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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. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    The only thing remaining is a Chilwell own goal.

  2. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    We just ain't allowed to haul with Chilwell. It would resolve so much in my ML haha

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Could still assist or score

      1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Come on...

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Youre better off if he trickles along

  3. Mr. O'Connell
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Christensen's fault that. Needs to get up there.

    1. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      He is terrible defender

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Faking injury and punished for it. Was good to see

  4. Muchentuchel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    grealish is such a dirty ...
    no class at all

  5. Rik Waller
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    At least that makes me selling Chilwell a bit easier

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Lol are you still laughing with assist clean sheet and 3 bps? Dear....

      1. Muchentuchel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        clean sheet?

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Read what I said again

          1. NejiHyuuga01
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Still doesn't make any sense

  6. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Anyone planning to stick to their guns with FH18 BB19?

    Postponement affects me with DCL KDB this week, but hopefully no more

    1. Wirbelwind
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      May not be worth FHing

    2. JonBoy
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Yep. Nothing has changed for me so far.

  7. PocketZola
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    chillwell just fing cross to giroud

  8. Traction Engine Foot
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    These adverts for 'bottoms' with bottom holes are very distracting

  9. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    The pros who sold Chilwell deserve this at the very least

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Thx 😉

    2. unclesbasement
        3 months, 17 days ago

        pros..good one

    3. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Grealish doesn't score many goals does he?

      1. TOLV TUMS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Apparently not

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Nowhere to hide for Chilwell keepers. Wont see another CS this season

      1. NejiHyuuga01
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Took a note for this comment! Please don't disappear on Chilly's future 15 point hauls

        1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          What's 15 points in April when John Stones makes 3x 6 in three weeks?

        2. Leonard hatred
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          sadly he'll still be here, vomiting vitriol on every thread.

    5. NateDogsCats
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Thank goodness for El Ghazi, could be a rough week with me now having minimum 4 players not featuring but that helps big time

        1. MessiGOAT
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Very Nice differential

          1. TOLV TUMS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Yes, very nice I’d guess - I’m surprised more of us aren’t on him

            1. MessiGOAT
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              It was him or Siggy for me and he's been good the last two but now thinking elghazi is better or even martinelli from arsenal

              1. NateDogsCats
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  I've actually gone for Siggy too now! Was thinking of KDB and DCL out and Siggy and Kane in for a couple of weeks and then moving Kane to Vardy and Son to KDB again, don't like early transfers but just feels like I might as well now with the likelihood of City playing at the weekend probably low

          2. The Big Fella
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Who are the four?

            1. NateDogsCats
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Dias KDB DCL and Zouma

          3. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Almost feel happy about my 4 points from Mendy and Grealish, any points on the board this week could be valuable

            1. Daniel - When to BB?
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Yeah. Every 2 pts bring you rise up in the rankings

          4. Daniel - When to BB?
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Why we own Grealish when we should own El Ghazi?

            1. Fudgy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 17 days ago

              We are weak minded

              1. Daniel - When to BB?
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Cheaper too

            2. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Cause you’re a spoon fed casual.

              1. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                The problem is this site hasnt spoon fed us about obvious picks like El Ghazi

            3. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Hindsight is the foresight of a gobshite.

            4. Granville
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              El Ghazi started his first game 2 weeks ago

            5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Any 24-pointer has an FPL gravity field bigger than the Sun

          5. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 17 days ago

            grealish is a huge scam, ive realised that now.

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Haha, he is quite annoying to own at times to be fair but still so cheap

            2. St Pauli Walnuts
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Rubbish. Look at his stats and the ridiculous amount of chances he has created, the lack of hauls have mainly been down to poor finishing from others.

          6. Daniel - When to BB?
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Come on Martinez penalty save and Chelsea to score from the rebound

          7. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            The amazing 'when fit but never are' FPL XI

            Alisson
            Lamptey Matip Gomez Shaw
            Ziyech Rodriguez Barkley Pulisic
            Antonio Aguero

            1. Daniel - When to BB?
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Great effort. I would put Mendy at left back though

              1. Daniel - When to BB?
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Those stickers though. Nightmare for any defense

              2. mynameisq
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Good shout, Shaw is crap regardless

              3. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Oh yeah fair. He's probably better pick than Shaw although he's been fit for a while and is just out of favor. Shaw is legit first choice, great option when he's fit but he just isn't.

