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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. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Why is everyone asking who VCs are for Salah cappers??!

    What’s happened to Salah now?

    1. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Nothing

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

        Just saw rumours spouted on last page about LIV-NEW being called off because of exposure of MCI to NEW.

        Can’t deal with this stuff!!

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Coufal found out who his little one's real dad is

      1. PocketZola
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

        John Terry?

      2. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

        😆

    3. Seanigula
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      People think that game could be postponed because NEW just played City

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

        Arghh can’t deal with this stuff!

        Only have 1 playing sub atm also... unless you count Dale Stephens 😆

  2. Fulchester's New Centr…
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    I'd rather they suspended the lot and gave everybody a free WC again

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      And what would we do for the next month?

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

        Learn a foreign language or musical instrumnet, get a six-pack, watch Breaking Bad again?

        1. PocketZola
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

          Watch "Your honor" has that Breaking Bad dude, and its pretty good.

      2. Stejson
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

        Argue about whether the season should be null and void or not?

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

      Trippin.

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

    Convenient that a Son resting was not mentioned before the deadline.

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Nothing else to talk about so people making stuff up

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Yeah, Munday. Cancelling my subscription.

  4. Pukki Party
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Been hoping for Martinez saves last 20 minutes and just realized i've played Ramsdale this week.

  5. Zalk
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    FPL Cup qualifications this week aswell. There are going to be some dodgy teams in there.

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      The cup is a joke anyway.

      1. Top Dog
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

        I quite like it something different to look out for

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

      Who gives a monkeys bollock?

  6. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Pulisic lucky not to get a YC

  7. Hect.OR 98th
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Surely all this uncertainty gives attentive players like us an advantage? Why bemoan it (other than missing the matches themselves, of course)? I was having a stinker of a season, stuck down at 4.5m, have had 9 green arrows in a row and still stuck at 2.2m OR, but this fixture chaos is a chance to gain ground on those who don't keep up with fixture tickers, blanks and DGWs. Bring it on!

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

      this, fellow 2m ranker!

    2. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      This

    3. Top Dog
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Long-term maybe helpful. Short term Dias & Cancelo low owned amongst the masses, higher owned on here.

  8. Zim0
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Kdb gone. Salah could be gone. Son could be gone. Zouma already gone. Lolz.

    1. Mr Ozil
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Salah?
      Why?

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Salah and Son are not confirmed yet.

      Take it easy

      1. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

        I said could be for a reason bud

        1. Zalk
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

          Anyone "could be" gone though.

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Kane cappers smiling

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

        Kane my Vice 😀

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

          Bruno mine. 😎

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 23 days ago

            Jealous. Felt obligated to put something on Kane as I brought him in this week

    4. Canadian Football
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Son will play.

      1. Canadian Football
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

        So will Salah.

  9. Silecro
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Man City game cancelled, okay.
    If Liverpool game gets cancelled, also manageable.
    But if Leeds game gets cancelled, that's a season-breaker right there...

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

      Oh hell nahh your not serious

    2. 4Rsenal_1886
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Would be down to 3 players if Leeds game cancelled too

  10. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Cash ktfo

    1. PocketZola
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      right on the noggin

  11. Niho992
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    OMG Salah

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Wrong account Bemba.

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      ?

      1. Niho992
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

        Preparing for hatty

  12. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Whats the basis for these pool newc rumors?

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      nothing except City played them a few days ago

    2. Kno
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Just pure speculation based on that city played newc recently

    3. Seanigula
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      That NEW players just had contact with Covid positive City players

  13. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Mendy looking to gift Aston Villa a goal

  14. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Where tf are these Son rumors coming from? Thin air?

    1. Niho992
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Its BS. He was rested in cup game. No chance he will he benched vs Fulham. I dont own him

    2. yalala
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      FFS echo chamber

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

      Thinair.ie

    4. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Son is super fit as well as a player

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

    Cmon super jack Grealish please score

  16. have you seen cyan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    You guys in panic mode, we all speculating. Just watch the Chelsea game and see what happens tomorrow, fretting over something that you cant change and might not happen.

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      So much this

    2. yalala
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Pandemic taking a toll on people's mental health. Not sure if FPL helps lol

    3. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Hell yes

  17. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Mendy 🙄

  18. GreennRed
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Good ref for Chelsea game, letting it flow, not getting conned by divers, hopefully will start booking them.

    1. Lets jump straight into it.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Good shout Green Un Red. Good reffing, it's a thing

  19. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Hause misses an easy chance, wastes Grealish assist

    1. Clintymints
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      If we could get points for every time someone bottled a Greallish assist, that would be great

  20. Captain Vantastic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Grealish taking corners and fks. What is happening!

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Quite attacking too!

  21. Clintymints
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Damn. Almost got Mane for KdB last night. Oh well 2ft to sort out the defence now. Myabe KdB and DCL can do with the rest and extra time off

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Rumours going round that Mané in might've been a bad transfer as well. 2 FTs might be the smart move.

    2. Royal5
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Mr. Myabe

    3. Clintymints
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Always gona be a dodge week with the quick turnaround and covid ravaging every one

      Not too fussed, there will be more drama ahead for sure 😉

  22. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 23 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. Do I Not Like Orange
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Probably not in that case.

  23. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    They run the cancelled games through Football Manager and award points based off that

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Manchester Evening News and presumably other papers really do this with FIFA before matches. Now we know why.

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Man Utd title winners confirmed then

  24. Silecro
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Grealish today on FK's and CK's..where has that suddenly come from

  25. Zim0
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Lol who started Leeds cancellation rumor 😆 i think there's gonna be a rumor for every game now

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Nothin we can do about it.

      Might as well relax and watch the game.

      1. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

        It'd actually be a relief if premier league gets turned void though

  26. COUFAL SO GOOD
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Cup qualification gameweek and double gameweeks are always filled with turmoil

  27. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Martinez denies Chilwell assist, Gru goal

    1. Slouch87
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      What bs
      He caught a floated cross.

      1. Here's Tom with the We…
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

        Lol! I thought Amazon was miles behind or something...

    2. COUFAL SO GOOD
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Top keeper

  28. BENOIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Dear me Amazon Prime

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      What happened ?

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

        Handmaids Tale went to VAR.

  29. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Will Man City play in 17 GW?

    1. Basil1977
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      my guess is no, not enough time to quarantine, but wait for real news not just my us keyboard warriors

  30. fedolefan
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Bloody hell, another Martinez 11 pointer then.

    1. COUFAL SO GOOD
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Dont jinx it man

    2. have you seen cyan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Chelsea better score, Martinez has been a right pain in the behind

      1. fedolefan
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

        They've already added 11 points for Martinez in FPL.

        Points system works differently for Martinez. It starts with 11 instead of 1 and works its way down.

    3. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      We'll settle for a quiet 3.