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Frank Lampard rotates Chelsea squad as Aston Villa visit Stamford Bridge

In a Gameweek where Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.0m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£11.7m) saw their fixture unexpectedly postponed, Frank Lampard has heaped misery on misery for Fantasy Premier League managers.

The Chelsea manager has made six changes from the side that lost 3-0 to Arsenal, omitting three of his club’s four-most popular Fantasy assets.

27.0% of managers own Kurt Zouma (£5.9m), not in the matchday squad for Gameweek 16 with Antonio Rüdiger (£4.5m) next to Andreas Christensen (£4.7m) at centre-back.

The 12.8%-owned Reece James (£5.2m) is also out of the squad, replaced at right-back by Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.6m), although Ben Chilwell (£6.1m) holds onto the left-back berth.

Further up the pitch, Timo Werner (£9.3m), still sat in 14.0% of squads, drops out of the starting XI, joining Kai Havertz (£8.2m) and Tammy Abraham (£7.2m) on the Chelsea bench.

That means a front-three of Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.7m), Olivier Giroud (£6.7m) and Christian Pulisic (£8.2m) going up against an Aston Villa defence forced to leave out Tyrone Mings (£5.4m) through suspension.

This is the first Premier League match that Dean Smith’s men will face without the centre-back this season, a first start together for Ezri Konsa (£4.7m) and Kortney Hause (£4.4m).

The rest of Aston Villa’s squad looks in good shape, especially compared to the second-string feel of Chelsea’s line-up.

The in-form Anwar El Ghazi (£5.7m) and Bertrand Traoré (£5.9m) flank Jack Grealish (£7.8m) in the number 10 role while Ollie Watkins (£6.1m) starts up-front fresh from a hat-trick of assists against Crystal Palace.

Chelsea XI: E Mendy; Chilwell, Christensen, Rüdiger, Azpilicueta; Mount, Kanté, Jorginho; Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Pulisic.

Aston Villa XI: Martínez; Targett, Hause, Konsa, Cash; D Luiz, McGinn; El Ghazi, Grealish, B Traoré; Watkins.

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  1. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 1 day ago

    Didn't factor in Zambian Witch doctors in my fpl captaincy thinking, rookie mistake

    1. Party time
      9 months, 1 day ago

      I know a Nigerian witch doctor too who said Salah blank on Wednesday is confirmed

      1. Wizardh
        9 months, 1 day ago

        Too bad then, should've captained Bruno. But then again, everyone captained Salah so it's fine..

      2. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 1 day ago

        You know one personally? 🙂 Tell the story

        1. Party time
          9 months, 17 hours ago

          Ha! I don’t know one personally 😆

    2. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      There's a blind Serbian grandmother who predicts untold disaster in 2021. She's been predicting negative years for her whole 67 years. She was right in 2020. Would Paddy Power take those odds?

      1. Wizardh
        9 months, 1 day ago

        She is called Baba Vanga and she is not Serbian but Bulgarian.

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 1 day ago

          Thanks for the correction 🙂 Any comment on her credentials?

          1. Wizardh
            9 months, 1 day ago

            Yeah she predicted a lot of things supposedly, she was blind whole her life and people came to her for prophecies all her life. She predicted a lot of things but only when they happened the media said she predicted them. There is one interesting, she predicted Trump's presidency and death soon after his mandate. Funny, the Simpsons did that too..

  2. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 1 day ago

    Building for gw18 as I have no free hit..

    Best 4.3?
    Lewis
    Robinson
    Ampadu

    0.1 off holding ( was planning Trent to Dias this week but could be a dodgy move, then get holding week after for the blank)

  3. Milkman Bruno
    9 months, 1 day ago

    Maddison or Barnes folks?

    1. BIG TONES
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Maddy

  4. C_G
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 1 day ago

    7 from 3 today, dreadful

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      I would think that’s absolutely average for everyone

    2. Blzbobuk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Might be a good score given the people with Man City and Everton players

  5. Wizardh
    9 months, 1 day ago

    Only 8 points from Giroud, disappointing tbh

    Lamps should have not taken him off, Pulisic and Odoi did nothing and played 90..

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Well done for having the courage to get him in - well rewarded!

      1. Wizardh
        9 months, 1 day ago

        I have him for a couple of weeks now, and he produced every time, when not playing he would not came in and I would get Soucek in as auto sub. A lot of people here were saying get rid of him, but I went with my gut and it paid off..

        1. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 1 day ago

          These kind of gut-picks are the best when they work - glad it came off for you.

