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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. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Can see a lot of people wildcarding very early if this craziness continues

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      🙂 doubt it. You're creating craziness in your head just because the games are coming hard & fast at the mo

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Seeing a few people contemplating it already tbh

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          The same peeps are probably losing sight before/beyond 18/19

  2. Nikolai Volkoff
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Burke & Brewster are well overdue. FTW!

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Chris Wilder is that you??

    2. WE GO FOR IT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Would love nothing more than a Brewster goal. Would be so so jammy. I need that jammy luck to go for me at least once this season.

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Bissouma & Anguisa goals this week too.

    4. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Yi! again the term 'overdue'. If they score on a regular basis, then fine. If not, then they're not 'due' anything

  3. BENOIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Puli looking strong. On my radar for sure

    1. WE GO FOR IT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      He's the only Chelsea attacker I'd consider. Shame he's injury prone.

    2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Wasted the special play corner kick by not moving onside.

    3. NateDogsCats
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Agree, been a bit unlucky and a bit rusty but if he keeps fit he will pick up points very soon

    4. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Come on Pulisic score already

    5. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      At this point I'm just happy to take 2 points from each player

    6. Party time
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Why would you pick someone with tiny balls over someone with large balls??

      1. PocketZola
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        the slogan for 2020

    7. andres
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      are you guys waiting with transfers until Thursday?
      or people will sell / buy like crazy...

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Already done Aguero to Vardy

      2. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Waiting till last minute this time

      3. moment
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        I don't want to make any moves but I fear I'm going to be forced to do them today by impending price rises

      4. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Waiting IMO
        We will have more cases in the days ahead IMO
        This new strain sounds pretty contagious

        1. andres
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          yeah definitely, have two FTs for a change - some ability to react.

    8. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Grealish becoming a fluke. If you didn't have him for the Liverpool game then he is poor value

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Got rid on etc... no doubt he’ll score now

    9. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 24 days ago

      City did still have 14+ fit squad players, didn't they? Surprised the game got called off, if I remember my preseason discussions correctly the PL had prepared for this and that teams would still have to play if they had a number of available players which it seems like City did. Probably for the best though, who knows how much it could have spread.

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Everton wanted too. DCL tired and Digne Hames and Richarlison injured. Basically without best 4 players

        1. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Digne injured. Coleman unfit. James injured. Richarlison injured. Allan injured. Doucoure tired. DCL tired. Perfect for Everton.

      2. MessiGOAT
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        I'm surprised that someone wrote Mancity Called for it !!! It's not like was forced or something as we know already that walker and Jesus are positive as you said easy to start strong team

      3. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        https://twitter.com/City_Xtra/status/1343613007021137920?s=19

        I'm sure resting players came into it though.

    10. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      I wished for a massive sofa for Christmas because I didnt own any players in the last game tonight and my entire family got together and bought one for me. But now the game is called off?

      What should I use my sofa for now?

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Sitting on?

      2. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Put some Christmas presents on it 😉

      3. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Feet up, popcorn and enjoy reading the comments to this post.

      4. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Maybe you can moan at it?

      5. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Shag gin the Mrs.

      6. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Have you tried popping it up your bumhole?

      7. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Casual......

      8. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Stand it on your hands to stop you posting on here

      9. THE KING CANTONA
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Sell it and get a life

      10. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Good future potential. They obv know your gameplay well 🙂

    11. Kryptonite666
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Would there be a reason not to do KDB + 3.9 + 4.3 to Son + Soucek + Coufal tonight ?

      Weak bench has punished me significantly last few weeks.

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        You might want to name the players you're ejecting in order to get an accurate adjudication of the players you're bring in? Why take the time to type price rather than name?

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          *bringing

    12. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      McGinn great effort. Grealish pass...

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        It was El Ghazi passing but yes great hit

    13. jimmyabs1987
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      El Gazi = Haul machine lately

    14. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      McGinn has this uncanny knack of hitting the bar from long distances!

      Shame not many go in.

    15. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Martinez save point.

    16. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      With cancellations spring up last minute definitely going to wait until the last moment to make changes/transfers now!

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        *springing

    17. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Time Werner

      Now there’s a blast from the past

      Remember when he was all the rage pre season

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Timo

        Not to be confused with Time Warner

      2. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Triple Liverpool defense this year again? Or maybe triple City?

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Have Liverpool even got 3x defenders to triple anymore...

          Hopefully it leads to more goals at the other end though

      3. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Oh yes, I recall being terrified in GW1 when I didn’t have him!

