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Werner central again as Lampard selects back-three for Chelsea

Timo Werner‘s (£9.3m) double-figure haul in Gameweek 5 has earned him a second successive Premier League start as Chelsea’s centre-forward.

The German international spearheads a front-three once again, this time as they travel to face Manchester United, who have conceded nine goals in two matches at Old Trafford this season.

Frank Lampard has gone with Christian Pulisic (£8.3m) and Kai Havertz (£8.4m) either side of Werner, which means Mason Mount (£6.9m) finds himself on the bench.

After two successive benchings, Reece James (£5.0m) is back in the team, operating as a right wing-back in what looks to be a 3-4-3 formation.

Ben Chilwell (£5.7m) keeps his place in the team to fulfil the according left-sided role, while Kurt Zouma (£5.0m), Thiago Silva (£5.5m) and Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.9m) staff the back-three.

Fresh from a week on the front pages, as well as the back, Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) starts up-front again for Manchester United, with Anthony Martial (£8.8m) serving the second of his three-match suspension.

Daniel James (£6.3m) and Juan Mata (£5.9m) provide the width either side of Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m) in attacking midfield while Paul Pogba (£7.8m), Mason Greenwood (£7.2m) and Edinson Cavani are the options on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s bench.

Despite a promising midweek performance, Axel Tuanzebe (£4.5m) is among the substitutes, Harry Maguire (£5.4m) and Victor Lindelöf (£4.9m) the preferred options at centre-back.

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Lindelöf, Wan-Bissaka; Fred, McTominay; D James, B Fernandes, Mata; Rashford.

Chelsea XI (3-4-3): E Mendy; Zouma, T Silva, Azpilicueta; Chilwell, Kanté, Jorginho, R James; Pulisic, Werner, Havertz.

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1,041 Comments Post a Comment
  1. PocketZola
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Hows my punty pulisic doing? my clever plan to wc and get him in, is it working?

    1. King Mo
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Few shots at goal. Not much else. Been a boring game.

    2. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      One letter away...

    3. Bookkeeper
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Not good. Isn't looking sharp atm

    4. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      He'll come good in the next few games. Probably gonna get him for gw8

    5. JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Strange half. They’ve not looked great going forward using this system imo. Only 45 mins though.

      1. PocketZola
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        i have 2 ft, punty pulisic to bisoooma and catherine brewster to bambino bamford?

        1. JIMMY764
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Nope.

  2. Shultan
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Sold recently R.james, started Mitchell, seemed logical moves but somehow all my logical moved this season backfiring

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Chelsea will concede

    2. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      At least you don't have to put up with annoying, will he/won't he start and midfield cameos. I benched him for Mitchell.

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Well Mitchell move looked good until the last minute.

  3. El Presidente
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 days ago

    In one word: boring.

  4. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Daniel James is such a championship player. Nothing about him

    1. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Yeh you need a decent manager and a decent transfer policy to sort it out. Perennial bridesmaids otherwise pal

  5. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Such a cagey match with strong implications for both managers was always gonna be slow. First goal, if it comes, could decide it. A "must not lose" game first, a "must win" second

  6. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    United bench is nuts

    Cavani
    Pogba
    Greenwood
    Van De Beek
    Matic
    Tuanzebe
    Henderson

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      And Daniel james started 😆

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        THIS!!

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Ole is a massive fraud

        1. Houldsworth Hatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          I disagree with a lot of things you say but that is bang on.

      3. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Unbelievable

    2. djoker_nole
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Pretty average bench

        1. Noah’s Ark
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Get out

      • Fred54
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Some of the biggest names in World football.

        And Pogba.

      • Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        You might find Mbappe or Neymar there too in Tuanzebe’s pocket 😉

    3. Gravless are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Tactical masterclass from two managers who've learnt from the best in the game

    4. JJO
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Pulisic becoming awfull pick
      Even playing on left there is no enough space for him
      Werner always taking that space and Havertz usefull and also going too much inside
      3 players in 20 meters wide space,thats what 2 CBs can neutrize easily

      1. Bookkeeper
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Perfectly put. Take a +1

      2. Bookkeeper
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Pulisic plays better off a big forward i.e. Giroud

        1. JJO
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Yeah players like Pulisic always play better with Giroud or even Firmino
          I would say that Puli and Werner are same type of players,well not same but certainly not compatible

      3. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Yep. I’m selling

    5. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I'd like to see Greenwood in this game. Down to 7.2 but there's plenty of life still in him. Better than James, that's for sure

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Excited to see Cavani.

        Could go James -> Cavani and push Rashford out wide.

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Cavani puts a spanner in the works for sure

        2. HollywoodXI
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          I think Ole should take off James and Mata for Greenwood and Cavani (Rashford to the flank).

        3. Noah’s Ark
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          James and Mata off for Cavani and Greenwood and Rashford wide

      2. fr3d
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        When they pick up form and nice fixtures, Greenwood will be ridiculous value at 7.2

      3. NULL-X-VOID
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Still one of my favs. The guy is really great.

    6. NULL-X-VOID
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Can someone give me any arguments about that Maguire's grapple not being a pen?

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Giving a penalty vs United is against the law

        1. NULL-X-VOID
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          makes sense, makes sense.

        2. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          At least you know.

        3. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Why did palace get one and a retake 🙁 i wish it was illegal that match too

      2. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        He just wanted a hug from azpi. Been sad since his arrest

        1. NULL-X-VOID
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Damn, this makes me feel bad for the poor skipper

      3. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        There's no argument.

