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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. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Who else had Che Adams, Werner and Havertz GW1 ?

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      See below.

    2. Shultan
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      +ings o/

    3. Athletic Dildao
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      O/

    4. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      + Ings.

    5. Tired and weary
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Yep. Only got Werner left

  2. EmreCan Hustle
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Got rid of Werner, Havertz and Che on WC.

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Don't think about it. It's a weird season.

    2. Latetotheparty
        7 days, 9 hours ago

        Ouch - I had Werner, Havertz & Ings doh!

    3. Saka_me_sideways
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        The minute I take Werner and Adams out... this game is just too cruel

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          U took out werner before saints high line?

          1. MSTRKRFTSMN
            • 6 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            Saints kept 2 clean sheets in a row before today and Weber blanked completely all season

            1. Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              7 days, 10 hours ago

              2 teams that have no pace up front

        2. ivantys
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            You took Adams out when he's about to face Kepa?

            1. Saka_me_sideways
                7 days, 10 hours ago

                On a WC would you of kept him?

                1. ivantys
                    7 days, 10 hours ago

                    Fair enough no.

              • Saka_me_sideways
                  7 days, 10 hours ago

                  This is my son gw2 nightmare all over agib

                  1. Saka_me_sideways
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Again*

                    • Mac90
                      • 7 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      God damn I feel so sorry for you bro.

                      1. Saka_me_sideways
                          7 days, 10 hours ago

                          Worst thing is I’m a saints fan...

                    • TomSaints
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Same, kinda knew it could happen but much happier with team over next 4

                      1. Saka_me_sideways
                          7 days, 10 hours ago

                          I knew it would happen.. but like you said, much happier with my team going forward.

                    • bso
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Bring on Zyeck...looking forward to seeing him play.

                    • Nightcrawler
                      • 1 Year
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      I must have missed the moment pulisiv suddenly turned into hazard

                      Shockingly overrated on ffs. Deserved blank

                      1. Von Lipwig
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        Tbf he created the 3rd goal. Great player. But agree, massively overrated atm as an fpl asset

                    • Little Red Lacazette
                      • 4 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Will we be getting around 4 goals per game this season...

                    • yash
                      • 9 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Lost Werner and Adams on WC 🙁

                    • Little Red Lacazette
                      • 4 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Who captained Werner on here?

                      1. diesel001
                        • 3 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        Lateriser12

                        1. Nightcrawler
                          • 1 Year
                          7 days, 10 hours ago

                          Fair to say not cpataining him was the right call!!

                        2. The Dance
                          • 9 Years
                          7 days, 10 hours ago

                          Never tells us though does he?

                          1. Brosstan
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            7 days, 10 hours ago

                            Imagine listening to an FPL pod cast and then the guy doesn't even tell you who he's captaining

                            1. The Dance
                              • 9 Years
                              7 days, 10 hours ago

                              I don’t listen to it though do i

                              1. Brosstan
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 6 Years
                                7 days, 10 hours ago

                                No but plenty of people do. Mark and Az are honest about what they are going to do at least

                                1. The Dance
                                  • 9 Years
                                  7 days, 10 hours ago

                                  Exactly

                          2. Pumpy Pro
                            • 11 Years
                            7 days, 10 hours ago

                            Why would he . People would just copy which would be detrimental to his rank. I like that about LR compared to the others. Smarter

                            1. Little Red Lacazette
                              • 4 Years
                              7 days, 10 hours ago

                              Agreed.

                            2. Nightcrawler
                              • 1 Year
                              7 days, 10 hours ago

                              Would probably help his rank this season if people copied him tbf

                              1. Pumpy Pro
                                • 11 Years
                                7 days, 10 hours ago

                                Lol

                            3. Brosstan
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              7 days, 10 hours ago

                              Why should we believe anything he says in his podcast or writes in his articles if that's his mentality?

                              1. Pumpy Pro
                                • 11 Years
                                7 days, 10 hours ago

                                But he is just writing his views. Doesn't matter if folk belive him or not . His big captaincy punt is what he is known for and if folk copy then it makes it less effective . I don't understand why he writes at all , i would keep it all to myself as the more wanna bes who copy him the worse it is for him. He said he just likes the discussion which is fair enough

                      2. Bushwhacker
                        • 1 Year
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        My “daughter’s” team has him as captain.

                        1. Hazz
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          7 days, 10 hours ago

                          DD/LG?

                          lol

                      3. Nice to Finally Michu
                        • 7 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        Werner (C) and Che - im BUZZING

                        1. Little Red Lacazette
                          • 4 Years
                          7 days, 10 hours ago

                          Can you sell me your crystal ball?

                          1. Nice to Finally Michu
                            • 7 Years
                            7 days, 9 hours ago

                            Bring in Trossard!

                        2. TomSaints
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          7 days, 10 hours ago

                          Amazing job and great rank already.

                          1. Nice to Finally Michu
                            • 7 Years
                            7 days, 9 hours ago

                            Cheers!

