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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. wulfranian
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    Havertz's mistake was crucial.

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

      Miss?

      1. wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 1 hour ago

        ?

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

          Oh thought you meant his free header

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

      What’d he do? Should he have scored another?

      He was my hit replacement for Kev

      1. Rasping Drive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        7 days, 1 hour ago

        He was at fault for the first Saints goal when Chelsea were bossing it. All went tits up thereafter

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

      Yeah - but it obviously wasn't the worst. 2nd goal shouldn't have been a thing if Zouma & Kepa weren't being so comical.

      1. wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 1 hour ago

        Agreed

  2. Orion
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    Let’s go Sterling C 🙂

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

    Clean sheets are so out of style nowadays.

  4. George James
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 1 hour ago

    If Kun looks good have exact money for Werner >> Kun.

    Would you do that move?

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

      Not after 2 goals + assist from Werner

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

      Not next week given United

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

        Uh its 2020 ; wouldn’t worry too much about Ole’s United.

        1. Mambino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          7 days, 57 mins ago

          he's not he's suggestion Werner will mince us - and he's probably right

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

      Wut? No!

    4. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 51 mins ago

      At some point, just not today 😉

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

    2nd goal was Kepa’s fault but 1st and 3rd goal was not. I guess it will take a while for people to realise Lampard’s horrible defensive tactics is an even bigger issue than the terrible goalkeeping.

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

      Was definitely Lampards's fault Zouma made a donkey pass to put Kepa on that position, of course.

      1. Klaren
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 59 mins ago

        It is Lampard’s fault to play Zouma. I guess it’s just a coincidence that every Chelsea defender keeps making individual defensive mistakes since Lampard took over.

        Also a coincidence this was also the case with Derby. Nothing to do with Lampard’s lack of defensive organisation and players not knowing what they should be doing and improvising all the time!

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

    Pulisic playing too deep. One of The biggest fpl trolls.

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

      Patience my friend.

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

        Nah. Troll is troll

        1. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          7 days, 59 mins ago

          Sell him then

    2. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 48 mins ago

      Nah, Andy Carrol still owns that chair

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

    23 from 4
    1 to play today.

    Oh dear!

    1. Neevesy
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      What were you hoping for? 23 will be green arrow?

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

      Same but no other players today...

    3. Bun Rab L3D2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 days, 58 mins ago

      19 -4 from 5. Nuff said.

    4. Duderino
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 50 mins ago

      Dcl, Hames, Werner with Sterling to go?

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

    2 all, 3 all . Hope this is 4 all.

    1. Meinhoff
      • 8 Years
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      Yes please. Foden brace hopefully

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

        No chance - I've got him

  9. Gleys11
      7 days, 1 hour ago

      Injury is a good reason to move Van Dijk on.

      Castagne or Chilwell?

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

        Maybe neither of them.

        1. Gleys11
            7 days, 59 mins ago

            Who would you recomend?

        2. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          7 days, 58 mins ago

          How injured? it’s VVD he’ll be back for Ajax.

          1. Gleys11
              7 days, 55 mins ago

              True, but i have to much Liverpool defence.
              Will keep TAA and so now a good a time as any to trade down.

              1. Seanigula
                • 11 Years
                7 days, 42 mins ago

                Robbo keeps returning points...even Chilwell will get 4

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

          Anyone fancy Arsenal here?

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

            Good time to play city but have a feeling (owning no city players) that we could be about to see a sterling masterclass

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

            the day of draws today

          3. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            7 days, 56 mins ago

            Fancy them to keep 11 behind the ball at all times.

        4. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          7 days, 1 hour ago

          Hopefully this is a 0-0 or Arsenal can win 1-0

        5. Chucky
          • 6 Years
          7 days, 1 hour ago

          Ings to get 1 BAP?

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

            Would love it

          2. Over Midwicket
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            7 days, 59 mins ago

            Yep unless -bps for dispossessions

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

          Lesson learnt this week. Don’t make early transfers just for profit / being priced out. Ended up then having to do KDB >> Pulisic for a -4.

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

            And swimming in cash haha

            1. Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              7 days, 59 mins ago

              Hope you earn good interest. 🙂

        7. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          7 days, 1 hour ago

          Bruno to haul later, or diddly squat?

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

            B. Wilson and ASM show

          2. Mambino
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            7 days, 59 mins ago

            if there are couple of pens for united then maybe

          3. Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            7 days, 59 mins ago

            I need the haul

          4. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            7 days, 58 mins ago

            I feel its about time Bruno got a goal from open play, I wont be surprised to see Newcastle win tho xD

          5. HollywoodXI
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            7 days, 55 mins ago

            Goal and two assist (3 BPS)

          6. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            7 days, 54 mins ago

            Carlo seems to have the Stockley Park Paypal this week ; Woodward’s cheque might bounce.

          7. Wicked Weapon
              7 days, 47 mins ago

              At this point he's pretty much a ridiculously expensive differential, so he's pretty much due a haul. I hope.

          8. TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            7 days, 1 hour ago

            Werner haul is classic FPL

            This game is ridiculous sometimes

            1. Royal5
              • 9 Years
              7 days, 56 mins ago

              Yup but still only people in the 3+ overall own him anyways.