      4. F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Because it happens all the time and plenty get away with. I thought they were going to crack down on it... because it absolutely should be a pen.

        1. NULL-X-VOID
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Could you tell one example when such a pen wasn't even reviewed in the VAR Era. This was the most obvious pen, I've seen by far in a long time.

          1. Noah’s Ark
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Just because we didn’t see it reviewed doesn’t mean that it wasn’t though.

          2. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            I think there was one in arsenal city match?

          3. F_Ivanovic
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            My memory sucks but I remember seeing at least once someone being all over someone and there being no penalty (i assume it had no review because of the no pen) - but yeh. They should be pens, not denying that

      5. Fred54
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Basically VARs have been told the constant penalties were making the league a laughing stock and told to 'turn the other way.'

      6. PocketZola
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        he is English and he was tickling apzi's boobies

      7. Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        It’s a pen all day. I’m a united fan and that should have been given.

      8. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Nonsense really. Clear penalty!!! Not even VAR checked?

        1. PocketZola
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          ref is assuming its nothing, a bit of argy bargy

          1. BeaversWithAttitude
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Yes, Maguire was strangling Azpilicueta, but his hands were not in an unnatural position.

    7. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Evra calls it as he sees it 🙂

      1. Galza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I think he’s in car park sorting Jimmy Floyd out as we speak... 🙂

    8. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I hope it's heavily raining at Liverpool on 8pm. Blades' defence will be unstoppable with those sliding tackles and Salah will struggle

      1. F4L
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        lol, can see a Liverpool drubbing if they go with their 4-2-3-1 formation with Salah up top.

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        SHU defence is depleted.

    9. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Rashford has no composure, should have chipped him. Better when he had less time.

    10. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Just in. How is Chilwell playing?

      1. NULL-X-VOID
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Really good. Had an assist if Puli would've finished well.

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Dangerous, good all round game, on my bench for this one though.

      3. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Continuing his fine form.

    11. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Evra is just great... really out of the box and funny af

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Love the man.

        Comes on Stretford Paddock sometimes.
        (Best United fan channel)

    12. F4L
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Can United sub on Greenwood and Cavani for Mata and James please. This is so dull.

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I like Mata. Just James off is okay

        1. F4L
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Mata and Fernandes both want to play the same position. They're just getting in each other's way.

      2. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Mata is playing well

        1. F4L
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          doesn't fit the system, no width on United's right hand side, AWB doesn't push forward enough either.

    13. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Where was all this energy for Walker on Gabriel last week?

    14. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Baffles me why United don't play the diamond anymore. Blame AWB I guess, but if that was the case then why not buy a RB with more offensive prowess...

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

        No transfer strategy that’s why

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        AWB is famed for his attacking prowess.

      3. Well you know, Triffic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Oh give it a rest. AWB is the best rb in the league from a defensive point of view. Absolutely bossed psg and this game so far. He can attack aswell, as was seen when he scored last week and the assists he got in restart. He's obviously been told to stay back.

    15. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      So keep it tight for 60 mins or so, then bring on Ziyech and Cavani to try to decide it

    16. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      It's absolutely shocking how the absolute garbage bin licker James gets starts over van de Beek

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Ahhhh. This whole time I’ve been thinking people were talking about Reece James. Whoops

      2. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        He’s awful. Should be playing for someone like Barnsley

      3. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        They play completely different positions

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Play a diamond and accommodate vdb...

    17. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Can someone tell me how is Werner playing? Thanks!

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Ok. Lots of attack down the left and there has to be a goal coming.

        1. KGFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Thanks mate, much appreciated 🙂

    18. Jässi
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I couldn't see the first half. How did Puli and Zouma play?

      1. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Pulisic is still trying to find his best game...

    19. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Just saw the pen shout, why haven't WWE signed Maguire yet?

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Still unsure why it wasn’t a pen.

      2. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        He doesn't have the speaking skills yet.

      3. NULL-X-VOID
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Would be a good contender in RAW

    20. elchilangles
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      so is Bamford this year's Pukki then????

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Getting there.

      2. Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        The difference is that Bamford gets lots and lots of chances. Pukki didn’t really.

      3. F4L
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        no, Leeds are a far better team than Norwich. Doesn't matter if Bamford isn't great, he'll get loads of service.

    21. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Shaw has played 405 mins and total FPL points is 0..
      must be a record

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Yeah I saw this last week, without the extra 45 mins.

    22. Noah’s Ark
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Fred would want to f**k off now and not get himself sent off

    23. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      How Dan James bagged a move to United I’ll never know.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Guess I haven’t been focusing on him. What’s he done that’s so bad?

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

          That’s it. Absolutely nothing. Offers nothing 1 v 1. Bad technically. Average footballer

      2. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Cheap and giggs told to get. Guess they know not to trust his opinion now

    24. Vazza
        1 month, 8 days ago

        How is Penandes performing? Any chance of him getting a fernalty?

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Always

      • Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Bein Sports is an absolute sh*tshow. Richard Keys, Andy Gray and Nigel de Jong. Leave some talent for the other broadcasters.

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Amazing Gray got work again.

      • Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Should have been looking at a Chilwell goal, Pulisic assist. Crap pass

        1. Silecro
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          as a Pulisic and Chilwell owner, this scenario is the joy I do not yet deserve