                    • French Gooner
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Luke AKA Disable with a casual (-16) Hit

                    • JONALDINHO
                      • 3 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Werner seems to do best with space to run into in behind. After next week he won’t get that for a while

                      1. The Dance
                        • 9 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        Aye, it’s one game and Southampton, still a non believer

                      2. Nightcrawler
                        • 1 Year
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        U could argue facing maguire is even better

                        1. JONALDINHO
                          • 3 Years
                          7 days, 10 hours ago

                          Exactly why I said after next week.

                      3. Hazz
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        Maguire tho

                    • Random Name
                      • 5 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      I only have one 5.0+ defender. Sooner people realise to go cheap on defence this year, the better they'll do

                      1. The Dance
                        • 9 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        Ok oracle

                      2. JONALDINHO
                        • 3 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        With no clean sheets the best defenders are ones who offer a threat going forward. These tend to be more expensive and with so many budget options in attack there’s no harm in getting robbo/chilwell/Semedo/etc

                      3. TomSaints
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        I’ve done great with defence

                    • shirtless
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Looks like I'm getting my Werner 0.2 loss back this week 🙂

                      1. The Dance
                        • 9 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        Nah, 0.1 if anything

                      2. Ha.
                        • 5 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        But premature before Kane’s 4 goals

                        1. shirtless
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          7 days, 10 hours ago

                          What's Kane's performance got to do with a Werner bandwagon?!

                          1. Nightcrawler
                            • 1 Year
                            7 days, 10 hours ago

                            Really? One has an obvious on the other

                            1. Nightcrawler
                              • 1 Year
                              7 days, 10 hours ago

                              Obvious effect

                    • Jam0sh
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Well, holding on to Werner and Adams didn't turn out to be so bad decision

                    • The Casual One
                      • 8 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Holding premiums paying off this season

                      1. Keep Calm and Play On
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        Well that’s not entirely true...Werner blanked until today. If you had Kane, DCL instead you would still be up

                    • Hazz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      James is going to come on eventually and ruin my day.

                    • Gudjohnsen
                      • 3 Years
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Son's gonna blank now and I will be puniched for not going with my gut and capping Werner.

                      1. DA Minnion
                        • 8 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        Be glad you have him.

                      2. tokara
                        • 6 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        Man up

                    • Right In The Stanchion
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        40 from 5 any good?

                        1. DA Minnion
                          • 8 Years
                          7 days, 10 hours ago

                          No

                        2. Von Lipwig
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          7 days, 10 hours ago

                          Hate you lol

                      • EmreCan Hustle
                        • 8 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        Aguero starts!

                        1. The Dance
                          • 9 Years
                          7 days, 10 hours ago

                          Course he does

                      • Bubz
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        Sold Werner and Adams for a hit. Comfortably the worst hit iv ever taken. Wow

                        1. diesel001
                          • 3 Years
                          7 days, 10 hours ago

                          Damn.

                        2. Little Red Lacazette
                          • 4 Years
                          7 days, 10 hours ago

                          Ouch man.

                      • zotter
                        • 11 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        Phew pulisic stays on. And rightly so. Mount has been awful

                        1. zotter
                          • 11 Years
                          7 days, 10 hours ago

                          Though can see Puli off soon too

                      • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
                        • 8 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        Imagine not owning Werner. wow.

                        1. The Dance
                          • 9 Years
                          7 days, 10 hours ago

                          Imagine keeping him through blanks, wow more lol

                          1. boomshakeboom
                            • 1 Year
                            7 days, 10 hours ago

                            good one...hahaha

                          2. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
                            • 8 Years
                            7 days, 10 hours ago

                            Imagine not getting him in for 9.3 this week before Saints lol

                      • how now brown cow
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        Mount off ziyech on

                      • Pukki Party
                        • 3 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        OMG Kun

                      • Silecro
                        • 2 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        HAKIM IN

                      • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

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                        1. ivantys
                            7 days, 10 hours ago

                            Foden playing deep again, time to get rid of him useless troll

                            1. MSTRKRFTSMN
                              • 6 Years
                              7 days, 10 hours ago

                              ???? He’ll be in behind aguero in the KDB role

                              1. ivantys
                                  7 days, 10 hours ago

                                  I don't trust 4-3-3s if the player isn't part of the front 3. If it's 4-2-3-1 then it's another story.

                            2. diesel001
                              • 3 Years
                              7 days, 10 hours ago

                              No Mendy or Laporte or KDB. Bernardo going to have to step up today.

                          • COK3Y5MURF
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            7 days, 10 hours ago

                            Agueroooooooo

                          • djoker_nole
                              7 days, 10 hours ago

                              AGUEROOOO

                            • Weasel Boy
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              7 days, 10 hours ago

                              Aguero

                            • The Mandalorian
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              7 days, 10 hours ago

                              Sold Che for Brewster oh well just gotta suck it up

                            • slavkob
                              • 3 Years
                              7 days, 10 hours ago

                              Puli on the left now with Ziyech and Havertz, should be 2 goals to come in here