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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. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Sold kdb and James to son and robbo -4..bench was balbuena bissou lamptey..

  2. Oggle22
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Chances of Liverpool Newcastle being off with Newcastle playing City a few days ago?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      50/50

    2. WE GO FOR IT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Noonce know really. Wait for the news tomorrow. Anyone saying anything is just guessing.

  3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Got Mendy and Grealish
    I should hope for a Chelsea CS right?

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 23 days ago

      You should hope for a Mendy hat-trick assisted by Grealish.

      Of course it's rather unlikely, but that's what hope is all about.

    2. Milkman Bruno
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Chelsea defence highly owned, Grealish highly owned.

        1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Chelsea defence not so highly owned after mass sales last week though

        2. Honourvolley
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          This defence not so much

          1. Milkman Bruno
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Chillwell though

        3. ritzyd
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          1-1 with Grealish goal and Mendy pen save os what you want

      • Sid1891
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Would you WC in DGW if no free hit and only five so far av for BGW?

        Would save TC and BB for later

      • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Anyone else who was looking to BB in 19 but now might scrap that plan after the Covid havoc?

        1. JJO
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Me

        2. MessiGOAT
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Yea BB is a bad idea anyway ... Because it's not gonna work unless you FH WC in 19

      • Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Anyone saving fh ?
        I think I will not use fh neither for gw18 or gw19...

        1. PocketZola
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          I have no choice only 3 players for 18

      • LǝgleSs e|even
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Of course Giroud and Chilwell bag points after I WC them out..

        1. PocketZola
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          let me know in advance next time so i can captain chilwell

      • denial
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Chilwell is that one player you fail to own in a season that continuously does well, with massive ownership. There's always one.

        1. PocketZola
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          no, there are more than one...bruno, dcl, son...

      • Pukkipartyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Whats these Son resting rumors?

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Set a few hours ago.

          1. Pukkipartyy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Legit? Or bs?

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Location dependent.

        2. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Got two days rest yet?

        3. denial
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          I think I would actually pack it in for this season if this happens

          1. PocketZola
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            please do, let the rest of us climb the ranks

            1. denial
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              I'm miles back. Not a huge loss to you lot on here!

        4. bso
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Where did you read/hear that?

          1. Pukkipartyy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Just heard ppl here talking about it...just like me now...

      • Chucky
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        chilly 12 pointer to stun and haunt the sellers...

        1. Royal5
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Lol

        2. Daniel - When to BB?
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Did you keep him? I sold for Cancelo for a hit since apparently was out

      • Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 23 days ago

        The wntire point of having zouma over Chillwell during this period was CBs are usually less likely to be rested

        Backfired

        1. PocketZola
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          not really, the smaller clubs cb are less likely to be rested as they dont have a choice

      • JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Grealish goal Martinez assist please

      • Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Hate F------ hate Chilwell right now.

        Was so sure he would be rested.

        1. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          ?

        2. Kun Tozser
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Will get one next week without City

        3. MOTHRA
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          I was so sure he was injured last week!

      • GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Is Mings that much of a loss to Villa defence? They're awful, taking out their phones to admire Chilwell crosses.

      • Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 23 days ago

        GW39 back on the table soon?

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Can’t stop scoring!

      • My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Knew I wanted Ghaze over Raphinha

      • Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 23 days ago

          5 in 5 for Elmo

          1. Milkman Bruno
              3 months, 23 days ago

              ElGhazi ha

          2. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            El ghazi G

          3. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Why does noone have El Hagazi?

          4. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            That assist was on the money!

            1. PP6
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Who was it

              1. Herman Toothrot
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Grealish

                1. PP6
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  Dw don’t have him

              2. KGFC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Cash

              3. BeaversWithAttitude
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Grealish

              4. mynameisq
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Matty money

          5. Pedram
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Thank god Chilwell cleansheet wiped

          6. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            No VAR on that one? Different phase of play?

            1. ...al
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Ref waived play on. Not a clear error, maybe?

            2. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Villa got the advantage.

          7. ...al
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Christensen on the deck where he usually is

            Fair play El Ghazi 5 in 5

          8. Tsparkes10
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Perfect for.

          9. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Based Villa playing on despite Christensen faking injury

          10. WE GO FOR IT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Chilwell essential if James out for the double. That's the way I feel Frank's gonna play. Pulisic cutting in from the left and Chilwelll bombing forward.

          11. GGMU
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Chilly CS gone!

          12. Ha.
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Grealish do something

            1. KGFC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              He is... Rolling like a ***

            2. BeaversWithAttitude
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              He just did... lol!

          13. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Villa are so so good