      4. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 24 days ago

        I still have faith in him. Just need that manager to be sacked as soon as possible

    18. Milkman Bruno
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Werner and Havertz coming on so Villa will get a winner

      • BIG TONES
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        I'm no professional coach, but do feel that if Werner was deployed centrally he would be a lot more effective.

        1. Daniel - When to BB?
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Probably. At no 10 as well imo

          1. BIG TONES
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Werner central striker and Havertz in a free #10 role

        2. Party time
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Too short for that role

          1. Party time
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            He needs to grow taller??

            1. Party time
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              You tell me

        3. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          They should drop Werner and play ALonso on the left. But Lampard hates Alonso so he wont do that.

        4. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Mendy
          James Silva Zouma Chilwell
          Mount Kante Kovacic
          Ziyech Werner Pulisic

          Ziyech injury has hurt Chelsea as they don't have a replacement. At least with Pulisic they have CHO. Even with Werner they could slot in Abraham. But no back up for Ziyech.

      • Party time
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Bruno(C) is my Messiah

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 24 days ago

          If Salah doesn't play I'm with you brother

          1. Party time
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Salah must play & blank says my witch doctor

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Never, King Bissouma will come off the bench and score a banger to write himself into FPL Folklore

      • JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        3 more Martinez saves and he’s on 6 pts with 2 baps!

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Wow

      • Teahupo'o
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Too risky to bring Vardy in tonight? Minimum .4 swing if I wait until this gw is over.

        1. Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          I’ve done it. Risky why

          1. Teahupo'o
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Leicester play Newcastle next. Newcastle just played covid City.

        2. JIMMY764
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          I’d wait on any moves right up until deadline.

          1. Teahupo'o
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Sensible. I'm at 50/50 right now. The value swing would scupper dgw19 plans.

            1. JIMMY764
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Yeah you know the risks mate, it’s one of them isn’t it. I’d spend a bit of time looking at alternative plans before you make a move tonight.

              1. Teahupo'o
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Yeah, it definitely is. Long-term ramifications with a likely a .6 swing if I wait. Tough one. Thanks for the sensible feedback. Will mull it over some more. Cheers mate.

              2. Teahupo'o
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                PS- Fantastic rank! Good on ya.

                1. JIMMY764
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  Btw, I’m deffo bringing Vardy in this week, might even double up with Barnes for the double lol. We’ll see.

                  Thanks mate. Expecting a red this week though with 3 players out this evening, hopefully be a small one! Good luck.

                  1. Teahupo'o
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    Nice. Yeah, moves tonight would be Vardy Raphinha/El Ghazi in. Barnes is a good shout. Not fearing a rest for him though, given that Rodgers is rotating right now?

                    Rotten luck, mate. Had a good feeling about City assets today. We just gotta roll with the punches. Good luck to you as well. 🙂

                    1. JIMMY764
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      Hmm yeah nice, Raphinha certainly on my radar for DGW19, just don’t reaaallly fancy double Leeds attack for the Spurs game.

                      Yeah, not massively concerned though, he’s in good form, they don’t play until Sunday I think.

                      What’s your chip strategy mate?

                      1. Teahupo'o
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        I don't either. Good chance Mourinho will park the bus. More with the double in mind. Though, El Ghazi and Barnes could well outscore him over the 3 gws in question.

                        The plan is FH18, strong starting 11 for 19 with possibly using TC. Saving BB for a later WC.

                        1. JIMMY764
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          3 months, 24 days ago

                          Same plans here, let’s see how many more spanners get thrown in the works before then!

                          1. Teahupo'o
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            3 months, 24 days ago

                            *thumbs* Aye. Never a dull moment, this season. 😀

      • Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Probably gonna jinx myself but Grealish and Watkins blank plz

      • Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Is that Grealish yellow?

        1. dark91
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Nope. Only the goalscorers

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Both goal scorers YC

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        YC Giroud and El Ghazi

      • Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        https://twitter.com/City_Xtra/status/1343630345355341826?s=19

        Ederson COVID confirmed. Expecting to hear about Cancelo & Torres too considering the earlier smoke coming out.

        1. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 24 days ago

          So thats why Pep wanted it called off

        2. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Newcastle should be ok then as they didnt get anywhere near Ederson

          1. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Nice

          2. andres
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            haha

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Gru & Ghazi YC

      • Wirbelwind
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Grealish/Lewis -> TAA/El Ghazi for a -4 and a nice and fit 0.0 ITB?

      • MessiGOAT
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Azpi / Pulisic/Giroud. Raise their legs like a bellerina Enough for any player to enjoy a fight against them

        1. MessiGOAT
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Awful first post as usual lol*

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            I think it was quality