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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. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Martinez CS please.

    1. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Think there's reasonable chance of that

  2. tinear
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Zouma not even in squad

  3. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Grealish double figure haul. All we ask for

    1. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      I brought in Mount for Grealish on my WC sooo...

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Don't see it tbh

    3. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Every point we can get is going to be precious this week...

    4. PascalCygan
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      If Watkins could have another please, that would be great thanks!

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Read this with the bosses voice from Office Space.

  4. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Villa to win this comfortably.

  5. Captain_Shirokov
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    sigh

  6. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Best Arsenal defender to own?

    Money no problem

    1. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Sol Campbell

    2. Karhumies
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Tierney, probably?

      1. PocketZola
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        holdini

  7. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Is Zouma on the bench?

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      No

    2. tinear
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Nope

    3. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Oh wait LOL. Benched Zouma for Dallas and/or Taylor. Off to buy lotto tickets...

  8. Syd.
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Tis the season to be jolly
    Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
    Strike the harp and join the chorus.
    Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

    1. Pumpy Pro
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      I love the smell of FPL carnage in the afternoon...

      * plays along to the Chorus *

      1. Syd.
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        I am sure you do 🙂

  9. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Should be a good game this.

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      That's what I hope for FPL aside

  10. Kellz86
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Mount to score a brace here

  11. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Villa to destroy Chelsea pls

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Would love Watkins to finally start putting the ball in the net today .... although, I’d take three assists again!

  12. Saka_me_sideways
      5 months, 16 days ago

      The mighty Soucek finally coming off my bench this week

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Jealous

    • Klaren
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Why are people talking about a possible Newcastle-Liverpool postponement? Is there a covid outbreak in either team?

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Man City played Newcastle 2 days ago. If Man City getting positive tests then they could have passed it on to Newcastle and so they don't want Newcastle to pass it on to Liverpool.

      2. Dr Van Nostrand
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Fear mongerers be rife

      3. Lev Yashin
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        No but NEW played MCI not so long ago....

      4. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Scaremongering- it will depend however on COVID testing of players

      5. Klaren
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Thanks for the replies

      6. Brehmeren
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Most Newcastle players have already had it anyway

    • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Martinez CS, penalty save, max BAPs and some saves.

      Let’s have it

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        +267

      2. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        I'd take 3 points

        1. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          I’d take 2

    • el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Pep just wanted a rest for his players.
      #donttrustbaldfraud

      1. Syd.
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Baldist

      2. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        He is just prolonging the fixture congestion

      3. Third Eye Vision
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        I welcome the rest for the Everton team too. It won’t do any harm. Hopefully, we will be full strength or thereabouts when the fixture is rescheduled.

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      This will be a surprising 3-0 to Chelsea.

      Mark my words.

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        It's not a surprise then. The other way around will be!

    • Milkman Bruno
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Grealish give me a haul, punish the sellers

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          It will be difficult with this donkey Watkins up front.

          1. Milkman Bruno
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Aye, tough pull to swallow the other night, should of had 2-3 assists !

        2. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Can see Villa getting a result here

          1. Lev Yashin
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Probably 1-1

        3. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Whole weak rides on Villa players.
          I need to go and look in the mirror.

          1. Syd.
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Is this a double entendre

        4. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Grealish and Martinez blanks confirmed

          1. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            This

        5. RedWolf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Anyone had a worse gameweek in terms of available players?

          Zouma, Cancelo, Sterling, KDB, DCL all out.

          In comes Coufal and Brewster haha

          1. CRO KLOPP
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Nope,you win

          2. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Ouch

          3. Klaren
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            I also have 8 left, but used to it by now from the Villa postponement. I had 4 players in the postponed game and 2 other injures that GW.

          4. Garlana
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Only two in that game but my bench is lookman and bissouma. Maximum 4 points

        6. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Premier league statement they read out on prime suggests the show will go on! Looking forward to my Firmino hall already

        7. Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Villa are going to ruin this back-up defence aren't they?

          1. Syd.
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Watkins

        8. BobB
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Why is Zouma out? Frank tinkering?

          1. Syd.
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Yes just giving him a rest for the next 2 games

          2. Davros
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Sounds like his changes are mixture of rest due to quick turnaround and reaction to last match. Not sure where zouma sits

          3. Kellz86
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Rest

        9. jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Just checked the news.. surely they knew before 4pm today that the game was as risk?

          Good start to the gw.
          No zouma, no cancelo, no dcl.

          Lampty, Anguissa, Burke to the rescue?!

          1. Garlana
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            You just know that some people who play this game had leeks and will have an advantage

            1. Garlana
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              And leaks 🙂

            2. jason_ni
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              To be honest, I've been having a shocker this year, so this gw nothing new.
              Petition for fpl to remove covid seasons from the permanent record anyone??

          2. Syd.
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            They knew this morning but had protocols to follow

        10. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Why so many getting rid off Grealish?

          He has a game in the blank gw.

          1. My heart goes Salalalalah
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            FH18, BB/TC dgw19

          2. Karhumies
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            FH18 BB19. Plenty of people are selling Grealish, DCL, Kane, Son and MCity assets because they don't have double matches on 19.

          3. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Lots doing FH18

          4. Plant Based Footballer
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Fixtures on paper look bad. People on wildcard this GW. Then free hit GW 18, then bench boost GW 19.

        11. gmando2011
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          My night To myself is ruined...tempted not to tell the mrs the game is off...

          1. Utopsis
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Haha, just need more fake crowd noise

        12. Davros
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Looking at that Chelsea team I am nervous having sold Grealish

          1. gmando2011
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Atleast you diddnt sell him for Maddison like me?!

          2. Pitch Perfect
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Kept Grealish because id want him in the blank. Cost me 7.0 to buy and would be 7.8 to buy back.

        13. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Am I remembering it right that COVID suspended the season halfway through a Man City DGW last season? I'm pretty sure I tripled up on City and had KDB (c) then. Cursed team!

          1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Bad memories - screwed my season.

          2. Forza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Yep, City v Arsenal was the midweek game and I had Auba (c).

        14. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Please Grealish behave. Rest of Villa please kill it!