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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. Sinichi
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Maybe we should have covid transfers. The game relies on luck it you can't legislate for covid players when all the clubs are so clock and dagger with it. Seems unfair that other s can change thier teams for double game weeks create by the cluster that is Covid.

      1. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Don’t be silly.

      2. BIG TONES
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Nah, got to deal with it and adapt.

        1. NejiHyuuga01
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          I planned my team for this year with strong bench to cope withthe situation . A bit unfair towards me dont you think?

          1. BIG TONES
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Don't get me wrong, would be super annoying to be a MCI/EVE owner this week, but all of a sudden giving out free transfers for one canned game is a slippery slope. Maybe if a whole GW was cancelled. Remember we have always had weather cancellations as well.

            1. NejiHyuuga01
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              We are on the same page. Just fail reply to you instead of post

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

        They should leave it as it is IMO, as they do with most other bouts of unpredictability and bad luck. We don't get free transfers when muscle injuries or weather-based postponements ruin our teams, but we find a way to deal with it, and luck will always play a huge part regardless of whether we get extra transfers.

        A free wildcard if there's another reset would be a good idea though.

      4. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        This is fantasy. The other is real and costs millions and unfortunately, peoples jobs. In that vain, does it seem lucky in any sense?

      5. Sinichi
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Yeah you are all probably right. To difficult to administer. But it gives an advantage to others who can pick transfer off for a future double game week. Would be better if when rearranged the points are attributed to this one.

          I'm just frustrated....was a toss up to tfer out vardy and kdb this week. Didn't do it. Vardy I can take.

          I'm not so much saying for this game week but if the squad has to isolate for 10 days that's 3 games..... Covid outbreak is surely different to a normal injury or benching. Must have been simmering for a while. Hopefully they are all safe and make speedy recoveries.

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

        I'm a villa fan so I am NOT bringing Al-ghazi in.

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

          what do you reckon will happen when Barkley's back

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

        Werner on & broken

      8. Parsnips
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Best 5.0 under defender?

          1. BIG TONES
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Is Justin still until 5? Cbf checking

          2. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Bednarek, Coufal, Taylor

        • GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Are PL footballers gonna get vaccines ahead of high risk people and front line workers in UK?

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

            No

          2. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            They pay good money for them elsewhere. They don’t take them away from anyone.

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

              That's a yes. Just wondering. They were getting tests when front line workers couldn't get tested. Most of the money is from the broadcasters who would lose out without games.

              1. Ginkapo FPL
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                No. No vaccines available outside nhs

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

                  Hopefully existing vaccines will protect all against this new strain. New Years Eve will be a mad one not just welcome for the new year but a loud shout to be glad to see the back of 2020.

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

            the clubs buy privately

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

            They're not risking those kinds of assets with experimental medicines!!!

            1. Forever In Our Shadow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Stop spreading BS

              1. JonBoy
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                I don't know which bit is meant to be BS.

                1. Forever In Our Shadow
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  Experimental medicines. What possible evidence do you have to say it?

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

                    RNA vaccines havent been tested for long term effects on humans.

                  2. JonBoy
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 23 days ago

                    Erm... It's a new type of vaccine which hasn't even gone through phase IV trials?

              2. BIG TONES
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Everyone is entitled to their own opinion without discrimination or bias. We won't know who is truly correct until enough time passes to assess effectiveness. Until then, we must respect each other's decisions to take or not take. Just my 2p.

          5. BIG TONES
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            They won't be taking them. Any idea how much money are invested in these players? Any side effects will potentially cost the clubs a lot of points via on-field performance and hence revenue.

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

            Vaccines are not ideal for healthy people .. they just protect you somehow(not100%) for some months only ... Only people with chronic illness or very old or dealing with lots of patients should take it ... Either than that not necessary at all

          7. JIMMY764
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            I highly doubt PL footballers will be taking a Covid vaccine. Which would say it all really.

            Nor should any young, fit and healthy young adult for that matter. IMO.

            1. BIG TONES
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Agree. I'm by no means anti vaccinations, but feel the jab is far more risky than trusting my own immune system. As for the 'don't kill granny' narrative, when the vulnerable are vaccinated, they should in theory have nothing to worry about. At that stage, let us crack on with life.

        • RWB_1991
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Bamford now 1st choice Leeds' pen taker?

          1. Cilly Bonnolly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            That's how I read the comments.

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

            Yup

          3. Party time
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            No. Still Klich

            1. Party time
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Don’t you think they will alternate?

              1. Party time
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                You tell me

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

                  Bamford confirmed he'll take them til he miss.

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

                    No he didn’t

                  2. Trophé Mourinho
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 23 days ago

                    Bamford didnt confirm he is taking them in the slightest, the chinese whispers on this place are amazing. People legit making things up.
                    He said they used to alternate last season when one of them missed, he also said he wasnt even expecting to get the pen as last time Klich missed he retook and scored. But Klich gave it to him this time.
                    Where in his quote did he say he is on them now?
                    Its neither confirmed nor denied that Klich is still on pens

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

                      He said they alternated - it was not in the past tense of only being a last season thing. It is a totally reasonable inference that he is now on them until he misses as the current taker.

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

                  Bamford said so postmatch interview - they alternate and swap when one misses

          4. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Yep

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

            Until he misses one, yes

          6. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Bamford said in an post match interview he was on them last season and he’s on them now.

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

          Best 5.1 midfielder with a DGW? Or just go with Saka?

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

            Martinelli

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

              Soucek

          2. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Soucek by miles

            1. moment
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Sorry, should have mentioned, already have Soucek!