            2. Zilla
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Aguero shouldn't be near this combo

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                He's nailed on for it unfortunately. All of these players are good FPL picks 'when fit' but are just super injury prone.

                It's just this season too.

          8. Werner Bros
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Is the sound behind the picture for anyone else watching on Amazon Prime?

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Yes but you can turn it off.

              1. Marvin: Phantom der Nacht
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                How?

                1. GreennRed
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  Click on text bubble on top right, click on Stadium FX button, Close. Takes a few seconds to reset

                  1. Marvin: Phantom der Nacht
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Cheers. I'm on the app on my TV and it's a bit unclear.

          9. Parsnips
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Feel like this week might be bad for many. Man City Everton doesn’t help

              1. Daniel - When to BB?
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Kane exploding will mean huge green imo

                1. UNDERWORLD7
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  He ain’t looking great, Fulham more resolute

                2. Old Man
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  The only way Kane is going to explode is if he has a good phaal.

              2. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Boring Milner?

            • Daniel - When to BB?
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Christensen playing means no CS. Simple as that. Always

              1. Mr. O'Connell
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Swear he has previous for lying on the floor pretending to be injured and then Chelsea concede while down to 10

            • svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Illegal backpass from Kante to Marty.

            • Catastrophe
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              DCL & Grealish -> Vardy & Soucek? Prep for DGW19 with DCL and Grealish both dropping and Vardy and Soucek both rising tonight. Cheers

              1. Daniel - When to BB?
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Wait for news. Fck team value this week

                1. Catastrophe
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  Yeah, guess so. If I don't make these transfers tonight then I cant get Dallas in for DGW. Accepting a lot can happen between now and then!

              2. Mr. O'Connell
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Not the time to be doing early transfers even for 0.4 swing

            • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Anyone selling DCL and KDB from now?

              1. Parsnips
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  Sold KDB for Raphina so I could get Kane against Fulham and Leeds. But I still have DCL

                  1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    I was close to doing that this week. Annoyingly. But not convinced by Kane and figured it give KDB another shot...

                    1. Parsnips
                        3 months, 17 days ago

                        Yeh unlucky

                  2. UNDERWORLD7
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Think I have to now

                  3. Rainer
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Hold in hope of a DGW19.

                  4. MessiGOAT
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Man just do it you should've two weeks ago anyways

                  5. WE GO FOR IT
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Will try to hold till tomorrow to wait for some more news hopefully. But looks like it's time to say good bye to KdB.
                    DCl already gone for Bamford a few GWs back.

                  6. NateDogsCats
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      I've sold both right now for Sigurdsson and Kane, but I'm going to move Kane to Vardy in a week or two and Son to KDB then

                  7. Trophé Mourinho
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Plz score Chilwell

                    1. Blzbobuk
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      Don’t be greedy

                  8. Pedram
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Grealish is having an stinker

                    1. GreennRed
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      Being well marked. Could still do damage

                  9. Fudgy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Get the heck out my team grealish

                  10. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Hope we hear soon if City’s next game is called off - would like to be able to do KDB Davis to Vardy 5.9mid with peace of mind

                    1. UNDERWORLD7
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      Reckon we’ll have to do that anyway now ya know, regardless

                    2. Zim0
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      I did the exact same transfers. Got in Vardy and el Ghazi

                      1. MessiGOAT
                        • 8 Years
                        3 months, 17 days ago

                        This^ Nice transfers GL

                  11. Bury94
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Just waiting for the Grealish yellow card so he's out next week too

                    1. Vazza
                        3 months, 17 days ago

                        That would be a treat

                      • Brosstan
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        3 months, 17 days ago

                        easy sell in preparation for GW19, would be alright

                    2. Londongeezaa
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      I mentioned on here the other day after everybody started salivating over Soucek.

                      Anwar El Ghazi best points per minutes in the game. Great asset and cheaper than Grealish. Will be making the swap.

                    3. MikeS
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      Wtf.. just seen el ghazi again!! He's on fire