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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. pavlev
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    just realised the stupidity of VC robbo when salah captain.

    1. Hect.OR 98th
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Yes, I've been careful never to C and VC from the same fixture this season.

    2. FPL Pacer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Deffo one lesson for this year

    3. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Don't worry. Liverpool match is getting postponed.

      1. Tango74
          7 months, 8 days ago

          How u know . Source ?

      2. Third Eye Vision
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        I learned that tip many years ago. I always stick to it.

        1. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          This. Got c and vc from same team and the game got post poned due to wheather. Learned my lesson then

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

        Been burnt before on that so I am very careful now

      4. Pukki Party
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Mark has Salah C Mane VC, doubt it will be postponed though.

      5. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        I'm always cautious during winter actually.

    4. Hect.OR 98th
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Get used to it. With what's going on nationally, I'm surprised professional football is continuing. I wouldn't be at all surprised if the PL was suspended for much or even all of January. Better that than having to muddle along with missing games, rescheduling them, etc.

      1. Sid1891
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Agree to disagree
        With 200k a week most of people would

        1. Dr Van Nostrand
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          The support staff aren't on 200k you cretin

          1. Sid1891
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 8 days ago

            I don’t fancy abuse here Doc
            But thanks for comment

            1. Dr Van Nostrand
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              7 months, 8 days ago

              Then don't be a callous numpty perhaps 😉

      2. Pitch Perfect
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Agreed. FPL always involves luck. But not pot luck.

        1. Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          There's always been pot luck when the weather has postponed matches in different parts of the country.

          1. Pitch Perfect
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 8 days ago

            Yeah. I mean you can pause season if covid is affecting multiple games rather than persevere. You cant pause a season because rain is forecast in Manchester.

      3. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Maybe the Euros will get cancelled

      4. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        No real chance of a suspension, only isolated cases happening in my opinion. City should be reprimanded for not having a secure bubble.

      5. Fudge
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Doubt it, they have the best testing systems available and by suspending an already shortened season it would have huge knock-on effects to the Euros and competition worldwide.

        That being said, obviously if the COVID situation worsens going forward then anything is possible. A suspension just seems like a last resort.

      6. Pukki Party
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Easy to ride this wave out and get the vaccines soon.

    5. PocketZola
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      KDB to Mane and chillwell to someone for a -4?

    6. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Any idea when we’ll know if City will play next GW?

      1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Doesn't sound good.

      2. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        More interesting is to know whether there are other cancellations atm

      3. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Wont keep my hopes high for that one.

      4. Seanigula
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        If you ask every 5 minutes it will surely happen today

      5. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        depends if they have to close their training facilities, who is infected etc., looks doubtful though that they will play as it’s not far away time wise

      6. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Unlikely imo. There is likely to be more cases in the coming days. Might be like Newcastle.

    7. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      If only I pulled the trigger on KDB and DCL to Mane and Adams(-4). I’m FH18 but decided to wait a week to do it for free. FML

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Mane might not play as well

        1. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          Would make me feel a lot better

      2. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        You can't feel frustrated by that. No one predicted this 24 hours ago.

    8. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      LMS safety score currently -3

      In trouble being on -4

      A few autosubs this GW.

      https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

      1. Chucky
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        out this week for sure...

      2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Zero here! Safe.

      3. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        I am at 0.

      4. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Haha, excellent.

      5. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        -4 but 11 to go. Calm.

      6. F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Smashing it with my 9 so far after barely escaping last week with 43 points

    9. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      WC anyone?

      1. chocolove
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Just do yours

    10. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Pulisic looks lively. Will deliver

    11. Wirbelwind
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      This potential dumpster fire of a GW is also the qualifier for the cup right?

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        I was thinking exactly that. Yes it is.

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

        Does anyone care about the FPL Cup?

        1. Wirbelwind
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          An extra chance to be disappointed each week, what's not to hate?

        2. Joey Tribbiani
            7 months, 8 days ago

            yes

        3. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          obviously. Dead teams always win during the cup qualifier GW

        4. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 8 days ago

          Correct

      3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Chelsea lads looking happy. They are gonna win today.

      4. Chucky
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Coufal and Stephens coming in for Dias and Salah.. could have been worse...

        1. Sherif halawa
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          Salah? Pool match off too?

          1. Chucky
            • 7 Years
            7 months, 8 days ago

            could be off.not confirmed yet..

