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Injured James and Antonio miss out as Lampard benches Havertz and Giroud

The final Premier League fixture before Christmas is a London derby at Stamford Bridge.

Bringing Gameweek 14 to a close, Chelsea v West Ham United kicks off at 20:00 GMT.

The Blues will be without Reece James (£5.3m), with the widespread media reports that hinted at his possible, injury-enforced absence proving to be accurate.

The long-serving Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.6m) comes in at right-back and is one of three changes that Frank Lampard has made from Gameweek 13, with Jorginho (£4.8m) and Tammy Abraham (£8.2m) replacing the benched Kai Havertz (£8.2m) and Olivier Giroud (£6.7m).

Speaking of those last two changes ahead of kick-off, Lampard said:

It’s just a rotation and looking at different attributes of players against the opposition.

With Tammy, some energy in the team from the front. Oli’s been fantastic and can come in from the bench.

With Kai, similarly. I’ve got midfield players who are competing, I have to have a good level of competition. Nothing against Kai, he’s finding his feet and he will find his feet.

There is still no Hakim Ziyech (£8.1m) in the Chelsea squad despite the Moroccan returning to training at the back-end of last week but another recent absentee, Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.7m), is on the bench.

West Ham have their own injury problems, with Michail Antonio (£6.2m) absent yet again because of a hamstring problem.

David Moyes said of the forward ahead of the match:

He’s getting closer but not ready for the game. He’s a big miss for us, undoubtedly, but hopefully, we’ll get him back soon.

Manuel Lanzini (£6.4m) misses out with a similar issue.

Fabian Balbuena (£4.5m) has recovered from a minor groin problem to start, at least, with the Paraguayan ousting Issa Diop (£4.3m) from the Hammers’ starting XI.

Mark Noble (£4.6m) also makes his first start in the Premier League since September as Moyes looks to bolster his midfield for this tricky away trip.

Said Benrahma (£6.0m) is the man to make way to accommodate the West Ham skipper.


Chelsea XI: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Thiago Silva, Chilwell, Jorginho, Kante, Mount, Werner, Abraham, Pulisic.

West Ham XI: Fabianski, Coufal, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Noble, Fornals, Haller.

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1,979 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    James + Chill to Robbo + Coufal for free?

    1. thetommy14
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Yep

      • LC1
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Yes sir

      • Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Absolutely

    2. Atimis
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Chilwell to Dias or maybe go for someone with DGW - Coufal?

      1. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Im going for Coufal, at least this forces my hand to go for him early.

      2. thetommy14
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Dias yes and Coufal or Dallas looks good too

      3. XABI 15
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Did anyone see if McNeil was injured badly? Taken off as a precaution?

        1. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Didn't see any contact/tackle.

      4. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Still cant believe Wolves conceded 2 to Burnley!

        1. TOLV TUMS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Right?? I just saw the final score and was pretty stunned. All those Neto transfers in, too... 🙁

          1. Original Pirate Material
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            I fancy Spurs to get a couple at the weekend against them.

      5. Plant Based Footballer
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Lampard was supposed to rest Chilwell for this one. Just play Emerson or Alonso for one game, at home too.

        1. Original Pirate Material
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Silly Frank.

        2. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Clearly his fault

          1. Plant Based Footballer
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            People get injured the most when they're tired and not concentrating. Gotcha.

      6. fusen
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Damn you chilwell 1 pointer!

        *Brag alert*

        Now I finish the gameweek with just 101 points.

        😛 😀

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Unlucky

        2. Original Pirate Material
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Better luck next time bro.

        3. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Would rather no show and score a nice round 100

          1. KAALI_DAAL
              2 months, 9 days ago

              93

            • Black Knights
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              But then he’d have someone off his bench.

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Depends, some of us have James, Lamptey and Mitchell 🙂

        4. ALI_G
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          everyone post your rubbish scores

          me: 54 with Coufal and Souk in play, so that'll be 55 🙂

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            69, captain choice and only 10 men cost me

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Seen lots of tonnes/near on tonnes so assuming this is average to bad

            2. El Fenomeno R9
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Thats over 10k average

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Yes I saw that yesterday but I’ve still dropped a fair bit

          2. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            61 with Soucek n Zouma

          3. KEVIN DE CLAUS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 9 days ago

            86 with Coufal and Chilwell... Oh wait.