          As an Arsenal-fan I'm happy too as I want him to get 100 PL goals, though it seems unlikely.

          1. Wizardh
            9 months, 1 day ago

            He can do it, but Frank has to trust him more..

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Would have been sent off so I’d be massively happy

    3. seanie3
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      I agree, was hoping tammy would come on to partner giroud up top to cause Villa problems, havertz is clearly not read for the PL get and Werner is out of form with low confidence so bringing both them on cemented the draw for me

  6. BIG TONES
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 1 day ago

    7 points and a small green for me lol. This week is pretty much going to come down to the Thursday fixtures isn't it

  7. Bushwhacker
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 1 day ago

    Hmm replays again ; Villa goal should absolutely been disallowed and Grealish booked. Odd VAR, very odd.

    1. Wizardh
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Why disallowing? It was a foul on Jack by Christensen, not the other way around..

      1. Brosstan
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 1 day ago

        Chilwell owners grasping at straws

        1. seanie3
          • 10 Years
          9 months, 1 day ago

          Muppett

      2. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 1 day ago

        Nah jack fouled him

  8. bitars
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 1 day ago

    Do they test all players for covid before the games??

    1. Blzbobuk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Test once a week , think it’s twice a week where a Covid case occurs(ie Man City)

  9. yalala
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 1 day ago

    3 from 1, interesting

  10. Lindelol
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 1 day ago

    when will we get second WC? Next Gameweek?

    1. MOTHRA
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Now

  11. Lindelol
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 1 day ago

    Captains will decide this GW totally.

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      benches will

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 1 day ago

        Benched players usually deliver just1-2 points

        The soucak goals are very few and far between

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          9 months, 1 day ago

          well 1 pt this week will be gold

      2. Lindelol
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 1 day ago

        Yes this too

    2. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Hoping bringing (k)ane back for a hit in place of DCL shoots me up the table a bit

    3. Salarrivederci
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Salah (C) Fernandes (VC)

      Balbuena, Brewster & Mitchell on bench, but don't think I'll need them

  12. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 1 day ago

    Guys would u WC this team?

    McCarthy

    Zouma Matip Mitchel Lewis Dallas

    Soucek Son Bruno Salah KDB

    Kane Bamford Brewster

    One option is downgrading kdb and upgrading matip to robbo & hope one of zouma/lewis/mitchell starts next week

    1. Blzbobuk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      No, save it for the blanks and doubles later ie gw25 or so. Take a hit if needed to get ok but there will be blanks and even more doubles with Man City later on. Front 7 is good .

  13. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 1 day ago

    LMS safety score?

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Zero

  14. yalala
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 1 day ago

    Coufal, McGoldrick and Mitchell on the bench

  15. C_G
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 1 day ago

    never have i been so thankful for a Riedewald 3 pointer

    1. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Same! Timed it well to make a start and coming off early perfect

  16. james 101
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 1 day ago

    Funny to think this is the week that entrance into the cup is decided.

    Some good players will be losing out to casuals...

    1. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Nothing new really..

    2. Salarrivederci
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Suits me well 😉 No hits taken. No City. No Everton. No Justin.
      Grealish and Martínez though 😉

    3. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Dems da breaks

  17. Jebiga
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 1 day ago

    Why Struijk rising in price ?

    1. Blzbobuk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      He is 3.9 and got good points last week, he is Definitely worth the 0.1 more than Douglas as a 5th defender. Ie he is an enabler or for some very optimistic people he is a double gameweek player. If he gets another score this week there will be a bandwagon.

  18. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 1 day ago

    Grealish to El Ghazi?

    Nice differential & cheap?

  19. mcpop72
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 1 day ago

    I intend to use free hit in blank game week. I will have rolled a transfer into that week so 2 available. Do I go back to just 1 free transfer on the DGW (so using my free hit wipes out the rolled one?)

    1. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Back to 1

    2. Blzbobuk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      That is what I understand and what Andy from letstalkfpl said. Hence need to use all transfers this week.

  20. TheBiffas
    9 months, 1 day ago

    Really need suggestions guys.
    2ft 1.3itb

    McCarthy
    Robbo Coufal Stones
    Grealish KDB Bruno Salah
    Watkins DCL Bamford

  21. F_Ivanovic
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 20 hours ago

    Zaha dropping... and yet he scored this week and has Sheffield United next (not to mention an absolute insane run of fixtures post GW19).. ridiculous decisions