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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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1,792 Comments Post a Comment
  1. BDA Shadow
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Mount easily could have won a penalty there, far more contact than the bullsh- that's been given this year.
    Odoi adds SO much to this attack.

  2. Cok3y5murf
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Lamfraud ruining my season further

    1. Firmino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      He said Chilwell is doubtful..

    2. Slouch87
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Nah you're doing that yourself.

    3. matiakez
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      As good as any in that bracket?

  3. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Anyone looking at Mount for DGW? He's Lampard's son so should start every game and he's on a lot of set pieces.

    1. Jimmers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Poor returns so far this season

  4. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Chilwell looking very good

    1. Royal5
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Always does. Chelsea doesn't keep clean sheets though.

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 22 days ago

        Have the 2nd highest number of clean sheets this season.

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 22 days ago

          *3rd

          1. Royal5
            • 10 Years
            9 months, 22 days ago

            Surprising. They looked better at the start of the season.

  5. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Villa not gonna score today.

  6. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Why is Lampard resting centre backs and not chilwell who runs around the most

    What a troll

    1. Abra Dubravka
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Couldn’t agree more. Infuriating

  7. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    How come Martinez only one save ?
    He’s plucked three balls from corners out of the air?

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Thats not a save

    2. Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      I'm sure a McCarthy owner can take this one.

  8. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    -3 from 1 any good?

    Ok fine. It’s 1 (-4).

    1. yalala
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Not bad

  9. Captain Vantastic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Messi and Haaland 2 out of 3 of the City players tested positive

  10. McSauce
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Assuming this means Chelsea vs city also in doubt?

    1. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      We can only hope...

  11. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Damn, sold Chilwell last week as he was about to be out 😐

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Same. Well what we could have done

  12. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Watkins doing what he does best. F All.

    1. McSauce
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      He got like 13 points last week calm yourself

      1. One Wheels Enough
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 22 days ago

        like...

  13. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Sold Chilwell for a hit for Cancelo when apparently he was out and not fit

  14. PocketZola
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Is it just me or does Grealish have big foot sized calves?

    1. Silecro
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      "Grealish's calves make me wet" (my friend who would like to stay anonimous)

    2. Clintymints
      • 12 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      I always fear he will get a proper whack with those kid shin guards he uses

    3. Ben White saved my life
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      All these soccer players have muscular legs/buttocks. He just shows them off more. Bet he gets call girls with small hands!

  15. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    I bet it was Foden... Careless with all these council estate sweethearts...

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      😆

    2. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Hahaha

    3. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Hahahahaaaaaa

  16. SHOOTER MCGINN
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Grealish booked yet? I need another problem for my team next week as it's all going swimmingly so far.

  17. MGD
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Graelish falls more than Neymar ffs..

  18. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Chilwell hauling is so typical

  19. Niho992
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Only 45 minutes till City line up. KdB could be rested

    1. Gashead9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Umm....

    2. Slouch87
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Be great if you were rested.

  20. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Come ooon Chelsea!!

  21. Mikel Arteta
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Mahrez owners 🙁
    This was supposed to be our day.

    1. Royal5
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Such a strange player to be owning at this stage of the season

    2. McSauce
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      It really wasn’t....

    3. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      Surely got to hold now?

    4. Jimmers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      It's not the first one that didn't happen

  22. acidicleo
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Chelsea playing well..m

  23. yalala
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Visca el Arsenal

  24. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    The sour thing about these last few weeks is lies coming from the more 'official' sources RE: injuries etc & post-deadline postponements.

    Can't enjoy or do well when the goalposts move after you've taken the shot 🙂

    1. yalala
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      That's part of the fun

  25. MikeS
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Watkins hatrick incoming

    1. Ha.
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      One can sea bream

  26. PocketZola
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    FPL Scout Please remove that logo! Every time I refresh I think it is a bug and go to wipe it off my screen!

  27. acidicleo
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Hope lampard continues to play players in their best positions like today..
    I mean pulisic and cho..

  28. Mr Bird
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    According to FA rules, requests to postpone are denied and a game must go ahead unless a team has less than 14 players available. The isolation period for both positive and close contact is 10 days and with only 6 days until the visit to Chelsea I can’t see that game going ahead either. That’s 3 games at least that City will have to reschedule at some point.

    1. Lethargio Alcantara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      No way there are less then 14 City players available. I call BS.

      1. Mr Bird
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 22 days ago

        25 man squad minus 4 already positive cases would mean just 8 more cases would leave them short of the required 14 players.

  29. Al Moon Yeah
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 22 days ago

    If Lampard could assure me that Giroud would play both dgw I'd get Giroud in a heartbeat. He really should be Chelsea's frontmant

  30. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 22 days ago

    Grealish more interested in getting the world record for being fouled and tumbling over than he is on having a meaningful impact on the game

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 22 days ago

      He doesn’t get fouled that often, he falls down A LOT

      1. BDA Shadow
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 22 days ago

        Genuinely upset this doesn't get talked about more. He gets praised constantly for "winning fouls" but realistically he just get the ball the most and falls down the easiest. He barged Mount in the box in that first half and Mount stayed on his feet to shoot, Grealish would have been on his way down before contact if it were the other way around.