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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, 17 days ago

    Didn't factor in Zambian Witch doctors in my fpl captaincy thinking, rookie mistake

    1. Party time
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      I know a Nigerian witch doctor too who said Salah blank on Wednesday is confirmed

      1. Wizardh
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Too bad then, should've captained Bruno. But then again, everyone captained Salah so it's fine..

        • Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          You know one personally? 🙂 Tell the story

          1. Party time
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Ha! I don’t know one personally 😆

      2. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        There's a blind Serbian grandmother who predicts untold disaster in 2021. She's been predicting negative years for her whole 67 years. She was right in 2020. Would Paddy Power take those odds?

        1. Wizardh
            3 months, 17 days ago

            She is called Baba Vanga and she is not Serbian but Bulgarian.

            1. Pep bites Kun
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Thanks for the correction 🙂 Any comment on her credentials?

              1. Wizardh
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  Yeah she predicted a lot of things supposedly, she was blind whole her life and people came to her for prophecies all her life. She predicted a lot of things but only when they happened the media said she predicted them. There is one interesting, she predicted Trump's presidency and death soon after his mandate. Funny, the Simpsons did that too..

        2. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Building for gw18 as I have no free hit..

          Best 4.3?
          Lewis
          Robinson
          Ampadu

          0.1 off holding ( was planning Trent to Dias this week but could be a dodgy move, then get holding week after for the blank)

        3. Milkman Bruno
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Maddison or Barnes folks?

            1. BIG TONES
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Maddy

          • C_G
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            7 from 3 today, dreadful

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 17 days ago

              I would think that’s absolutely average for everyone

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

              Might be a good score given the people with Man City and Everton players

          • Wizardh
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Only 8 points from Giroud, disappointing tbh

              Lamps should have not taken him off, Pulisic and Odoi did nothing and played 90..

              1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Well done for having the courage to get him in - well rewarded!

                1. Wizardh
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    I have him for a couple of weeks now, and he produced every time, when not playing he would not came in and I would get Soucek in as auto sub. A lot of people here were saying get rid of him, but I went with my gut and it paid off..

                    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      These kind of gut-picks are the best when they work - glad it came off for you.

                      As an Arsenal-fan I'm happy too as I want him to get 100 PL goals, though it seems unlikely.

                      1. Wizardh
                          3 months, 17 days ago

                          He can do it, but Frank has to trust him more..

                  • Bushwhacker
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Would have been sent off so I’d be massively happy

                  • seanie3
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    I agree, was hoping tammy would come on to partner giroud up top to cause Villa problems, havertz is clearly not read for the PL get and Werner is out of form with low confidence so bringing both them on cemented the draw for me

                2. BIG TONES
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  7 points and a small green for me lol. This week is pretty much going to come down to the Thursday fixtures isn't it

                3. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  Hmm replays again ; Villa goal should absolutely been disallowed and Grealish booked. Odd VAR, very odd.

                  1. Wizardh
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      Why disallowing? It was a foul on Jack by Christensen, not the other way around..

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

                        Chilwell owners grasping at straws

                        1. seanie3
                          • 9 Years
                          3 months, 17 days ago

                          Muppett

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

                        Nah jack fouled him

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

                    Do they test all players for covid before the games??

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

                      Test once a week , think it’s twice a week where a Covid case occurs(ie Man City)

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

                    3 from 1, interesting

                  4. Lindelol
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    when will we get second WC? Next Gameweek?

                    1. MOTHRA
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      Now

                  5. Lindelol
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Captains will decide this GW totally.

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

                      benches will

                      1. Nightcrawler
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 17 days ago

                        Benched players usually deliver just1-2 points

                        The soucak goals are very few and far between

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

                          well 1 pt this week will be gold

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

                        Yes this too

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

                      Hoping bringing (k)ane back for a hit in place of DCL shoots me up the table a bit

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

                      Salah (C) Fernandes (VC)

                      Balbuena, Brewster & Mitchell on bench, but don't think I'll need them

                  6. Nightcrawler
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Guys would u WC this team?

                    McCarthy

                    Zouma Matip Mitchel Lewis Dallas

                    Soucek Son Bruno Salah KDB

                    Kane Bamford Brewster

                    One option is downgrading kdb and upgrading matip to robbo & hope one of zouma/lewis/mitchell starts next week

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

                      No, save it for the blanks and doubles later ie gw25 or so. Take a hit if needed to get ok but there will be blanks and even more doubles with Man City later on. Front 7 is good .

                  7. Sir Alex Telles.
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    LMS safety score?

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

                      Zero

                  8. yalala
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Coufal, McGoldrick and Mitchell on the bench

                  9. C_G
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    never have i been so thankful for a Riedewald 3 pointer

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

                      Same! Timed it well to make a start and coming off early perfect

                  10. james 101
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Funny to think this is the week that entrance into the cup is decided.

                    Some good players will be losing out to casuals...

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

                      Nothing new really..

                    2. Salarrivederci
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      Suits me well 😉 No hits taken. No City. No Everton. No Justin.
                      Grealish and Martínez though 😉

                    3. Homer21
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      Dems da breaks

                  11. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Why Struijk rising in price ?

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

                      He is 3.9 and got good points last week, he is Definitely worth the 0.1 more than Douglas as a 5th defender. Ie he is an enabler or for some very optimistic people he is a double gameweek player. If he gets another score this week there will be a bandwagon.

                  12. g40steve
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Grealish to El Ghazi?

                    Nice differential & cheap?

                  13. mcpop72
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    I intend to use free hit in blank game week. I will have rolled a transfer into that week so 2 available. Do I go back to just 1 free transfer on the DGW (so using my free hit wipes out the rolled one?)

                    1. Homer21
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      Back to 1

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

                      That is what I understand and what Andy from letstalkfpl said. Hence need to use all transfers this week.

                  14. TheBiffas
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      Really need suggestions guys.
                      2ft 1.3itb

                      McCarthy
                      Robbo Coufal Stones
                      Grealish KDB Bruno Salah
                      Watkins DCL Bamford

                    • F_Ivanovic
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      Zaha dropping... and yet he scored this week and has Sheffield United next (not to mention an absolute insane run of fixtures post GW19).. ridiculous decisions