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

    Lol Werner

  2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Disney Pixar’s next summer smash hit:

    Finding Timo

    Join Frank Lampard & Roman Ambramovich on their epic quest to find the 50m striker they somehow misplaced in the transfer window

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Could be about torres too lol

    2. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      He was a hell of a lot more than 50m. Big agent and signing on fees.

    3. I Must Break You
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      It might help if they play him at striker

    4. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Let’s see him play in a Chelsea first XI

    5. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Very funny. So glad you are back on this site...........

  3. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 2 days ago

    The zambian which doctor has me shook

    1. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      witch *

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

      My trinidad & tobago witch doctor just confirmed a Salah blank on Wednesday

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

        Hahahahaha 😆

        Wow... hahahahaha

    3. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      I met a witch doctor in Kenya 10 years ago. Claimed he could cure broken hearts and even diabetes.

      Im married luckily but my pancreas still doesn't work.

      1. Africa United
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I know a player who had ACL injury and miraculously healed by a witch doctor in Ghana

  4. Kryptonite666
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 2 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. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Be silly no to.

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

    Villa defensive double up... season over

  6. mynameisq
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Only a fiver for Zambian witch doctors, absolute bargain

    1. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      That's a $1000 Zambian dollars

  7. PremKraut
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    2 from 1 so far and no City players + benched DCL
    can't complain

  8. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    5 from 2 any good?

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

      7 from 3 but at least I have KDB Stones and Cancelo up next ...... DOH!

  9. trinzoo
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Grealish drops in price tonight, will lose 0.1 SV. Do I get Rafhinia (as 8th attacked for DGW) today?

    1. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      No, today has shown you have to wait

  10. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Worth pushing for the BB DGW??

    Have one playing player on the bench now, could get also Raphinha/Soucek but next ones would require hits.

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

      I think I'll have 3 playing bench players but no GK, but still think I'll hit the button and pray for no covid outbreaks

  11. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Who to sell first?

    Lamptey
    Grealish
    KDB
    DCL

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

      No need to sell DCL.
      KDB may be interesting post DGW. Sell perhaps to recover later.
      Grealish just isn't hitting it, and Lamptey is a risk. You need bench players, so I'd say Lamptey

    2. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      I got rid of lamptey last gameweek..KDB this week (turned into a blessing)
      Xhoosing myself which of DCL or Grealish to ditch....

    3. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      The most expensive one

  12. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Ahh so my only silver lining of this GW, the Grealish assist, was taken away I see

    1. An Geafar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Why would grealish have an assist?

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Because it was initially given to him

        1. An Geafar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Didn't see that, Cash crossed for the goal.

  13. boc610
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    barn doors all over the world like to gather around timo werner . they see it as a 'safe space'

  14. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Lovely. Needed that Davis 1 pointer cuz of no Zouma 😛

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

    Another horror show from Lolly Trashkins

  16. Parsnips
      2 months, 2 days ago

      How many Man City and Everton players has everyone got? I had 2.

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        1

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

        DCL

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

        4

      4. PLerix
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Only Cancelo. Got him in last minute on WC and already regretting it.

      5. GGMU
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        1, Dias and he's on my bench

      6. THE KING CANTONA
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        4

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

        KDB Stones & Cancelo - bought Cancelo last night

      8. Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        3

      9. Boberella
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Started KDB
        Stones and DCL on bench

      10. PremKraut
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        0 on the pitch, DCL on the bench

      11. Fred54
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        0.

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

        Basically those on a FH18 strat win. Those building a gw18 team got fooked

      13. Keeptrying
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        4

      14. Business Cat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        4

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

      Canncelo set to rise today, and I wanted him and Dias Long-term. is it worth doing Reece James > Cancelo?

      1. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        No if Cancelo COVID positive you don’t know how long may be out

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

        He's one rumoured to have COVID. It's a dicey move.

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

        He'll drop soon enough

    • MidTableFantasy
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Davis 1 pointer, this is what dreams are made of

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

      It's strange that Grealish didn't get yc for a New year party holiday

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

      Charles Watts
      @charles_watts
      ·
      10m
      Gabriel has tested positive for coronavirus and is now isolating - Luiz and Willian to return to full training on Thursday so will not feature tomorrow.

      1. Fred54
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        No one cares about Arsenal.

    • PremKraut
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      This is why I didn't want Werner at Liverpool and back then everybody laughed at me.

      1. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        He'll take time to adapt, might never cut it at PL level. Very few who saw him playing for Leipzig or Germany would have said he was a bad buy for Chelsea.

    • THE KING CANTONA
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Are there any viable sub 4.3 defenders to BB GW19?

      1. Rys Williams
      2. Struijk
      3. Lewis
      4. Ampadu
      5. Johnson WHU
      6. Any one else to include in watchlist?

      1. OptimusBlack
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        :O

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

      Davis coming of the bench for a 1 pointer,blocking Mitchell 2 pointer,what an exciting gmwk

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

      Havertz looking worse than an average player.

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Ozil without the assists, even worse workrate and way worse shielding the ball

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

        Low on confidence, still adjusting to the league. I would literally give him 90 mins vs Morecambe in the Cup to get his head up in a (probable) winning side

      3. gibson1314
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Don't see how he's 90m better than Billy Gilmore

        1. Africa United
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          This exactly

    • ...al
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Any indication about what will happen for the next City fixture on Jan 3rd?

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Not yet.

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

        Will depend on tomorrow's tests but with the training ground closed it doesn't look hopeful

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

          A City statement said: "After the latest round of Covid-19 testing, the club returned a number of positive cases, in addition to the four already reported on Christmas Day.

          "Based on strong medical advice the Premier League, in consultation with both clubs, have decided to postpone the fixture."

          The Premier League said the rise in cases at City "created uncertainty" and that the competition's board "received medical advice that the match should be postponed".

          A league statement continued: "The board agreed to rearrange the game as a precaution, and further testing will now take place tomorrow [Tuesday].

          "The decision has been taken with the health of players and staff the priority.

          "The Premier League continues to have full confidence in its protocols and rules, and the way in which all clubs are implementing them."

          City are scheduled to play at Chelsea on Sunday, 3 January, followed by their Carabao Cup semi-final at Manchester United on Wednesday, 6 January.

          The club said their squad and associated bubble will have testing before a decision is made whether to resume training.

    • fedolefan
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Cmon Grealish, get that late YC.

      1. Ha.
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        For a goal celebration? I will allow

    • Milkman Bruno
        2 months, 2 days ago

        That man has some left peg

      • BIG TONES
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Frank, this is what happens when you don't play Zouma lol

      • dshv
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Have just dias from today.. so 0 pts xax

      • Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Chilwell sitter

        1. Milkman Bruno
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Put down the bottle fudgy

          • Londongeezaa
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Lool. Terrible miss

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

            -bps