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

    Trying not to think about what could have been is key. 5 players played so far and happy with all of them. So what if I don't have Werner/ings etc or city players. I'm happy with my team and they'll come good. I believe!

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      This site doesn’t do positivity

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      Yeah, you’ll beat yourself up with a ‘What if’ mindset especially if you’ve already played your wc high chance you’ve owned Werner etc.

  2. MSTRKRFTSMN
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    One guy in my league is on 50 from 5 players so far with Werner captain

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      Casual?

      1. MSTRKRFTSMN
        • 6 Years
        7 days, 1 hour ago

        No he’s 4th in the league

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 1 hour ago

        Putting Werner in this week and (c) was smart ; a gamble that Pulisic would play from the start perhaps but still smart.

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      Having a 32 point player helps.

      1. MSTRKRFTSMN
        • 6 Years
        7 days, 1 hour ago

        Only includes 26 so far. Didn’t even include baps

  3. JJeyy
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    Took out Werner and Adams after they do nothing for me, and now this.

    Classic fpl.

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

      I feel you with Werner my friend. Finally ditched as part of -4 below

  4. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    James warming up

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      Obviously

    2. Pumpy Pro
      • 11 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      Please come on

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      Gloves & a cuppa?

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 1 hour ago

        On. Pulisic blanks. Dang.

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

      Makes sense. Works better with Ziyech.

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

    Werner Foden KDB —> DCL Son(c) Havertz...

    Hasn’t been a total flop but Werner finally showing up makes it a bit of a let down. All hinges on Son now really, he was the main catalyst ...

    Anyone similar?

    1. tsm
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      The one trend is whoever has been hyped up on here to go mental has not worked out over the last few gws

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      Werner Podence KDB ➡️ Son Mane(c) Watkins (-4)

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

        Damn that false VAR must’ve hurt pal

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

          Can't believe my luck honestly. That was a 12 point swing for me and Mane probably should have scored another!

    3. Jack Burton
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      Yeah KDB to Son then Werner to Kane meh so be it part of a minus 4 hopefully pay off in the long run

    4. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      Cant point chase this season... have to stay patient

  6. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    Im assuming everyone will get werner back now?

    1. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      No

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

      No, there is Kun

    3. tsm
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      Nah if you want Chelsea coverage best route in is Jorge

      I think Aguero will top transferred in for next gw if he scores more than 2 pts

    4. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      Likely. Pulisic/ziyech/Havertz was always too good to ignore.

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 1 hour ago

        Im still gonna ignore probably

    5. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      Nope, not touching that fraud again

    6. Utopsis
      6 days, 22 hours ago

      Nope, and that's the beauty of it

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

    James is coming on. I hate this game..

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      Great, I really need that 1 point

    2. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      Well the game has no point at the end of the day

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

        Sounds like my team.

  8. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    13,226 already bought Werner...

  9. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    WHYYYYYY JAMESSSS 🙁

  10. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    James blocker on.

  11. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    Puliblank banked.

    Rusty.

  12. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    Pulisic off 🙁

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      Grest stuff

  13. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    Got Pulisic and James

    Dumb and dumber

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

      Ouch

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      Blank and blanker

  14. Fabregasm
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    I'm on a WC and can't decide between these two:
    A) Kane + Foden
    B) DCL + Mahrez
    What would you do?

  15. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    COME. ON JAMES, YOU CAN SCORE

  16. Patio Kev
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    Reece James on for a cheeky 1 pointer.

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

    Cmon Havertz get another GI

  18. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    Pulisic useless..

    1. MSTRKRFTSMN
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      Never bring in a player for his first game back after a long injury. Basics.

      1. The Dance
        • 9 Years
        7 days, 1 hour ago

        That doesn’t matter in the slightest

        1. MSTRKRFTSMN
          • 6 Years
          7 days, 1 hour ago

          It really does

      2. Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 days, 1 hour ago

        True. Went Sterling with Grealish as second choice. Didnt understand Pulisic hype

        1. The Dance
          • 9 Years
          7 days, 1 hour ago

          Won’t be saying that for long when he hauls

          1. MSTRKRFTSMN
            • 6 Years
            7 days, 1 hour ago

            Pulisic is essential but you’ve gotta let him get match fit first

  19. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    James OOP 😮

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

    Perfect James one pointer

  21. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    KDB >> Pulisic(-4) FAIL 🙂

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      Same 😐

  22. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    Should I hold James???
    he is playing as CAM 😉

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

    Gonna be hard to resist not getting Werner straight back for Jimenez should the latter fail 3x in a row....

    3.4m ITB is a wonderful thing to work with though

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      It’s ONE game!!!

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

        Yeah I know but CHE back in full force now, playing leaky UTD next.

        And Jimenez has blanked in 2 easy fixtures in a row

        1. The Dance
          • 9 Years
          7 days, 1 hour ago

          So if you knew that why get rid of Werner? He won’t play sou every week, Jiminez does need to go though, booted him last night, hardly ever explosive.

    2. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      havent you point chased enough lol

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

        Sorry, when? This is the first I’ve gotten Son in at all, tried to hold faith with Werner for weeks etc.

        First points hit this week

  24. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    How long is richarlison banned?

    1. MSTRKRFTSMN
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      3 games unless there’s a carabao cup game maybe

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 5 Years
        7 days, 1 hour ago

        Carabao not for ages

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

    Has Havertz been close to any other returns? Looking good?

  26. dshv
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    KDB to

    1. sterling
    2. Start Wc and bring aguero

  27. Pukkipartyy
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    Did Pulisic looked awful?Trolll?

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      yes troll as usual

  28. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    Werner subbed 🙁

  29. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    Noooo Reece James...