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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. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    2FTs, 0.3itb
    1) Kilman > Taylor & roll FT
    2) Forster, KDB > Meslier, Son (so I can bench McCarthy vs. Pool)
    3) Grealish, Wilson > Son, Brewster (then 1 next week?)

    McCarthy, Forster
    Chilwell, Targett, KWP, Coufal, Kilman
    Salah, KDB, Bruno, Grealish, Soucek
    DCL, Bamford, Wilson

    1. Cancelo Culture
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      I had planned Kilman to Taylor before the price rise tonight because I have the exact funds also but I don’t think City vs Chelsea will go ahead so it might be better spent getting rid of KDB and addressing Kilman at a later date.

  2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    No bench depth can prepare you for this sh*t

    1. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      I haven’t had a bench for 12 gameweeks. Finally got 2 playing bench. KDB out for Son. DCL benched and TAA for fodder. Coufal coming in for Dias. Lovely. Finally got some luck. However hope city are ok.

  3. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    United vs Burnley in GW 18 incoming

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Guess I'm saving FH

  4. PL Ball
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Thought that was in..

  5. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Puli big miss

  6. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Pulisic chance

  7. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Pulisic sitter

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Would've been a Grealish assist too

  8. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Grealish should get YC for that mistake !

  9. Firmino
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Grealish big chance created

  10. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Is the Liverpool game at any risk because of City playing Newcastle a few days ago?

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Yes.

    2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Hopefully

    3. Hect.OR 98th
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Possibly, but despite the R being what it is, it is still not an easy virus to pass on, especially in the environment PL clubs are operating within. There are plenty of families and workplaces where one person has tested positive but no one else in that workplace or family has had symptoms or tested positive. Many of the general populace are far too casual in their practises and hygiene. I suspect professional sportspeople are a lot better.

      1. Bunk Moreland
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Salah and Neymar says hi...

        But I do agree with you !

    4. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      it’s Wednesday and they will be testing the players, so no immediate risk

  11. PP6
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Why are people saying Son rested?

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Mou said he is tired, i think he will be benched

      1. PP6
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Sigh.. just got him

      2. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Tired of Mou's medieval tactics...

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Sh*ts and giggles probably

    3. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Nobody knows what's going to happen. Pure guesswork.

    4. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Hahahahaha no one is playing this week

    5. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Friend of friend of Son told me that he could be rested

    6. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      I want to know why stuff like this always comes after the deadline!

    7. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      he is my vice cap

    8. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      I won't even get 10 players out at this rate

    9. Canadian Football
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Doubt it. Didn’t he only play 60mins yesterday?

  12. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Pulisic wasting Grealish assist

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Cant blame Grealish for thinking out of the box, must be fed up seeing his passes wasted by donkeys in his own team.

      1. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Loll

  13. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Mount is like super nailed, doesn’t even appear to get rested

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Vital to Lampard's press

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Amazing when you consider all their purchases. Many assumed he would be rotated a lot too

    2. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Was between him and Raphinha for me. Went Raphinha and change

  14. Sack The Glazers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Villa getting carved up

  15. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Brilliant claimed corner from Martinez... so hard with like 6 players around him

    Class keeper

  16. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Arteta must be watching Martinez & thinking Leno should of been sold 🙂

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      To be fair, Leno's done nothing wrong. He and Saka maybe the only players beyond reproach. Marty must be relieved to have left for Villa though.

      1. Wirbelwind
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Heaton has had quite a strange run. Leaving for Villa, making room for Pope. Now back to second.

    2. PocketZola
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Leno is number 1

    3. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Martinez is by far better than German Adrian. Crazy decision by Arsenal

  17. Fulchester's New Centr…
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    I remember having Auba (c) and someone else from the Arse for that first Covid postponed game last season. Season went down the pan from there.

  18. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    DCL already on -109! How is that even possible, it's only just been called off and he's home v West ham next?

    Also losing value on Grealish, what a week!

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      He was over -100 last night.