              1. Royal5
                • 9 Years
                7 days, 55 mins ago

                3+ mill overall

                1. DK_13
                  • 5 Years
                  7 days, 49 mins ago

                  Lololol. Was 1 mil at the start of the gw and he was my cap today

              2. AnfieldLad
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                7 days, 55 mins ago

                Hahah true but we hitting top 2m now so watch out

                1. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  7 days, 53 mins ago

                  Me daughter was 900k before the (c) on Werner today ... fingers crossed.

                  1. AnfieldLad
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    7 days, 51 mins ago

                    Very nice. I kept swapping captain between Timo Salah Son this morning and went Salah in the end

              3. The Casual One
                • 8 Years
                7 days, 47 mins ago

                I own him and I'm 122k

          9. MidTableFantasy
            • 5 Years
            7 days, 1 hour ago

            A) Guaita + Cresswell
            B) Guaita + Lamptey
            C) Guaita + Ward (or any CP def)
            D) Ryan + PVA

            1. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              7 days, 53 mins ago

              E

          10. Giggs Boson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            7 days, 59 mins ago

            City team is really interesting. Cancelo and Walker IWBs with Bernardo and Foden pushing forwards?

            Would be similar to City 17/18: https://i.imgur.com/oGHTAl2.png?1

          11. Random Name
            • 5 Years
            7 days, 59 mins ago

            Lampard really gonna bench mount all season in favour of the german ritchie

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              7 days, 53 mins ago

              Hopefully.

          12. DA Minnion
            • 8 Years
            7 days, 58 mins ago

            A couple of Sterling goals would be amazing.

            1. waltzingmatildas
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              7 days, 57 mins ago

              So much this

          13. waltzingmatildas
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            7 days, 58 mins ago

            Is jorginho a genuine option?

            1. Trophé Mourinho
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              7 days, 56 mins ago

              Looks like it, you can either sit here speculating each week whether he is nailed or not or just go for him. You need some cover for him on the bench tho, something like a Jorghino and Kilch rotation might be good

          14. Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            7 days, 58 mins ago

            Messed my transfer up, wanted Chelsea mid choose Pulisic over Havertz and spent 4 pts selling Podence and put Hames on the bench not a great start

            1. abhirup780
              • 6 Years
              7 days, 55 mins ago

              Pulisic is a great pick. Patience is the key.

              1. Dynamic Duos
                • 7 Years
                7 days, 54 mins ago

                Yeah I still think Pulisic is a great pick to, just could of waited

            2. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              7 days, 54 mins ago

              you benched James Rodriguez ?

              1. Dynamic Duos
                • 7 Years
                7 days, 52 mins ago

                Yeah but he wont be on the bench again, but I thought he wouldn't start, but it was only 4pts

          15. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            7 days, 58 mins ago

            Aguero starts as expected, mass buying after this week for him

            1. AnfieldLad
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              7 days, 53 mins ago

              I hope he’s poor. Don’t want to tear up my team to bring him in. Might end up WC

            2. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              7 days, 52 mins ago

              Kane vs Kun ... fight

              1. Pep bites Kun
                • 4 Years
                7 days, 40 mins ago

                Kun all day for me

            3. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              7 days, 47 mins ago

              He doesn't often start with a bang after injury.

          16. abhirup780
            • 6 Years
            7 days, 56 mins ago

            Chilwell looks like a bonus point magnet with good xA but with a very little CS potential. Worth 5.5?

            1. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              7 days, 54 mins ago

              *5.6, na

            2. Trophé Mourinho
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              7 days, 53 mins ago

              Nah, dont think so. If they can defend then yes, but relying on just attacking returns all the time isnt ideal. That said, no one is really keeping cs so maybe he is worth it?
              Thats 3 times in 5 games now they concede 3 goals, and vs Pool they conceded 2, thats pretty terrible, havent checked but gotta be one of the worst defences in the league.

            3. Gleys11
                7 days, 47 mins ago

                Won 4-0 with Mendy.
                But when will he be back.

            4. Herman Toothrot
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              7 days, 55 mins ago

              Could do with sone returns from Foden.

              Not due any set pieces is he?

            5. It’s gonna Ben Mee
              • 6 Years
              7 days, 55 mins ago

              Chilwell will come good. Pure class

            6. Kakashi Of The Leaf
              • 4 Years
              7 days, 53 mins ago

              Had the wrong Chelsea asset (Pulisic).
              He will come good. Chelsea played some fine football today. Will only get better. Looking for a way to get Werner too after they play United.

              1. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                7 days, 51 mins ago

                Werner could go gangbusters against United. Who the hell is afraid of that backline?!?!

              2. Neves say Neves
                • 2 Years
                7 days, 47 mins ago

                Ziyech playing balls over the top to Puli should unlock his value

            7. ivantys
                7 days, 53 mins ago

                Laporte injured again? lol.

              • DK_13
                • 5 Years
                7 days, 52 mins ago

                8 players done in 2 games. It's going to be a long week from here on

              • La Roja
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                7 days, 52 mins ago

                Zlatan scores

              • CroatianHammer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                7 days, 52 mins ago

                Ooofta! Up 100K pre-GW, down 1.1 million now that two games have been played. Just Sterling (C) now, and Bruno later on. Bulk of my team play tomorrow, with maybe two Clarets on Monday.