            1. Mac90
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              88 with Zouma to go. Oh wait. Sorry. Read it wrong. My bad people

          4. Klaren
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            42. Luckily I finally had a defender play today (Chilwell).

          5. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            58-4 Mendy and Coufal left now

          6. El Fenomeno R9
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            52 with Bowen left

          7. Black Knights
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            70. Returns from 8 players, just my 3 spurs let me down (including captain Kane). Why did I move it off Bruno?!?!

          8. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            84

        5. KEVIN DE CLAUS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Chilwell you biscuit

          1. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Favourite biscuit? BBQ shapes at the moment.

            1. Ze_Austin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Fox's at the moment

        6. Mac90
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Hopefully Walker rested in EFL cup. So I can transfer out Chilwell

        7. FPLGeezer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          2 FTs and looking to build squad towards FH18 and BB19. Moves make sense?

          A) Lamptey > Dallas
          B) James > Coufal

          1. FPLGeezer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Or hold on B one week and do

            C) Barkley > Raphinia

        8. Ninjaa
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Didn't see the Chilwell incident. Is he definitely out for a while ??

          1. Sco
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            No idea. He rolled his ankle. Could've done serious damage and be out for months or could be fine in a few days.

            1. Right In The Stanchion
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Roll of the ankle has to be 2 weeks off I’d say

                1. Right In The Stanchion
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    At least

                    1. martyhan
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      Thanks doctor. Seriously some clowns on here. One anyway.

              • Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Not definitely but could have strained some ligaments

              • ALI_G
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                did not look good

                Can't see how he makes Arsenal match

              • The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                It was one of those where the toe stayed planted while the ankle rolled, seemed like it could be bad...

            2. LǝgleSs e|even
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Any chance of Giroud coming on?

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Yeah

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Would bet on it.

            3. Sco
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Yeah, can't see Chelsea getting a CS here. Very sloppy.

              1. dark91
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                That's ok as long as Zouma scores

            4. TOLV TUMS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Okay, probably obvious question, please don't poke fun: Have Lamptey in my 3-4-3 (didn't play) and my first sub is Soucek, with KWP next. How does FPL handle this?

              1. Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                You get KWP

              2. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                KWP you need three defenders

              3. LC1
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                KWP comes on mate.

                1. TOLV TUMS
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Thanks for these - I didn't know if Soucek somehow blocked that because of bench order.

              4. TOLV TUMS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Thanks very much

              5. Klaren
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                KWP comes in.

              6. Pipermaru
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Defender will come first.

            5. Fuddled FC
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              James & Mahrez > Dallas & Son

              Or keep Mahrez this week

              1. TOLV TUMS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                it's a good long-term move. It's roulette with mahrez or just about anyone else on that team for any given gameweek

            6. Feanor
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              I can just afford to do Chilwell -> Robertson and Bamford -> Adams.

              1. Right In The Stanchion
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Bamford has good fixtures and DGW I wouldn’t sell right now

              2. Duke Silver ☑
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Lads, Robbo or Trent?

                1. g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Robbo

                2. thetommy14
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Robbo

                    1. Duke Silver ☑
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      Ta both

                  • ZimZalabim
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    stats say robbo and form also robbo eye test probably robbo as well

                    I think I might still get Trent tho :joy:

                3. DandyDon
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Finished on 70. Definitely taking that, was well worried about this gameweek with multiple Southampton, Leicester and Leeds players in my team considering their fixtures. Justin’s 8 with no Son or Kane very much appreciated.

                4. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Azpi not exactly covering himself in glory here... Been second best a lot at RB.

                  That's good news as a James owner. And also Chilwell potentially being out.

                  1. ZimZalabim
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    is there news on how long james is out ?

                    1. Camzy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      No. But reading between the lines I think he's 50/50 for Arsenal and likely back for GW16.

