goal gives me hope!

  3. FPL_Hazards
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 12 hours ago

    I hate football. Hate VAR. Seriously thinking of watching something else. Farcical decisions.

    1. Mufc202020
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Was quite clearly offside... bitter liverpool fan I’m guessing? For once VAR didn’t go your way

      1. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        7 days, 12 hours ago

        It's clearly onside.

        Even the "offside" right before VVD's injury, it's onside also.

        1. Mufc202020
          • 1 Year
          7 days, 12 hours ago

          Clearly onside but ruled offside

      2. FPL_Hazards
        • 7 Years
        7 days, 12 hours ago

        Gutted. Raging.

        Bitter? I dont think so.

        But i suppose if anyone could detect bitterness it would be a manure fan

        1. Mufc202020
          • 1 Year
          7 days, 12 hours ago

          Unluckyyy

  4. Ruinenlust
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 12 hours ago

    How many bonus for Salad?

    1. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      The usual

  5. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 12 hours ago

    Chances Zaha, Mitchell and Lamptey all stay on the bench so I get Keane's haul?

    1. F_Ivanovic
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      0.00005%

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 days, 12 hours ago

        Cheers, that's more than I expected!

    2. Mufc202020
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      7%

  6. fr3d
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 12 hours ago

    TAA owners rewarded with positive points. Must feel like a haul

    1. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Don't know what to do with him...

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 days, 12 hours ago

        Pickford denied him a goal & assist, so I guess just keep...

      2. Mufc202020
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 12 hours ago

        Do you think you’ll get rid of him?

        1. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          7 days, 12 hours ago

          Probably not. It's getting frustrating though...

  7. Manani
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 12 hours ago

    Reece James > Robertson?
    Not too confident with liverpool's defending but watching the game, he's very attacking and could do with the attacking return

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Look at Digne

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Mane Salah is the way to go ... get cheaper defender until Allison is back.

  8. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 12 hours ago

    Anyone else sell Werner and Adams for a hit? Really hoping I haven’t done a Granville

    1. Ashante'Kotoko
      • 8 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      I got Werner for a hit !!!

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        7 days, 12 hours ago

        Whaaaattttt

        1. Ashante'Kotoko
          • 8 Years
          7 days, 12 hours ago

          Yea don't know it just happened lol was thinking about captaining but couldn't do it lol

          1. Mufc202020
            • 1 Year
            7 days, 12 hours ago

            I did it! Thought first game he’ll start upfront and he’s due a goal!

      2. ivantys
          7 days, 12 hours ago

          Season keeper now!

        • Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 days, 12 hours ago

          I like that move, good luck.

          1. Ashante'Kotoko
            • 8 Years
            7 days, 12 hours ago

            Thanks ! I thought if he blanked I'd ship him to Kun/Antonio easily... The only thing is I shipped out Bamford for him and I like Leeds so much 🙁

      3. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 12 hours ago

        Get a big sofa, Werner is hauling today

        1. Bubz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          7 days, 12 hours ago

          Yeah I have a feeling he will... might put a tenner on him to score 2 or more

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            7 days, 11 hours ago

            Hope you did mate lol

      4. dshv
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 12 hours ago

        I did it for watkins

    2. Taegugk Warrior
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      A. KDB + James to Mane + Ayling (-4)
      B. KDB to Sterling

    3. F4L
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      BT haven't even picked up on the Robbo kick off, looks like owners will get lucky with no retrospective ban.

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 days, 12 hours ago

        Hardly surprising, Liverpool are off limits for criticism

        1. F4L
          • 5 Years
          7 days, 12 hours ago

          lol, it's obviously an exaggeration but you just have to see how many ex-pool pundits there are involved with Sky and BT to see why.

          Haven't seen clearly on the highlights yet but I'm pretty sure Mane kicked out at Mina just before Rich's red card as well, again wasn't even mentioned.

          1. F4L
            • 5 Years
            7 days, 12 hours ago

            https://twitter.com/jtcfc1203/status/1317457451252408325

            yep just found it on Twitter, Mane was on a yellow as well. So both Robbo and Mane should've been off, any Liverpool fan in the media who goes on about being hard done by after today is just being clearly biased.

    4. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      So somehow despite a good start to the season, I haven't owned DCL all season.. I've got away because he doesn't really get the Bonus points with his goals and because Wilson has covered along nicely, was thinking of actually getting in Rich later but DCL is surely coming in now!

