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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. Captain Vantastic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Jeez Grealish is a diver

  2. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    lol El Ghazi with 5 goals in 5 games. The man is one fire.

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      And I still don't have him.

  3. fedolefan
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    El Ghazi goal stuns and haunts Chilwell keepers.

    1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      So nice for us non-owners

    2. Chucky
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      😛

      1. fedolefan
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        😛

  4. AC Yew
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Considering ElGhazi over Raphina.

  5. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Anyone to Elghazi yay or nay?

    1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      *Salah to Elghazi?

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Save 2m cash in Grealish

      1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Could use the cash elsewhere

  6. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    El G banging them in.

    Cmon Martinez need some points

  7. GreennRed
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Lazarus Grealish definitely hacked Christensen.

  8. Wirbelwind
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Remind me why I have Grealish over El Ghazi again?

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Because you are rich?

  9. Pep bites Kun
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Hehe! This is going to be a tough season. Planning out the door for FTs. Going to start enjoying a few hits. Rank be damned, let's have some fun! 🙂

    1. All Hail K
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Had that approach in gameweek 2...

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Doing any better now? Back then, how did you know it was going to be a tough season btw?

  10. Naby K8a
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    El Ghazi playing like peak CR7

    1. Silecro
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      if only he played like that last season after covid break when Villa had double's

    2. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Straight up? Can we expect the same goals?

  11. MessiGOAT
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Come on Villaaaaaa you can easily win Arsenal scored 3 in Chelsea let's do this !

  12. Qaiss
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    El Ghazi is hampering Grealish’s points tally. He’s in all the positions Grealish was in at the start of the season

  13. PocketZola
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    chillwell BEAST mode, get another assist

  14. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 25 days ago

    This is going almost perfectly with no one in this game

    Just that Chillwell assist but his ceiling took a big hit with no cleanie

    1. Salarrivederci
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Guess I'll take 2 pointer Martínez and 2 pointer Grealish in this GW 😉
      No City or Everton players. No Leicester or Palace players 😉

  15. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Game crying out for a Martinez penalty save. It’s been a while

  16. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Feel stupid paying for Grealish

    1. Milkman Bruno
        3 months, 25 days ago

        ElGhazi in soon after dgw19

      • svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Finally pulled the trigger on him and KdB for Salah and Soucek.

      • Wirbelwind
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Exactly. Like getting conned. Finding out you paid double vs everyone else.

    2. BIG TONES
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      This Mendy lad is no better than Kepa imo

      1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        They can alternate like they do at United.

    3. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      El ghazi

      on pen too and cheaper

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Season*

    4. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Disastrous gw so far...

    5. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Personally I'd love to see Fat Frank getting sacked!

      1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Yeah he's such a misery guts.

      2. BIG TONES
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        If he can't implement Werner and Havertz into the team then he's gone. A better manager would have those two firing

    6. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 25 days ago

      El ghazi over Grelaish on FH 18

    7. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Grealish --> ElGhazi DONE

    8. Sco
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Jim Beglin definitely has double Chelsea defence.

    9. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      El Ghazi the most underrated FPL player this season.

      1. Granville
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        He's only just been starting games the last month

      2. Granville
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        In fact his first start this season was 2 weeks ago.

      3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Infuriating to watch

        Will be dropped again when Barkers gets back,surely

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Yes surely they will drop the player who has scored 5 in 5 because bloody Dross Barkley is back!

    10. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 25 days ago

      How much longer do we ignore el ghazi for ?

      1. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Considering the switch. How much is he?

        1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          5.7

          1. Royal5
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Wow. If he keeps his place he's deffo worth considering

      2. All Hail K
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Until I get him into my team

      3. MessiGOAT
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Till the rough fixtures are up probably after double

        1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Hard to tell whether Man U and Spurs are tough fixtures for this Villa team.

    11. Wirbelwind
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      What happens to El Ghazi when Barkley is back, on this form

      1. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Grealish out! 😛

    12. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      El Ghazi cheap as chips too for this output

    13. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Sooner Barkley returns the better, need Grealish at LW

    14. Hect.OR 98th
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      This is where having Martinez and Steer is a handicap.

      1. Granville
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        I brought in Johnstone for Steer and benched Martinez

    15. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Mendy fail wagon rolls on