            1. Original - Wolves Ay We
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              7 months, 8 days ago

              No chance

      5. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Odoi haul incoming. So frustrated i choosed Perez ahead of him as Maddison placeholder

      6. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        With Covid surprise here and there, is it time to avoid double up from a team?

        1. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          Silly question

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 8 days ago

            Why so?

        2. Forza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          Not really - I avoided having any City players by going with double Liverpool. I suppose it depends on how risky you want to be.

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 8 days ago

            Yeah probably risks are carried evenly by most managers

        3. Gandalf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          Triple up maybe would have in back of mind, but double up def not

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 8 days ago

            Yeah just crossed my mind

        4. Pukki Party
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          Doubles are okay but triple ups are dangerous

      7. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Will Lewis play this week? Not that he's going to get anything...

        1. Wirbelwind
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          Against liverpool? If there was a 4th bench seat I could hide him on I would

          1. teneighty
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 8 days ago

            He'll probably autosub from third on my bench and I fully expect negativ points.

      8. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Debated on who to bring in, Bellerin or Cancelo for a couple of days and kept KDB, best bet on Bellerin to score now

      9. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        So it seems...

      10. asdf_1
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Kdb, stones, cancelo, dcl out
        Beat that.

        1. chocolove
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          Many with 5 or 6, dont be smug

      11. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Looks like my Gameweek has come down to you, Olivier Giroud....

      12. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        @CPFC
        Tyrick Mitchell vs. Leicester:

        Tackles: 3
        Interceptions: 3
        Clearances: 4
        Headers won: 3
        Dribble success: 100%

        A great return to the starting XI for TM

        1. Garlana
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          Hero

        2. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          This dude picked the perfect GW to come back into the Palace starting XI

      13. Pukki Party
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        I'd take 6 saves and max 3 goals conceded for Martinez

      14. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 8 days ago

        2 points is a blessing this week, don't need much more Grealish

        1. Seanigula
          • 12 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          He will score and Chilwell will assist Giroud

      15. Trippier Hazard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Any early news on which MCI players have tested positive?

        1. BrockLanders
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          Talk it was Cancelo, Ederson and Torres

      16. G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        C'mon Grealish!

      17. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Why didn't Mark say this was going to happen? Going to unsubscribe from Black Box.

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 8 days ago

          😆

        2. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          He did but it was in the secret members section.

      18. The Frenchie
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        What going on with Salah?

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          ?

        2. Wirbelwind
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          Rumors LFC-NEW might be cancelled, on the assumption that the city players may have been infectious when they faced newcastle.

          Covid testing tomorrow will tell.

          1. The Frenchie
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 8 days ago

            Ok thank you

      19. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Any news on Liverpool Newcastle and City Chelsea game?

      20. acidicleo
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Luckily I dont have any city or Everton..
        But feel bad those owners...
        It is no fun this season...Luck takes over whatever impact planning had..

        1. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          Just take it

        2. acidicleo
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          Such GW should be made null and void in FPL..

          1. One Wheels Enough
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 8 days ago

            WOULD A WEATHER POSTPONEMENT ALSO MEAN THE SAME...

      21. HellasLEAF
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        This probably a dumb question but would City/Everton players you start just lock in for a 0 or would get swapped out for first bench option..

        1. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          Swapped out

        2. One Wheels Enough
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 8 days ago

          no yes

      22. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Samuel luckhurst on Twitter...Man U Burnley in 18 potentially

        #mufc waiting to hear back from the Premier League on why their postponed fixture at Burnley has not been allocated a date yet. Both clubs have a free midweek the week beginning January 11.

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 8 days ago

          Please! Brings me up to 11 for BGW18

        2. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          Awesome for non WC owners

        3. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          Don't think this is new news, but fingers crossed
          However Ben has been saying the longer it goes without confirmation of the new date, the less likely it is looking for GW18

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 8 days ago

            I know but sounds like potentially something happening (or Man U want to happen) if they’re sounding out journalists about it

        4. Syd.
          • 12 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          Has this not on the cards for a while now?

        5. Wirbelwind
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          If that happens, I'm doing James -> Taylor

        6. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          Sounds like PL forgot all about it

      23. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        If Grealish get YC he will be suspended right?

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          Yes

        2. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          Yup

        3. Wirbelwind
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          if that happens, my dont-sell-grealish bucket will burst