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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. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    So that's Adrian, Pickford and now Kepa all living down to their reputations.

  2. kopite65
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Werner an adams our on w/c
    Dcl goal, Kane needs to make up for it to

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

    Poor Kepa just can't catch a break

  4. Fer Fuch's Ake
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    I'd pay front row ticket just to see the Kepa & Zouma comedy show

    1. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Seriously. How is Zouma keeping Rudiger out of this team?

  5. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Che, Ings and Werner have all BEEN in my team.

  6. Africa United
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    YaaaaaaaaS Got Havertz and Werner for hits 😀

    1. Das Boot
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Kept both and went through the pain barrier. Makes up a little bit for taking out Kane and Son before the United game

  7. UshFPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    My own fault for feeling pressured into selling Adams by the price drop

    1. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Same

  8. Shultan
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Havertz goal

  9. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Kepa just destroying every last bit of market value he is at this point

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      The tea lady has more value

  10. Bookkeeper
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    sooooooo.....who sold Adams?

  11. Random Name
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    How on god's green earth is Kepa a professional goalkeeper. Absolute joke of a keeper...

  12. zotter
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Havertz nearly missed that too!

  13. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    I assume Werner and Adams were both on the Explosion Imminent table?

    Victory for the stats.

  14. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Lateriser captains Werner, Az captains Havertz. Hats off boys!

    1. Puntillimon
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      I think az captained son

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      AZ doesn’t even own Havertz 😉

    3. Seanigula
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      That’s called “desperation”

    4. CBonci
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Yeah, kudos to them for keeping the faith. Couldn’t bring myself to do it!

  15. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Adams to Kane for -4 went fantastic

    1. CBonci
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Not over yet!

    2. Neevesy
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Sorry did I miss Kane playing?

      Honestly, people on here are laughable.

      1. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        He must have 16 points at least.

  16. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Pulisic so useless

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      He’ll do nothing

  17. sambyy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    My GW 1-3 Havertz+Werner double up looking great here.

  18. Shultan
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Not owning anyone in this match is horrible

    1. sunzip14
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Selling goal scorers is even worse!

    2. Wicked Weapon
        1 month, 7 days ago

        I'm with you mate. Adams was my transfer out and got Wilson in.

    3. ivantys
        1 month, 7 days ago

        I have Vardy c and Havertz vc, not sure if I want Vardy to play now

        1. zotter
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Depends who is on your bench

          1. ivantys
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Burke lol bench can't be good most of the time 4.5 fodder.

        2. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Pulisic looking very rusty

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

            Wait what, he created that goal...

            1. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              still looking rusty though, hardly noticed him most of the game

          2. ivantys
              1 month, 7 days ago

              He just made a great pass to Werner for that goal

            • MSTRKRFTSMN
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              To be expected, but he’s already allowing them to play a better system with the forwards in their correct positions

            • zotter
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              He could get something in this crazy game. If he stays on!

          3. Zilla
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            what kind of sick joke is this..

            1. Seanigula
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Huh? the jokes play Newcastle later today

          4. Meinhoff
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Phew I would have sold Timo if KDB didn't get injured.

          5. Wicked Weapon
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Is it possible to survive without DCL or Everton players in general this season ?

            • Pedram
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Havertz owners rise your hands

              1. Das Boot
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                o/

              2. Kabayan
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                o/

            • TomSaints
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Meh Werner and Adams out on wc. 25 plus points

            • aborg
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Chilwell ending with just 3 points from a possible 11 points !

            • UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Of course it’s Havertz and not pulisic, of course

            • g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Reminds me of Keegans Newcastle team

            • Stand By Mee
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              I guess it's time to bring Werner in?

              Who would you get him for:

              Ings
              JImenez
              Dcl

              I have 5.2 itb

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

                None of them

              2. zotter
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Hold up and see how United look

            • tiger
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              4 goals in the first game, 5 already in this one...no end to the goals still