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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. DA Minnion
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Sterling ing ing

    1. Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      13 pointer incoming

      1. The Dance
        • 9 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Knock the 3 off

  2. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Auba up top

  3. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    KUN is only 10.4

  4. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    That is a poor City team ...

    1. gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Joking aren't you?

  5. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Agueroooooooooooo!

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Perfect Kane swop when fixtures turn.

  6. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Kane > Kun this week.

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      nope

      1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        Bye.

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

          Oh you off out? Bye joke

  7. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Pulisic stays on! Was expecting him to come off.

    Get a goal lad!!!

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

      This !! His number is probably up soon

  8. The Casual One
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Sterling captain irl. That's new

    1. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Need him to step up with a haul.

      1. Wicked Weapon
          7 days, 11 hours ago

          I won't mind that at all

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Lol

    2. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Man City have spent 700 billion on defenders and there back line is Walker Dias Ake Cancelo, Pep should be ashamed

      1. JONALDINHO
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Liverpool spend 1/8 of that and have Trent, Van Dijk, Gomez and Robertson

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Its his fault Laporte is made of glass? That they’ve spent so much on left back failures is an issue.

      3. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Ederson
        Walker Dias Laporte Mendy
        KDB Rodri Bernardo
        Mahrez Aguero Sterling

        Steffen
        Cancelo Stones Ake Zinchenko
        Gundogan Fernandinho Foden
        Torres Jesus ?????

        Other than a Sane replacement they have two good teams.

    3. Old Bull
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Anyone remember what it feels like to get a clean sheet?

      1. Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Saiss last week.

        1. Old Bull
          • 7 Years
          7 days, 11 hours ago

          Ah yes. I lost him in my Wildcard the week before.

    4. abaalan
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Ofcourse now ive wildcarded out Werner, Havertz and Adams they all score big....FML this season

    5. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      4 players out: DCL Hamez Salah Chilwell ... red arrow, blimey

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Same but with 3

        Havertz salah dcl

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Well everyone has them.

    6. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Starting Foden over Brewster is going to annoy me, isn't it.

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

        Right move imo

      2. Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Of course not 🙂

      3. Old Bull
        • 7 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        I fear it might

    7. Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Sterling Foden. Check

    8. lordkippe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Please Raheem(C). Save my GW

    9. zotter
      • 11 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      That was an easy header for Havertz ffs

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        He is no DCL.

    10. Az
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Pulisic done anything this game?

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

        Little bit. Involved with third goal.

      2. DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Annoyed his owners.

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

          Think Frank knows he can’t use him RW anymore though

      3. JONALDINHO
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        3rd wheeling Werner and Havertz

      4. Latetotheparty
          7 days, 11 hours ago

          Switching from Havertz stings for me!

        • Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          7 days, 11 hours ago

          has looked good today, owners should expect returns in upcoming games

      5. acesingh
        • 5 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Well if knew Aguero starts I would’ve done Timo (c) to Aguero (c).

        Was planning to do it for next game anyway...Now I don’t know what to do...

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

          Wait and see on Jesus fitness news

      6. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Can see a sterling red card this game.

      7. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Che Adams looking hard to ignore.

        1. The Dance
          • 9 Years
          7 days, 11 hours ago

          Said nobody 🙂

        2. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          7 days, 11 hours ago

          Bwaaaahhahaha

        3. Cruyff's Eleven
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 days, 11 hours ago

          Hahaha, you made me laugh sir. Thank you.

        4. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 days, 11 hours ago

          Waiting until he's impossible to ignore

      8. ivantys
          7 days, 11 hours ago

          Imagine passing to Adams instead of Ings

        • Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 11 hours ago

          Great, as if Werner has just gone and done this. What a troll after those first 4 GW.

          Kudos to anyone who could be arsed to hold on, but I liked the look of getting Son and DCL in instead

          Dammit

          1. The Dance
            • 9 Years
            7 days, 11 hours ago

            Son and DCL have garnered way more points so we’re the winners

            1. Top Lad Dakes.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              7 days, 11 hours ago

              Erm, not this week so far. Though I have Son captain so god I hope he can match beat or at least come close to Werner

              Did Werner Foden KDB to DCL Son Havertz (-4)

              1. The Dance
                • 9 Years
                7 days, 11 hours ago

                But it doesn’t matter coz we’re already up, not just this GW.

                Those were good moves, i wouldn’t expect Timo to continue this anyway, it’s only Southampton, couldn’t even score against the other easy teams.

          2. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            7 days, 11 hours ago

            Werner’s appeal was always going to go up once Chelsea had a fit front line. Question was whether you gambled at the start or waited for Pulisic and Ziyech to be fit.

            1. Top Lad Dakes.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              7 days, 11 hours ago

              Yep, I gambled at the start and finally froze him out this week. Got Havertz at least

        • CroatianHammer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 days, 11 hours ago

          Aguero back, means Sterling has better position

          1. The Dance
            • 9 Years
            7 days, 11 hours ago

            Or less chances

            1. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              7 days, 11 hours ago

              fewer

          2. ivantys
              7 days, 11 hours ago

              Depends whether they are enemies like mane and salah.

            • Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              7 days, 11 hours ago

              It means he's out wide left

          3. aborg
            • 3 Years
            7 days, 11 hours ago

            Aguerooooooo playing.

            Don’t have him though lol

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              7 days, 11 hours ago

              Just hope Pep isn’t gambling with him.

          4. Crouching Tiger
            • 7 Years
            7 days, 11 hours ago

            Already having Aguero in my WC draft.. let's see what happens in game though 😀

          5. acesingh
            • 5 Years
            7 days, 11 hours ago

            How is Ziyech looking?

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              7 days, 11 hours ago

              Didn’t realize he was on. Chelsea seem to have introduced attacking player but reverted to clinging on.

          6. Jack Burton
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            7 days, 11 hours ago

            Looking forward to watching Aguero play to be honest

          7. Kun Tozser
            • 5 Years
            7 days, 11 hours ago

            Chilwell not worth the price in this defence

            1. JJeyy
              • 4 Years
              7 days, 11 hours ago

              No Mendy or Thiago

          8. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 days, 11 hours ago

            Havertz close to any other points? Haven’t been able to follow the game

          9. The Casual One
            • 8 Years
            7 days, 11 hours ago

            Is TAA no longer essential?

            1. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              7 days, 11 hours ago

              Never was this season

            2. luke
              • 10 Years
              7 days, 11 hours ago

              No defender is essential