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

    The annual Wally wagon is leaving the station! All aboard!

  2. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Walcott essential now?

    1. Alexis Nonsense
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Never been, never will be

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

    How many saves Kepa have ever made?

    1. Utopsis
      7 days, 7 hours ago

      -4

  4. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Kepa really is gash

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

    Lol the Chelsea.

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

    Imagine...

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Imagine?

    2. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      no possessions

    3. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      all the people...

    4. baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Having Reece James blocking Robbo...

    5. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Dragons?

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

      All the people ....

    7. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      The melody was good, but the lyrics were written before breakfast

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

    Only the 10 goals from the 2 games then...quiet weekend

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

      I dont want to have any defenders nor keepers with this madness going on.

    2. Railwayman
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      They say it won't continue like this...

  8. CloudSky
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Lamps can't get a win even against a team that plays high line, the best possible tactic to play against for Chelsea. 200 mil down the drain. Him and Ole aren't good enough to lace the boots of Nuno, much less the likes of Don Carlo or Klopp.

    1. Grounderz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Where is patience these days.

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

        But it’s true though ...

        1. Grounderz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          Should your boss continue to give you opportunities?

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

            It’s true .... what has he displayed to show anything like the ability of the other three managers there

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

            If your shite at what you do, obviously no?

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

      Goodness me.

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

      Lamps is learning ... Ole never will.

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

        had a better season than him last season

    4. Railwayman
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Lampard can't defend, which is weird because he played under Mourinho and that will cost him his job soon enough. No trophies for Chelsea as him being the manager.

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

      leave Ole out of this

  9. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Bruno to Walcott done

  10. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Vestergaard goal?!

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

    Kepa surely the worst keeper in PL history considering the amount of games he's played?

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

      Taibi?

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

        Taibi only played like 5 games. There's plenty f keepers who have been bad and instantly dropped. Kepa has been awful for over two seasons

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

      Worst value for sure. But there have been some shockers. Taibi?

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

        Behave. Taibi was a brought in as 3rd choice and thrown in the deep end. Yes he made errors but won MOTM in one of the 4 games he played

        Kepa has 200+ apps in europes top 5 leagyes

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

      World record transfer fee for a keeper and they signed him to a 7 year deal.

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

      Kepa is the worst keeper i've ever had the pleasure of watching in the premier league

      Yes. Pleasure.

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

      At £70m I would agree. What a waste of money.

  12. dshv
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    KDB to

    1. sterling
    2. Start Wc and bring aguero?

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      watch the game first??

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

    Kepa £70million / Slabhead Maguire £80m - just goes to show there are so many expensive hoax players out there stealing a living.

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

      What did Palace quote Zaha at? 80m? Lollllllllll

    2. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      They don't choose their price, Maguire was part of a defense that finished 3rd and was statistically decent for clean sheets

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

        Maguire works well in a low block imo. I'm not sure he has the pace for a high line.

        He was Pep's main target last season though, by his own admission, so I must be missing something...

        1. CloudSky
          • 4 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          Pep bought like one good defender in his half a billion defender shopping spree, so probably not missing much.

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

    Walcott to score vs Everton next week 🙂

    1. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Surely

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

    Pre wildcard team 42 points from 6. Werner and Adams starting

    Post wildcard team 23 from 4, but all players returned something.

    Very confused so far

  16. ivantys
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Chillwell and Ings share 1 bonus each?

  17. Bookkeeper
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Any chance Podence doesn't play?

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

      Might not start but unlikely not to play at all if fit.

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

      Depends on all the COVID tests doesn’t it?

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

      Very good chance he won't start unfortunately but he will play minutes

  18. AD2110
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    How did Pulisic and Chilwell look?

    1. Esalman
      • 10 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Chilwell decent but not touching Pulisic now.

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

        I would add chilwell decent attacking wise but part of a hellhole of a defence

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

      Fine. Pulisic first game back assisted the assister ..

    3. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Pulisic was no where to be found

  19. CloudSky
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Courtois averages the same amount of saves for Madrid per game as Kepa does for Chelsea per season. Talk about a costly downgrade.

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

      Courtois was playing just like Kepa is at Chelsea. Confidence.

      1. CloudSky
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        Same thing was happening in his first season with Madrid, when he was really poor. He calmed down, talked to Zizou and was probably the most important player for Madrid in La Liga conquest. Continuing to be the best player this season also, saving countless of shots and chances that had no right to be saved.

  20. mgilbert86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Hmm, exact funds to do KDB + Richarlison -> Son + Aguero

  21. Differentiator
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    VAR referees are ferking shambolic. Need robots to examine the VAR footage itself

    Most blatant ever handball for Werner's first touch for his second goal....

    https://twitter.com/Big_Papa_Herb/status/1317484141621948417/photo/1

    WTF

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

      I saw that on the replay and didn't understand why a handball wasn't given.

    2. HenrikFPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Ridiculous.

  22. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Auba starting up front?

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

      Yeah 433

  23. aborg
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Chilwell getting his bonus point ?

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

      I also want to know this

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

    Good couple of results for the sake of the league

  25. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Could do with foden delivering something for a change

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

      This. Let me have one win...

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

      Mahrez for me.

  26. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Werner owns finally laughing

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

      Good for them considering what he's probably done for their ranking the last 4 weeks.

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

      does someone still own him?

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

      Laughing about what? There's 10 strikers with more points than him and 8 of them are less expensive

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

      Laughing from below

  27. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Kepa to play v MUN next week? Punishment for Bruno's sellers?

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

      Nope. Mendy apparently close to ready. If not fit for Sevilla, he'll be back for United. Same for Silva.

  28. Manani
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    don't really think is Kepa fault for the last goal? 2nd goal (and maybe 1st) but surely not the last one

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

      Not at all. Just the second one.

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

      Touched took it way from him. Positioning could have been a tad better.

      1st not his fault. 2nd 50/50 between him and Zouma.

      Needs to get out of the XI. Drops the whole team's confidence level.

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

    Loool what is the point of expensive defenders??

    We’ll be relying on them to get hatrick’s for decent returns at this rate

  30. Grounderz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Folks.

    1) What's Foden's main position?
    2) What position did he mostly play when he won the World Cup U-17?

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

      1) doesn’t have one yet - plays vaguely centrally in general 2) Number 8 attacking centre mid

      1. Grounderz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        Cheers.