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Chilwell, Werner start for Chelsea as Wilson fails to make Newcastle squad

Ben Chilwell (£6.0m) starts for Chelsea in the early Gameweek 9 kick-off on Saturday.

A back spasm saw the defender substituted for England last weekend against Belgium, though he was fit enough for a place on Gareth Southgate’s bench for the Iceland tie on Wednesday.

Germany striker Timo Werner (£9.5m) is also part of Frank Lampard’s XI, playing on the left of Tammy Abraham (£7.2m) with Hakim Ziyech (£8.2m) stationed on the opposite side.

Callum Wilson (£6.6m) is not part of the Newcastle matchday squad after sustaining a hamstring injury back in Gameweek 8. Steve Bruce explained to BT Sport ahead of kick-off:

I couldn’t risk him with the amount of games we have coming up.

If he’d have played and pulled it, he’d be out for six weeks then. The big chunk of the season is coming, the winter is upon us.

I’ve erred on the side of caution to make sure he’s ok for next week.

On Wilson, who suffered that problem during a 2-0 defeat at Southampton, Bruce had said yesterday:

Callum has a chance. If there is any risk whatsoever we won’t. He has trained in the last two days so we will see.

Reece James (£5.0m) starts again for Chelsea at right-back. Owners will be hoping he can keep that spot nailed down ahead of Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.8m).

On missing trio Christian Pulisic (£8.2m), Kai Havertz (£8.3m) and Thiago Silva (£5.5m), Lampard said on Thursday:

Christian Pulisic is not fit for Newcastle but he’s stepped up his training slowly. It’s been quite a problematic injury so we will stay cautious.

Kai Havertz is back, his isolation is over. He tested negative two days ago, so he’s just started training that’s more on his own to get individually some of his fitness back after two weeks at home.

Thiago Silva has just landed. He just messaged me this afternoon so he probably won’t be going to Newcastle because of the length of the journey and timings.

Antonio Rudiger (£4.5m) is Lampard’s chosen deputy for veteran centre-half Silva.

Newcastle boss Bruce appears to be setting up with a 5-4-1 system, with Chelsea set to try and break down what looks to be a low-block defence.

Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.3m) will be the Magpies’ main threat on the counter-attack, while Jacob Murphy (£4.9m) is preferred to Paraguay international Miguel Almiron (£5.7m) on the right-hand side of midfield.

“He only came back from international duty yesterday.” – Steve Bruce on Almiron

Newcastle XI (5-4-1): Darlow; Lewis, Clark, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo; Saint-Maximin, S Longstaff, Hayden, J Murphy; Joelinton.

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): E Mendy; Chilwell, Zouma, Rudiger, R James; Mount, Kanté, Kovacic; Werner, Abraham, Ziyech.

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

    Benching Almiron for Murphy is... Something

    Especially without Fraser and Wilson

    Is Murphy fast?

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      4 days, 1 hour ago

      Issues with Almiron's agent

      1. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 days, 49 mins ago

        Ah damn

  2. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 days, 1 hour ago

    Just need a Steve Bruce bus parking masterclass at St. James Park for my James+Chilwell CS

    1. seewhyaxe
      • 3 Years
      4 days, 1 hour ago

      same.

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

    No Wilson should mean easy Chelsea clean sheet.

    Chickened out of Chillwell (c).

    Good luck all!

    1. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 days, 37 mins ago

      Joelinton is a spoiler

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

    Can't wait for the game. I've missed PL. Let's go!

  5. Major League Shocker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 days, 1 hour ago

    Bench boost activated for GW10 bus team. Five defenders with BUR & FUL looks so beautiful!

  6. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 days, 1 hour ago

    Kane over 100%

    75% below
    DCL
    Son
    Bruno
    Grealish

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 days, 50 mins ago

      Kane 110% top 10K is something

  7. dando89
    • 4 Years
    4 days, 1 hour ago

    Injuties appear to have made the game a lot more boring, I'm on a couple of leagues where majority of teams have almost identical midfield and forward line ups. Yawn

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

      They do?

      I'm seeing quite a lot of variety.

      1. dando89
        • 4 Years
        4 days, 1 hour ago

        Yeh almost all teams with

        KDB Ziyech Grealish Bruno

        Then a tiny bit more variety up front but everyone has

        Kane/ Vardy Watkins/Bamford and DCL

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 days, 59 mins ago

          On WC maybe, but there are few teams that have that midfield without taking a bunch of hits.

        2. Ode
          • 3 Years
          4 days, 56 mins ago

          Everyone had Salah anyway before he got covid

    2. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 days, 57 mins ago

      As Mark said, defence is the place to differentiate yourself right now. That's what I've done with my WC.