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        This

      2. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Surely not, he just rose to 8!

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          It's all the WCs that's why he didn't drop at - 100.

    2. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Probably a combination of blanking this week, and people were already shipping him out for 19 BB. Weathers crap, its a holiday, everyone looking at fantasy in the UK

    3. Zalk
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Becuase he doesn't have a double in 19, hasn't scored in 4 games, no Rodriguez or Richarlison to deliver.

  19. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    i have son and salah as my c and vc

    what a terrible gameweek, likely not to have any c this week. Just shut this season down

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Why?

      Has Spurs game been cancelled?

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        no people saying son is rested

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Son will play.

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 15 days ago

        If people basing on Jose saying son is tired, then that probably means Son starts and gets a hatti lol.

        Fulham will be annoying tho, sit back, its gonna be a drag of a game. If they do sit back like that, i'd argue Kane most likely to get on the score sheet then Son tbh, so maybe a rest is possibly a wise move. As Son is perfect for Leeds

    3. yalala
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      What Salah not playing either??

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        rumours it could be off on twitter

    4. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Whats wrong with salah

      1. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        It's just complete bs being spouted on here

    5. Hect.OR 98th
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      No, this is when supposedly experienced managers like you should be doing well. You can't moan all season about casuals and then when the dice are thrown in the air and you have a chance to capitalise, want the season called off.

    6. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      What’s wrong with salah wtf?

    7. Atimis
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      what about Son?

  20. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Mendy nearly gave a pen away on Pulisic 😆
    Wtf is happening in this match

  21. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Worth pushing for the BB DGW?

    Have 1 playing player on the bench now, could get also Raphinha/Soucek but next ones would require hits.

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Probably not as loads will end up missing the game week with COVID

  22. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Ughh

    Left VC on kdb

    If pool newc is called of (not that theres been any talk...just that newc faced city last).. ill be down to 8 with no cap

  23. The 12th Man
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Everton v Man City postponed.
    KDB and DCL out looking good now

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      They might have a DGW in 19 now.

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Oh yes

    3. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Thanks for sharing this information.

      1. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Your welcome

    4. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Dial-up?

      1. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Some have a life outside football.

    5. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Was going to do KDB and Brewster to Soucek and Kane but was advised not to

      1. Bunk Moreland
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Why didn’t you do it? Soucek is ten times better than Brewster, and Kane has been out scoring Kdb all season.

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          KDB is my differential and needed him to haul v Everton to catch up, sold Wilson instead of those moves but will do them this week for sure

      2. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Typical blaming others for your own decisions. Grow up.

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Relax mate no need for personal insult's, I often take advice on transfers sometimes it pays off sometimes it doesn't.

          1. Slouch87
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            There is no personal insult , just fact.

    6. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      what? really?

  24. LǝgleSs e|even
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Relieved now that I sold DCL and KDB, and didnt go double City defense...

  25. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Hmm, Twitter rumours of NEW-LIV geting called off.

    1. yalala
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Is it fpl fish lol

    2. Zilla
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      It would make sense

    3. Chucky
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      perfect,no C for me this GW... Salah cappo and VC is on Son who might be rested.. sums up my season...

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Haha. I have Salah - C and Son VC too.

    4. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      FFS all rivals will get Kane as Captain

  26. Silecro
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    8 attackers and 5 playing D's after BB19 might turn out to be a silver lining now with all the potential COVID upheaval...complete playing bench will be a must

  27. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Lol if Liverpool Newcastle gets postponed then in all likelihood leicester Newcastle will as well

  28. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Is this game a waste of valuable time?

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Yup

  29. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Jack Grealish is world class.

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      In which world though?

      1. PocketZola
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Arsenal should splash the cash

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Shame that Watkins is League One...

    3. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 15 days ago

      If he was playing for City, Liverpool or United this would be the consensus.

    4. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Yes. 25 year old who plays for average club.

  30. yalala
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    C Salah, Vc Bruno......

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Not bad

    2. Dannyb
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      And.....?