                      1. The Suspended One
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 9 days ago

                        It will be longer imo

                      2. KAPTAIN KANE
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 9 days ago

                        Probably depend if the knee is comfortable and if the fluid build up goes

                5. EWH2020
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Harrison or Raphina and why?

                  1. Sco
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Raphinha. Looks better on the eye test imo.

                    1. TOLV TUMS
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      Yeah, this. I think he'll be dynamite against weaker opposition and he seems pretty nailed now that he's bedded in since the start

                  2. Finding Timo
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      All if chilwell out is this madness for -8 hit - chilwell, Son & Wilson to Cresswell (or another 5.2m), salah & 4.3m forward?!

                  3. Drip Doctor
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Did Lampard say anything about Reece James? The commentator said he failed a late fitness test, which suggest he's not that injured..?

                    1. JBG
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      Read an article that suggested that he only needs a couple of weeks with rest and no surgery.

                    2. Camzy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      He's not that injured. I think he might miss the next game, but will probably feature in the one after. Although the fact they've probably lost Chilwell means he's more likely to play this weekend too...

                    3. Pukki Party
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      He either rests or plays and might need a surgery.

                  4. Little Red Lacazette
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    If out for long, Chilwell to:
                    A. Matip
                    B. KWP

                    Have Coufal, Taylor, Dallas & Lamptey

                    1. Sco
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      A

                  5. Goooo Rickie
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Just when I thought this week couldn't get any worse....Chilwell off after 4 mins ://

                    1. Goooo Rickie
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      *9mins

                  6. Pukki Party
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Why is thay a foul?

                    1. Super Saints
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      It wasn't, another dive that goes unpunished

                  7. Sco
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    That should be a goal. Never a foul.

                  8. Ini
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Have we received any formal update on James? Own both James and Chillwell so looking for info on how to progress.

                  9. dunas_dog
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    If Chilwell out and James knee issue being managed does transferring in Dallas and Coufal good use of free transfers with DGW 19 in mind ?
                    My defence is bit sparse!

                    Martinez
                    Chilwell * James* Dias Lewis Mitchell*

                    1. ZimZalabim
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      Im in a pretty similar position
                      Chilwell* Lamptey* Lewis* Coufal Mitchell*

                      Pretty much lost my entire defence this week. Coufal and Dallas are good picks for you for sure, other options would saints or if u can afford Liverpool

                      Im currently planning to get Trent or Robbo in for Chilwell and maybe Dallas or KWP for Lamptey for -4 this week.

                      1. dunas_dog
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 9 days ago

                        Thanks- could get Robertson but means Grealish to possibly Raphinha to fund

                        1. Rinseboy
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 9 days ago

                          whats you gw18 and 19 plan? that should drive which defenders you go for?

                          1. dunas_dog
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 9 days ago

                            Absolutely - presently got 7 players in 18 ( 8 if count Mitchell)
                            Martinez
                            Dias Lewis Mitchell
                            Grealish KDB
                            Bamford Brewster

                            Only 5 doublers in week 19
                            Chilwell* James*
                            Salah Bruno
                            Bamford

                            But Martinez Grealish Salah KDB Son Dias decent singles so don’t want to lose them and happy to play so at the moment no idea of best strategy- sort of between FH 18 or 19 or just hold chips back and play through them with decent 11. But in any scenario think Robertson and Raphinha or Coufal /Dallas good additions

                        2. ZimZalabim
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 9 days ago

                          I would make that move fixtures swing in Raphinhas favor and he has the double as well, he is someone I am also looking at if I need funds but currently have Soucek so Its unlikely I end up making a move for him any time soon.

                          He has been looking quite key to Leeds attack off late, could be a shrewd buy before the Dgw

                  10. HonestBlatter
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Zouma goal incoming as we are all waiting for it

                  11. umerlfc
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    102 all out
                    My first SGW century of FPL

                    1. Bram
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      Gz - milestone!

                  12. The_Fish
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Trent or Robbo in for Chilwell?

                    1. Original Pirate Material
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      Robbo for me.

                    2. Lindelol
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      i am going for robbo

                    3. Sco
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      TAA imo. Robbo will be the consensus due to better form but just think TAA has a higher ceiling, on more set pieces and is just more fun to own in general.

                    4. ...al
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      Robertson 100%