          3. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Poor options. Pointless if it’s for bench boost.

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

          Werner actually playing CF 😮

        • Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Havertz is a huge flop

          1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Just passed the ball to an opponent.

        • Chucky
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Chill A Werner G coming up...

          1. Party time
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            😆

            You .... 😆

            Dammit

        • Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Grealish is actually a bit rubbish isnt he

          1. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Not rubbish. His role is to create havoc for others to exploit and he’s pretty damn good at that.

        • Milkman Bruno
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Grealish has been kack since I got him. He will do nothing today.

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Auditions for a bigger club failed when people realized the laundry bills from cleaning his kit after mud rolling

          • Wirbelwind
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            What a chance, Grealish mocking up the pass.

          • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Oh my God Chilwell....

          • Right In The Stanchion
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 23 days ago

            McGinn is the best Scottish player since McCallister.

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

              Andy Robertson methinks

              1. Right In The Stanchion
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Good shout. McGinn could play for Liverpool tbh.

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

                  Only in the same way as Shaqiri

            2. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Says a lot about the quality of the other players.

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

              Robbo and Darren Fletcher surely

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

              Robbo says hi

            5. Neves say Neves
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Barry Douglas would like a word

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

            Kante bailing out half our team toady.

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

              you mean as usual

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

            Hate to brag but I have 4 points

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

              Woah there buddy, put that schlong away.

            2. CRO KLOPP
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              With 5 to go haha

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

              5 from 5 players here

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

                Where can I subscribe to your Patreon?

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

                  Just have Only Fans

                  1. Forever In Our Shadow
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 23 days ago

                    Love to see your team of tits. 😉

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

              5 from 3

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

            The hate for Grealish on this site is unbelievable.

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

              Not everyone understands football you know

            2. Pep Roulette
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              This

            3. Party time
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Just an overrated fella with tiny balls

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

              because he's awful and lacks sportsmanship and fairplay.

              1. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Yup. Stop diving and complaining and I’ll pay attention to your talent

          • MessiGOAT
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Some guy here last week said he payed a Zambian witch to Salah blanking 5 weeks on a row ..... If he doesn't play this week that be the second week ... Scary stuff lol

            1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              You just made it up didn't you?

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

                No I didn't I swear even that lad @Haz replied at him saying 5 goals I remember !!

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

                No I saw the post he's referring to.

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

                  Right ?! Even you told him he misread the request 😀

            2. Pep Roulette
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              WTF

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

                WHAT THE

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

                5£ for God sake 😀

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

                  Would pay 10£ to reverse the jinx lolz

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

              😀 😀 😀

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

              It was the guys 1st and only ever post too

              1. Party time
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                African witch doctors are dangerous.

                So glad I gave Bruno the Armband

            5. Al Moon Yeah
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              What perfect timing. I just brought in Salah last week for a hit too. Nice to know a world class player's performance is solely dependent on witch doctor's whims in Zambia.

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

                Just for fun mate he's my captain too 😀

          • Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Worst possible result as Mendy and Grealish owner

            No CS for Mendy
            No CS for Grealish
            Av goal with no grealish involvement

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

              Could be worse, Mendy could get sent off and Al Ghazi takes the pen

          • Milkman Bruno
              3 months, 23 days ago

              ElGhazi off, Grealish on pens?

              1. Salarrivederci
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Yes. If they get one 😉

                1. Cilly Bonnolly
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  Is he? Has he been their penalty taker before?

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

              Now Grealish on Pens... comn Villa!!!

              1. HonestBlatter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                THIS

            • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Hahah these whiners on this forum, so many Grealish haters hahah

              1. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Very easy to hate sadly. Hopefully he cleans up his game with a bit of maturity.

            • mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Wait so Bamford never said he was on penalties and we all believed one guy who posted it

              1. Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 23 days ago

                He said they alternate when one of them misses one which is what happened

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

                  Yeah but that's less than half a story compared to what's just been explained

              2. Milkman Bruno
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  Klich was on the pitch and didn’t take it

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

                    Figured that one out all on my own

                • Trophé Mourinho
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  Bam said this "I took them last year until I missed and then Klichy took them until he missed.

                  "He missed the other day but then he scored, so to be fair I thought it was still his job but he said it was mine today, so thanks."

                  This is not confirmation to me Bam is on pens, the key word here is "today" which to me implys this was a one off. But either way we dont know, people saying Bam is now on pens is not tconfirmed

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

                    Thanks, I'd say he probably is on them now based on that but yeah definitely not "bam confirmed he's on them"

              3. Pep Roulette
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Good attempt kid!

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

                Ollie offering but Ramsey cannot bury

              5. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Was Watkins subbed off in the first minute?

              6. Silecro
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                You just know there will be a guy here at the end of the day with a post "36 from 4, i just hate this game, awful week again"

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

                  "99 does that beat the average"

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

                  I hope I'm getting 10 from 11 at this rate

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

                    i'm on the same trajectory, 5 from 3 currently

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

                    You've got 11 players? Lucky you 🙁

              7. Inazuma X1
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                El Ghazi Off
                Grealish On

              8. Fudgy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Werner is not PL quality

                1. BDA Shadow
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  Second top scorer in Bundesliga last season, one of the highest goal+assist contributions in the world. Get over yourself.

                  1. Parsnips
                      3 months, 23 days ago

                      All those goals in a farmers league

                      1. BDA Shadow
                        • 6 Years
                        3 months, 23 days ago

                        I guess Champion's League and German national team don't count. Lewandowski is probably crap too right?