      1. camarozz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 days, 49 mins ago

        Enter PVA 🙂

    3. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 days, 43 mins ago

      Yeah, I Feel like this and after my awful start I feel like it’s going to be really hard to climb my league

  8. fish&chips
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 days, 1 hour ago

    Template rating?
    49% here. Hoping for a big climb but will probably be another big drop. KDB (c)

    1. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 days, 1 hour ago

      70%. Thankful for Soucek.

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 days, 1 hour ago

      71%

    3. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 days, 1 hour ago

      53% on WC. Very pleased with this.

    4. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 days, 59 mins ago

      69% no Chelsea

    5. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 days, 59 mins ago

      58%

    6. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 days, 57 mins ago

      55%

    7. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 days, 57 mins ago

      70%
      Saiss my differential! lol

    8. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      4 days, 57 mins ago

      55%

    9. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 days, 55 mins ago

      55%. This is definitely the lowest template rating I've had all season and I consider myself a fairly template manager.

      1. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 days, 49 mins ago

        I think the rating declines for everyone in a week with a larger diversity of captain picks.

    10. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      4 days, 55 mins ago

      70%

    11. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 days, 51 mins ago

      70% too. Not great but I want to try and limp through next 4-5 weeks with small rises.

      Aim to go 700k -> 200k by start of Christmas madness

    12. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 days, 51 mins ago

      56%.

      1. camarozz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 days, 47 mins ago

        57% got rid of all my Spurs. Possibly a massive mistake

    13. abhirup780
      • 6 Years
      4 days, 47 mins ago

      69%. No Man U.

    14. Colonel Shoe 肝池
      • 9 Years
      4 days, 42 mins ago

      52, moderately differential 😎

  9. seewhyaxe
    • 3 Years
    4 days, 1 hour ago

    let's go Ziyech, Chilwell!

  10. PlumaPiedra
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 days, 1 hour ago

    When Antonio is back who do I drop out of Bamford, Watkins and DCL. I don't really wanna sell any of them. It would probably be Watkins if it wasn't for the fixtures.

  11. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    4 days, 1 hour ago

    Play Coufal(AVL) or Targett(whu)?

  12. Mile Plankton
    • 7 Years
    4 days, 1 hour ago

    Aight James, listen boy, pass it only to Abraham!

  13. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    4 days, 1 hour ago

    Good luck guys, those pesky international weeks are so annoying, glad it's over and we're back to watching some real football.

    1. Ode
      • 3 Years
      4 days, 59 mins ago

      Good luck mate. Glad that the next ib is in march

  14. Ode
    • 3 Years
    4 days, 1 hour ago

    Without Ziyech & DCL this gameweek. Hopefully no hauls

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 days, 56 mins ago

      Dcl? Ziyech should do well

  15. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 days, 1 hour ago

    -1 rank on livefpl, I've reached a new low

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      4 days, 59 mins ago

      sad days

  16. Drip Doctor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 days, 59 mins ago

    Zouma starts aswell guys.

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      4 days, 57 mins ago

      Yey o/

  17. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    4 days, 58 mins ago

    Interested to see what the WC template is for this GW.

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 days, 57 mins ago

      3 Chelsea after this

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 days, 54 mins ago

      According to liveFPL (but it looks off)

      McCarthy Martinez
      Chilwell Justin Kilman KWP Lamptey
      Grealish Bruno Ziyech Zaha Son
      DCL Kane Vardy

  18. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 days, 57 mins ago

    Disgusting Newcastle team that is. Well done Chelsea Captainers

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      4 days, 48 mins ago

      Two-bob amateur in charge

  19. Peter Ouch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 days, 57 mins ago

    From. 226k to 209k

    No hits is already playing off haha

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 days, 55 mins ago

      Took a -8 and still have Salah 😀

      1. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 days, 55 mins ago

        Ohhhh mate!
        Don't know how to call it 😉

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 days, 51 mins ago

          Had exact funds for

          Jimenez > Richarlison
          Son > Bruno
          Hames > Ziyech
          Saiss > Cancelo

          Might work out if Salah is back for Brighton.

          1. Peter Ouch
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 days, 47 mins ago

            That was very brave!
            GL!

    2. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      4 days, 54 mins ago

      Up 70k here. Feels good but also shows how low down I am...

      1. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 days, 54 mins ago

        Patience mate

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 days, 51 mins ago

      Up 56k places here
      Stop the count!

    4. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 days, 50 mins ago

      100k rise not taking a hit 🙂

    5. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 days, 40 mins ago

      Up 100k.

  20. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    4 days, 56 mins ago

    Bruno owner but not captain, do I want him to blank?