      1. Zlatan approves
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 12 hours ago

        Same here

    5. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Is Pulisic injured yet?

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 12 hours ago

        Just gone off

    6. NABIL - 1 season 1der
      • 8 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Went Puli & Havertz to Grealish & Barkley on my WC, last minute.

      Saved 3.7 itb. Let's see how it goes

    7. Amey
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Time to repay the hit Pulisic.
      And faith Ings for selling Jimmy
      😎

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 days, 12 hours ago

        Saints winning 4-3 with a Pulisic hatty would be ideal...

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          7 days, 12 hours ago

          Amazing 😀

    8. dshv
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Davies for Saiss ?

      Or

      Kdb to somebody ?

      1. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 12 hours ago

        Which are your starting defs and mids atm?

    9. PlayPercentage
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Is that a three match ban for Richarlison? What an idiot.
      Rage transfer to DCL seems the obvious move.

      1. FPL_Hazards
        • 7 Years
        7 days, 12 hours ago

        Yeah

      2. Amey
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 12 hours ago

        Should be more than 3 😀

      3. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        7 days, 12 hours ago

        Almost cost them a point too.

    10. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Are Southampton going 424 with JWP as one of the two holding mids?? They're going to get battered.

      Kinda wish I'd taken a punt on Pulisic.

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 12 hours ago

        I got him on WC, didn't realise this game was box office though, annoying.

    11. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Trigger finger ready for foden to puli

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 12 hours ago

        Hattrick today injured next week 😀

    12. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      How was that offside on Mané?

      VAR has lost the plot!

      1. dshv
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 12 hours ago

        Was a mistake for me

        1. Salan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          7 days, 12 hours ago

          Agree. Clearly onside.

      2. ZimZalabim
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 12 hours ago

        no his elbow was just about offside

        and as we all know all the famous goals scored by the elbow

        makes complete sense

        Var is exceptional

    13. dshv
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Davies for

      1. Saiss/coady
      2. Mings/konsa
      3. Other ?

    14. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Time for Werner to punish the sellers.

      1. dshv
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 12 hours ago

        I am one from the sellers

      2. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 12 hours ago

        He will punish the owners once more

    15. burnhilla
        7 days, 12 hours ago

        VVD injury

        How bad did it look like? How long will he be out?

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 12 hours ago

          Mate he's barely got into the medical room.

          Didn't look great.

        2. KICKandRUSH
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 days, 12 hours ago

          About 6 months.

        3. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 12 hours ago

          Knee is always a more than a week absence...
          From what I ve seen I think he will miss the next 2 pl games

          1. burnhilla
              7 days, 12 hours ago

              Thank you!

          2. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            7 days, 12 hours ago

            He walked around for a long time after the injury. Hard to know but unlikely to be very serious

        4. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 12 hours ago

          - Chill (man)
          - (Ok) well

          1. KICKandRUSH
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            7 days, 12 hours ago

            Who's Chillman Okwell?
            Sounds like a republican presidential candidate

            1. Shark Team
              • 3 Years
              7 days, 12 hours ago

              He is the most lovely corner taker of the league

        5. diesel001
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 12 hours ago

          Lateriser (c) Werner. Interesting.....

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            7 days, 12 hours ago

            Chilwell to steal the show 😉

        6. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          7 days, 12 hours ago

          Let’s go Pulisic

        7. Kellz86
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 12 hours ago

          Werner with a brace today no doubt

        8. HollywoodXI
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 days, 12 hours ago

          Salah (c), DCL owner and non Liverpool defender owner. Not a bad result for me that.

          1. Noah’s Ark
            • 7 Years
            7 days, 12 hours ago

            Salah, Dcl, Trent and Robertson.

          2. Vamos Los Celeste
            • 7 Years
            7 days, 12 hours ago

            Salah , DCL and Robbo owner here.

          3. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            7 days, 12 hours ago

            No chance of getting rid of vvd with the amount of toot in my team, time for lamptey to back up promise with points!

          4. Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            7 days, 12 hours ago

            Salah Robbo DCL Jrod owner here with Kane (C)

        9. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 12 hours ago

          Chilwell almost scored. Two saves from McCarthy.

        10. Vamos Los Celeste
          • 7 Years
          7 days, 12 hours ago

          2nd McCarthy save robbed.

        11. Noah’s Ark
          • 7 Years
          7 days, 12 hours ago

          Ings to haul today. I sold for -4.