    1. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 days, 55 mins ago

      Yes

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 days, 55 mins ago

      Yes

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 days, 54 mins ago

      Depends on your leagues. If you're in top 10K and only care about OR, you want him to do well.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        4 days, 53 mins ago

        Yes in top 10k, thanks

    4. Drip Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 days, 54 mins ago

      Who the hell did you captain instead?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        4 days, 52 mins ago

        Guess 😉

        1. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 days, 47 mins ago

          So bold!

          But then you’re having an amazing season so I trust your decision making 100x more than mine haha

        2. Drip Doctor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 days, 45 mins ago

          Good luck, be good if works out!

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            4 days, 44 mins ago

            Cheers both, could be tears if Bruno turns up!

  21. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    4 days, 51 mins ago

    100k green arrows before the GW starts, love it!

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      4 days, 51 mins ago

      arrow*

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      4 days, 49 mins ago

      Only about 25k for me

    3. abhirup780
      • 6 Years
      4 days, 46 mins ago

      Only 6k for me

    4. Wenger Wishes
        4 days, 46 mins ago

        LOOOL your rank must be terrible

        1. abhirup780
          • 6 Years
          4 days, 34 mins ago

          76k OR. Now showing 70k. No hit.

    5. Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years
      4 days, 51 mins ago

      Anyone use List View to keep track of their team?

      1. Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        4 days, 50 mins ago

        no they only use grid view

      2. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 days, 49 mins ago

        List view before selling

      3. abhirup780
        • 6 Years
        4 days, 46 mins ago

        For Price calculation you have to

      4. PlumaPiedra
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 days, 44 mins ago

        Only when looking at purchase and sell prices.

    6. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      4 days, 49 mins ago

      Am I right in saying there are only 3 viable City options?
      Cancelo, Sterling and KDB?

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        4 days, 47 mins ago

        Dias maybe, Jebus?

      2. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 days, 46 mins ago

        Aguero and Jesus.

        I want to see Aguero play 60 mins plus and then very tempted to get him in

      3. Wenger Wishes
          4 days, 45 mins ago

          king sergio may jump in

        • g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 days, 45 mins ago

          Watching Torres, Cancelo & Diaz

        • Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 days, 42 mins ago

          Torres and Jesus have potential

      4. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        4 days, 48 mins ago

        Got 8.8 to get rid off Podence

        Rest of midfield is Bruno, Son, Ziyech and Grealish.

        Any good options in that price bracket?

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 days, 46 mins ago

          Zaha

        2. Mile Plankton
          • 7 Years
          4 days, 45 mins ago

          Hames

        3. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 3 Years
          4 days, 45 mins ago

          You'll need most of that to get in Kev and get Salah back so Soucek?

        4. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 days, 40 mins ago

          Don't you want Salah back?

      5. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 days, 48 mins ago

        Don’t use any tools, 104.4 at present, seems fair.

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 days, 47 mins ago

          Reply to B Lee 😉

      6. NejiHyuuga01
        • 3 Years
        4 days, 47 mins ago

        C'mon Matty Ryan! Crash that Villa party

        1. Wenger Wishes
            4 days, 45 mins ago

            funniest joke i've heard in a while

          • Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            4 days, 44 mins ago

            Don't mind if he makes plenty of saves as well as conceding a bucket ful

        2. Kakashi Of The Leaf
          • 4 Years
          4 days, 46 mins ago

          Pick one from next gw onwards

          A Cancelo
          B Dias
          C Castagne
          D Telles

          Thinking Dias for the security of starts
          Cancelo will miss some games at some point because of Mendy.
          Castagne also a good shout. But those City fixtures scream of Clean Sheets

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            4 days, 43 mins ago

            Cancelo then Castagne as you have said

          2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 days, 39 mins ago

            I’m torn between Cancelo and Dias mate, Cancelo my preferred option but think I might go for Dias for security of starts!! Would be annoying for example if Cancelo missed Fulham at home for an easy clean sheet

        3. dshv
          • 3 Years
          4 days, 45 mins ago

          Son and taylor to ziyech and cancelo for free ?

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 days, 43 mins ago

            Watch the games if Son grabs another huge haul the template will be getting ripped up!

          2. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            4 days, 42 mins ago

            Probably

        4. camarozz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 days, 44 mins ago

          Coufal + PVA 2.9% ownership.

          They do well I do well) :

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            4 days, 42 mins ago

            Couf, cancelo and Soucek are my 3

        5. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          4 days, 40 mins ago

          Any news on Rashford?

          1. PL Ball
            • 9 Years
            4 days, 39 mins ago

            Nothing new since presser I believe.

          2. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            4 days, 38 mins ago

            Manchester United are hopeful Marcus Rashford will be fit to face West Brom but Victor Lindelof faces a late fitness test.

            Evening News about 15 mins ago